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Weekly Review - February 21 to February 27

CRANBOURNE - 21 February 2022

We’ve been waiting for GEE BEE ESS to resume for a while now… she had a really nice Sep 13 trial prior to accepting in a couple of races but being scratched from all of them and then being spelled again. She returned in Heat 7 on Feb 21, being heavily restrained in the early stages to take a sit at the back of the field where she overraced with no where to go before hitting the line with pace once she got some room and was travelling much better than horses a lot more exposed than her. As mentioned after her last trial, she had a laceration on debut and then the jockey dropped the whip at the 250m mark second up but still managed to finish 2.8L off them in 4th. Would love to see another jump out prior to the first up run because of the long break, but if not, we’re still keen to follow her as she looks as though she would go very well.


It was the second slowest heat of the morning, but ENTREMET showed a lovely turn of foot and kick at the top of the straight to boot away and record 4L+ victory in Heat 2 on Feb 21. This win was an encouraging turn of form from her previous jump out whichleft a bit to be desired despite a nice first jump out when quietly ridden, it says she finished 5th but she was only 1L off the winner in a bunched finish. She’s worth having on the watch list.

As mentioned after her Feb 14 jump out last week, The $400k Snitzel filly in WEE NESSY recorded a nice win in Heat 4 on Feb 21. She showed that same nice natural early speed again to lead along the rail here before really opening up a gap as she was given a couple of wake ups from the jockey and pushed out over the concluding stages. This jump out will really bring her on for her debut and she’s even nominated for the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes on April 9.

DOSH was off and gone in Heat 5 on Feb 21, winning ahead of Dirty Thoughts and Esta La Roca with a huge gap back to 4th in the fastest time of the morning. She seems to be a genuine 1000m filly where there is no doubt that she has pace.

Winning Heat 6 on Feb 21 in the second fastest time of the morning behind Dosh was ENTHAAR following a very disappointing last start effort at Caulfield.

CATALINA BLUE did a super job to weave in and out of traffic to win Heat 8 on Feb 21, making up a stack of ground in the straight and over the concluding stages after being slow in the early stages and sitting out the back. Her form has left a bit to be desired but she probably hasn’t had the best of luck. Maybe now she can put it all altogether and get that elusive maiden, at a really nice price.

We mentioned MAHA’S CHOICE after jump outs prior to the first up run but she was very poor when finishing 10L off the winner after starting $3.40 - Liam Riordan reported that she didn’t feel right in her action and the run seems too bad to be true and she’s been given a 3-week freshen up as a result prior to returning to record a solid win in Heat 10 on Feb 21, despite the slow-ish time. Would be expecting a much better run second up.

Clocking 58.70s for the 1000m in a jump out is slick work, which is what EXCEED EXPECT clocked when winning Heat 12 on Feb 21 following another jump out win last week on Feb 14, but over 800m. He’s been gelded and looks to be flying ahead of his third career preparation.

BENALLA - 21 February 2022


Easy and comfortable all the way win for ROCKET PARK in Heat 8 on Feb 21. The very lightly raced 6yo gelding travelling well throughout in his return.

Another all the way win for SHARE THE RHYTHM, taking out Heat 10 on Feb 21 over 1000m in the second fastest time of the morning following her Feb 11 win. The 4yo mare is travelling well ahead of her return for her new Ben Brisbourne stable. LORD DOMINO certainly looked a lot more comfortable and better as he cruised into 2nd, resuming off an 8-week let up.

MAYOR OF METHUL won Heat 11 on Feb 21 over the 1000m by a big 6L in the fastest time of the morning. He’ll go to a BM58 first up and might be able to give a sight, but will need to be a big price.

