CRANBOURNE - 26 April 2021
RAMBEAU moves well. He jumped well from out wide in Heat 3 on Apr 26 (yellow with brown sleeves), took up the lead in the middle of the track and just went through the motions as he hit the line to win by ~5L lengths. The jockey never got him going but he still clocked a nice 800m time for the morning. He was clearly on a Magic Millions path in his first preparation, only competing in Melbourne once but it being the Ballarat Clockwise Classic. His form reads pretty well now too with those 4 career runs. He was a disappointing 12th in the Magic Millions race but his form does include a 3.7L 4th to Finance Tycoon and Shaquero. He can certainly win a 2yo maiden in Melbourne.
We mentioned EXPRESS MASTER after being a nice winner of an Apr 12 jump out and said to watch for another. Although it was a slow time, his Heat 10 win on Apr 26 (black) over the 1000m was exactly what we wanted to see. He sat on speed in the lead and pulled away late under his own steam, a super bit of work. Looks like he has some talent and we’re a fan!
Looks like DREAM WITNESS might go alright. This is her third lot of jump outs, taking out Heat 4 by a big margin and looking do it very stylishly. She went to the line with Wolves in a Jan 11 jump out as well but was given more time. Keen to see another bit of work.
THE CENTAURIAN looked to travel the best with ease out of the first four across the line in Heat 5 including Sir Kalahad, Sierra Sue and Neneka. The 8yo gelding has a first up record of 9 starts for 3x wins and 2x seconds…
He’s a regular jump out star, but DRATINI’s Heat 11 win was massive and in the fastest 1000m time of the day. Can win first up, just needs a low barrier to take up the lead and no more than a 1000m race.
FLEMINGTON - 26 April 2021
MAYBE THE BEST showed a really nice acceleration at multiple stages throughout Heat 5 on Apr 26 (red with white sleeves), getting up to finish 2nd to the smart Titan Blinders. The worry is the starts of this filly, being slowly away in a Apr 14 jump out as well as this heat. This heat in particular though, she settled last on the rail and got her way through traffic before attacking the line late and sprinting away from a couple of other handy ones. She was in front past the line too… handy bit of work for an un-raced 3yo filly. A $200k Easter Yearling purchase in 2019, these were very encouraging jump outs despite the tardy starts.
Was pretty confident on FRONTMAN last week at Pakenham. He’s been saved and is looking to target the upcoming QLD carnival. If we get him in a maiden before he goes up, he should be winning. He won Heat 8 with the blinkers on well.
Probably have to put the un-raced VAIL MOUNTAIN (red) in the blackbook as well, considering this gelding went to the line with Frontman in that heat. Looked like the winkers went on from the Apr 16 jump out, and he was definitely under more pressure than Frontman in this heat. Still worth keeping an eye on him.
RANTING is a smart colt. The 3yo clocked fastest 800m time of the morning, winning Heat 7.
MOE - 26 April 2021
FIELDS OF AQUADA debut 4th reads well with the likes of Capriccio, but his latest run was very poor but he was lame and did start $2.80 so suspect that was very short of his best. He returned on Jan 6 to split Savannah Cloud and Glenfiddich but was then given more time, returning again to win Heat 2 here but over only 675m. Like to see another jump out before he resumes, looks to be travelling well but just needs to put it together on race day.
CAMPERDOWN - 27 April 2021
MUTINOUS is travelling super ahead of his return. Following a Apr 19 jump out with Kev’s Girl and Pride Of Jenni, he backed that up with a super jump out in Heat 6 on Apr 27 (white and blue). He was slowly away, clearly last shortly after jumping but weaved his way through the field with ease to finish alongside Moor Wanted and Shantara, both are better than maiden grade. He looks to do a bit wrong still, but this was a nice bit of work.
LADY CUMBERLAND a super 1000m jump out win in Heat 11 on Apr 27. Resuming off a 9-week let up after finishing a close 2nd on debut with unreal form coming from the race. He was 2nd to Electric Belle who then won a BM58 next start with a 2L+ gap to 3rd being Southern Magnolia who then came out and won a MDN by 2.2L herself. La Spezia was then 4th who came out to finish 2nd, 3rd and 1st in her next three starts in MDN’s. 5th was 8L away (!) and even that runner then came out and was 2nd in MDN in her next start. Super form, super jump out and expect him to go very very close to winning when he resumes for his second career run.
Kylie Vella generally has her debutants fit and firing, expecting ZUPAGROOVE to be no different after winning Heat 7. This 4yo closed super over the top of Continuance and in only his first jump out this preparation. Looking for another jump out to back this up.
ALMSGIVER looked quite handy when closing well in Heat 12 to finish 3rd over 1000m to a race fit Moonlight Maid. The un-raced 3yo gelding didn’t look out of place and looked like he had a bit more to give late in a field that included some nice previous winners. Only his first jump out, so one we will be watching for.
