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Weekly Review - July 20 to July 26

CRANBOURNE - 20 July 2020

DEORA - T Busuttin & N Young

Generally the Busuttin and Young horses jump and run in the jump outs. This 2yo gelding took a different approach in Heat 2 (48.11s) on Jul 20 (yellow silks and black sleeves) where the son of Deep Field went back and then came down the middle of the track very wide. He was given a couple of reminders but he did respond well and picked them up quick nicely. He took out a pair of jump outs under his breeding (Deep Field x Dora Maar) on Mar 23 and Apr 6 impressively before going for a break. He’s returned well and this was a nice jump out.


BLOOD OATH ran the quickest time of the day and well above average, taking out Heat 1 (47.16s) on Jul 20. Having also clocked the fastest time of the day on Jul 13, he’s travelling super and EJ does place his horses well…

Quickest 2yo time of the day was the un-named Greg Eurell horse won took out Heat 4 (47.23s) on Jul 20 under the breeding WARRIOR’S REWARD x DEVIOUS FIGHT.

Really liked the win of the Cindy Alderson horse who won Heat 5 (47.79s) on Jul 20, running over the top of the break away leader in good time. This un-raced and un-named runner is by Zebedee out of Zest A Second (ZEBEDEE x ZEST A SECOND) and was a $25k purchase at the MM Adelaide sales.

The first three across the line in DON’T DOUBT DORY (1st), LARIMER STREET (2nd) and ACTING (3rd) all went across the line under light riding and travelled well here in Heat 6 (48.10s) on Jul 20.

We identified FAST ’N’ DEEP prior to her debut in December last year and she was disappointing but had excuses. She was bounded at the start and lost ground, raced 3-wide and the jockey lost the whip at the 150m. In only a field of 5, we have seen 2nd, 3rd and 4th all win since. She’s returned to win Heat 7 (48.63s) on Jul 20 quite well but in a below average time for the day and average overall. She was also 2nd in a Jul 13 jump out.

Super slow time but did like how easy COMMODUS did it in Heat 10 (1:05.22s) on Jul 20 while winning. Also had the benefit of race fitness having been 4L off the TAB Silver Bowl Series Final only 3 weeks ago so you would expect him to jump out well and win.

ST ARNAUD - 21 July 2020


This was a really nice win over the 1200m by the 4yo gelding in Heat 8 on Jul 21. It was very hard to miss the stunning grey gelding who is a half-brother to 10x winner Famelist and Bladnoch. He quite easily won a jump out on Jul 7 over 800m as well as a more quiet first jump out on Jun 23. He’ll be very forward for his debut after this 1200m third jump out and quite happy to follow him but do suspect he’ll be better over a little more distance, 1400m/1600m or so.


We noted that the $400k filly in SACRED SNOW jumped out well on Jul 1 (light blue silks). She now ran over the top of Group-3 winner A Beautiful Night and MDN winner Incredulous Dream in Heat 1 on Jul 21 (yellow silks) in a good time for the day of 56.42s.

Really liked how EXQUISITE BEAUTY extended late in Heat 3 on Jul 21 after travelling very quietly throughout the heat. The Zoustar filly but a good gap on the field quickly to be an eye-catcher.

It was very easy for CHEVYCHASER in Heat 4 on Jul 21. The time wasn’t anything special for the day but the son of Adelaide did it easy and never looked in doubt as he cruised to and across the line.

A race-fit STARDEN LASS crossed the line a couple lengths ahead of GALLIC CHIEFTAIN in Heat 6 on Jul 21.

CAULFIELD - 21 July 2020


SHOTMAKER was 2nd in Heat 2 (49.03s) on Jul 21 following on from his nice Jul 7 (48.94s) jump out. He was just behind the winner int he 68-rated STARDAYZ here where both of these had a bit of the rest of the field. Huge watch first up as a new gelding.

HORSHAM - 22 July 2020


Very exciting to see the return and jump out win of SURPRISE BABY in Heat 1 on Jul 22. The Melbourne Cup hopeful is in for a big spring campaign.

