CRANBOURNE - 16 August 2021
ROTOKURA didn’t have much room and then wasn’t asked for an effort late when 6th in an official trial on Aug 9 but the colt was very impressive in Heat 11 on Aug 16 with more room. He wasn’t away great, but travelled comfortably out very wide and came home strongly in the straight to come over the top of the leaders and win. He was given a slight push late but responded well to win by over 1L with a bit left in the tank. She ran well on debut when 4th at a huge $51 before going into town but not measuring up. She’ll go to a maiden first up this campaign and looks to be one that has come back improved.
PROWLING backed up his Aug 2 win with another nice win, this time stepping out over 1000m in Heat 15 on Aug 16. He jumped well and travelled super on speed before he dropped the leader (who was ridden out and couldn’t keep up) and extended away to record a nice victory. He looked to do it effortlessly. He is a half-brother to the smart mare Great Duchess and looks like he might have similar talent. Must follow.
CUBAN LINK defeated the smart Duty Dynasty in a Jun 7 jump out and backed that up with a nice Aug 2 win. Stepping up to 1000m, the 3yo filly was pushed out late but clocked a really nice time as she finished 2nd in Heat 13 on Aug 16. This latest jump out wasn’t super, but was good enough for us to put her on the watch list for her debut. Worth a bet if she is a decent price.
CAULFIELD - 17 August 2021
SIGNOR FANGIO is a huge watch first up in Australia. The 4yo gelding was under a super strong hold on the inside of an Aug 5 jump out behind Zion (2nd in a BM64 since), Anirishman, Scorched Earth (3rd in a GRP 3 since) and Palumbo (4th in a BM64 since). He could’ve finished a lot closer there if allowed to run like he was in Heat 3 on Aug 17. He jumped super but was given no urgency and allowed to just drop back into a nice rhythm before being allowed to stride straight past the field under no jockey pressure and make up a lot of ground on the winner, the smart Annavisto who won in slick time (second fastest of the day and quicker than Dosh earlier) as he went to the line with Cardice. Can’t miss that baldy face and think he might be smart.
MORNINGTON GLORY is smart. We thought he closed really well in his official trial on Aug 9 despite sitting off the speed and running into trouble in the straight. He had no room to go at all before coming wide, being asked to respond and responding superbly to close really well, similar to Daily Bugle who followed him. The 3yo colt then backed that up with a super win in Heat 9 on Aug 17 where he took up the lead and was just too good in recording a several length win in slick time. He is a half-brother to the stallion Needs Further and is out of the mare Crowned Glory who was 2nd in the Golden Slipper herself. Very keen for him to make his debut on the back of these jump outs and that breeding.
THE BIG HEIST won Heat 4 on Aug 17 with the ears pricked in slick time and caught the eye along with the 3yo filly PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE in 5th who was completely untested. She’s very well bred out of the mare Miss Judgement, a group performed mare and is a full-sister to Missrock (5th in the oaks). THE BIG HEIST is nominated for the Caulfield Guineas while PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE is nominated for the Thousand Guineas. It was only their first jump outs, so both are on the watch list.
BEDFORD ESTATE was 3rd on debut back in June, but given a let up before returning to win Heat 10 on Aug 17 out wide in nice order. Thought the colt travelled quite well here and can make a winning return second up.
BENDIGO - 17 August 2021
RAINBIEL a super return, taking out Heat 1 on Aug 17 in the clear fastest time of the morning. If she resumes in a BM78 or a race similar, she’ll be very hard to beat. Do expect her to go straight to town though.
ST ARNAUD - 17 August 2021
It was a star studded Heat 6 on Aug 17, won by Begood Toya Mother with Ocean Beyond in 2nd but it was the unraced 3yo filly SUPER JENNI KAY in 3rd who impressed and backed up her Aug 3 jump out win. She sat on speed in her first jump out, leading in this heat and only being overran by Dan Bowman’s stars. They clocked the second fastest time of the morning in the process and this filly looks ready to make her debut - expect her to lead so hopefully a low barrier.
NICCONI EXPRESS clocked the fastest time of the morning, taking out Heat 9 on Aug 17 where he sat just off the pace as him and a ridden out leader in the un-raced James The Great gapping 3rd. He’s got the two career starts for two 2nd’s - he was 2nd on debut at $1.90 by 0.2L with a big 2.5L gap to 3rd and then finished 2nd to a pretty smart Beau Rossa (who just lost on protest to Behemoth on Saturday) with another big 2.5L gap to 3rd. He’s been given time now, returning as a 4yo and if he doesn’t run into another Beau Rossa, expect him to go very well first up.
Had a bit of an opinion on ISLES OF AVALON before her debut prep that resulted in a 3rd in a Listed race and 3rd in a Group 3, both at Morphetville and both races won by Cloudy. She did lose the rider at the start of her Aug 11 jump out but as a full-sister to Rainbiel, expect her to come back better as a 3yo. Probably expect another bit of work because of the lost rider.
