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Weekly Review - February 6 to February 12

CRANBOURNE - 6 February 2023


That Golden Gift form is very solid form going forward, the winner being Barber (current Blue Diamond favourite) while the 2nd and 3rd horses ran 3rd and 4th in the 2YO Magic Millions behind Skirt The Law. MAHARBA was 4th in the Golden Gift, 1.24L off Barber but he was all over the shop and clearly had a lot to learn. He’s been given a break and had a change of stables to Grahame Begg down in VIC, returning in Heat 6 on Feb 6 with the nose roll on where he travelled quietly off the speed before closing superbly over the concluding stages without being put under any significant query, although how he responds to that is the query given his debut. He doesn’t have a Blue Diamond nomination so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up here in VIC.

PIVOT CITY was hard held and restrained throughout Heat 7 on Feb 6 as a tick over for his debut on Saturday and he looks super with Damian Lane riding here and sticking on Saturday too. It’s going to be a big ask to win on debut against some high quality colts and geldings with exposed form on the way to the Blue Diamond, but expect him to run well.

Price & Kent and Seamus Mills look to have another nice 2yo filly on their hands in GUMDROPS, a $600k Written Tycoon filly having her first jump out in Heat 8 on Feb 6 where she was wide with cover while under a hold from D Lane before then cruising to the line over the concluding stages. Loved the way she extended late and loved her work past the line as well, she’s a filly that will take plenty of improvement from this and we can follow.

RUNNING BY was super winning Heat 9 on Feb 6, sitting on speed and wide throughout but doing her best work late as she cruised over the top of a ridden out Mr Tickles with ease and a 2L+ gap back to Doull in 3rd. He clocked the second fastest time of the morning and one the faster times we have recorded in a super return.

Both THE CASSINI and JALPIDO closed nicely from out back and wide in Heat 11 on Feb 6, with The Cassini the pick of the top as would be expected with him a 10-start 4yo gelding that will be looking at a BM58 first up while Jalpido is a 3yo maiden with only the two starts for two placings. It was both of their first jump outs so keeping an eye out for another bit of work before resuming.

SISTERHOOD put the writing on the wall with her first jump out on Jan 16 that saw her bolt in by a huge margin and she backed that up in Heat 12 on Feb 6 with another easy win. While it didn’t have the glamour of her first win, it was good to see her not just lead and be put under pressure late and respond to that pressure, extending away. This 3yo daughter of American Phaorah has some talent.

Have liked the way MAGARTEN has returned following a disappointing debut prep that saw him have the two runs for no placings when running behind Kaygeebee on debut and The Deputy second up at Sandown. He was quietly ridden in a 900m jump out on Jan 25 where he led in the early stages but was ridden with no urgency to the line but really going on with it past the line. Craig Williams gave him a bit more of a hit out in Heat 14 on Feb 6, sitting off the speed with cover before peeling to the middle of the track and asked to extend late, attacking the line strongly to win ahead of Muramasa and Le Ferrari who were also ridden out. It’s no secret that Jerome Hunter is flying and this looks like another gelding he has that can win first up.

SOLLOZZO finished 5th behind subsequent winners Belvago and Campania Volpe in a Jan 23 jump out where he just cruised to the line. He was ridden with a lot more urgency here though, settling last in Heat 16 on Feb 6 before Jordan Childs got him to the outside at the top of the straight and put him under pressure where he showed a nice turn of foot to close superbly and get over the top to win. His debut was ordinary despite starting a $5 SP second favourite, a race that was won by a horse that goes alright in Grand Impact. There is no doubt there is some talent there, so here’s hoping he can show it in his second career prep on the back of these jump outs.

KYNETON - 6 February 2023
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She beat nothing special in terms of quality of opposition, but Liam Howley’s un-named 3yo filly RUSSIAN REVOLUTION x GIPSY COUNTESS was way too speedy in Heat 3 on Feb 6 where she led and then kicked away in the straight as she was put under pressure. Only her first jump out so keeping an eye on her and also treading carefully.

