Weekly Review - April 3 to April 9
CRANBOURNE - 3 April 2023
POP ROCK did everything wrong in the early stages of Heat 9 on Apr 3, fighting the jockey for most of the back straight as he raced wide throughout but once he straightened up and got into his work, he closed superbly over the concluding stages to win. He was put under some slight pressure from the jockey but looked to really respond, extending late and really attacking the line, a really nice debut jump out from this 3yo son of Shamus Award. He’ll likely have another bit of work before debuting but he looks to be one we want to be following.
DANCELITTLESISTER held off a race fit Set The Sails in Heat 15 on Apr 3, a solid second jump out over the 1000m that will top her off nicely for her resumption. She’s very speedy and leads, so it’s no surprise to see her win both of her jump outs and she’ll attempt to do the same first up so look for her over 1000m with a low barrier in a 0-64 or BM58.
HAMILTON - 3 April 2023
It was a big and easy win for TORONADO ROUGE in Heat 2 on Apr 3, allowing the breakaway leader to do its thing while she just cruised a few lengths off him before getting a very easy run along the inside to record that dominant victory in nice time over the 1000m. She did similar in her Mar 16 jump out but couldn’t quite reel in the leader in Easy Jay (who has since ran 3rd in a MDN) but did put a solid gap on 3rd place that day. She could only manage 6th on debut but was quite unlucky as she was on the back of the leader who dropped out to finish last and as a result, she went from sitting 2nd before the bend to near last at the top of the straight (stewards report says held up from 400m to 250m) - in addition, she still managed to run the 4th fastest L200m of the meeting so if she didn’t get on the back of a donkey, she arguably could’ve kicked away and won. She’s been given time since then and looks to have come back in good order so she’s a filly to keep an eye on first up in her second preparation.
TATURA - 3 April 2023
A change of stables for GRAND POPE having been bought for $60k at the Inglis sales at the start of the year. A 5yo gelding that’s talented but hasn’t always had things go his way where a change scenery and race strength might do him a world of good. His talents were on full display in Heat 6 on Apr 3 as he showed that tremendous turn of foot to fly home and win by several lengths when pushed out. A BM64 at a country track first up would be perfect!
TAPO did everything but win last preparation, finishing 2nd and 3rd in all four of her runs. She was entered in at Yarra Valley on Monday to resume with no jump outs or trials but they scratched her to have a jump out here in Heat 11 on Apr 3. She showed some nice gate speed where was challenged in the early stages but didn’t lay down, fighting that horse off to clearly lead and then kicked away around the bend to open up a margin and record quite an easy dominant win in the end. She’ll likely head to the races now on the back of only 1x jump out but if she finds that mid-week 1000m maiden, she’ll be competitive.
BALLARAT - 4 April 2023
PAKENHAM - 4 April 2023
Unseen since running 3rd on debut at Kempton Park in Great Britain back in Nov 2021, SEA SPEEDWELL finds her way to Peter Moody in Australia and based on her work in Heat 4 on Apr 4, she looks to be in good order. This 5yo mare is very lightly raced and just cruised to the line over the 800m here in amongst some very speedy sprinters such as Smokin’ Holly, Frigid and Lady Dunmore, all of whom have won multiple races while she’s still a maiden that will likely get over some distance. Lovely first jump out, look for her to have another before resuming over 1400m+.
TRAPEZE WARRIOR showed quite a turn of foot to win Heat 7 on Apr 4, settling at the rear of the field in the early stages, some 2L off the second last horse before then getting to the outside and closing superbly late to get up and win by a couple of lengths. He’s done similar in his previous jump outs, finishing 2nd on Mar 14 where he also settled last and closed down the outside and again finishing 2nd on Mar 28 in the same fashion. This 2yo colt is by Trapeze Artist out of the mare Cocoa Doll, meaning he’s a half-brother to stablemates Brazen Boy and Written Swoosh where they paid $850k for this colt, his half-brother by Snitzel more recently being sold for $950k, so plenty of expectations on the family. His racing pattern doesn’t look to be betting friendly as he gets back and runs on, but three recent jump outs will have him ready to go on debut.
KYNETON - 5 April 2023
The 2yo ARTISIAN and the 5yo FOXPATH were in a speed battle throughout Heat 3 on Apr 5 with the younger 2yo getting the better of the race fit older horse late, winning by a couple lengths in the clear fastest time of the morning and one of the quicker overall time we have recorded, so very slick.
Think we can follow both of these gallopers - the 2yo ARTISIAN was having his third jump out while FOXPATH was resuming from a 10-week let up following 5-runs that included 3x 2nd’s without his maiden win - both will be suited in 1000m maidens.
CRANBOURNE - 5 April 2023
SHE’S PRETTY RICH was a class above in Heat 2 on Apr 5, winning by 3L over the 800m in the second fastest time of the morning, extending away late when she was put under pressure after sitting wide and on-speed throughout the early stages. In her 7-career starts, she’s only contest 1x race that wasn’t at Group or Listed level, being her maiden win - she’s still only 61-rated so a BM64 first up would certainly be suitable but considering this was only her first bit of work, expecting another jump out prior to resuming.
