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Weekly Review - June 28 to July 4

CRANBOURNE - 28 June 2021


KURNELL won Heat 2 on Jun 28 in the fastest 990m time of the morning. As expected, he led from start to finish here which is the same as his racing pattern. Only really want to be following him into a 1000m BM64 (especially a BM58 with a claim) first up - any longer (distance wise) will test him. Can win and most likely at a nice ($10+) price.

TRUE PATRIOT again impressive, winning Heat 3 on Jun 28 over 990m by several lengths in nice time. The un-raced 3yo should be very (!) competitive on debut.

No surprise to see MISS ALBANIA clock the fastest 760m time of the morning, winning Heat 5 on Jun 28 comfortably. She’s a smart mare.

CASTERTON - 28 June 2021


THE GARDEN cruised to the line in his return, finishing 4th in Heat 3 on Jun 28. He was smashed in betting on debut but raced wide without cover before finishing 3rd - one to keep an eye on.

LOMBARDO bolted in Heat 4 with ease, likewise DAMASCUS MOMENT in Heat 5 on Jun 28.

MORNINGTON - 30 June 2021

COOLSHOT featured in our reviews back on Nov 4 where he bolted in over 1000m before a Dec 15 trial when 2nd behind Just Malcolm. Put away after these, the 3yo gelding returned to win Heat 8 on Jun 30 over 900m ahead of the 10-start maiden French Boss. He led the whole way here in a bit of work that was encouraging to see for his return. He’s out of the mare Serene Star who won multiple Handicap and Listed races at Caulfield over 1100m/1200m and loved the wet with 9 starts on Heavy for 5 wins and 2 placings. Looking for another jump out, but keen to follow him into his debut - especially on a wet track over 1100m or so as the wet should be no worries.


The consistent APRES LA MER finally got the maiden victory in her last start last preparation and then having a much deserved spell before returning to bolt in Heat 4 on Jun 30. She was within 1.5L of the winner in all 7 starts last preparation and now that she’s finally got the win, she can be competitive in a BM58/BM64 first up where she will lead and be hard to catch.

SQUARE CUT made a nice debut back in Feb when 3rd to Starry Legend with 2nd coming out and running 4th in a Group 3 behind La Rocque. He was too speedy in his return, leading the field in Heat 6 on Jun 30 before giving a kick around the bend and winning by several lengths. Keen to see another jump out before he resumes.

BIG CRUNCH let down well in his return, coming down the middle of the track to win Heat 9 on Jun 30. His latest two runs over 1400m were nice at big odds, so he might be one to follow second up as he steps up in trip.

KYLE jumped out behind Ranveer on May 12 before winning a May 19 jump out and then being given a 4 week break. He has bolted in and clocked the fastest 700m of the morning in Heat 11 on Jun 30 ahead of Monsters Inc. Bit of a query on him not being tested beyond 800m, so would like to see that before being confident on debut but still think he’s one to keep safe.

FLEMINGTON - 2 July 2021

Very keen to follow RINNOVA into her return. Following on from her nice Jun 25 jump out that we highlighted, the 4yo mare sat on speed in Heat 5 on Jul 2 (orange), where she went to the line well held to win ahead of Thorogood and Mashrabiya in very slick time for the synthetic jump outs. She’ll go very close first up and is one we can also follow second up.

SANDY PRINCE’s debut 2nd to Saif reads well now, with that runner going on to be 2nd in a Group 2 next start and then winning a Group 3. He was then 2nd second up as well before being sent to the paddock. Believe he has been gelded now, returning in nice order to finish 2nd in Heat 10 on Jul 2 as he looked to move really well under minimal pressure and was in front past the line. Watch for another jump out, he looks to have returned well as a gelding though.


MCLELLAN went to the line with the smart Dirty Thoughts in Heat 1 on Jul 2. He only had the one start as a gelding, finishing 5th behind the likes of subsequent winners Hai Sun and I Am Mamwaazel. This was an encouraging return and we want to follow him into another jump out before resuming.

MASHRABIYA we can follow as well from Heat 5 on Jul 2 (blue), her work past the line in this heat was super. She’s had 3 career starts in NSW for 3x 2nd’s at prices of $1.55, $1.55 and $2.10 - really only want to follow her if she’s better than odds on.

RECKONING sat in behind the speed before getting a gap very late and exploding through to put a space on them past the line in Heat 7 on Jul 2. This was a really nice bit of work but it was done in the slowest time for the day.

His synthetic jump out on Jun 18 wasn’t great, but back to the grass for HEIR APPARENT and the 2yo colt matched motors with recent 2L MDN winner Mynumerouno in Heat 8 on Jul 2 and looked a lot more comfortable. Weary of that first jump out though - maybe he didn’t like the synthetic? One for the watch list.


BEHOLDER - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou (Tim Clark)

Jun 4 (Rosehill S7) - stuck the head out and really wanted to win here - beat Silly Point (since 2nd MDN).

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - was wide throughout and really pulled away in the straight, rounded them up quite easily in the end but slow overall time and slow L600m.

LARKSPUR RUN - James Cummings (Rachel King)

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - impressive in nice time, won with the ears pricked - broke maiden last starts at $1.60, but maybe one to go through grades?

SIR CRACKLE - Bjorn Baker (Jason Collett)

Jun 18 (Rosehill) - first jump out back - big 5.25L win in average time for the day - worth watching.

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - again, very impressive with a 3L win (11L to 3rd) in very nice time for the day (only 2 of the 15x 890-900m trials were sub 57s, this being one of them) - this trial, got pressured and sat 2nd in the run but was too strong late - expecting a nice debut.

BRIGANTINE - James Cummings (Kerrin McEvoy)

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - only 2 of the 15x 890-900m trials were sub 57s, this was one of them and the quickest - jumped from very wide and pushed forward, travelled wide throughout and was way too good late when given a little squeeze - fastest L600m too and even eased down late so could’ve been even quicker - super.

CIRCLING - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou (Regan Bayliss)

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - did a good job to be within 1L in 2nd - was wide and dropped back before improving wide around the bend - was given a squeeze at the top of the straight and then just cruised to the line out very wide - nice bit of work for a first trial and worth watching.

PERLANT - Annabel Neasham (Tommy Berry)

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - third quickest L600m of the day and looked to be eased late - nice run down the outside of the track - looks to be a nice mover.


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