CRANBOURNE - 15 March 2021
Breeding: RICH ENUFF x NEON BEL
The winner of Heat 4 on Mar 15 (white, red and black) is a half-brother to Beerz With Clint and Latenighttoughguy (now Nordic Wellstar in Hong Kong). The colt is by Rich Enuff out the mare Neon Bel and looked a class above this lot of 2yo’s, extending late under minimal jockey pressure to win by a couple lengths with a gap back to 3rd. With this being his first jump out, he’ll take plenty of improvement and looks to be one with some talent. EJ doesn’t have many 2yo’s going around so they must think he goes alright.
DOMMANTELLA put the field away in Heat 6 on Mar 15 (brown) as well as you could’ve asked. The 3yo gelding jumped well, sitting on speed but wide throughout. The jockey waited patiently in the straight before giving him a rev up with about 250m left to go where he then put up a couple of lengths with ease before being put away the final 50m. It was an impressive turn of foot late. He sat on speed in a Mar 1 jump out as well, finishing 4th but only by a couple of lengths and he wasn’t put under much pressure. Hopefully a low barrier on debut, he can go close.
TAVAJEN has come back in good order. Beaten a long way on Mar 1 but was very quietly ridden, she stepped up to 1000m where she sat just off the speed before again being quietly ridden but this time closing super to finish only 1L off them in Heat 16 on Mar 15 (blue). Her form reads poor but she resumes now for Doug Arnold having previously been with David Brideoake and is yet to see a good track in her career. She can enter her second career preparation much improved and we might get a nice price to find out.
BENDIGO - 16 March 2021
LUNAR HERO was last seen defeating All Of Brighton by 5L, that runner then won a MDN by 3L and a BM64 up the straight at Flemington. Prior to that he was 2nd in a BM64 (as a maiden still) to Esta La Roca following a forgive debut run when 4th. Given an 11-week let up, the 3yo took out Heat 1 on Mar 16 (yellow / brown) comfortably ahead of Mean Mister and Vungers. He led this heat and held on strongly, he has some talent and can go on with it.
We blackbooked GLOVES ARE OFF prior to her debut following some nice jump outs and being a full-sister to Sassy Salitage and a half-sister to Lady Horseowner. She wasn’t given much hope from barrier 12 of 12, taken to last and having to come home from a long way back. Immediately spelled, the filly returned to take out Heat 2 on Mar 16 (pink) in the fastest time of the morning. She showed nice gate speed to lead this heat and made the 64-rated 4yo Monetizing look second rate in the straight. If she draw’s a nice barrier, hard to beat.
COLOURED SAND was 2nd in Heat 2 on Mar 16 (blue) and also had the 64-rated 4yo Monetizing covered. Following a nice win on Jan 22 and a 3rd on Feb 26, she’s a sneaky one at odds worth keeping an eye on.
TYCOON BEAU is a nice horse. Back in November 2020, he was 2nd on Nov 13 to Grindelwald (came out to be 2nd and then 1st in MDN’s) with Cielo D’oro in 3rd (who won BM58 by 4.2L first up and then won a BM64 second up). He then kicked away from High ’n’ Dry (who then won a BM70 second up) to win a Nov 20 jump out by lengths. Returning in Heat 6 on Mar 16 (navy blue with green sleeves), he showed nice gate speed to lead and kicked away late with KING DICK, only to just finish 2nd. He looks really handy.
KING DICK on the other hand is a previous feature of our reviews, following an Oct 14 win and a 2nd on Nov 6 (to El Salto who then won by 2.8L on debut) as a colt. Resuming as a gelding in Heat 6 on Mar 16 (red), he took a sit behind the leaders before travelling wide down he middle of the track to extend and get the head in front of one we have an opinion of in Tycoon Beau. He can win on debut on the back of his jump outs.
CYCLONE LOUIE was a big winner of Heat 9 on Mar 16 (black and pink), but being a full-sister to JEKYLL'N'HYDE (whose raced over 1400m, 1500m and 2000m) and with the heat time being on the slower side for the day, she clearly will be better over a distance. One to keep in mind.
She was ridden out, but only the Group 3 winner Minhaaj was better than COUNTESS TESSA who finished 2nd in Heat 11 on Mar 16 (black with green sleeves). Following that 2nd on Mar 4, she can be competitive first up. Considering she was $81 in a BM64 last start, we might get a nice price too.
Under his breeding VANCOUVER x ANATOLE (USA), BOY BIG flew home late once he got out in a Feb 16 jump out over 800m and backed up that nice turn of foot with an over the top win in Heat 13 on Mar 16 (black and pink), this time over 1000m. He looks to have a nice turn of foot and is one to watch over 1400m or so in a maiden.
