Weekly Review - December 13 to December 19

CRANBOURNE - 13 December 2021

JACQUINOT now can’t have been more impressive in his two jump outs. As mentioned last week, he took out a Dec 6 jump out in very slick time and has now backed that up with a very slick several length win in Heat 2 on Dec 13, again recording a nice time that was almost 2s quicker than the other 2YO heat on the day. He was passed in at $90k at the 2021 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sales with a reserve of $120k, out of an un-raced sister to some handy gallopers in Dragon Leap and the Group 1 winning Inference. He looks to be very talented and if he brings to the races anything like he’s been bringing to the jump outs, then we’d expect him to go well on debut.


A pair of official NSW trials for LORD PARAMOUNT on Heavy tracks prior to coming down to VIC for a nice win in Heat 8 on Dec 13, clocking the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process. The flashy grey is resuming gelded and travelled up beautifully behind the leaders before being asked for an effort in the straight where he really extended away to put a couple lengths on the rest of the field. He looks to have come back in nice order and with the three trials and jump outs under his belt now, he’ll be raring to go first up as a gelding. He’ll go close in a Victorian maiden.


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The superstar undefeated mare MARABI was back to the jump outs, taking out Heat 3 on Dec 13 in slick time with ease, as you would expect from a horse of her calibre. The horse she beat by 7L first up in a BM70 came out and won a BM64 (being Savannah Cloud), so there’s no doubt she’s talented and if she continues going through her grades, then doubt she loses anytime soon.


The gelding looks to have switched IMMORTAL SPIRIT on, giving us a couple of nice jump outs now. He was 3rd to subsequent 2.2L maiden winner Vermentino on Nov 29 before her easy win in Heat 4 on Dec 13, although it was only average time for the morning. Having started $16 and then $51 in his first two carer starts, we’d expect him to be a nice price first up this preparation and he’d be worth a spec having had that key gear change.


SNAKEY MAG is an interesting runner. We had her marked down as one to watch following a jump out on Mar 10 (behind Ocular), except that jump out was back in 2020 marking almost two years since the now-5yo mare was last seen at any racetrack. Her return saw her finish 3rd in Heat 5 on Dec 13 but in amongst a lot more experienced gallopers in Yosemite, Sensationalisation and Volatile Stock. She held her own here and is certainly one to keep an eye on, hopefully into another jump out before she finally makes her long awaiting debut.


MORTLAKE - 14 December 2021

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The $260k 2yo filly ENGLISH RIVIERA clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning as she took out Heat 3 on Dec 14. An impressive first jump out as she went to the line hard held having sat outside the leader on speed throughout. She looks very comfortable and looked to move like a filly with some talent.


MCKEEVER was a beaten $1.50 favourite first up when 2nd before finishing 4th in a CL1. Given a 4-week freshen up, the 4yo gelding returned for a slick jump out in Heat 8 on Dec 14 when 2nd but he was extremely hard held throughout. Being 63-rated, would expect to see him go to a BM64 or CL1 upon return and we’d expect him to go well.


TRARALGON - 15 December 2021

A couple of talented 3yo gelding’s finished 1st and 2nd in Heat 4 on Dec 15. ALLGREEKTOME was 1st, defeating IL BRACCIO in 2nd by 3.5L and then a massive 6L gap back to 3rd, all while clocking the fastest 950m time of the morning in the process.

IL BRACCIO is a past feature of our reviews and he did his credentials no harm with this performance. He’s had plenty of jump outs and trials now, so there will be no queries on his professionalism and fitness on debut, he just needs to head to the races now. Keen to follow him.

ALLGREEKTOME finished 3rd in his first jump out on Nov 29, the winner (Matao Ma) since running 2nd and the 2nd horse (Ghumaama) since winning on debut, which is handy jump out form. His win in this heat though was absolutely super and ahead of another one we have time for in Il Braccio. He jumped straight to the front and was way too speedy for them, given a couple of pushes in the straight but he did it well and was eased down late. He’ll run very well on debut (if he stays in Aus).


