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Weekly Review - June 12 to June 18

CRANBOURNE - 12 June 2023

REDOUTE'S NIGHT cruised to the line out the back in a May 15 jump out amongst some raced horses, but there was no hiding him in Heat 2 on Jun 12 as he tracked Katsu throughout and then was powering to and through the line while making ground on Katsu and going past No Way Ever and Corkscrew with ease while under a hold. Adding to this while watching past the line, he was still powering and even got past Katsu late in a superb bit of work while they also clocked the fastest time of the morning. He’s an un-raced 5yo gelding but on the back of this jump out, think we’ve seen the reason as to why they have been so patient with him and it looks like they’re about to be rewarded. Cindy Alderson also purchased his half-sister at the 2022 Inglis Gold Yearling Sale, so no doubt they have an opinion of the family as well. He’s a must follow, he looks very talented and especially for a country maiden that he’ll go to on debut (and likely win).

The flashy Zoustar filly EMBARQUE was back at it again as she bolted in Heat 4 on Jun 12 and it was the way in which she won that was mightily impressive, sitting on speed and leading throughout as she was then put under a little pressure at the top of the straight as she was challenged and she just went bang, opening up that massive margin and clocking the second fastest time of the morning behind only Katsu. She was good over 1000m on the synthetic track in a May 29 jump out and now looks primed for her debut. If she can be half as talented as her younger brother in Bases Loaded, she’ll win most maidens on debut.

The Pakenham future stars series has been a very good form reference and it looks like ORTEGA will follow that trend on the back of his jump outs ahead of his return. He didn’t do much in his first jump out on the synthetic track over 760m on May 29, but his talent was on full display in Heat 8 on Jun 12 as he the field up for 600m of the 800m jump out before then putting the field to bed over the final 200m as the jockey gave a slight shake of the reigns. He was a moral beat on debut in a good form race with Cobblestone Way (2nd), Dodi (4th), Crown Crusher (5th) and Mi Scusi (6th) all winning since while his second up run was a forgive as he had a degree of internal exercise‑induced pulmonary haemorrhage. He looks in good order and certainly has a maiden win in him.


WALTER SPUR has made a stable change across to Gavin Bedggood since his return jump out back on May 15, putting in a nice bit of work in Heat 3 on Jun 12 where he settled in the second half of the field before closing superbly out wide as he responded to a bit of pressure. He was coming home strongly here in a nice bit of work that will likely have him ready to go now first up. As we know from his last prep, he was no match for Doull first up when resuming as a maiden in a 3YO Handicap race on a Wednesday before then running in a maiden at Kilmore where there was a ridiculous false start and he was somehow passed fit to race despite running half a race already and as a result, he was no chance and tired big time. He’s got a maiden win in him.

In addition to her Jun 5 win, GUMDROPS was too good again in Heat 9 on Jun 12 as she at on speed throughout while doing her best work late under some slight pressure. She’s a nice moving $600k Written Tycoon filly that looks to have some talent and can go well on debut.

PAKENHAM - 13 June 2023


DELICATE BABE has continually featured in our reviews but she’s only had the 1x career start, a 2nd placing to Fancylanski who has since won another 3-races and is now 76-rated. This 4yo mare was having her first jump out of the prep in Heat 1 on Jun 13, winning over 1200m, so we’ll keep an eye on her into another bit of work prior to resuming.

CAULFIELD - 13 June 2023

WATCHLIST Shane Nichols will be hoping JEHBENTI will be able to replicate his jump out form on debut having won all three jump outs this preparation, the first two coming on May 24 and Jun 5 with the latest coming over 1000m at Caulfield in Heat 3 on Jun 13 where he was simply too speedy overall. They paid $180k for this 2yo colt and he simply can’t do much more ahead of his debut.

Despite technically finishing 2nd in Heat 4 on Jun 13, ARCHO NACHO was the takeaway from this heat having been heavily restrained in the early stages in order to go to the back of the field and then once he was allowed free reign to run, he really powered late, to and through the line. He had three jump outs across March/April but didn’t make it to the track as he was given a 9-week let up, returning here in a very nice bit of work.

Thought BENCOUVER was quite good in Heat 6 on Jun 13, going toe to toe with the speedy Smile And Wave throughout the heat but getting the better of her late as he won quite comfortably in the end. He’s only got the 1x win/placing in 9x career starts, resuming here off a 10-week let up but on the back of this, can go well upon resumption.

PENSHURST - 14 June 2023


Liked the return of KIKUSUI in her first jump out back on Jun 1 when finishing 2nd while ahead of Runpukya who subsequently won by 5.5L in a Swan Hill maiden. She then stepped up over 1000m in Heat 5 on Jun 14 where she led them up throughout, but did her best work in the straight as she opened up a huge margin to win with ease. She’s always shown talent at the jump outs but couldn’t replicate that on debut so hoping she’s not a jump out star but she has only had the one career run so she’s worth keeping an eye on still.

WANGARATTA - 14 June 2023

BALLARAT - 15 June 2023


ALL ABOUT EVE was super in Heat 2 on Jun 15, coming from last down the outside to finish 4th in a superb bit of work where they clocked quick time for the morning.

We backed CRAFT STAR on debut at Sandown where he ran well to finish 4th in a good form race now. He was tipped out and given the ultimate gear change of a gelding, returning in a Jun 7 jump out that didn’t give us any guide as they had to pull up early on the Heavy track. He then went around in Heat 5 on Jun 15 on the synthetic track where he got a perfect run leading along the rail and just cruised to the line in a super bit of work. He was a $45k purchase and is interestingly owned by Simon Zahra Racing despite being trained by Andrew Noblet, but think he has talent and is a nice mover so keen to follow him first up as a gelding now.

BATRANA was the take away from the 2yo heat of Heat 6 on Jun 15. The 2yo Justify filly sat behind the field throughout before cutting back to the rail late and really attacking the line despite being very quietly ridden as she did some of her best work past the line. It was only her first jump out so one to follow into another bit of work.

FLEMINGTON - 16 June 2023

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