FLEMINGTON - 8 August 2022
He’s been beaten by reasonable margins in both jump outs, but SQUAD looks to be a lovely mover and he looks to be better than his jump out finishing positions suggest. On debut he sat outside the eventual winner Cannonball, where he was just no match for him late but he then won the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield his next start. Given time, he was 5th in a Jul 29 prior to his 4th placing in Heat 4 on Aug 8 up the straight, where both jump outs say him lead but drop back over the concluding stages as he was under ridiculous holds and just cruising throughout. He was 2nd and 1st in two jump outs prior to his debut, but suspect they know what they have now and there’s no point putting it all on show just yet. He’s a lovely mover and a big watch wherever he resumes.
SHIPSTERN looked to be a lovely moving Extreme Choice colt in his first jump out on Jul 29 and it was no different in Heat 8 on Aug 8, with the 3yo finishing behind the speedy Philoshopher in a nice bit of work up the straight. They ran nice time at 47.14s, which was above average for the morning and liked how he looked to respond when put under a little bit of pressure. He looks like he’s got good size and there is no secret that Extreme Choice is flying.
Unseen since March 2021, the undefeated KARAKA LAD is now with Lindsay Park (being owned solely by Lindsay Park Bloodstock) and looked super as he cruised to win Heat 12 on Aug 8. The now 5yo Iffraaj gelding won his only two Australian starts very impressively by 1.8L and 2.3L before heading off to Hong Kong. He was with John Size, but only managed the 1x start when 13th of 14th. Now back in Australia, suspect Lindsay Park are gearing him up for a big spring campaign.
A long-ish spell for GULF OF GUINEA, but he looks to have returned in nice order for Lindsay Park. The 4yo gelding cruised to the line in a Jul 29 synthetic jump out when 2nd to Bors, going on with it through the line, prior to his win in Heat 15 on Aug 8 where he led and won in the fastest time of the morning. He was given a harder time here, asked to extend over the concluding stages where he looked to have a bit in the tank, certainly more than those behind him who struggled to go with him. He’ll need to improve on his debut campaign, but he’s been given plenty of time to do so and the Vancouver gelding looks to be one that can go well early in his second career prep.
DUBAI OAK went to the line under a hold alongside Chiaro Di Luna (since 8th in MDN on debut) in his Jul 15 return jump out, but his second jump out on Jul 22 was ordinary as he was ridden out and not really responding. The blinkers went on for his win in Heat 16 on Aug 8, an impressive bit of work as the 3yo colt led throughout and was a class above this field with his work past the line the most impressive part of the heat. He needs to improve on his first two career runs but these jump outs suggest he has, especially with the blinkers on, and connections will be hoping he can finally live up to his $160k price tag.
CRANBOURNE - 9 August 2022
There was a lot of talk about Passive Aggressive’s win earlier in the day, who won by 4.5L in 59.48s, but we thought the win of the un-raced FAST SERVE was equally as impressive. This 3yo Swiss Ace gelding won Heat 22 on Aug 9 over the 990m in 59.47s, which is quicker (albeit only 0.01s) than Passive Aggressive. He was our TopSport Top Performer following a Jul 18 win over 900m where he also clocked slick time, the second fastest of the day. He’s Hong Kong owned, so we’d expect him to end up over there but he may look to race here first and we’d be very keen to follow him as he progresses through the grades. He looks very smart, his trials have been nothing short of super. If he debuts in a maiden, he wins.
We didn’t mention STORMBOLT after his Jul 25 jump out but it was a super bit of work - he missed the kick by a considerable margin but was still able to close super down the middle of the track to finish 2nd alongside Black Ivory and behind G’day Gorgeous (since 3rd in MDN on debut). His work in Heat 7 on Aug 9 was even better though, leaving the gates fine to get a lovely sit behind debut Flemington winner Get In The Spirit, as he tracked her every move before peeling off his back at the top of straight and going past him with ease but he was nabbed late by the undefeated Zamborghini. It looks as though Cindy Alderson has a talented Foxwedge gelding here.
