CRANBOURNE - 14 March 2023
WATCHLIST Lovely return jump out from ACQUARELLO, the 3yo filly returning for her second career jump out in Heat 6 on Mar 14 having not got to the races following two jump outs back in September 2022. This was a lovely bit of work, travelling quietly under no pressure on the inside in amongst Charming Di and some other horses who have broken the maiden, clocking the fourth fastest time of the morning. Monitor her into another jump out.
GARNET went straight to the front in Heat 10 on Mar 14 and bolted in, clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process. The 3yo filly has yet to beat a runner home in both career runs and did jump at a $101 SP last start, so not a lot of substance behind her raceday performances but she did finish 3rd on Feb 27 behind subsequent BM64 winner Unlimited Magic in a previous jump out as well, so maybe she can run an improved race.
Absolutely superb bit of work from NEVER LET ME GO, showing some lovely closing speed over the concluding stages of Heat 13 on Mar 14 to record a dominate victory in solid time for the morning. This is her second preparation having been last seen finishing 2nd in an official trial on Nov 22 behind the 73-rated 5yo Okay To Pay while ahead of stablemate Serasana (won by 3.2L on debut), the 63-rated 5yo Kermy and the 68-rated 5yo Apache Star, which is very good trial form for an un-raced 2yo that early in their career. She has been given more time and this was a lovely first jump out of the preparation for this 2yo daughter of No Nay Never so a definite watch into another bit of work before hopefully debuting.
WANGARATTA - 14 March 2023
After matching motors with Castilian in a Mar 9 jump out, the 2yo Nicconi gelding in I'M COMING UP put a margin on the field in Heat 6 on Mar 14 to record a solid 2L win with a big gap back to 3rd over the 900m. He was ridden out here but did respond to the riding of the returning Billy Egan in another nice performance and he’s worth keeping a close eye on into his debut.
Nice debut jump out from the Iffraaj gelding VALPANTENA, finishing 5th in Heat 13 on Mar 14 but it was the way in which he went about his business here that caught the eye. He was a touch slowly away and as a reuslt found himself at the rear of the field but he was able to make his way to the middle of the track where he closed nicely, albeit with minimal room late yet finishing only 2.6L off the winner. He was really powering to and through the line as well, hard her past the line as he was going on with it, which is always very encouraging especially when they’re only having their first jump out. A gelding keeping a very close eye on.
MIGHTY FEAT is another from Heat 13 on Mar 14 that is worth keeping a close eye on, but did so in opposite fashion as this 6yo gelding led and travelled under no riding to and through the line as he was only nabbed late, a nice return jump out following a long spell and stable change to Scott McIntosh. He’s only got the 1x win from 22x career starts, so there will be minimal confidence when he resumes especially after a long break but we might get a big price in a 0-58/BM58.
SMUGGLER’S ANGEL had no room at any stage in Heat 15 on Mar 14. This 3yo filly was a touch slow early and as a result was out the back in the early stages as she cruised at the rear of the field under a strong hold to be restrained and held back there. She was travelling and looking for those gaps in the straight but they didn’t come, going to the line un-tested and un-shown where she only lost by 2.1L and almost could’ve won if she had the room. A super first jump out from this Ready For Victory filly so we’ll be keeping a very close eye on her.
PAKENHAM - 14 March 2023
MORNINGTON - 15 March 2023
ZOUSUKO was 2nd on debut to a fast finishing De Sonic Boom in the Blue Diamond Preview before heading to the Blue Diamond Prelude where she was solid without being anything special. Given a freshen up, she returned over 1000m in Heat 2 on Mar 15 to finish 2nd to Curran while ahead of Shalaman where they clocked the fastest time we have recorded at Balnarring, a very good performance for a 2yo filly. They paid $525k for this Zoustar filly and she’s already showed that she has some talent.
Another nice jump out from PUNCH LANE. Having matched motors with Caste in a previous jump out on Mar 3, this 3yo gelding stepped up to 1000m in Heat 5 on Mar 15 where he also had the blinkers go on for a soft win while those around him were pushed out. They paid $220k for this son of So You Think back in 2021 and have been very patient with him as this is his third preparation of jump outs, but it is his first as a gelding which certainly looks to have switched him on. A gelding to keep an eye on.
ESECUTORE clocked the fastest time of the morning in his win in Heat 10 on Mar 15, which was also one of the fastest times we have recorded in a super bit of work. It was only a 750m jump out and it’s only his first bit of work, but have to mention him as he did so in such slick time with ease.
STONY CREEK - 15 March 2023
I AM UNSTOPPABLE with a lovely jump out win, backing up his Feb 27 win over 650m with another slick win over 930m here as he closed nicely over the top in Heat 4 on Mar 15. The 2yo colt sat last throughout this heat before coming out into the middle of the track where he was put under pressure and responded, clocking the fastest 930m time of the morning in the process (albeit only 3x heats). Worth keeping a close eye on this son of I Am Invincible.
CAMPERDOWN - 16 March 2023
A pair of jump out wins now for EASY JAY, the first coming on Feb 27 ahead of Rolls with the latest in Heat 10 on Mar 16 where he went straight to the front and won with ease when leading the whole way. He clocked the fastest 850m time of the morning in the process and certainly wasn’t slowing down late, extending away further past the line as he hit the line with pace. He was previously with J Pride in NSW where he was a previous $100k purchase and while he might not have made it there, he certainly looks to have enough talent to be winning a country maiden at the very least.
SKYBIRD’s win in Heat 3 on Mar 16 will be one of the better jump outs you’ll see from a 2yo, especially with it being only her first career jump out. The 2yo daughter of Exosphere was a touch slowly away but also wasn’t ridden with any urgency as she settled at the rear of the field along the rail. She was then searching for the gaps in the straight, coming off the fence and weaving her way through the field as she closed superbly under only some slight pressure, getting over the top late to win very impressively. A $110k Inglis purchase, this was a super first jump out.
FLEMINGTON - 17 March 2023
We liked the work of ELOUYOU in his Mar 3 jump out when 2nd to Drop The Verse and he more than backed it up with his work in Heat 7 on Mar 17. There was no weaving through the field here as he went straight to the front alongside the speedy Penman and then showed him a clean pair of heels late as D Lane put him under a little bit of pressure, winning in the fastest time of the morning and the fastest time we have recorded across the last 285x jump outs on the Course Proper at Flemington… You won’t see many jump out better than him and he should be hard to hold out on debut.
Returning from an Oaks campaign, MAKRANA has put in two solid jump out wins ahead of her returns, the first on Mar 10 with the latest in Heat 8 on Mar 17 where she’s been too speedy in the both of them, albeit not breaking the clock. She ran super on debut and nicely second up before competing in Group races, so the stable must have an opinion of her and expect her to be running well again this upcoming prep on the back of these jump outs.
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