FLEMINGTON - 6 December 2021
The hidden gem from Heat 5 on Dec 6 is LADY HILLARY, who finished 2nd but would’ve won any other heat due to the slick time that Jungle Jim clocked. The 3yo filly sat in behind the speed of Jungle Jim here and went to the line relatively untouched ahead of some alright horses in Covert (3rd) and Amfissa (4th). She had the blinkers on in this heat, unlike her other jump outs on Oct 22 (when eased out the back) and Nov 12, when finishing alongside Midwest who came out and won a Yarra Valley maiden by 3.25L first up. She’s out of the mare Lady Antebellum who was a winner of 7 races and $239k herself while her 3yo Sebring daughter here looks to go alright herself. Can follow on debut.
INTELLO STAR was one to follow from a Nov 19 jump out behind Jungle Jim and subsequent debut maiden winner Swerving. The 3yo colt then stepped up to 1100m in Heat 1 on Dec 6 and although pushed out and given a couple of reminders, he still closed well in amongst some good company with the winner being Odeon along with Nordic (2nd). He might be one that gets out over a bit further, but still think he’s worth following into his debut and probably deeper into the campaign.
TITANS and MURRAMI EXPRESS went toe to toe in Heat 3 on Dec 6, gapping the 3rd placed horse. They had a fair bit on this field and both look in good order - clocked nice time as well.
JUNGLE JIM is flying ahead of his return to the races, taking out Heat 5 on Dec 6 in the clear fastest time of the morning to back up his Nov 19 win ahead of subsequent maiden winner Swerving. He wasn’t great on debut but that was a heavy track, where the blinkers went on second up and he led to a big 2.5L win. Noting he didn’t have the blinkers on in the first jump out but did have them on in this heat.
In her first jump out, JUMBO JOY cruised out the back of Heat 10 on Dec 6 before getting a clear gap in the straight, getting asked for an effort and responding accordingly. She closed quite well from the back to get 2nd behind Show Some Decorum. The 4yo mare was strong through the line and certainly is one to keep an eye on, being only her first bit of work.
FORGED does a bit wrong, but there looks to be some sort of talent there. He did a bit wrong in his Nov 19 jump out but won well under the guidance of Craig Williams. He then backed up that win with a win in Heat 13 on Dec 6 where he again did a bit wrong and was green when put under pressure but looked to have a nice action. Follow into his first up run.
A maiden win can’t be far away for TRANQUIL BAY. Her record is slightly worrying, but she’s had excuses. She ran 3rd on debut before pulling up lame and being spelled. In her second prep she ran a 0.2L 2nd and a 0.8L 4th before striking a Heavy9 and Heavy10 track - she started less than $3 in 4 of her 6 career runs. Her return jump out on Nov 26 was quiet but good, while her 2nd in Heat 13 on Dec 6 was similar, quiet but well held and good. Doubt she’s a big price first up, but we can follow regardless.
CRANBOURNE - 6 December 2021
LOST IN ROPPONGI looks to have some talent. The 3yo gelding was slowly away in his first jump out on Sep 20 and then was held up in the straight before checking off heels and showing a turn of foot late when asked for a slight effort. He finished 3rd here but easily could’ve gone close to winning with clear running, with the form out of the jump out including the 2nd horse (Dancelittlesister) winning by 3L on debut and the winner (Eidolon) subsequently winning too. He didn’t run into any trouble in Heat 9 on Dec 6, cruising to the line along the inside and was only beaten by an un-named Mick Price horse who was under significantly more pressure along with a huge gap to 3rd. It wouldn’t surprise to see him head off to Hong Kong, but if he stays in Aus, big watch on debut.
JACQUINOT was the most impressive of the 2yo’s, taking out Heat 3 on Dec 6 in a very slick time that was ~1s quicker than the other two 2yo heats for the morning. The 2yo colt is out of an un-raced Pierro mare that’s a full-sister to the Group 2 winning Dragon Leap. This only being his first jump out, it was a nice bit of work.
