CRANBOURNE - 14 February 2022
The 2yo filly WEE NESSY caught the eye in Heat 2 on Feb 14 (yellow) as she jumped cleanly, led and cruised to the line under a hold. The Snitzel filly was a $400k Magic Millions purchase in 2021 with her full brother going for $825k in 2022’s sale, so there will be some expectation that this filly goes alright. Only her first jump out, so keep an eye on her.
A nice first jump out from the 3yo gelding MUGEN, sitting outside multiple-time winner Exceed Expect throughout Heat 7 on Feb 14 to finish 2nd where they gapped the field. He’s by Deep Field and was a $160k Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling purchase for Upper Bloodstock, a Hong Kong based bloodstock so it wouldn’t surprise to see him head off to Hong Kong instead of debuting in Australia. He’s one to keep an eye on, nice first jump out.
D’JUMBUCK got the better of a resuming HOLT late in Heat 8 on Feb 14 where they clocked the fastest time of the morning and put a gap on 3rd. D’JUMBUCK had the benefit of being mid-prep, so there was residual fitness there and it should be no surprise to see him jump out well - he can go well in a BM64/BM70 next start. As for HOLT, he’s now put together three slick jump outs and looks ready to head back to the races, hopefully a BM64 first up and working through the grades.
We followed THE HASS into his debut where he ran 4th but was slowly away, raced wide throughout and tired late. He was subsequently spelled, returning to finish 2nd in Heat 9 on Feb 14 behind a very talented Extreme Warrior where they clocked slick time. Keeping an eye on him for another jump out, always thought he had some talent.
Enver’s un-named 3yo gelding KERMADEC x STELLAGLACIER made up a lot of ground in the straight to finish 2nd in Heat 11 on Feb 14 having previously won a Feb 1 jump out. He was making ground on Deprivation in the straight where they clocked the second fastest time of the morning in the process. Couple of nice jump outs lands this gelding on our watch list and Enver is certainly good at placing his horses.
INTO THE FURY (1st), KUROLATION (2nd) and MISS MATADOR (3rd) from Heat 12 on Feb 14 were all having their first jump out this preparation and all three looked to move well, but they did clock the third slowest time of the morning. Regardless, monitoring all three of these runners into another jump out to get a real gauge on how they’re travelling.
STRETTO is a very interesting runner. He’s a 5yo who is now with Maher & Eustace having previously been with Matt Cumani for his 15 career starts. He only has the 1 career win, but has 9 placings and has always shown some talent. He resumes for the new stable with a very key gear change of now being a gelding, which may really switch him on and fulfil that talent he’s always shown. He was well held in his first jump out on Feb 1 over 800m, but as he stepped up to 1000m in Heat 15 on Feb 14, he’s won by a big margin in quick time and was very impressive. He’s 64-rated, so look for a BM64 first up but he’s always shown better than BM64 talent… he’s a massive watch first up, this might be the making of him despite now being a 5yo gelding.
In her only run last preparation, GABSTAR was 4th to Adele Amour, Barb Raider and El Patroness, which is certainly form that will hold up now. The 3yo filly returned with a nice win over 1000m in Heat 16 on Feb 14 as she closed well late over the top. Only her first jump out, but this was a nice bit of work and she’s got nice form now too.
VASMEE is talented. He has won Heat 19 on Feb 14 over the 1400m by a bigger than massive margin following a forgive run at Sandown where he had an eye ailment and EIPH. Prior to that run, he won a MDN and a CL1 by 4.2L so when right he is clearly a nice horse and on the back of this jump out, he looks ready to put those issues behind him and if he goes to a BM64 first up, look out.
FLEMINGTON - 14 February 2022
CRYSTALIST was the eye catcher of the 2yo’s from Heat 5 on Feb 14, cruising at the back of the field before finishing off really nicely under no jockey pressure. He was the only one of the field not getting pressured and was still making ground of them, even past the line. The 2yo colt has MyRacehorse in the ownership, so he will have plenty of owners and as a result, most likely plenty of $ on him. Lovely first jump out though.
Nice bit of work by CIRRINA in Heat 8 on Feb 14, extending away late when asked for an effort to win by several lengths. The 5yo mare looks to be travelling well and expect to see another jump out before resuming in a BM70 first up.
The first two across the line in Heat 9 on Feb 14 both look worthy of keeping an eye on. In first place was the 2yo Freedman colt in PENMAN who was hard held throughout the entire heat before coming very wide in the straight and closing super under no jockey pressure. He was a $340,000 purchase at the 2021 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale. In second place was the 2yo filly STILLWATER backing up her 2nd in a Jan 19 jump out. She was slowly away, sitting last throughout before cruising to the line through the middle and making up a stack of ground. Both of these runners are worth keeping an eye on, PENMAN in particular.
LULU’S HALO can’t do much than what she’s doing ahead of her return, winning both her jump outs on Feb 4 as well as a slick win in the second fastest time of the morning in Heat 10 on Feb 14. Bit mindful of her form as she was very disappointing in her first two career runs but she looks to be in nice order ahead of her return.
