Weekly Review - June 21 to June 27
CRANBOURNE - 21 June 2021
*near impossible to see some of the heats (especially the beginning) because of the fog and therefore hard to get a real gauge on most of those jumping out*
CECIL STREET LAD was impressive on the Heavy9 track when winning Heat 2 on Jun 21 to cap off some nice jump outs. A half-brother to Levi Kavanagh’s Nantucket, this 2yo colt was impressive in jump outs on Feb 15 (2nd) and Mar 1 (1st) before a short spell and returning to finish 2nd to the smart Jigsaw in a Jun 7 jump out before this heat. He didn’t have much room here, but once clear he attacked the line and showed he has a nice turn of foot. He looks to have some talent this colt.
Have liked MOLLYMOSA before each of her preps and this upcoming prep is no different. Last start she went to the lead at Moonee Valley but was ran down late to finish 3rd (at a big $31 SP), with some nice form coming from it - 2nd (Real Gun), 4th (Mighty Feat), 6th (Diamonds’n’stones), 7th (Bottmingen) and 8th (Alfoil) have all won since. She made a nice return here winning Heat 8 on Jun 21 and will go very close to winning a maiden first up. Keen to follow her.
THE PRES was a class above, winning Heat 12 on Jun 21. He had a prep with Kevin Corstens, very unsuccessful though with his best finish being a 6.8L 6th in four starts. Now back with Busuttin and only 57-rated, he’d be a good bet in a BM58 (even a BM64) considering he was only 2.6L off a Listed race at Flemington in October 2020 before starting $8 in a Group 3. Keep an eye on him resuming for the new stable.
CAULFIELD - 22 June 2021
Would love a BM58 on wet ground for BLACK OPAL first up. He relished the Heavy conditions when winning Heat 1 on Jun 22, showing that the wet ground is certainly his preferred. He was 15 starts on Good tracks for 0 wins, but has 8 starts on a Soft ground for 2 wins and 3 placings along with 1 start on Heavy for 1 win. Look for those conditions first up.
BENDIGO - 22 June 2021
In the clear fastest time of the morning, COLSRIDGE just got the better of Zoutons late to win Heat 1 on Jun 22 with Just Folk in 3rd. We had this gelding in the BlackBook from his previous prep where he also jumped out well prior to a 2L 3rd on debut. Only his first jump out back here, one for the watch list but looks to be in good order.
DANA POINT was back to the jump outs and back to winning them, taking out Heat 5 on Jun 22 over 1000m. She was pretty poor first up in SA when leading over 1000m - she needs a 1000m BM58.
STAWELL - 22 June 2021
In typical A Alexander style, BLUE SMARTIE had the quiet jump out on Jun 2 (2nd) before the pushed out jump out when 2nd in Heat 4 on Jun 22 over 1000m. I wouldn’t read too much into the performance here, this is how he gets them to jump out and think this is a filly worth following into her second career preparation.
Must follow Mitch Freedman’s filly PATRIKA GOLD as well. She won Heat 4 on Jun 22 stylishly under no pressure, backing up her May 27 jump out when 2nd but also under no pressure. She is yet to be tested but looks to move well.
WINNING RED won Heat 6 on Jun 22 in the clear fastest 1000m time of the morning. He was put under a bit of pressure in the process, shown the whip and ridden out.
His May 27 jump out was basically a gallop (although he did technically win), but HARD QUESTIONS showed he had some talent when taking out Heat 10 on Jun 22. He sat on speed throughout and was a bit green around the bend, but once he straightened he hit the line well and with the ears pricked - he moves well.
In her first jump out back, SUN PERLE was not let go at any stage to finish 3rd in Heat 12 on Jun 22. The 4yo mare sat off the speed here, coming wide around the bend and hitting the line under a very strong hold. Watch for another jump out, but hoping to see a 1200m maiden first up.
COQUILLE a super winner of Heat 13 on Jun 22. The 3yo filly was hard held throughout and had more left to offer as she went over the line.
STRIPPED BACK went to the outside fence and just cruised to the line to win Heat 15 on Jun 22 very well, defeating handy gallopers Revlis and Rose Of Sebring. His debut win was super, with 2nd coming out and winning by 2.2L next start. He can go through his grades this preparation.
GEELONG - 23 June 2021
NOSTRADAM MAN looks to moving well, going to the line alongside the 65-rated If At First in Heat 1 on Jun 23. The gelding was well held here, similar to his Jun 9 jump out behind Grandma Gail. He’s only had the 1 career preparation, with his last two runs being really poor (the latest lame). He didn’t start shorter than $13 either, so one that could be a spec at a price first up.
PAKENHAM - 24 June 2021
MERLINIAN has strung together two jump out wins now, winning a May 25 jump out prior to winning Heat 2 on Jun 24. The 2yo gelding went straight to the front here and travelled well throughout, winning well late and fighting off the challenges who were ridden out behind him late. Nice win.
BALLARAT - 24 June 2021
MEEHNI with another nice win in Heat 1 on Jun 24, this time stepping out over 1100m and she looks in good order to make a winning return.
MAYAN bolted in Heat 3 in the fastest 850m time of the morning.
