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Weekly Review - May 29 to June 4

CRANBOURNE - 29 May 2023


We liked the work of EMBARQUE in her first jump out this preparation, winning Heat 6 on May 29 over the 990m after trailing the field for most of the heat but easily closing the best late albeit under minimal jockey pressure. She’s a 3yo Zoustar filly that is the older sister to the recently Group-1 placed Bases Loaded and looks to be a nice mover herself.

SWITCHBLADE bolted in a May 9 jump out on the synthetic track, similar to his work in Heat 11 on May 29 that was also on the synthetic but it wasn’t the case in his official trial on May 16 on the Heavy track at Werribee. This 2yo colt clearly likes the synthetic track and should go well on debut accordingly.

We were on ORTEGA on debut where he was arguably a moral beat but that race has turned out to be a nice form race with Cobblestone Way (2nd), Dodi (4th), Crown Crusher (5th) and Mi Scusi (6th) all winning since. We then have to ignore his second up run as he had a degree of internal exercise‑induced pulmonary haemorrhage. Given time to recover, he returned in Heat 12 on May 29 for a nice quiet bit of work as he cruised into 3rd place for a nice return. He’s got a maiden win in him so one to monitor.

Nice and easy win for TYCOON JENNY in Heat 13 on May 29 as she led throughout and recorded a soft victory. A previous $230k buy, she’s a Written Tycoon filly worth keeping an eye on but want to see another bit of work prior to the debut.

MOTOMAN was a class above in Heat 14 on May 29, kicking away around the bend as he travelled beautifully along the rail, opening up a big margin with ease and recording the fastest time of the morning in the process. Mick Price paid $110k for this 2yo gelding from the 2022 Inglis Ready2Race Sale and based on this jump out, he certainly looks ready to run with a stack of speed. It’s only his first jump out, so he’s one to watch into another bit of work.

PAKENHAM - 30 May 2023


REMUDA makes his way to VIC following 3x runs in Tasmania, debuting in a May 9 jump out that saw him finish 2nd (by a long way) to subsequent winner Playin’ Thru before then winning over 1000m in Heat 2 on May 30. He went forward here and had an easy time out in front throughout, holding on late. Once to monitor first up.


Keeping an eye on SUPPOSE I DO into another JO after he looked super when closing from the back in Heat 4, albeit finishing 2nd to a horse whose last two runs saw him finish last at the picnics both times.

We mentioned NOT USUAL WITNESS at the end of April, but thought he was just okay in Heat 5, requiring a lot of work from the jockey just to get over the leaders over 750m.

We’ll keep an eye out for GO TO HOLLYWOOD though. He finished 4th in Heat 5 but never got out of first gear. The form guide says 7th but he ran super on debut in a good form race, being one of those Pakenham Future Stars races. Only his first JO so watching for another.

ARARAT - 1 June 2023


ROLL ON BIG RED finished his previous preparation with a big jump out win over 1300m at Stawell and begun this preparation in similar fashion, except this time over 850m as he bolted in Heat 9 on Jun 1. The 4yo son of Shooting To Win kept it simple here, getting to the front with ease in the early stages, leading throughout and then extending away late to record quite a dominant win, the jockey even having a cheeky look over the should with 50m to go. It was only his first jump out and he looks a big boy so will almost certainly have another JO but he looks like he has some talent for the small team of Rachel Samsonenko.

Considering he’s a 5yo gelding with 6-starts for only 1x placing and got out over 2000m last prep, ASHTAR GATE has looked quite good in both of his jump outs. He travelled very wide throughout Heat 15 on Jun 1 but that didn’t look to bother him late at all, hitting the line strongly while under some slight pressure. His previous jump out on May 18 saw him go to the line and split Magnetic Prince and Smokey Warrior (since won a MDN by 3.2L). He’s probably one to follow a bit deeper into the prep, but expect him to be a price so we can spec bet.

HAMILTON - 2 June 2023

FLEMINGTON - 2 June 2023

LISTENTOZOU is in super order ahead of his debut and love the way he goes about it. He caught our eye following a May 19 jump out where he closed superbly once he got some room late, doing similar in Heat 9 on Jun 2 where he cruised out the back before coming out wide and powering to and through the line despite being under a strong hold. If you keep watching past the line, he was still powering on and looked superb. A $350k Magic Millions purchase that has now had three jump outs with a May 5 jump out in addition to those mentioned, he looks a lovely mover and expect him to be running really well on debut wherever he goes.


A couple of solid jump outs now from FIRE POWER, the first a 2nd placing to Champagne In Lace (since 2nd MDN) on May 26 where he cruised to the line before his work in Heat 1 on Jun 2 where he went to the line with Barbie’s Fox, Packing Waltham and Burnt Orange while behind Poland. He didn’t have the blinkers on in either jump outs and he certainly needs to improve from his 4x career runs so far, which he may have on the back of this.

As he did first up as a gelding, MARCHING led from start to finish in Heat 3 to record a soft win.

The ex-Hong Kong SERIOUS LIAISON looked super in Heat 4 as he came around the field, but was put away late.

Another ex-Hong Kong galloper in THE SUMMIT bolted in Heat 6.

FLYING CONCELLO was solid again and backed up her May 19 win with a solid hit out in Heat 7 as she went to the line without fully extending away. She’s not a standout but certainly going well enough to consider on debut.

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