CRANBOURNE - 22 August 2022
The Written Tycoon mare in QUEEN OF THE GREEN really caught the eye late in Heat 9 on Aug 22 as the white baldy face with the white silks got a gap late and closed super over the line. She’s a flashy mare and if you look into her breeding it’s not hard to see why Seamus Mills Bloodstock paid $1.5M for her, being out of the mare Karuta Queen who won the 2YO Magic Millions race back in 2010 before going on to finish 2nd in the Group 1 William Reid. This was only her first jump out, so we’ll monitor her heading into another bit of work but this was a classy performance.
BONHEUR is a nice filly. A $975k Magic Millions buy back in 2021, the I Am Invincible filly went stride for stride with previous winner Amenable in Heat 14 on Aug 22 in a lovely jump out performance. She jumped cleanly, went forward to sit outside the leader and cruised to the line untouched throughout, given a really easy time of the 1000m. She had a previous 800m official trial on Aug 9 when officially finishing 7th of 9 but she went a lot better than that, cruising to the line after coming around the field and doing her best work late. The stable clearly have an opinion of her from her first three career runs, including a 1.9L 5th in the Group 2 Blue Diamond prelude before starting $5.50 in the Group 2 Sire Produce Stakes. A filly to monitor upon resumption, hopefully heading to a maiden first up before going onto better things.
Some other runners worth noting include:
Monitor Clinton McDonald’s un-named gelding by the breeding TORONADO x ESTEEMED ELEGANCE. He bolted in a Jul 25 jump out prior to an easy win in Heat 8 over 800m ahead of the talented Extreme Choice colt in Meridius.
WANGARATTA - 22 August 2022
LOTTWON won a pair of jump outs as a 2YO on Apr 29 and May 11, both ahead of the un-raced Lotus Land in 2nd place. He was tipped out, returning now as a 3YO with an impressive win in Heat 9 on Aug 22 where he went to line with Mr Trafficanti, who was under a lot more riding. In this heat, he just sat on the leaders back before coming up the inside with ease, the jockey even having a look over his shoulder as he passed them. He’s a 3YO Belardo colt for Trilogy Racing having been purchased for $320k from NZ, this was a lovely return jump out ahead of his debut where he also holds a Caulfield Guineas nomination.
GULF OF GUINEA is a bit of a funny one as we have actually bought into him since his latest jump out at Flemington on Aug 8 where he was mentioned as an ‘Other Runner’. He won that day in the fastest time of the morning in a nice bit of work, backing up a solid Jul 29 jump out alongside Bors (since 2nd at Sandown in a BM64 on Wednesday). He was due to run at Cranbourne last Wednesday but was scratched due to the wet tracks, so we sent him back to the jump outs where he trotted in over 900m in Heat 10 on Aug 22, dictating terms from the front and we now know he handles the wet. He heads to Moe on Sep 6 - as a genuine BlackBook runner, he should run very well but then also as a owner, very keen that he shouldn’t be a maiden for much longer (which is why we bought into him).
BALLARAT - 23 August 2022
He’s an un-raced 5YO gelding, but TRUST RUSTY moved very well when winning Heat 6 on Aug 23 in his first jump out. He’s very flashy so you can’t miss him with the white face and nose in the red silks and he’s one to monitor into another jump out before he finally makes his race debut.
PAKENHAM - 23 August 2022
SAVANNAH CLOUD has no put together two nice jump out wins, taking out Heat 3 on Aug 23 over the 1000m in the fastest time of the morning. Going to the line with him was an un-raced 3yo colt in THE BRILL BUILDING, having his second jump out this preparation as he looks to gear up for a spring campaign where he holds a Caulfield Guineas nomination. He cruised to the line in a previous Aug 10 jump out over 750m, leading from start to finish there. He did similar in this heat as well, stepping up to 1000m but had company in the form of a nice 5yo gelding in Savannah Cloud with a nice gap back to 3rd. He looks in nice order ahead of his debut and he has a good base now.
