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Weekly Review - August 3 to August 9

CRANBOURNE - 3 August 2020


A star-studded Heat 2 (48.08s) consisted of a long list of well rated horses. Blue Diamond winner TAGALOA took out the heat defeating STREET ICON, CLARICE CLIFFS, VIGERE, MR MONEY BAGS, EXCELMAN and TARWIN.

MAGNAJET went through the line with pace in Heat 3 (48.37s) on Aug 3 in his first jump out back. A nice return for this 4yo running slightly above average time for the day.

LARIMER STREET won heat 4 being ridden out. He finished in front of OCULAR who was ridden quiet.

Another super jump out by DEORA following on from Jul 20. The now 3yo gelding finished 5th after settling midfield in Heat 5 (48.64s) on Aug 3 and coming home well in the straight with the jockey sitting motionless. The overall time was below the benchmark of 48.00s but the way he travelled and his action just looked super. Pretty keen for his debut.

Heat 6 (47.94s) on Aug 3 was ran in good time for the day, won by SIMPLY OPTIMISTIC (blue silks) quite well with POLANCO (green/blue silks) and ANSWER ME HUSSEY (orange silks) both closing really well.

Huge win by BLUMENTHAL in the quickest time of the morning being Heat 8 (47.83s) on Aug 3. The un-raced 4yo has had multiple jump outs though including being unplaced and hard-ridden on May 18, May 25 and Jun 9. Really liked how CHUCK A LUCK closed to finish 2nd. This 4yo gelding is one to watch this spring as he gears up for his second Aus prep after finishing only 3L off Kinane in his last start.

Nice return by ACTING in Heat 10 (1:01.8s) on Aug 3 with MIRAGE DANCER in 3rd. Both will be prominent with Busuttin & Young this spring. DON'T DOUBT DORY looks to have come back really well after last prep where he won a Stony Creek cup in his fourth start. Very underrated.

The import MAGNOLIA MAN (yellow silks) looks quite impressive. The way he closed in Heat 12 (1:02.3s) on Aug 3 was an eye-catcher and he looks like a pretty handy horse. Taking into account his NZ record of 3 starts for 2 wins and 1 second, the 3yo son of Reliable Man could be one to keep an eye out for.

SANDOWN - 5 August 2020


AKAKA FALLS feature in our reviews after a nice Jul 14 win. He was accepted to race, heavily backed in early markets but then subsequently scratched. He finished 3rd in Heat 5 (48.16s) on Aug 5 in a solid hit out, but this wasn’t special special. Will be a watch on debut and expect some more early market support when it comes.

GEELONG - 5 August 2020


Worth keeping GRANDMA GAIL safe for her debut after two jump out wins now at Geelong. The un-raced 5yo mare took out Heat 2 on Aug 5 over the 1000m following a Jul 22 win in front of Boom Boom Becker.

BALLARAT - 5 August 2020


CHEVYCHASER did it easy when winning Heat 2 (1:08.17s) over the 1100m on Aug 5. The lightly raced 4yo will look to resume very soon after 3 solid jump outs now.

MONEY IN MY POCKET and NO NAY EMERALD gapped the field in Heat 3 (51.22s) on Aug 5.

ACTIVE was too speedy for them in Heat 4 (51.42s) on Aug 5. The first jump out back for the 4yo, would love to see another jump out and then him resume in a bm58 on the synthetic over 1000-1100m. He’ll lead and be in it a long way if so.

While she won Heat 5 (51.03s) on Aug 5 really well in quick time for the day, DASKARZINE has always trialled well so I wouldn’t read too much into this.

Heat 6 (50.20s) on Aug 5 was won in the second quickest time of the morning, but it was CARMEN SANDIEGO (purple silks) who finished 4th but impressed with her closing speed. She’ll pop up in a bm58 hopefully up to 1400m on the synthetic. Putting PARRAMATTA and MAXAWAY onto the watch list as well. These two were in the placings and looked well held together in their first jump outs.

PAKENHAM - 5 August 2020


Was good to see MR QUICKIE take out Heat 1 (1:03.90s) on Aug 5 over the 1000m. The 5yo gelding will be prominent this spring and it’ll be good to see where he goes.

GLENFIDDICH put in another nice performance, showing a nice turn of foot to extend late and win Heat 2 (1:03.72s) on Aug 5. Peter Moody has high spring hopes for this 3yo colt.

WHIPCRACKER WAY was well held winning Heat 6 (48.10s) on Aug 5 in the quickest 800m time of the day. The lightly raced 4yo gelding was a very good debut winner before disappointing second up and subsequently spelled. He is better than that so expect a much improved performance first up this prep.


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