CRANBOURNE - 16 January 2023
Expecting OUR GODDESS to be awfully hard to beat wherever she goes first up, but certainly will be hoping for an easy kill. She was good in her first jump out on Jan 9, but her work in Heat 14 on Jan 16 was super as she and the talented Mrs Chrissie went toe to toe throughout, finishing 1st and 2nd with a bit of a gap to 3rd as they were both simply too good. As mentioned last week, she’s had some solid form come from her debut prep, finishing behind Kasparov (since 4th BM58), C'est Magique (since 2nd in Group 1 Coolmore) and Our Redente (since won 3 of next 4 races), so that form coupled with some slick JO’s is a very good recipe. Very keen to follow her first up.
This was some sort of jump out by WAR FRONTIER. He cruised out the back in a Dec 28 jump out when 9th, similar to a Jan 4 jump out when 3rd of 4 runners but he was given a bit more of a push. Now having his third jump out in Heat 2 on Jan 16, the 3yo colt was away fine and really quickly mustered speed but was put under as strangle hold to sit at the rear of the field where he was then forced to check off heels to the outside and once he got that clear galloping room, he picked up the entire field with ease, finishing a close 5th but he almost could’ve gone over the top of Jacquinot if he was really pushed out and asked. He’s a northern hemisphere 3yo that’s still a 2yo having been foaled in April 2020, so he’ll be giving a bit of age away but this was a super bit of work and having had the three jump outs now, he’ll be priemd and ready to go for a big debut.
Considering SHECANMIXIT didn’t finish within 5L in any of her three races in her debut prep, she’s doing really well to be mixing it (pun intended) with some handy gallopers, the latest being a 2nd placing to I’m Thunderstruck in Heat 1 on Jan 16 where she sat outside the leader in Tobytoff where she fought him off and cruised to the line under minimal pressure over the 1000m. Expecting her to be a nice price first up, but she might have come on now as a 4yo although she is a home bred and they sold her mum 6 months ago so they can’t be expecting anything too special… still worth keeping her in mind.
HUMMING was a $1.95M purchase and she’s showing a bit of talent at the jump outs, finishing 2nd to Ruthless Dame while ahead of The Fortune Teller and Greece in Heat 6 on Jan 19 after travelling very wide throughout. Lovely first jump out this prep.
AKICITA was nice again to back up his big Jan 9 win, taking out Heat 9 on Jan 16 where he led from start to finish and did so quite comfortably. He looked like he had a bit more to give if he was asked to fully extend, fending off a few others that were pushed out, which is an encouraging sign. Keep an eye on this 2yo colt into his debut.
Resuming as a gelding follow the one start as a colt, ANY ZOUWILLDO was ridden out in his first jump out on Jan 4 alongside Berry Bubbly and Silkstar (fair JO form) where he finished 2nd, which he did so without his blinkers. The blinkers went back on in Heat 11 on Jan 16 and they really switched him on, bolting in after travelling on speed and wide where he was then given a tickle at the top of the straight and extending away. Super jump out, he should be running well first up.
Doubt you’ll see too many easier wins at the jump outs than SISTERHOOD in Heat 15 on Jan 16. The 3yo American Pharoah filly jumped with them, but was able to muster some nice early speed as she pushed forward until she did her best work in the straight, extending away from them under no pressure while those leading with her were pushed out. This was super and it’s not hard to see why, we’ll follow her into another jump out prior to her debut.
RIYAZAN is an 8yo with 37 starts, majority of them being in Sha Tin where he was last seen running a 5.8L last in a Group 2 behind Golden Sixty back in November 2021. He was super over 1200m in Heat 17 on Jan 16, stalking the small field of 3 until a really good turn of foot as he switched back to the inside and put a space on them with ease.
KILMORE - 16 January 2023
GULF OF FINLAND went straight to the front in Heat 4 on Jan 16 and absolutely trotted in over the 1000m, clocking the fastest time of the morning in a big win. The 4yo gelding clearly has a jump out friendly racing pattern as he does lead/sit on pace, so it’s no surprise to see him win here but he could also be a sneaky chance at a nice price first up over 1000m.
PAKENHAM - 17 January 2023
RAMPANT LION will be one of the better maidens going around in Victoria once he resumes and if he heads to a maiden, he should be hard to beat. He’s had the two jump outs now, cruising to the line behind Delicate Babe on Jan 10 before then being ridden out to win Heat 5 on Jan 17, but not exactly breaking the clock in the process. Keeping a close eye on him ahead of his first up run.
MORNINGTON - 18 January 2023
TRIGGERIFIC cruised to the line in a Jan 4 jump out over 900m when 2nd and did similar in Heat 4 on Jan 18 over 1100m where he just dropped to the back of the field before coming wide around the bend and coming home really strongly along the outside fence, handling the Heavy track well. The 3yo son of Tosen Stardom was $201 on debut at Sandown over 1300m, finishing 3.45L off The Deputy back in 5th where it was an encouraging debut. He was tipped out following this and looks to be in good order ahead of his resumption for his second career prep.
