Weekly Review - May 16 to May 22
CRANBOURNE - 16 May 2022
There is no doubt that INUNDATION is ready to go back to the races and break his maiden. As mentioned after last weeks 760m synthetic win on May 9 ahead of Wolflands, he was a beaten $1.35 favourite on debut when 2nd where Immortal Spirit (3rd) won next start and Dazzling Lucy (4th) won her next two starts. He won well there in slick time, winning again over 800m here in Heat 13 on May 16, clocking 47.30s which was above the days average of 48.01s and the fastest time of the morning. The most appealing part of this jump out was the fact that he was put under pressure and responded, kicking away over the concluding stages to record a big dominant win. He should be winning first up.
A smart win for the returning WOLFLANDS, winning with ease in Heat 12 on May 16 over the 800m whilst clocking 47s, slightly above the days average of 47.02s. He won well on debut on a Heavy10 track at Cranbourne where he defeated Hesket, who then ran 2nd and 1st in MDN’s followed by 1st in a BM64. He’s been given more time and can certainly go well again in his second career prep.
He had the benefit of a run this prep, but ROMANCER was way too slick for them in Heat 14 on May 16 over the 1000m, winning in the fastest time of the morning. He has a second up record of 6: 2-0-1 with a Soft track record of 18: 5-2-3, so he’s certainly a huge watch second up and more so on a soft track.
BANK MAUR really caught the eye as he cruised to the line in 3rd place in Heat 17 on May 16 over the 1000m, he was ridden with no urgency yet still only went down by 1-2L. He won an Apr 11 jump out over 850m, pushed out to win as he closed over the top of subsequent 2L debut maiden winner at Caulfield, Lincoln Square. He was a $130k purchase from the 2021 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and looks a nice colt for Richard Laming.
LUCKY SUN was a $22,500 purchase from the Inglis Online Sales for Gavin Bedggood and looks as though he could be another nice buy, winning Heat 18 on May 16 over the 1000m in the third fastest time of the morning. He was a quiet 4th in a previous May 2 jump out over 800m and despite being a 7-start maiden coming down from NSW, he can go okay here in a country maiden.
BALLARAT - 17 May 2022
A pair of handy jump outs now for THE PHILOSOPHISER, finishing 2nd on Apr 28 to Snappy Jim (since 5th in MDN at $51) prior to winning Heat 6 on May 17 ahead of the 69-rated Cosmic Rhapsody and 66-rated Swamp Vixen while clocking the third fastest 850m time of the morning. Watching past the line, the son of Choisir was still extending away as he went on with it in encouraging signs. Keeping a close eye on this un-raced 4yo gelding.
SLIPSLOPSLAP clocked the fastest time of the morning when taking out Heat 8 on May 17 comfortably. This was the 4yo gelding first jump out back following a spell after a 4-start prep, being the first of his career. He was 2nd on debut on the synthetic Ballarat track before then failing to place thereafter, so he clearly likes the synthetic and will be one to monitor if he does go to the synthetic first up.
PAKENHAM - 17 May 2022
MCKEON was the last one out of the gates in Heat 3 on May 17 but was certainly the first one home, winning by several lengths in the second fastest 800m time of the morning. Her starts are a worry, having also been slowly away in a previous May 10 jump out, which is the only real knock her as she has certainly showed some talent and a turn of foot, especially in this jump out. The 2yo filly was a $180k Magic Millions buy as a half-sister to Danny’s St Darci and the Group 3 placed (as a 2yo) Unstoppabelle.
Two jump out wins for AQUILION GIRL now, winning over 800m on May 10 and now again in Heat 6 on May 17. The 3yo filly has 3-starts for 0x placings, starting no shorter than $81 in either of her runs so we’ll expecting a big price but we may also some nice improvement into her second preparation on the back of these wins. She finished 6th of 7 and 7th of 7 in the 2x jump outs prior to her debut, so these wins are certainly encouraging.
MORNINGTON - 18 May 2022
Potentially a nice filly for Logan McGill here in INNOCENT ENUFF. The 2yo Rich Enuff filly has strung together three jump out wins now, all quite impressive. Her first on Apr 27 was a solid win over 700m where she clocked as slowish time for the morning at 45.69s (vs days average of 44.87s). She then put together a nice bit of work over 750m on May 4 where she clocked the third fastest time of the morning at 48.18s (vs days average of 48.72s). Her most impressive bit of work was certainly in Heat 11 on May 18, bouncing out of the gates to take up the lead and when asked for a little bit of an effort at the top of the straight, she put a space on the rest of the field with ease. Will note that she clocked 51.82s, which was a bit slower than the days average of 50.88s but she did handle the Heavy track well enough here. Huge watch on this filly on debut.
