Weekly Review - July 27 to August 2

CRANBOURNE - 27 July 2020

Quickest 800m time of the morning came in Heat 1 (46.32s) on Jul 27 that was won by the impressive BONS AWAY who makes his return for the new Wendy Kelly stable and will certainly be prominent in the sprint races this spring. The return of JOCAT (who was 2nd) is the one to watch after finishing 3rd in both career runs to date. She’s better than maiden grade and is one to keep an eye on.

On the watch list after a Jul 13 jump out, AMINATU was again an eye-catcher when winning Heat 2 (47.48s) quite comfortably, albeit ridden with some vigour between the 300m and 100m mark but she had too much toe. This will bring her on for her debut.


Super win by the 2yo INTO GLORY RIDE in Heat 4 (47.15s) on Jul 27. She had a fair bit on this field and showed the talent she showed on debut when 2nd to Unanimous (then ran 5th in a Listed race to Larimer Street). One for the watch list as this was only her first jump out.


SHENANIGAN CITY (1st in white silks) and LOTS OF PUDDLES (2nd in orange silks) were the dominate break away leaders in Heat 6 (46.64s) on Jul 27, running a super time as well. Both of these are certainly worth following as they pop up in a bm58/bm64 first up. EJ especially is known for placing his horses well…


She’s been pretty easily beaten in her last 3 runs at bm70 and bm64 level, but FLASH WARNING really extended nicely late to win Heat 8 (47.00s) on Jul 27 and think she would be quite competitive in a bm58 first up over that 1000m.


Comfortable win by ZOUMANOR in Heat 12 (1:00.44s) on Jul 27 over the 1000m. He was very consistent last prep (besides last start) with 6 starts for 1x win and 4x placings. With a 2 from 3 first up record, expect him to be competitive in a bm64 first up.


CAULFIELD - 28 July 2020

She was fourth on debut at Flemington ($41 SP) to the subsequent Group 3 winner A Beautiful Night, subsequently spelled and now NIGHT RAID has returned super to the jump outs. Following on from a Jul 21 win, the 2yo filly won Heat 4 (47.86s) on Jul 28 as well in super time when leading from start to finish. Certainly one to watch first up as a 3yo, expecting her to have spring targets.

Very good win by GYPSY CHOICE in Heat 6 (47.24s) on Jul 28, clocking the quickest time of the 7x 800m heats of the morning too. Led them up and travelled super through the line, continuing to extend late. She was disappointing on debut and was spelled straight after to return and be 2nd to Night Raid in that Jul 21 jump out. Very promising jump out here and one to watch after starting $20 on debut and being iffy, expect a price.


BALLARAT - 28 July 2020

It was all SKELM with the blinkers on in Heat 3 (1:02.68s) on Jul 28. Coming off a 10-week let up, expect this stayer to feature in some nice races this spring over a distance.

This was a really good win by BLUNAKKA in Heat 4 (1:02.66s) on Jul 28, albeit with the benefit of race fitness. Think he will be better well suited third up in a bm58 at 1600m, which is his preferred distance. Taking on trust but this was a pre good win on the Heavy9.

Not too sure of the quality of these jump outs (except for Skelm), but DANBANA ratted home the quickest 1000m heat of the morning when winning Heat 5 (1:01.79s) on Jul 28 very comfortably. Would expect to see a bm58 first up but with a record of 3: 1-1-0 and a synthetic record of 4: 2-0-1, think he will be quite competitive first up at a price.


TATURA - 28 July 2020

VILLA VILLEKULLA all but won on debut when travelling wide and getting overrun by a very fast finishing (and handy) Just Folk (who will measure up too much better races). They had 2L on 3rd and 3.5L on 4th. Run probably took a bit out of him on the Heavy9, has had a freshen up and a nice jump out in Heat 3 on Jul 28 with his trainer Patrick Payne riding and going to the line alongside stablemate 75-rated Mount Kilcoy. He’ll go close second up.

Thought CAFE TORTONI had a bit on the rest of them in Heat 5 on Jul 28. Was bunched in behind horses but found some clear air in the straight and came over the top well.’


