CRANBOURNE - 14 November 2022
MUGEN is very smart, simple as that. We mentioned him last week following his Nov 7 win and he left nothing to the imagination this week in Heat 6 on Nov 14, recording a dominant 3L+ win on past winners in Piaggio and Vassilator. This was quite a dominant win - he showed nice gate speed but elected to drop back to take a sit on the leaders who snuck a bit of a break around the bend but the Heavy track was no worries for this gelding as he went bang in the straight with absolute ease. They don’t win much more impressively than this and he did record the fourth fastest time of the morning, so the substance is there too. Would be surprised if he doesn’t head over to Hong Kong now but if he does debut here, very keen to be with him.
MISSILE MEG recorded an easy win in Heat 12 on Nov 14 as she stepped up to 1000m. She was ridden with no urgency in the early stages, cruising out the back before letting down in the straight to go straight past the rest of the field as if they were on a treadmill. Following a very quiet Oct 31 jump out over 740m on the synthetic track, this was nothing short of dominance and she did clock the third fastest 1000m time of the morning in the process. A 3yo daughter of Star Missile, she was super here.
Another nice jump out from LONSDALEITE who’s resuming gelded, winning Heat 4 on Nov 14 to back up his close 2nd placing on Nov 7. Again, he had no blinkers on so it’ll be interesting to see if they’re on first up. CUSACK closed well from the back in this same heat, finishing 2nd but was clearly in front past the line.
BAEKDU has plenty of speed and loves winning jump outs, with that being no different as she won Heat 8 on Nov 14 in her return jump out. If we ignore her run where she hung off the track, she’s finished 2nd in all three other starts, which gives a bit of ‘cat’ vibes but have to note this 4yo mare considering the ease at which she won here.
TRUE PATRIOT closed superbly from the back to win Heat 10 on Nov 14, just ahead of PRIDE OF GALWAY who was far from disgraced after leading throughout and cruising to the line in his first jump out this preparation. Now a 4yo gelding, he looks to have come back in order so happy to follow him into a second jump out before resuming.
SEYMOUR - 14 November 2022
MORTLAKE - 14 November 2022
PAKENHAM - 15 November 2022
MIDIVANI looked solid in her return over 750m, finishing 3rd in Heat 3 on Nov 15 as the 4yo mare finished in amongst runners that have previously won such as Dance To Dubai, Apache Star and Fiery Red. It was only her first jump out back so one for the watchlist.
Ricardo Meunier picked up ROCK MELODY for only $2,250 on the Inglis April (Late) Online Sale and that might have been a bargain… the 4yo mare taking out Heat 4 on Nov 15 in the fastest 750m time of the morning. She was put under pressure at the top of the straight where she responded, before then being put away for the final 200m where the rest of the field made some ground. She’s had 4x placings in 4x career starts too so she’s clearly got enough talent to go well in a maiden but will just need to see where she pops up before seeing if she’s a bet or not.
MOURN MAID showed nice gate speed to lead Heat 5 on Nov 15 quite comfortably and as Dawn County came up beside her, Tom Stockade had a look over the shoulder before asking her for an effort where she responded, fought back and extended away over the final stages. She had a pair of jump outs back in December 2021 before being given a lengthy break, so this was an encouraging return and want to watch for another jump out for her.
TAPIN’ THREE had her head ripped off for first 350m of Heat 5 on Nov 15 but once she got into the straight, she switched back to the rail and just cruised to the line under her own steam in an encouraging return. She was 4th on debut at Flemington behind Giga Kick and Lascars, which is certainly handy enough form now. Nice return, a filly to keep an eye on.
MORNINGTON - 16 November 2022
KYNETON - 16 November 2022
Two jump out wins for HAESTA now, taking out Heat 2 on Nov 16 very comfortably, albeit not beating much in terms of quality of opposition. A 5yo mare that’s a 9-start maiden, she’s actually been very consistent having been placed in 6/9 and those other three being a 4th, 4th and 5th. A maiden win can’t be far away.
Another nice bit of work from TRIUMPHANTLY, finishing 2nd in Heat 8 on Nov 16 to Mobamba to back up his 2.5L win on Nov 7 and like that this was over 1200m following a 1000m trial, so he will certainly be forward enough when he does resume. He’s still an entire and as a 4yo heading into his second career preparation, he looks to be in good order and certainly has the talent to win a maiden, so look for 1400m first up on the back of these.
ST ARNAUD - 16 November 2022
Tom Dabernig looks like he has a talented 3yo filly on his hands in the un-named FROSTED x PRUDENCE PERFECTO. An $80k Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Showcase purchase, she showed a nice turn of foot over the concluding stages of her first jump out on Nov 7, getting up to win along the inside late. She backed that up in Heat 11 on Nov 16, again winning and although a lot more quietly ridden here, she still showed that nice closing speed and looks to be a nice mover plus she clocked the second fastest time of the morning to add some merit to her performance. It’s always good to see that response to riding so you know what’s under the hood so on the back of these jump outs, expecting her to go well on debut wherever she goes, especially in a country maiden.
WATCHLIST Huge watch on Andrew Bobbin’s un-raced runner from Heat 3 on Nov 16, under the breeding TELPERION x TESTA’S BIG LASSIE, finishing alongside Deep Speed and Decent Raine in the clear fastest time of the morning and he didn’t look out of place.
DENNIS CHOUX is a very interesting runner being an un-raced 5yo gelding by Jimmy Choux, so connections have certainly been very patient and it may of paid off. He looked pretty good as he won Heat 6 on Nov 16, albeit in slowish time for the morning. He just went through the motions here and went to the line untouched in an encouraging performance.
