Weekly Review - April 4 to April 10
CRANBOURNE - 4 April 2022
No surprises to see these colours have another potentially nice filly. DUSSE ran into some trouble in her first jump out on Mar 15 over 800m where she wasn’t fully tested, but stepped up to 1000m on Mar 28 where she was able to have some clear galloping room. Her best jump out of the three was in Heat 4 on Apr 4 where she extended away under minimal pressure from the jockey to win reasonably comfy in the end. She’s one to monitor first up.
QUENTON bolted in Heat 5 on Apr 4, winning by several lengths in the fastest time of the morning. The 6yo mare has always jumped out well in the past and goes well fresh.
GAME TO LOVE promised to be a smart filly ahead of her debut preparation but failed to break her maiden, finishing 3rd in both of her career runs. Given some time, she returned to take out Heat 9 on Apr 4 (white) in impressive fashion, clocking slick time for the 800m in the process at 46.17s (vs day’s average of 46.54s). The 3yo I Am Invincible filly was a $450k purchase from the 2020 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales and they’ll be hoping she can live up to that price tag this coming preparation.
KANNENBERGS ROAD is a 6x start maiden with only the 2x placings, returning to win Heat 12 on Apr 4 over the 1000m ahead of the import Kipps and Glamdam in her first jump out back. This was a slow heat for the morning (1:01.04s vs day’s average of 1:00.60s) but the lightly raced 5yo mare is one to monitor for another jump out.
A $100k purchase from the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales, the 3yo gelding PUSHY NO DRAW looks as though he might have some talent. He won his first jump out on Mar 28 ahead of a race fit Girello with a nice gap back to 3rd before stepping up to 1000m in Heat 13 on Apr 4 where he finished 2nd to a talented Cardinal Gem where they ran slick time, clocking 1:00.04s vs day’s average of 1:00.60s.
Thought the 3yo colt ILLATION (pink) didn’t look out of place in Heat 14 on Apr 4 when finishing 2nd to Ayrton. This was his second jump out, both of them over the 1200m after finishing 4th on Mar 7. He’s by So You Think out of the mare Pontiana, which makes him a half-brother to the $1.05m colt Dragon Leap who was 4th in the Group 1 NZ Derby after winning multiple Group 2’s prior.
HAMILTON - 4 April 2022
That’s 2x jump out wins now for WINNERS BET. The un-raced 3yo gelding first won a 800m jump out on Mar 22 ahead of Adandiman (since 1st BM64) and Moon Yanco. He then stepped up to 1000m in Heat 3 on Apr 4, winning again but clocking the slowest time of the morning in the process. He’s out of the mare Turaathy who is out of the South African horse of the year National Colour and is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winners. Plenty of talent in the bloodlines and he certainly looks capable of winning a MDN, let alone harder races down the track.
MISS BALVENIE won Heat 5 on Apr 4 very convincingly, leading from start to finish but clearly doing her best work late as she extended away. This was her third jump out back this prep having previously won a 1000m jump out on Mar 17 ahead of Lunatic Fringe (since 4th in BM70). She bolted in on debut by 5L but couldn’t quite replicate that second up before a spell. She’s returned in nice order.
TRARALGON - 5 April 2022
She was ridden out, but Peter Moody’s 3yo filly LIFE LESSONS closed well to win Heat 7 on Apr 5 over the 950m by 1.2L in nice time, clocking 57.21s against the day’s average of 57.65s. She moved and closed well enough to be a filly worth monitoring on debut.
SEYDOUX was coming off an 11-week let up following the one run over 1000m at Flemington where she finished 5th by 5.2L to Madame Du Gast where Elite Icon (2nd) has won a MDN and BM64 since and Silly Salmon (3rd) has won a MDN since. She resumed in Heat 8 on Apr 5 over the 950m where she won in the fastest time of the morning (56.43s vs the day’s average of 57.65s) comfortably ahead of Red On Red and Dubai Nights, both of whom have broken their maidens. Blinkers were listed as a gear change, but the 3yo filly didn’t have them on as she led from start to finish here in impressive fashion. She’s a big watch when she gets back to the races from this let up.
WANGARATTA - 5 April 2022
OTHER MOJO MUSIC was disappointing first up at Albury despite being well backed and starting $3.40, he could only manage 6th. He returned for a tick over jump out, taking out Heat 6 on Apr 5 (red) over the 900m in the fastest time of the morning (50.13s vs day’s average of 51.50s) where he was forced to go to clear last and round them up down the middle of the track, nabbing the 72-rated Azaly on the line. Needs to improve second up as he’s proving costly to punters.