SIMPLY INSPIRING won Heat 6 on Jul 28 very easily. She was quite disappointing in her first two career runs after being $2.50 SP on debut. She looks a real jump and run type so expect a 1000m maiden first up and hopefully a low draw. Linda Meech has ridden her in both career runs so they seem to have an opinion of her.

Very quiet jump out for the super impressive RUBISAKI in Heat 9 on Jul 28. With Patrick Payne riding her this heat, he kept her very quiet at the back when finishing last. Maybe the only time she gets beaten is in the trials…

TOOLBAR did it easy again when winning Heat 12 on Jul 28 following on from a Jun 22 jump out win. Will we see a bm58 after this let-up? He’d be quite competitive.


MORNINGTON - 29 July 2020

BAROCHA was 2nd to the smart 79-rated Riddle Me That in a Jul 15 jump out over 600m and has now backed that up with a very nice win in Heat 1 (1:06.72s) on Jul 29 over the 1000m this time when running over the top of the very smart Group-1 winner Princess Jenni. The current 3yo gelding was only a $12k purchase from the 2018 Inglis Yearling Sales and based on the jump outs, looks like he’ll make up that value pretty quickly…

AGREEABLE is a very nice filly. She settled a clear last out of the gates in Heat 2 (1:06.88s) on Jul 29 but then whipped wide around the field and the ground she made up in the straight with ease was very impressive. Have no doubt she’ll be competitive this spring.

JUDGEMENT had a fair bit on them in Heat 7 on Jul 29, the quickest 1000m heat of the morning in 1:05.99s. Was restrained heavily in the back straight, fighting the jockey and throwing the head around. When she was finally allowed to run, she just took off and put a massive gap on them. Still a maiden and one to follow.


WARRNAMBOOL - 29 July 2020

A star-studded Heat 1 on Jul 29 over 900m with BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER winning by a couple lengths over HARBOUR VIEWS, GAILO CHOP and REYKJAVIK.


FLEMINGTON - 31 July 2020

It was a very slow time, but SWATS THAT cruised to the win in Heat 2 (50.91s) on Jul 31 against the older (and more experienced) horses in Aristia and Cape Of Good Hope. Think she’ll feature in some handy races this spring.

In one of the quickest times of the day, MRS BECKHAM was a big winner in Heat 4 (48.44s) on Jul 31. Another one we expect to see in group races this spring as a 4yo mare.

Unlucky not to have broken his maiden already, RANTING was a very impressive winner of Heat 6 (48.60s) on Jul 31. He was 0.3L off Forever Free on debut, that runner is now 3 from 3 so the form has certainly held up. In 2nd place in this heat was the 73-rated Smart Elissim to add to the win. One to watch first up as he’s still a maiden.


BELLA NIPOTINA won a jump out on Jun 24 in good time and has backed that up with a big win in Heat 6 (48.31s) on Jul 31. Her time was only 0.01s off the quickest of the day over the big 16x jump outs. She’s a stakes performed 2yo that is still a maiden and looks to be gearing up for a spring prep. If we can find her first up in a weaker mid week maiden before she goes on with it, will certainly be on.

Quickest time of the day on Jul 31 was 48.30s in Heat 7, won by RENEGADE with the 2yo’s YES BABY YES and RIVERINA STORM all within 1L of him.

Good to see BORN A WARRIOR settle midfield and relax a bit more in Heat 9 (48.94s) on Jul 31 before being allowed to run more and run over the top of an impressive 2yo in SPIRITING. Following both of these.


BENDIGO - 31 July 2020

DANA POINT has consistently featured in our reviews and will so again, winning Heat 5 (47.67s) on Jul 31 over the 800m while clocking the fastest time of 5x 800m. Horse is flying and ready for her debut as a 3yo early next season.

The 1000m heats on Jul 31 saw the Perth stars win and win well. REGAL POWER took out Heat 6 (1:02.71s) while SHOWMANSHIP won Heat 7 (59.46s) in quicker time. Keen to see both of these in Melbourne and attacking the spring.

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