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Weekly Review - December 5 to December 11

CRANBOURNE - 5 December 2022

No doubt that GYPSY TRICKS has a bit of talent. A NZ trial winner back on Jul 14, the 4yo gelding has now won a pair of jump outs in Aus beginning with a slick bit of work on Nov 28 that he’s backed up in Heat 6 on Dec 5, another smart win over 800m and doing so with ease. The Per Incanto gelding is owned by the Roll The Dice Syndicate amongst other owners and looks as though they have a nice one on their hands that will almost certainly be hard to beat on debut. He’s shown a bet friendly racing pattern in both his jump outs, doing so from the front and also doing so with ease without ever being put under much pressure to show whats under the bonnet. Regardless, keen to be with him on debut.


ASTERNA ATTITUDE was 2nd to Gypsy Tricks on Nov 28 over 800m where we mentioned her as wanting to follow into another jump out, of which her work over 1000m in Heat 15 on Dec 5 was exactly what we wanted to see. The 4yo mare showed lovely gate speed to lead throughout this heat, travelling comfortably before opening up a bit of a gap late as she was asked to extend, the 2nd horse being NZ import Ultimate Focus (career record of 3:1-1-0). As mentioned last week, she has had the three preparations now including jump outs on May 23 where she was 3rd to Maiori (won first and second up) and Masterful (won first up) and Jun 14 where she won, defeating Shock 'Em Ova (won first and second up) and Liberty Fire (won first up). Think she’s a mare that has some talent and keen to follow her into her long awaited debut.

FRETTA closed well behind Maseratie Bay in Heat 16 on Dec 5. The 3yo daughter of Frankel was stepping up to 1200m here where she found herself a clear last in the early stages but closed super as she weaved her way through the field. She did similar in her first jump out over 1000m on Nov 28, settling last and just going through the motions as she cruised to the line but made up a lot of ground. Huge watch on this filly, likely on debut at 1400m but especially as she gets out further.


We don’t usually mention the short 650m jump outs but BLUFF POINT was absolutely bolting for a run in Heat 1 on Dec 5 and it was her third jump out this preparation following a very quiet Nov 21 jump out and a similar Nov 28 jump out. In her last two jump outs, the 3yo daughter of Capitalist has sat out the back searching for runs and once they have appeared, showing a lovely turn of foot but it was also against 2yo’s here, so treading carefully.

This is FACE THE JURY’s third stint with Julien Welsh now, the last two being solid jump out wins with the latest being Heat 8 on Dec 5 where she led from start to finish, holding off a race fit Chargenlikapluma and fast finishing Miss Middle Park. He was purchased by The MailBag Bloodstock for only $8k and suspect he will end up with Gavin Bedggood once her barrier manners are sorted with Julien Welsh.

CITIZENSHIP was a classy winner of Heat 10 on Dec 5, leading throughout but responding to some urges late as he was challenged and given a push by the jockey. A $900k colt for Coolmore, this is his third jump out across three different preparations, his previous jump out on Jul 21 saw him finish 2nd to Intrepid Eagle (who won on debut) along with a 3rd on Feb 10 to Brosnan and the undefeated Mayhem (2 from 2). He’s a nice moving colt we’ll be keeping an eye on.

SHOVE OVER was super over the concluding stages after being put under pressure late, winning Heat 11 on Dec 5 alongside JESTA DREAMA who also closed well.

EIGHT DECADES was solid in a Nov 28 jump out but as he stepped out to 1000m he really turned it on, bolting in Heat 12 on Dec 5. He led in this jump out but clearly did his best work late, opening up a huge gap without much of an effort at all. The 3yo son of Smart Missile was a $35k buy from the Magic Millions and looks a nice mover. Have to keep him in mind on debut but he may be better over 1400m-1600m.

TRUE PATRIOT is in super order ahead if his return to the races having finally broke the maiden two starts ago. Although he didn’t win Heat 13 on Dec 5, he was under a ridiculous hold throughout the 1000m jump out and easily could’ve won this had he of been asked to extend. His Nov 14 jump out was super as well and he looks in really good order.

KEEFNEEDSAFEED put in a solid bit of work in Heat 14 on Dec 5, finishing a quiet 2nd in his first jump out this prep. A 3yo son of Akeed Mofeed, he’s one to keep an eye on.

PAKENHAM - 5 December 2022


FROSTWOOD was purchased for $25k at the Inglis Online Sales despite being a 4yo gelding that’s an 8-start maiden. In his first jump out for the new Gareth Andrews stable, the big grey bolted in Heat 1 on Dec 5 over the 800m as he clocked the clear fastest time of the morning. Have to keep an eye on this son of Frosted, nice jump out.

