CRANBOURNE - 28 March 2022
WEE NESSY (white) was a class above as she took out Heat 4 on Mar 28, but she did have the benefit of race fitness having finished 2nd on debut up the straight at Flemington. Liked the way IMPACT A LOT (black/white with red sleeves) closed into 2nd place, the 2yo filly really attacking the line in her third jump out having finished 3rd on Feb 28 and 2nd on Mar 15. Adrian McGregor has only had one runner in 2022, so this daughter of Real Impact is a part of a small stable but looks to move well.
We were on GIRELLO (black) first and second up and he was quite disappointing, especially second up. Looked as though the blinkers went on in Heat 8 on Mar 28 and he travelled comfortably throughout, going to the line well. Would consider having a small play on him third up if we get the blinkers on and a change of jockey at a nice price.
JUDESTAR (pink) was a slick winner of Heat 9 on Mar 28, cruising to the line over the top of a breakaway leader with a huge gap back to 3rd. The 5yo mare has a handy record for a 65-rated horse, with 10x starts for 2x wins and 4x placings. Look for her for a BM64 first up after another jump out.
ISRAELITE BAY was superb as she came over the top of the field in Heat 10 on Mar 28 after sitting quietly wide and at the rear of the field. She powered down the middle of the track under a hold in a very impressive return jump out for CIaron Maher & Dave Eustace having previously been with the McEvoy’s last preparation where she had the 2x starts for 2x 2nd’s which included being 2nd to the now Group 1 placed Bon’s A Pearla on debut and Devout Hero second up, both of which have some nice form now. Keen to see what level she can get to with the new stable on the back of this lovely jump out.
Putting a watch on the un-named John Price runner under the breeding KRUPT x PERFECTLY POISED (red), the 3yo Gedling closed super and hitting the line very hard in Heat 16 on Mar 28. Thought he closed well in his previous jump out prior to this on Feb 28 behind subsequent maiden winner Hongbao as well. Nice bit of work over the 1000m here.
PAKENHAM - 29 March 2022
WRITEY O’PAL was a very impressive debut winner back in November 2021, defeating Pagan by 1.5L who came out and won next start before heading over to Hong Kong while Mountain Range (4th) and Door To Door (5th) also won their next starts. He has now been gelded, which is a considerable gear change for this son of Written Tycoon as he cruised throughout Heat 1 on Mar 29 following a Mar 15 jump out where he is listed as finishing last, but was extending through the line. He’s talented and can go on with it this in his second career preparation, now as a gelding.
JABALI RIDGE was way too good for them over the 1000m in Heat 2 on Mar 29, cruising throughout as the rest of the field was pushed out just to keep up with him. He’s a 4yo gelding with only the 1x win from 16x starts, but he’s been in races a bit better than his 62 rating suggests, including being 3rd first up in a BM70 last preparation. This is his second prep now with Michael Huglin and would love to see him resume in a BM58 to get some confidence.
OXLEY JACK won Heat 5 on Mar 29 over the 800m in the fastest time of the morning, quite comfortably in the end too. The 5yo gelding has had 7x first up runs for 1x win and 3x placings, so he goes alright fresh and we’d like to see him pop up in a BM58 first up.
AVOCA - 29 March 2022
Think SAFE SECRET is a big watch first up now. He had 2x jump outs in Feb prior to a freshen up and another two jump outs in March, finishing 3rd on Mar 15 prior to finishing 2nd in Heat 2 on Mar 29 to a race fit Exlover, not to mention they clocked the fastest time of the morning too. He ticks a fair few boxes now ahead of his first up run - he SP’d at $3.80 on debut (where he did fail), has been given time, has been gelded and has 4x nice jump outs under his belt now, so he should be forward enough. He’s a big watch first up and would expect him to run well.
TYCOON’S GIRL started $2.20 on debut and was terribly, finishing last by 5.8L. There was nothing in the vet report, but she was spelled immediately so there is no doubt she performed well below expectations. The daughter of Written Tycoon returned to lead all the way in Heat 5 on Mar 29 in a nice bit work in her return, so she’s certainly one to monitor first up this prep as you’d expect an improved run on that debut.
VIOLINIST has bolted in Heat 9 on Mar 29 over the 1000m, but did clock the slowest time of the 4x heats. Stable has always had an opinion of her so she’s one to monitor first up, especially considering she’s only 61-rated - probably won’t be rushing to back her in a BM64 unless she’s a huge price, would love a BM58 fist up.