Despite being under some riding, the I Am Invincible colt in GARZA BLANCA closed well in Heat 8 on Aug 9, getting nabbed late on the line by the stakes placed Wee Nessy. He didn’t have much room in the straight in his first jump out on Jul 25, but he managed to get a lovely run up the fence in this trial and responded to Ethan Brown’s urges as he looks to be a good sized colt. He was a $700k Magic Millions purchase back in 2021, being out of a half-sister to the star stallion Starspangledbanner, so certainly some expectations on this colt ahead of his debut as a 3yo.
Expect SOREL RISING to be breaking his maiden seen. He was very quietly ridden in a Jul 18 trial when a 1L 3rd to Fake Magic (since 4th MDN) while his win in Heat 9 on Aug 8 saw him travel very wide but close well when asked for a response by Damien Oliver. He went past Nixie comfortably and there was a good gap back to the rest of the field, an encouraging jump out and his debut 3rd reads well enough. Look for a 1000m maiden first up.
CLOCK STRIKES was entered to go around at Pakenham on Monday in a Maiden despite having no jump outs or trials, but the stable electing to give him a trial prior to the debut and his talent was certainly on show. The 3yo colt showed a stack of speed to lead Heat 11 on Aug 9 with ease, holding off past winners in Tararua and Ranveer late to win in the fourth fastest time of the morning, plus he was going on with it past the line. In a previous prep, he didn’t take part in his first jump out on Mar 15 after missing the kick but then bolted in a Mar 21 jump out in a super bit of work. This is only his first trial so we’d be keen to follow him into another bit of work, but considering he was accepted to race it wouldn’t surprise to see him now head to the races. Monitoring where this colt pops up.
Can’t ignore the wins of RICH FORTUNE, the 3yo filly now winning her past 3x jump outs with two of those coming this prep. She genuinely walked to victory under a strong hold in a Jul 27 jump out over 900m at Mornington, backing that up with a win in Heat 13 on Aug 9 as the 3yo filly responded to the urges of Craig Williams late to clock the third fastest time of the morning in the process. She’s a daughter of Rich Enuff that looks to move well.
Superset cruised to a narrow victory in Heat 15 on Aug 9, but it was the work of the un-raced PENCILLED OUT the caught the eye. She was listed as coming 4th, but she would’ve lost by all of 0.5L alongside the likes of Superset and Smiling Amos, both of whom are previous winners. This filly just cruised throughout with Lachie King not moving a muscle, so she certainly had more to give if asked. Keep an eye on this Savabeel filly.
TREOTTO has been nothing but a problem in his short career, scratched at the gates prior to his debut before then running 2nd and 4th before a let up where he was then scratched at the gate on July 31 at Bendigo. He was heavily backed late that day though, much like all his starts so there must be some sort of opinion of him, which we had prior to his debut. Back to the trials to get ticked off to go back to the races, he won Heat 19 on Aug 9 but he was ridden out and he did clock the slowest of the 990m times of the morning. Interesting to see how he goes first up and if he can live up to the jump out/trial hype.
There was a 5L gap to 3rd here, so we have to mention the winner in JOVIAL WAGON who won Heat 20 by 1L ahead of Victoria Roc, closing well after settling last in the early stages. The 3yo gelding was ridden out, but responded to riding and was put away late to cruise over the line. He showed a nice turn of foot in a Aug 1 jump out as well and looks to be a gelding that has come back in good order.
Huge watch on the Savabeel filly in DUVACH. She’s a full-sister to Group 1 winner in Pasadena Girl and comes from the same Aug 1 jump out as Jovial Wagon where she finished 3rd, but if you watch past the line, she makes really good ground on the winner late. She showed that nice late closing speed again in her win in Heat 23 on Aug 9, closing beautifully under the guidance of Jamie Kah who just sat motionless throughout. She clocked the third fastest 990m time of the morning in the process too, effortlessly. A $525k Magic Millions purchase, she looks to have some talent and hopefully can be even just half as good as her sister…
PAKENHAM - 10 August 2022
OXLEY ROAD bolted in Heat 5 on Aug 10 over the 750m, clocking the fastest time of the morning and also the fastest time we have recorded for the track and distance, which means he now has two of the top three times over 750m. Looked as though the 5yo had some head gear on, so keep an eye on the gear changes for his second up run.
COLLISON is a speed horse, his win in Heat 10 on Aug 10 being no different as the 4yo gelding bolted in over 750m, clocking the third fastest time of the day in the process. It’s interesting to see that he’s only contested 1100m to 1200m races in his career, as he looks like he’d be much more suited to 1000m races. He’ll likely have another jump out and then head to the races.
