PAKENHAM - 27 December 2022
MUISCA has now put together two nice jump outs, winning a Dec 13 jump out before running on really well from last to finish 2nd in Heat 3 on Dec 27 behind Dio, who’s certainly a lot more experienced than her. The 3yo filly looks to have come back in good order following her one-run debut prep that saw her finish 4th as a $3.20 SP second favourite, albeit on a Heavy9 track where she led so she may be looking for those dry tracks. We want to be following her into her first up run this prep.
We were on MOURN MAID on debut where she jumped a $3.30 SP favourite but finished a distant 8th after leading, although pulling up lame in the right hindleg, so she had excuses. Given a freshen up to recover, she returned over 1000m in Heat 2 on Dec 27 where she again led, was put under pressure late but held up all challenges to win. Slightly worried about her just leading and that’s why she’s winning jump outs, but she’s one to keep an eye on second up as she did have that market support on debut too.
Solid win by John Allen’s gelding, GO TO HOLLYWOOD, in Heat 6 on Dec 27. The 3yo son of Alpine Eagle was away a touch slow and settled at the rear of the field, but was able to huge the rail around the bend and get a gap up the inside where he then took the gap and showed a nice turn of foot when put under pressure late, opening up a good margin for a pretty soft win in the end. His starts are a worry as he did the same in a previous Dec 13 jump out where he finish 2nd, but wasn’t put under pressure there and just cruised to the line. Following him into his debut, he looks to move and close well.
CRANBOURNE - 28 December 2022
Going a touch early here considering it's only her first jump out, but the turn of foot by SILKSTAR in Heat 11 on Nov 28 was superb, the 3yo Bel Esprit filly couldn’t have been more impressive!!! She was a touch slow away and travelled at the rear of the field but was able to get some gaps late and once she peeled out into clear air late, she just went bang and won with ease. Super impressed by this jump out so keen to follow her into another and then into her debut, she looks really smart.
Can’t imagine ALL SASSED UP will be a maiden for too much longer. She had the two starts as a 2yo where she was 2nd on debut to Twin Stars (who then was 3.2L off the Group 1 JJ Atkins) before then running 3rd in a LR race at Moonee Valley behind Crosswinds and Nanagui, both of which is nice form now. She’s been given more time, returning as a 3yo now in a Dec 19 jump out before a super bit of work in Heat 8 on Dec 28 where she sat on speed but did it at both ends, closing super and doing her best work late. She moves well and based on her form, she should go very well first up this prep.
We wanted to monitor TICK TOCK LADY into another jump out following a solid bit of work on Dec 12 and her win in Heat 9 on Dec 28 is exactly what we wanted to see. The 4yo mare took up a forward position early before being given a reminder late and closing superbly to and through the line when winning. She’s a lovely moving mare and should be running well on debut wherever she goes.
The un-named 2yo filly for Thomas Nikolic has put together a pair of nice jump outs now, finishing 2nd on Dec 12 to a 3yo over 650m before winning Heat 6 on Dec 28 over 800m where she sat on speed and was good late when put under pressure, responded late to win quite well. She’s been jumping out under her breeding DEEP FIELD x MAKE MY OWN LUCK while she was a $80k Magic Millions purchase back in 2021 and looks to be a nice mover.
EBONY KING was never going to beat Inundation in a Dec 12 jump out where he was 3rd with 2nd being Lake Tai (since 2nd BM58) while finishing ahead of Tatusro (since 4th in a 0-58), Playoffs and Cantina (since 5th in a BM64). He then stepped out again over 800m in Heat 7 on Dec 28 and made good ground late to finish 2nd to Designer Dreamer in a nice bit of work. He’s a 4yo now with the 7-starts for only 3x placings, but he’s now been gelded and that might finally be the making of him having been a $65k buy back in 2020 as a colt. Let’s keep an eye on where he goes first up this prep.
Enver looks to train and own a nice move Nostradamus gelding on his hands in THEORUM. Her work in Heat 9 on Dec 28 was his third jump out this prep where he was away midfield but slowly made his way forward and cruised to the line under his own steam in a nice bit of work, but he likely needs another jump out considering his previous jump outs were a win on Oct 17 and a 2nd placing on Oct 31, so a bit of a gap in between. He’s also had another two preps with two jump outs in each of these preps, so it’s taking him some time to get to the races but we know Enver is patient and his patience generally pays off so lets keep a close eye on this 4yo gelding.
