Weekly Review - March 6 to March 12
CRANBOURNE - 6 March 2023
Mick Price & Michael Kent jar have another nice NZ import on their hands in GLOBE. If the 6L NZ trial win on Apr 19 wasn’t enough, his two Aus jump outs certainly have been. He was 2nd on Feb 20 behind Vultan while finishing alongside Ayrton, Flash Flood and Illation in an impressive bit of work and he certainly backed that up by going one better in Heat 10 on Mar 6 where he recorded an impressive win ahead of Badiss and Illation with the 89-rated Blue Solider back in 4th place. He’s done it really easily throughout, kept under wraps in both jump outs yet showed some really nice talent in amongst horses who are well exposed, which is super form. Think he’ll be awfully hard to beat in any maiden he debuts in.
Expecting Heat 8 on Mar 6 to be a good form reference going forward. The jump out was won by a race fit GREECE, but the three 3yo filly’s who finished right behind her are all worth keeping an eye on.
SOUTH OF HOUSTON was 2nd, a 3yo Deep Field filly having her third jump out this prep having finished 2nd on Feb 20 and 4th on Feb 27. She’ll run well first up but doubt she’ll be any sort of price having been rolled as a $1.50 SP favourite on debut back in June 2022.
Finishing 3rd in that Feb 20 and also 3rd in this heat was the 3yo Caravaggio filly in SILVER WAVES, who just has quietly gone about her business in both jump outs. She looks to move well enough to be competitive in most races on debut.
The less experience of the three was QUEEN OF MALWA, a 3yo Pariah filly having only her first jump out for the prep when finishing 4th so expect her to take a stack of improvement from this into another jump out before debtuing.
After jumping out with the blinkers on in jump outs on Feb 20 and Feb 27, the blinkers were off for STANDUPANDFIGHT in Heat 9 on Mar 6 but the 3yo gelding still looked quite impressive. He was a bit slowly away, but thought he still looked to move really nicely as a he closed off under minimal pressure throughout. As we’ve mentioned a few times now, he’s got a maiden win in him for sure.
Thought LUSCIOUS was solid in her first jump out on Feb 27 without the blinkers but the blinkers went on in Heat 9 on Mar 6 and she was a much better horse, showing plenty of speed throughout as she lead but also had a good kick on her late despite being quietly ridden. Adding to the fact that the 2nd horse was past maiden winner Southern Chilli, so she did it against solid company and handled the Heavy track here nicely. Expect an improved filly first up this prep.
Super first jump out by SAMUEL LANGHORNE, cruising to the line in Heat 12 on Mar 6 over the 1000m where he was never asked for an effort and did everything so smoothly. Interestingly he ran in NZ over 1600m in January earlier this year, so he’ll have a bit of residual fitness so he might not have another jump out before debuting here where we want to see him over 1400m.
PAKENHAM - 7 March 2023
WOOLAMAI - 8 March 2023
BALLARAT - 8 March 2023
IMAPAGETHREE GIRL is the un-named Press Statement x Chichi Dancer filly we were following from previous Jan 24 and Feb 9 on jump outs, however, she’s had a change of stables from Doug Whitworth to Henry Dwyer in an interesting move considering Mr D Whitworth is in the ownership and might signal some opinion they have of the horse. She moved well in Heat 10 on Mar 8 when finishing 2nd in a lovely bit of work, moving smoothly throughout when not asked for an effort at all where they did clock the third fastest time of the morning in the process. Expecting her to head to the races now and will be expecting a big debut.
Lovely work from the Maher & Eustace trained YOTOTSU, taking out Heat 3 on Mar 8 by a big margin as he went forward and was pushed out, extending away late. This 2yo filly is by Maurice having been a $110k purchase and went to the line with Cosmic Enigma (since 2nd MDN) in a previous Stawell jump out on Feb 23, so she might have a ripper turn of foot that we couldn’t properly see in this Ballarat jump out as she won by such a big margin, but that might also be why she won by that margin. A filly to monitor.
Another speedy jump out from WRITTENBYALADY after leading from start to finish in a Feb 27 jump out, it was much of the same in Heat 10 on Mar 8 as the 4yo mare went straight to the front and led from start to finish again. She’s showing a stack of speed this prep for a mare with 3x career starts that have seen two of them come over 1500m, so she might be a lot more forward this prep and can run a race first up.
COLAC - 9 March 2023
A pair of nice 2yo runners from Patrick Payne. The first was the No Nay Never filly in NINEVEH who finished 2nd to the 5yo Literati in Heat 2 on Mar 9, while the second was the Nicconi gelding in I’M COMING UP who won Heat 3 on Mar 9 while going to the line with Castillian. Both 2yo’s are worth keeping a close eye on.
FLEMINGTON - 10 March 2023
HURRICANE THUNDER was huge on debut at Sale back in October 2022, settling last in a big field before having to weave through a stack of traffic as he was held up and checking off multiple heels but rattled home in the meetings fastest L800m/600m/400m and second fastest L200m to finish 3rd. He was put away following this run, returning in Heat 2 on Mar 10 for his first jump out this preparation where Oli took it easy on him, travelling wide and on speed without being asked for an effort throughout. He was the only maiden in this field yet easily looked to be travelling the best in a heat that was the fifth quickest of the morning. Hoping he has another jump out prior to resuming.
JOHNNY WATTS ON certainly has a maiden win in him, but there won’t be any value having been rolled as a $1.55 SP favourite last start. Following that defeat, he’s had a 5-week freshen up and returned to win Heat 7 on Mar 10 in solid fashion without overdoing and should be fit and firing now third up.
NEFERTITI’S SECRET showed plenty of speed to win Heat 10 on Mar 10 in the fourth fastest time of the morning and looks to be back to a level that she showed in her first prep that saw her finish 3rd, 2nd and 2nd in MDN’s before running only 3.5L off My Whisper in a Group 3. She clearly didn’t come up last prep when beaten 13.2L and 9.4L in her only two runs, so it’s encouraging to see a nice jump out here but will want to see another bit of work before she resumes.
KEMLBA GRANGE - 6 March 2023
RANDWICK - 7 March 2023
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