OUTCASTER did a really good job to finish as close as she did in Heat 4 on Dec 5, struggling to keep up out the back in the early stages but finishing ~3L off the winner and actually making good ground past the line as well. This was a solid enough first jump out and one to monitor.

PRESS QUEEN was another from Heat 4 on Dec 5 that looked to move nicely, a 3yo filly having only her first jump out this prep too.

BENDIGO - 6 December 2022


DEFINITELY NOT has now bolted in two jump outs this preparation, the first on Nov 16 at Kyneton where he was way too speedy over the 800m and the latest in Heat 5 on Dec 6. The 3yo son of No Nay Never showed superior gate speed in the early stages of this heat to take up the lead along the rail and was way too speedy again, the jockey having a look over the shoulder at the 200m mark before putting him away for the rest of the heat, still clocking the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process. He’s a half-brother to the Ken & Kasey Keys trained Rock Artist and certainly has done enough at the jump outs now to go well on debut for Michael Jones, who’s only had the 6x career wins as a trainer.


Was surprised when CELUI was scratched from the Merson Cooper Stakes at Caulfield after Brett Stanley made a lot of big comments about this colt in an article with He said that he was better than Sweet Sherry, who was a filly he had that ran 6th in the Blue Diamond behind Extreme Choice and 7th in the Golden Slipper behind Capitalist. He paid $200k for this Toronado colt and he’s now won 4/4 at the jump outs, the latest in Heat 7 on Dec 6 over the 800m where he was just too good in the end.

MORNINGTON - 7 December 2022


Would be surprised if RICH FORTUNE doesn’t break her maiden first or second up this prep, mainly first up. She was super in her first jump out back, taking out Heat 8 on Dec 7 in very impressive fashion. The 3yo filly jumped well but was quietly ridden to take a sit before making her way through and past the field with ease, her best work coming over the final 200m as she just cruised to and through the line, winning in the second fastest time of the morning. She was a beaten $2.10 SP favourite on debut by Sorel Rising who then went to Flemington and ran a 3.6L 5th behind Elkington Road, which is certainly some handy form when you also take into account the 4.25L gap to 3rd. She’s got more than enough talent this filly and we’re keen to follow her.


Considering the quality of opposition and the fact that they clocked the fastest time of the morning, ANGEL OF BOOM was super when finishing a close 3rd in Heat 3 on Dec 7. The 4yo mare has been solid in her career despite not having that maiden win yet, placing in 5x of her 6x career starts. She’s had a change of stables to the brand new Dylan Dunn yard, putting in a very solid bit of work in her first jump out back this preparation as she just cruised to the line. We want to keep an eye on her into another jump out before debuting for the new yard.

LADY OF SAVOY was a nice winner of Heat 6 on Dec 7, albeit in the slowest time of the morning. The 2yo filly was a $320k purchase earlier this year, so certainly some expectations and she looks to have at least some of the talent to match that price tag, responding to riding her late to extend away and win. Bit of a query on the times but visually this was a nice jump out.

GLOBAL KING got a lovely run along the rail in Heat 7 on Dec 7 and was too strong late, winning comfortably under minimal pressure but doing so in slowish time for the morning. While he cut the inside and got the rails run, PRIDING was on the outside fence and wide throughout but still closed well into 3rd place without ever being asked. Both of these 3yo’s are worth keeping an eye on.

HAMILTON - 7 December 2022


SASSY ANGEL would’ve easily led in Heat 6 on Dec 7 if she wasn’t so heavily restrained in at least the first half of the heat, overracing as a result but still travelling comfortably at the same time. She was never asked to extend and just cruised to the line, finishing 2nd but if you watch past the line, she really extends and gets going late, which is what you love to see. A 3yo Reward For Effort filly, she won a Nov 29 jump out well over 800m and on the back of this 1000m bit of work, she’s ready to go to the races.


We have to follow BEST LIFE second up. First up at Geelong over 1500m she missed the kick by over 5L but still managed to finish 3L off the winner after having a horrid run after that blundered start. She went around in Heat 4 on Dec 7 as per the Stewards request, jumping cleanly and just travelling very quietly out the back. She should be winning a maiden.

GEELONG - 7 December 2022


VALLENCOURT has been keeping it simple at the jump outs, jumping and leading throughout to win both her Nov 23 jump out and Heat 2 on Dec 7. Will be a query on her being very one dimensional in that she does just lead and have the one pace, hence the jump out wins, but going to keep an eye on her to see if she could be worth a spec first up.