SKEPTICISM could be a nice 3yo filly for Gerry Harvey and Busuttin/Young, winning Heat 14 on Dec 28 over the 1000m in quite impressive fashion. She sat on speed but very wide throughout, doing her best work in the straight as she cruised to the line but was a class above this lot. A lovely bit of work from the Not A Single Doubt filly.
FLEMINGTON - 30 December 2022
THE INSTRUCTOR can’t do much more ahead of his debut. He was a nice winner of a 740m Randwick trial back on Dec 13 where he sat midfield but wide throughout before checking off heels and closed superbly over the top to win when put under a bit of pressure. He came down to VIC, bolting in Heat 6 on Dec 30 in the second fastest time of the morning where Craig Williams took him straight to the front and that was it, no one got near him. A $230k Magic Millions purchase for First Light Racing, he looks a nice moving Russian Revolution colt.
OUR FRED has lost by a combined 18.6L in his two career starts and despite also finishing last in a Dec 23 jump out, he went straight to the front in Heat 9 on Dec 30 and bolted in but did clock only average time for the morning. The blinkers did go on, so they might be a key gear change but treading carefully.
STATESWOMAN has put together a pair of nice jump out wins now, taking out Heat 12 on Dec 30 following her Dec 16 win. The 3yo Churchill filly went straight to the front in her first JO and led from start to finish, doing similar in her latest JO but travelling very wide throughout as she just cruised to the line. She clocked slick time in the process and looks a nice moving filly.
CHIARO DI LUNA went straight to the front and bolted in Heat 15 on Dec 30, she was just way too speedy. The 3yo filly finishing 8th of 12 on debut at $21 SP in an only fair performance, but has been given time since then.
ROSEHILL - 29 December 2022
We were on BEL AIR first up at Sandown where he was wide but still brave, going down by 0.2L with a big gap to the rest of the field. He’s been taken up to Sydney and went around in Trial 11 on Dec 29 where he was absolutely super. He was ridden with no urgency early to settle last before weaving his way through the field and finishing within 0.8L of the winner as he made up a stack of ground with ease. It looked as though the blinkers may have been on here, so look for that gear change second up, but regardless, he should be running very well wherever he goes.
THE ENGLISHMAN ran 2nd to Zou Tiger on debut over 1300m, with that runner going on to finish 3rd in the Group 1 Golden Rose, so the form certainly stacks up. He was spelled following this run though, given more time and returning on Dec 13 over 1050m where he went forward and sat behind the leader on the fence, peeling out at the top of the straight and closing well late to finish 2nd. He stuck at 1030m in Trial 3 on Dec 29, but took a different approach, settling a clear last and being asked to close off, which he did. He clearly needs some distance being by So You Think and a younger half-brother to The Irishman (Group 3 placed over 1600m) and Gunstock (who favourite in the Victorian Derby), but he’s been good at the trials and is one to follow first up and more likely deeper into his prep.
A $320k Capitalist colt, GETTY was a solid winner of Trial 5 on Dec 29 over 900m where he sat outside the leader and when put under pressure in the straight, he responded and put a little gap on the leader. Time wise, it was slightly below average but still a nice bit of work for this 2yo colt’s first career trial.
September Run’s little sister STEEL CITY had to show some fight late in Trial 8 on Dec 29, which she did as she put the head down to win and as a result clocked slick time for the morning, the second fastest of the morning. She was a very slick winner of a Dec 19 trial as well and looks in good order ahead of her debut, albeit expecting a short quote.
Not a huge fan of the jump, lead and win style of wins in NSW, but NASDAQ DUBAI did it the tough way in Trial 12 on Dec 29 and did so in nice time. The 4yo jumped from the widest barrier, but just slowly edged his way forward to lead and then was put under pressure in the straight, likewise the rest of those chasing him but he was too strong, even opening up a margin late which is what you want to see when put under pressure. He debuted back in February 2021, so he’s had almost 2 years off and will almost certainly have another trial before resuming, but this was a nice bit of work.
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