This was a slick win by DEEL BLASTER in Heat 7 on May 18 over the 1000m, now stringing together a pair of nice jump out wins on the back of his May 4 win over 750m. The latest jump out was in slow time (1:05.65s vs days average of 1:05.03s), but he did it the hard way when wide throughout but still was able to put the field away quite comfortably. Looks ready to return to the races.
Couple of nice jump outs now for the returning 4yo ITZHOT, finishing 2nd to jump out star Rattle And Bang on Apr 27 before winning Heat 9 on May 18 as he crossed the line with the ears pricked and clocked 50.80s vs the days average of 50.88s. He handled the Heavy track here and can hopefully give a sight first up for us, potentially in a BM58.
This was some win by LADY HAMANA and very dissimilar to her May 4 jump out where she was away slowly and just laboured to the line when beaten a long way back in 6th. In this heat, being Heat 10 on May 18, the 2yo filly bounced out of the gates and went straight to the lead where she burnt everyone and recorded a massive win in the third fastest time of the morning, clocking 50.27s vs the days average of 50.88s. The 2yo I Am Invincible filly showed a stack of talent today, but her previous jump out pours a little cold water on her so we’re hoping to see another jump out, but if not, she’s still worth following to see where she goes on debut.
Matt Laurie paid $200k for this AMERICAN PHAROAH x SHE’S A FOX filly and it’s not hard to see why, bolting in Heat 12 on May 18 with ease. In saying that, she was only fair in last weeks May 11 jump out when always out the back to finish last. She is well bred, out of the mare She’s A Fox who is a full-sister to Foxwedge that won a Listed race herself while being a half-sister to Niewand (22: 6-2-4) and Dunbrody Power (34: 5-4-4- and $281K prize money). Filly worth monitoring.
*named BLUE CHIP GIRL*
The un-raced HYPOTHETICAL went toe-to-toe with ex-stablemate Tea Master throughout Heat 15 on May 18, but it was the 3yo filly getting up over the concluding stages to win the heat in 49.55s, the fastest time of the morning and comfortably above the days average of 50.88s. They’ve given this filly plenty of time, we last saw her finishing 3rd in an Oct 21 jump out back in 2021 and she looked nice there too. She was a $310k purchase back in 2020 form the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, so connections will certainly be hoping she can live up to the price tag and this return jump out suggests she’s going in the right direction. Big watch, most likely another jump out prior to the debut.
MIMOSAS hasn’t quite been able live up to the hype of her debut win at Flemington, which was over a year ago now but her win in Heat 16 on May 18 in the second fastest 750m time of the morning certainly suggested she has more wins in store. She’s contested some tough races, but being only 65-rated it’ll certainly be worth following her hopefully into a BM64 to get some confidence before going back in town.
TATURA - 18 May 2022
HERE TO SHOCK was under the most ridiculous hold all throughout the early stages of Heat 3 on May 18, before finally being allowed to stride out in the straight and extending nicely, getting Mr Pickwick on the line to record a pretty easy win despite the small margin. It was the slowest of the 1100m heats, but this will tick him over nicely for his return to the races now.
LOST IN ROPPONGI is potentially a nice horse, taking out Heat 7 on May 18 over the 1100m in the third fastest time of the morning but it was the way in which he won that impressed. The 3yo gelding took a sit behind the leaders, 2-3 wide throughout travelling beautifully under a hold before edging out around the bend and putting a couple lengths on the field quite easily without ever being fully asked. Thought his return jump out May 2 was encouraging when closing well for 3rd where we’ve seen Bella Sorellina (2nd) since win and Ocean Raider (4th) start $1.90 but only manage 6th. Wouldn’t surprise to see him end up in Hong Kong either.
Speaking of talented 3yo geldings, IFYOU'VEGOTEM won Heat 8 on May 18 quite impressively in the fastest 1100m time of the morning, running over the top of the leading Space Force late. He trucked up nicely behind Treotto in a May 2 jump out over 800m, taking plenty of improvement from that into this jump out. He’s certainly got a motor under there and he can’t do much more than win trials like this. Being trained by A & J Williams though, he potentially could be off to Hong Kong but he’s still worth following if he does pop up in Aus for a debut.
LITTLE MISS GRACE might be able to run a cheeky race first up on the back of her win in Heat 16 on May 18 over the 850m, clocking an above average time in the process. She did it quite comfortably here, sitting outside the leader, who was ridden with a lot more urgency, and getting over the top late. We’d need a big price, but maybe worth a small low confidence spec.
Now with Dan McCarthy following the 8x runs with Chris Waller (for 1x victory), GULF OF ADEN went straight to the front in Heat 17 on May 18 where he got a nice lead, with some company on his outside, but was way too speedy as he skipped away around the bend to record a dominant 3L+ win. A $47.5K purchase from the Inglis February Online Sale, he could be very well suited to some of the country and on the back of his Apr 29 jump out, he looks ready to go back to the races.
