CASTERTON - 10 August 2020
We had an opinion of PICCADILLY STEET prior to her resuming off only the one jump out but she was very disappointing on the Heavy8 track when leading and dropping out. She’s since had two jump outs on Jul 29 and then again when winning Heat 4 on Aug 10 at Casterton ahead of the 68-rated Foxy’s Star. That first up run was too bad to be true and think she’s worth giving one more chance at big odds second up on a dry track (maybe even synthetic) over the 1000m/1100m.
The un-raced Lindsey Smith 3yo in SHOCK AND AWE took out Heat 6 on Aug 10 in convincing fashion as he had a fair bit on this field. The $120k purchase was also a comfortable 2nd in a Jul 29 jump out and looks like one above average. The Lindsey Smith stable is in form and this looks like another nice type they have on their hands.
Liked how much ground she made up in a Jul 29 (yellow) jump out, the 3yo filly SPANGIRL was even more impressive in Heat 7 on Aug 10 when winning. The daughter of Starspangledbanner took a different approach in this jump out, leading from start to finish and showing a nice kick when asked for an effort.
TYDEUS was 2nd to Corner Pocket (since 2nd on debut) in a Jun 3 (yellow) jump out and looked more comfortable in the run. The 3yo colt looked super when winning Heat 8 on Aug 10 by a huge margin to suggest he is above average. Another nice Lindsey Smith 3yo after also winning a May 27 jump out and going to the line alongside Mystery Shot and Corner Pocket (again) in a May 20 jump out.
CRANBOURNE - 10 August 2020
No surprise to see JUNGLE EDGE run the quickest heat of the morning in Heat 2 (46.37s) on Aug 10, but BONS AWAY was a close 2nd and was under a very strong hold and has no where near as much race fitness. Super jump out by this now 7yo for the new stable.
We were a big fan of SHENANIGAN CITY from a Jul 27 (white silks) jump out and he’s backed that up here with a solid 2nd in Heat 4 (46.59s) on Aug 10. Would think he’s a good chance for the synthetic first up, hopefully a bm58 but most likely a bm64. Travelling super.
SIERRA SUE walked to a win in Heat 6 (47.38s) on Aug 10. The impressive 4yo mare will have a target on some staying races this spring and is certainly one we need to keep an eye out for as she’ll still be very competitive first and second up over the 1400/1600m.
ALBARADO beat home Alcyone and Choir on debut and then was 1.5L off Cherry Tortoni at Flemington. This colt made up some good ground in Heat 10 (1:03.96s) on Aug 10 when 2nd with a nice bit of work. He has the form on the board as well so an exciting prospect.
FLEMINGTON - 10 August 2020
Heat 1 (46.24s) on Aug 10 was the clear fastest straight heat of the morning and the 3yo filly SWAT’S THAT (black silks white sleeves) finishing a close 2nd was as impressive as they come against more experienced opposition. She will win some nice races no doubt, huge fan of her.
Got no idea how they got 50.92s as the time for Heat 7 on Aug 10, they cross the line at 51s of the video and the first 4 seconds are an introduction? We got around a 47.3s hand-timed time which would have it in the quicker end of the scale and very keen to follow the winner PHOENIX GLOBAL (black silks red cap) from this who defeated the impressive Alfa Oro by 2L last prep. Resumes for the his 4th stable now and is one to watch as he has some talent.
BUFFALO RIVER (pink silks) jumped out super when winning Heat 11 (49.02s) on Aug 10 on the bridle the entire trip and going alongside (and better than) the Group-placed SOUTHBANK past the line. With 5 wins from 6 Aus starts, this is a smart gelding that will be looking to group races this spring now.
Mentioned in our Jul 24 review and now an easy win by MENSA MISSILE in Heat 12 (48.20s) on Aug 10 who has made an impressive start to his Victorian career. This was a big win and he’s now put together two nice jump outs and is a big follow first up.
