CRANBOURNE - 17 April 2023
POP ROCK clearly has a lot to learn as he was non-stop fighting the jockey in the early stages of both of his jump outs. He finished off really nicely from the back in his Apr 3 jump out on the grass but did it a bit different in a small field in Heat 4 on Apr 17 on the synthetic track, leading and being urged to finish off from the front. We would’ve liked to see him kick away from Bao Bun considering she’s a 5-start maiden but she was keeping with him, even making up ground late without being put under pressure. Thought this jump out was just a pass which is a shame considering how good his first jump out was, but maybe he didn’t like the synthetic track?
TERANG - 17 April 2023
Super bit of work from the un-race SIERRA DE GREDOS in Heat 7 on Apr 17, the 3yo gelding settling last throughout but closing superbly down the middle of the track as he was put under pressure, taking ground off Our Playboy who skipped away to a bit of a lead but he was quickly eating that up late over the 1000m. Unsure which one he was in his Apr 11 jump out as there are no silks, but if he’s the outside as the results suggest, he was well held and cruised there. A son of Almanzor, you won’t see many maiden’s take ground off a horse of Our Playboy’s calibre so a super bit of work and a gelding we want to follow.
Splitting the raced pair of Wannabe Famous (3: 1-0-2) and Angelone (3: 1-1-1) in Heat 2 on Apr 17 was the un-raced JUST WATCH ME in a lovely bit of work and what was almost as impressive was her work past the line with Wannabe Famous, going stride for stride with that galloper. A 3yo daughter of Deep Field, this was her fourth jump out this preparation having been a $340k purchase back in 2021 and they did clock the second fastest time of the morning here on the Heavy track, so expecting her to be one to keep a close eye on for her debut, especially as we look towards the Warrnambool carnival.
Liked the look of OFCOURSE I WILL with the baldy face in Heat 3 on Apr 17. Connections have been patient with this 4yo son of Reward For Effort and it looks to have paid off if his first jump out here was anything to go by as he cruised along the inside fence under a hold. It look as though he was going to finish an easy 2nd but was slightly held back late to finish 4th but then let go again past the line where he was in front, which is something we always look out for. There wasn’t anything of quality in this jump out and they didn’t break the clock, but thought he moved well enoug to keep a close eye on into another jump out.
PAKENHAM - 18 April 2023
SHADOWIST was quite green and looked to have a bit to learn, as you’d expect from an un-raced 3yo, but he was solid in his win of Heat 4 on Apr 18 and love the fact he did so ahead of Shuffle Dancer (who’s coming off a 5-week freshen up following a Group 2 win) with a gap back to 3rd, albeit only over 750m but he did clock the fastest time of the morning. It’s only his first jump out this prep so one for the watchlist.
BENDIGO - 18 April 2023
MORNINGTON - 19 April 2023
ARARAT - 21 April 2023
WATCHLIST CHAMMAK CHALLO had the 2x trials in NSW for 2x 2nd’s, making the switch to the McEvoy’s in VIC where she went straight to the front and bolted in over 850m in Heat 3 on Apr 21, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process where the Heavy track was clearly no worries. We don’t love the McEvoy horses that just lead and bolt in but considering she’s only been with the stable for 3 weeks and she’s owned by Gerry Harvey, we can likely trust her. She’s by I Am Invincible out of a Redoute’s Choice mare that finished 2nd in the Group 3 Geelong Cup over 2400m while also being Group 2 placed over 1600m, she’s well bred and looks to have some talent.
We mentioned STEPARTY following his Apr 6 win at Horsham and it was the same result in Heat 8 on Apr 21 as he won quite comfortably in the end. It was the manner in which he won this that we liked, travelling wide and midfield throughout before being put under pressure at the top of the straight and being asked to extend, in which he certainly did and the jockey was kind to him late when the job was done. He looks a nice moving 2yo colt.
NEED A MIRACLE got a lovely run up the rail on debut but also was unlucky, held up several times and never really was fully tested but still managed 3rd behind Miss Galore. He clocked the meetings fastest L400m, second fastest L600m and third fastest L200m, so ran home super from last despite being held up. Given a 6-week let up, he returned in Heat 14 on Apr 21 where he was given a very easy time out the back but wide, coming to the outside of the track and cruising to the line but going very nicely. Think he can run a race second up but his racing pattern suggests he’ll need some luck (or a miracle lol).
FLEMINGTON - 21 April 2023
GRAND LARCENY was the pick of Heat 9 on Apr 21. The 2yo Zoustar colt was slowly away but quickly mustered the speed to take a sit just off the leaders where he was under a hold with the mouth open, wanting to go on with it where he was then allow to slide around the leaders and cruised to the line very nicely with no pressure coming from the jockey. He looks a nice mover and as a $800k purchase being a half-brother to Yes Yes Yes, there will be plenty of expectation for when he hits the track. It’s only his first career jump out.
Thought BURNT ORANGE won Heat 10 on Apr 21 in her first jump out back this prep and is one to monitor. Likewise the Irish imports MONARCHS BRAE for Chris Waller and ENGELINE for Nick Ryan, both of whom were doing their best work late and will clearly appreciate more ground, albeit having only their first jump out in Aus here.
It wasn’t against much quality, but RAJNISH was a class above in Heat 12 on Apr 21 as he hit the line really nicely, closing off through and past the line. His third jump out this prep so he’s ready to go to the races now.
A pair of jump out wins now for EIGHTPOINTONE, the latest coming in Heat 13 on Apr 21 as the 2yo gelded son of Kermadec clocked the third fastest time of the morning. He showed great gate speed here and did everything very easily as he was a class above. Price Bloodstock owned and trained by Lindsay Park, so it wouldn’t surprise to see him head over to Hong Kong.
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