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Weekly Review - May 4 to May 10

CRANBOURNE - 4 May 2020

TRIANGULUM – R Griffiths

A nice jump out from this 3yo Deep Field gelding. He jumped well in Heat 10, putting himself on speed whilst being the widest runner throughout. He looked strong to the line under little riding while the overall time for the day was around average. He’s unraced and solely owned by his trainer Robbie Griffiths. He’s also a half-brother to the Ciaron Maher trained 2yo Masseuse, whose shown huge potential when placing in all four starts. This bloke might’ve needed a bit of time to mature but his jump out today was quite pleasing.

FINK TANK – E Jusufovic

This 3yo Ocean Park gelding jumped out nicely over 1000m in Heat 13 at Cranbourne. He jumped well and took up the lead eventually winning the heat pulling away from the field under light riding. He’s jumped out well previously and looks tuned up for a first up run. These previous jump outs include Mar 30 when 3rd to Helvabeel and Lady D’oro, Apr 14 when 3rd to Moi Choux and Leven Lass and Apr 20 when 2nd to The Executioner. Trainer Enver Jusufovic places his horses superbly, so he should be competitive wherever he goes on debut.


HALVOYA was very disappointing on debut where Mark Zahra reported she was green and immature. Back to the jump outs and she won Heat 4 (50.0s) easily under a hold. Her debut had to be too poor to be true and she’ll take benefit from the experience. Hopefully, she opens a better price second up.

Big win by BARBIE’S FOX in Heat 6 (48.4s). Only 1 win to her name but does boast a Group 2 placing and was 6L off them in the Guineas. She could be in for a much-improved prep off the back of this work.

Photo-finish between GALA MOSHEA and RED MAESTRO in Heat 7 (48.0s). Both did it under a light hold while running the fastest time of the morning.

RICH ITCH won Heat 9 (48.8s) but was pushed and did so in average time.

It was SHOTGUN ROSIE getting the better of DARLAMAX in Heat 11 (49.2s) where both hit the line with some pace under light riding.

Another very nice win by EDUARDO in Heat 14 over 1000m (1:02.7s), but it was the Group 2 placed grey SULLY (NZ) who caught the eye, hitting the line a lot of pace while being restrained. He is a stayer though but looks in for a good campaign. TAVIRUN (NZ) also trialed well in 3rd where he wasn’t asked for much.

CAULFIELD – 5 May 2020

OUTFLANK – M Price & M Kent Jnr

Don’t usually do write ups on the same horse two weeks in a row but we think the 2yo is well worth it. Ran her 700m Apr 28 jump out in 44.34s, being the fastest time of the day defeating 3yo’s in 2nd and 4th. Now over 800m in Heat 8 she won by a huge margin in 49.76s, the fastest of 10x heats on the day and on a Soft7 which she has obviously handled well. In 2nd place was Kishida who’s a nice 3yo filly herself. She’s been given time since a disappointing debut at $41 in Jan, come back in super order and defeating the older horses by big margins while running super times. This is a smart 2yo filly and will be following.


It was all ALL OVER BOSANOVA in Heat 1 (49.93s). The 6yo mare ran the second quickest time of the morning and won by a big margin. She has a 33% strike rate first up too…

SEYMOUR – 5 May 2020


Blackbooked this 3yo gelding after a Nov 25 jump out when he went to the line with Modear who then came out to win two in a row (mdn and bm70). Didn’t see him for a few months until this jump out in Heat 2 over 800m when running the second quickest time of the day. As a comparison, he was 0.13s slower than Heat 1 that was won by Heavenly Emperor (73-rated gelding). He might be above average and is worth following into his debut, hopefully at longer odds.


NATTER was another that looked nice hitting the line down the middle of the track in Heat 5 (48.96s). She’s only 61-rated and was only 4L off Red Heeler in a bm84 last start back in town at Flemington in Jan. Look for her second or third up over 1400m+.

MORNINGTON – 6 May 2020


On the synthetic track in Heat 3, the 3yo filly ran the 900m in 55.45s being the quickest 900m time of the day. Showed good gate speed to bounce to the front and never looked like being caught to win by a big margin. She doesn’t like the wet tracks as shown by her last in an Apr 29 jump out and her two poor runs on Heavy tracks in her short career. Wherever she resumes, you know she’ll show that early speed to lead so with a good barrier on a good or synthetic track, she’ll be a betting proposition.

BALLARAT – 8 May 2020


Last week’s blackbooker ZAFRA REWARD was ridden to win Heat 1 (1:06.34s) in the quickest 1100m time of the day.

ZION was only 1.9L off Untamed on debut, who has since ran 5th in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick. He was untested when placing in Heat 6 (50.49s) but looked to have a nice action.

KYNETON – 8 May 2020

JAPERY – P Payne

This 2yo gelding did it really easy in Heat 4 in amongst some 3yo’s. He made an early debut in Sep/Oct last year but didn’t measure up. Subsequently spelled, gelded and now an impressive jump out, we can expect a bit of improvement from this 2yo in this coming prep.


Fresh off a super 2nd at Flemington, THE INEVITABLE was 2nd in Heat 2. Think it’s worth keeping a note of the winner, an unnamed and unraced Payne horse under the breeding REWARD FOR EFFORT x BALLYMOON. Keep an eye out for the name of this horse.

FLEMINGTON – 8 May 2020

ZOUGAZEM – M, W & J Hawkes

This 3yo gelding won a jump out last week on May 1 (50.18s) in testing conditions where he travelled better than Lunasnit (61-rated), Seas No Limit (66-rated) and Poetic Dream (83-rated) that day. Didn’t win Heat 3 (47.28s), but travelled very well to the line in 3rd alongside Holbien (86-rated) and behind the smart Somals. He’s travelled the same as (if not better) high rated and more experienced horses. Think he’s above average.

THE BRIDE – A Freedman

This 2yo filly was largely untested when 3rd on Apr 29 over 900m against the older horses, which is a bit to ask of a 2yo filly in her first jump out and she stuck on well. Back to a 2yo jump out at Flem, she took out Heat 9 (49.07s) over 800m with ease. Looked like the winkers were on and she looks to move quite well. Time was around average for the day too, which is good for a 2yo.


The stand out performer at the jump outs in Heat 13 (48.23s). Immediately spelled after a 4th on debut to King of Hastings, this 3yo gelding won easily while running a slick time. Quietly ridden on Apr 24 (49.13s), expecting this 3yo to break his maiden early in his second prep after a long time away from the track strengthening up.


TREKKING with the fastest time of the morning, winning Heat 1 over 800m in 47.03s while leaving the likes of King of Hastings, Zoutori and Santa Ana Lane well behind.

Really liked the jump out of SOMALS in Heat 3. The smart 3yo filly ran the 800m in a slick 47.28s and had Holbein (with the advantage of race fitness) covered in second.

MORE SUNDAYS had no room in Heat 11 (48.23s). Got some room late and hit the line with some pace in a quick time for the day. Will be ready to resume soon and would be competitive in a bm64 first up.


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