CRANBOURNE - 29 March 2021
BOSSY CHLOE with a huge win in Heat 7 on Mar 29 (orange), running the quickest 800m time of the day in the process. The 3yo filly is out of the nice mare Chloe In Paris but was disappointing on debut as a late 2yo. Given a nice lay off since that July 2020 run, she returned to finish 2nd in an official trial on Mar 9 as featured in our reviews where we wanted to see another jump out, which we’ve got now and a very impressive one in that. Stable can be hard to trust as they usually do well in jump outs, so we will be mindful of price (won’t be taking less than $3) but still certainly following.
JOEY JAWS featured in our reviews following a 2nd to Lani Bang Bang on Nov 23 and a win on Dec 7 where we expecting him to be competitive on debut. He was tipped out instead, returning to win Heat 9 on Mar 29 (yellow with brown sleeves) down the outside rail with Into Glory Ride on the inside rail in 2nd with a gap to 3rd. They ran nice time here too at 45.88s. Keeping an eye out for another jump out as he’s been in and out of prep’s without getting to the races, which can mean he’s had some issues.
LINDHOUT is certainly back and back in good (!) order. The 4yo mare returned to win Heat 6 (white, red and black) ahead of regular jump out super star DRATINI whilst running very nice time. The form from her super debut win reads really well now. Hopefully EJ takes her through the grades, keen to see where she ends up.
We were very keen on MAXIMUM VELOCITY on debut but he could only manage 3rd but we have seen 1st, 4th, 5th and 7th all win their next starts. He had a slow recovery at his next start and was immediately spelled, so happy to forgive that run. He returned to win Heat 10 (blue) in good order and hopefully can fulfil that talent we expected him to have on debut for Smiley Chan. One we are watching to see another jump out before following into his first up run.
OUR JOHN BOY was ridden out late, but won Heat 15 by a nice margin.
CAULFIELD - 30 March 2021
MADDOX was a very nice winner Heat 4 on Mar 30 (pink), always looking in control and hitting the line with pace. The form around her from last prep reads well. She was 3L off the now Group 3 placed Pinkham first up when 3rd where Shantara (2nd) has since won two in a row. She was then 2nd before breaking her maiden at $1.45, defeating Florescent Star who then won her next two starts. In her first jump out back, she looks to be travelling nicely.
SACRED SNOW looked quite classy in Heat 10 on Mar 30 (orange with black sleeves). The jockey sat quietly through while FREE WILMA (blue, red and white) was ridden out on her outside. She continued to fight back, getting ahead past the line as she continued to extend while they gapped 3rd. She had a nice Mar 16 jump out as well when 3rd and on the back of her work, would expect her to improve significantly on her very disappointing debut.
BENDIGO - 30 March 2021
We were a fan of CHUCKANEV prior to his debut back in November 2020 and he ran well without winning to finish 2nd over 1100m while gapping 3rd by close to 3L. He ran the fastest L800/600/400/200m of the entire meeting with a L600m rated 1.8L above Benchmark to show he has some talent. In his first jump out back, he went stride for stride with Annemiek in Heat 2 on Mar 30 (yellow) in nice time. He can (and should) break his maiden this upcoming preparation.
It was a small field for Heat 3 on Mar 30, but the winner in the 3yo colt LETTHEBANAFLYHIGH (orange) has some really nice breeding surrounding him. He is out of the mare Noondie, making him a half-brother to the Oakleigh Plate winner Booker and the Group-2 placed Banquo. He’s a very intriguing runner having been always out the back in a Mar 16 jump out and with his trainer (and owner) Arthur Pace only have the 5 or so horses in work. Worth following.
KYNETON - 30 March 2021
KERIOTH technically won his maiden already but lengths, but the race was declared a no-race due to a mix up of the distances. We now get to see this gelding in a maiden again and he jumped out in Heat 3 to tick the legs over, winning well in the fastest 800m time of the day.
