Weekly Review - April 11 to April 17
CRANBOURNE - 11 April 2022
OTHER COSMIC AURA is going to be an interesting one on debut. His win in Heat 2 on Apr 11 was nothing short of super, kicking away in the straight under minimal jockey pressure to record a massive win in 51.5s, which was above the days average of 51.67s. His official trial 9-weeks prior to this on Feb 7 was poor though, so it’s hard to get a real gauge on him. Wouldn’t surprise us to see him have another jump out, which would be preferred, but he’s one to keep in mind.
FERLAZZO won a NZ trial on Dec 21 prior to coming over to Aus, and it was a super trial win. She was untouched in a Apr 4 jump out when 5th but she was then way too good in her second Aus jump out, bolting in Heat 3 on Apr 11. Will note that the time listed is 53.20s, which was the near slowest of the morning and below the days average of 51.67s, but the way in which she won was impressive and coupling with her NZ trial win, she looks smart.
EL SOLEADO won Heat 4 on Apr 11 well enough to suggest he had some talent. The 2yo son of Toronado certainly had the looks with the big baldy face, so it was hard to miss him cruising out in front throughout with the jockey even having a look over his shoulder at the top of the straight. He won this under a fair hold so certainly want to have him on the watch list for a debut.
JIGSAW has been gelded and was certainly back to his usual ways, winning Heat 7 on Apr 11 over the 850m in the fastest time of the morning at 50.60s, well ahead of the days average of 51.67s. This gelding might be the making of him as a late-3yo and 4yo! He wasn’t without a challenger though, despite the huge gap back to 3rd. The 3yo filly BAEKDU was back at the jump outs after hanging out ridiculously first up at Cranbourne when beaten 13.6L after starting a $1.95 favourite… She’s always jumped out well and this was no exception and we’re sure Mick Price will be hoping she can put it together on raceday for once as she has shown enough too suggest she can certainly win a maiden. Doubt she’ll be a beating prospect though after starting $1.60, $1.60 and $1.95, so one to just keep in mind.
We’ve been waiting for the debut of PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE for a while now. We loved her jump outs back on Aug 17 and Aug 30, the first one being at Caulfield behind of The Big Heist (since won MDN) and the second one a very smart win. Being a $500k Inglis purchase that’s a half-sister to multiple time group-placed Missrock, she’s been given plenty of time prior to resuming in Heat 9 on Apr 11 where she showed a lovely turn of foot late to win after sitting a good 4L+ off the leaders and being ridden with no urgency. This was also one of the quicker jump outs of the morning, clocking 51.1s vs the day’s average of 51.67s. Keen to see another jump out and follow her into her debut.
Coming off a 3-week freshen up, GALAXY RULER kicked away in Heat 11 on Apr 11 to record an easy victory. He was probably only fair first up despite starting $4.8, finishing 4.9L back in 5th behind Hongbao (since 3rd BM64) and The Hass (since 3rd MDN) with not much other form coming from the race. This should tick him over nicely for his second up run.
In another encouraging bit of work, KANNENBERGS ROAD has now put together 2x 1000m jump out wins prior to her upcoming first up run. She won a Apr 4 jump out prior to her win in Heat 12 on Apr 11 ahead of a race fit Gracias Amigo in 2nd and she can’t really do much more ahead of her return. She’s a 5yo mare that’s a 6-start maiden, so there won’t be lofty expectations but she certainly is looking like one we can spec at a price.
TERANG - 11 April 2022
She’s listed as coming last in her first jump out on Mar 22, but TEQUILA STORM was very quietly ridden out the back under a strong hold and would’ve only been 3-4L off the winner despite technically finishing 8th. The un-raced 4yo mare was back in Heat 3 on Apr 11, again ridden quietly in behind the leaders but they couldn’t hold her past the line as she made really good ground and went on with it. She could be a nice E/W bet on debut.
TOREGENE won a pair of NZ trials on Dec 17 and Feb 1 prior to coming over to Australia and winning a jump out here, showing a lovely turn of foot to take out Heat 8 on Apr 11 over the 1000m relatively softly in the end. This was the second fastest 1000m time of the morning and she looks to be a nice mover, so keeping an eye on this 3yo filly.
PAKENHAM - 12 April 2022
The 3yo filly ALLEGRETTA matched motors with the 98-rated (and race fit) Sansom in Heat 1 on Apr 12 as they clocked the fastest 1000m time of the morning. She made a nice return to the race last preparation when breaking her maiden, but was disappointing second up at Caulfield when 9th to Lady Of Honour. She likely has only this jump out before heading back to the races and this was a nice bit of work in her return.
MADREAN is a 3yo Frankel filly that did it easily in 2nd in Heat 4 on Apr 12. She won a jump out back on Dec 7 alongside stablemate Outback Action who then ran 2nd in a MDN on debut that other week, and she certainly looks capable of being competitive on debut. Doubt we’ll see another jump out as that’s the usual prep Moody goes with, so keep her in mind on debut.