VAIL MOUNTAIN is now in his third preparation and looks to be getting more and more impressive. While it didn’t have the glamour of his big Oct 8 win, he showed some nice speed to lead in Heat 12 on Feb 14 and then went to the line completely untested in 3rd place where they clocked the third fastest time of the morning. He’s potentially a Hong Kong horse, but would love to see him follow a similar path to Pagan who got a win in Aus before going over. Keen to follow.
PAKENHAM - 15 February 2022
The winner was race fit and the 2nd horse is a Group 3 winner in Sansom, and although DOLLAR CHASER technically finished 5th of 6 runners in Heat 1 on Feb 15 over the 1000m, he was a lot better than that in his return. He missed the start by lengths, cruised up with his head down under a strong hold at the back of the field throughout and then once the heat was over, he got through the pack and was making ground on the two leaders. Lovely bit of work, keep an eye on another jump out but a 1000m maiden first up would be perfect (and hopefully a nice price).
It was evident on debut that ORIENTAL LEGEND was looking for further, but he was put away and given more time. The 3yo colt returned to win Heat 2 on Feb 15 over the 1000m and was really extending away past the line after being challenged late. He’s by Snitzel and a half-brother to Group 1 ATC Derby winner in Jon Snow as well as Princess Rhaenys (4th in the Group 1 Vinery Stud), so there is no doubt he’ll be better over a mile (and more) so maybe one to follow as he gets out in distance.
GOLD RING has been gelded since his debut back in November 2021 and he was under a strong hold throughout Heat 9 on Feb 15. The eye catcher though was the un-named John Sadler runner under the breeding MANHATTAN RAIN x PERSONAL ENSIGN, a half-brother to stablemate speedster Sartorial Splendour as well as Fontiton (5th in Blue Diamond), so there is plenty of breeding behind him too. He was away fairly, took a sit with some cover before being asked for an effort late and making up really good ground around the outside of the field. Slick first jump out for this 2yo.
RAMPANT LION is becoming a bit of a jump out star now, winning Heat 10 on Feb 15 by a big margin in slick time. He is coming off a 3 week freshen up following his 0.5L 2nd behind Daumier who has since gone on to finish 3rd in the Blue Diamond Prelude behind Lofty Strike. He’s now had 5x career jump outs for 5x wins, so he really needs to bring his jump out form to race day…
COLAC - 15 February 2022
Very keen to follow TOPEKA into a mid-week maiden first up, she looks to be flying at the jump outs this time in. She won a Feb 3 jump out ahead of Star Of Manhattan (who won Heat 2 just after this) that caught our eye, backing it up with another win in Heat 1 on Feb 15 over the 800m where she sat in behind the speed before being presented at the top of the straight, pushed along and showing that lovely turn of foot she has to put a 2-3L gap on them and win in the second fastest time of the morning. She’s travelling super and should be competitive first up.
We were very keen on BELLUNA on debut at a big price and she was very disappointing, finishing 10th by 7.5L but she did pull up with a slow recovery after only having one jump out (5 weeks) prior to her debut. She returned in Heat 4 on Feb 15, finishing 2nd to Ashford Street with a huge gap back to 3rd. She’s got lovely gate speed, leading throughout this heat and being pushed along late, which should really bring her on. We’d love to see another jump out to get a real gauge on her and have her primed for her return as we do think she has talent.
THAT’S MOLLY might be able to run a cheeky race on debut after winning Heat 5 on Feb 15, which was her second jump out since switching over to Maddie Raymond and certainly her best. She clocked nice time for the morning as she went forward and was one of two breakaway leaders throughout. A 1000m country maiden on debut at a big price looks the go.
BEAKDU was beaten as a $1.60 favourite in both of her starts in her first career preparation. She led in both of those starts, getting nabbed late on debut on a Heavy track at Moe (with a 2.5L gap back to 3rd) and similar in her second start although she lost by 4.5L with a big 2.75L gap back to 3rd and she bled during the run. She showed that speed again in Heat 6 on Feb 15, going straight to the front and winning in the fastest 800m time of the morning, defeating several past winners in the process. We’d like to see one more jump out, which we’d expect her to lead and win as well, before diving into the inevitable short price she will be first up.
HOME RULE was too speedy for Bubbly Lass and Gundec in Heat 7 on Feb 15, leading from start to finish as he normally does in his races. It’s only his first jump out, but a 1000m country BM58 or BM64 first up would certainly be suitable and if he draws low, he will lead and give a big sight.
Matt Cumani looks to have a 3yo gelding with a bit of talent in JAJA DING DONG who has yet to be let go in either of his jump outs but has still closed the super. The first was on Feb 3 where he sat 3-4 wide without cover throughout but was still able to close under no jockey pressure down the middle of the track. The latest was in Heat 13 on Feb 15 where he sat just off the pace under a strong hold and again closed super under no pressure. He looked as though he might have a motor hidden under there… big watch.
