Weekly Review - December 21 to December 27

CRANBOURNE - 21 December 2020

OOROO led and then showed a nice turn of foot to win Heat 6 on Dec 21 (red and white) ahead of ZOUMANOR and LANI BANG BANG, who are both handy gallopers. The 4yo mare was 4th in a Dec 14 jump out when quietly ridden and certainly showed she has the talent to win a BM58 first up, where she has two first up runs for a win and a placing. Expect her to lead, so hoping for an inside barrier.

KNIFE’S EDGE had an interesting prep last time in. He was a close 2nd first up to BELLA AMORE and just beat home ZOUSONIC where they gapped 4th. He then competed in a BM78 and BM70 as a maiden, before returning to maiden grade to finish 3rd and then 6th before being spelled. He was given a push late, but responded well to win Heat 11 on Dec 21 (white and blue sleeves) over 1000m to defeat SURE MOVE. That debut win can’t be far away if he actually competes in maiden’s this preparation.


CAMPERDOWN - 21 December 2020

RESPECT THE WIND has won Heat 1 on Dec 21 (black) with absolute ease, which backs up his Dec 15 jump out win and stamps himself as a must follow into this debut. The son of All Too Hard responded well to the jockey’s little urge’s in both jump outs and really hit the line well. He looks like he might win some races.

BACKPEDAL is going to be hard to trust first up, but his two jump outs have been encouraging to suggest maybe she’s almost back to his best. After a 2nd on Dec 10 to MARCEL IN MADRID, she won Heat 5 on Dec 21 (white and blue) quite well ahead of the 70-rated DEE KEEPA and MR MIDORI coming off the back of two wins in a row. This 4yo mare won by 8L on debut before dual 6th’s in Group 3’s to end that preparation. She failed when resuming in June but was immediately put away and the run was too bad to be true. If she’s back to close to her best, she is a handy mare. She was only 3.2L off LOVING GABY in September last year…

Super win by THE MOOD I’M IN over 1000m in Heat 6 on Dec 21. The 8yo gelding has been up since April 2020 with short freshen ups every 3-4 runs, which he is currently in now, so he had the benefit of race fitness but he could go close in a BM58 off the back of this work.


BALLARAT - 22 December 2020

In the clear fastest 850m time of the morning, I FEEL FINE sprinted away from the 6yo RAFFINE to win Heat 3 on Dec 22 (black/white and pink sleeves). The 3yo filly jumped really well but took a sit just behind RAFFINE (who was under a strong hold) before coming up along the rail to take over and win. She was given a niggle but responded really well. Looks to have come back in good order as a 3yo.


CAULFIELD - 22 December 2020

The 2yo colt BENZ BARON was beaten for pace early in Heat 4 on Dec 22 (pink) and was urged along by the rider for much of the heat, but the ground he made up and our of foot he showed was quite impressive as he weaved through the field and go straight past them like they were standing still. Certainly watch, he might not have enough early pace for the quick 1000m sprints but a longer distance 2yo race could be ideal.


MORNINGTON - 23 December 2020

Heavily backed on debut to start $1.85, but ALL STARDOM found one better to finish 2nd while an easy 2.2L in front of 3rd. CRESTANI was the winner that day and has since finished 1L off a BM70 and 5th in a BM64. His third jump out back this preparation following on from quieter Nov 25 and Dec 9 jump outs, the 3yo gelding won Heat 5 on Dec 23 (green) very impressively, running over the top of them late. Don’t expect him to be a maiden for too much longer.

KHALEEJ was no match for DUKE OF NEWORLEANS in a Dec 9 jump out, but we know that galloper is well above average having won his debut by 8L! The blinkers went on in Heat 6 on Dec 23 (blue and maroon sleeves) and he smashed the field, winning by a good margin. He was given a push in the straight but really put a gap on the field and won well. Think that DUKE OF NEWORLEANS form will hold up, follow.


FLEMINGTON - 24 December 2020

Highlighted last week, it was I AM MAMWAAZEL’s second jump out back as a gelding, winning Heat 7 on Dec 24 (red) where he showed a nice turn of foot when responding to the urges of his rider. He went to and through the line really well - keen, he’s travelling super.

LADY AUDREY was the most impressive of the 2yo’s, with the filly taking out Heat 10 on Dec 24 (purple) when leading from start to finish along the rails following on from her quiet Dec 11 jump out. Looked like Jamie Kah was on board the $300k filly. One to keep an eye out for.

This was a nice bit of work by FIERY DANCER in her return jump out when winning Heat 13 on Dec 24 (red). The 3yo filly had a forgive first prep with her debut resulting in laceration to her right hind and her latest run on a Heavy8 a forgive. She looked to have come back improved and she had them chasing off the bit in this heat. Expect improvement this coming preparation.


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