#1 ANOTHER NEPHEW (5) - Patrick Payne | Michael Dee
2YO Colt by Sizzling from Husson’s Kiss
#2 BELUGA EXPRESS (11) - Ben & JD Hayes | Luke Nolen
2YO Colt by Russian Revolution from Kasuga (CAN)
$180,000 at the 2022 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
#3 KRAKARIB (2) - Simon Zahra | Damian Lane
2YO Colt by Ribchester (IRE) from Skagerrak
#4 MOUNT OLYMPUS (3) - Tony & Calvin McEvoy | Dean Holland
2YO Colt by Invader from Euryale
$150,000 at the 2022 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale
#5 PANTELONE (1) - James Cummings | Damian Oliver
2YO Colt by Street Boss (USA) from Colombina
#6 SANDUAL (4) - Andrew Bobbin | John Allen
2YO Colt by Santos from Dualist
$45,000 at the 2022 MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale
#7 ZULFIQAR (10) - James Cummings | Ben Melham
2YO Colt by Exceed And Excel from Sayf Shamal (USA)
#8 ACAPPELLA MOON (9) - Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr | Ethan Brown
2YO Filly by Sebring Sun from In Unison
#9 ADITI (6) - Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott | Blake Shinn
2YO Filly by Exceed And Excel from Witches
$310,000 - 2021 MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale
#10 CHARM STONE (8) - Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr | Jamie Kah
2YO Filly by I Am Invincible from Najoom
$1,550,000 at the 2022 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale
#11 KATA KAPI (7) - Clarry Connors | Jye McNeil
2YO Filly by Headwater from Ten Churros (USA)
$50,000 at the 2022 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session
Love this time of the year where the 2yo’s step out for the first time, especially up the straight at Flemington. This year there is no Darley Spring Preview over 900m, instead stepping straight into the 1000m Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes.
In 2020 we saw General Beau win the Darley Spring Preview by 2.25L on the back of an impressive jump out up the straight at Flemington on Sep 15. He then stepped out as a short priced $1.50 SP favourite in the Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes but was defeated by Ingratiating, who came from that same Sep 15 jump out. It’s also worth noting that Anamoe was 3rd in that same jump out…
In 2021 it was the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr show, winning the Darley Spring Preview with Cavalla before then winning the Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes with Get In The Spirit. Godolphin was prominent again with Contemporary finishing 2nd in the Darley Spring Preview after a Sep 14 jump out up the straight, followed by Lascars finishing 2nd in the Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes after a Sep 14 jump out as well. Both with Damian Oliver on board.
There was a set of 4x jump outs on Sep 22 at Flemington up the straight and we see most of the runners come from these.
MOUNT OLYMPUS and SANDUAL went toe to toe in a Sep 12 jump out at Donald over the 850m before then heading to these Flemington jump outs.
MOUNT OLYMPUS won Heat 1 ahead of CHARM STONE but they did clock the slowest time of the 4x heats, while SANDUAL was 2nd in Heat 2. Not surprised to see both of MOUNT OLYMPUS and SANDUAL go well at Flemington considering they had that jump out prior, with plenty of improvement from 2yo’s following their first jump out. Because of this, thought CHARM STONE was the top pick from these two heats travelling quietly throughout. She then went to Cranbourne earlier this week on Sep 26 but it was only over 650m for a tick over ahead of Saturday - she technically finished 3rd of 3x runners, but she travelled super under a hold and looks a nice moving filly, which you would expect being the most expensive horse in this race at $1.5M. She’s a full-sister to Najmaty as well.
Prior to these jump outs, ADITI won a Sep 16 jump out ahead of BELUGA EXPRESS (2nd) and KRAKARIB (3rd). All three finished relatively close together and were quietly ridden. This was ADITI’s only jump out ahead of her debut here so she has plenty of improvement to come, but lacks that experience (especially up the straight) that a lot of these have.
