Weekly Review - May 2 to May 8
BENDIGO - 2 May 2022
CRANBOURNE - 2 May 2022
Starting to sound like a broken record now, but would be surprised if TREOTTO lost on debut. He was entered in at Sale last Wednesday but was a late scratching where he was fractious in the barriers and became cast, forced to head back to the jump outs again. His win in Heat 6 on May 2 a result of this as he just cruised and was clearly a class above. He led and couldn’t of been given an easier time. Very keen on him.
OTHER BIFROST had the 1x start in NZ before coming over to Australia for a Guineas a preparation that saw him win well first up ahead of Holt (who then won a MDN and BM64 in next two starts) before failing in town. He then went back to NZ for two starts, both of which were disappointing. Now back in Australia, the 3yo gelding took out Heat 4 on May 2 in the fastest time of the morning as he travelled very wide throughout when sitting midfield before showing superior closing speed late when asked for a little effort. Hopefully they take him through the grades with their move to NZ as he certainly has the form to be competitive in a BM64 (BM58?) first up.
Resuming from a 6-week let up after a very disappointing first up run as a gelding, TALENT QUEST won Heat 8 on May 2 in the second fastest 800m time of the morning. He won a jump out prior to his resumption at Yarra Valley that saw him start $5.50 but only manage 7th, beaten 10.2L. As mentioned, he’s been given that freshen up and the blinkers went on in this heat which really looked to switch him on as he did it quite easily, holding off Bella Sorellina (who we were on first up when a beaten $1.65 favourite). Happy to follow him into his next run, his second as a gelding and likely his first with the blinkers on - think we will see some improvement.
BELLA SORELLINA was 2nd in Heat 8 on May 2 to Talent Quest and is going to be a very interesting runner next start. We had the 1.50 units on here at $4+ first up where she started $1.65 but could only manage 4th and we’ve seen minimal form come from the race with the three horses that beat her since finishing 10th of 10, 8th of 11 and 5th of 7 in their next starts. She was jumping out here under Julien Welsh here due to her barrier manners with her proving difficult to load and being fractious in the barrier first up, she also sustained a cut to the lip and near hind pastern. We’ll monitor where she pops up next but she’s hard to trust, unless we can spec at a longer price.
She has some race fitness having had the 2x runs in March, but DENY KNOWLEDGE absolutely destroyed them in Heat 12 on May 2 over the 1000m. She had a 5-week freshen up after those 2x runs, jumping out on Apr 26 prior to todays but this heat was clearly the most impressive as she led from start to finish to win under a hold. Monitoring where she goes next.
DEMINAUR looks to be one to keep an eye on at a price. He took out Heat 13 on May 2 over the 1000m in the fastest time of the morning, albeit ridden out over the concluding stages. He’s had a few jump outs now, 6x to be exact but he’s had a 10-week let-up prior to the 2x this prep and I wouldn’t take much from that first Apr 26 jump out as he was racing in restricted room the entire way and even got a bit wonky around the corner - he never got a real crack at them hence the 8th placing. Monitor for a spec at a price.
TRARALGON - 3 May 2022
*awaiting final times from Racing.com to further assess these trials*
OTHER HOUSE SPOUSE was an impressive winner of Heat 5 on May 3, storming down the middle of the track to win by 2L after settling last throughout the 1100m event. The 4yo gelding does have the benefit of some fitness having had 4x jump outs and 1x race prior to this, but considering he was a beaten $1.75 favourite first up in a 1300m BM64, they’ll be hoping he can bring this sort of form back to the races.
He was ridden out in the straight, but you can’t ask for much more from Black Caviar’s son in I AM CAVIAR who was an impressive 3.25L winner of Heat 6 on May 3. The 2yo colt showed lovely gate speed, jumping straight to the front to get a lovely lead along the rail where he then opened up that lead once put under pressure by Luke Nolen and clocked 54.90s for the 950m.
PAKENHAM - 4 May 2022
MORNINGTON - 4 May 2022
Another very quick jump out win by RATTLE AND BANG, holding off a late challenge from the 73-rated 11yo Kalashani Lad in Heat 5 on May 4 where he clocked 47.15s which was the fastest 750m time of the morning and well above the days average of 48.72s and our average of 48.46s. He won his previous Apr 27 jump out in very slick time as well and looks primed to make his return to the races. Can handle the wet too…
BAY THIRTEEN was given a spell following 3x jump outs, the latest being a jump out win on Jan 27 after winning an official trial on Jan 11 where she ran past In The Navy, a smart winner at Gawler on debut. The daughter of Deep Field returned in style, leading from start to finish in Heat 6 on May 4 but did only clock 50.07s, which was the slowest of the 750m heats. She will have another jump out, but a promising return from a promising 2yo filly.