MORNINGTON - 23 February 2022

Have loved the work of MRS CHRISSIE in numerous jump outs now, the majority of them under her breeding Per Incanto x Turf Fire. As mentioned previously, her jump outs have been super and included Aug 11 over 700m and Aug 25 over 900m where she beat home Sharwin (who has won 2 of 3 career races) and Genuinely in 3rd (who has since won a maiden and finished 4.55L off Barb Raider in the Group 3 Vanity on Saturday just gone) with a big gap to 4th. She was super in these bits of work but didn’t get to the races and was tipped out for a spell and given more time. She returned over 700m on Jan 27 for a very slick win before stepping up to 1000m in Heat 8 on Feb 23 where she was ridden just ridiculously. She could’ve won this heat by a space if she was ever allowed to run, the jockey was even standing up in the straight and she still finished 2nd. Not to mention, that’s the Group 3 winning La Mexicana running over the top of her too… Looking into her breeding and their NZ form, her mum in Turf Fire was Group 3 placed over in NZ while her full-sister in Glinda Goodwitch was 6th and only 2.2L off the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in NZ before starting favourite in her next start in the 1600m Listed Buffalo & Co Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie (article here) and then being retired after only the 6x career starts. She has a half-brother that was exported to Singapore on the back of two trials in NZ as well so there looks to be a bit of talent in the family. We think she has talent and are very keen to follow her into a debut - we might get a nice price too considering Paul Rocke doesn’t have many in work and is a smaller stable. Very keen. Click here for her sales page at the NZ Karaka 2020 sales where she was withdrawn.


HYDRO STAR won again, stepping up to 1000m and taking out Heat 2 on Feb 23 in the second fastest time of the morning. He was given a push over the concluding stages to really bring him on for his first up run - would want him to go to a BM58 first up to get involved.

Hard to ignore SHALAMAN’s $700k price tag and quite hard to ignore his jump outs. In his first jump out on Feb 2, the 2yo colt led them up over 750m and went to the line under a hold with no jockey pressure as he was run over very late by Prado (who ran 2nd on debut at an SP of $1.40). He then went to the official trials on Feb 7, again finishing 2nd where he again showed good gate speed to lead them up but was just beaten by a ridden out Star Harmony (un-raced). He stepped up to 1000m in Heat 3 on Feb 23 in his most impressive bit of work, showing his customary gate speed to lead them up before getting a couple of small reminders at the top of the straight and opening up a gap on the field in a matter of strides and winning with ease. The time was slow for the day, but the style in which he won was very impressive and he’s certainly one we want to watch for a debut.

ROMANESCO FRESCO kicked away in Heat 7 on Feb 23 to record a nice victory in nice time and she looks to be travelling well ahead of her return. She was a quietly ridden 3rd in a Feb 7 official trial around some previous winners who are all better than maiden grade and she didn’t look out of place. Watch on her for her first up run.

TERANG - 23 February 2022


The 4yo gelding Stripped Back (who has 4x career starts for 2x wins and a placing) was ridden out and pushed but no match for TESTIFIED who looked a class in Heat 4 on Feb 23. The un-raced 3yo filly followed Stripped Back throughout, sitting midfield with cover before peeling out late and coming over the top to win and put a gap on 3rd. This was a super first jump out and Tom Dabernig is flying at the moment (28% win % from his last 50 starts).

As mentioned after his first jump out on Feb 7, SAFE SECRET was back at the jump outs with another nice bit of work as he was just done on the line by a race fit Gaius to finish 2nd in Heat 6 on Feb 23 with Sense Of Honour just in behind in 3rd. He’s been given plenty of time since his debut and there has been a few winners come from that race in the meantime with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th all winning since while 6th, 7th and 9th have all placed since. Won’t be a stack of confidence, but he’s one to watch first up in his second career preparation that might be worth a small bet.

The undefeated JUCCONI won Heat 7 on Feb 23 just ahead of PINTOFF with a big gap to 3rd, clocking the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process.

KYNETON - 25 February 2022


RAINBIEL won Heat 1 on Feb 25 comfortably over the 1000m, defeating the race fit Chapel Lane by 1L but never being let off the bridal at any stage and doing it very easily. She’s looking super ahead of a return to the races in 2022.

VITTORINA is going to be a very interesting runner ahead of her return to the races. The 5yo mare is a 19-start maiden, but following jump out wins on Feb 11 and a big win in Heat 3 on Feb 25, she looks to be one to spec at a big price first up. The ease in which she’s won these as well has been impressive, never let off the bridal or pushed out so with 2x 1000m bits of work under her belt, we’re monitoring her very closely.

The grey TOOLBAR was only just nosed out by a hard ridden Western Wingo to finish 2nd in Heat 7 on Feb 25 with a big gap back to 3rd. The 6yo gelding hasn’t been at the races for over a year now and this was certainly an encouraging return jump out as he travelled wide over the 1000m and still closed off super under no pressure. Nice return.

MY DIVAS won Heat 11 on Feb 25 nicely enough over the 1000m to be prominent in a BM58 first up.

