CRANBOURNE - 6 April 2021
INKA DINKA has put in some nice jump outs and trials now. Following his 800m jump outs on Mar 16 (1st) and Mar 30 (3rd), the 3yo son of Wandjina stepped up to 1190m and won Heat 18 on Apr 6 quite easily in the end. He looks to have a nice turn of foot and looked to be a real nice mover here having sat just off the pace and coming home nicely in the straight. He’s one that we think we can follow into his debut despite his mum being best over a bit of a distance (2000m+).
We blackbooked the $625k colt FIRST PLATOON after a Mar 19 win where he has since won a Mar 26 jump out and now a super trial win with the blinkers going on, coming in Heat 6 ahead of a fast finishing CARDIGAN QUEEN who has made a habit of getting back and running on in her jump outs, doing similar when 3rd on Mar 23.
CURRAN was impressive, looming up to recent MDN winner Jugs with ease and taking over to win Heat 10 comfortably in the end. Thought the eye catcher was TAKE ME NORTH, who finished 4th but closed very well from the back and was making good ground late under minimal jockey pressure. Clearly needs further based on this run and breeding, so one to look out for as he steps up in distance.
DON’TTELLTHEBOSS bombed the start but still managed to win Heat 11 with ease ahead of some alright gallopers. She showed that class late and would love to see her in a benchmark race before she goes back into town.
HARTACK will go very close on debut. He was scratched from a race the other week where D Oliver was going for 1 ride to ride him, instead returning to the trials over 1190m and finishing a close 2nd in Heat 17 under Tom Stockdale but never being asked for an effort at all. Another encouraging bit of work and quite keen on him if he can find the right race.
STAWELL - 6 April 2021
YULONG CONTACT was very disappointing on debut, immediately tipped out for a spell. Returning over 1000m in Heat 6 on Apr 6, he took up the lead before Andrea Mantegna joined him in the lead, but he stuck on well under no jockey pressure from Jarrod Fry to only go down by 0.5L or so here. Would probably want to see another jump out due to that failure on debut, but this was an encouraging bit of work.
MOONLIGHT MAID absolutely bolted in over 1300m in Heat 1 (purple). We can only see the final 300m in the vision, but that’s all that was needed to know she had a fair bit on this field but also has the benefit of race fitness having had three runs this preparation. Suspect she goes up to 2000m now fourth up and will be close to peaking.
Slow time for the 1000m at 1:03.1s, but SIR DAVY travelled beautifully throughout Heat 5 (light blue) before letting down when asked for an effort form John Allen. His first jump out at Camperdown wasn’t encouraging, so not completely sold on this gelding but do think this jump out was good enough to be worth keeping in mind.
*UPDATE - Mon, Apr 12*
ZORRO'S DREAM was initially listed as the winner of Heat 9, but we can now see that it is the un-raced Mitch Freedman 2yo of SAFE SECRET who was initially listed in Heat 7 - they switched. Very impressive trial by the 2yo here, defeating JUST FOLK in 2nd (green) who was extremely hard held and hit the line with A Fighting Fury and All Too Royal.
SANDOWN - 6 April 2021
LINGJUN HERO took out Heat 4, a nice win but in below average time for the day.
FANGIO was ridden out late, but won Heat 6 in nice time after making good late ground and hitting the line with pace, albeit over 800m. Will take plenty of improvement from this.
OLINDO sprinted away to win Heat 7 by a big margin. He’s been beaten by 4L in both career starts this preparation, given an 11-week let up heading into this so he had a bit of residual fitness still. Worth keeping an eye on him when he goes back to the races but being mindful.
TERANG - 7 April 2021
THEMAGICNEVERENDS has had 16 starts for 0 wins, so he’s a bit of a non-winner but this will be his first full preparation with his new Melody Cunningham stable. He jumped out pretty well behind Hey Doc, Rose Of Sebring and Give Val A Ring on Feb 15 over 800m and was then given some time before returning to win Heat 9 on Apr 7 (white with dark sleeves) over 1000m, a distance a lot more suitable. It also looked like the blinkers went on here, which looked to have improved him as he went to the line in front of Connery and Maliseet. Mindful he’s stood flat footed in his last two starts, which is far from ideal, but think we can take $10+ in a country maiden as he can certainly win if all goes right.
Similar to what she did on debut, Retrovailles (3rd) was doing her best work late to try catch Queen Zyrah (2nd) and the un-race Numpty (1st) in Heat 3. NUMPTY in particular looked the pick of this lot, despite not looking overly bit in stature. Expect her to have another jump out before debuting so one we want to watch out for.
FRANCINE is a big watch when she resumes from this let-up. Her first four career runs were mixed, but her best run was fresh on debut so this little let-up might be what she needed. She led them up in Heat 5 (purple) and was only overran late by Tydeus and Epic Grey to finish 4th but was never asked for an effort. Hopefully a nice price and a low barrier to give her a nice lead when she resumes.
Of the first three across the line in Heat 6, only one of them isn’t 100-rated being the un-raced 4yo mare WINTER PINTER (blue, white and red) with the other two being Reykjavik (1st) and Great Again (2nd). She had a pair of jump outs in Dec/Jan but was tipped out, returning in this heat to lead throughout and only just get overran late by far superior gallopers. We’ll be watching for another jump out, this was an encouraging bit of work.
DUKE CABOOM was a really nice first up winner at BM64 level, but his 7th second up was disappointing despite only finishing 2.2L off the winner. A nice jump out in Heat 12 over 1000m to tick the legs over and have him peaking third up as he likely steps up to a mile. We have an opinion of him, if he goes to a BM64 he will be hard to beat - even a BM70 he’ll be well placed.
FLEMINGTON - 9 April 2021
COS I’M THE BOSS had a quiet Feb 26 jump out and then went to the line with Limited Vision on Mar 5, that galloper then won a maiden by 2.2L first up. Given a month, the filly then cruised up on the outside of the leaders to win Heat 6 on Apr 9 (orange, white and black sleeves) with ease, looking like she had a bit left in the tank. Despite the time being on the slow side, she looked to be doing it quite easy going through the motions and think she can give a maiden a shake first up.
Impressive win by REPEAL in Heat 8 on Apr 9 (red), albeit in slow time for the day. He jumped well from out wide, showed good gate speed to cross and lead and then kicked away around the bend to win by several lengths with ease. Poor debut in NSW back in December 2020, he was immediately spelled so suspect the stable expected a lot more of him especially on the back of this work. Big watch first up down in VIC.
SILENT THEORY’s Feb 22 official trial was impressive, but he didn’t beat much with 2nd place since running 9th of 11 by 9.2L at $81. He’s been given some time, returning to win Heat 4 (black with white/red sleeves) when cruising up the inside.