CRANBOURNE - 5 July 2021
Super by BON’S A PEARLA but she seems to have a habit of being slowly away. She was away terribly back on Dec 7 and was then put away. She returned in Heat 6 on Jul 5 where she was away slowly (not as bad as previously) to sit at the rear of the field but was way too speedy throughout as she weaved through to take the lead and win well in the end considering her start. Want to see another bit of work and her improve that start.
The gelding under the breeding NIGHT OF THUNDER x PARORE was away poorly in a pair of jump outs on Dec 7 and Dec 14, the latest though he was able to muster speed to get up along the rail and lead before finishing 2nd to Glamdam. Much of the same in his return, getting away poorly in Heat 10 on Jul 5 and again mustering speed to get up along the rail and lead, but managing to hold on well over the 760m to win in the fastest time of the morning. Expect to see another jump out, hopefully with him beginning better.
After a massive 99-week spell, FIGHT FOR VICTORY had a nice Apr 19 jump out that was backed up by a May 3 trial win where he gapped 3rd by 12L with Nankervis. The 6yo was given a 9-week let up, returning again in Heat 13 on Jul 5 where he won quite comfortably. Keen to see him in a BM58 first up - obvious queries on having such a long time away from the track and his fitness.
CAULFIELD - 6 July 2021
Expecting JOURNALESE to be breaking the maiden second up. She was held up just enough to cost her the race first up, heading back to the jump outs to win Heat 2 on Jul 6 (yellow) ahead of Imperial Lad.
PAKENHAM - 6 July 2021
RUMBLEINTHEJUNGLE actually put in a nice performance as he took out Heat 3 on Jul 6. The worry is his form having debuted in a Picnic Maiden and failing to win whilst not starting shorter than $41 in his four subsequent starts with a best finish of a 2.4L 5th when leading. He might be improved in a low rated maiden on the synthetic?
As a colt, HENESTROSA has a very noticeable 2nd in a trial on Nov 30 to Profiteer, but he didn’t get to races. He was put away and then returned for another pair of jump outs and trials, again not getting to the races. Gelded, the 2yo has returned to finish 2nd on Jun 24 and in Heat 8 on Jul 6 (blue). He travelled well throughout here, despite being wide and looks to be one that might go alright.
BENDIGO - 6 July 2021
This is how you like them to win, SUNSET LADY bolting in to win Heat 10 on Jul 6 in the third fastest time of the morning to back up his Jun 22 win. The filly’s mum Strange Lady was handy enough herself, winning over $150k in prize money with 12 wins from 51 starts including a HCP race at Caulfield. She looks to have a friendly racing pattern, sitting on speed in both jump outs now and expect her to do the same on debut. Erin Maher doesn’t have many in work, so hopefully this filly can give her a good showing on debut.
GUANABA GIRL wow. In Heat 17 on Jul 6 or the new stable, the 6yo mare sat behind the speed with not much room to move until finding a gap along the fence at the top of the straight where she exploded to the front and put up lengths on the field under minimal jockey pressure. Considering she had a 94-week spell, her Jun 16 trial was a nice bit of work when 2nd. She might be able to finally break the maiden…
BIG BOY’S GIRL a nice all the way win in Heat 1 on Jul 6 ahead of some BM64 gallopers, handling the Heavy track well and clocking the fastest time of the morning by over 0.4s. Would be keen to follow him into a BM58 first up, with both of his career wins coming first up.
In their first jump outs, LAURION and the Hann filly (EXTREME CHOICE x AURA D’ORO) put in nice performances to finish 1st and 2nd in Heat 7 on Jul 6. The Hann filly sat on speed and put in a good run travelling out wide, while LAURION was away slowly before closing super down the middle of the track. We want to be following both, expect another bit of work before they debut.
TRARALGON - 7 July 2021
RED HOT NICC looks to have come back in really good order. He was quietly ridden in a Jun 24 jump out when 2nd but has then demolished the field in Heat 8 on Jul 7, winning by 7L in the third fastest time of the day and only 0.15s off the quickest. He was extremely hard held until the bend and then he opened up as he was revved up, showing he had a bit on this lot. He started $3.20 on debut but had bilateral shin soreness, so forgive that run and look for him to return now in better order.
