CRANBOURNE - 1 February 2022
Backing up a nice Jan 17 return jump out, BRITISH COLUMBIA backed it up with a very slick 1000m win in Heat 12 on Feb 1, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process that was even quicker than Heat 1 that included Group 1 stars in Sierra Sue and I’m Thunderstruck. He got a lovely spot on the inside with cover, popping out in the straight to get some clear galloping room as he showed a lovely turn of foot to get up and win. Expecting a much improved second career preparation, he looks to have returned in super order.
If we’re following British Columbia, then we should also follow the big striding gelding in OVER BOOST from Heat 12 on Feb 1. He finished 2nd in this heat over the 1000m, but they did clock the fastest 1000m heat of the morning and this certainly backs up his Jan 17 jump out where he won while clocking the second fastest 800m jump out of that morning. As mentioned previously, he’s ex-Hong Kong but was really poor over there and will be looking to make a much improved return to the races as he returns to Australia. He can win a country maiden.
JACQUINOT looks to have the Blue Diamond at his mercy, with most of the other major players suffering defeats recently (such as Philosopher and Ebhaar). He travelled wide throughout Heat 2 on Feb 1 before really extending away over the final ~200m as he was pushed out, recording a dominant 5L win. Lovely jump out.
Ozzie Kheir’s ZENNZELLA was an impressive winner of Heat 4 on Feb 1, well held throughout to back up her well held 3rd in a previous Jan 24. In saying that, she clocked a really slow time that was almost 1s slower than the next slowest time of the morning. Slight query in that regard, but she is by Snitzel and was a $350k Magic Millions purchase where she looked to be a nice mover here.
Previously mentioned in our reviews under his breeding Reward For Effort x Mrs Tangles, he’s now been gelded and named, finishing 5th in Heat 8 on Feb 1 under GIRELLO. He just had a quiet well-held jump out here, cruising throughout under a strong hold midfield while some more exposed gallopers in Extreme Warrior and Prix De Turn took the heat out. Huge watch on this 3yo (now) gelding, he looks to be a really nice mover.
This was a very impressive return. A 5yo gelding that’s very lightly raced with only the two starts, HARMSWORTH was a big eye catcher with his win in Heat 9 on Feb 1 with the big baldy face and white socks. He’s a good look Written Tycoon gelding with a nice action. He hasn’t been seen for almost 12 months so look for another jump out prior to resuming for the new Michael Kent yard.
HORSHAM - 1 February 2022
Very interesting change of trainer here with ZOU DANCER switching over to Dane Smith having been with Leon & Troy Corstens where he was a Group 3 winner and 5th in the Group 1 Australian Guineas. He finished 2nd in Heat 3 on Feb 1 to AMAZEBALLS, who looked to have him covered. She’s a lightly raced 6yo mare with only the 6 starts and looks to be tracking well enough to give a country BM58 a shake first up.
PAKENHAM - 1 February 2022
Another lovely jump out for the 4yo mare CREME DE LA BOMME, taking out Heat 2 on Feb 1 over the 1000m with ease as she jumped cleanly, led and travelled comfortably throughout to win with a big gap back to 3rd. We mentioned her after her Jan 18 jump out win and on the back of this work, she should be getting that maiden win this preparation. Mindful of what price she pops up at first up, not expecting anything big due to her form so will have to assess depending on the price. Regardless, she’s returned super.
Tread carefully with COLLISON as he’s one of those run and gun types that will usually win jump outs as he leads, which he has in both his career runs although his latest run was a 2nd to the talented Pinstriped. He missed the kick in his first jump out, jumping better in Heat 6 on Feb 1 as he took up his customary leading role to win quite comfortably in the end. See where he resumes, as a 10000m maiden on a tight turning track would be most suitable.
MORNINGTON - 2 February 2022
CUSTODIAN is certainly bred well to be a nice 2yo, being a $1.15M Magic Millions purchase out of the mare Honesty Prevails who was 5th in the Golden Slipper. This makes him a half-brother to the star colt Profondo and following his very quiet debut jump out when 2nd in Heat 11 on Feb 2, we think he’s one worth keeping an eye on to see where he ends up.
Impressive by the 2yo son of Pariah, CROWNING MOMENT. Following his 600m jump out back on Jan 19 where he was 2nd when leading and quietly ridden, the gelding did similar in Heat 12 on Feb 2 where stepped up to 750m, led and was very quietly ridden but was able to kick away late and win quite comfortably. This is his second career preparation and his first preparation was a bit of a mixed bag - he was a disappointing last in his first career jump out over 600m on Sep 15, but bounced back with a dominant win over 600m on the synthetic track at Pakenham on Oct 6 before failing again on Oct 13 where he faded late over the 750m. He looks to have returned well but we’re hoping to see one more jump out over a bit more distance prior to the debut.
PRADO by name, but certainly doesn’t look to be a Toyota Prado on the track (lol). The 2yo colt should a really impressive turn of foot late to come over the top and win Heat 13 on Feb 2. He jumped well, but was taken to the rear of the field and just cruised throughout before popping out late in the straight and powering over the top. He had a Flemington jump out back on Nov 1 where he won ahead of an un-raced 3yo and he looks to be a really nice mover. He’s by Extreme Choice, who are flying at the moment, and was a $170k Magic Millions purchase where his full-brother was sold earlier this year for $475k. Expecting another jump out, but this was super.
AVOCA - 3 February 2022
You’d think on the back of these jump outs, THE SISTINE TALES just has to break his maiden first up this preparation (or at worst, second up). After finishing 2nd in a very slick Jan 19 jump out, he was back to the jump outs where he again finished 2nd, this time alongside talented Pegasi over the 800m in Heat 15 on Feb 3 where they clocked the clear fastest time of the morning. He didn’t have the blinkers on in either of these jump outs, so look for them if they’re on first up as they might spark some more improvement. He just needs to bring his track work to the races and he’ll be awfully hard to beat, but it’s easier said than done. Following regardless, he’s travelling in good order.
