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Weekly Review - January 17 to January 23

CRANBOURNE - 17 January 2022


Though SIR BAILEY extended away nicely to win Heat 2 on Jan 17. The 2yo is an Impending colt out of the superstar mare Jameka and this was a very encouraging bit of work. If he has even half the talent of his mum then he will win his fair share of races. One for the watch list.

BRITISH COLUMBIA was never asked for an effort when 3rd in Heat 5 on Jan 17 (red), but the way the 3yo gelding moved looked really smooth and classy. He’s a son of Vancouver that’s a half-brother to the talented gelding Theanswermyfriend and looks to have returned in good order. Classy mover, one to keep an eye on with this being his first jump out back.

Holt is a speedy gelding but OVER BOOST did a really good job to hold him off as he won Heat 6 on Jan 17 in really slick time, the second fastest time of the morning. He’s an interesting runner having won a Warwick Farm trial back in 2020 before heading over to Hong Kong where he was really poor, his best finish being 10th in 6 starts. A big striding gelding, he’s one to keep an eye on back in Aus.

No surprises to see BEAUKATI bolt in another jump out in slick time, winning Heat 9 on Jan 17 with ease as she led from start to finish, she has a stack of speed. Look for a 1000m maiden first up, but the worry is going to be her last 100m or so.

MAHA’S CHOICE is another nice moving Extreme Choice filly that has now strung together two nice jump outs now. She won a Jan 10 jump out ahead of Zerelle prior to cruising to the line in 2nd in Heat 9 on Jan 17 behind a very speedy Beaukati. She’s jumping out well enough to give a sight first up.

The speedy ESTA LA ROCA was (as expected) too speedy as she led from start to finish to win Heat 10 on Jan 17 in slick time.

His first jump out back on Dec 29 was okay when 2nd but he did defeat subsequent winner in Wolflands who was 3rd. It was hard to ignore the un-named Greg Eurell trained TORONADO x NOETIC in his big win in Heat 11 on Jan 17 in the fastest 800m time of the morning. He was away poorly but was given a push to boot up along the inside and take up the lead along the rail and was too strong late. He’s a full-brother to Intellective and this was a nice bit of work ahead of his debut.

PAKENHAM - 18 January 2022


No surprise to see SARTORIAL SPLENDOR bolt in Heat 3 on Jan 18 in the fastest time of the morning, again.

CREME DE LA BOMME wasn’t quite able to break her maiden in her debut prep, finishing 2nd in all three runs with the latest behind talented gelding Riot And Rose. The 4yo mare returned to win Heat 4 on Jan 18 ahead of Lightsaber and Island Edition and looks to have returned in good order. Looking for another jump out prior to resuming.

WALTZ ON BY probably got a pass mark in her official trial back on Jan 11, but her win in Heat 7 on Jan 18 was super and she clocked nice time in the process with some nice gaps back 2nd and then further to 3rd. She is a very well bred 2yo filly, being by I Am Invincible out of the Arrowfield mare Stay With Me that won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas ahead of Jameka. One to watch and keep in mind when she debuts.

CAMPERDOWN - 18 January 2022


SAVVY SOVEREIGN looks to have return in really nice order. He was hard held in a Jan 5 jump out when 5th, but there was no holding him back in Heat 2 on Jan 18 as he led them up and kicked away to record a several length victory with ease ahead of some talented horses in Ayahuasca in 2nd and Untouchable Ed in 3rd. Looking for a BM58 first up, hopefully.

AVOID ME was certainly the pick of the 2yo’s, leading throughout in Heat 5 on Jan 18 under a ridiculous hold throughout while the rest of the field was pushed out, yet making no ground on her. The 2yo filly is by Pariah out of an un-raced Encosta De Lago mare that’s a sister to some reasonably handy gallopers in Vezalay, Serene Miss and Volando. In only her first jump out, she did this with absolute ease. Big watch.

EVENTUALLY took the shortest way home along the rail in Heat 9 on Jan 18 and won by a comfortable margin under a hold but she did so in slow time for the morning. Only the first jump out this prep for this 3yo Helmet filly, so one for the watch list.

THE GARDEN closed well down the outside of the track along the outside rail in Heat 11 on Jan 18 to just nab ZOUHOPE late who was travelling on the inside of the track along the inside rail, running nice time for the morning in the process. ZOUHOPE is probably the one to take away from this for us, being a maiden with 0 placings from 3 starts but looks to have come back improved. He was untouched in a pair of jump outs late last year on Dec 7 and Dec 21, and looks to be travelling well enough to go alright in a maiden first up. One to keep an eye on.

No doubt that ROYAL DRESS is a talented filly, her easy Jan 5 win ahead of subsequent winners Stay In Touch and Ocean’s Jen was backed up by an easy win in Heat 12 on Jan 18 in the equal fastest 850m time of the morning. She’ll win some races.

MORNINGTON - 19 January 2022

Another encouraging bit of work from STARZ BARWON, closing well to win Heat 3 on Jan 19 much like how he did in his Jan 5 jump out despite doing a lot of work throughout, travelling a good 3-4 wide the trip without cover. He was given a couple of slight reminders from the jockey but he looked too classy for this lot and also looked to be a big horse with a nice stride. As mentioned after his first jump out, he ran the meeting’s fastest L800/600/400m and second fastest L200m (winner ran the fastest) on debut with a big 2.5L gap to 3rd with the winner of the race, being Lavish Girl, has since won a BM70 and been placed in a Listed race, both at Flemington. He looks a nice horse and can certainly go well first up in a maiden.


