Weekly Review - July 12 to July 18
CRANBOURNE - 12 July 2021
OURLINK jumped beautifully in Heat 8 on Jul 12, took up the lead along the outside rail where the 3yo gelding never looked like being beat. He clocked a nice time for the morning as well whilst winning by a good margin. He was just okay on debut in December last year when with Sarah Zschoke, resuming here for Gavin Bedggood having been given time. Expect another jump out before resuming in a maiden where we’ll be keen to follow.
MAJOR IMPACT jumped out under his breeding (REAL IMPACT x MADISON PARK) on Dec 7 (3rd) and May 24 (2nd) and looked nice. Given a bit of time again, he took out Heat 10 on Jul 12 in impressive fashion while clocking the second fastest time of the morning behind stablemate Miss Albania. He looks to be a gelding with some talent and keen to hopefully follow him into a debut. The last time we saw a EJ trained gelding that was solely owned by Mr C Hutchison, he was sold to Hong Kong (Fink Tank).
With the undefeated colt Generation in 3rd, MAIORI (1st) and XTRA GEAR (2nd) looked just as comfortable as they hit the line alongside each other in Heat 1 on Jul 12 with a decent gap to 4th.
MISS ALBANIA looks to be flying ahead of her return, given a push to win Heat 5 on Jul 12 in the fastest time of the morning.
The time was slow, but LADY SILVAIR travelled on the bridal throughout Heat 9 on Jul 12 and hit the line well. She was very unlucky on debut when 3rd and then was a forgive second up when she knuckled badly at the start and never got into it. Given a 4-week freshen up, she looks to be back in good order.
They’re taking their time with ALWAYS IN MOMENT, scratched the other week to be given this freshen up before returning to win Heat 15 on Jul 12 over 1200m comfortably. Hopefully we see her go through the grades, she’ll be competitive in a BM64/BM70 next start.
COLERAINE - 12 July 2021
MISTA RAZZLEDAZZLE won Heat 4 on Jul 12 against more experienced gallopers including Nordic Symphony and Puckapunyal whilst clocking the fastest time of the morning. The 3yo gelding is an import, having finished 3rd on debut in NZ back in May.
WODONGA - 12 July 2021
MOUNT HOTHAM clearly has some talent. After Flemington jump outs on Jun 25 (white) and Jul 2 (white), the 2yo gelding stepped out over 1200m in Heat 1 on Jul 12 where he won by 3.5L while clocking a nice 1:17.21s that was almost 2s quicker than the other 1200m trial that day, won by Dark Dream who was a winner of the Group 1 QLD Derby back in 2018. He will clearly get over a bit of distance, but this was an encouraging bit of work to suggest (especially after three trials now) that he could go well first up.
PEREGRINUS has been gelded and it looks to have switched him on. He only had the 1 placing in 5 starts as a colt, returning now as a gelding with two jump outs win. He backed up his nice Jul 6 win (on a really Heavy track) with a 3L win in Heat 7 on Jul 12 where he did it with ease. He looks to have a nice turn of foot and he looks to be putting it together now as a gelding, hopefully this translates to raceday where we will follow.
TAP ’N’ RUN already has the maiden victory, but travelled really strongly to the line when winning Heat 6 on Jul 12. Will follow where she pops up, hopefully in a CL1 or BM58 first up.
CAULFIELD - 13 July 2021
OBFUSCATION looks to have a nice turn of foot. The half-brother to Hai Sun is part-owned by Mick Price and has put in a couple of nice jump out performances, winning a Jul 6 (yellow) jump out prior to his win in Heat 2 on Jul 13. Liked the way he moved, especially once he’s asked for an effort where he really looks as though he responds. Nice mover and looks to have some talent.
MORNINGTON - 14 July 2021
STARZ BARWON is a previous feature of our reviews following jump outs on Feb 17 and Mar 3 but didn’t get to the races. He had another jump out win on Mar 24 before being put away for a spell, with the gelding returning to lead from start to finish and win Heat 5 on Jul 14 over 1000m under minimal pressure from the jockey throughout. He looks to be a nice mover, expect to see another jump out before his debut and is one to follow.
COOLSHOT an easy pick for performer of the day (and maybe even the week). He bolted in to win Heat 9 on Jul 14 by lengths and ran a really good time - he’s clocked 1:07.02s, which is the third fastest time of the day by 0,25s, but he’s ran this on a deteriorating track where the times got considerably slower later in the day (besides his). His Jun 30 was also super and he’s a must follow into his debut - he has talent.
GUARDIAN SPIRIT ran some nice splits on debut when 4th before failing in town. Given time now, the colt returned in Heat 6 on Jul 14 (blue) to finish 2nd where he was ridden deadset cold out the back and wide, but cruised to the line to make up a stack of ground over the 1000m. Only his first jump out, but it was a nice return.
BALLARAT - 16 July 2021
RED HAWK showed a stack of gate speed to lead them in Heat 3 on Jul 16 and then showed a great turn of foot to accelerate away and win by a couple of lengths. One of those horses he accelerated away from was impressive 2yo winner Danny's St Darci. First jump out for this 2yo colt and although it was the slowest time for the day, still a nice bit of work and one to follow.
CHAMPS D’OR clocked the fastest time of morning with a nice hard held win in Heat 8 on Jul 16. She pulled up with a slow recovery in her last start, a forgive run with her immediately given a spell.
FLEMINGTON - 16 July 2021
GRINZINGER KNIGHT made his debut back in Feb where he was slowly away, finishing 4L off Lightsaber. Immediately put away, the 2yo colt returned in Heat 9 on Jul 16 where he was also slowly away (which is a bit of a worry) but looked to do it well as he hit the line, making good ground past the line as well. Keen to follow.
EITHER OAR - Gwenda Markwell (Keagan Latham)
Jul 13 (Kembla Grange) - bolted in by 2.5L, second fastest time of the day at 47.05s along with the fastest L600m at 33.58s.
FLYING SQUAD - Gwenda Markwell (Keagan Latham)
Jul 13 (Kembla Grange) - had a tough run out wide but still had a bit left in the tank to run over the top of Paper Daisy in the third fastest time of the morning at 47.45s (one of only three sub-48s times) and the third fastest L600m - can go well first up.
UNWRITTEN - Gregory Hickman (Rachel King)
Jul 16 (Rosehill) - jumped with them out wide and went to sit midfield but looked as though Rachel King didn’t want to get stuck wide so she went forward to lead by several lengths - was never pushed out, with only the ridden out All England really making much ground (8L gap to 4th) - fastest 1030m time of the morning - first trial on Jul 2 was poor though…
ABLE WILLIE - Chris Waller (James McDonald)
Jul 16 (Rosehill) - second fastest over time and second fastest L600m - was away terribly, but once picked up closed super along the fence, did well to finish within 3L of them - was bolting past the line, had plenty more to give - following for another jump out.