We mentioned GOLDEN VITRINE after a jump out as a 2yo back on Jun 8 at Caulfield where he showed a lovely turn of foot. He showed that same turn of foot as he closed very well down the middle of the track to win Heat 17 on Feb 15 over 1000m having sat just off the pace throughout prior to showing that nice turn of foot once asked for an effort. This was his second jump out following a well held Feb 3 jump out when 2nd. He’s a full-brother to the smart Showmanship (7 wins from 8 career starts) and was a $500k purchase from the 2020 NZ Karaka sales with a very noticeable owner in Mr Brae Sokolski. He’s a 3yo colt to monitor when he makes his debut.
MORNINGTON - 16 February 2022
Very keen on ALL SHE WROTE second up now, closing super out wide in Heat 7 on Feb 16 and she is clearly better than maiden grade. We loved her jump outs on Dec 22 and Jan 5 prior to her first up run where she got back, raced 3 wide without cover throughout and closed well to finish 3rd but did look to tire late as shown through her sectionals where she ran the meetings fastest 600-400m split and the 8th fastest 400-200m split before slowing over the final 200m. She’ll take plenty of improvement from that and with her 1000m jump out in between the runs, she’ll be ready to break the maiden second up now. Keen to follow.
MORNINGTON GLORY is a smart horse and he recorded a smart win in Heat 4 on Feb 16 following a trial win back on Feb 7. He’s city class and should be competitive in some city races this coming preparation, but would love for him to look for a BM64 win first up before going to town.
John McArdle might have a smart 2yo gelding on his hands, EYE OF THE EAGLE is a 2yo gelding by Alpine Eagle out of the mare Tickle My who was a multiple time Group 2 & 3 winner, so he’s very well bred. He won a 750m jump out back on Feb 2 ahead of some 3yo’s and didn’t look out of place, backing that up with a very smart win in Heat 8 on Feb 16, again over 750m. In this heat he travelled just behind the speed under a hold before pulling out in the straight and showing a super turn of foot to get over the top late, his last 100-150m was super! The only knock on him will be that both of the jump outs have been over 750m, but he couldn’t have been anymore impressive.
Will be very interested to see where BATTLEGROUND pops up first up for the new Kane Harris stable. He’s a 5yo gelding with 1x win and 5x placings from 12x career starts, all of them in NSW and he was some reasonable form from back in 2019 that includes a 2nd placing in a Listed race at Gosford behind Hightail but beating home Splintex and Exhilirates. His win in Heat 12 on Feb 16 was slick, only his first jump out this preparation and being only 61-rated, he can certainly give a BM58 (and even a BM64) a shake first up. One to keep in mind.
MELANIE has speed and her win in Heat 13 on Feb 16 was no different where she sat outside the leader and was too strong late over the 750m. She has a friendly racing pattern as she leads or at least sits on speed, so this was an encouraging return for a 3yo filly we can follow into another jump out before resuming.
FLEMINGTON - 18 February 2022
OTHER FIRE is flying. His Jan 17 trial win at Rosehill over 902m was super and he backed that up with a super Jan 31 trial over 900m also at Rosehill, where we mentioned him as one to follow on Twitter. He’s now come down to VIC and bolted in Heat 6 on Feb 18 over the 800m and looks primed to make his return to the races after pulling up shin sore in both forelegs last start. If he goes through his grades, he’s certainly one to follow.
Not often does a horse feature in our weekly review twice from two jump outs, especially a 2yo but we CRYSTALIST caught our eye in a Feb 14 jump out at Werribee (on Monday) and then has come back to Flemington on Friday to win Heat 8 on Feb 17. He took a different approach here, going to the front after jumping cleanly to take up a clear lead and kick away in the straight to record a comfortable win in the end. Not quite sure what to make of the two jump outs within 5 days, but he looks to be travelling well and is one we can follow on debut.
MESCHEVER was back at the jump outs after a 5-week freshen up, winning Heat 9 on Feb 18 and it look as though the nose roll went on here. He looked good here but probably wasn’t quite as slick as his jump outs prior to his debut. In saying that, we do think he has the talent to win a maiden and his form backs that up. His debut 2nd to Lord Paramount (since won BM58 by 4.2L) ahead of The Globe (since won MDN) certainly reads well and his second up run also reads well. The winner Grinzinger Prince has since won a BM64, the Mystery Eclipse (2nd) and Loudun (3rd) raced against each other next start when 2nd and 1st respectively and put a 2L gap on 3rd (Mystery Eclipse then won her next start after this) while 6th in Mr Freeze has also since won. Winners all around him, we’re following him into another maiden next start.
OTHER - NSW
I AM ME - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Feb 14 (Warwick Farm) - loved the work of this 3yo filly past the line - she jumped well but took a sit in behind the leaders before closing super under a hold once she got some clear air in the straight - past the line she was 1-2L in front and continuing on with it - interesting debut prep, with her first two runs over 1000m and 900m before going to 1400m when 5.5L off Fangirl and only 3L off Decent Raine… which is really good form for a maiden - lovely first trial.
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