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Weekly Review - April 25 to May 1

CRANBOURNE - 26 April 2022

Very keen to follow PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE in her debut. We mentioned her after her impressive Apr 11 win where she showed a lovely turn of foot, backing that up with a solid 2nd in Heat 9 on Apr 26 to the ex-Hawkes runner Almighty Rising. As mentioned previously, she was a $500k Inglis purchase as a half-sister to the multiple time group-placed Missrock and has performed at the jump outs on multiple occasions. Expecting her to go very well on debut.


A third jump out for DOSH and certainly her best bit of work, bolting in Heat 1 on Apr 26 over the 800m in the second fastest time of the morning. She’s a speedy filly and will be flying first up, so look for her over 1000m first up.

It was the slowest time of the morning, but ZOE MAE led comfortably throughout Heat 4 on Apr 26 before extending away in the straight to record a dominant victory. The 4yo mare only has the 1x win and 2x placings from 13x starts, but she prefers the wet with the sole win and all the placings coming on soft/heavy tracks. One to watch in BM58’s over winter that may be able to pop up at a price.

EASY SINGLE was super over the concluding stages of Heat 5 on Apr 26 to record a very nice win as he just got over the top of Libertus. The runner that really caught the eye in this heat was the un-raced 4yo TOUCH OF PATIENCE, who went to the line untouched in 3rd place in only his first jump out this preparation. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

Two easy jump out wins now for MAXIMILLIUS ahead of his return including his first on Apr 19 prior to his win in Heat 8 on Apr 26 which was very comfortable in the third fastest time of the morning. His debut at Flemington behind Lofty Strike and English Riviera reads well now and can go well first up on the back these.

Two impressive jump out wins now for RUSSIAN MINT. have him finishing last in a Apr 19 synthetic jump out, but he’s actually the winner in the white silks as he doesn’t have the big baldy white face of the horse that finishes last. He was again an impressive winner of Heat 10 on Apr 26, showing a tremendous turn of foot over the concluding stages to win by a big margin. The 2yo Russian Revolution colt looks like he has some talent.

Look to follow SHOTMAKER first up from a 7-week let up in potentially a BM70, even a BM78, following his win in Heat 18 on Apr 26 over the 1000m.

It was the slowest of the 1000m jump outs, but GABSTAR showed a lovely turn of foot to get over the leaders to win Heat 18 on Apr 26. She’s resuming off a 10-week let up after a previous Feb 14 win, so it’s taking her a bit of time to get back to the races following her last start 4th to Adele Amour, Barb Raider and El Patroness, which is certainly very handy form now. Keeping an eye out for another jump out prior to her resuming.

MOE - 26 April 2022


This is a big stable change. DIO is a 3yo colt that’s a full-brother to Sunlight and Sisstar, purchased for $85K on the Inglis Online Sales in January 2022 after having the 5x starts for 1x placing as a $1.1m purchase from the 2020 Inglis Yearling Sales. His full-brother was just purchased at the 2022 Inglis Yearling Sales by Coolmore for $3m. He was with the Hawkes yard before switching oveto Chris Waller but is now with Gareth Andrews following that purchase. He finished 2nd in Heat 7 on Apr 26 over the 1000m, cruising to the line in his first jump out for the new stable. He’s still a colt, so keep an eye out for if they do decide to geld him as that might be the difference, but he’s always shown some talent with a super pedigree so think he’s a lovely buy and can certainly win some races in country VIC.

TERANG - 26 April 2022

Near impossible to see the 800m jump outs down the back, which makes it very hard to highlight and follow any of the runners with any confidence.

PAKENHAM - 27 April 2022


Foxicon beat SMOKIN’ HOLLY first up last preparation at Bairnsdale where they gapped 3rd by 6L. SMOKIN’ HOLLY then went on to be 2nd to No Baby No (gapping 3rd by 3.25L) and then 4th at Flemington where Elite Icon (2nd) and Silly Salmon (3rd) both won their next starts and she had another good 1.7L gap to 5th. She got the better of Foxicon in her return jump out, taking out Heat 2 on Apr 27 over the 1000m in impressive fashion, showing her speed again. She’ll be hard to beat first up in a 1000m country maiden.

Big win by WINNING REVOLUTION, clocking the fastest 800m time of the morning en route to his victory in Heat 10 on Apr 27. The 2yo son of Winning Rupert previously won an Apr 20 jump out as well and certainly looks primed to make his debut now.

MORNINGTON - 27 April 2022

As mentioned after her Apr 5 jump out win, SEYDOUX furthered her claims with a win over 900m in Heat 13 on Apr 27 and looks to be a filly we need to follow first up. She’s had the 1x run since August 2021, a 5th up the straight at Flemington where she was 5.2L behind Madame Du Gast where Elite Icon (2nd) has won a MDN and BM64 since and Silly Salmon (3rd) has won a MDN since. Doesn’t look like she had the blinkers on in either of her jump outs as she’s led from start to finish in both. Big watch first up, expecting her to go well with some nice form and nice jump outs.


