CRANBOURNE - 9 March 2021
Considering recent Group 1 winner Portland Sky was 2nd, the un-raced filly ROSE QUARTZ has done a super job to win Heat 3 on Mar 9, clocking the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process. What adds to the performance is the fact she was clearly the last away poorly before taking an inside run and having to change her course a couple of times to avoid the heels of those in front. She was given a slight urge by Luke Currie and responded beautifully to close super over the top. A $300k MM purchase, this was only her first trial back after a pair of jump outs back in July/August 2020. Super work.
Of the 2yo’s, PRIVATE SECTOR was an impressive winner of Heat 4 and is well bred out of the Group-3 placed mare Vezalay. Michelle Payne’s $500k colt in SERLIK was a nice winner of Heat 5 - would have to be the most expensive horse in her stable so they clearly had an opinion of him.
FORE might have some talent. She was just behind Edge Of Reward (since 2nd in MDN) on Mar 1, before an impressive win in Heat 7 on Mar 9. She sat on speed and then kicked away late to win by over 2L in nice time for the morning. She looks to be a nice mover and expect her to be competitive on debut as a later 2yo.
MR PRISTINE was a feature of our reviews back in September 2020 as a winner of jump outs on Sep 22 and Sep 10 under his breeding. He showed good gate speed to lead Heat 11 on Mar 9 but was overran, although he was under no pressure and the winner has residual race fitness while he was only having his first jump out back.
DON’T DOUBT NIC was 2nd in Heat 11 on Mar 9 and after featuring in our reviews from his first jump out, he was super again here. He was green coming around the bend but really straightened up and hit the line really strongly under no jockey pressure. He’s been gelded and looks to have a stack of talent.
BOSSY CHLOE won an Oct 26 jump out very easily, but wasn’t seen again until finishing 2nd in Heat 12 on Mar 9. She was no match for the winner, but they ran good time for the day and she had 3rd covered by 3L. Keeping an eye out for another jump out or trial though due to these long lay offs.
The winner was CHARLES THE GREAT, who has had a number of trials and jump outs in the last 4 months (Dec 9, Dec 23, Jan 20 and Feb 8) and has always been thereabouts but with the blinkers on in Heat 12 on Mar 9, he was way too good and clocked super time under minimal pressure from Campbell Rawiller. Must follow, he’ll be forward enough to win on debut.
CAMPERDOWN - 9 March 2021
Mentioned in our review after being an impressive winner on Feb 23, WAITINGFORTHEDAY absolutely bolted in Heat 4 on Mar 9 (yellow) over 850m to stamp herself as a huge (!) watch on debut. The $420k Brazen Beau filly is flying and will be primed for debut.
NATIVE SOLDIER was a nice winner of Heat 9. Haven’t seen this horse since December 2018 when he was with Darren Weir - now with Maddie Raymond, it’ll be interesting to see if he can re-capture his best form after so long out.
MORNINGTON - 10 March 2021
MIDNIGHT CHARM (purple) and COVERT (red) crossed the line in 1st and 2nd respectively in Heat 7 on Mar 10, both looking impressive in doing so. Both of these 2yo colt’s were throwing the head around early before relaxing in the straight and hitting the line pretty much alongside each other COVERT is a full brother to to Ord, who despite not winning a race yet has some talent, while MIDNIGHT CHARM was a cheap buy. Both look to have some talent and worth following.
BALLARAT - 10 March 2021
WITCHFULTHINKING an easy winner of Heat 3 in the fastest time of the day, off the back of a 10-week let up. Has a jump out friendly racing pattern though as she will always jump and lead. Super bit of work none-the-less, did it really easy.
TRANSPLANT looked super in Heat 4 on Mar 10 (green with white sleeves), finishing 2nd to stablemate The Krone who goes alright. This 3yo filly has only had the 1 career run, a 3.2L 5th to Forever Free in a Listed race at Morphetville with some nice form around her. In her first jump out back this preparation, John Allen had her wide throughout just off the pace but she still travelled beautifully and looked to have a lot to offer late. Plenty under the hood it seemed, keen to see how she goes this prep.
FLEMINGTON - 12 March 2021
INEBRIATING looked to do it easy when winning Heat 10, albeit beating other un-raced 2yo’s and running slow time.
Nice return for DIVINE DIOSA, taking out Heat 2 on Mar 12 a good 3-4L ahead of the likes of Missile Mantra (2nd) and Valanquenta (4th). The maiden, RIGEL STAR (white), was 3rd in between those gallopers and arguably looked the better of the three, travelling very wide throughout but still hitting the line under his own steam. He was immediately spelled after a reasonably disappointing debut back in October 2020, returning last week on Mar 5 (yellow) when 3rd and 1L behind impressive maiden winner Maid Of Iron but looking significantly better as he went to the line under no riding. He’s returned in super order and keen to follow him into his second career preparation.
Liked MICHIGAN’s return jump out on Feb 26 (pink) where he was caught on the fence and had no room to move but was travelling beautiful. The winner Heroic Chief has since ran 2nd to a smart one in Litchfield County. Loved his jump out again in Heat 5 on Mar 12 (pink), where he again dropped back to last and made a run up the fence but this time managed to get a split when coming off the fence in the straight where he then really hit the line hard with Sweet Karolina. Like his form as well with two 2nd’s, one to Awesome Storm (with subsequent winners behind) and one to Nicolini Vito (won a BM64 next start). He should be breaking the maiden very soon.
BUTTER BLONDE railed like a greyhound under the guidance of Craig Williams to kick away in the straight and win Heat 6 on Mar 12 (red) by several lengths in the quickest time of the day too… her first two career runs were super, with the latest poor but with excuses with lacerations to the off foreleg. She didn’t have the blinkers on here either, which she only wore in her poor run so she certainly goes better without them on. Expecting a nice return from this filly.
ORYX was the eye catcher, winning Heat 12 on Mar 12 (blue with white cap) by close to 10L whilst running the third fastest time of the morning in the process. It was a fair bit of improvement from his Feb 26 jump out though, and he has had a previous Feb 10 trial in NSW where 1st and 2nd have since ran 7th (of 11) and 13th (of 13). Treading carefully here, but this was as nice bit of work none-the-less.