CRANBOURNE - 12 April 2021
A LONE HERO can be a handy gelding on his day and this was a handy win, taking out Heat 9 on Apr 12 (yellow) by a big margin. His best runs have generally come fresh, so on the back of this work, we can expect him to go alright first up now as a 5yo. In this heat he jumped well, sat outside the leader but very wide before coming down the middle of the track and open up a huge margin with the jockey not moving a muscle. Would love a BM58 first up, but still think he can be competitive in a BM64 at a bigger price.
It was only his first jump out this preparation, but EXPRESS MASTER was a nice winner of Heat 2 on the outside and is a full-brother to a reasonably handy family including Hard Press (who was a nice late 2yo and early 3yo) and Lucky Sham (who was a nice early 3yo). If he takes after his brother and sister, he’s one to follow. Watching for another jump out.
It was the slowest time of the morning, but Heat 4 was won by a big margin by a horse under the breeding DEEP IMPACT x SACRED SIGHT who was a $250k Inglis Easter purchase.
SEEYALATERRON was terrible on debut, gelded and ran into a Heavy8 track when 4.4L off the winner. Returned here to win Heat 6, but the time was really slow for the day so a bit inconclusive and want to see another jump out before backing.
BENALLA - 12 April 2021
Completely forgive the last run of FLYING FINCH. He hung out extremely bad, wasn’t ridden out and was lame, yet still only went down by 3.15L. He was good in his first two starts, including a 4L 3rd to now Group 1 winner Portland Sky on debut. Back to the jump outs for the approval of the Stewards, he performed well over the 1000m winning Heat 2 on Apr 12 (green) with a notable absence of blinkers which he wore in his last two starts (but not on debut). He took the corner well enough here, but hoping to see him resume on a track without a tight bend to help with the doubt on him handling it. One to follow, if he runs up to his first two career wins, he’ll go very close to winning first up.
Once FABRIKKA got clear galloping room, she exploded to the front to win Heat 8 on Apr 12 (white with black sleeves) with a bit of ease in the end over the 1000m, ears pricked and all. This backs up her impressive 850m official trial at Tatura on Mar 31 where she also won. The daughter of Flying Artie has strung together a couple of nice trials/jump outs now and looks like a 2yo with some talent. Huge watch on debut.
GEELONG - 12 April 2021
DIDIER was a complete forgive on debut, held up for a considerable time and went to the line completely untested. Back to the jump outs in Heat 1 on Apr 12 (orange and green), he was only just overran late by Grand De Flora and Vistabelle with Rewarding Ruby in 3rd. With this heat being over 1000m, he’ll be close to peaking second up and with the forgive debut, he can pop up a nice price and be worth a gamble.
CAULFIELD - 13 April 2021
CASSATT was way too speedy, showing great gate speed to lead and then very nice late speed to kick away late and win Heat 3 on Apr 13 (blue with white V) by a good margin. The 2yo daughter of No Nay Never was never fully asked to extend in a nice display to back up her Mar 30 jump out where she also showed good gate speed but was no match for a ridden out Shalaga. This heat was above average time for the day, but mindful of the Kennewell runner’s so will have to see what price she opens up at on debut. Expect her to lead on debut so hopefully a low barrier as well for an easy lead.
Big watch here. RHYTHM IS A DANCER had an official trial over 950m back on Nov 30 but was no match for the winner… that winner being Profiteer. He was given time, returning in Heat 2 (light pink) and finishing 2nd with the jockey sitting quietly as the winner was hard ridden - he kept up. Watching out for another jump out.
BALLARAT - 13 April 2021
Big win by ADORABLE HUAYU in Heat 1, with the 3yo jumping straight to the front and not giving much else a chance as she was being asked for an effort late. Fastest time of the morning too, so a very good return for her. She’s un-raced, so putting her on the watch list for a second jump out.
PAKENHAM - 13 April 2021
Hard not to get excited when you see a smart one come back to work. GIMMIE PAR was a 0.5L 2nd on debut to Ingratiating who was second up and then ran 2nd in the Blue Diamond a week later… they gapped 3rd by 2.5L and 4th by 4.25L. This half-sister of Ole Kirk is an exciting filly, and she was clearly a class above as she strolled in to win Heat 6 on Apr 13 (red) in her first jump out back. Very keen to see where she gets to in her first full preparation.
We mentioned BLISTERING after she won by lengths at Sale on Mar 31, but we were mindful of the opposition she faced. Now over the 600m at Pakenham, she led from start to finish in Heat 11 on Apr 13 (maroon and white stripes) and looked really comfortable in doing so, continually extending late to put a gap on 2nd. Am mindful that this was only 600m, but she was hitting the line with enough pace to suggest she was going on with it. She might have some talent and I’m sure her sole owner and trainer will be hoping for the same from this 2yo filly.
