CRANBOURNE - 21 March 2022
The talented colt TREOTTO was back at the jump outs following a 13-week spell, winning Heat 11 on Mar 21 with absolute ease as he led from start to finish. We loved his jump outs last preparation, highlighting him after a trio of jump outs on Oct 18 (1st in black silks on outside), Nov 1 (2nd in black silks - winner is Masterful, ran 4th, 3rd, 3rd in MDN’s after) and Dec 20 (5th, black silks on the outside, very quiet). The son of Sooboog is a lovely moving 3yo colt that looks to have plenty of talent and we’re keen to follow him into a debut as a late 3yo.
*update: Quraysha was 2nd in this jump out (beaten comfortably by Treotto) and has since won a MDN at Kilmore very comfortably*
FIELD OF FLUTES won Heat 1 on Mar 21 in the fastest time of the morning, as the 2yo colt led from start to finish to win in an impressive display. A $140k at the 2021 MM Gold Coast Yearling sales, the son of Deep Field was 2nd in a previous jump out on Mar 9 and on the back of this work here, he can go well on debut.
HELL HOUND has put together a couple of nice jump outs now, taking out Heat 3 on Mar 21 following a nice 2nd placing from a previous Mar 15 jump out. The 2yo Hellbent filly is a younger half-sister of the talented Group 2 winner in Letzbeglam, so certainly some talent in the family and she’s one to watch.
This was a massive win by the colt CLOCK STRIKES, bolting in Heat 4 on Mar 21 in the third fastest time of the morning by a massive margin. Ignore his first jump out on Mar 15, he missed the start hopelessly and was never in it - it was genuinely a track gallop. The 2yo son of Zoustar jumped cleanly today, pushed forward to lead before opening up a margin around the bend and continuing to extend away. A $60k purchase from the 2021 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale, this was nice.
STAR PATROL had the better of Realeza in Heat 8 on Mar 21, with the 3yo gelding coming down to VIC (potentially to avoid the rain) following 2x trial wins in NSW. The 3yo gelding is a 6x start maiden with only the 3x placings, but this was a lovely bit of work as he clocked the second fastest time of the morning in the process. Big watch on him first up if he stays in VIC.
MISS STEIGLITZ missed the start by a long way but still managed to work her way into 3rd place under a strong hold in Heat 9 on Mar 21, only 3L off the winner. The 3yo daughter of Sir Prancealot is a half-sister to Miss Iano who was 4th in a Group 2 for Mark Webb. The heat was ran in the slowest of the 850m heats and this was only her first jump out, so she’s one to monitor.
CAMPERDOWN - 22 March 2022
HARBIN was mentioned after his official Mar 8 trial where he was slowly away but closed super over the concluding stages to finish a very close 3rd (0.6L) despite being under no pressure from jockey Jarrod Fry. This was dissimilar to his win over the 1000m in Heat 13 on Mar 22, jumping well to go forward and lead from start to finish with relative ease in the end. He’s a half-brother to Tycoon Storm, a winner of 8 races from 19 starts ($261k prize money) so there is certainly some talent in the family. Being trained by Lindsey Smith though, don’t expect much of a price first up but still one we’ll be following into his debut.
Michael Shepherdson has only had the 2x career wins as a trainer, but he looks to have an alright 2YO on his hands with VALLENCOURT winning Heat 4 on Mar 22 as she led from start to finish over the 800m, clocking the third fastest time of the morning in the process. The 2yo filly previously won a Mar 8 trial on a Heavy8 track and looks like she might be a nice mover.
CRACKER BELLE was the pick of Heat 5 on Mar 22, the 4yo mare finishing 2nd after sitting in behind the speed along the fence and closing well once she got some room in the straight. She looked to have a lot more to give with the jockey not fully testing her at all in her first jump out back. One to keep an eye on.
NO WAY EVER had the measure of the 88-rated Silent Sovereign in Heat 10 on Mar 22 over 800m in the second fastest time of the morning. The 3yo filly won well on debut before a couple of disappointing runs, the latest a 5th placing in a BM58 where she had every chance. She looks to have come back in good order for her second career preparation.
It was a star studded Heat 12 on Mar 22, including group runners such as Savatoxl, Crystal Bound and Capriccio. In 3rd place though was a 1-start maiden, BELLE ET RICHE who closed really well from the back of the field and hit the line with pace. The 3yo filly was quietly ridden in an earlier Mar 9 jump out when 2nd but it was this bit of work that was certainly the most impressive. She’s a huge watch first up in her second career preparation.
Three jump outs wins now for STARSELLA, winning Heat 16 on Mar 22 in the fastest 1000m time of the morning by well over 5L. We mentioned after her latest jump out on Mar 15 that we would’ve liked to see a little more from her, well this was certainly that little bit more as she absolutely bolted in and did so in quick time. A bit worried about a McEvoy bolting in a jump out though, as we haven’t had the best of luck recently so treading carefully but certainly following her ahead of her resumption.
Smart win by the 5yo import MAXIMUS PRIME in Heat 18 on Mar 22. The NZ import has 4x wins and 3x placings from 9x starts, so he’s got enough talent and on the back of this smart jump out, he can go well in Aus.
WANGARATTA - 23 March 2022
BELL’S INNOCENT bolted in over 1200m in Heat 1 on Mar 23, clocking the clear fastest 1200m time of the morning in the process. The 6yo gelding is resuming from a 10-week let up having changed stables to Donna Scott. This was a nice bit of work.