The 2yo MADAME SOLARIO jumped out well behind the older horses, including Violinist, in Heat 4 on Jun 24 in her return to the jump outs after an unsuccessful debut campaign earlier in the year. She’s one to keep safe.
It was the Nigel Blackiston show late with LAFFALONG absolutely bolting in Heat 7, but ran the slowest of the 6x 850m heats on the day. EMERALD CROWN then had an easy all the way win in Heat 8.
FLEMINGTON - 25 June 2021
RINNOVA flew home on debut to just miss. The 4yo mare was 10th of 11 at the 400m mark and got home in the meetings fastest L400m and L200m to go down to Hinto Blue by only 0.1L. She was put away immediately, returning in Heat 7 on Jun 25 (orange) where she was always out the back but if you watch past the line, she really gets going late and all under her own steam to show that turn of foot. Want to follow her into her second career preparation.
After finishing 2nd on Jun 18 in a synthetic jump out, WHO SHOT SUZY took out Heat 12 on Jun 25 in the fastest time of the morning. The 2yo jumped well, going to the lead along the rail and gave a kick around the bend to win by several lengths. She started $2.60 on debut, finishing 3rd on a Heavy10 track before a disappointing second up run when wide throughout. She can make a winning return.
Very impressed by the 2yo THE DUKE OF DUBAI. He jumped beautifully from out wide to push forward in Heat 14 on Jun 25 (white and blue), but the jockey wasn’t letting him take off that resulted in him over-racing for a stretch. Once he settled, he look to have a nice big action and went to the line untested just ahead of Stalking who was 2nd on debut only 3 weeks ago so had that extra race fitness. It was only the geldings first jump out back after a jump out back on Dec 24 when 2nd to Translation. He looks to have some talent.
He was gelded with a stable change, but FLYING AWARD’s first up run in a BM72 at Morphetville was disappointing. Back to the jump outs and with the blinkers back on, he really extended to and through the line to win Heat 5 on Jun 25 comfortably. Expect him to step out to 1400m now second up, hopefully in a BM70/BM78 where we can follow.
In her first jump out, the 2yo ASTEROIDEA went straight to the front and led the whole way, winning Heat 6 on Jun 25 in the fifth fastest time of the 20 jump outs that morning. She held this lead past the line, suggesting she wasn’t running out of steam late. One to follow into another bit of work.
YULONG PHELPS was an impressive 3.2L debut winner when previously with Lindsay Park and he looks to have returned in nice order for Danny O’Brien with a quiet Jun 4 followed by an impressive win in Heat 7 on Jun 25. The 3yo colt can go on with it now in his second preparation.
As you would expect, ZOU DANCER super winning Heat 9 on Jun 25 in the second fastest time of the morning and untouched. She’s a smart filly.
MOE - 25 June 2021
MELODEON was super in Heat 6 on Jun 25, the clear pick of the jump outs as she cruised to the line out wide over 1000m. She handled the Heavy track with easy and had Gundown covered pretty easily here. After a quiet Jun 16 trial over 850m (also on the Heavy), she looks ready to resume.
SINGLE TONITE - John O'Shea (Sam Clipperton)
Jun 21 (Randwick (Synthetic)) - quickest of the day and best L600m - sat last throughout, came wide in the straight and went to line under own steam, nice return despite the poor last prep form.
MISS DIOR - Peter & Paul Snowden (Tommy Berry)
Jun 21 (Randwick (Synthetic)) - went to the line with (and better than) Yardstick - they dominated the rest of the field and ran nice time.
KING OF SPARTA - Peter & Paul Snowden (Tommy Berry)
Jun 21 (Randwick (Synthetic)) - SUPER - jumped the best of the field on the inside, but was heavily restrained to last - was over-racing a lot (!), forced his way through the field and then got a gap at the top of the straight where he just took over and won with the ears pricked - way too good, this was super - nice horse.
THE MAXINATOR - Mark Newnham (Joshua Parr)
Jun 21 (Randwick (Synthetic)) - 4.5L win over 1080m in nice time for the day - jumped beautifully, straight to the front and never looked like being beat - did similar on Jun 8 by was overran by King Of Sparta (above) late…
VINDICATION - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes (Andrew Adkins)
Jun 25 (Warwick Farm) - fastest 740m time of the day - won under no pressure from the jockey.
MILITARY EXPERT - Annabel Neasham (Louise Day)
Jun 25 (Wyong) - very nice win and was an above average L600m - jumped well to sit outside leader, balanced up in the straight and powered away to win by 2.4L with ease - super.
FULL COVERAGE - Nathan Doyle (Koby Jennings)
Jun 25 (Wyong) - overall time was quick, but L600m was really slow - led, won with ears pricked and looked to just be cruising.
GOLDEN FIGHTER - Matthew Smith (Koby Jennings)
Jun 25 (Wyong) - nice win, backing up his other 2nd to Construct (ran 3rd in MDN first up) - defeated Do As You’re Told here, who is 1 from 1 in her career - jumped beautifully to lead along the rail with Do As You’re Told on the outside - kicked away in the straight under minimal pressure, eased down late.