CRANBOURNE - 29 August 2022
We mentioned QUEEN OF THE GREEN following last weeks Aug 22 jump out where the flashy mare closed super over the line. She was back at the jump outs, finishing 2nd to jump out star Mutinous in Heat 5 on Aug 29 ahead of another speedy galloper in Dancelittlesister. She hasnt been away great in both her jump outs, which might be a slight worry when she heads to the races, but she was able to quickly muster speed to sit outside the leader and cruise to the line under minimal riding. As mentioned last week, Seamus Mills Bloodstock paid $1.5M for her and there is some talent in the family with her younger half-sister Bezique winning on debut before running 2nd in the Listed Bill Carter Stakes at Eagle Farm in June, a race their older half-sister Eawase won in 2018. A 4yo mare with talent, on the back of these jump outs she certainly has a maiden win in her and likely better races down the track.
Following the well bred filly/mare criteria, the 3yo I Am Invincible filly in HUMMING bolted in Heat 6 on Aug 29 in very impressive fashion. She showed lovely gate speed to sit outside the leader before dropping that runner and cruising to the line in the straight to record a dominant win. This bit of work was following a quiet Aug 22 jump out and she looks to have a bit of talent there, of which connections will certainly be hoping is there having been a $1.95M purchase from the 2021 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Being out of the mare Group 2 winning mare Hips Don’t Lie, she’s from a very expensive family as a a half-sister to talented 4yo Acrobat (who was retired to stud following his debut win in the Listed Inglis Nursery) and Lake Geneva to name a few. Big watch on debut this filly.
The gelding certainly looks to have switched KATSU on. He started a $3.70 second favourite on debut where he finished a disappointing 8th of 8, a race won by Cannonball with recent maiden winner Squad 2nd that day. He was spelled and gelded, returning for a quiet 3rd in an official trial on Aug 9 prior to his work in Heat 8 on Aug 29 where he travelled wide on-speed throughout before opening up a huge margin over the final 250m when he was put under pressure. It’s always good to see them respond to riding in their second jump out so we know there is something under the hood, so this was very encouraging and he can make a better return to the races now as a gelding.
Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr might unveil another smart 3yo in THE DEPUTY with the Nicconi colt winning Heat 14 on Aug 29 with ease over the 1000m in his third jump out this preparation. He was very quietly ridden in Aug 15 and Aug 22 jump outs before the blinkers went on in this heat where he led from the inside barrier before being put under pressure in the straight where he opened up a gap on the field quite comfortably before being put away over the concluding stages. A $260k purchase, he looks a nice moving colt and look for those blinkers being on for his debut.
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The win of the 5YO import NAJEM SUHAIL in Heat 9 on Aug 29 was massive, coming over to Australia having only had the 2x career starts in South Africa.
PAKENHAM - 30 August 2022
BRAZEN KINGDOM was a $150k purchase from the NZB Karaka Sales being by Iffraaj and a half-brother to the NZ Group 1 winner in Cool Aza Beel. The 3yo gelding was quietly ridden in an Aug 23 jump out before being pushed out in Heat 8 on Aug 30. He jumped cleanly to lead before really being asked to extend over the concluding stages, shown the whip by Luke Nolen where he opened up a nice gap on the field and recorded the second fastest time of the morning.
MORNINGTON - 31 August 2022
It is very hard to get a real guide on any runners here considering there was 3-4 runners in each heat and pretty much all the runners just cruised to the line. The 600m jump outs of fields of 3 are nearly pointless in terms of watching.
A few worth mentioning and monitoring though:
Lovely return for EYE OF THE EAGLE, cruising to the line in Heat 4 and although he finished 4th of 4 runners, it was behind some alright gallopers which holds him in good stead as a 3yo maiden. Good first jump out ahead of his second career prep.
KURONEKO bolted in Heat 7 but she does have the benefit of race fitness having had the two runs this prep, finishing 6th and 5th. She’ll be a big price third up.
FREEDOM STAR won Heat 10 in the fastest 900m time of the morning having bolted in a Aug 17 jump out over 600m.
Jump out star CROWNING MOMENT won Heat 11 very comfortably, but did clock the slowest of the 13x 900m heats. He’s potentially been gelded following a very disappointing 2YO campaign?
