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Weekly Review - January 10 to January 16

FLEMINGTON - 10 January 2022


GROUNDSWELL bolted in over the 1100m in Heat 1 on Jan 10 having won a previous 800m jump out on Dec 31. He’s travelling well ahead of his resumption.

FINANCE TYCOON cruised to victory in the fastest time of the morning, taking out Heat 6 on Jan 10.

RAIN LORD cruised to a win in a Dec 31 jump out, backing that up with a win in Heat 7 on Jan 10 just ahead of previous maiden winner Bistro with a comfortable gap back to 3rd. The 2yo colt looked comfortable as he led throughout and was never asked to extend at any stage. Time was on the slow side for the morning, but a nice bit of work none-the-less.

PLAGIARIZED was a $1.8m purchase from the 2020 Magic Millions sale, being by Exceed And Excel out of the mare Platelet, a dual Group 1 winner over 1200m. Previously with the Hawkes yard, presumably as a colt, the 3yo gelding is now with Chris Waller with his win in Heat 8 on Jan 10 being a nice return jump out as he gears up for his debut. He led throughout here and travelled smoothly under a strong hold. He looks a smooth mover.

VERSILIA raced wide on debut on the heavy track before putting in a big run from near last second up to just miss. The 4yo Snitzel mare was put away, returning to lead from start to finish in Heat 11 on Jan 10 alongside Knight’s Sword and clocking a nice time. Only her first jump out, but she looks to have returned well.

CRANBOURNE - 10 January 2022


ENTHAAR clocked the fastest time of the morning, winning Heat 5 on Jan 10 by a big margin.

Having previously been mentioned in our weekly reviews, HOODABUTTA had a 4-week freshen up prior to another jump out as he finished a close 2nd in Heat 6 on Jan 10 when going to the line alongside Commands The Field and ahead of the talented colt Generation while clocking the second fastest 800m time of the morning. He’ll be more than forward for his debut and should give it a shake.

O’LUCKY was 2nd on debut to a now-3x winner before finishing 3rd to Americain Angel and Designs. Subsequently spelled, the 4yo gelding returned to win Heat 7 on Jan 10 comfortably in slick time as he showed good speed to lead throughout and go to the line untested. He did so in front of previous winners, so a very nice return and keen to keep an eye on him prior to resuming.

The Michael Kent trained REWARD FOR EFFORT x MRS TANGLES had a 9-week freshen up after being a Star Performer and previous feature for us. He returned to finish a quiet 3rd in Heat 8 on Jan 10, where he was very quietly ridden along the inside and looked to move really smoothly. He looks talented and keen to see where he goes on debut.

KENSINGTON ROAD backed up a solid Dec 20 win with an all the way win in Heat 13 on Jan 10 as he stepped out to 1000m. He was hard held throughout and travelled comfortably. Looks to be one that might have come back improved following an okay debut prep.

STAWELL - 11 January 2022


Nice return for the 3yo filly SHOCKING HABIT, taking out Heat 3 on Jan 11 quiet comfortably in slick time. Her last start 3rd to Timson (since 3.2L off a Group 3) and Raging Monkey (since 1st in a MDN) reads well now, especially with them gapping 4th by 3.5L - 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th are all subsequent winners and the run rated +0.7. First jump out back, so she’s one to keep an eye on.

FATALE BLISS ran 2nd to Yulong Sovereign while gapping subsequent winner I’m Still Standing (2.3L back in 3rd) on debut. The now-4yo mare was spelled and has changed stables now to Andrew Bobbin, returning with a solid jump out when cruising to the line just behind in 2nd to Midnight Dream in Heat 6 on Jan 11. She’d be very well suited in a country maiden - hope to see one more jump out prior to resuming for the new stable.

PAKENHAM - 11 January 2022


RAMPANT LION bolted in Heat 1 on Jan 11 having already won a Jan 5 800m jump out with ease as well. The 2yo Frankel colt is flying ahead of his return to the races and couldn’t have jumped out or trialled any better.

FUN WITH FLAGS was mentioned after a Dec 30 jump out but her trial in Heat 2 on Jan 11 was only fair at best, which is a bit disappointing.