Slick return for LOVIE MAY, winning Heat 7 on Dec 6 in nice time with the talented Rock Artist finishing 2nd out wide. She led along the inside in this heat and went to the line untouched with the 3yo filly returning for her second preparation despite not getting to the races as a 2yo after a pair of jump outs in June. Expect to see another jump out prior to debut - one to watch.
Considering she already has two BM64 wins under her belt, would love to see YOSEMITE resume in a BM64 prior to going back in town following her jump out win in Heat 8 on Dec 6 in her return. She also goes well fresh, with two wins and one palacing from three first up runs. Hopefully another jump out before we follow her into a BM64 first up.
PAKENHAM - 7 December 2021
DAYTONA BAY won a jump out back on Jul 20 ahead of Island Edition (who won by 4.8L on debut) and the talented Lightsaber. Put away following that, the well bred gelding returned to win Heat 4 on Dec 7 quite well and although put under pressure, he looked to respond and travel well. He was a $360k out of a mare that was Group 1 placed in NZ over 1600m and looks like one we need to follow. Hoping to see another jump out prior to the debut.
STAWELL - 7 December 2021
OCEAN’S JEN certainly hasn’t taken a backwards step since crossing over to the Maher & Eustace yard, bolting in Heat 5 on Dec 7 over the 1000m following a Nov 22 jump out. Follow her into a 1200m-1300m BM64 first up.
SUGAR AND SWEET was pretty much the only one of the four in the field of Heat 7 on Dec 7 to jump away cleanly, so the big winning margin shouldn’t hold a lot of weight. In saying that, he went to the line untouched and clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning and in only his first jump out. He was purchased for $600 in the Inglis June (Late) Online Sale having been a previous $425k purchase at the 2019 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, so if he runs to this jump out on debut then they’ll certainly have spent their $600 wisely… one to watch, most likely into another jump out prior to debuting.
Nice return for Marita Lawson’s ENVEEO with a slick win under a grip in Heat 12 on Dec 7. The 3yo gelding was put away after earlier jump outs as a 2yo on Mar 30 and Apr 19, being given more time prior to resuming here. Mindful that he had it really easy here but he did look to move alright and did clock nice time in the process. He’s worth keeping in mind, expect another jump out first.
MORNINGTON - 8 December 2021
This was one of the more impressive 2yo jump outs or trials you’ll see. The 2yo colt PHILOSOPHER made a mess of them, including a race fit 3yo Brinell in 2nd place, in Heat 6 on Dec 8 in the second fastest 900m time of the morning. He had a trial back in Sep but probably didn’t handle the Heavy track and was given more time after that. He’s a 2021 Magic Millions purchase out of an un-raced sister to the Group placed Peron, so it certainly wouldn’t surprise us to see him target the Magic Millions and although Coolangatta looks to have the race at her mercy, this colt is $101… big watch.
Hoping to see NO CRYING resume in a maiden following this 8 week let up after a run in town. This was a slick jump out by her, travelling wide throughout in behind the speed in Heat 10 on Dec 8 (purple) before peeling out to the outside rail and closing under her own steam. She looked as though she could’ve exploded if asked for an effort at any stage. Nice bit of work.
TATURA - 8 December 2021
Jody Thompson might have a smart one of her hands… WAR OF WISDOM resumed for a massive Nov 22 jump out win at Kilmore before backing that up with a super win in Heat 10 on Dec 8. The 3yo filly was away awkwardly but was able to muster speed very quickly to take a sit in behind the speed along the rail. She was absolutely travelling throughout and looked super, looking for a gap where she got one up along the rail late and exploded to the front to win. She didn’t beat much in terms of quality opposition, but the way she moved and won here was very impressive. Keen to follow her into her debut.
Could have a nice Written Tycoon filly here in MY ARTEMIS, who’s also well bred being a half-sister to Heatherly. She was untouched in a Oct 22 jump out at Flemington before a Nov 1 where she responded well late to some riding and urges from the jockey. Given a month, she headed to the official trials in Heat 11 on Dec 8 where she led from start to finish under no jockey pressure and looked super throughout. This is a filly we definitely want to follow into her debut.
