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Weekly Review - May 15 to May 21

CRANBOURNE - 15 May 2023

WATCHLIST REDOUTE’S NIGHT is a now 5yo gelding returning for his first jump out having been last seen winning a jump out back on Jul 12 in 2021, so he’s clearly had some issues but connections have clearly been patience and must be of the opinion that their patience is going to pay off at some point. His by Night Of Thunder out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, hence the name, and returned in Heat 3 on May 15 where he was the only runner without a career win. He cruised out the back and went to the line untouched in a nice bit of work that we think is worth keeping an eye on him into another jump out.

AMEERATI made a lovely return in Heat 8 on May 15 as the 3yo filly cruised up behind them, weaving through the pack in the straight and win quite comfortably in the end. The daughter of Pride Of Dubai unfortunately couldn’t break through in her debut prep as a late 2yo/early 3yo, but has been given more time and looks in good order.

WALTER SPUR was another to follow from Heat 8 on May 15. We’ll all know him from his latest prep - he was no match for Doull first up when resuming as a maiden in a 3YO Handicap race on a Wednesday before then running in a maiden at Kilmore where there was a ridiculous false start and he was somehow passed fit to race despite running half a race already and as a result, he was no chance and tired big time. Given a let up, he was another that weaved his way through the field in this jump out and closed nicely to finish 2nd in a nice return. He has a maiden win in him, no doubt.

The MailBag lads only paid $8k for FACE THE JURY online back in June 2022 but connections have had to be patient as she still hasn’t been seen at the races since October 2021. She was way too speedy for them in Heat 10 on May 15 as she got to the lead very early and never looked back, bolting in by a big margin in the second fastest time of the morning. Expect to see another jump out but if she can finally get back to the races, she’s got a stack of speed and will take some catching.

ANGELIC REWARDS’s debut was a complete forgive as she was held up and never got clear running. Given more time, she returned for a lovely win on the synthetic last week on May 9 and backed that up in Heat 11 on May 15 when closing superbly from back in the field to reel in the breakaway leader with relative ease. She’s going well ahead of her return and expect a much better run first up than her debut.

OUR RED MORNING (ex-RED IN THE MORNING) was purchased from NZ following two runs and based on her two Aus jump outs, she looks a nice mover despite having a bit of an ordinary head carriage. The 3yo daughter of Redwood closed super in an 800m jump out on May 1 when closing into 3rd and did the same in Heat 20 on May 15, also closing really nicely into 3rd place, this time over 1000m. In this jump out she settled last and closed down the outside of the field to make up big ground under minimal pressure in a really nice bit of work. Looks a nice filly.

KERANG - 16 May 2023


We want to follow RUNPUKYA mainly for his debut run. We mentioned him in the watchlist prior to his debut follow some nice jump outs where he was a $31 SP and finished 6th of 12, but he was held up from at least the 400m to the 50m and yet still only went down by 4.6L. Looking into his sectionals, he ran the meetings 3rd fastest 400m-200m despite being held up, so if he had of got some clear air at any stage, he could’ve finished a lot closer. His work in Heat 2 on May 16 saw him cruise to the line as his first jump out this prep and think he’s certainly one to keep a close eye on.

PAKENHAM - 16 May 2023

WERRIBEE - 16 May 2023

THE SIMPLE LIFE is a nice filly. We were keen to follow her following a May 1 jump out that saw her get over the top of the 70-rated Logo Logic late over the 800m while clocking the fastest time of the morning. She looked just as good as she stepped up to 1100m in Heat 6 on May 16 where she cruised out in front throughout and went to the line untouched, albeit with some interference from the riderless horse. As mentioned previously, she was purchased following a Dec 6 trial in NZ were she finished 2nd to another galloper that came to Aus in Free Willed who now has a record of 3:2-1-0 in Aus following her win at Sandown last Wednesday. John Allen was on board here so look for him to be on board when she heads to the track and we’re keen to follow her wherever she goes.


GOLDEN PATH dropped back to third last in the early stages of Heat 7 on May 16 but was able to cruise up on the outside of the field and then once put under a bit of pressure late from Beau Mertens, he closed really nicely over the top of Ellen’s Licence to win. Liked his work over 1100m here and liked his work over 990m on the synthetic track on May 9 as he cruised into 3rd place. He was purchased from NZ following a Dec 12 trial win and looks a 3yo gelding with some talent, he’s one we want to follow on debut.

Following two previous jump outs on Apr 24 and May 1, the blinkers went on for KINGWELL in Heat 9 on May 16 as he won solidly ahead of Jabbawockeez. He’s the younger brother of Extreme Choice but would’ve probably liked to see him do it a bit easier here and don’t love that he’s now had three jump outs and required the blinkers here. Think he’s going well enough to be competitive on debut, but it’ll be race dependent on if we dive in.

ROCK THE JOINT was an impressive winner of Heat 18 on May 16 and did everything that was asked of him late, extending away once he was put under pressure from Declan Bates. The 4yo gelding was drawn wide here but had some nice early speed to take a prominent forward position, albeit wide, holding that to the line as he won nicely ahead of dual winners in Entremet and Birdies Galore. He didn’t break the clock here but couldn’t have done much more from a visual perspective.

ROMAN LAW has always looked like a nice mover and his win in Heat 20 on May 16 was no different, leading this trial throughout but doing his best work late when put under pressure, really extending and did it quite nicely as he was put away late. He’s clearly had his issues being a gelded son of Pierro but not being a 5yo with no career starts and a stack of jump outs and trials over the past three years. He’s looked solid in all Vic jump outs, including a Sep 22 jump out. He’ll almost certainly have another bit of work before getting to the track, if he ever does.

It’s My Turn won Heat 21 on May 16 but it was the fast finishing STELLER EAGLE that caught the eye. She’s a 3-start maiden with no career placings having only her first jump out or trial this preparation, but it was a super bit of work as she sat off the leaders throughout but really closed nicely late once she straightened up and came to the outside. Nice first trial.

STAWELL - 18 May 2023


We were on FRENCH WITNESS on debut and while she finished 3rd, she was held up a bit at a crucial stage so may of had an excuse. She was tipped out, returning in Heat 8 on May 18 for her first jump out and back and it was a solid bit of work as she won ahead of Soonali (7: 2-0-1) and Rivivy Kenz (24: 2-1-3), both of whom aren’t blessed with a stack of ability but have won races and she looked to have a bit on them, especially late as she really attacked the line. Keeping a close eye on her.

WANGARATTA - 19 May 2023

KYNETON - 19 May 2023

FLEMINGTON - 19 May 2023


CHAMPAGNE IN LACE went straight to the front in Heat 6 on May 19 and never looked like being beat as those alongside and behind her were pushed out just to keep up. The only horse making ground late was Winx’s little sister CITY OF LIGHTS and they cleared out the rest putting a gap on 3rd. She’s a 7-start maiden with only 1x career placing so form isn’t great but this was a nice jump out return.

Liked the way LISTENTOZOU closed off in Heat 7 on May 19. The 2yo Zoustar colt was cruising out the back throughout the heat but in the straight and late is where he did his best work, coming out to the middle and really powering to the line despite never fully being asked to extend. He didn’t win or place, but it looked as though he could’ve got over the top easily if asked. A $350k Magic Millions purchase, he moves well.

Nice jump out by both the Lindsay Park gallopers in FLYING CONCELLO (white) and MR EXPRESS (red) as they finished 1st and 2nd respectively in Heat 10 on May 19. Both 2yo’s were having their first jump outs this prep and both did it easy in front as they crushed to the line - worth keeping an eye on.

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