On the other hand, the winner of Heat 2 on Jan 11 in BAY THIRTEEN looks to have some talent. The 3yo filly had a nice Dec 30 jump out against some 3yo’s and looked to hold her on. She was a $100k Inglis Classic Yearling purchase and might have a bit of talent.

SALE - 12 January 2022


MOONLIGHT RUSTLER was disappointing on debut at the home track but potentially didn’t handle the very Heavy conditions. Given a freshen up, the 5yo gelding returned to lead all the way and win Heat 4 on Jan 12 in the fastest time of the morning. Look for a 1000m maiden with a low barrier draw at a big price.

On debut PHASE OF WAR ran the fastest L400m and L200m of the meeting when coming from last to finish 4th. Very good form has come from the race with 2nd (Universal Lady), 5th, 6th and 7th all winning in their next two starts. In her return jump out, the 5yo mare led before taking the turn very wide but again showed nice closing speed to win Heat 8 on Jan 12 by a nice margin, but in slow time. One to watch.

SANDOWN - 12 January 2022

Three jump outs now for SIGNAL, the only horse to beat him being the talented Unflinching (who you’d expect to win jump outs) as he finished 2nd in Heat 5 on Jan 12 with a nice 2-3L gap to 3rd where the clocked 46.60s, the fastest time of the morning. He won a 700m jump out on Dec 22 and then a 750m jump out on Dec 30, so he certainly has some speed and talent. Expect the 3yo Danerich gelding to be prominent on the speed on debut, so hopefully he can draw low in a country maiden where we’d be keen to follow him.

TATURA - 13 January 2022


GOODIFWECOULD looked a bit green as he won Heat 2 on Jan 13 over the 1100m despite this being his fourth jump out this preparation. He was a quiet 3rd on Dec 6 prior to wins on Dec 15 over 950m and on Dec 29 over 1000m. He’s by Cable Bay out of a mare that won her only race over 2050m, so no doubt he’ll get out over some distance. One to watch.

A change of stable to Kane Harris for ROCK OF KRYPTONITE and he’s bolted in Heat 5 on Jan 13 in the clear fastest 850m time of the morning. Nice return, look for a country BM64 (maybe even a BM58) first up.

FLEMINGTON - 14 January 2022

Doubt you’ll see any better jump outs than KING TOMMY’s win in Heat 5 on Jan 14, clocking the second fastest time of the morning that was well above average. Worth noting that the only horse to clock a faster time was the race fit 80-rated Yulong Command. This Capitalist 3yo gelding was mentioned after his Dec 23 jump out with his work past the line being the big eye catcher, but there was no hiding his talent in this heat as he won by at least 5L as easy as you possibly could. His jump outs do the talking, and they’re telling us he is very talented.


YULONG COMMAND bolted in Heat 1 on Jan 14 in the fastest time of the morning, leading from start to finish. He did have the benefit of race fitness though, coming off a 4-week freshen up having had four runs this preparation, albeit all spaced out with 3-5 week freshen ups in-between so he clearly runs well fresh.

Very interestingly was the second placed horse in Heat 1 on Jan 14 behind Yulong Command, the 4-start maiden in LOVING ANGEL who probably would’ve won any other heat because of the time they ran. The 3yo filly went to the line alongside the likes of Swats That and Safe Passage and didn’t look out of placed. She’s one to keep an eye on as this was a nice first jump out back as she looks to resume in VIC.

RENOSU looked to be the pick of the 2yo’s, going to the line under a very strong grip to win Heat 7 on Jan 14 but he did clock a slow time for the morning. Expect him to be on a Blue Diamond path and he looks good ahead of his return.

AQUA LADY was disappointing first up but she did knuckle at the start a little that forced her to go back. Back to the jump outs for the 4yo mare, she won Heat 8 on Jan 14 comfortably as she led from start to finish while clocking a slick time, the third fastest time of the morning. She really hit the line hard and was extending past the line in an impressive bit work, albeit with a bit of race fitness. One to watch second up.

ITALIAN POET looked slick as he cruised to the line under no pressure to win Heat 11 on Jan 14. He’s a 5-start maiden with no career placings but he was 2.7L off a BM70 at Flemington at his last start, so there’s certainly some talent there. Only his first jump out back but looks to have returned in good order.

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