BELUGA EXPRESS and KRAKARIB then went to those Flemington jump outs in Heat 3, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively. Thought KRAKARIB was the pick of these three, just travelling very quietly out the back with the white blaze. The schedule says Damian Lane rode in this jump out too, having also rode CHARM STONE and he is on KRAKARIB here, which may be a small push although Jamie Kah is a nice rider for CHARM STONE.
PANTELONE went around in Heat 4, beaten a decent margin back in 2nd but they did clock the fastest of the 4x heats and if you watch past the line, he was even with the winner and certainly doing his best work then. Damian Oliver was on board here and he will certainly take plenty of improvement having only had the 1x jump out.
ANOTHER NEPHEW is by far the most experience galloper in this race in terms of jump outs, having had the 4x ahead of his debut here. The latest was on Sep 26 at Benalla over 1000m where he travelled strongly under a hold and finished off well. There will be no doubt about him being forward enough here, which may get him over the line in the end, but he won’t have nearly as much improvement as the rest of these and doesn’t have the experience up the Flemington straight.
ACAPPELLA MOON is another without the Flemington straight experience, winning a jump out over only 600m on Sep 12, which are near impossible to get a real guide on the horse, before finishing 2nd on Sep 19 on the synthetic over 760m. She has been finishing off her jump outs well and is certainly in the mix here.
ZULFIQAR and KATA KAPI come down from Sydney, both having just the 1x trial at Randwick on Sep 19. ZULFIQAR was beaten by 5L in Trial 1 where they clocked 51.19s. He travelled comfortably in the early stages but didn’t have a real lot under the hood when really asked for an effort - however, this was on a Soft6 track so wonder if they’ve brought him down here for the dryer tracks. Damian Oliver is usually a good push for these Godolphin runners considering he rode Contemporary and Lascars last year (both 2nd) as well as Ingratiating in the year before (1st).
KATA KAPI went around in Trial 8, finishing 3.1L back in 4th with a time of 52.20s. She showed lovely gate speed to sit outside the leader but was very green in the straight, fading late as she was pushed out and shown the whip. Couldn’t have her here.
CHARM STONE - 3rd @ $2.60 SP
KRAKARI - 6th @ $9.00 SP
PANTELONE - LATE SCRATCHING
ADITI - 2nd @ $6.50 SP
From the past couple of years, those who have experience up the straight from past jump outs certainly have an advantage. It’s also beneficial to be in the Godolphin (with Damian Oliver) and Price/Kent yards as they have their juveniles going well early.
When doing the 2yo form and backing these runners, like to go with those that have that experience but also have plenty of improvement to come, which are those that have only had the 1x jump out or the 2x quiet jump outs.
Wasn’t sure on the Sydney runners in ZULFIQAR and KATA KAPI. ACAPPELLA MOON lacks that straight experience. MOUNT OLYMPUS and SANDUAL looked a step below CHARM STONE. ANOTHER NEPHEW has had a lot of jump outs so will have fitness but not sure how much improvement he has to come, would’ve liked to have seen more but Patrick Payne doesn’t usually show much in jump outs. BELUGA EXPRESS was good enough but prefer to be with ADITI and KRAKARIB from his jump outs.
Thought CHARM STONE was nice in that Flemington jump out and love that she has had a quiet 600m bit of work since (on Monday) to really get her ready to go here.
KRAKARIB was never tested in both of his jump outs and looks to be moving super. I’m sure Alex and the Donald's Racing team will be pumped with this colt!
PANTELONE fits the profile of Godolphin and Damian Oliver while also having the experience up the straight and having plenty of improvement to come having only had the 1x jump out. His work past the line in his jump out was super too.
ADITI is the other that although hasn’t had that straight experience, she’s only had the 1x jump out and will have plenty of improvement to come. She travelled nicely alongside KRAKARIB so have to include her. Gai Waterhouse knows how to run well in these races too.