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Weekly Review - January 2 to January 8

PAKENHAM - 3 January 2023


HIGHLAND FALCON was beaten a long way in a previous two jump outs, but took up a more forward position in his third jump out as he led them up along the rail in Heat 5 on Jan 3 before showing a nice kick and fight back late as he was challenged, winning quite well in the end. He looks as though he needs some distance and his breeding suggests that, being by Highland Reel and out of a mare that won some black type races over 1700m-2000m. He’ll likely be one that will improve as he gets deeper into his debut prep.

Considering the first two across the line in Heat 6 on Jan 3 were Western Empire and Super Storm, the unraced ORTEGA has done a super job to finish a very close 3rd despite having to also come from the back of the field after travelling wide throughout and doing so under minimal jockey pressure in a super bit of work. He was no match for a very talented Citizenship in a Dec 19 jump out but he did close well into 2nd and looks a nice moving son of Rich Enuff who can go well on debut.

TERANG - 3 January 2023


ZEPHYRIOUS was 3rd in a Jun 20 jump out behind winners Untouchable Ed and Sir Maximus in a solid bit of work. She was spelled following this, returning on Dec 22 where she settled last having jumped from the widest barrier and just slowly worked her way home out wide to finish 3rd, again behind Sir Maximus and Mahrez. There was not as much opposition in Heat 8 on Jan 3 and she just went straight to the front, cruised to the 200m and then was ridden out and finished off nicely enough, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process. She’s had a couple of solid jump outs now ahead of her debut.

A few were solid in Heat 9 on Jan 3 but the hold in which MISTER HENDERSHOT was under was more than notable as the 4yo gelding was strangled throughout in his first jump out this prep.

BURRUMBEET - 3 January 2023


In his first jump out since switching from Kym Hann to Henry Dwyer, ROYAL TYKE bolted in Heat 8 on Jan 3 by a huge margin over 1000m in very very slick time.

LORD GOLDBERG hasn’t been seen since running 4th in a 3200m Hurdle race back in May 2021, but he’s now put together two lovely jump outs with the latest an all the way win over 1000m in Heat 11 on Jan 3 where he led and railed like a greyhound to kick away and win very comfortably. He was surprisingly very good over the short distances considering his long distance form. He could run a cheeky race at a huge price over 1400m/1600m first/second up.

CRANBOURNE - 4 January 2023

Another lovely bit of work in Heat 6 on Jan 4 by SILKSTAR, not quite as good as her Dec 28 but it was still slick. She doesn’t have a stack of gate speed, again taking a trailing position on the back of a race-fit Berry Bubbly who she tracked the entire way. She finished 3rd, but she was kept under wraps while the two winners were pushed out and asked for more of an effort, while there was a couple lengths gap to Bank Maur in 4th. She’s had the 2x 800m jump outs now, so look for a 1000m race for her debut and hoping she heads to a bigger track so she can finish off like she has been at the jump outs, expect her to be running really well.


MI SCUSI went to the line with Tolpuddle in Heat 18 on Jan 4, who was a nice maiden winner for us at $1.85 SP a few weeks ago. They went toe to toe throughout this heat and while Mi Scusi was asked to pick up around the 200m mark, they still went to the line together and he was closing off better. He had a quiet Dec 19 jump out when 2nd so on the back of this 1000m jump out, he looks like a nice mover and should be running well on debut. We want to follow him.


CRADLE OF LIFE finished last and second last in a pair of trials in QLD back in November where he was ordinary, but he came down to VIC and was a superb winner of Heat 2 on Jan 4 over the 1200m. The 3yo colt went to the rear of the field from the widest barrier where he just cruised out the back before peeling out wide and really going to and through the line, pushed out late to win but still with a bit in hand. A son of Written Tycoon that was a $300k purchase back in 2021, we can keep an eye on him for his debut.

A $750k purchase, VEECEE has now strung together two nice jump out wins ahead of his debut. The 2yo Capitalist colt cruised to the line in a Dec 19 jump out while all those around him were pushed out in a nice bit of work. He backed that up in Heat 8 on Jan 5, pushing forward to lead before kicking away late as we was slightly given a couple of reminders. These colours with Maher & Eustace are certainly a good combo and this colt looks like he could be another for the combo.

The well bred I Am Invincible gelding, GRAYSONG was back at it again, taking out Heat 16 on Jan 4 by a huge margin as he led alongside another runner who he then left in his wake as he was pushed out in the straight. As we mentioned after his Dec 22 win, he’s very well bred being out of the Group 1 winner Rewaaya and on the back of these three jump outs, he’ll be forward enough on debut and can go well.

MORNINGTON - 4 January 2023


VON HAUKE is a nice moving colt for Cliff Brown. The 3yo Savabeel colt was a very quiet 4th in a 600m jump out on Dec 14 but not so quiet in his win in Heat 3 on Jan 4. He wasn’t away with a stack of speed but did show some early speed once he got into it rhythm and as a result was overracing when he was forced to take a sit on the leaders. He edged his way out 4-wide just prior to the bend and this is where he finally got clear galloping room and closed superbly over the top of those leaders that he was going so much better than. Lovely win, he looked to have a bit left in the tank and moves nicely so we’re keen to follow this colt into his debut.

SIGNAL looks to be flying ahead of his return to the races, winning a 750m jump out on Dec 23 prior to taking out Heat 12 on Jan 4 easily in the clear fastest time of the morning over 900m. He was a clear class above here, sitting outside the leader throughout but leaving him behind in the straight as he cruised to the line to win with heaps in hand. He’s ran well at both first up runs, being a moral beat at Yarra Valley on debut (we were on) and getting ran over late first up last prep, so expect him to be running well again first up this prep and on the back of these jump outs, we can follow him.


SUNZOU went straight to the front in Heat 2 on Jan 4 and bolted in with ease, he’s a very speedy colt.

IRISH CRICKETS has had plenty of jump outs so there will be no doubt on how forward he is for his debut and based on his win in Heat 6 on Jan 4 where he was 4-wide without cover throughout but still was able to close off to win and clock the third time of the morning. His previous three jump outs saw him close super into 3rd on Dec 7 over 600m behind Bistro before leading over 900m on Dec 14 but being overrun late and then finishing 2nd again on Dec 23. He’s one to keep an eye on for his debut.

SALE - 5 January 2023
WARWICK FARM - 3 January 2023


DANCING ALONE showed a super turn of foot late to win Trial 16 on Jan 3, clocking slick time in the process (fourth fastest of the morning). The 3yo I Am Invincible filly was away well but ridden with no urgency as she took up a spot midfield just off the leaders but wide where she then came to the outside of the track late and was given a squeeze over the final 200m and went bang to win with a bit in hand. She had a Dec 19 trial at Hawkesbury where she was out the back and didn’t have much room, ducking and weaving to find a way through in the straight but did get out very late to close well into 3rd place as well, so love to see her close well again and win this time. She was a $1.4M buy from the 2021 Inglis Yearling sales, so there will be no shortage of expectations on her and she looks quite talented. Big watch on this filly.

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