He hasn’t beaten much here, but the turn of foot MONSOON REINS showed late in Heat 12 on Feb 25 was super and he clearly is better than maiden grade. He ran into Never Say Nay first up (who then won a BM64 next start) with 3rd and 4th since winning. He then met one better again in Moon And Back (who has since won a BM64 at Moonee Valley) with a nice 2.75L gap back to 3rd place before failing at Moonee Valley and being put away. He had another nice jump out on Feb 11 behind a very speedy Pal’s Reward and on the back of this work, looks ready to head back to the races and finally knock off that maiden (if he doesn’t find one better again…). One to follow.

FLEMINGTON - 25 February 2022

INTELLO STAR has previously featured in our reviews and his jump out here was slick again. He had a jump out back on Nov 19 where he finished behind Jungle Jim (since 1st, 1st, 5th and 1st) and Swerving (won on debut) before a jump out over 1100m on Dec 6 where he given a push but finished only slightly behind Odeon and Nordic (won a BM70 first up). He’s been given more time, returning in Heat 13 on Feb 25 for a win ahead of Gerald (previous winner) where he looked to move really slickly and it was hard to miss that big baldy face. He was taken to the back and stayed there in a Feb 14 jump out, so it was hard to get a gauge on him at all but despite the slow time here, just loved the way he moves and pretty keen to follow him.


The gelding looks to have switched WHISPERING TYCOON on, showing lovely gate speed to lead the whole way in Heat 3 on Feb 25 (red) and hold that lead past the line, although he did clock the second slowest time of the morning. He showed that lovely gate speed in a previous jump out on Feb 14 (red) at Werribee, but was just overran late but a couple of horses who were put under a lot more pressure than him. His first three career runs were really poor, but he’s worth keeping in mind first up as a gelding on the back of this work.

KEYSBOROUGH looked to move alright without much room to go in Heat 4 on Feb 25 (orange) and when you look into his breeding, there is no doubt that she comes from a very talented family. She’s by I Am Invincible out of the mare Oscietra, who is an Exceed And Excel daughter of the great Black Caviar. There is a stack of breeding behind him and he’s nominated for the Group 1 Inglis Sires, so he’s certainly one to watch.

KAPALUA SUNSET travelled beautifully to a comfortable win in Heat 5 on Feb 25 ahead of Not An Option and Influential Jack. She’s a really classy mover and this was a lovely return.

Back to the jump outs for BIOGRAPHER following a 2nd placing over in SA and it was an easy all the way win in Heat 6 on Feb 25.

Didn’t think PENCILED looked out of place in his first jump out back this preparation, cruising alongside Tycoon Beau in Heat 7 on Feb 25 who was under significantly more pressure. He’s been gelded since his debut back in May 2021, so he’s also been given plenty of time. He doesn’t look a big horse but looks to be more of an athletic type. Like to see another jump out but nice return here.

FOREVER FREE burnt them with her pace, leading from start to finish with ease to win Heat 11 on Feb 25 in the third fastest time of the morning. The 4yo mare didn’t even look to break a sweat and went to the line with her ears pricked in a lovely bit of work, especially for a first jump out back.

Putting TRINITY BEACH on the watch list following a quiet return jump out in Heat 13 on Feb 25. She moved well and it’s not hard to see why she finished 3rd behind Extreme Warrior on debut with some super form from the race including 2nd, 4th and 5th all being winners since. One to watch.

SILVER BOOTS won Heat 14 on Feb 25 in the fastest time of the morning, leading from start to finish in a nice bit of work. After having four races over 1000m/1100m, he stepped up to 1300m and won very impressively. After closing well over the concluding stages in a Feb 14 jump out, he might be able to go on with it now.


GREECE - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Feb 21 (Rosehill) - very impressive and she clocked a very slick 1:01.19s for the 1030m which is the fastest time we have across the last 66x trials over 1030m at Rosehill - she’s a full sister to Group 1 star Loving Gaby and was a $1.2m purchase from the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sales - she cruised outside the leader before responding to the urges of James McDonald to kick away and record an easy 3.18L win - this backs up a slick 900m trial win back on Feb 10, she looks talented.

ZARASTRO - Chris Waller

Feb 21 (Rosehill) - big fan of this colt, he’s a really nice mover who should win some more races in his time - he went straight to the front here where he looked to do a bit wrong but still was too strong for the un-defeated Smirnova late - would love to see him continue through the grades.

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