STREETS OF AVALON was back at the jump outs after a short 8-week let up following his 3rd in a Group 3, winning Heat 1 on Jan 19 with ease in slick time.

In only his first jump out back, PENTEGRA showed nice speed to lead and win Heat 5 on Jan 19. This being his third career preparation, they’ve made the decision to geld this 3yo and it may be the deciding factor in really switching him on and getting that debut win on the board. He had the rest of the field covered here, including previous maiden winner Another Engagement in 2nd. Keep an eye out for another jump out, nice bit of work here though.

Following a very quiet Dec 30 jump out, MIDNIGHT CHARM showed his speed as he led them up in Heat 6 on Jan 19 and was way too classy, even for the Freedman trained Litermont in 2nd place. We actually mentioned him back on Mar 10 when he was a 2yo and went to the line with Covert, who subsequently won first up. He didn’t make it to the races and was given a bit more time before a couple of disappointing July jump outs where he was then tipped out, probably not handling the wet weather. Would expect Jamie Kah to stick for the debut having ridden him here, so doubt we’ll get much of a price but he’s one to keep in mind as he’ll go close on debut.

There were two Freedman colts that didn’t quite handle the Heavy track in a Sep 13 trial - one of those was the talented Philosopher while the other was this colt, BIOGRAPHER. Being a $500k Magic Millions purchase, there is obviously some expectation of him and while he didn’t quite show it in his return jump out over 1000m on Jan 5, the blinkers looked to go on for this 2yo colt and they really switched him on, leading the whole way to win Heat 8 on Jan 19 in really slick time for the morning. He needed the blinkers, but a good jump out here nonetheless.

Following a 650m jump out win on Jan 5, OHANA FIRST stepped out to 900m and led from start to finish in Heat 9 on Jan 19 to win in slick time. The 3yo filly is by Lonhro out of the mare Armed For Action who was 3rd in the Blue Diamond, so there is some breeding behind her. Slick bit of work here, one to keep an eye on.

MOE - 19 January 2022

OTHER Plenty of jump outs and trials for BAKE OFF now, his 3.5L win in Heat 2 on Jan 19 over the 1200m marking his sixth this preparation and this was easily his most impressive, especially considering the 105-rated Steel Prince was 2nd along with Serenade The Stars in 3rd. He’s ready to go to the races now and there will be no queries around his fitness or eduction. Expect him to go well.

JUMBO OZAKI clocked the clear fastest time of the morning, bolting in Heat 4 on Jan 19 over the 1000m. Now with the Yargi yard, look for a BM78 first up.

MICHELOTTI the clear pick of the 2yo debutants, leading and cruising to a win in Heat 5 on Jan 19 but he did clock the slowest 1000m time of the morning.

BALLARAT - 19 January 2022


THE SISTINE TALES was quite disappointing in his first career preparation despite getting close a few times. Given more time, the 4yo gelding returned to finish 2nd in Heat 3 on Jan 19 in really slick time, the clear fastest time of the morning and he went to the ling alongside French Fields who was race fit and coming off a win with the 63-rated California Sunset in 3rd. It’s only his first jump out back, but Andrew Noblet will be hoping he can bring to the races what he’s shown at the jump outs.

The 2yo filly STERN APPROACH was leading Heat 4 on Jan 19 alongside the 4yo mare Flukey, but she was way too good late as she responded some urgings from the jockey to put them away quite easily. Not sure she beat much quality in the field, but she couldn’t of done much more here. One to keep in mind.

FLEMINGTON - 21 January 2022

OTHER TAYLA’S MOMENT was on a Blue Diamond path but didn’t quite get there. She was spelled after a very disappointing run in the Blue Diamond Prelude, returning for two runs as a late 2YO but they too were disappointing. We have a slight query on her just being a good early 2YO, but she’s been given more time has returned with good enough jump outs to suggest she can certainly win a maiden. She had a quiet Jan 14 jump outs that was followed by a nice win in Heat 4 on Jan 21, albeit in slow time for the day. She’s one to keep in mind when she returns to the races in a maiden.

ITALIAN POET travelled well throughout Heat 6 on Jan 21 but was squeezed for room late and couldn’t get a gap, held up and forced to drop back a touch and finish just out of the placings. As mentioned last week, his Jan 14 jump out was encouraging, as was this bit of work so we think we can follow him into his resumption and see where and what price he pops up at.

The winner of Heat 6 on Jan 21 was GRAPPA DI MOSCATO, a daughter of the talented Lake Geneva whose half-brother by Justify just sold for $600k at the Magic Millions last week. Hard to get a gauge on his return jump out on Dec 31 due to a runaway leader/winner, but this was a nice win in nice time with the blinkers on. She clearly didn’t come up last preparation, having only the one run where she started $2.60 but finished a distant 7th. She’s a Coolmore filly worth keeping an eye on.

SEBONACK had a really nice action as he cruised along the rail in Heat 9 on Jan 21, winning in nice time. He had a nice gallop and looked to do it with ease, just going through the motions despite winning and recording nice time in the process. A $260k Inglis Easter Yearling purchase, this was a lovely first jump out for this 2yo colt.

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