All eyes would’ve been on I Am Caviar in Heat 8 on Aug 24 but really liked the work of MR TICKLES out wide. He’s an un-raced 3yo gelding who comes over to VIC having won a Jun 20 trial in Tasmania and looks to move well. One to monitor.
WARRNAMBOOL - 24 August 2022
DASHING went to the line with the 77-rated Intellective in Heat 3 on Aug 24 and he had her covered quite comfortably, extending away past the line in a really solid jump out return. The 3yo Magnus gelding has had the 3x career runs for 3x placings, all three of those with Linda Meech in the saddle. He’s a gelding to keep an eye on when resuming.
WRITTEN SUN absolutely flew late in Heat 6 on Aug 24, finishing 4th but he made up a ridiculous amount of ground late and was well in front past the line. He showed a tremendous turn of foot here, which he wasn’t able to show in his first jump out on Aug 10 while under a strong hold. A 4yo gelding that has come over to Symon Wilde having been with Gai Waterhouse, he’s certainly got some country VIC wins in him.
BENDIGO - 26 August 2022
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 26 August 2022
We had FAST VICTORY on our watchlist following a pair of jump outs on Apr 14 (alongside Alcedo who ran 2nd on debut before being exported) and Apr 22, where he was pushed out and ran over the top of Atlantis Tycoon (won on debut), Champagne In Lace (since 4th, 4th & 3rd) and Rain Lord (since 2nd & 2nd). He’s been given time, returning in Heat 3 on Aug 26 for a nice all the way victory alongside a colt we have a lot of time for in Breaking Ground. A 3yo gelding that was a $120k purchase from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sales, he’s one we’re monitoring.
We were on BREAKING GROUND on debut where he was set an impossible task from near last but still closed well to finish 2.3L back in 5th. He returned in Heat 3 on Aug 26 where the jockey was given an absolute arm workout as he just bopped up and down in the one spot as this colt jogged to the line. No surprise to see him nominated for the Caulfield Guineas (he’s $301…) with his half-brother in Gypsy Diamond winning multiple Group races at 1600m, he looks a nice mover this colt.
FLEMINGTON (INSIDE GRASS) - 26 August 2022
LASCARS will be peaking third up having finished 2nd to Giga Kick and What You Need in his first two runs this preparation after being gelded. He had a tick over jump out in Heat 9 on Aug 26, winning with ease as he cruised to and through the line with D Oliver on board. A maiden third up would be the ideal scenario and expect him to be hard to beat.
Lindsay Park had success with Aidensfield and judging from her jump outs, they might have some success with her younger sister in SWEETENED. A Zoustar filly that was purchased for $300k, she cruised to the line in a Apr 8 jump out but was put away and given more time. She returned on Aug 12, cruising to the line again where she moved really well but did only record a slow time for the morning. Her jump out again in Heat 10 on Aug 26 was much the same, with those behind her given a harder time in the process while she recorded a nice win. A filly to monitor on debut.
HAWKESBURY - 22 August 2022
Godolphin have a smart 3yo colt in PEREILLE on their hands. He’s a well bred Fastnet Rock colt out of the Group performed mare Monthegur that makes him a half-brother to the Street Boss mares Siege and Heresy. For those watching ‘The Early Bird’ show we’re doing with Dean Watling, he mentioned this colt after his Aug 5 trial over 813m where he dropped to the back of the field and cruised to the line out wide. His work in Trial 13 on Aug 22 was even better, getting a lovely trail throughout the heat where he again closed super, this time into 2nd place where he did his best work past the line with the winner clocking the second fastest 800m time of the morning. James McDonald was on here, so would love for him to stick on debut where we’d expect him to be hard to beat. He’s been trialling super.
AMADI is a gelding we wanted to follow from the NZ trials, having won a Apr 26 jump out very impressively when clocking the third fastest time of the morning at 54.23s (vs the days average of 55.18s). He’s made his way over to Bjorn Baker’s stables in Aus, stepping out over 800m for the first time in Trial 16 on Aug 22 where he went forward, sat outside the leader and closed well when under the urges of Rachel King. We think he’s quite smart so we’ll certainly be keeping a very close eye on this Shocking gelding.
ROSEHILL - 23 August 2022
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