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Weekly Review - April 27 to May 3

CRANBOURNE - 27 April 2020

RYAN’S GIRL – R Pecora

A nice jump out from this 3yo Danerich filly. In Heat 11 (48.3s) at Cranbourne on Apr 27, she jumped well and was the widest runner throughout before being ridden lightly and responding well, looking strong through the line. The overall time was good for the morning with her heat being the 4th quickest overall of 11x 800m heats. She was around the mark last prep and her form is good running behind the likes of Swing And Boom and Megamea where she was last seen in Jan at Sale when rattling home to finish 3rdbehind Seemingly Discreet (who has won four races in a row, the latest a bm78). After also being 3rd in an Apr 20 jump out, she’ll be breaking maiden status this preparation.

SEA WOLF – D Arnold

Another nice jump out from this 4yo son of Statue of Liberty. Heat 10 (48.3s) at Cranbourne on Apr 27 marked the third jump out we’ve seen from this gelding, including jump outs on Apr 6 and Apr 20. He is a full older brother to SEA DRAGON and has demonstrated ability at the jump outs. In all of his heats, he has been left untested and been strong through the line under a hold. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do in debut but nonetheless, he looks to have ability like his brother and will be winning races.


To no surprise on the soft track, the quickest heat of 47.1s was Heat 6 won by JUNGLE EDGE. In 2nd was QUENTON who went to the line with Jungle Edge under a little more riding and put a little gap on 3rd, being O’ SO HAZY who was lightly ridden.

GREAT DUCHESS looked super in Heat 8 (47.5s). She went to the line with a quietly ridden SMUG SISTER on the inside and a pushed SOLO FLIGHT in the middle.

Super slow time of 50.1s but the unnamed Enver runner, MAGNUS x LITTLE ARTIST won Heat 9 in a near canter. One to keep an eye out for naming and another jump out.

ISCARIOT put a gap on them in Heat 12 over 1000m, running 59.4s which is significantly quicker than the soft average of 61.3s.

EDUARDO was scratched from racing Saturday at Flemington, instead electing to jump out here in Heat 13 over 1000m when winning in 59.8s. SULLY (NZ) cruised behind him under a hold.

Heat 14 was won in 1:00.8s, on the slower side for the day but MAKE IT COUNT and SLICK BACK (NZ) did it easily in front.

CAULFIELD – 28 April 2020

OUTFLANK – M Price & M Kent Jnr

Impressed with how this 2yo filly jumped out. It was hard to miss the grey in Heat 6, where she jumped well from the inside to lead and really never looked like being caught. The jockey was motionless on top of her. She ran the 700m in 44.34s, the fastest time of the day (extra impressive for a 2yo) and did so in front of a 3yo in 2nd and 4th and a 6yo in 5th. She wasn’t ready to debut earlier this year, immediately spelled and looks like she has come back in good order.


REGAL RIFLE took out Heat 1 (45.15s) with ease. She was competitive in town in a bm70 and bm78 at the end of last prep and has a friendly racing pattern as she races on speed. Maybe a bm64 first up?

AMARETTO has had another stable change and won Heat 2 in a quick time of 44.47s. Am mindful of her poor form though so would need a good price to entertain at all.

BALLARAT – 28 April 2020

STRETTO – M Cumani

Have been waiting for the VIC return of this 3yo colt for a while. He was 2nd in all three Victorian runs before going to the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast at the end of his prep. He won Heat 6 (55.8s) by several lengths and looks to be back in super order. Expect him to break his maiden very early this preparation.


A 4yo gelding that has just ran into one better in each of his runs so far, including three 2nd’s to Maganvale (won 3 of next 5 starts), The Mobot (won next 3 starts) and Vahvuus (won next start by 3L). He jumped super to take up the lead and led start to finish in Heat 7 (56.90s).

ZAFRA REWARD – A Alexander

He ran some super closing sectionals to just miss on debut at a big $15 SP back in Nov last year. Immediately spelled, he returned in Heat 8 where he again closed well from the back half of the field. He was restrained late by the jockey and definitely think he would’ve ran over the top of two more experienced horses.


The Ballarat cup winner, KIWIA kicked off this preparation with a 1100m jump out win in Heat 2.