SALE - 31 March 2021
Ignoring his slow recovery last start at Caulfield, JUST MALCOLM was unlucky not to break the maiden in his first two career runs when 3rd and 2nd. In particular, his second up 0.75L 2nd to It’sourtime (now Group 2 and Group 3 placed) where 3rd was All Stardom (won next start at Caulfield) where they gapped 4th by 5L. Returning to the jump outs after an 11-week let up, the 3yo gelding took out Heat 3 on Mar 31 (orange) quite well in the end, out sprinting Without Excuse and Kamien late and clocking the fastest 800m time of the day. Sale has a meeting on Wednesday April 7, he probably resumes there and will be hard to beat in a maiden.
FEELING GOOD travelled a lot better than the 67-rated 5yo Doctor Coto, winning Heat 4. On The Tiles was also no match late, finishing a couple lengths back in third. Keeping this 6yo mare in mind though, was a nice bit of work.
Huge win by the 2yo BLISTERING in Heat 5. Mindful of the opposition she faced here though.
MORNINGTON - 31 March 2021
An eye-catching run by the grey FENGARADA in Heat 6 on Mar 31 (green with red sleeves), showing nice gate speed to sit on speed throughout before showing some nice closing speed to kick away and win by 2L under very light riding. His debut was disappointing, although he did start $61, finishing 7th when 6L behind Blondeau where there has been some subsequent winners come from. This is only his first jump out back as a 3yo and he looks to have come on. One to follow, you can’t miss him!
In nice time for the morning, UNLOAD led from start to finish in Heat 7 on Mar 31 (black). The 4yo jumped cleaning, took up the lead along the rail and then cornered really well to open up a couple of lengths pretty quickly and then it was over from there. Having been 2nd to Wild Cherry Road on Mar 10 and 4th to Ringfort on Mar 24, this gelding looks as though he’s come back in nice order and can give a maiden a shake first up.
TATURA - 31 March 2021
DELLVAK might go alright. His Feb 22 trial over 1000m was pretty poor, but it looked like the blinkers went on and he really improved to win a Mar 3 jump out (ahead of Helano who was 2nd in Heat 3 of these trials) before then winning Heat 5 on Mar 31 by over 2L when sitting on pace and kicking away late. Expect to see him in a Wangaratta or country maiden on debut and is one to keep an eye on. Won’t be a stack of confidence so hopefully an OK price.
BOGA DREAMS had the ears pricked as he crossed the line winning Heat 10 on Mar 31. He did it really well in the end, leading along the rail and showing a kick late to hold off a fast finishing Envenomate (a maiden winner at Albury). His debut was a bit of a forgive as he began awkwardly and was green late. Spelled immediately and given time, he can certainly make an improved return, especially if we see Harry Coffey riding him for Austy Coffey at Swan Hill…
MARYSVILLE was a feature after a Feb 15 jump out at Flemington, backing it up with a nice win over 1100m here in Heat 2. Love how he’s had the 1100m official trial for fitness considering we’d expect him to also be racing over that distance. Looks a nice mover.
Need to be mindful of both TAKE THE REINS and HELANO from Heat 3. Both the 3yo gelding’s are un-raced and finished 1st and 2nd in this heat while gapping 3rd in a nice bit of work without being stand outs.
LULU’S HALO was an eye catcher, flashing home to finish 4th in Heat 7 in only her first trial/jump out. She really attacked the line hard here, continually making up ground late and was with the winner past the line with some ease in the end. Owned by Tom Dabernig, chucking this 2yo filly on the watch list for another jump out prior to debut.
PAKENHAM - 31 March 2021
We had MONTERA prior to his first up run where he was backed into $5 but bucked shortly after jumping and dropped out to never be in it. Back to the jump outs, he jumped beautifully in Heat 2 (blue with red) and travelled beautifully throughout (much like his other jump outs prior to the last run) to win. The jockey even had a look over the shoulder. We might get a better price second up but we’re going to have to take him on trust and hope he doesn’t buck again.