TRARALGON - 8 December 2022


DAZZLING LUCY closed superbly to win Heat 7 on Dec 8 under minimal jockey pressure, holding off Kentucky Casanova and clocking the second fastest time of the morning in the process. She’s a 66-rated 4yo mare so heading to a BM64 first up would be an ideal scenario.

MEMPHIS SHADOW closed really well from last in Heat 8 on Dec 8 having been the clear widest runner around the bend and in the straight, he was still full of running late. He’s done this in previous jump outs too, closing well from a midfield settling position in a Nov 23 jump out over 900m at Mornington, the winner Shaime since running 4th at Moe. Keeping an eye on where this 3yo American Pharaoh gelding goes on debut.

AVOCA - 9 December 2022


A super jump out from FRENCH WITNESS, taking out Heat 3 on Dec 9 where she got a lovely run with cover along the rail throughout before popping out to the middle of the track around the bend and coming home really nicely while under a strong hold, albeit clocking slow time for the morning. The 3yo Star Witness filly won a previous jump out on Dec 1 as well where she got a similar run but was pushed out late to win. She’s looked nice at the jump outs and can run well on debut.

Maher & Eustace could have another nice USA import on their hands in SUBCONSCIOUS. He’s an un-race 5yo gelding that had his first jump out back on Nov 7 over 1000m where he led throughout and was too strong late, holding off Extra Elusive and a fast finishing Nancho. He was given a bit of a freshen up, returning in Heat 13 on Dec 9, again over 1000m and again leading throughout alongside stablemate Running On Time (who broke her maiden on debut only 3 weeks ago). He was asked to extend as they came into the straight and that he did, opening up a little margin before being put away late. A pair of nice jump outs now and while we’d probably like to see another before the debut because of that break in between, he looks ready to go to the races and be very competitive.


Super win by CRAFT STAR in his second career jump out, taking out Heat 7 on Dec 9 impressively. The 3yo Starcraft colt sat at the back of the field before really getting going around the bend, coming out wide and powering home down the middle of the track to win very comfortably while being given a relatively easy time. He had a jump out back on Oct 27 that was won in similar circumstances, again coming down the middle of the track to win well. A $45k buy, he’s a nice moving colt that likely has another jump out before debuting.

ILIAD made very good ground from last and although she’s technically finished 5th of 5 in Heat 11 on Dec 9, she was making very good ground past the line. Nice first jump out this preparation so keeping an eye on her.

DENNIS CHOUX has looked quite solid in all three of his jump outs now. The un-raced 5yo gelding cruised to the line in a Nov 16 jump out win over 900m before stepping out over 1000m on Dec 1 where he drifted to last and was ridden out to close into 2nd but a long way behind the winner in Irish Consort. He went around again over 1000m in Heat 15 on Dec 9 where he got a lovely trailing position along the rail before getting the gap late and closing well, making good ground past the line as well. He’s an un-raced 5yo but certainly doesn’t look to be short of racing ability.

FLEMINGTON - 9 December 2022
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PRINCESS HALO just cruised to the line in a Nov 18 jump out behind some nice horses in Zac De Boss, Super Thief and Jezoulenko before dropping back to a maiden grade jump out on Dec 2 where she led and was solid to the line but overran late by one that we’re also keen on in Bel Air. Given a third jump out, the filly was a class above in Heat 5 on Dec 9 where she again led and then when asked for a little bit of an effort late, opened up a nice margin on the field to record a reasonably dominant victory in the end. She looks to be a nice moving filly and is worth following on debut.


SASSY ANNA was only fair in her Dec 2 jump out, but took improvement into Heat 1 on Dec 9, cruising to and through the line when finishing 2nd to Naboo Star, albeit in the slowest time for the morning. She’s got lovely form from her debut now too, finishing 2nd to Shalaman by only 0.8L where she clocked the 5th fastest L200m of the meeting. Now a 3yo filly, she looks to have come back improved but her first jump out and slow time here has us cautious, so one to monitor.

Sandy Prince won Heat 4 on Dec 9 but there were a few 3yo’s that finished around him that we want to keep an eye on.

IVAN’S HERO was the pick of these. The 3yo colt was beaten a nose on debut before going to Sandown where Aft Cabin bolted in. Spelled following that run, he returned in Heat 4 on Dec 9 and was super when under a strong hold, matching motors with Sandy Prince past the line. Big fan of this colt and keen to follow him into another jump out.