CAULFIELD - 16 March 2021
Thought the most impressive 2YO for the day was the winner of Heat 4 on Mar 16, PANDA’S POST (light blue). This filly just sat in behind the three leaders before pulling out wide late and displaying an impressive turn of foot to come over the top and win. Past the line she was a further 3-4L in front… She’s a full-sister to Classy Gal, a 3yo who has had the one run for a 3rd. Her first Mar 2 jump out was a bit inconclusive, ridden out the back and never asked for an effort. This was a nice bit of work though.
MIRACLE DAY looking to have the impressive Diamonds (resuming for a new stable) covered late when winning Heat 5 on Mar 16 (blue, white and red). He sat midfield early, quietly ridden, before pushing up near the leaders over the middle stages and then pulling away through the line to win and keep extending past the line. Don’t mind his 2YO form as he resumes here as a 3YO. He was 2nd to Supreme Idea on debut, before a forgive run when bucking and having a slow recovery and then being 4th to three subsequent winners. Ignore his first two jump outs, this was encouraging and suggests he can go close this prep as a 3YO.
MORNINGTON - 17 March 2021
Big win by ABADDON in Heat 3 over 900m, albeit against only two other horses and he was given no pressure out in front.
DELICIOUS TYCOON jumped well but was retrained and taken to near last, a good 4-5L off the leaders in Heat 4 on Mar 17 (blue). She travelled 3 wide throughout, but travelled comfortably and once she got to the straight and balanced up, she really knuckled down and ate up the margin to the leaders with ease to win by about 1L on the line to the race fit Innocent Witness. She was all over the shop past the line as the jockey tried to pull him up… he had plenty left in the tank. A $240k MM purchase by Written Tycoon, she’s had plenty of jump outs now on Jan 20 (2nd), Feb 3 (5th) and Mar 3 (3rd) and will be well educated for her debut. Keen to see how she goes, nice turn of foot.
A previous multiple time feature of our reviews, TIGER MUM was 2nd in Heat 5 (blue). She was no match for the 2yo Grinzinger Prince here, which is a bit worrying heading into her debut having also had so many jump outs. Bit of a query now.
PAKENHAM - 17 March 2021
MONTERA did it so easy out in front, winning Heat 8 on Mar 17 (red and blue) over 1000m on the synthetic. He debuted over 1400m on a Soft6 but weakened late to go down by almost 6L, immediately spelled after. This was a nice return and he might be one to look out for first up, especially as we go towards the synthetic meetings. Maybe he needs 1200m first up as he will be leading?
HORSHAM - 17 March 2021
She was poor first up, but WITNESS EX looked real nice when leading the whole way to win Heat 6 on Mar 17 (white) albeit over 800m. First up she was slow out and not pushed at all, so the 6L losing margin is actually better than it looks. If she jumps well and leads, think she can be a sneaky at odds, but won’t be much confidence.
FLEMINGTON - 19 March 2021
VICTORIA FALLS jumped out well prior to debut but was disappointing, even after starting $2.25 on debut. Having had an ordinary jump out on Mar 12, the 3yo filly took out Heat 2 ahead of some alright gallopers in Audacious Heart and Succeed Indeed but they ran slow time for the day. Treading carefully though as she is becoming a jump out star… needs to perform on race day.
The Danny O’Brien owned and trained FIRST PLATOON looked professional wining Heat 3 on Mar 19 (navy blue). A well bred and expensive colt, a $625k buy at the Magic Millions sales being by Sebring out of a multiple-Group winning mare over 1400m and 1600m. After a pair of jump outs in 2020, the 2yo colt was taken to the front by D Oliver before settling well and cruising too and through the line, extending past the line under a hold. One worth following.
MORE SECRETS is one we must follow. A half-sister to multiple-Group winner Amangiri, this un-raced 3yo filly looked to match motors with Thousand Wishes and Bomber’s Kiss as she crossed the line in Heat 4 on Mar 19 (orange). She may of had a softish run up the inside, but her best work was past the line where she more than held her own late and looked to have a bit to offer had Craig Williams of asked for an effort. Watch for another jump out and also watch for if Craig sticks for debut.
Thought BORN A KING looked nice in Heat 14 (purple). The 4yo Frankel gelding had some interference at the start but picked up late and did well under a hold where we know he gets over further. Only his second Australian jump out following Feb 26 where he hit the line hard under as strong hold. Looks talented despite only having the 6 international starts.