CRANBOURNE - 3 July 2023
DOUBLE GLAZED threw the jockey in the first 5m of his debut race at Geelong last Friday, so it’s no surprise that the stewards sent him back to the jump outs and he certainly showed his hand as he stepped out over 800m in Heat 6 on Jul 3. He doesn’t have a stack of gate speed but he certainly had a stack of late speed as he flew home from the back to win. You don’t see many make this sort of ground in jump outs so he’s certainly one to monitor into technically his second up run but it’ll more be like his ‘debut’.
BENDIGO - 3 July 2023
Ignore FLY LIE’s debut run, he finished 9th of 11 where he was held up almost the entire straight (500m to 150m as per stewards report) and went to the line untouched. He’s a get back and run on horse, which is going to be a bit of a query first up in terms of the map but he’s now had the four jump outs where he’s moved really well and done his best work late in all of them, especially his latest over 1000m in Heat 8 on Jul 3. He was ridden with no urgency early, dropped out to the back a good 7L+ off the leaders and then cruised to the line in the straight. Have a look for him flying home late first up.
ST ARNAUD - 3 July 2023
POISON CHALICE looks in good order ahead of his return to the races and has now had plenty of jump outs to have him ready to go. He had a pair of jump outs in April that culminated with a win ahead of Starry Legend who went on to run 2nd in a LR race and win a BM100 while this gelding had a let up. He returned with a nice win on Jun 20 when asked to close off when sitting off the speed, backing it up in Heat 2 on Jul 3 in similar fashion as he cruised midfield and then closed off well late to make ground on the leading and race fit Field Of Flutes. He ran in a Group 2 at just his second start so the stable clearly have an opinion of him and he looks in good order ahead of his return.
MISS SUNSHINE went to the line alongside Naval Academy (since 1st by 5L) and Mount Olympus (since 3rd) in a Jun 20 jump out before bolting in over 900m in a Heat 7 on Jul 3 on a very heavy track. This 2yo filly ran 3rd to The Instructor on debut and now looks to have been given the time to develop.
A big win by ESSENTRIC NATURE in nice time with his work in Heat 9 on Jul 3, the 2yo colt leading throughout after showing some nice gate speed to get to the lead with ease. The 2yo colt did a bit wrong early but once he got going and was put under pressure, he really extended late to open up a huge margin. He ran 2nd to subsequent winner Coco Sun in his first jump out and is a full-brother of the Group 3 winning Addictive Nature. One to monitor on debut.
EQUATORI looks in super order ahead of her return to the races. She won a Jun 20 jump out with ease and backed that up with another easy win in Heat 13 on Jul 3 over 1000m as she opened up a big margin late and with ease. As mentioned after her first jump out, she hasn’t shown much in her first two career runs when 5th (of 6) beaten 7.5L and 6th (of 8) beaten 7.6L, but she’s been given more time and looks in super order as she heads back to the races.
PAKENHAM - 4 July 2023
TIFFANY VALENTINE showed a stack of speed over the 1000m in Heat 2 on Jul 4, leading them up in the early stages and throughout as she won nicely in the end with a big gap back to 3rd. She clocked 58.69s here, the second fastest overall time we have recorded behind only Mileva, so she was flying here and it’s not easy to run this time. She was good in her first jump out as well having made the switch to the Stokes yard from Andrew Clarken in SA where she had the one unlucky run back in January. Keep a close eye on her first up this prep, she’s got a stack of speed.
PLANET MARS has now won two from two at the jump outs and looks to be move well enough to be competitive on debut. This 3yo gelding is owned and trained by Mr Jim Gore, who has only had 16x runners (being only 2x horses) since 2021, so certainly a very small stable. He won a 600m jump out on Jun 21 and backed that up over 750m in Heat 5 on Jul 4 with another win as he traveled easily along the rail. He can run well on debut and should be a price being from a small stable.
MORNINGTON - 5 July 2023