GEELONG - 18 August 2021
TOFFEE STREET has put in some nice efforts now, albeit not up against much. Took out Heat 1 on Aug 18 over the 1000m on the Geelong Synthetic, to follow up her massive Jul 21 600m win and Aug 4 2nd over 1000m. Debuted in a hot race behind Dosh and wasn’t up to it and then was 2nd by a nose to Anatolia. One to keep in mind first up this prep in a country maiden.
COLERAINE - 18 August 2021
FORTUNATE KISS with another nice bit of working, winning Heat 1 on Aug 18 just ahead of the talented Literary Magnate (who was 2nd in The Showdown to Finance Tycoon after winning by 3.5L on debut) as they clocked the fastest time of the morning in the process - she looked a lot more comfortable too. The 3yo filly won an Aug 11 jump out as well and with her debut form behind Enthaar and Ingratiating, she looks more than talented enough to win a maiden early this upcoming preparation.
Thought RAGING MONKEY move alright when 2nd in Heat 4 on Aug 18. The 6yo went to the line with the 72-rated Faithful Diamond having finished 3rd to Mista Razzledazzle (since 4th BM64) and Croc Lurkin' (since 5th in a MDN). Not a stack of confidence, but moved well here and maybe one at big odds.
TATURA - 18 August 2021
Keen to follow NUKE if he pops up in a BM58 first up. After being away moderately but rocketing forward to the lead, the 6yo gelding bolted in Heat 10 on Aug 18 with the jockey having several looks over the shoulder to see where the rest of the field were. Would need a reasonable price as well.
PAKENHAM - 19 August 2021
No doubt DOLLAR CHASER has come back as an improved 3yo. He didn’t quite measure up in his first two career runs, forgiving his run at Flemington due to a slow recovery, but the break looks to have done him a world of good. Thought he closed well in an Aug 5 jump out despite being beaten a long way over the 800m. Stepping up to 1000m in Heat 5 on Aug 19, he jumped cleanly to sit just in behind the speed before closing in on the breakaway leader despite being put under minimal pressure. They clocked the clear fastest 1000m synthetic time of the morning that was well above average in a super bit of work. Following and could be a nice price.
The form from EXCEEDINGLY MAGIC’s debut run is unbelievable. 1st Canadian Gold came out and ran 6th and 3rd in town while there were subsequent winners all around her being 2nd Madagascar Miss (won by 3.5L), 3rd Arroance (then went 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd) and 5th Madame Bolli (then went 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st). Now a 4yo, the mare jumped beautifully in Heat 6 on Aug 19, bounced to the lead along the rail and travelled super to the line as she held off the race fit and recent BM70 winner Diesel ’n’ Dust while not being asked for an effort at all. She’s got a friendly racing pattern, will lead or sit on speed and expect her to go very well first up. Watch for another bit of work first.
For an 11-start maiden, BETA BITE closed really well over the top to win Heat 4 on Aug 19. The 5yo was hard ridden and shown the whip, but he did close well from the back. He’ll be a big price in a maiden first up, worth a small low-confidence spec on the back of this.
PHASE TWO is clocking some really slick jump out times. Was 2nd to La Rocque on Feb 17 and then won on Mar 3 in really slick time. Given time, he returned to lead from start to finish in Heat 7 on Aug 19 in a slick time for the morning. He resumes here with J Welsh, so must be having some barrier issues. One to be mindful of, has a stack of speed.
FLEMINGTON - 20 August 2021
Looks as though MARS MISSION is a 3yo colt with some talent. The son of Deep Field was untested in an Aug 2 jump out before matching motors for most of the way up the straight with Linas Legend on Aug 9. Considering Heat 7 on Aug 20 (orange) was the fastest time of the morning where the lowest rated horse was Sirius Suspect, he looked to hold his own just in behind them despite dropping just off them past the line. He can win a maiden on debut and will certainly be forward enough after the three jump outs.
FLY ON BYE is travelling really well ahead of his return to the races. He was 2nd to the recent maiden winner Queen Of Dubai on Aug 9 where he was quietly ridden, with the jockey looking over the shoulders as he was eased out. It looked like Jamie Kah was on board in Heat 12 on Aug 20 as the 3yo cruised to the line ahead of Good And Proper and looked as though he had a bit left in the tank. He failed on debut at the Valley behind Crystal Bound, immediately spelled though so suspect this was very short of his best. Keen to follow him as he looks a nice mover.
This was really good by ARTORIUS in Heat 11 on Aug 20, sitting midfield and then putting lengths on them in a matter of strides - the runner he put lengths on, the group placed 4yo Not An Option. Super by the colt, he looks in for a big spring.
The work of BEAGLE past the line was super, attacking the line with a stack of pace to be in front past the line in Heat 13 on Aug 20. A beaten $2.10 favourite on debut, suspect he was tipped out and given a let up in preparation for a spring attack.