Worth keeping an eye on the two un-raced 2yo’s from Heat 3 on Apr 5 being CORAL TREASURE (1st) and ROVNO AMBER (2nd) where they put a big 5L gap on 3rd and clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning and the third fastest overall time in the process.
CORAL TREASURE has had six jump outs now, the previous one being on Mar 22 over 1100m where he was only overrun late by the 3yo She’s Devine in a solid bit of work so this son of Outreach looks to be quite speedy.
ROVNO AMBER has had three jump outs, this being his second this prep having won a 700m Balnarring jump out on Feb 1 prior to this and he too looks to be quite a speedy son of Russian Revolution
Castillian was certainly an eye catcher in Heat 5 on Apr 5 as he closed really nicely from the back to finish 2nd but it was the winner that’s a horse to following, the 2-start maiden in PRIVATE JUMBO who got a lovely run trailing Silver Up throughout before being put under pressure in the straight and closing nicely over the top to win. We were keen to keep an eye on him following his previous Mar 21 jump out alongside some nice horses so this trial over 990m is very encouraging and he should be quite forward now first up. He can go one better this preparation and finally break the maiden.
This was a very good trial from the grey CRU CLASSE, the 5yo mare sitting last sitting last throughout Heat 7 on Apr 5 but coming to the middle of the track in the straight as she closed superbly to finish a close 2nd to Kings Consort over the 1190m. She’ll obviously get out over a bit of distance but doubt you’ll see many trial better than this against a Group performed galloper in Kings Consort so she’s a must follow first up. Super.
HORSHAM - 6 April 2023
The 2yo younger brother of the talented Scissor Step, STEPARTY was a nice winner of Heat 1 on Apr 6 after leading throughout and showing a nice kick late to put a margin on the rest of the field and clocking slick time for the morning with those behind him 3yo’s. Nice first jump out from this 2yo son of Artie Schiller.
In typical Archie Alexander fashion, APPEALING had the quiet first jump out on Mar 29 before a more solid second jump out coming in Heat 8 on Apr 6. The 5yo mare sat outside the leader throughout before being put under pressure at the top of the straight where she responded and kicked away to record a nice victory over the 1000m in solid time for the morning. She’s a 5-start maiden with 4x 2nd’s and a 6th, so there won’t be any spoils in terms of price but she can run well first up.
GAMADALE NIP skipped to victory in Heat 9 on Apr 6, a dominant lead all the way victory over the 1000m. We were on him first up at Warrnambool where he started a $2.35 SP favourite but ran 10th of 11 and suffered a near fore tendon injury while Dean Yendall reported he made an abnormal respiratory noise, so very surprised to see him back at the jump outs following only a 3-week freshen up. It also looked like the blinkers went on here so if he’s over those first up issues, he certainly has a maiden win in him at the very least.
FLEMINGTON - 6 April 2023
WATCHLIST Extreme Choice might have another nice horse in RED DATES, the 2yo filly cruising throughout Heat 4 on Apr 6 as she showed nice gate speed to lead and then just dropped the head as she did it very easily throughout. Loved her work late too once she was asked to wake up, hitting the line nicely ahead of the race fit Remedies (coming off a 4th placing behind Steel City in a Group 3 only 4-weeks ago). She did similar in a Mar 24 jump out, cruising to the line alongside a racefit Heuristic who has since ran 2nd in a MDN. She looks a lovely mover and while kept under wraps, she relaxes nicely and looks to have a motor under the hood so she’s a filly we’ll be keeping a very close eye on when she debuts.
Following two nice runs when 4th and 3rd, the blinkers went on third up last preparation for RUSSIAN SUMMER and he just stood in the gates, taking no part in the race. He was spelled and also had the ultimate gear change, a gelding, where he’s looked quite solid in both his jump outs, the first on Mar 31 when cruising in behind the pack without getting clear air and the latest in Heat 5 on Apr 6 where he sat behind the leaders and then was given a push as he edged out around the bend to close quite nicely over the top of previous winners in Setteveli and Jezoulenko in a nice performance. He clocked the third fastest time of the morning and this will be the perfect lead up to his first up run where he should be running well, it’s just his get back and run on racing pattern that is the worry.
Always mindful of the leaders in jump outs and while CHICALOTE has led and won both of his jump outs, he looks quite speedy. He won Heat 8 on Apr 6 in the fastest time of the morning travelling nicely along the rail and holding off Over Shady and The Duke Of Dubai with a big gap to 4th, both of whom go alright. His previous jump out on Mar 24 saw him do it nicely along the rail as well but he was given a reminder at the top of the straight, responding. A 3yo gelded son of Frosted, he’s doing enough at the jump outs to be going well on debut.
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