Weekly Review - April 18 to April 24
CRANBOURNE - 19 April 2022
Another super jump out by TREOTTO in Heat 2 on Apr 19, although he finished 2nd over the 990m here as he was no match for Riverplate late, a Busuttin runner who has finished 2.6L off a Group 3 and 2.4L off a Group 2 prior to running in the Caulfield Guineas. He showed tremendous gate speed again to lead and went to the line under a hold with ease where they clocked 58.20s, a very slick time. He beat home Quraysha in that first Mar 21 jump out with that runner coming out and winning impressively by 1.2L first up, so there is some nice form from the jump outs too. He’s going to be very hard to beat in a maiden on debut.
Two slick jump out wins for the I Am Invincible filly in GAME TO LOVE, taking out Heat 5 on Apr 19 ahead of Gorgeous Prophet for a nice all the way win. As mentioned after her Apr 4 jump out win, she promised to be a smart filly in her debut prep but failed to break the maiden. She clocked 44.20s here that was faster than our overall average of 45.11s, so she’s won in nice time to back up the nice visual performance. She’ll go well first up on the back of these.
We have a high opinion of the un-raced 3yo colt Treotto, but he was upstaged late by another 3yo colt in RIVERPLATE who stormed home late from the back of the field to get up and win Heat 2 on Apr 19 over the 990m on the synthetic. The stable have clearly always had an opinion of this colt considering he had a Caulfield Guineas prep before going over to NZ for the 3YO Karaka Listed race, so he’ll likely head to some nice races again this prep but hopefully they kick him off in a maiden first up to get some confidence.
We mentioned DUSSE after her Apr 4 win ahead of Tapessa who won on debut at Geelong, so the form has been franked there. She had previous jump outs on Mar 15 and Mar 28, but her win here in Heat 9 on Apr 19 is arguably her most impressive bit of work as she led from start to finish and travelled beautifully under no jockey pressure. Looks a potentially nice 2yo filly in the making.
WODONGA - 19 April 2022
IMA GURU had a fair bit on these, sprinting away down the straight in Heat 1 on Apr 19 to record a very easy official trial win. The jockey gave him a little push at the 200m mark, looked over the shoulder and saw he had heaps on the rest of them and then just sat quietly for the remainder of the heat. Don’t think he beat much in terms of quality and he only clocked 48.50s, slightly below the days average of 49.29s, but visually this was a really nice win so worth following.
ATOMIC SELFIE held the rail and held off some quality opposition, such as Aysar and Front Page, in Heat 3 on Apr 19 in a nice bit of work.
You won’t see many bigger wins than LUVIN’ OUR GRACE in Heat 7 on Apr 19 over the 1200m, with the grey lovely the wet conditions and bolting in by 10L in 1:15.17s. The 3yo filly is a 2x start maiden with 0x placings who comes down to Ben Brisbourne having moved around a bit - she started in QLD but was bought by Trilogy Racing for $30k at the MM Online Sales in December where she then trialled in NSW twice (failing to beat home a runner) and now finds herself in VIC. She’ll have to be a price to entertain a small play on her, but this was a nice win.
PAKENHAM - 20 April 2022
MISS WINNY started $61 on debut and ran 9th of 11 in a disappointing performance. She then had a jump out at Moe but clearly something was wrong as she was then spelled immediately. The 3yo filly returned in an 800m jump out on Mar 29, finishing 3rd to Outback Action (since 2nd in MDN on debut) and Blistering (since 2nd in a HCP race at Caulfield). She was back at the jump outs in Heat 2 on Apr 20 over the 1000m, leading from start to finish to win well ahead of the talented Pick Za Beans. Would think she starts a big price first up and would be a very low confidence play, but might be one worth a spec.
No surprise to see SARTORIAL SPLENDOUR winning his jump out, taking out Heat 4 on Apr 20 in the fastest time of the morning.
Quite an easy win for DESERT STAR (blue), kicking away and winning Heat 5 on Apr 20 by a big margin where he was ridden out and really pushed along. He only clocked 50.95s, the slowest of the 5x heats and beat home I AM CAVIAR (red), the I Am Invincible colt out of Black Caviar, who has obviously had a bit of attention ahead of this. He just cruised throughout with the head down and looked very relaxed - hard to get a guide from this jump out.
STAWELL - 21 April 2022
HOLLYWOOD SIREN looks to be tracking well ahead of her return to the races. She was always out the back and never tested in her first jump out on Mar 22 and then was quietly ridden again on Apr 7 when 3rd and defeating Nicstar (4th) easily, that runner since running 2nd first up. She stepped up to 1000m in Heat 3 on Apr 21 and was again quietly ridden in behind the speed, looking like she had a lot more to give behind some more experienced gallopers. She can run well first up this prep.
ZOUTHUR might have a nice turn of foot. The 2yo Zoustar colt made up a good ~3L (at least) when sticking to the rail to win Heat 7 on Apr 21. He was given a couple of niggles around the ~150m mark but really did his best work late as he extended, defeating the 3yo Nabbed. The nose roll went on from his quiet Apr 7 jump out. He’s a well bred colt that was a $200k Inglis purchase and looks to be one to follow on debut.
Now with Andrew Bobbin, OCEAN BEYOND recorded a huge win in Heat 9 on Apr 21. He’s always shown plenty of talent but has largely unfilled it and is still only 83-rated. He’s one to monitor, Andrew might take him through the grades to get some confidence up before going back to town. Although, he’s only ever seen Good tracks in his 10x starts so he’ll be unknown on the wet tracks.