We’re certainly monitoring KOOLED for the new stable. The 3yo grey had 2x trials in NSW on Soft7 tracks where he really struggled to settle and finished a distant last in both trials. He’s made his way down to VIC where he was slowly away in Heat 7 on Apr 5 (yellow) but very quickly mustered speed to take up the lead and won quite comfortably in the end. He was 6th in his last start to the likes of Extreme Flight, Prix De Turn and Linas Legend so he’s got some super form and he’s now had the ultimate gear change of becoming a gelded, so he’s a must watch especially if he resumes in a mid week country race in VIC.
He was a beaten $1.28 favourite last start at Wangaratta, so he’s going to be very hard but that was only his first racing campaign and SINO WITNESS is now back for his second on the back of some handy jump outs. He was 4th to subsequent BM64 winner General Firepower on Mar 18 with Marimenko (since 2nd BM64) and Star Waltz (since 4th BM64) making up the places. He was then 3rd on Mar 25 behind subsequent MDN winner Excel Bella before cruising to the line in Heat 10 on Apr 5, which was the second fastest heat of the morning. He’s worth monitoring first up this campaign, but just don’t be diving into any short odds.
MORNINGTON - 6 April 2022
BATTLEGROUND resumed for the new stable in very impressive fashion, leading all the way to win a BM58 by 1.5L. Back to the jump outs for a tick over gallop, leading from start to finish in Heat 2 on Apr 6 where he won very easily in slick time, clocking 53.04s vs day’s average of 54.31s & our overall average of 54.59s. Looking for a BM64 second up, he can run well again.
YULONG JET was entered for a race at Cranbourne last week but was scratched, electing to have another jump out and he was again too slick. He led from start to finish in Heat 6 on Apr 6 to win in the fastest time of the morning, clocking 52.98s vs day’s average of 54.31s & overall average of 54.59s. Following those other jump out wins on Mar 16 and Mar 23, he certainly looks to be over his previous issues especially in his last start as a gelding in Jan where he bled. He will be very well suited to a tight turning track with a low barrier where he can lead and kick away around the bend. Certainly monitoring where he pops up for Matt Laurie, just not expecting anything special price wise.
Was a little disappointed with WHERE’S THE HUNTER in Heat 6 on Apr 6, finishing 3rd despite getting some urgings along from his jockey. He had a 2-horse jump out on Mar 30, so it’s hard to get a real guide on him so we’ll be hoping for another jump out prior to he debut.
RANVEER was back at the jump outs and certainly no surprise to see him win his heat, taking out Heat 8 on Apr 6 over the 700m in the fastest time of the morning at 43.91s vs the day’s average of 45.32s & overall average of 45.94s.
The un-raced 5yo gelding CHEEKY KEVIN was a very nice winner of Heat 12 on Apr 6 over the 700m, going straight to the front and giving nothing else a chance as he bolted in by a big margin, clocking 45.27s vs the day’s average of 45.32s & overall average of 45.94s. Nice debut jump out!
ARARAT - 7 April 2022
DEEP POINT won Heat 2 on Apr 7 comfortably in a very visually appealing jump out, but the 2yo colt ran an extremely slow time of 56.10s vs the day’s average of 53.55s and our overall average of 52.95s. Not to mention the McEvoy’s seem to be winning a lot of jump outs that don’t translate to race day, so ignoring this jump out.
Maddie Raymond’s 2yo filly RUN LIKE HELL was the pick of Heat 4 on Apr 7, travelling beautifully under a hold on the inside of Perisseuo who was ridden out and pushed throughout. She was a quiet 4th in a Nov 16 jump out behind older horses in Heyington Station before finishing 2nd on Dec 3 to the 3yo I See You Coming (who ran 2nd in a MDN first up) while defeating Chosen Miss (since 2nd and 1st in MDN’s) and Pocket Rox (since 4th, 4th and 1st in MDN’s). The Hellbent filly has had some nice jump outs with nice form and this was a lovely return - monitoring for another bit of work prior to debuting.
Coming off a 6-week freshen up with some residual fitness, KASAMI went straight to the front and has absolutely bolted in Heat 9 on Apr 7 while clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process at 51.20s vs the day’s average of 53.55s and our overall average of 52.95s. She was poor last start but you won’t see too many better jump outs so we certainly need to keep an eye on where she pops up.
