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Weekly Review - July 6 to July 12

CRANBOURNE - 6 July 2020


BRING IT BELLA started $3.80 on debut but pulled up with shin soreness and was subsequently spelled. She took out Heat 2 (48.20s) on Jul 6, travelling well throughout in the wet conditions.

HORTENSE was very impressive in Heat 3 (47.82s) on Jul 6, winning by a good margin in slick time for the day.

The stand outs of Heat 5 (48.59s) on Jul 6 was the quietly ridden trio of SEA DRAGON (2nd in purple silks), DIASONIC (3rd in white silks) and the maiden PROSECUTOR (4th in blue/green silks). All three are definitely worth following on the back of this nice work, especially Prosecutor considering he's still a maiden.

Absolutely no surprise to see the quickest heat of the day on the heavy track coming in Heat 6 (47.15s) on Jul 6, won by JUNGLE EDGE. The one to follow is one of our favourites, DRATINI who finished 3rd only a few lengths behind the winner but alongside much superior horses in TROPE (97-rated), PRINCETON SPIRIT (78-rated) and CONDOS EXPRESS (75-rated). He does usually trail well but will be in a BM58 first up and if we can get $5+ at least with a low barrier draw, he’d be worth backing.

Jun 22’s blackbooker, HAYRICK LANE was 2nd in Heat 8 (49.09s) on Jul 6 behind the 63-rated WYNSOME MAID. With three jump outs under her belt now, she’s ready to head to the races.

LING LING won Heat 11 (47.72s) on Jul 6 over 1000m pretty easily and we know she handles a wet track. Would expect her to be competitive in a few races over the winter.

CAULFIELD - 7 July 2020

SHOTMAKER - M Price & M Kent Jnr

This 3yo is still a maiden having competed in some very handy races including being only 4L off the Group 1 Blue Diamond in 2019. Following his Blue Diamond campaign, he was 2.4L off Super Seth in a Group 3 before being 1.4L off a Listed race and then failing in the Group 3 Guineas prelude. He’s been given a really good spell of 10 months, with the key gear change being that he is now a gelding. In his first jump out back he took out Heat 1 (48.94s) on Jul 7 against some handy horses and considering the stable obviously had a very high opinion of him as a colt, we would expect them to continue racing him in some nice races. He is a maiden though, so hopefully we see him in a maiden first up before going onto more races in town.


ECLAIR BREEZE closed well past the line in Heat 2 (49.74s) on Jul 7 with the time on the slow side for the day.

Worth watching MIRACLE DAY who comes out fo Heat 4 (49.34s) on July 7. He’s in the orange silks with dark sleeves bunched in behind the leaders without any room at all. He crosses the line in 4th behind a wall of three horses, and then when the camera goes back to the field he is in front… just past the line. He dropped out in his Jun 9 jump out but on the back of this work past the line, he’s definitely think he’s worth keeping safe.

Real easy win by the 2yo filly DIFFICULT in Heat 5 (49.28s) on Jul 7. She took up the lead and was never tested by anyone else to lead the whole way. She has been pretty disappointing in most of her runs so far so would expect a pretty good price first up but not sure how much trust you can put in her.

Hard to ignore the win of SUMMER LOVER in the quickest time of the morning on the Heavy track, Heat 9 (48.26s) on Jul 7. She was simply way too good for the rest of the field and won easily. Coming off a 9-week let up and considering she’s still a maiden and how well she handled the heavy track, she’s worth following in a mid-week country maiden.

TATURA - 7 July 2020


The impressive MAMELON was ran over late by SUPLEX CITY in Heat 2 on Jul 7, with the latter showing a very nice turn of foot.

Super easy win for PRAVRO in Heat 4 on Jul 7 where the 77-rated 7yo didn’t look like being caught at any stage.

While we couldn’t see the start at all, it was hard to miss the big gap SEERESS had on the field when winning Heat 10 on Jul 7. The 2yo was disappointing on debut on the Heavy10 track and was subsequently spelled. This was a nice win but it’s hard to know by only the last 200m and no times.