MORNINGTON - 22 July 2020


We identified her as one to watch after finishing well on Jul 8 when she was 2nd to Remastered with Testa Boom behind. This time in, the 2yo More Than Ready Filly took out Heat 5 (58.30s) on Jul 22 quite comfortably to put together two nice synthetic trials in a row and suggest she has some ability. The $75k Inglis Melbourne Premier purchase will be looking for a very late-season 2yo debut on a synthetic track where we will be following.


TESTA BOOM with the clear fastest jump out of the morning, winning Heat 2 on Jul 22 in 56.28s that rated well above average.

PAKENHAM - 22 July 2020


Under the benefit of a first up win, NEW YORK WORLD won Heat 1 (59.60s) on Jul 22 with ease when leading up along the rail and kicking away late.

NON PAEAR destroyed the field in Heat 3 (46.69s) on Jul 22 and in the process clocked the fastest 800m synthetic heat of the day that was above the overall benchmark average. She’ll be looking to bounce back second up where she has 2 wins from 4 attempts.

One of the more experienced 2yo’s you’ll see, GLENFIDDICH has changed to the Peter Moody stable after 9 runs for R.Griffiths that finished in a very close 2nd in the G1 Champagne Stakes. He looked beautiful as he extended late in Heat 4 (47.17s) on Jul 22, showing some class to suggest he’s come back in very good order. Would expect him to target a Guineas as he’s definitely better over the mile.

FLEMINGTON - 24 July 2020

CLEAN MACHINE - L & T Corstens

Super jump out from the 2yo filly, clocking the quickest 800m grass heat of the day, an impressive feat considering the class of horses jumping out. She took out Heat 10 (45.99s) on Jul 24 where she jumped very well to lead and never looked like being caught. She did have the benefit of race fitness having ran a close 2nd to the impressive Saltpeter. Keen to follow her second up based on her form and this jump out.


The quickest of the 5x synthetic heats on Jul 24 was Heat 3 (47.02s), won by the 2yo filly SPIRITING. In her first jump out this preparation, the $410k MM Yearling purchase led them up and looked comfortable. She was lightly ridden and crossed the line in good time while continuing to extend late. Super first jump out and a big watch.

We mentioned him in our reviews prior to his last prep where he was disappointing finishing 4th and 12th. The blinkers went on last start for the Inglis Dash and he just wasn’t up to standard. Another spell and another impressive jump out for BORN A WARRIOR (without the blinkers) in Heat 6 (46.13s) on Jul 24 as he looks to finally break his maiden.

Liked the jump out of CRIMINAL before resuming gelded and he just had no room when coming from the back yet still finished only 2L off them. Back to the jump outs in Heat 7 (46.32s) on Jul 24 finishing 3rd in a fast run heat won by the smart Titan Blinders. Keen to follow him second up as with a little bit more luck first up, he would’ve been a lot closer.

Super jump out from LABURNUM (blue silks) in Heat 9 (46.02s) on Jul 24. She comes down to VIC and will be close to peaking third up now. Loves the wet with 5 starts for 1 win and 3 placings. Big watch third up. The other one to watch from this heat was 2nd MENSA MISSILE. This 3yo gelding was 2L off the Albury Guineas in only his third career start and beat home Front Page who has since won 3 in a row… Still only 61-rated, he can be taken through the grades and would be one to watch.

Equal quickest time of the morning at 45.99s was the 2yo filly READY FOR CAVIAR, daughter of Black Caviar, in Heat 12 on Jul 24. She has a lot to live up to but looks to be travelling in good order ahead of her 3yo campaign.

MAYSHESTAR took out Heat 13 (48.02s) on Jul 24 quite impressively. She was hard held down the back straight, fighting the jockey before being allowed to run late. While the time was slow for the day, she would’ve wiped off some seconds at least if she was allowed to run early. She is also the full-sister to the exported 3yo Igniting.

Liked the return jump out of CLOUDBREAKER who won Heat 15 (46.27s) on Jul 24. An impressive filly resuming.


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