With the undefeated La Rocque 4L back in 2nd, DECENT RAINE has put in a super performance to win Heat 10 on Jul 7. She jumped beautifully here, took up the lead and then gave a kick in the straight to show her class. Mingora was too good for her late in a Jun 22 jump out, with that runner starting $2 on debut but finishing a disappointing 6th. She looked super and can win a maiden first up.
Was a fan of DEEL BLASTER last preparation as a colt, featuring in our review where we noted he was a half-brother to Bumper Blast. He was unlucky on debut before going to QLD where he wasn’t anything special. He returns to VIC now as a gelding and after his ‘track gallop’ jump out on Jun 24, his win on Heat 12 on Jul 7 was super and the bit of work we wanted to see to be confident he’s return in good order. Following, think he is better than maiden grade at the very least.
DARING FEELING had the previous maiden winner Dream Effort covered in a 600m Pakenham jump out on Jun 24, stepping up to 950m in Heat 13 on Jul 7 where he jumped clearly the best, led and kicked under minimal pressure to win by 2.5L in the second fastest time of the morning. Jason Warren is one of only three owners of this gelding and expect him to lead and be hard to beat in a maiden on debut.
ROCK THE BOWLER did it as easy as you like, winning Heat 4 on Jul 7 over the 1100m by 3L and clocking 1:06.40s which was 2.3s quicker than the only over 1100m on the day and above our average. All 3 of his career wins have come on Synthetic tracks (6: 3-0-0) with 2 of those coming first up (5: 2-0-0) and the other second up - hoping to see a 1400-1500m BM58 (even a BM64) on a Synthetic track when he returns.
Couldn’t see a thing in SODALICIOUS’ previous jump out, but this was a nice bit of work having led throughout. She’ll need to improve on her form from last preparation.
QUINTELLO was lame in her last start following a nice debut on a Heavy8 track. Her Jun 15 jump out was solid and looks to be travelling well now ahead of her return. She was ahead past the line and travelled beautifully having sat wide throughout just off the speed.
HYDRO STAR won Heat 14 on Jul 7 well. His one start as a gelding had him pulling up lame, so we can forgive that. First up last prep he was 3rd in a BM78 at Flemington before failing in a CL1 and a BM64 (lame) after. Would expect him to go to a Wednesday meeting first up. If we can get a CL1 or a BM64, he’s worth following as he has always had talent but yet to reach his expectations.
ST ARNAUD - 7 July 2021
We wanted to follow ROYAL DRESS after finishing 2nd on Jun 16 to Come On Eileen who has subsequently ran a 1.8L 3rd in a maiden at $11. The filly was given a little freshen up, returning in Heat 1 on Jul 7 where she jumped beautifully to lead along the rail and never looked like getting beat. As mentioned previously, she’s by I Am Invincible being a full-sister to Chianti and a half-sister Sweet Rockette (Group 3 placed) and certainly think she has some talent. Keen to follow her into a debut.
DEFINING again took a sit behind the leader, ridden very quietly to finish 3rd in Heat 2 on Jul 7. She hasn’t been fully tested yet, but has put in two nice jump outs and is one to keep an eye on when she debuts.
You’d be sick if you were on SIR DAVY last start, the gelding held up from the 400m mark and went to the line untested yet only lost by 1.8L… back to the jump outs, the 3yo took out Heat 5 on Jul 7 comfortably in front of some very handy gallopers with the first four across the line behind him rated 87, 99, 76 and 87. Big watch wherever he pops up next.
COQUILLE has put together two very nice jump outs now, winning Heat 6 on Jul 7 as she got up along the rail. LOMBARDO likewise, winning Heat 10 on Jul 7 with ease following his previous big jump out win.
HUNKA HUNKA HARRY surely has a maiden win in him soon? He was 2nd on Jun 24 prior to winning Heat 12 on Jul 7 where they gapped 3rd. He’s not getting any younger, but the 5yo worst finish is 5th and has always been there abouts. Need to weak maiden but also will be mindful of price.
GEELONG - 7 July 2021
Hand-timed times of 59.7s (Heat 1), 1:01.6s (Heat 2), 59.9s (Heat 3) and 1:06.2s (Heat 4).
NAVAL ENVOY bolts in Heat 1 on Jul 7, clocking ~59.7s (hand-timed) for the 1000m here which backs up his Jun 23 win by a big margin as well. He’s handled the synthetic really well in these jump outs and we’ll be looking for a BM64 first up for him.