BIG WATCH was 4th and he’s a 3yo colt who also has some nice form from his debut run. He was was 3rd to Boogie Dancer and Jenny Jerome after travelling wide throughout, clocking the second fastest L200m of the meeting in the process and running straight past subsequent winners in Commodity and Freeways. He just cruised here in Heat 4 on Dec 9, being his first jump out back and pardon the pun, is a big watch…

Like the stable change for HERE TO SHOCK who’s always been a favourite of ours. He’s always shown heaps of talent and now being with Lindsay Park, he might go to another level. He won Heat 7 on Dec 9 in his first jump out for the stable impressively, clocking nice time for the morning in the process.

DAICOS was a very easy winner of Heat 8 on Dec 9 and he clocked the fastest time of the morning despite being under a very strong hold all throughout. It was a lovely return jump out from the $350k Capitalist colt where it looked as though the blinkers went on so that along with the extra time, he looks in good order.

DETORON was solid in Heat 10 on Dec 9, her third second jump out this preparation. She had a quietly ridden Nov 25 jump out that saw her finish 4th when cruising to the line under a hold, which wasn’t the case in this latest jump out where she was pushed out over the concluding stages and asked to extend, of which she did as she was doing her best work through and past the line. A $180k daughter of Toronado, like that she responded to the riding and was able to extend so wanting to keep an eye on where she goes on debut.

WARWICK FARM - 5 December 2022


COMPETITON was super in Trial 2 on Dec 5 over the 1175m. He jumped well, but Nash took him to a clear last and was easily 15L off the leader but once he angled out into the middle of the track, he closed superbly to only go down by 2.06L and he did so under no jockey pressure. Keep an eye out for the gear changes for when he heads back to the races cause this was quite a good trial.

KEMBLA GRANGE - 7 December 2022


CAPITOL QUEEN had Russian Conquest covered in a Jul 18 trial and we know she’s a talented filly. She then went to Warwick Farm on Aug 5 before a spell, returning in Trial 9 on Dec 7 where she was wide throughout, cruising to the line in 2nd place but never asked for an effort. Solid return, a filly worth following into another trial.

PARTY DOLL can’t have done much more at the trials ahead of her debut. She won a 800m trial at Gosford on Nov 21 where she sat off the leader and closed really well late down the middle of the track, clocking the second fastest time of the morning in the process. The 2nd horse has since ran 4th and the 3rd horse has since ran 6th, so only fair form. She then stopped out over 790m here at Kembla Grange, winning Trial 13 on Dec 7 by 5L in the clear fastest time of the morning. She began really well here, pushed forward to lead before being challenged on the inside but she was too good late, kicking away for a very comfortable win despite not actually being put under pressure, eased down late. We always have a bit of a query on those that trial well over only 800m, which is the same here but she’s looked good enough and one of those 900m maidens in NSW could be really suitable.

ROSEHILL - 8 December 2022


Quite liked LAZZAGO from her first trial on Nov 29 on Canterbury where she settled a clear last and closed super into 3rd place. She was back at the trials, this time at Rosehill where she settled a lot closer in the one out one back position before again showing that nice closing speed to get up and win, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process. A daughter of Capitalist, she was a $460k purchase and looks to move well.

PASSEGGIATA is a previous feature of our reviews from her prep as a late 2yo having won trials on Jun 3 and Jun 20, that latest one on Jun 20 a 8.39L win in the second fastest time of the morning at 53.23s behind Shades Of Rose’s 53.09s, which is flying. She didn’t make it to the races that prep, given more time and returning here in Trial 11 on Dec 8 as a 3yo where she picked up where she left off. She showed tremendous early speed to lead very easily but doing so with the mouth open as she wanted to go on with it. Tim Clark kept her under a hold and she just cruised to the line, recording a dominant win but then watching past the line, she was still extending which is what you want to see. A $130k purchase from the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, she looks a speedy and talented daughter of Winning Rupert.

A lovely first trial by the Zoustar filly DIVOTS, sitting off the leader throughout Trial 12 on Dec 8 before popping out at the top of the straight and getting over the top with ease to win comfortably.

OTI bought STEP ASIDE following a lovely NZ trial win back on Oct 14. Now in Australia, he’s brought his winning trial form with him as he won a Nov 29 trial nicely before winning Trial 14 on Dec 8. The time was slow for the morning, which is a slight query, but like the way he stuck the head out and responded to a bit of urging from Tommy Berry. Monitoring where he pops up on debut.

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