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ABBSOLUTELYFABB will go close on debut. He’s had five jump outs and trials now, the latest a win over 1100m in Heat 2 on Dec 15 where he went to the line with Pagan, a BlackBook runner of ours who was 2nd on debut only 3 weeks ago. They gapped 3rd by a massive 6L here and although he didn’t look as good as Pagan, he held his own and would be expecting him to run well on debut.

We were on PAGAN on debut when he was a massive drifter in betting but still ran well to get 2nd to a smart Writey O’pal. He was wide without cover that day, which adds merit to his run and not to mention this race was ran in 1:11.48s which was quick for the day in comparison to the other 1200m races being won in 1:12.22s (MDN), 1:12.54s (CL1) and 1:11.11s (BM70). A tick over trial for him here in Heat 2 on Dec 15 with Craig Williams sticking with him, he’ll run well second up.


MORNINGTON - 15 December 2021

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Heat 6 on Dec 15 was the slowest of the four 1000m heats, but RIVERS REWARD did it well enough with the 4yo mare winning her first jump out back this preparation, putting a little bit of the gap on 3rd and the rest of the field. She was very poor on debut but was immediately spelled and given more time. One to keep an eye on.

We mentioned EXCEEDINGLY MAGIC after a jump out way back on Aug 19 where the 4yo mare then had an official trial on Sep 13 behind a talented The Billionaire but she was then put away. She returned in Heat 7 on Dec 15 to win ahead of much better than maiden grade horses in Curran and Evening Glory but did clock the slowest of the 750m heats for the morning, which is slightly concerning. Regardless, she’s got super form from her debut 4th and looks to have returned in nice order again. Expect to see another bit of work before she resumes, but certainly one we need to watch.

HEARDYOU improved nicely from her Dec 8 to her win in Heat 9 on Dec 15 where she went straight to the front and hit the line quite well. Noting that these jump outs were only 600m and 750m (today), but it was a nice bit of work and she can certainly give a sight (at potentially a big price) on debut where we’d expect her to lead and give something to chase down. A 1000m maiden on a tight turning track will suit best.


GEELONG - 15 December 2021

Quite keen on PINK AND BLACK. Despite being well held throughout, she continue to pull away to win Heat 2 on Dec 15 quite impressively and has now won multiple jump outs impressively, including jump outs on Feb 23 (1st) and Dec 3 (2nd). We mentioned her after that previous jump out, so she’s now put together successive jump outs this preparation and looks ready to go to the races and make her debut. The 4yo daughter of Toronado has been given plenty of time and being a half-sister to Westbrook Park, she looks as though she has talent. Big watch on debut.


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KASAMI won well in Heat 1 on Dec 15 ahead of the 66-rated Miletus. She was disappointing first up despite starting $4 that day, with this jump out coming in between her first up and upcoming second up run where she should certainly improve.


CROC LURKIN’ is another one Jamie Edwards looks to have going well. He took out Heat 3 on Dec 15 to back up his Dec 3 win ahead of National Choice and certainly looks to be travelling well enough to go well in a maiden first up upon his return. Not sure he handled the 1400m in his last start, so the 1000m-1100m that he finished 3rd and 2nd in might be more his go. Keep an eye out.


JEFFERSON was only having his first jump out as a 4yo gelding but he might have some talent, especially looking at his breeding. His debut jump out saw him jump straight to the front in Heat 5 on Dec 15 and give nothing else a chance, winning comfortably. Breeding wise, he’s a full-brother to Top Prospect (Group 2 placed in NZ over 1400m and a HCP winner at Doomben) as well as a half-brother to Charlestown (Group 2 placed in NZ with a record of 6-1:2:3) and he was a $150k NZ Karaka purchase himself. Certainly need to keep an eye on this gelding.