She’s got the residual fitness coming off a short 3-week freshen up after finishing 2nd in a BM70 at Moonee Valley, but MOON AND BACK was simply a class above as she bolted in Heat 10 on Apr 7.
KITANLAD started $3.70 and $6 in her first two career runs where she only beat home 2 runners across both of the runs, which is very disappointing. Don’t think she’ll start that short again but her win over 1000m in Heat 12 on Apr 7 was a solid mid-prep jump out (despite the residual fitness).
You can’t take anything from her first jump out on Mar 22 but HOLLYWOOD SIREN showed a flash of her talent as she cruised to the line in 3rd place in Heat 15 on Apr 7 over the 1000m. She was doing her best work late and doing so under her own steam in an impressive bit of work. She can run well this prep and give a sight, but may be best as she gets over 1400m and beyond.
PRINCESS NEFERTITI is another Maher & Eustace runner that was quietly ridden in her first jump out back on Mar 22 but then cruised to the line over 1000m, finishing 2nd in Heat 16 on Apr 7 in a nice bit of work. Lovely bit of work by this un-raced 3yo filly.
KILMORE - 8 April 2022
SQUID GAME was superb, taking out Heat 8 on Apr 8 over the 800m under a strong hold but doing so with ease. That’s 3x jump outs now and he’s ready to head back to the races where you’d expect him to go well in some nice races.
FLEMINGTON - 8 April 2022
SHINES is smart, as simple as that. After a super jump out on Apr 1 that really caught our eye, the 3yo Dream Ahead gelding led from start to finish in Heat 5 on Apr 8 and clocked a slick 49.10s, which was the third fastest time of the morning and above the days average of 49.91s and our overall average of 49.31s. This was against open grade horses as well, with the Group 1 placed Aramayo in 2nd place and they went just as well as each other. He was the only one in this heat without a career win, let along a career start but certainly don’t expect him to be a maiden for long. In fact, would be surprised if he gets beat on debut. He’s smart and we’re super keen.
Tick over jump out in Heat 2 on Apr 8 for COUNT NICHOLAS, who was always out the back again but closed well and made good ground late past the line.
The lightly raced 5yo gelding OPPOSING was a nice winner of Heat 3 on Apr 8, taking it out by a few lengths in the second fastest time of the morning. He had a quiet first jump out on Mar 25 (red), but responded well to some light riding late in this heat for a nice win. He won well on debut before failing to finish and then pulling up lame after starting $2.70 in a BM64. Now with Lindsay Park, they’ll be hoping he can fulfil that talent he showed on debut. Would love to see a BM58 first up to get some confidence.
We mentioned GREY NORTHERN’s turn of foot last week after his Apr 1 jump out but he didn’t quite reach those heights in Heat 6 on Apr 8 where he was pushed but couldn’t get to the leader. He’ll be one to keep in mind on debut but won’t be one we’ll dive into.
Pretty easy all the way win for FULLER in Heat 7 on Apr 8. Ignore his first jump out on Mar 25 where the leader just took off, this was an encouraging bit of work and think he’ll go well first up in a maiden after finishing 2nd on debut, despite not much form coming from the race.
OTHER RUNNERS - NSW
SATIN RIBBONS - Peter & Paul Snowden
Apr 4 (Randwick | Heavy9) - she’s flying this prep - won a trial on Mar 3 over 780m on the synthetic in the fastest time of the morning before another trial win on Mar 18 over 1050m on a Soft7 track in the fastest time of the morning - she then bolted in here over 1045m in the fastest time of the morning again, winning by 3L as she led from start to finish - 5x career starts for 3x wins and 2x placings, she’s got some talent and can continue through the grades.
TAVI L’AMOUR (NZ) - John O'Shea
Mar 18 (Randwick - Soft7) - she’s a nice filly, but she just gets back way too far - she was slowly away here, sat at the end of the field and then cruised home down the outside to make up a lot of ground and finish only 0.83L off the winner… super closing speed and nice trial, just gets too far back
Apr 4 (Randwick - Heavy9) - much of the same for this filly, she got back to last and closed super to finish a close 3rd over the 1045m - she’s going to be a hard watch when she gets back and has to make ground, but there is no doubt she has the talent to win most MDN’s if she can get the right run.
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