CITY OF LIGHTS is a 2yo Deep Impact filly that’s a half-sister of Winx, so she’ll have some lofty expectations when she does get to the track. She was put under pressure late in Heat 8 on Apr 27, closing well to finish 2nd to Vegas Diva in the exact same finish as her Apr 6 jump out where she was also 2nd to Vegas Diva. Noting that today’s jump out was won in 54.94s, well above the days average of 53.65s and the second slowest of the morning. She’s worth following purely on breeding though.

CATALINA BLACK CAT has had the 4x career starts with his two best runs (2nd and 4th) coming on a Soft7 and Heavy8 track, while his other two poor runs (7th and 10th) came on a Soft5 and Good4 track, so he clearly likes the wet and is coming back at the right time. He had a tick over jump out on Apr 6 when 2nd, while his win in Heat 11 on Apr 27 will have him ready to go this prep. Look for him on a wet track.

RATTLE AND BANG won Heat 14 on Apr 27 over the 700m in a very slick 43.97s, one of the fastest times we have recorded over the past couple of years. The 4yo gelding led from start to finish and held off a fast finishing ITZHOT in 2nd place.

SANTA FE ROSE has the 2x career starts for 2x wins and the 4yo mares win over the 700m in Heat 15 on Apr 27 in 43.24s is the fastest 700m time we have recorded, so super quick. She ran right past a race fit and ridden out Steel Choice to record a dominant win. Lovely return.

BALLARAT - 28 April 2022


ROSALIA was meant to be ridden further forward first up but was slowly away and settled further back than anticipated for a disappointing run. She was back at the jump outs, bolting in Heat 2 on Apr 28 over the 1100m when leading throughout, clocking a nice 1:05.23s vs Heljami’s time of 1:07.44s in the heat after. She didn’t have a jump out prior to that first up run either, so maybe she’s one that will take some improvement second up and run a race at a big price?

Would be interested to know if WILD KOMODO was gelded in the 3-week break he had between his four jump outs. He had two jump outs in Mar where he finished 7th of 10 and 10th of 10 before having that freshen up. He returned to finish 2nd on Apr 13 where he sat on speed and was ridden out to close well enough before the blinkers went on and he led from start to finish in Heat 7 on Apr 28 to win well under minimal pressure, despite not beating much. He’s a 3yo gelding by Unencumbered that’s a half-sister to Harmony Rose who was the Group 1 placed in the Randwick Guineas and Vinery Stud prior to winning the Albury Cup in her last career run before retirement. This latest jump out was good enough to go well on debut, but the three prior jump outs were a bit iffy so probably best to tread with caution while still following where he pops up on debut.

WANGARATTA - 29 April 2022


Keeping an eye on MISS MAMBA. The 3yo filly debuted for Josh Julius back in October but finished a disappointing 7th of 9 ($21 SP) where she was then spelled. She jumped out for Archie Alexander on Apr 13 when 2nd to regular jump out star Miss Cumberland while defeating Moon Yanco (since 2nd MDN) and then again in Heat 9 on Apr 29 where the big grey just cruised to the line in 4th place. She might be one to spec at a price as she looks to be a nice mover.

FLEMINGTON - 29 April 2022


Another nice well held jump out from BREAKING GROUND, his 3rd placing in Heat 2 on Apr 29 marking the third jump out this preparation following jump outs on Apr 8 and Apr 22. He just cruised throughout todays jump out while under a super strong hold from the jockey and although he finished 3rd, he looked as though he easily could’ve kicked away to win. Nice moving Snitzel colt.

Ignore HURRICANE THUNDER’s first jump out last week on Apr 22, he missed the kick and was never really in it but did look to go on with it past the line. The 2yo gelding jumped much better in Heat 4 on Apr 29, taking up the lead and cruising throughout to win and extend past the line under minimal pressure. A $100k Magic Millions purchase in 2021, he looks to be a nice mover.

Big win by the Starcraft gelding in IMASUPERSTAR, bolting in Heat 10 on Apr 29 in the fastest time of the morning as he clocked 48.95s vs the days average of 50.74s. He took off straight to the front and gave nothing else a chance, but was even given some urgings from the jockey to get going and continue on through the line. He missed the start in his first jump out on Apr 14 and was forced to sit behind the leaders where he overraced a little and really wanted to get on with it and do what he did in todays heat. Nice win, just a touch mindful of him being just a run and jump horse that might be left with nothing in the tank late in races, time will tell.

ROSEHILL - 29 April 2022

SPITZER - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Apr 29 (Rosehill) - the Hawkes camp have a nice 2yo gelding on their hands here - won this heat in 56.28s vs days average of 56.15s, so slightly below average - jumped well enough and was extremely hard held by Willy Pike in the early stages to drop back, but didn’t overreach and looked relaxed - was taken to the middle of the track in the straight and once he was given a couple of pushes and free reign, he made up the ground on the leaders in a matter of strides and looked super! - a $140k MM Gold Coast Yearling purchase in 2021, elite first trial.

EXTRAWEIRD - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou

Apr 29 (Rosehill) - won in 55.45s, the third fastest time of the morning and above the days average of 56.15s - the 3yo filly wasn’t away great, but mustered early speed to get a nice lead along the fence and kick away in the straight to record a comfortable 2.31L win ahead of Wonderwomen who was resuming off a 12-week let up with some residual fitness - handled the Heavy track here well, nice first trial this prep.

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