BALLARAT - 8 July 2020


A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT, the Blue Diamond Preview winning filly, returned for her second prep as a 2yo narrowly running 2nd in Heat 2 on Jul 8 without being asked for an effort. A nice return.

ROCKET EMPIRE looked very good when winning Heat 3 (1:02.16s) on Jul 8. The top two gapped third place in this heat. The gelding has had a very long spell, but in his last run he didn’t appreciate a Soft5 so would expect to see him resume on the synthetic.

TELEMARKETER won Heat 4 on Jul 8 over the 1000m. The overall time was good and we wasn't asked for an effort at all..... He's almost an 8yo so there is a query on his form.

MORNINGTON - 8 July 2020


Liked the way this 2yo filly extended late and put a space on the field in Heat 4 (57.82s) on Jul 8 in the blue silks. She’s been jumping out against the older horses with this being her third jump out this preparation. They include a 4th on Jun 17 and then a 2nd on Jun 24 where she went to the line with the 74-rated Tall Lady. The $30k daughter of Shamus Award has certainly shown enough at the jump outs to suggest she’ll be competitive first up, hopefully on a synthetic track.


Thought the 2yo More Than Ready filly, JENNI’S RAINBOW did well to finish 2nd in Heat 1 (56.72s) on Jul 8 against a much more experienced field. Finishing either side of her was the 69-rated and race fit REMASTERED (1st) and the 62-rated TESTA BOOM (3rd) who also has race fitness. Only her first jump out in so put her on the watch list.

He’s deep into this preparation, but OUR FREE SPIRIT won Heat 2 (55.92s) on Jul 8 in the quickest time of the morning and with ease. He needs a bm58.

FLEMINGTON - 10 July 2020

LOPEZ - T & C McEvoy

The standout performer for us at Flemington on Jul 10. Despite the slow time, this 2yo filly took out Heat 15 (50.20s) with a big swooping run down the middle of the track (yellow silks). She jumped well but was restrained to a clear 2L last. Rounded the field around the bend and under light riding flew past them while travelling very wide throughout. She comes down from QLD after two Gold Coast runs including starting $1.60 on debut where she was 0.75L off Peggy Selene. She was always at the back in a Jun 26 jump out but showed her class in this heat and will be looking to prove her $500k price tag as she resumes.

JACOB - M & L Cerchi

The 4yo gelding accepted twice last week but was ultimately scratched from both. He was $101 into $31 and $15 into $11 in these races but would’ve been resuming off only one jump out (Jun 26). He finished 3rd in a blanket finish in Heat 3 (49.05s) on Jul 10 (red silks) and was the second jump out we wanted to see to be more confident that he’s returned better than last prep. He had a clear age edge on the field though, being a 2yo heat but these were city class 2yo’s and he will probably pop up in a mid-week maiden which makes him a betting watch first up.


She’s had a couple of runs this prep, but MISS BOSETTI put them to the sword when winning Heat 5 (48.86s) on Jul 10 putting a gap to READY FOR CAVIAR in 2nd place who also put a gap to 3rd. Both are promising 2yo’s.

I’M THE BUSINESS has now had three jump outs on Jun 26, Jul 3 (49.14s) and Heat 6 (48.44s) on Jul 10. The latest two have seen him ridden with a bit of urgency, especially today as he struggled to keep up with the 5x winner SNOWS BRO. The last two jump outs have dimmed the confidence a little bit.

ROYAL OBSESSION is in our blackbook from a Jun 26 jump out and quite liked her second jump out in Heat 9 (49.07s) on Jul 10. She looked like she was going to go straight past the leaders but was then just allowed to relax over the concluding stages and was fully tested. Two impressive jump outs now.

WHO WANTS YOU kept up very well with a ridden out FRANKIE TWO ANGELS in Heat 13 (48.18s) on Jul 10. The un-raced son of Zoustar was well held together for the entire heat and once the horse on the inside of him was stopped being ridden past the line, he overtook. Only his first jump out this preparation and a 2yo to keep an eye out for.

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