WHAT A SHAM is unlucky not to have a second career win just yet, placing on 8x occasions to go with her 1x win in 11x starts. She finished a very close 2nd in Heat 19 on May 18 over the 850m, closing well late as she usually does. This heat was also the second fastest 850m time of the morning. Last start she was 3rd to Crackhorn (since 2nd in BM64) and Riddlero (since 2nd in Albury Guineas before winning a BM58 and BM64), which is good form and worth following when she gets back to the races, she can just be hard to trust with her racing pattern.
FLEMINGTON - 20 May 2022
A few nice jump outs now for ATLANTIS TYCOON who looks ready to head to the races now. She topped off her Apr 22 2nd and May 6 win with an easy all the way win in Heat 2 on May 20. The 2yo son of Written Tycoon is a half-brother to the $1.1m Frankel colt, Significance who won a Listed race at Randwick over 2400m. He looks to do it well enough and can feature on debut.
Another nice jump out win for JEZOULENKO, taking out Heat 3 on May 20 to back up her May 13 win. She’s flying ahead of her return.
The interesting runner from Heat 3 on May 20 is CARMEN LUCIA. She debuted at Morphetville when running 2nd to now-Group 1 colt Generation before a spell. She then returned to run last at Geelong in a very disappointing run, again being immediately spelled. She had a bit of a nothing jump out last week on May 13 when 5th of 5, but was much better in this heat as she went to the line alongside Jezoulenko, although not doing it as comfortable. If she gets back to that debut form, she’s a big watch but it’s a big if.
KEPPEL BAY just got the upper hand of Butter Blonde in Heat 5 on May 20, winning in the third fastest time of the morning. She’s had the 3x career runs for 3x 2nd’s, so she’s becoming a slight non-winner but she just keeps running into one better, being What A Sham (placed in all 5x starts since) where they gapped 3rd by 3.5L+, Place Of Gold (since 2nd in BM64’s in next two runs) and then Snapped (won BM64 next start). Big watch first up if she can find the right race and finally not run into one better…
Another nice jump out win for MY ARTEMIS, who’s a very speedy filly but the worry for us is the fact she just leads and runs them off their legs over the 800m. She took out Heat 7 on May 20 in similar fashion to her May 6 jump out win, jumping straight to the front and leading the whole way. A 1000m maiden first up looks very suitable.
The blinkers went on for ON THE RECORD from her May 4 jump out and they looked to work a treat as she won Heat 11 on May 20 in the fastest time of the morning ahead of previous winner Beldivian. She was beaten 15.2L on debut despite starting $3.60 before pulling up with a throat condition second up and being immediately spelled. The 3yo daughter of Pierro showed a bit here and could be one to watch first up this prep.
RANDWICK - 16 May 2022
AMONT - J & G Lee
May 16 (Randwick) - big 3.13L win by this 2yo gelding in the fastest 742m time of the morning - he went straight to the front with the big baldy face and did it with ease, he easily could’ve gone quicker if not eased down late - he was a $120K buy at the 2021 Inglis Ready2Race Sale - only his first trial here, so certainly wanting to see another before getting involved on debut.
VERONICA JANE - John O’Shea
May 2 (Randwick) - full-sister to Media Sensation, the winner of the Group 1 NZ Guineas over 1600m with a career record of 6: 5-1-0 - won a trial back on May 10 over 800m by 2.3L but was given a break after - backed that up with a win over 736m, sitting wide a bit worse than midfield before cruising over the top to show her class, James McDonald didn’t move and she was flying still past the line - nice filly!
May 16 (Randwick) - was only fair here, fading late on the Heavy8 track to finish 5th of 7, 5.31L off the winner, which pours some cold water on her first trial which was absolutely super.
RANDWICK (POLY TRACK) - 16 May 2022
ROSEHILL - 20 May 2022
CAPPELLETTI - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
May 20 (Rosehill H8) - super trial win over the 1030m here but the 2yo Capitalist colt that was a $725k Inglis Australian Easter Yearling purchase - he jumped midfield from the inside barrier, forced to take a sit behind the speed and as a result was hard held and over-racing a little in the middle stages but once he got the gap at the top of the straight, he showed his class to just cruise over the top to win with ease, albeit by only 0.66L.
This was dissimilar to his previous Apr 29 trial over 900m (also at Rosehill on a Heavy8 track) where he was able to hold the rail and boot up to lead where nothing could catch him, including Contemporary in 2nd (since 5th of 8) and Valspar in 3rd (since 8th of 9).
Looks a nice colt and love the 900m & 1030m trial platform ahead of his debut.
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