KYNETON - 17 December 2021

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She wasn’t away the greatest, but VAETTIR quickly mustered speed to take up the lead along the rail in Heat 6 on Dec 17 and then used the bend to kick away with ease and bolt in, being one of only two heats that were below 48.50s for the day where she clocked 47.58s while the other heat (47.53s) was the group performed Here To Shock and Rainbiel. The 3yo filly had a jump out back on Nov 9 where she finished last but it wasn’t that disappointing. This jump out though was very impressive. One to watch.

Very easy all the way win for ADABEYAAT, defeating the talented Ho Ho Khan and bolting in Heat 12 on Dec 17 over the 1200m.


FLEMINGTON - 17 December 2021

Simon Zahra looks to have a nice filly on his hands. MESCHEVER has not looked out of place in either of her jump outs, finishing 3rd on Dec 10 just behind Yes Baby Yes and in front of Brazen Bully and Vowmaster prior to her slick win in Heat 2 on Dec 17, again alongside better than maiden grade horses in Logan Street Lion, Suricate and Excelida. She’s shown plenty of early speed in both of her jump outs, so we’d expect her to show that once she does get to the races which would make a low barrier draw more than idea. She’s a nice looking horse and looks like she might have some talent.

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WORDY is a lightly raced 5yo gelding who looks to be going well enough to run well first up in his second career preparation. His first jump out on Nov 26 was behind subsequent winner So Risque prior to winning a jump out on Dec 6 and then again in Heat 5 on Dec 17 where he clocked the fastest time of the morning in the process. He’ll be best suited in a BM58 first up, maybe even a CL1, and looks to be one we should follow.

It was only CHAIN’s first jump out back this preparation, and although he was slowly away in Heat 13 on Dec 17, he looked to be weaving his way through the field and had a bit more to offer. He caught the eye and we’ll follow him into another jump out.


NSW - OTHER

MR WALLACE - James Cummings

Dec 13 (Hawkesbury) - this is a very well bred colt, he was a $350k Magic Millions purchase being out of the superstar mare Streama who won the Group 1 Flight Stakes, ATC Oaks, George Main and Doomben Cup… - his first trial was on a Heavy9 track over 800m where he tired late, but his trial here on a Soft7 track was a lot more slick as he led along the rail and went to the line untouched - more a follow due to his breeding, but his trial here was nice as well without being super.


TIDAL CREEK - Chris Waller

Dec 14 (Rosehill) - 4.68L win over the 1030m in 1:01.94s, which was quicker than Beau Rossa’s 1:02.09s in the previous heat - he jumped well from the widest barrier, pushed forward to sit outside the leader before really responding to the riding of Jason Collett to win with ease and quite impressively - his previous two jump outs were terrible though, finishing last in both so one to tread carefully with.


SING A LOVE SONG - Gary Moore

Dec 14 (Rosehill) - he dropped straight to the back, cruised up around the bend and then through the field in the straight before getting a couple of asks and closing super to finish 2nd - super trial following a solid trial on Nov 30 and he looks ready to go back to the races.


BLUESKIN - Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou

Dec 14 (Rosehill) - this 3yo colt did not look out of place when finishing 2nd and splitting King Of Sparta and And We Danced - he went forward to sit outside the leader and went to the line untouched, a very nice first trial - he’s well bred too, out of the Group 2 winning mare Arinosa - big watch.


KING ADVISO - Mark Newnham

Dec 16 (Warwick Farm) - was away only fairly but very quickly mustered a lot of early speed to bolt to the front by several lengths before coming back a little and then bolting away as he was asked for an effort approaching the turn - he very quickly put several lengths on them and very easily put the 7.87L winning margin, all while clocking the fastest 1205m time of the 4x heats - his previous trial over 1050m was poor but it looked as though the blinkers going on here really fired him up.


O’TYCOON - Bjorn Baker

Dec 16 (Warwick Farm) - Bjorn Baker has a smart 2yo here, the son of Written Tycoon couldn’t have been more impressive - despite being slowly away, he cruised up to sit 3-4 wide, asked for an effort at the top of the straight and exploded to the front to win by 2.31L ahead of Snitcat, a 2yo with race fitness and experience - he was a $180k Inglis Classic Yearling Purchase - super trial.


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