CASTERTON - 10 August 2022
MISS DANIEL closed well in her first jump out for Symon Wilde, coming over to VIC having been with Richard & Chantelle Jolly in SA prior. She clearly left the gates the best in Heat 5 on Aug 10 but was heavily restrained to drop to the rear of the field before then closing super on the iniside without much jockey pressure, finishing a close 3rd while her work past the line was super as well. She’s coming off a 5-week freshen up having finished 2nd in a BM58 at Ballarat to Rosalia who then won a BM64 by 2.75L ahead of The Duke Of Dubai (since 1st BM64 at Sandown on Wednesday). Being a 58-rated mare, she can head back to a BM58 and go well for the new stable.
POWER MISSILE could be a nice colt for Lindsey Smith. Ignore his 4th of 4 in a Warrnambool jump out on Jul 27, you can’t see a thing, and judge him based on his slick win in Heat 7 on Aug 10. He was away slowly, but caught up to the field with ease before overracing and throwing the head around as he wanted to get on with it. He was allowed to stride around them here, taking up the lead with ease and then really extending away in the straight under minimal jockey pressure. In 2nd place was the 65-rated Mister Me, who was coming off a 6-week freshen up having finish 1st and 2nd in BM64’s this prep, but even he struggled to really get over the top of him despite being under significantly more pressure. Looks a nice and big colt that we can follow.
BALLARAT - 11 August 2022
FLEMINGTON - 12 August 2022
Very confident that Caroline Jennings has a smart 3yo filly on her hands in HONEYCUP. This is her third career jump out now, with all three of them being classy bits of work. She went to the line alongside Exonumia in a her May 13 jump out where they clocked the second fastest time of the morning before heading out for a let up. She returned to just cruise to the line in 2nd place in a Jul 29 jump out, clocking the third fastest time of the morning. Her work again in Heat 9 on Aug 12 was super. She showed lovely gate speed to go forward again, cruising throughout before being asked for a bit of an effort at the top of the straight where she then opened up a margin on the field and won comfortably. She’s talented and we’re keen to back her on debut.
ORDER OF GLORY was probably out of her depth in a Jul 29 jump out when behind the likes of Written Miss, Roch ’N’ Horse and Little Stevie, where she was always out the back. She took good improvement into her second jump out, leading from start to finish in Heat 5 on Aug 12. She showed nice early speed and a nice kick around the bend to open up a gap on the field, winning in nice time for the morning. She has nice enough form from her debut prep too, finishing 3rd and 2nd before being held up in her latest run but closing well into 4th. She’s a 4yo mare worth monitoring first up.
Monitoring Aidensfield’s half-sister in SWEETENED from Heat 10, FINGOLFIN from Heat 11 and ANGRY SKIES from Heat 12. All of these runners put in nice bits of work in only their first jump outs back this prep.
ROSEHILL - 12 August 2022
Absolutely superb trial from LONRIOLI, taking out Trial 6 on Aug 12 over the 1030m in the fastest time of the morning at 1:02.33s vs the days average of 1:03.40s. Her first trial on Jun 20 was just a nothing trial as she was taken to last and just walked to the line when finishing 8th of 9 runners. Given an 8-week freshen up, the daughter of Lonhro was a different horse in her second trial here. She showed lovely gate speed to push forward, cross and lead before being heavily restrained by Nash and come back to the field. Her last 400m or so was impressive as she opened up a big gap on the field when asked to extend, winning by 2L with relative ease as she was pulled up with only Zou Tiger really making any ground on her. Not sure if she heads to the races now or if they go for another trial, but she’s a filly we’ll be keeping an eye on.
Clocking the second fastest 900m time of the morning was Libertini’s full-brother, HAWAII FIVE OH in Trial 16 on Aug 12. The 3yo colt just cruised out of the gates, sitting midfield and wide throughout before showing a super turn of foot in the straight to get over the top and win. He went through his gears effortlessly under the guidance of Nash Rawiller, who was on board for his previous Aug 2 which was much the same, sitting midfield and just cruising to the line when finishing a close 2nd. He looks to be a talented colt that comes from a (obviously) talented family, so a huge watch on his debut.
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