FLEMINGTON - 9 July 2021
We wanted to see another bit of work after a Jul 2 jump out and this is the kind of work we wanted to see. SANDY PRINCE (yellow) jumped cleanly to take up the lead in Heat 9 on Jul 9 before kicking away around the bend to put up 2-3L on the field quite easily. He’s clocked the second fastest grass time of the morning in the process and really hit the line hard. He’s got good handy form as it is, keen to follow him into his first up run.
FREE AND CLEAR clocked the fastest synthetic time of the morning in Heat 3 on Jul 9 with the filly sitting off the pace before closing well along the rail to get up and win. Given a push past the line too, she looked to respond in a nice bit of work for her first jump out.
HYDERABAD looks as though he’s a nice mover and is one to follow after his 2nd in Heat 5 on Jul 9. Only this gelding’s first jump out after a pair of jump outs in March earlier this year. On the watch list.
DEEP BLAST had a quiet Jul 2 jump out which was followed by a win in Heat 11 on Jul 9 (yellow) as the colt extended away in the straight as he was asked for an effort, responding to kick away and win. He’s worth keeping an eye on first up after these efforts.
Nice effort by INVINCIBLE JET to match motors with the smart Zou Dancer in Heat 14 on Jul 9 as they gapped 3rd and clocked the fastest grass jump out of the morning, being the only sub-50s time. The 3yo gelding comes down to VIC after a big 4.8L maiden win last start, he can go on with it down here on the back of this work.
LAURELIN - James Cummings (Rachel King)
Jul 5 (Gosford) - big 3.6L win in 49.17s (second fastest of the morning and above 50s day average) - showed plenty of early speed to lead along the rail, settled well and then kicked away under no jockey pressure for a classy win - starts $3 second fav to Four Moves Ahead on debut, can make a nice return.
BROKEN HILL - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes (Tommy Berry)
Jul 6 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - began terribly (!), missed by at least 5L yet only lost by 1.8L having made up a lot of ground along the rail despite being quietly ridden - he was alongside the leader past the line… - besides the start, this was super! Want to see another bit of work with a better start MONTE DRIFTER- half-brother to Usmanov and Ruuca.
MONTE DRIFTER - Mark Newnham (Joshua Parr)
Jul 6 (Warwick Farm (Synthetic)) - fastest time of the morning and fastest L600m - super turn of foot when given a shake up after sitting just of the leaders - poor form on board but change of trainer could spark some improvement?
WAKATIPU - Brett Cavanough (Madeline Owen)
Jul 7 (Muswellbrook) - was away slowly but made up a lot of ground late to finish 2nd by only 0.9L, was in front past the line and was going on with it despite being under minimal pressure - ran the second fastest time of the day too.
OBEY - Sam Kavanagh (Simon Price)
Jul 7 (Muswellbrook) - jumped well, pushed forward out wide and came to outside rail - was given a slight rev up for only a couple strides and looked to be a nice mover - ran the fastest time of the morning and went on with it past the line with a nice L600m too.
OUR BELLE FILLE (NZ) - Peter Robl (Sam Clipperton)
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - really slow overall time for the day, but the L600m was okay - sat just off the leaders, came off heels and closed well down the middle - didn’t break any records but looked to move alright.
SHAOLIN TEMPLE (NZ) - John O'Shea (Brenton Avdulla)
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - fastest 1050m trial of the morning with a 4L win - was given a push in the straight, shown the whip, but looked to respond well to close over the top and win comfortably - one at odds?
WARMTH - Peter & Paul Snowden (Sam Clipperton)
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - jumped from out (very) wide, pushed forward to cross and lead alongside Big Parade with those two going to the line together with a big 4L gap to 3rd - very good trial considering Big Parade is a well performed leader, good trial form - well bred 3yo filly being out of Ultimate Fever making her a half-sister to Sprightly Lass - big watch.
ALWAYS PRAYING - John O'Shea (James McDonald)
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - ran the fastest L600m of the day - sat wide just off the speed with some cover, peeled out and was able to cruise over the top under minimal pressure - really looked to attack the line - impressive bit of work.
MAZU - Peter & Paul Snowden (Tommy Berry)
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - clocked the fastest 735m time of the morning - well bred colt who was last seen finishing 3rd in a GRP 3 behind Shaquero - looks smart but expect to see him in town.