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Weekly Review - February 28 to March 6

CRANBOURNE - 28 February 2022

This is exactly what you’d want to see for a second jump out, MUGEN extending away to win Heat 9 on Feb 28 in the fourth fastest 800m time of the morning and did so with ease and a huge margin back to the 3rd horse. As mentioned after his slick jump out on Feb 14 behind Exceed Expect where they gapped the field, he’s by Deep Field and was a $160k Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling purchase for a Hong Kong based bloodstock so it certainly wouldn’t surprise to see him head off to Hong Kong on this work. Regardless, we want to follow him into a potential debut here in case he does run as he looks to have some talent.


Bella Nipotina’s little sister BELLA SORELLINA was under a vice grip throughout Heat 7 on Feb 28 as she went to the line with previous winner Live In Hope. This was a lovely first jump out back and the 3yo filly will certainly build on this as she gears up for a return to the races. There has been some nice form come out of her debut 1L 4th with 1st (Titans) and 2nd (Teetotal) winning their next starts while 3rd (Gorgeous Prophet) won two starts later, the run rating a nice +3.9. Hopefully another jump out before resuming.

Smart win by the returning 3yo filly SENEGALIA in Heat 11 on Feb 28. Despite being a little slow away, she was able to muster up speed to get to the lead along the inside and then kick away in the straight to record an easy win. Ignore her latest run last preparation on a Heavy track at Pakenham, she clearly didn’t handle the conditions, and judge her based on her two placings in her first two career runs (ratings of +5.7 and +2.7), which will stack up most places. She had a quiet jump out on Feb 15 and now looks primed to make a return to the races where she’ll go well in most maidens.

BALLARAT - 1 March 2022


Lovely return for STARSELLA, cruising throughout Heat 4 on Mar 1 outside the leader to win narrowly where they clocked fast overall time. This filly is returning as a 3yo having had the one start as a 2yo where she came from last after a slow start to finish 5th, clocking some nice sectionals including the meetings 8th fastest L200m, 9th fastest L400m and 5th fastest L600m. She also pulled up with a slow recovery, so it was a nice effort and she can build on that now having been given more time and returning as a 3yo.

PAKENHAM - 1 March 2022


YULONG DEFENCE was the clear pick of Heat 2 on Mar 1 over the 1000m, jumping with the field but being restrained back to a clear last before rounding them up over the concluding stages under no pressure from Zac Spain to finish a close 3rd. His last start 2nd to In The Boat reads well now with that runner winning a BM70 and then a BM84 by 2L in his next two starts. Can go well in a BM70 himself next start.

Joseph Waldron clearly had an opinion of THUMANI prior to his 2yo debut at Flemington but he didn’t quite measure up. He was given more time before returning on the synthetic at Pakenham but was again disappointing and was again immediately spelled. The 3yo colt returned to win an 800m jump out on Feb 15, but his most impressive bit of work was his win in Heat 4 on Mar 1 over the 1000m as he extended away when put under pressure from Thomas Stockdale. A $150k Inglis purchase back in 2020, they’ll be hoping to get a bit more out of this 3yo colt in his third career preparation - one to watch at a price first up.

MORNINGTON - 2 March 2022


Lovely all the way win in Heat 2 on Mar 2 for ORLANDO GROVE (without the blinkers) in her return jump out. She wasn’t beaten more than 3.9L in her five runs last preparation, so her record is better than it looks on face value. She goes well fresh (2: 0-1-1) and is certainly good enough to go well in a BM64 or CL1 first up.

MELANIE showed her speed again to lead and just hold off an un-raced Mrs Chrissie in Heat 4 on Mar 2 over the 900m having won her previous Feb 16 jump out over 750m. Looking for her to resume in a 1000m country maiden, hopefully with a low barrier, where she will lead and give a good sight. One to follow into that first up run.

As you may have noticed last week, we are very keen on MRS CHRISSIE. She had her third jump out this preparation, finishing 2nd to Melanie in Heat 4 on Mar 2 over the 900m in slick time where she cruised along the rail and was never really asked to get out of first gear. Don’t need to say much more, just put her in the blackbook and wait for her to debut.

FLEMINGTON - 4 March 2022


FOREVER FREE bolts in again, winning Heat 3 on Mar 4 in the fastest time of the morning (16x heats) to back up that slick Feb 25 jump out win. She had Holbien covered here quite easily and there is no doubt she’s very speedy and she’s travelling super ahead of her return. She’d be well suited to Moonee Valley or so first up where she can lead and use her pace.

Another lovely jump out for KEYSBOROUGH, winning Heat 4 on Mar 4 where he jumped beautifully to the front and led from start to finish, holding off a fast finishing Cannonball. Following on from his Feb 25 jump out, he’s a lovely mover and with the breeding he has behind him, he’s one to watch on debut. Nominated for the Group 1 Inglis Sires over 14000m on April 2 in a months time, he’s currently $101 on TAB and Sportsbet…

He came last on Feb 18 but the work of WATERFORD late and past the line in Heat 5 on Mar 4 alongside the likes of Crosshaven was super. The 3yo colt is an import having had the one start in Great Britain over 1400m when 3rd and he looks to be quite a nice moving colt. Looked liked D Oliver was on board so look for him to stick on debut.

CAMPOREALE bolted in a Feb 18 jump out, backing that up with another nice win in Heat 9 on Mar 4 where she pushed forward out wide and held the lead throughout. Bit of a query as to how she’ll go stepping up above 800m as they were making ground on her late in both jump outs, but still some nice wins under no pressure and one to keep in mind first up.

We’ve mentioned VAIL MOUNTAIN numerous times as one to follow, winning again in Heat 12 on Mar 4 but he is now owned by Hong Kong interests will be off to Hong Kong where we likely won’t see him debut in Aus, which is disappointing.


IN SECRET - James Cummings

Feb 28 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - away slowly, was out the back throughout but showed an incredible turn of foot in the straight to make up 6L+ and finish only 0.42L off the winner, work past the line was super and if the trial was more than 740m would’ve won - had a bit on this field - $900k Magic Millions purchase in 2021 being by I Am Invincible and out of the talented mare Eloping ($1.2m in earnings) - hoping to see another jump out as a 740m synthetic trial is a bit iffy but still follow and look for J-Mac sticking on debut.

FINE VINTAGE - Gary Portelli

Notes - was a handful on debut as a colt, dislodging Robbie Dolan when he entered the track - was given no chance, dropped back to last shortly after jumping and never made ground - was a Heavy10 and is now GELDED so forgive run?

Feb 28 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - slowish time over the 740m - was slowish away but pushed up and sat at the back with cover under a hold before checking off heels and coming home strongly when briefly asked for an effort - nice return as a gelding.

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.

Feb 28 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - superb, she is flying - won by 7.78L in the second fastest 740m time of the morning - straight to the front under a strong hold from Tommy Berry and gave nothing else a chance, super trial - super keen to follow her into her first up run.

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