BENDIGO - 27 April 2021
LINE OF DESCENT is moving well and without his winkers or blinkers. Following an Apr 19 jump out where he jumped to the front and won just ahead of the 68-rated Ville Chanson, the gelding was slowly away in Heat 5 on Apr 27 (blue) and was forced to take a sit and travel very wide throughout without cover. He came up the middle of the track under his own steam though, hitting the line super to get up and win just on the line. He started $4.40 on debut and had W Pike riding, so they obviously had an opinion of him. Given time, maybe now we see this best of this 4yo gelding.
CHAMBERY was poor on debut, starting $4.40 but only managing to finish 12th of 14 runners… back to the jump outs as a result, the 2yo filly jumped well from out wide in Heat 9 on Apr 27 (navy blue), was put under a strangle hold when ridden in behind the speed before finding a gap very late and showing a beautiful turn of foot to almost get up and win. She only had the one Apr 6 trial prior to her debut, so expect a much improved performance second up.
RED JEWELS will be in it a long way when resuming from a let up. We need a BM58, a low barrier and hopefully a nice price ($10+) as she will jump straight to the front and it’ll be a matter of whether they can catch her. Nice win in Heat 2 ahead of the nice El Salto.
LAVEE STAR ran a huge debut race at a huge price ($151), finishing a 2.4L 3rd to Shotmaker and Smart Design while running the meeting’s fastest L800m, L600m and 2nd fastest L400m. A nice jump out win in his return, winning Heat 4 ahead of a race fit Damagic (very poor race form though). He might open at big odds again first up and having been given time to mature, he could’ve come back better now as a 4yo horse. Country maiden?
Huge win by COMANO in Heat 10, and he ran really slick time as well for the 800m. Having switched back to the Charmaine Barnes stable after a stint with Jason Warren, the 4yo gelding will be looking to finally break his maiden after an 11-week let up following a consistent campaign that saw him finish no worse than 5th but no better than 3rd. Can win a country maiden.
Clearly something went wrong in her Apr 20 official trial (lost by 39.7L), with VERA’S DIAMOND putting in a much improved performance to win Heat 15 over 1000m very comfortably. She was given a rev up late but was too good.
SANDOWN - 27 April 2021
Expecting ROCKRIBBED to go alright on debut following some nice jump outs. After a nice Apr 13 win, the 3yo gelding put in another nice performance where he showed some fight late when closing well to win Heat 11 on Apr 27 (light blue) ahead of the super debut winner Duke of Neworleans. He’s had a fair few jump outs and trials now, most notably a 3L win over 1040m at Randwick back in December 2020. Owned by Ciaron Maher Racing, he can go close on debut.
RATTLE AND BANG with another nice jump out in Heat 1 (black). He showed nice early speed to lead and travelled well, despite being ridden out late but he did cross the line with some handy horses in Felicia, Bumper Blast and Rox The Castle. Quickest time of the morning by over 0.5s too. Huge watch first up.
SET THE SAILS was a big eye catcher from Heat 5. After being 2nd over 650m on Apr 20 (in a quick heat), the 2yo colt closed super in Heat 5 (pink) after settling to the rear of the field. He was travelling a lot better than the rest of the field late and was under a lot less pressure.
PAKENHAM - 27 April 2021
VIBRANT GLIDER was taken back to last (green silks) before coming around the field when pushed out to win Heat 2. The 3yo gelding has some handy form now and will go very close to winning a BM64 first up. Not completely sure he was wearing any blinkers here either.
First jump out for the new stable and MILLIONMOSS made it a nice win, taking out Heat 5 but did only beat the 2yo Brazen Boy and a couple other maiden’s so not much substance as the time wasn’t super slick either. Regardless, a nice start for the new stable.
FLEMINGTON - 30 April 2021
JOSEYLIN was a class above again, winning Heat 3 on Apr 30 (white) following that impressive Apr 20 official trial win. The 2yo filly jumped cleanly, took up the lead and never looked like losing when leading the whole way. This preparation she’ll be looking to fulfil the expectations that were on her on debut and we expect her to be going close first up. Keen to follow her but also treading careful in regard to price.
An ex-Michelle Payne horse, SOTIRIO had first jump out for the Ellerton & Zahra yard and it was a smart win in Heat 4. Being by Lonhro out of a Redoute's Choice mare, so the 975m first up run last prep was always going too short and of her three starts after that, her two good runs came when she sat on pace and the ordinary run came when she settled further back. Keen to see another bit of work first, but expect the Ellerton & Zahra to stretch her out further than 975m first up and she’s one to keep an eye on
Heat 8 was the slowest heat for the day, but ICANTOO (black with white sleeves) and BRAZEN BULLY (red with white sleeves) were obvious eye catchers as they went stride for stride and crossed the line together. It was very hard to split them, with BRAZEN BULLY the obvious one to following being still a maiden but also only his first jump out back following a 3-start prep as a gelding. Expect him be improved now as a late 3yo in his second prep as a gelding.