FOXSHIP won a Mar 11 jump out prior to taking out Heat 11 on Mar 29 over the 1000m, holding off Arktika and clocking the fastest time of the morning in the process. The 3yo gelding was 5th to Zoumon on debut and 4th to Brooklyn Boss, where both of those runners go well. He has been given time and looks to be moving well ahead of his resumption, and he’s started $26 SP in both his runs so maybe one at a price.
MORNINGTON - 30 March 2022
We mentioned EYE OF THE EAGLE after a pair of jump out wins back on Feb 2 and Feb 16, and he really can’t do much more than what he is doing and that’s winning jump outs. The 2yo gelding has had the 3x jump outs now for 3x wins, the latest a win in Heat 12 on Mar 30 again over 750m where he was pushed over the final stages, but that will really bring him on for his debut run. As mentioned previously as well, he’s well bred being by Alpine Eagle out of the mare Tickle My who was a multiple time Group 2 & 3 winner. Big watch on debut, he’s a real nice mover.
The 2yo filly NO LOCKDOWNS moves well and has put together some nice jump outs now, winning a previous Mar 16 (purple) jump out ahead of Tapa Capall (who won Heat 4 before this) and closing well to finish a close 2nd in Heat 5 on Mar 30 over the 1000m. She was a $300k purchase from the MM Gold Coast Yearling Sales who looks to have a nice turn of foot.
The 7yo gelding in ROSSMAN bolted in Heat 6 on Mar 30 in the fastest 1000m time of the morning and he did so with ease ahead of Florescent Star in 2nd and a further gap to 3rd. This was his first jump out back this prep and with 6x first up runs for 2x wins and 1x placings, he’s worth monitoring first up in a BM64 and he might be at a nice price - he won a BM70 first up last preparation.
HENTY was quite disappointing in his first 3x career runs, his best finish being 6th on a Heavy8 track at Bendigo second up. The 3yo has now been gelded and returned on Mar 16 where he was clearly the fastest away out of the gates but was ridden with no urgency and dropped to the back of the field, cruising under a hold and never really getting into it. He then popped up in Heat 7 on Mar 30 where he was instead allowed to stride to the front to lead and never looked like losing. He was asked for a slight effort at the top of the straight but he did it easily and clocked the second fastest 1000m time of the morning in the process. Would expect him to open a big price first up and would think he’s worth a spec now as a gelding.
Despite a really nice Mar 16 jump out, RED SISTA was disappointing over the 1000m where she finished 4th in Heat 8 on Mar 30 and was clearly no match for the first three across the line which included Curran. That first jump out was super, but this jump out certainly leaves a bit to be desired and has really dampened the confidence. We’ll be treading very carefully now.
We put a watch on WHERE’S THE HUNTER following some jump outs and trails at the end of last year. He went to the line with subsequent maiden winner My Yankee Girl in a Sep 20 trial before leading all the way in a Sep 28 Bendigo jump out when hard held and his 2nd in Oct 14. He returned now for the Cliff Brown yard, having previously been with Lindsay Park (maybe Hong Kong related) where he just cruised the the line in a 2-horse field in Heat 15 on Mar 30 over the 750m, never getting out of first gear. Don’t mind this 3yo gelding, big watch on him.
KYNETON - 1 April 2022
MOBAMBA broke the maiden at start 5 (at $81) and then was sent for a spell. The 3yo gelding returned to win Heat 3 on Apr 1 by a huge margin in the fastest 800m time of the morning where he led from start to finish and gave nothing else a chance. Nice return.
FLEMINGTON - 1 April 2022
The 3yo Dream Ahead gelding in SHINES was super in Heat 4 on Apr 1. He jumped beautifully to push forward and take up a leading position, travelling under a strong hold throughout. His best work was past the line as he really went though it, matching motors with Stonefield who was ridden with more urgency late in the heat - he’s a 4yo gelding with 17x career starts including 2x this prep in Feb and Mar (so he had a fitness edge). Only his first jump out but he looks a talent.
GREY NORTHERN sat 3-4L off the leaders throughout Heat 7 on Apr 1 and it was her work late, through and past the line that really caught the eye. The 3yo Shocking filly was closing super and was up with the leaders past the line, displaying a lovely turn of foot from minimal jockey pressure.
It was ANGEL first, daylight second and then the rest of the field in Heat 10 on Apr 1, the 4yo import bolting in by over 10L in the second fastest time of the morning. His first jump out in Aus on Mar 4 and then his second on Mar 23 over the 1200m left a lot to be desired so the improvement here was surprising but encouraging.
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