HAMILTON - 18 January 2023
QUEEN AIR was 3rd in the Group 1 Oaks at only her fourth career start, where she was then given a let up, returning to finish 2nd right alongside the talented In The Boat in Heat 5 on Jan 18 over the 1000m. Looking back at her debut, she was slow away and went back to a clear last (some 3L off the second last horse) where she crossed to the fence and as a result was held up rounding the bend but once she finally got out, she closed really well to finish only 1.8L off the winner. She then went on to run 4th in 2x Group 2’s and then 3rd in a Group 1, so she’s got some really good form and she still is a maiden. This is only her first jump out back, so expect her to have another but a really encouraging return for a talented 3yo filly.
YELLOW SAM has had two career preps with one run in each prep for two 2nd’s, both beaten by only 0.1L, which doesn’t give a lot of confidence but she does have reasonable form. Now returning for her third prep, she was a class above over the 1000m in Heat 6 on Jan 18 and looks to be back in good order so keeping a close eye on her but not expecting anything too special in terms of odds.
MISTER JONNO is quite a well bred gelding, being a $200k purchase as a son of Fastnet Rock out of Cats Whisker (Group 1 placed and multiple Group 2 winner) which makes him a full-brother to Catchy (winner of the Blue Diamond). This is his third prep now but is without a race start, going around in Heat 8 on Jan 18 where he went back to the rear of the field before being taken to the outside fence and asked for an effort, responding and really powering home to get over the top and win in a nice display. It’s only his first jump out back so expect to see another prior to the debut but keeping a really close eye on this gelding.
Two solid jump out wins now for ROCKLEA, the first on Jan 10 over 800m where she got to an easy lead and held that to the line as she wasn’t asked for an effort. She then backed that up with another win in Heat 12 on Jan 18 in similar circumstances, taking up the lead but putting them away as she was ridden out and put under pressure late, opening up a big margin in the end. She’s worth keeping in mind on debut.
BALLARAT - 19 January 2023
STONY CREEK - 19 January 2023
SNOW FALCON was a nice winner of a Jan 10 jump out and backed that up with her second jump out, going straight to the front in Heat 4 on Jan 19 and bolting in by an easy 4L in the clear fastest 900m time of the morning, nearly ~2s quicker than the other two 900m heats on the day. As mentioned after her last jump out, she has had excuses in both career starts being shine sore and lame despite startegin $3.70 and $5, but she looks to be back in really good order so keeping a close eye on this daughter of Lonhro first up.
WANGARATTA - 20 January 2023
BENDIGO - 20 January 2023
FLEMINGTON - 20 January 2023
AMERICAN LIAISON looks to have come back in good order as a gelding following a 4-start first prep as a colt, failing to break the maiden but placing in 3 out of the 4 runs. He cruised to the line last week in a Jan 13 jump out but was asked for more of an effort in his win in Heat 5 on Jan 20. He was a touch slow away and settled at the rear of the field but got a nice run through the pack in the straight and was able to pick up the leader in Swerving quite well late as he was asked to extend. Looking at his form, it’s super - he was 5th on debut behind 4-subsequent winners (such as Midtown Boss and Fast Witness) before then running 2nd to Street Conqueror, 3rd to Aft Cabin and Bel Air and then 2nd to Muramasa (since 2nd in G3 and 5th in Derby). That’s some super form and taking into account some nice jump outs and the gelding, he more than has a maiden in him this prep.
PANTELONE was the clear pick of Heat 4 on Jan 20. The 2yo Street Boss colt was clearly the best away but they had no interest in leading, forced to take a sit along the fence and it certainly didn’t look like he enjoyed it with the mouth wide open. He travelled beautifully under a strong hold throughout where he had a rails run, but wasn’t asked to take it and just cruised to the line. He won a previous Jan 9 jump out easily where he was allowed to lead, so suspect when he debuts he’ll be going forward and on the back of these, he can go well.
Thought the un-raced and un-named MERCHANT NAVY x CLASSIC CHARLOTTE colt was a nice winner of Heat 7 on Jan 20, sitting behind the leaders and taking the inside gap when asked to get up and win quite effortlessly in the end. Solid first jump out.
Although race fit, INVINCIBILUS was a very very good winner of Heat 13 on Jan 20, going straight to the front and just cruising to the line under a ridiculous hold to win with ease. The 4yo mare is 63-rated now having finished 5th of 7 and 6th of 10 in two BM70 runs this prep, so look for her third up now in a BM64 where she can run super as this jump out was very good.
WARWICK FARM - 16 January 2023
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