GEELONG - 5 May 2022
OTHER MAUSER looked to hold his own in between Zazster and a ridden out Zaratite in Heat 3 on May 5, both of which have had a run this prep where Zazster ran 3rd in a BM58 and Zaratite ran 8th in a BM84 at Caulfield (where he stated $6.50). The most impressive bit of the jump out though was his work past the line, extending away despite never being asked for an effort. He’s had the 12x starts for only 1x win and 3x placings, but he has only recently been gelded (ahead of last prep) where he’s had the 3x starts for 2x placings in 58’s. Probably expect another jump out, but big watch in a BM58 first up (and even second up over a bit more distance) on the back of this.
PRECIOUS GAMBLE has been doing it well against much more experienced gallopers than him, who’s an un-raced gelding. His first jump out on Apr 11 was over 1000m when quietly ridden in 5th to Eagles Crag and other previous winners such as Fifth Position (4th). He then dropped back to 800m on Apr 26, travelling midfield before being ridden out to run over the top of True Nobility (since 3rd BM64) and ahead of Mark Of the Man in 3rd (since 1st BM64) and even Barcelona Rock and Petruchio. His latest was over 900m in Heat 4 on May 5 when finishing 2nd and splitting Exeter and Hengroen, so there is no doubt about the talent he’s been alongside of and it will be a matter of if he’s up to it when he makes his debut. It’s certainly worth noting that he’s by Pride Of Dubai out of Precious Gem, a Group 1 winning mare herself, and his half-brother by Russian Revolution recently sold for $250k at the Magic Millions. There is no doubt about the talent in the family and he’s showing some talent at the jump out, so we’ll be happy to find out if he can bring it race day and hopefully we get a reasonable price being from a smaller stable.
FLEMINGTON (WERRIBEE) - 6 May 2022
It looked like some testing conditions at Werribee, with the track a bit chopped up - made it hard to really have any standouts for the meet.
Huge run from GRAND POPE in Heat 5 on May 6, flying down the outside of the track from the back of the field late to finish 4th. If he had of settled closer in the run, he easily would’ve won this heat but was forced to go back from the wide barrier and round them up. He was last seen finishing 9th of 10 at Sandown in February, so he’s been given a nice break and looks to be in good order.
MY ARTEMIS showed tremendous speed in the early stages of Heat 11 on May 6 to go straight to a comfortable lead where she was able to hold that lead throughout to win, holding off For Real Life and Telluride, both of whom are more experienced than her. She clocked 50.85s, the fourth fastest of the morning and did so late in the day when all the other times were 51s+ to add merit to her run. She was 3rd on debut where 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th have all won since, which is nice enough form for her going into another maiden. She looks a speed filly.
RANDWICK - 2 May 2022
DIAMOND FLARE - Mark Newnham
May 2 (Randwick) - 3yo grey gelding with only the 1x start back in May 21 when 4.71L off In The Congo, which is form that certainly reads well now with 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th all winning in their next two starts - he’s had 6x trials since that debut run though, with 3x coming this prep - this was his most impressive, jumping straight to the front and kicking away around the turn to win by 5.74L in 1:04.94s, the second fastest time of the day and above the days average of 1:05.49s - he’s the younger half-brother to Mildred that was a $400k buy from the Magic Millions sale prior to being sold at the Inglis sales for $100k to Mark Newnham - big watch this prep.
KOSHU (NZ) - John O’Shea
May 2 (Randwick) - this is how you want them winning a first trial, cruising over the top in the straight despite sitting last and wide (with cover) throughout the run and doing so under no jockey pressure form James McDonald - clocked the third fastest 736m time of the morning and the second fastest L600m - looks a nice filly, but want to see another trial.
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!
ROSEHILL - 6 May 2022
FIRE POWER - Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
May 6 (Rosehill) - the son of Written Tycoon was a $750k Magic Millions purchase in 2021 - lovely trial win here for his first trial this prep, sitting 3-wide with cover throughout before exploding down the middle of the track to win by 2.31L - clocked 56.51s vs days average of 56.01s, so slightly below average overall time but a lovely visual trial - watch for another bit of work.
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