Despite technically finishing 4th, thought RAPID ACHIEVER was super in Heat 3 on Feb 3. She jumped super, but was out wide so was heavily restrained back to last, forced to pick up again to stay in touch with the field before being slightly held up around the bend but getting a gap late and closing under no jockey pressure. She looks in really good order and being a 4yo mare with only the 3 starts from 1 preparation, she’s got plenty of improvement still to come this preparation. Hoping she goes through the grades and starts in a BM64 first up.
The winner in DEEP SPEED was super too. He’s ready to go back to the races now.
After a jump out and trial without the blinkers, ALONTRO had the blinkers on and he looked a different horse, taking out Heat 4 on Feb 3 with ease in nice time over the 1000m and he now looks ready to head back to the races and break his maiden. He’s still listed down as a colt, so keep an eye on that one as he may be due for a gelding to really switch him on.
Heat 9 on Feb 3 was a 1000m jump out against some stayers, but JUSDANE looked to handle himself well as he led from start to finish and went through the line well. He had a previous jump out on Jan 11 where he jumped super but elected not to lead, being very quietly ridden and hard held throughout as he crossed the line completely untested - it says he came 3rd, but he was less than a head off winning this as well. He might be competitive in a country maiden on debut at a nice price.
Not winning on debut really hurt, but it was nice to see ENGLISH RIVIERA back at the jump outs and looking classy as she took out Heat 10 on Feb 3 in the fourth fastest of 11 heats on the morning where she led and was well held without ever being asked for an effort against the older horses. She’s clearly a 2yo filly with talent so keep an eye on her second up.
No surprises to see RAINBIEL bolt in Heat 12 on Feb 3 in the second fastest time of the morning with absolute ease. She is a very classy mare that we have a lot of time for and she looks to be getting better with racing. Keen to see where she ends up this Autumn.
TOPEKA looked extremely good in her first jump out back, going to the line just ahead of the 65-rated Star Of Manhattan in Heat 14 on Feb 3 with a huge gap back to 3rd where they clocked the third fastest time of the morning. She had excuses in her last run before a spell, jumping poorly but still rattled home in the meetings top 5 L600/400m splits. This is only her first jump out back, so expect to see another bit of work but this was super.
AVOID ME is flying at the jump outs, taking out Heat 16 on Feb 3 as she led throughout again and won under a strong hold. This backs up her Jan 18 jump out, which was won in the same circumstances so she clearly has speed to burn and expect her to show that on debut.
FLEMINGTON - 4 February 2022
SEIRYU was eased out late in a Jan 28 jump out, dissimilar to her jump out in Heat 7 on Feb 4 where she won in nice style but clocked a slow time in the process. She was a $220k purchase from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sales and holds a Blue Diamond nomination, so the Hawkes team clearly have a high enough opinion of her. She might make her debut in the Fillies Blue Diamond Prelude next Saturday.
Looks as though the Corstens have a nice colt on their hands. A $300k Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling purchase being a full-brother to stablemate Icantoo, CASTILLIAN looks to be a really nice moving 2yo colt with some talent. He won a Jan 21 jump out with ease, cruising throughout whilst hard held. He has then backed that up with in Heat 8 on Feb 4 where he didn’t win, but closed super from the back to finish 2nd and was making ground past the line. He looks to be a talented colt and no surprise to see him hold a Blue Diamond nomination.
It was the slowest time of the morning, but WHITE WEDDING extended away well in Heat 9 on Feb 4 after having a solid quiet Jan 28 jump out. She’s by Written Tycoon and a half sister to Lake’s Folly, so there is some talent in the family and she looks to have returned in good order. One to keep in mind first up.
CHART BUSTER bolted in a Gold Coast trial back on Jan 4, winning by 3L over the 1000m but never got to the races and returned to Melbourne for a little freshen up. He returned to win Heat 13 on Feb 4 in nice time ahead of the talented Yes Baby Yes, he just cruised throughout along the rail before getting a niggle late and extending. He’s got some nice form on the board and has had some lovely trials and jump outs, which is a good base and he should be going close to breaking the maiden this preparation.
OTHER - NSW
FIRE - M, W & J Hawkes
Jan 31 (Rosehill) - scratched at the barriers last Wednesday, trialling here to get the all clear to head back to the races - last start was shin sore in both forelegs, complete forgive - prior to that, won by 2.8L over 1100m after probably finding the 1250m a bit too far - trialling super, was extremely hard held throughout here and was forced to take a sit by Tommy Berry rather than his usual lead tactics, potentially trying to teach him to settle - BM64 or so over 1000m-1100m would be perfect first up.
GECKO COIN (NZ) - C Waller
Jan 31 (Rosehill) - it was only his first trial, so he certainly has some touching up to do but thought he did a super job to finish within 2L of the winner - he was slowly away, stuck out the back but closed really well and looked to have a nice big action - need to see another bit of work prior to debut.
CAMINO REAL - James Cummings
Feb 1 (Hawkesbury) - trial was ran in 46.92s which was the third slowest of 11 heats, but only slightly below the day’s average of 46.61s - she’s a 3yo filly with 3 career starts and 0 placings but she didn’t look out of place when finishing 2nd here to Ballistic Lover - in those 3 starts, she’s been 1.3L off Tiger Of Malay and 2.8L off Mazu, so her form reads better than it looks - in this heat, she trailed Ballistic Lover throughout and closed super under no jockey pressure - lovely trial against horses a lot more experienced and exposed than her.
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