Expecting BIG ME to be hard to beat on debut. He won a pair of jump outs on Oct 11 and Oct 25 when clocking slick time but was given a break, potentially due to some Hong Kong interest which may have fallen (failed the vet tests), but we’re speculating. He returned to win Heat 14 on Dec 8 well in nice time where he led and travelled beautifully under a strong hold throughout. He’s talented, and we’re keen.
GATE CRASH looks ready to head back to the races with a very nice win in Heat 3 on Dec 8 over the 1100m. The 4yo gelding was pushed out but looked to move nicely as he made up a lot of ground to come over the top to win comfortably. A CL1 or BM64 over 1600m would be perfect.
Two trial wins in a row now for PERIBALDO, running over the top of All Too Tough to win Heat 5 on Dec 8 over 1100m with a nice gap to 3rd to back up his Nov 23 win where he had Montera covered. He was ridden out, but it was good to see him chase down the leader and really attack the line when asked for that effort, clocking nice time in the process. Having been a $130k purchase from the 2020 NZB Karaka sales, he can run well on debut.
As mentioned previously, WHAT HAPPENED was named Colossale but has now had the name change as he comes back to Aus from HK and has had a mixed bag of jump outs and trials. His latest coming in Heat 6 on Dec 8, being a win over 1100m and he looked to move well, certainly well enough to be competitive in maidens here in VIC. We’ll follow him into his debut.
HAPPY SOCKS bolted in Heat 12 on Dec 8. He’s a 6yo maiden with 16 career starts and only four placings, with those four placings coming first or second up… so he certainly goes better fresh. He’ll be a big price and maybe one to spec first up?
MISSED THE MARK was another Steven Noble trained galloper that won comfortably, taking out Heat 13 on Dec 8 by 2L. He won a Nov 15 jump out at Kyneton prior to this, and looks to be travelling alright but will be one to spec at hopefully a big price.
DESIGNED TO RUN won Heat 15 on Dec 8 by 6L and clocked the fastest time of the morning. She’s a 4yo mare with 10 career starts for 1 win and 0 placings, so she doesn’t have the best record and will need to resume in a BM58 for us to consider backing her.
FLEMINGTON - 10 December 2021
The un-raced 3yo filly MESCHEVER held her own in Heat 1 on Dec 10 against the older and more experienced horses including Yes Baby Yes, Brazen Bully and Vowmaster. She travelled well on speed throughout and went the line untested in a nice bit of work, especially for her first jump out this preparation. Follow her into another jump out.
A maiden win can’t be far for HER EMPIRE, closing well late to finish 2nd in Heat 2 on Dec 10 after trailing the leaders throughout and peeling off their backs late. The 3yo filly is coming off an 11-week let up after finishing 2.3L off stablemate Seradess in a Group 3 and just behind the likes of Decent Raine, which is form that will stack up in pretty much any maiden if that is the way she goes when she resumes.
After a disappointing first two runs, KOOLATAH has been gelded and returned in super order to win Heat 8 on Dec 10 by a big margin in nice time. Being by Shocking, you’d expect him to get out over much further so there is certainly some extra merit in running a solid 800m jump out. Expect him to have another bit of work before heading to the races.
NSW - OTHER
AUSBRED FLIRT - Brad Widdup
Dec 7 (Randwick) - this was super - went back to the last, checked off heels at the 200m mark and flew home to get 3rd, making up a lot of ground over the concluding stages - work past the line was very good - talented filly!
COOLANGATTA - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Dec 7 (Randwick) - very very good - not hard to see/find, but a 2yo filly defeating the older 3yo’s this early in the season is a very good sign, especially how easily she did it - untouched while the rest of the field were pushed out - full steam ahead to the Magic Millions and she will be very (!) hard to beat if she gets there.
ASTERIA - Mark Newnham
Dec 7 (Randwick) - very slick work from the 2yo Capitalist filly who’s a full-sister to the talented Profiteer - showed much of the same traits of her brother, with a stack of early speed to lead and was way too speedy for them throughout the 740m as she kicked away to win by 3.57L and a further 3.22L back to 3rd - only her first trial too, potentially on a Magic Millions path having been a $375k purchase from the 2021 MM sales.
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