The Peter Gelagotis runner under the breeding SNITZEL x MISS VANDAL won Heat 2 (white with green sleeves) and is from a nice family being a $300k purchase and a half-brother to Miss Marielle (Group 2 winner) and Eurozone (Group 1 placed).
BALLARAT - 1 April 2021
The 2yo WHITE STILETTOS looked very impressive in Heat 3 on Apr 1 (light blue), finishing 2nd to the ridden out 4yo Reformist. This filly led throughout the 950m jump out and was under next to no jockey pressure, looking like she had plenty left to offer late if asked for an effort. Her first jump out back on Jan 19 was just okay - as a result, she’s been given a bit more time. She’s by Written Tycoon as a half-sister to Limited Vision. Keeping an eye out for another jump out prior to her debut.
FOXY FRIDA was super, showing a very impressive turn of foot to come home late and win Heat 5 on Apr 1 (white and blue). She sat last in this heat before peeling out wide around the bend and then running straight over the top of them under no pressure at all. She’s unfortunately just ran into one better in each of her career runs to date, finishing 2nd on debut but gapping 3rd by over 2L as well as finishing 2nd second up to the smart Sirileo Miss and again gapping 3rd by over 2L. Should go very close to breaking her maiden this preparation.
PRINCE ALEXANDER and ISLES OF AVALON gapped the field in Heat 6 to finish 1st and 2nd. ISLES OF AVALON, in particular, was a feature of our reviews previously and did her credentials no harm here despite being ridden out. It was good to see her put under pressure and respond to match motors with PRINCE ALEXANDER who had the race experience having finished 5th to Paulele, who then went on to finish 2L off the Silver Slipper.
HORSHAM - 1 April 2021
VIVACIOUS AWARD looked a lot better and a lot more comfortable leading, jumping straight to the front and never looking like being caught at all to win Heat 5 on Apr 1 (blue) with ease. She was slow to begin on debut and was ultimately disappointing, immediately spelled though so think it might be a forgive run, especially based on her racing pattern of leading in this heat and in her other jump out win on Mar 17 (ahead of Robe Bay). Pretty keen she goes alright first up if she can get a nice (soft) lead early.
ATOMIC SELFIE was given a push but ended up winning Heat 6 in nice fashion.
REWARD WITH RETURN a handy win in Heat 8 in very nice time ahead of CHORTOMIC, who looked to close well too.
FLEMINGTON - 1 April 2021
CLEAN MACHINE is back and she’s still a maiden… she cruised to the front in Heat 5 on Apr 1 (black with white and red sleeves) and then cruised throughout to win quite easily in the end in nice time for the day. Her form from her 5 career runs as a 2yo / early 3yo read well now. She was 4L off Letzbeglam, 2nd by 0.2L to Saltpeter, 4th by 0.4L to Miss Divine Em, 2nd by 1.5L to Dirty Thoughts (gapping 3rd by 4.5L) and then a 5.75L 6th to the likes of Night Raid, Aidensfield and Odeum. Super form for a 3yo maiden and would love to see her in maiden grade before going back to contest the black type races.
Thought the pick of the 2yo’s was GLAMOUR AND GLORY who took out Heat 8 (orange). This filly was a $200k purchase and travelled under a strong hold (by who liked like Craig Williams) throughout this heat, looking like a nice mover in the process. Only her first jump out but have to have her noted down as one to watch out for.
BRAZEN STRIKE is a watch on debut. He was poor on Mar 12 when last, but then the blinkers went on and we saw some improvement with him bolting in to win a Mar 19 jump out while hard ridden and shown the whip. He was then ridden more conservatively to win Heat 9, which is an encouraging difference to his last jump out. He’l be forward enough on debut for this, just wasn’t completely sold to make him an official blackbook runner but think he’s worth putting on the watch list.
BRAZEN BEAU x FEELING POSITIVE took out Heat 10 and looked quite nice along the outside rail in doing so. Only his first jump out so another we need to keep an eye on.S