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Weekly Review - June 15 to June 21

CRANBOURNE - 15 June 2020

DRUELLA - G Eurell

A really nice jump out in Heat 5 from this 3yo daughter of Shamus Award. The overall time was the slowest for the day over 800m (48.8s), but she was still impressive in the way she handled the jump out. She finished over the line under a stranglehold and looked to be bolting. She is the older sister of the 2yo Kick It Baby who was 2nd on debut on Jun 14. Definitely one to follow.


This 3yo Moshe gelding showed good potential last preparation finishing second in both of his career starts. He ran second to both Scipio and Inspired Sun last prep before being spelled. He looks to have returned in good order, running Heat 6 in 48.1s (800m) without being asked for much of an effort. The overall time was average for the day but relatively quick overall.


JAMAICAN RAIN made a winning return, taking out Heat 1 (1:01.00s) in the quickest 1000m heat of the morning. She was last seen winning a Group 3 and certainly expect her to be competing well in group races this coming prep.

MELBA STORM hit the line well again in Heat 3 (47.92s) after Jun 1 (52.14s). Her jump outs weren’t anything special but do think she’s one to keep an eye out for.

BANJO SHARK looked good over the line for a horse yet to debut in Heat 6 (48.1s).


FUTURE FORCE - P & P Snowden

After her Jun 5 (49.21s) win we said to look for another jump out to see how she’s travelling before resuming as they definitely have an opinion of her prior to her debut. She was ridden out, but it was another jump out win in Heat 4 (53.18s). She was hard held early in this heat and taken back before being ridden out to go past the field and win quite easy in the end. She hit the line hard and will come on a bit from this. Definitely one to follow.


Fastest time of the morning came in Heat 1 (51.89s), won very very impressively by HOME OF THE BRAVE. Expect him to be peaking now fourth up and this jump out shows him travelling very nicely.

Blackbooking THE NATURAL from Heat 3 (51.90s). The heat was only 0.01s off the quickest time and she did so out wide alongside Propelle and Neurotic. This jump out backs up her Jun 5 (49.80s) and she’s travelling super into her resumption. Expect her to win a couple races this preparation.

Following a couple of 2yo fillies from Heat 8 (52.98s), being LATIN SPIRIT and TONNARELLA. Both of these un-raced filly’s were quietly ridden and hit the line with a bit of pace in good time for 2yo’s on the day.

CAULFIELD - 16 June 2020


Quickest heat of the day (by almost 1s) came in Heat 1 (45.22s), won by PROPER ROGUE who has been very good since being gelded, winning both starts with the latest up the Flemington straight. Nice piece of work here and he can certainly go on with it as a 4yo.

Another win for APRIL RULES in Heat 5 (46.88s), following on from last weeks Jun 9 (49.04s) win. The time was the slowest of the day and it was only a field of 3, so she didn’t break any records but still think she’s at least worth following and keeping in mind on debut.

BENDIGO - 16 June 2020

This 3yo filly jumped well to immediately take up the lead in Heat 3 (49.49s) and continue extending through the line to win in the fastest 800m heat of the morning while beating home Not Alone, who had the benefited of race fitness having won a bm64 only 5 days ago on Jun 11. She won a Jan 7 jump out in addition to a 2nd on Jun 4 to the 8yo Mr Liberty, who then ran 4th in a 0-62 at Murray Bridge. Her debut has been a long time coming, having impressed in an official trial in 2019 on Apr 17 where she ran over the top of St Edwards Crown to win. That filly has gone on to be only 2.8L off a Group 2 and consistently competitive in town. She’s certainly one to keep an eye on if she can pop up in a country mid-week maiden.

MORNINGTON - 17 June 2020


No surprise to see ALFA ORO win Heat 1 (56.28s) in the fastest time of the day. The 4yo gelding was mightily impressive last start up the Flemington straight, has had a nice freshen up and will come back and be very competitive in some nice races this Winter.

Look for some gear changes for SPEARS first up. She took out Heat 2 (56.30s) after settling in behind the (very quick) speed and peeled out in the straight to hit the line with some pace. Since changing to the Feek yard for 3 starts, she’s been good having won a mdn by 2L along with a 2nd - a bm58 first up would be ideal.

The 2yo ALTERNATE REALITY won Heat 6 (57.92s) by a decent margin and travelled nicely, but the one to follow from this heat was TOFF CHOICE who flashed home for 2nd under a strong hold. The heat wasn’t overly quick, but this gelding was pushed very wide and made a good run down the middle. Coming off a 10-week let-up, look for him over 1400m/1600m when coming back and think he’ll be quite competitive in a maiden.

BALLARAT - 17 June 2020

PICCATRIC - C Maher & D Eustace

Her record reads 4 starts for no placings, but she actually broke her maiden third up on Feb 28 with a big win when leading from start to finish but has subsequently been disqualified due to swab results. She won Heat 2 (1:02.62s) on Jun 17 doing what she did when she did win (technically), leading from start to finish and opening up a big margin. She took a bit to get going in her first prep having won third up, but we will be able to see her in maiden races despite having a maiden win by over 3L so definitely following her. She wins the heat in the red silks.


NEVER NO MORE was quietly ridden and still hit the line strongly in Heat 5 (1:01.91s) ahead of GINGER JONES, who was also ridden quietly. He has been disappointing in two runs to date for the new Lindsey Smith stable and will be looking to bounce back after this freshen up.

Liked the win of HARD PRESS in Heat 7 (1:00.83s) when running the quickest time of the day while being very quietly ridden. He’s had a change of stable and believe he has now been gelded, so would expect him to improve again on a nice lightly raced career so far. He was impressive as a 2yo/3yo colt and expect him to be more impressive now as a gelding so certainly one to follow.

FLEMINGTON - 19 June 2020

FRISSON - M Ellerton & S Zahra

While all eyes would’ve been on the returning Fresh in Heat 4 (48.18s), thought the one to take out of this heat was this 2yo gelding who finished 2nd. He travelled wide throughout and was very hard held. He arguably would’ve won if he was left to run. He did have some race fitness, coming off a 9.65L 8th at Mornington on Jun 8. But it was very noticeable to see the blinkers going on here so will be keeping a very close eye on him. Expect him to give a much-improved run second up and after being $13 SP on debut, he could be a nice price.

SEGAL - C Waller

This 2yo gelding was a huge eye-catcher when running 2nd in Heat 5 (48.69s). Under the guidance of Craig Williams, he settled in behind the leader on the fence with no much galloping room. He stayed in this position for pretty much the entire 800m and was looking for a run all throughout the straight. When he finally found some room, he took off to make up 1-2L in a matter of strides. He debuted at Warwick Farm on Jun 8 on the Heavy track where he had excuses and N Rawiller added that he did not handle the track conditions, the possible reason for coming down to VIC to find some better tracks. Following.


TSUSHIMA was a big eye-catcher when winning Heat 1 (48.85s). The lightly raced 4yo mare left the gates well and pushed forward out wide to take up the lead. She had the superior speed for this field and the longer this heat went, the bigger margin she opened up. She’s very consistent and expect that to be no different first up in a bm64. Keeping an eye on MADAME VEUVE from this heat as well. The 2yo was on pace along the rail and was just overran late. The heat was full of older, more experienced horses who have got a win on the board, so the 2yo filly was in good company.

No surprise to see FRESH take out Heat 4 (48.18s) in her return. She’s a handy filly and have been keen to see her resume after a (in the end) disappointing Blue Diamond campaign.

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