CAMPERDOWN - 6 February 2023


The first three across the line in Heat 5 on Feb 6 were cruising under a hold, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process. Of those three, Mckeever and Pythagoras have both won multiple races, while the other was the 7-start maiden in CRACKER BELLE. Having her second jump out ahead of her return, she got a lovely run in behind the speed here before getting the gap late to have some room to close off, which she did nicely. She’ll run well first up and look for that Vella x Vella jockey and trainer combination.

TOREGENE was super over the 1000m in Heat 8 on Feb 6, winning with ease as she cruised to the line.

PAKENHAM - 7 February 2023


MILEVA has a first up record of 5:4-1-0 and on the back of three jump outs wins, the latest in Heat 3 on Feb 7 over 1000m where she clocked a very slick 57.75s, she will be flying again first up this preparation.

MY HARUCONI is a 5-start maiden with no career placings, but she’s now put together two jump out wins ahead of her resumption and looks to be in good order. She won an 800m jump out on Jan 24 where she defeated stablemate Runaway Belle with ease and it was the same combo in Heat 4 on Feb 7 over the 1000m with Runaway Belle struggling to keep up as this 3yo Nicconi flying sprinted away late. Her form puts a bit of a dampen on any expectations but she was a $145k filly and she is still only a 3yo that did run 4th first up last prep at a $51 SP when only 1.55L behind Nanagui and Miss Subtly so she can certainly give a sight first up this prep as well.

WODONGA - 7 February 2023


OH WONDERFUL WHY was a good 10L off the leaders in the early stages of Heat 4 on Feb 7 after showing minimal early speed, albeit ridden with no urgency and allowed to drop back to a clear last. The 3yo filly then slowly edged her way forward under her own steam, catching up quite easily before getting to the outside of the track and coming home really nicely to get over the top of Almond Street, who’s race fit and won a maiden in October 2022, with ease. It’s hard to get much confidence in Wodonga jump outs, but you don’t normally see them make up this sort of ground anywhere and add in the fact she won an Oct 4 jump out as well (albeit against ordinary horses), she might be able to run a nice race first up in the country. We’d expect another jump out before she does head to the races.

As an owner, it’s very good to see GULF OF GUINEA bolt in Heat 13 on Feb 7. On face value, he was ordinary last prep but he had some excuses. He was solid first up after almost a year off at Moe when 4L behind Our Redente (won 3 of next 4 races following this win) and Our Goddess (won for us a couple weeks ago) - he had an ordinary run in transit from barrier 11 and was hit in the head by the whip, so he’s ran well. Second up at Cranbourne Blake Shinn put in a ridiculous ride when he took him to the front to a massive lead and he just never recovered from that, pulled up horribly where he needed 4 weeks to recover and then he was rolled as a $2 SP favourite at Ballarat but he just never recovered from that second up gut buster, hence the spell to reset. He’s certainly got a maiden win in him, he just needs to take this track work form to the races. He’ll have another jump out and we’ll update everyone when he does get to the races.

KILMORE - 8 February 2023

MORNINGTON - 8 February 2023

ARARAT - 9 February 2023


Doug Whitworth might have one that has shown a bit in the un-named and un-raced filly, PRESS STATEMENT x CHICHI DANCER. We first saw her on Jan 24 when finishing 5th of 6 runners where she wasn’t away great and settled very quietly out the back, cruised to the line but was powering through it and past it, forcing her way through the field and she was actually clearly in front past the post. She stepped out again in Heat 17 on Feb 9 where she jumped a lot better but was ridden with no urgency to take a sit on the leaders and as a result she was held up in the straight until she darted back to the inside at the 150m mark and took off on the fence to get up and win, again doing some nice work past the line. A pair of nice jump outs and considering sh’s with a lesser known stable, she should be a really nice price first up where we can bet and find out how well she does go. Big fan on her jump out work though.


