Weekly Review - December 14 to December 20
CRANBOURNE - 14 December 2020
She’s been frustrating so far in her career, being a maiden after 7 starts and only placing once yet her only defeat that was over 3L was 3.4L? Very consistent but just cannot get in the numbers. Back as a 4yo mare now, HIGH FASHION will hopefully live up to a little bit of what her Group-placed half-brother Victory Kingdom did. Her first jump out back, and she closed very well out wide on GREAT DUCHESS from the back in Heat 5 on Dec 14 (yellow). She’ll need the right race and there won’t be much trust, but this was an encouraging bit of work.
A full-brother to the 86-rated 5-time winner in BOTHERED, WILD EXPRESS backed up his Nov 30 800m win with an even more impressive 1000m win in Heat 10 on Dec 14 (yellow and brown sleeves). The un-raced 4yo gelding jumped straight to the front to lead and was even more impressive over the last 100m or so when they got within a length or so of him and he then just put 2-3L on them under a hold. Impressive jump outs.
THE GENERAL is travelling super ahead of his return as a 4yo and we think he has some talent. He had a quieter jump out over 800m on Nov 23, but then his latest jump outs over 1000m on Dec 7 and then his win in Heat 11 on Dec 14 (white) were super impressive - he was way too good for SCOTTISH ROGUE in the latest and if we managed to see him in a BM64 first up, he’ll be hard to beat (even a BM70).
MOE - 15 December 2020
Well this was a very impressive win by JIGSAW, taking out Heat 1 on Dec 15 (white with blue sleeves) over 1000m by 8L in 58.88s. This was the clear fastest time of the day and he did so with ease under the guidance of Michael Walker. He jumped straight to the front and took the turn really well to put up several lengths on the field and then being eased down late. Having won a jump out on Dec 7 over 800m, this 2yo colt looks to be flying and one we must follow into his debut.
Mentioned in a previous review, JUST MALCOLM backed up his previous big jump out wins with an official trial win in Heat 2 on Dec 15 (orange) whilst under a strong hold. Good to see him do it officially and reduce the doubt we had on ‘who’ he beat in his previous jump outs. Looks a nice gelding.
ROSERADE another that featured in our reviews previously and has now won an official trial, winning Heat 3 on Dec 15 (pink). The 3yo led along the fence in this trial, ridden late but looked to respond well to Michael Walker and hit the line with pace over the 1000m. He has some talent.
After two official trials with the jockey’s not moving a muscle, WINE O’CLOCK was put under pressure in Heat 6 on Dec 15 (blue, white and red) and responded well. The 4yo gelding has now had the three official trials, impressively in all and looks like he will be forward enough and have enough talent to go close on debut.
MORNINGTON - 16 December 2020
Not one we usually blackbook as she is 65-rated, but if she does resume in a BM64 then TWIST OF FURY on the back of winning Heat 3 on Dec 16 (green and red sleeves) over 1000m in the fastest time of the morning. She is coming off a 5-week freshen up after finishing 0.3L off a BM70, so had a fitness edge, but this was impressive. Follow, hopefully a BM64.
PIG IN MUD was very impressive when winning Heat 4 on Dec 16 (red and white sleeves) by at least 4L. He didn’t jump poorly, but was taken back from the wide gate to settle last and then just rounded the field with absolute ease. He was asked a little bit but when he was, he put a massive gap on the field and then eased down late. He had a quiet jump out on Nov 25 before being asked to respond in a Dec 9 jump out. He looks to have a turn of foot and am a fan of him heading into his 3yo preparation. Must follow.
BENDIGO - 18 December 2020
Super debut at Sandown by I AM NEWS at a huge price of $51. He settled last and managed to finish only 2.9L off a smart on in RARE HARE while racing the meetings 2nd fastest L600m and L400m. It rated 10.3L above the Benchmark for his L600m and an overall figure of 2.6L below the Benchmark, very good debut. Back to the jump outs, he showed they elite turn of foot over the 1000m when coming from last to win Heat 4 on Dec 18 (white and black sleeves). If he gets onto a big track and finds a country maiden stepping up in distance, he will go very close.
FLEMINGTON - 18 December 2020
A couple of nice jump outs now for PALACE WHISPER under the guidance of Jamie Kah, finishing 3rd on Dec 11 and then taking out Heat 5 on Dec 18 (orange and white sleeves). This filly travelled wide throughout before showing a neat turn of foot to come over the top of NORDIC, ELLIS PARK and LEGAL ZOU who she had covered quite easily. She went through the line well.
HOT IN PARIS won a Dec 7 jump nicely and then backed that up by absolutely bolting in in Heat 8 on Dec 18 (orange, black and white). The 4yo mare jumped straight to the front and demolished them, even being eased down late. She’ll be very well suited first up in a BM58 (hopefully) over the 1000m/1100m. Following, these were super.
In his first jump out back I AM MAMWAAZEL was quite impressive when finishing 3rd in Heat 13 on Dec 18 (white with red cap). Resuming as a gelding, the 3yo was slowly away before quickly gaining pace but running into the backsides of those in front of him with no room to move. Once he finally got some room in the straight, he looked to relax like hw as ready to let down but was never asked for an effort. He was beaten by 0.2L on debut before two forgive runs as a 2yo. He got the tongue over the bit with a slow recovery in one and then made a respiratory noise in his latest. He looks to have come back in super order as a 3yo though and is one we want to follow.
BARTOS was pulled up on debut with the rider reporting him to be shinsore and making a respiratory noise. He was given a freshen up and then improved to finish only 1.8L off them in his second start. Now resuming as a gelding, he was no match for the likes of TITAN BLINDERS and RUBAN BLEU in a Dec 11 jump out when leading but was way too good for them in Heat 15 on Dec 18 (navy blue). He was slowly away but very quickly picked up pace to get to the front and win in really quick time for the day. The gelding looks to have brought him on.