No doubting the class of the first three across the line in Heat 13 (49.06s) on Aug 10 in Rainbow Thief, Paradee and Seberate, but it was the un-raced 3yo in BOMBER’S KISS in 4th who equalled these superior horses and is the one to put on the watch list. Two jump outs now and this was very good company. Big watch.
Again with Heat 14 (49.17s) on Aug 10, there was class crossing the line highlighted by Parmie but it was the un-raced 3yo in BAT PAD in 4th who continued on through the line looked mightily impressive. Only his first jump out as well so certainly watching closely.
Nice win by PENSATO in Heat 16 (48.89s) on Aug 10 winning quite comfortably with her blinkers again that went on last start. She ran in a couple of nice 2yo races and will now be looking to go on with it as a 3yo.
Loved how GIFTED MISS travelled in Heat 19 (48.89s) on Aug 10. The 3yo filly went through the line beautifully on the bridal in her first jump out back and on the back of this work, we are keen to see how she performs in another jump out before resuming as a 3yo now.
CAULFIELD - 11 August 2020
Without the blinkers, DEPLOYS ALONE clocked the quickest time of the morning when winning Heat 4 (49.07s) on Aug 11. Narrowly beaten first up in a bm58 by He Can Star (since 4th in a bm70 at Sandown), he handles the heavy tracks well (7 starts for 1 win and 4 placings) and will be a watch second up.
Liked the win of the 3yo ADONIS KICK in Heat 7 (50.29s) on Aug 11. Only the first jump out for this gelding so putting him on the watch list as he looks like a nice mover and travelled well on the bridle in this heat.
MORNINGTON - 12 August 2020
Super jump out by CLIFFS OF BELAURA in Heat 2 (55.26s) on Aug 12. The 4yo mare looked to handle the heavy conditions better than anyone else, including some nice horses in Jamaican Hurry and Toyetic, as she weaved through and hit the line with pace under minimal riding. Super bit of work here.
While the un-raced ALL STARDOM sprinted away under light riding to win Heat 3 (55.01s) on Aug 12, the impressive AIN’TNODEELDUN was quietly ridden to finish 2nd and chasing easily. Both of these 3yo’s went through the line well and looked to handle the Heavy track well. Certainly following both and hope to see them in mid-week maidens.
They don’t get any more impressive than GOLDEN FOURTH winning Heat 4 (55.02s) on Aug 12. The un-raced 3yo filly settled last before coming wide around the turning and very quickly eating into the margin to win by several lengths. Following quiet jump outs on Jul 29 and Jul 22, looked like the winkers were on in this heat and she looks above average. The Heavy9 track was no concern at all.
The quickest 700m time on Aug 12 by a massive 1.2s was Heat 7 (44.04s), won by the very smart sprinter in ALFA ORO. He could not have jumped out better and after winning 4 straight to end last prep, we think this guy is a group-class sprinter. Very keen for him in the spring.
BALLARAT - 12 August 2020
Very hard to see with the fog, but BREAKING LOOSE looked to handle the heavy track well in Heat 2 on Aug 12 when 2nd. His form is anything but appealing, beaten by a combined 45L in his 3 career starts with one of them coming at Listed level at Flemington. His best run came second up at 1600m when 5th to Aussie Nugget with Smoke Bomb in 3rd. Would expect him to be a very big price so bit of speculative bet with him (if so).
FLEMINGTON - 14 August 2020
CHARMINAR (black) looked nice leading along the fence to take out Heat 4 (48.06s) on Aug 14 ahead of LESAGE (blue) who was also well held. Hasn’t placed in 5 career starts though so would need a decent price first up.
The un-raced 3yo filly JEEHAAN (white black sleeves) crossed the line in Heat 6 (48.12s) on Aug 14 with the 67-rated 8yo GOT THE MOVES and probably looked better in doing so. Only her first jump out so certainly one for the watch list and worth keeping safe.
Blackbooking both of CIRCLE OF MAGIC (1st - blue) and ELEANOR RIVER (2nd - white) from Heat 8 (47.80s) on Aug 14. The former led and won well, while the latter was making some good ground late and looked to move nicely. Watch for second jump outs for these two.