MORNINGTON - 23 March 2022
We mentioned SUNZOU last week following a lovely Mar 16 jump out win against 2yo’s. The 2yo colt was back at the jump outs and despite being in a heat that was well out of his class, he more than held his own. He finished 5th in Heat 2 on Mar 23 over the 900m where the winner in Glenfiddich clocked 54.47s, which was 1s quicker than the next fastest heat so he pretty much would’ve won any other heat had he of been in it. He finished amongst the likes of Groundswell, Kahma Lass and even California Longbow (6 wins from 33 starts and $290k prize money) so this was super. Bit of a ‘hidden’ jump out amongst good company, pretty keen of follow him on debut as he looks to have more than some talent.
OTHER GLENFIDDICH is certainly back and in good order, winning Heat 2 on Mar 23 in the fastest 900m time of the morning. Unseen since October 2020 due to injury, he has returned in lovely order and his last preparation form speaks for itself, 3rd FUP in the Group 1 Memsie behind Behemoth before winning a Group 2 and then going to the Group 1 Coolmore. Exciting to see a horse of this calibre on the comeback trail.
YULONG JET started a $4.60 favourite on debut at Caulfield and was beaten 13.75L where Damian Lane report that something felt amiss internally. He was spelled and returned as a gelding a year later, beaten 17.6L this time as a $1.95 favourite but he bled in one nostril. Now with Matt Laurie, he took out a Mar 16 jump out over 750m prior to winning Heat 7 on Mar 23 over 900m, both won in the same style as he led from start to finish with ease. He might be a bit hard to trust first up, but he’s had excuses and these were lovely jump outs ahead of his return so we’ll monitor where he pops up and at what price.
KILMORE - 25 March 2022
JACK OF IT jumped beautifully and went straight to the front in Heat 2 on Mar 25 over the 1000m, leading from start to finish after travelling under a hold throughout and had the 63-rated Storm’s Colours covered quite easily. The 4yo gelding has only had the 3-starts, so he’s still lightly raced and has improvement to come. This is his second jump out following a quiet Mar 11 jump out and he looks to be one to keep an eye on first up in his second career preparation.
She had a very disappointing debut prep where she only beat home 1x runner in her 2x starts, but FRANKLY ROSIE resumed for a lovely jump out win over 1000m in Heat 4 on Mar 25 as she led from start to finish and was under a really strong hold throughout. It’s only her first jump out back, so hopefully we see another bit of work but it wouldn’t surprise us to see her go to the races now - one to watch as she’ll be worth a spec at a price first up.
FLEMINGTON - 25 March 2022
MOUNT HOTHAM led from start to finish in Heat 10 on Mar 25, holding off a fast finishing Succeed Indeed to record a nice win under a strangle hold throughout. The 3yo gelding had a previous jump out on Mar 18 but he was no match for some previous winners in Inebriating, Horrifying and Helmiton, who are all better than maiden grade. We mentioned him after an official trail win back on Jul 12 where he won over 1200m by 3.5L following Jun 25 and Jul 2 jump outs - that trial win was won in 1:17.21s that was almost 2s quicker than the other 1200m trial that day, won by Dark Dream who was a winner of the Group 1 QLD Derby, so a super bit of work. He didn’t make it to the track then but he’s come back here in super order and will be one we follow into debut where he looks to have a friendly on speed racing pattern.
It was a very slow heat, but CAPITAL EXPRESS was very hard held throughout Heat 3 on Mar 25 as she sat outside the leader throughout. They clock 51.01s, significantly slower than the days average of 49.04s, but she looked to have more to give. She had a previous jump out on Jan 14 followed by a win on Jan 25 ahead of Lambda (who was 3rd first up in the Talindert) and Va Via (who then won at Sandown and was 4th in the Breeders). The 2yo filly is one to keep an eye on.
He wasn’t a stand out today in Heat 5 on Mar 25, but we liked the jump out of COUNT NICHOLAS back on Nov 19 and he looked to be a nice mover again in this heat despite never having too much room after being slow out and ridden with no urgency out the back throughout. A 2yo colt that’s a full-brother to Hong Kong export Master Montaro and Wise Counsel as a $180k Inglis Easter Yearling purchase, there will be some expectations of this colt and he looks to have some talent there.
Nick Ryan’s 2yo gelding, DON’T CHANGE, was super late and past the line in Heat 9 on Mar 25, although this was the slowest heat of the morning. The son of Holler had a previous Mar 11 jump out, which was probably only fair but he looked to take a stack of improvement coming into this bit of work.
SUCCEED INDEED closed super to finish a close 2nd in Heat 10 on Mar 25, despite having some race fitness with the 5-week freshen up under her belt. She’s only won the 1x race from 16x starts, so she’ll be hoping to get another win on the board and on the back of this, she looks to be travelling well.
OTHER - NSW
CAPTAIN BOND - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
Mar 22 (Rosehill) - only a $7k 2021 MM Gold Coast National Yearling Sale purchase - did a bit wrong early when sitting outside leader, over-raced a little but did settle and let down well in the straight to win by 2.73L, put the field away really well - similar to a previous Dec 14 trial where he was back in the field on the fence and had to work his way through not much room, again letting down well to just win on the line - he has a nice turn of foot.
SWIFT SWEET - Mark Newnham
Mar 25 (Warwick Farm) - this was some win… jumped well but was quietly ridden early and dropped back to the end of the field, sitting wide throughout and then came wide around the field, around the bend and powered to the line down the outside of the track to win very impressively - she had the benefit of race fitness, but this was very impressive and clearly she handles the wet - half-sister to talented runner Ballistic Lover.
TYCOON FREDDIE - Robert Quinn
Mar 25 (Warwick Farm) - this 3yo Written Tycoon colt relished the heavy conditions, travelling beautifully throughout under a hold and really extending away in the straight to win with ease in slick time - a $30k purchase from the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sales, he looks classy.
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