Will be having a spec on BIG GIRL HELGA first up after an impressive win in Heat 5 on Apr 12, where she jumped well but dropped back to the end of the field before cruising around the field and rounding them up for an easy win over the 1000m. She’s a lightly raced 4yo mare with only the 3x starts (for 0x placings) and we’ll be expecting a big price to work with having started no shorter than $21 in her short career.
SANDOWN - 13 April 2022
RANVEER has always been a good jump out horse and his win in Heat 4 on Apr 13 was no exception, an arrogant win over 800m in the fastest time of the morning. He won a 700m Apr 6 jump out last week and is certainly looking in good order ahead of his return.
AVOCA - 13 April 2022
STAY IN TOUCH is certainly staying in winning touch, bolting in Heat 1 on Apr 13 following a 4-week freshen up. The 4yo mare is still only in her first career preparation with the 4x starts for 3x wins and a 2nd and she looks as though she can build on that the she gets back to the races after this slick jump out.
BUBBLE PALACE was a class above in Heat 2 on Apr 13, winning comfortably as she led from start to finish and clocked 48.46s, above the days average of 49.35s. She never got a run at them in her first jump out on Mar 9 as she was a bit slow away and always at the back. She was given a 4-week freshen up and returned for a jump out on Apr 4 where she did similar, being leading, but was overran late by Silver Up (since 4th on debut at Terang). Keep an eye on her if she draws a low barrier on debut.
It was typical MISS CUMBERLAND who won Heat 4 on Apr 13 in the fastest time of the morning at 47.47s vs the days average of 49.35s - this won’t be her last jump out win as she’s a track work star who hasn’t shown much on race day.
The interesting runner of Heat 4 on Apr 13 was MOON YANCO in 3rd, who finished 3rd first up only 6 days ago at Kilmore when resuming off only the one jump out. She led first up but was overran late, so quite like the mid-prep jump out and think she can give a sight second up, maybe stepping back to 1000m?
It was hard to ignore the win of AZOUSTIC in Heat 8 on Apr 13 over the 1000m, going straight to the front and bolting in by a big margin in the fastest 1000m time of the morning. He’s a 6yo gelding with 27x starts for the 4x wins and 5x placings, so certainly have to tread carefully but he can’t do much more than win a jump out like this ahead of his return to the races.
FLEMINGTON - 14 April 2022
Of the 522x times we have at Flemington on the Steeple Grass, TREKKING’s time of 44.90s in Heat 1 on Apr 14 is the second fastest time we recorded (the quickest being 44.27s by Hey Doc) and he did so under a vice like grip. Will note that he is race fit having competed in the William Reid only 3 weeks prior but this was super.
Very good win by Chris Waller’s 2yo colt MCTAGGART but his starts needs some work. He was very slow away in his first jump out on Mar 18 and as a result was just always at the back and never in it. He was away a bit better on Apr 1 but still clearly the slowest away and just quietly ridden out the back. This was similar again in Heat 3 on Apr 14 but he was given a dig and a real push to get going, which worked and once he got up and going he looked very comfortable and like a nice mover. He moves well, just very mindful of his starts which could be very costly.
TAYLA’S MOMENT just can’t get that maiden win, finishing 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in her last three runs this prep which brings her now to being a 9-start maiden. She’s been given a 4-week freshen up and a jump out, winning Heat 6 on Apr 14 despite travelling on the outside rail under a strangle hold (albeit with race fitness). No blinkers on here, which she had on last start. Won’t be much confidence but her maiden win can’t be far away.
SUGAR POP travelled strongly to the line to win Heat 12 on Apr 14, matching motors with a race fit Zac De Boss past the line. She was unlucky not to win on debut when 3rd and then went under as a $1.60 SP favourite where she suffered from heat stress. This was only her first bit of work back, so we’ll monitor for another jump out prior to her first up run but she looks to have come back in good order.
OTHER RUNNERS - NSW
RED CARD - James Cummings
Apr 11 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - looks a nice filly resuming for her second prep - she clocked 43.76s, which was the fastest 740m time of the morning and quicker than the days average of 44.52s and our overall average of 44.48s (based on the past 215x trials at Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - she went forward, led along the fence and went to the line under no pressure from Tommy Berry, doing it very easily.
OTHER RUNNERS - NZ
In only his first jump out, the un-raced and un-named 2yo gelding BELARDO (IRE) x DIAMOND CUT (NZ) was a smart winner of an Apr 12 jump out over the 850m, winning by 3L in 51.27s vs the days average of 51.26s (5x heats). He went straight to the front, gave a kick when put under a little pressure and had this field covered easily, with the jockey even having a look over the shoulder.
Very slick bit of work by the un-raced and un-named 3yo gelding SACRED FALLS (NZ) x CINDY CEE (NZ), winning an Apr 12 jump out over 1000m in 1:00.65s vs the days average of 1:01.56s (14x heats) where he led from start to finish and did it well late when pushed out.
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