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Weekly Review - June 20 to June 26

CRANBOURNE - 20 June 2022


He’s got race fitness, but NATION PRIDE bolted in Heat 9 on Jun 20 over the 850m having come down from Richard Freedman’s stables in NSW. The 3yo Shalaa colt has had the 2x starts this prep, losing by a combined 1L when 3rd and 2nd on Heavy tracks over 1200m at both runs, so he’s been quite competitive and owners will certainly be hoping Price & Kent can get that maiden win, plus some more. Suspect he might be better over a bit more distance, being out of the mare Just Dancing who won a Group 2 over 1400m and was Group 1 placed in the 2000m Arrowfield and 4th in the ATC Oaks over 2400m. A colt to monitor first up in VIC.


Monitoring MYSTIC REALM, a 3yo colt who finished 4th in Heat 8 following a stable change from Busuttin & Young to Kevin Corstens, who trained his half-brother in Street Icon, who Group 2 placed for Kevin while also finishing only 3.25L behind Pretty Brazen and Arcadia Queen in the 2020 Group 2 Lets Elope over 1400m. Kevin Corstens might be the key for this colt.

PAKENHAM - 22 June 2022


PERUSAL won his Jun 9 jump out over 800m well but was very green in doing so. His last 100m or so in that jump out was quite impressive. As a result, the nose roll went on for his win in Heat 2 on Jun 22 as he stepped up to 1000m and while he was green again, his last 200m or so was impressive. He needs to work on his racing matters, but there does look to be some talent there for this 3yo gelding.

FAR ENOUGH was under a ridiculous hold as he won Heat 5 on Jun 22 ahead of Baltimore Bullet and Ancestry. He was absolutely bolting here and clocked the third fastest time of the morning at 44.32s behind Oxley Road’s 43.35s. He was placed since his debut win and he’s only 60-rated, so would love to see him go to a BM58 first up but even if he goes to a BM64, he’s a talented gelding an the can go well, especially on the back of this jump out.

OXLEY ROAD won Heat 6 on Jun 22 in the clear fastest time of the morning, but it was the work of BATTLEGROUND who was 0.5L back in 2nd (with a 5L gap to 3rd) that caught the eye. He had the benefit of some race fitness with him resuming off a 10-week let up after two runs this prep, but Oxley Road is a Group 1 sprinter while this 5yo gelding will be heading to a mid-week BM64.

GIGA KICK showed his class in Heat 7 on Jun 22, dropping to the back of the field in the early stages before cruising down the middle of the track in the straight to win under no jockey pressure. As he showed on debut in his 4.25L win, he’s a nice gelding.

KERANG - 22 June 2022


Have to mention that potentially Victoria’s best maiden in PORT LOUIS is back in work, finishing 2nd in Heat 5 on Jun 22 where he just cruised to the line. Couldn’t really take much from this but he has had the ultimate gear change and is now a gelding. He’s 76-rated with very good form on the board so if he heads to a maiden first up to get it out of the way, it’ll be very interesting to see if the gelding finally switches him on.

FLEMINGTON - 24 June 2022

We mentioned Chris Waller’s Iffraaj gelding READ following his 2nd placing in a Jun 10 jump out to Chalonne Princess, backing that up with his win in Heat 15 on Jun 24 where he lead from start to finish. He never got out of first gear here and just cruised to and through the line. He had this field covered quite comfortably, most of whom have won a race including Boadelle (8: 1-2-1) in 2nd, Canbya (7: 2-1-) in 3rd and Breton (13: 2-1-1) in 5th. He was a $50k purchase from the 2020 NZ Karaka Sales being out of an O’Reilly mare and we’re expecting him to go very well on debut.


Keen to see RIVER RIBBLE resume and hopefully go through the grades. After finishing 2nd in a Jun 10 jump out, he put together a really impressive bit of work to win Heat 2 on Jun 24. He settled at the rear of a small field, before swooping in the straight and closing superbly with ease. He was 2nd to Merchant Prince on debut with subsequent winners Sir Bailey and Water Bomber in 3rd and 4th prior to his second up run behind the Blue Diamond hopefuls. He looked to do so without his blinkers too, so some nice jump outs ahead of his resumption.

GORMLEY was ordinary in his Jun 10 jump out at Werribee on a Soft track, but really improved into his second jump out as he moved over to the synthetic track, winning Heat 9 on Jun 24 in the second fastest time of the day and the third fastest overall time we have recorded. In typical Gai Waterhouse fashion, he went to the front and led from start to finish along the rail and was really going on with it through and past the line, with the jockey even having a look over the shoulder. He had no head gear here, so keep an eye out for the blinkers going on as well but this jump out in isolation was slick, his previous not so much but we’ll still follow into a debut.

We were on SYSTEMIC on debut back in October when he finished a closed 2nd as a $2.30 SP favourite, where he was spelled and given more time. He returned in a May 27 jump out where he was quietly ridden, improving into his second jump out where he took out Heat 13 on Jun 24 well in nice time. He won ahead of the 65-rated Green Flash and Jupitus in a nice return performance. The Capitalist gelding is a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Mizzy, so if he can be half as good as his sister, he’ll win some races and based on his jump outs, he certainly can win a maiden.

ROSEHILL - 20 June 2022


Big win for the Winning Rupert 2yo PASSEGGIATA, taking out Heat 10 on Jun 20 over the 900m by 8.39L. Time wise, she clocked the second fastest time of the morning at 53.23s, which was only slightly behind the undefeated filly Shades Of Roses time of 53.09s and well above the next best time at 54.35s while was also being well above the days average was 54.50s. She did it from the front, jumping cleanly to lead to the bend where she then really put them to the sword, extending away in the straight with ease and was certainly the most impressive part of the trial as she clocked the days fastest L600m. A $130k purchase from the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, she couldn’t of won much more impressively than this and is certainly one to follow into her debut run.

HAWKESBURY - 21 June 2022


Stating the obvious here, but the win of STARSPANGLEDANCER in Heat 12 on Jun 21 was clearly the pick of the heats. The 2yo daughter of Starspangledbanner won by 12.16L and absolutely smashed the clocked, clocking 46.63s which was the fastest time of the day and well above at the days average of 48.16s. As we posted on Twitter, this is the 13th fastest time we have recorded for 800m trials at Hawkesbury of the past 143x 800m trials. This was her first trial this prep having finished last in a trial back in Jan, so she’s certainly come back improved and has to be one to monitor. They don’t win much more impressively than this at the trials.

WARWICK FARM - 24 June 2022


Would love to see ONE DESTINY head to a maiden first up this preparation. He’s contested city races (G3, G2, HCP & LR) in four of his five career runs, the other was in a maiden when 2nd to Okami Miss. He’s been given time, returning in Heat 8 on Jun 24 in a very slick performance, winning by 4L in 47.06s which was the fastest time of the morning and is the third fastest time overall for jump outs between 801m and 816m. This was only the geldings first trial back, so hoping to see another bit of work prior to resuming but he’s one we need to monitor.

If you watched KAZALARK’s work past the line in both of his trials, you would find it hard to believe he’s finished last in both of them. In his trial on Jun 7, he was ridiculously restrained throughout and forced to cruise out the back of the field before coming up the inside - if you watch past the line, he’s pretty much even with the leaders. This was similar again in Heat 11 on Jun 24 where he was again heavily restrained to last and again doing his best work past the line. It was a genuine arm workout for Nash Rawiller so monitor if he sticks on debut, cause he looks better than his trial finishing positions suggest.

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