STOCKTAKA (ex-Mick Kent horse and now with the Mitch Freedman yard) won the 850m Heat 8 well. But in average time.

BENDIGO – 28 April 2020


It was the 9yo veteran DIAMOND OASIS winning Heat 1 in 47.60s. This time was significantly quicker than the other two 800m heats that were both above 49s.

IT’S KIND OF MAGIC won Heat 4 over 1000m in 1:02.07s and did so in front of a 65-rated gelding. Wasn’t a super convincing win and the time wasn’t anything special, but she showed a nice turn of foot late.

MORNINGTON – 29 April 2020

FUDGING – J Hunter

He’s a $50k 3yo half-brother to winners Fudged, Casino Delight and Vega De Lago and put them to the sword in Heat 8, winning by a huge margin. He was ridden out, but the gap he put on them when asked of an effort was impressive and he did so in quick time (55.25s) on a Soft(6) track. His time mirrored that of Rox The Castle in Heat 1. Also quietly ridden when 3rd on Apr 1.

ALL PRICE – J Hunter

In the fastest time of the day at 55.22s, this filly was the clear stand out when winning Heat 9. She really took off around the bend and was eased the last 100m, so she could’ve won by more in quicker time. Pretty impressive for an unraced 3yo. Has also jumped out on Apr 1 (unplaced) and Apr 15 (1st). Think she has a fair turn of foot.


Previously with the Moroney stable, this 4yo mare looked impressive in Heat 13 (35.99s). She’s still a maiden after 7 starts but has finished in the top 4 three times, all three of them she was in the top 3 at the 400m whereas her other starts had her further back. She’s ridden better on speed or leading. Looked like the winkers went on here and she improved, running the quickest 600m heat of the morning. She was hitting the line very hard. Comes out a very hot jump out at Flemington on Jan 24 that included Paradee and Quesadillia. Could be a good price first up for us.


No time available for Heat 2, but the Group 2 winning colt STRASBOURG won convincingly for the new Freedman stable.

Like the way SICKENING (NZ) hit the line in Heat 7 (56.97s). Was ordinary first up over 1400m but gets better over a bit of distance so second up over 1600m+ would be an ideal race.

We tipped Humma Humma’s sister, HUMMALONG each-way first up in Jan where she finished 3rd. Hasn’t been seen since until Heat 8 (55.25s), where she was quietly ridden in second. Watching her return closely as she hasn’t seen better than a Soft(7) in all three runs her career.

JENNI BAD CAT (NZ) wasn’t asked of much in Heat 11 when 5th. She would be very close to a debut.

CAMPERDOWN – 29 April 2020


This 3yo Master Of Design filly showed potential last preparation running second on debut before running behind St Joeys & Mr Cancun. She jumped out over 850m today and won Heat 1 without being asked for an effort. The other horses in the heat consisted of maiden 2yo’s so the jump out form isn’t great but she looks to have come back in good order for her second preparation.


FORESIGHT and TOUCH OF PARADISE were too classy for the field in Heat 3. They went to the line neck and neck, putting a good gap to 3rd.

One of the more established maiden horses, the multiple Group 3 placed (as a 2yo) gelding ROME resumed for the new Purcell stable when winning Heat 5. He hasn’t quite come on as a 3yo but would think he has a class edge on a country maiden.

FLEMINGTON – 1 May 2020

BETTER KICK – S Richards

This could be quite a smart gelding. Loved his jump outs in Dec 2019 but he didn’t debut and has been given time. Returned on Apr 17 (49.09s) to finish 4th under a hold where he looked like he could’ve just about won if let go. He’s now won Heat 2 (49.88s) under a hold in testing conditions and really extended past the line when given some leeway. Expecting him to make a nice debut as a late 2yo.


Said we were a big fan of BLADNOCH last week, and he did nothing wrong in Heat 5 (48.78s – third quickest time of the day). He finished in amongst some more experienced gallopers such as FROM WITHIN and NEED NEW FRIENDS.

POETIC DREAM (IRE) and SEA’S NO LIMIT (NZ) were very hard held in Heat 7 (50.18s). The time wasn’t quick, but they are stayers and looked to be travelling super through the line.

RIDGEWOOD DRIVE with an impressive win in Heat 9 (48.99s). He controlled the jump out in good time for the day and put a gap on them past the line.


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