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Weekly Review - April 10 to April 16

CRANBOURNE - 11 April 2023

WATCHLIST Unseen since October 2021, IMMORTALITY was back at the jump outs and looked smart, winning Heat 6 on Apr 11 as he came down the outside fence and responded to some urgings, extending away to win quite comfortably in the end. It’s only his first jump out this prep, so keep an eye on him into another before resuming.

OAKLEIGH is a 4yo gelding who’s a 19-start maiden with only 1x career placings, but you wouldn’t of known with how he won Heat 7 on Apr 11, extending away late as he was put under pressure to record a dominant victory in solid time. Obviously will be very minimal confidence given his record but he might be worth something small at a big price first up.

REAL ALLIANCE started $101 SP on debut and she certainly ran better than her price suggested, coming from the back of the field to finish 6th while clocking the meetings second fastest L400m/L200m in a nice rating race. She’s been given time, returning in Heat 8 on Apr 11 for a very impressive first jump out, coming to the outside fence and hitting the line really nicely under very minimal pressure. Being by Real Impact out of a mare that got out over 2000m herself, she’ll likely be one to follow further into the prep but certainly one to follow into another jump out and first up as well.

Thought the three returning geldings in Heat 8 on Apr 11 all moved well being the recently gelded WHITTEN (2nd), CORTES (3rd) and OLIGARCHY (4th). All were having their first jump out and all are worth following into a second jump out.

PAKENHAM - 11 April 2023


Lovely return from ZILZIE LAD, taking out Heat 4 on Apr 11 in nice fashion over the 750m. A $360k buy from the Inglis Sales back in 2021, he was no match for Skidamarink, Lady Di Di or Twin Perfection (all subsequent winners) on debut when 4th and then ran into Morpheus Bragi second up when 2nd. He’s a leader so slightly mindful of that as he will likely win his jump outs due to that racing pattern, but liked the way he extended away late here to win. Nice return.

No surprise to see WRITTEN SWOOSH win nicely in Heat 5 on Apr 11 over the 750m, she’s a speedy and talented filly. She was unlucky not to win the Blue Diamond Preview on debut when 2nd and then was never a chance second up at Moonee Valley as she was taken to last. Now a 3yo, she’s returned nicely.

CAMPERDOWN - 11 April 2023


BRUNO couldn’t have won Heat 2 on Apr 11 any easier, the 2yo son of Press Statement leading and doing it very easily throughout as he went to the line under a strong hold but still extending away from the rest of the field. It was near impossible to see him in his first jump out on Mar 22 due to the fog, so a very encouraging bit of work here and he’s a gelding to monitor on debut, he was quite impressive here.

He was a clear last in his first jump out on Mar 22, but POCKET SAGE put in a much improved and impressive performance in Heat 3 on Apr 11. The 3yo son of Rich Enuff was clearly the best away and took up the lead in the early stages where he was under a hold and as a result came back to the field where Angelone snuck up the inside where he got 1-2L in front of him, but he really fought back when he was asked for an effort. They put a gap on 3rd here and did so in nice time for the morning, but it was the way he stuck the head out and fought back that impressed the most so happy to follow him into his debut.

MORNINGTON - 12 April 2023


ARCHO NACHO was entered in at Ballarat the other day but was scratched and didn’t take his place, heading back to the jump outs over 700m in Heat 9 on Apr 12. Similar to his jump outs on Mar 15 and Mar 29, he was super again as he travelled on speed out wide throughout and closed really nicely down the outside fence to win well in nice time for the morning. He’s had the three jump outs now and is ready to make his debut where we’d expect him to be competitive in most races he’ll head to.

ISTHMUS finished 5th in Heat 11 on Apr 12 but really caught the eye. The 2yo filly wasn’t away great and as a result was at the back of the field in the early stages but really closed off nicely under a hold, attacking the line and doing her best work past the line. She’s by I Am Invincible out of the Group 1 mare Shoals and interestingly enough, her half-brother by Written Tycoon sold for $1M at the recent Inglis sales, but Arrowfield and Pinecliff have elected to hold onto this filly and race her instead. Only her first jump out and only 750m, but a lovely bit of work.

ROVNO AMBER was a class above as the Russian Revolution colt cruised to victory in Heat 12 on Apr 12, clocking the fastest 750m time for the morning in the process. We mentioned him as one to keep an eye on after finishing 2nd in an Apr 5 official trial and he certainly furthered his credentials here with a dominate win. A $250k purchase for Shane Nichols, expecting him to be running well on debut on the back of his work here.

Huge watch on LOVE TONIGHT, a previous feature on our reviews from a previous prep in Sep/Oct last year. She returned over 750m in Heat 14 on Apr 12 where she just cruised to the line and wasn’t knocked about. She’s smart and keen to keep a very close eye on her.

BALLARAT - 13 April 2023

KILMORE - 14 April 2023

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