MORNINGTON GLORY nosed out ELITE LEGACY on the line in Heat 14, clocking the third fastest 600m time we have recorded on the Poly Track at Mornington.
STAWELL - 1 September 2022
PERFECT COSTA went straight to the front in Heat 5 on Sep 1 and deadset trotted in, clocking the second fastest 1000m time of the morning behind Bubble Palace in the process. The 5yo mare hasn’t been seen since debuting in May 2021 when running a poor 9th of 10, but with the stable change to John Rowe this was certainly an encouraging bit of work but we do have to be mindful of the manner in which she won as it’s not always a positive when horses just lead and win jump outs, often crumbling under the race pressure. See where this mare pops up next, likely another jump out but also likely a big price first up.
MILLENNIUM FALCON led from start to finish in her return jump out on Aug 15, but it was her work late in Heat 7 on Sep 1 that was even more encouraging. The 4yo mare was forced to take a sit in this heat, closing well late on Amfissa and Nearby when put under pressure but not as significant pressure as those other two, both of whom have won races. Keep an eye on this mare, especially as Linda Meech’s only horse in work as a trainer.
Miss Balvenie was jogging on the spot when winning Heat 9 on Sep 1, but considering she’s mid-prep and won 3 from 5 it was the horse in 2nd place that we really want to highlight, being ADMIRALS AHOY. This 5yo gelding is un-raced and followed Miss Balvenie throughout this heat and didn’t look out of place. He had four jump outs back in Oct/Nov last year but didn’t make it to the track, this being his first jump out back and certainly a very encouraging return. He’s by Brazen Beau and a half-brother to First Mate and ex-stable star Admirals Joker, so a huge watch on this gelding as connections have certainly been patient with him.
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BUBBLE PALACE clocked the fastest 1000m time of the morning in her victory in Heat 3 on Sep 1, holding off a fast finishing ANPHINA in 2nd place who made up a lot of ground late and certainly has a maiden win in her if she goes that way.
KERANG - 2 September 2022
FIELD OF FLUTES was well backed on debut in the $250k VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo where he led but faded late, pulling up with a slow recovery that resulted in him being spelled and now gelded. He has won two jump outs back now, both in the same circumstances where he has led and been too good. His first was over 900m on Aug 15 and the latest being over 850m in Heat 10 on Sep 2 where he also clocked the fastest time of the morning. He’s a Deep Field gelding that was a $140k purchase, so connections will be hoping he can now bring his jump out form to the races and we’ll be hoping he is more than just a jump out specialist because he leads. Monitor where he ends up first up this preparation.
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 2 September 2022
FAST VICTORY was given a much more of a hit out this week, ridden out to win Heat 2 on Sep 2 (red) following a quiet Aug 26 jump out ahead of the 61-rated Lady Proisir. This was a super jump out, but it was good to see him put under pressure and respond, really extending past the line to bring him on ahead of his debut. He’s a nice enough gelding and he certainly has a maiden win in him. Must follow into his debut.
FLEMINGTON (STEEPLE GRASS) - 2 September 2022
CANNON cruised to the line in an Aug 26 jump out, his first this prep as a gelding, but it was his work in Heat 6 on Sep 2 that really caught the eye. He was forced to go to settle at the back of the field out wide, which he didn’t like as he threw the head around, but once he settled in the straight and was allowed to stride out in the straight, he looked a really nice mover going past the likes of Gulf Of Saros and Let'srollthedice. Forget his debut when lame, his last start 2nd to Prairie Flower now reads well. He’s a nice moving Written Tycoon gelding that we can follow.
Lindsay Park look to be gearing ANGRY SKIES up to be firing on debut, winning all three of his jump outs now this preparation. He led from start to finish in his Aug 12 synthetic jump out prior to Aug 19 where he sat behind the leaders before responding to the urges and extended away over the concluding stages, going on with it past the line. His win in Heat 8 on Sep 2 was similar to his first jump out, leading and cruising to the line under no pressure. He looks a nice moving Toronado colt that’s worth keeping an eye on for his debut.
WARWICK FARM - 29 August 2022
CANTERBURY - 1 September 2022
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