Impressive win by GUNDOWN in Heat 4, the 6yo gelding was trying to find a gap for the first part of the straight but once he found some, he really took off to find the lead and win well in the end ahead of Vibrant Glider.
The winner of Heat 8 (red), SMYTZER, is a son of I Am invincible and a half-brother to Cheer Leader.
MORNINGTON - 14 April 2021
AVENUE OF PLEASURE (black) is making a habit of just getting beat, finishing 2nd in Heat 12 on Apr 14 behind the un-named and un-raced UNENCUMBERED x PANAREA (blue with yellow sleeves) galloper. Think we can follow both of these runners though.
AVENUE OF PLEASURE goes into her second preparation for the G Begg yard, expecting some improvement again as she now matures into a late 3yo and looks to fulfil her $205k price tag.
The Tolson runner, under the breeding UNENCUMBERED x PANAREA, was a quiet 3rd over 700m on Mar 31 before this heat, sitting in behind the leader before finding room along the inside and being asked asked for an effort where there was a nice response to take the lead and win. Encouraging signs.
RATTLE AND BANG made his debut with Craig Williams on board in a pretty handy Moonee Valley race that was won by Written Beauty. He was immediately spelled and now potentially gelded as the 3yo returned to take out Heat 13 on Apr 14 (black) with ease, leading from start to finish while never being asked for an effort. He was clearly a class above this lot and clocked nice time for the morning. His first jump out back, so improvement to come still and think he has the talent to win a maiden very early this coming preparation.
JENNIFERWISH looks like a 2yo filly with some talent. She was 2nd on Mar 24, 1st on Mar 31 and then 1st again in Heat 15 on Apr 14 (blue), finishing just ahead of MIDWEST with a big gap to 3rd. Both these gallopers took up the lead and were clearly a class above and want to follow both of them.
MIDWEST is also quite handy and his form reads alright now. His debut was in a handy race in the lead up to the Blue Diamond, won by General Beau before finishing 3rd second up to the smart Tycoon Humma (won next start) and Frostin’ (won next start by 2.2L at $1.95) with a 3.25L gap to 4th.
The winner of this heat, REDDISUN, put in a really nice performance for the new Max Hinton stable. HE does have 12 starts for 0 wins and only 2 placings, so very cautious of this runner due to form. Regardless, nice first jump out.
FRONTMAN looked very nice over the 1000m, just finishing 2nd in Heat 6. He was disappointing in his last start, but the debut (also) behind Lightsaber was an impressive run. Expect a much improved third up run, most likely in town again.
ALL STARDOM wasn’t up to Group 3 level and then was a forgive in his last run before a spell when slow out, he’s better than that. Given time, he returned to win Heat 10 comfortably in the end and will give a BM58/BM64 a good go first up this preparation. His maiden win at Caulfield at Caulfield ahead of South Parade reads well now, with that runner recently winning 3 in a row at BM58, BM64 and BM64 level.
FLEMINGTON - 16 April 2021
Hard to miss the big grey. SHARWIN trailed a runner the whole way in an Apr 1 jump out, a completely different approach to her big win in Heat 6 on Apr 16 (red with white sleeves) where she showed really nice gate speed to lead and then kick away on the corner to win by several lengths. A $110k MM Yearling purchase in 2020, the filly has shown some talent to stamp herself as one to follow.
SUGARTOWN is quite unlucky to still be a maiden. She ran into Vowmaster on debut where 3rd, 4th and 5th have all won since. She then ran into Diamonds second up with a nice ~2L gap to 3rd. Returning in Heat 7 on Apr 16 (navy), the filly sat on speed under a really strong hold before coming wide in the straight and going to the line untouched to win. Looked like she could’ve opened up easily if asked. Doubt she opens long odds, but she’ll go very close first up this prep in a maiden.
If CLEAN MACHINE goes to a mid-week maiden before going back to city class, she wins. She matched motors with Viridine in Heat 1 (black with white/red sleeves) putting a good gap to 3rd (Platoon) to make it two nice jump outs in a row now. Quite like this filly.
Following his impressive Apr 9 win, REPEAL backed it up with a win in Heat 8 where he jumped cleanly, lead by a couple lengths and then was asked to extend in the straight, which he did. He won by a couple lengths but the time was slightly below average. Regardless, this was a nice bit of work and happy to continue following him.
Only his first jump out this preparation, RESTRICTIONS was alongside Soul Obsession past the line in Heat 9. A $750k Inglis purchase, he really hit the line strong here and looks to have some talent. A half-brother to Too Good Too Hard as well. On the watch list, expecting another jump out before debuting.