Thought the un-named colt/gelding with the breeding HEADWATER x LOQUACIOUS LASS closed well down the middle of the track to finish 2nd in Heat 11 on Apr 21. It was only his first jump out but he looked to be a nice enough mover to be one to follow for another jump out.
DANAUSTAR has now been gelded and won like a nice horse in Heat 13 on Apr 21. The 3yo gelding jumped super to lead along the rail before kicking away and going to the line under a strong hold with a lot more to give. He had a previous jump out on Apr 7, but this bit of work was clearly more impressive and showed he might be one that can go through the grades as a gelding.
BURUM went to the line with Bam’s On Fire and Frankie Pinot in his first jump out on Apr 7 due o break away leader in Moon And Back (who ran 6th first up in a HCP race). The roles were reversed in her second jump out in Heat 16 on Apr 21, with the 3yo filly being that break away leader where she recorded a massive win in the second fastest time of the morning. She hasn’t been seen since her 1.8L debut win at Mornington as a 2YO, but she looks to be in really good order ahead of her return.
FLEMINGTON - 22 April 2022
After being a beaten sub-$2 favourite in both runs this preparation, ALONTRO has made the switch to the Ellerton yard, winning Heat 2 on Apr 22 in the second fastest time of the morning following a 6-week let-up as well. Not sure he’ll be a betting proposition first up for the new stable as he’s likely short, but worth keeping in mind for improvement as that switch may do him good (he’s still a colt though…).
After initially following COUNT NICHOLAS, he looked like he was on a treadmill late in Heat 3 on Apr 22. Not quite sure on where he’s at and it wouldn’t surprise to see him spelled (or gelded) prior to debuting.
VELOURS BLEU had the better of Rainbow Thief late to record a soft and nice win in Heat 4 on Apr 22.
BREAKING GROUND is a potentially nice 2yo colt for Chris Waller. Although it was nearly the slowest time of the morning, the son of Snitzel’s win in Heat 5 on Apr 22 was that of a horse that had some talent, leading from start to finish to record a soft win. He had a previous jump out on Apr 8 that showed his versatility as he sat midfield with cover there before really attacking the line hard and making good ground past the line under a strong hold. We’ll be monitoring where he goes from here.
OPPOSING was scratched during the week, likely due to the wet tracks, electing to head back to the jump outs for a third time where he finished a very close 2nd in Heat 8 on Apr 22 in the second fastest time of the morning. He’s had those previous Mar 25 and Apr 8 jump outs and certainly looks primed to debut for Lindsay Park now. Big watch in a BM64 first up.
OTHER - NSW
RINGMASTER - Michael Freedman
Apr 19 (Randwick [Soft7]) - the late turn of foot here was super - the 2yo gelding sat midfield throughout but exploded in the straight to record a very easy 2.94L win over the 1050m - he clocked 1:04.12s vs day’s average of 1:04.58s - first trial over 736m on Apr 4, just was no match for Vinnie’s Spirit late, with that runner winning Trial 7 prior to this but in slower time - he was a $425k buy from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and his a half-brother to Twitch, Fiery Red and Blazerro (Group 2 placed over 1600m).
AMBASSADORS - Peter & Paul Snowden
Apr 19 (Randwick [Soft7]) - this 2yo Zoustar colt looked to have a lovely big stride as he closed off super to finish a close 0.8L 2nd, but will be mindful that the winner clocked the slowest 1050m time of the morning at 1:05.80s vs day’s average of 1:04.58s - his first trial back on Jan 13 over 780m on the synthetic saw him closer well too, taking ground off Richon late who has since ran 2nd in a MDN and was 5.68L off Sejardan in the Group 2 Todman - lovely mover despite the slow time, he’s one to watch for another trial (hopefully).
O’TYCOON - Bjorn Baker
Dec 16 (Warwick Farm) - Bjorn Baker has a smart 2yo here, the son of Written Tycoon couldn’t have been more impressive - despite being slowly away, he cruised up to sit 3-4 wide, asked for an effort at the top of the straight and exploded to the front to win by 2.31L ahead of Snitcat, a 2yo with race fitness and experience who then ran 2nd and 3rd - he was a $180k Inglis Classic Yearling Purchase - super trial.
Apr 22 (Warwick Farm) - smart 2yo colt here with 2x trial wins now - he jumped beautifully here, went forward and travelled beautifully with the head down - kicked away late and was a class above - clocked 48.31s vs days average of 48.75s and a L600m of 33.86s vs days average of 34.20s - smart colt.
THE ROCKWELL SCALE - Matthew Dunn
Apr 22 (Warwick Farm) - clocked 48.18s vs days average of 48.75s - second classy all the way win for this 3yo gelding, showed good gate speed and went to the line under a hold - was a $150k buy - was 3rd on debut to Fluctuate who then won a CL1 at next start - one to watch first up in his second career prep.
Please see below for our TopSport Trial Time Graphs for the NSW Trials this week, being at Randwick and Warwick Farm:
OTHER - NZ
LUXURIANT (NZ) - Mark Walker
The 4yo mare's trial win on Apr 19 was MASSIVE and she clocked a very slick 00:59.03s (vs day’s average of 00:59.73s), which was the fastest time of the morning (15x heats) - she missed the start by well over 5L, but slowly edged her way forward and then responded super to riding in the straight to go past the entire field and somehow win… she had no right to win this. She had a previous trial on Apr 12 where she was away fine, sat midfield and then responded to riding in the straight to win over the 800m. Super trials...
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