We had GAMADALE NIP in the BlackBook prior to the debut where he was smashed into a $2.20 SP favourite but managed to find one better on the day, finishing a distant 2.75L 2nd with a decent 4L gap back to 3rd. He was immediately tipped out, returning in Heat 12 on Feb 9 where he cruised to the line into 2nd place and looks to have returned nicely. One to watch into another jump out.

FLEMINGTON (STRAIGHT) - 10 February 2023

FLEMINGTON - 10 February 2023


They don’t often have 1000m jump outs at Flemington so the fact that DRAFT DAY has been able to go around in a 1000m jump out in Heat 4 on Feb 10 in addition to his super Jan 27, he’ll have a really good base to be going well first up now. In this heat, he travelled quietly out the back until he was put under some pressure to pick up and then being put away late, finishing alongside Elusive Express while behind Alligator Blood and Elliptical. He’ll hopefully go to a BM70 first up and then suspect they have some Autumn targets in mind where he looks in good order.

Two easy jump outs wins for ARCTIC FAIRY now ahead of his return, the latest in Heat 9 on Feb 10 in the fastest time of the morning as she went straight to the front and recorded a dominant win.

Following on from Arctic Fairy, CANNON was 2nd in her first jump out on Feb 3 where they clocked the fastest time of the morning. He was without the blinkers again (which he wore in his latest start), cruising out wide in Heat 12 on Feb 10 as Oli allowed him to balance up and close off, doing his best work past the line as he caught up with the breakaway leader in Sigourney quite comfortably. He resumed gelded last prep when 2nd to the talented Custodian before then finishing 4th at The Valley, a track that probably doesn’t suit him and he did finish around subsequent winners. He was horrible in his latest run with the blinkers on, but immediately tipped out after that so potentially an issue there. He’s now approaching his second prep as a gelding and on the back of these jump outs, he looks in nice order ahead of his return and he should be running well wherever he goes first up.

We can probably ignore VALSPAR’s debut run as a 2yo colt in the Nursery at Randwick and we can probably forgive his only run last prep as a gelding on a Heavy9 track at Rosehill - he was immediately spelled following both of these runs. Now a 3yo and a gelding as per last prep, he matched motors throughout with the talented Extreme Choice colt, Shipstern in Heat 14 on Feb 10 despite being a touch slow away in his first jump out back. Keeping a close eye on him into another jump out.

RANDWICK - 6 February 2023

KEMBLA GRANGE - 8 February 2023

WATCHLIST ZARAGOZA settled at the rear of the field in Trial 8 on Feb 8 and then really showed some nice closing speed over the concluding stages down the middle of the track, cruising to the line under no pressure from Zac Lloyd and doing his best work past the line. He’s a 3yo son of Street Boss that was only having his first trial, but his Racing Australia profile now says ‘spelling’ so we likely have to wait a bit longer to see him again.

This was super by CHARTWELL in Trial 10 on Feb 8. He was away well but was out wide and as a result, Alysha Collett elected to go back and get some cover before then getting him to the middle of the track in the straight where he closed superbly over the top late to win and win nicely in the fastest time of the morning. He had a trial on Jan 24 where he missed the start and settled in behind the speed on the rail, just cruising to the line to finish a close 3rd. Happy to ignore his debut as a 2yo on a Heavy8 track at Canterbury that he was spelled immediately following, he looks to have come back in good order now as a 3yo for his second prep.

Nice debut trial from CANDLELIT, leading from start to finish in Trial 12 on Feb 8 but the 3yo Press Statement gelding didn’t break any time records in the process.

STYDD was super to the eye in Trial 14 on Feb 8, sitting quietly at the back before exploding to the front along the rail to win by 2.5L, but clocked the clear slowest time of the morning that was 1.5s slower than the days average. Keep an eye on this 3yo filly into another trial.

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