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Weekly Review - February 7 to February 13

A quiet week for Jump Outs outside of Cranbourne's official Trials on Monday with no Mornington (Wed) or Flemington (Fri) jump outs this week.

CRANBOURNE - 7 February 2022


YAKI ISHI had a terrible run throughout Heat 6 on Feb 7 but he did a super job to still close well and finish only 1L off the winner. Considering he’s a 2yo colt only having his first jump out this preparation, he did a super job to continue to hit the line hard. One to keep an eye on heading into another jump out with maybe a bit more luck.

ZAMBORGHINI has had two similar jump outs and trials now, travelling wide and closing well in both his jump out on Feb 2 and his trial win in Heat 7 on Feb 7. The only knock on his trial today is that it was ran in 46.72s, the slowest of 11x 800m trials and 1s slower than the day’s average. He was a $1.25m purchase at the Inglis Easter Yearling sale, so there will certainly be lofty expectations on this 2yo colt.

MADAME DU GAST was super in her win in Heat 9 on Feb 7, there’s no doubt she’s a talented filly that will at least be competitive in, if not win, some nice races.

GOATS ON OATS looked to go well enough to be competitive in a maiden on debut. The 3yo gelding was 2nd in a Jan 27 jump out over 700m to one we have a lot of time for, prior to a nice win in Heat 12 on Feb 7. The 3yo gelding had the measure of Tycoon Beau late, looking to get through the line with pace.

HYDRO STAR certainly hasn’t lived up to the hype, and he was back at the jump outs with a nice win in Heat 13 on Feb 7 as he cruised to the line where he clocked really nice time in the process, the third fastest 800m heat of the morning behind the likes of Forgot You and King Magnus. Can he return to somewhere near his best? If so, then he is way too good for BM58 level despite being only 60-rated…

HEAVENLY EAGLE had previously won a jump out on Jan 12 over 1000m ahead of Golden Shamrock (since 3.6L off a CL1) prior to this trial. Sticking to 1000m, the 3yo gelding had a lovely run during Heat 14 on Feb 7 as he settled midfield with cover before just cruising to the line under no pressure from Ben Allen in the saddle. He looked to have a fair bit left under the hood and looks to be one to keep an eye on for when he debuts.

Michael Dee was soft on SONGMAN late once he had Heat 16 on Feb 7 won. Jumping straight to the front, the 3yo gelding never looked like losing and did it comfortably. Thought he jumped out well back on Oct 5 when he defeated previous maiden winner Around The Horn and Nicstar since 3rd and 3rd in MDN’s), but his jump out on Oct 19 was just okay and he was subsequently spelled. He’s back in work now and looks to be tracking well. Want to follow him into another jump out or trial.

CROTON RIVER was a big winner back on Jan 17 over 1000m, but there hasn’t been a real lot of form come out from behind him so a query on who he beat. He had a little freshen up prior to this official trial in Heat 18 on Feb 7, closing well under some heavy riding but holding his own against the likes of Barb Raider where they clocked a very slick time for the 1000m. Always tread carefully around the Price Bloodstock horses as they do target the trials and jump outs, but think this gelding can be one to follow into a maiden.

CORONA LAD took it up to the Group 1 placed and recently gelded Grandslam in Heat 19 on Feb 7 over the 1200m, and he certainly looked to hold his own. He has some residual fitness having come off a 7-week freshen up from his two wins from two career runs, but this was Grandslam’s third jump out or trial. Keep an eye out for this gelding if he continues to go through the grades, this was nice.

KYNETON - 7 February 2022


The recently gelded SAFE SECRET made his return to the jump outs following a disappointing debut run as a colt, closing under his own steam to finish 2nd in Heat 2 on Feb 7. He was purchased from the Inglis Online Sale in 2021 for only $9,500 after being a $200k purchase at the 2020 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales, so a very cheap buy for Mitch Freedman. Probably couldn’t back him off this jump out alone, but he’s one to monitor for another jump out.

On paper, CHAMPINSKY certainly wasn’t disgraced on debut when 2nd to Bella Royale but a huge 3.75L gap to 3rd and the run rating +6.5. However, there has been no form come from this race with the 4yo-mare making switch over to Liam Howley. He looked good in his return jump out, leading (as he did on debut) from start to finish in Heat 3 on Feb 7 but did clock a slowish time for the day. He’s one for the watch list and would be well suited to a country maiden at a tight turning track where he can lead.

He’s a 3yo gelding with 5-start maiden with no career placings, but OUR DUKE bolted in Heat 6 on Feb 7 over the 800m and clocked the second fastest time of the morning in the process. He could be one at a huge price that we might be able to have a small bet on as he resumes from a 10-week let up, but it’ll be a very low confidence play despite a nice jump out.

BALLARAT - 9 February 2022


CALIFORNIA BLAZE was quietly ridden in her first jump out back on Jan 19, finishing 4th. Given a 3-week freshen up, the 3yo filly returned in Heat 3 on Feb 9 where she finished 2nd to Why Now, a 5yo mare that won a maiden by 1.8L only 6-weeks prior. She sat in behind the leader here and got a lovely run throughout, getting clear galloping romo in the straight as they cleared out 3rd place. She’s a half sister to Sequalus and looks to be one we might be able to play at a nice price on debut.


STRAY - Anthony Cummins

Feb 7 (Randwick) - stable clearly had an opinion of this 3yo filly and despite being unplaced in 5x career starts, she’s got some really nice form - 2.9L behind Paulele on debut before a spell - 1.95L behin Profondo first up before being 3.1L off a Listed race and then competing in the Group 3 Gloaming and the Group 1 Flight Stakes - lovely trial return here, sitting midfield with cover before closing well under no jockey pressure to only just miss on the line - nice return.

HERB - Anthony Mountney

Feb 9 (Kembla Grange) - half brother to Heyington Station ($133k prize money) - clocked 46.52s for the 790m here, only 0.06s off the quickest time of the morning but did clock the fastest L600m of the morning - was sort of slow away from the inside but pushed up from the inside draw to lead along the rail and had a kick around the corner, jockey even had a look between her legs before giving a slight push where he kicked away again and won by 5.5L - super first trial, can’t ask for much more.

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