FLEMINGTON - 18 November 2022
We were a big fan of RACKERMANN post his 1000m trial win on Nov 7, but his work in Heat 9 on Nov 18 was a bit different and quite interesting. He was clearly last out of the gates and beaten for speed early while the leader kicked away and really got them rolling along when running the second fastest heat of the morning. This 3yo gelding was clearly out of his comfort zone and not suited to a fast run 800m jump out, off the bit for most of the early stages and struggling to keep up, but once he finally and caught up with them, he was actually really good past the line and even caught up with the leader/winner. He’s by Impending who won both of his Group 1’s over 1350m while his mum was a Group 3 winner over 1400m/1600m, so he looks as though he’ll be more suited to 1400m+. Either way, he can go well in a 1200m maiden first up due to his class and then look for him stepping up as he gets deeper into his preparation.
Kennedy racing has made the switch to Matthew Ellerton now, with SUGAR POP having her first jump out for the new stable here in Heat 10 on Nov 18. We’ve backed her a couple of times as she’s always jumped out well but just hasn’t been able to get that maiden victory in three starts, albeit with plenty of excuses. She was just beaten on debut before suffering heat stress second up when a beaten $1.50 favourite (immediately spelled) and then was a 10.9L last in her sole run last prep where something went amiss. She’ll have another jump out before resuming so just keeping an eye on that.
RANDWICK - 14 November 2022
A pair of trial wins now for the Zoustar filly NOSTALGIA. She led from start to finish in her first trial over 740m on Nov 4 in a slick bit of work, a ridden out Cushy (since 4th in BM64) sitting outside her but no match late while Arranmore was back in 3rd. She then stepped out to 1080m in Trial 5 on Nov 14 where she showed lovely gate speed again but James McDonald elected to take a sit on her as she travelled beautifully under a very strong hold before getting the gaps in the straight as she got to the front with ease and while being put under very minimal pressure. She’s a half-sister to Podium who had a record of 6-2:1:2 with Chris Waller before being sold to Hong Kong, so there is some talent in the family and this filly looks as though she might have a bit herself.
METALLICITY has always shown plenty of talent but has failed to fully show that on raceday, albeit in some nice races where he is Group 3 placed. The key here is at he’s had the ultimate gear change, resuming now as a 3yo and as a gelding, which may just be the key to making him a proper racehorse. He was a class above in Trial 8 on Nov 14 over the 1080m, settling midfield (but wide) shortly after jumping before coming down the middle of the track to win by 2.48L in dominant fashion despite never being asked for an effort by James McDonald. We’d love to see him knock off that maiden first before heading to nicer races as there is no doubt he has that talent, he just needs to show it on raceday and the gelding will hopefully do just that.
GUNDY BRIDGE won Trial 3 on Nov 14 by 6.9L while clocking the clear fastest 1080m time of the morning and also the fifth fastest time we’ve recorded.
XTRAVAGHAN (1st) and ELENI (2nd) were two filly’s from Trial 13 on Nov 14 that looked solid in their first trials back - wanted to keep an eye on both of these filly’s for another trial.
Lovely bit of work from HULM, taking out Trial 14 on Nov 14 in very impressive fashion over the 740m. The 3yo Zoustar colt travelled strongly out wide under a hold from James McDonald before letting down in the straight like a nice horse, clocking the second fastest time of the morning but clearly doing his best work past the line as he opened up a huge gap, very impressive. This was only his first trial this prep so keen to keep an eye on him as he likely heads to another trial before debuting.
SCONE - 16 November 2022
WARWICK FARM - 18 November 2022
CHANGE IS COMING bolted in Trial 7 on Nov 18 in the fastest time of the morning, which was the fourth fastest time we have recorded at Warwick Farm for trials between 801m and 810m. In his first jump out on Nov 4 he finished 2nd to Way To The Stars who clocked the fastest 791m-800m trial time we have recorded, so he’s deadset flying at the trials ahead of his return, albeit over only 800m.
THE LITTLE PUMPER showed a lovely turn of foot to win Trial 8 on Nov 18, clocking a nice time in the process especially for a 2yo. He sat just behind the leaders here before being put under pressure at the top of the straight as he went to the inside, getting up to win quite comfortably in the end and going through the line nicely. His first trial back on Oct 28 over 740m was solid when a close 3rd. A son of Shalaa, he was a $120k buy and is a half-brother to stablemate Vinnie’s Spirit, who had a record of 6-1:2:1 as a 2yo with that winning coming over 1400m.
A smart first trial from the 2yo filly FACILE. She wasn’t away great but did show lovely early speed to take up the lead along the rail, but it was her work in the straight when she was asked for a little bit of an effort, opening up a big gap on the field very easily to record an impressive 4.41L win while clocking the fifth fastest time we have recorded for trials between 801m and 810m. If you watch past the line too, she held this margin on the field and clearly was still going on with it. A daughter of Trapeze Artist that was a $420k purchase, she was super here.
Like the way DIFFERENT DRUM moved in Trial 13 on Nov 18, being only her first career trial so will be keeping an eye on another. She is by I Am Invincible out of a Readoute’s Choice mare and James Harron paid $1.9M for her full-brother back in 2018.
FLYING SHELLY won Trial 13 on Nov 18 having also won a previous Nov 4 trial, both in good order but they both were over sub-800m and she has just led on both of those, so treading carefully as we’d prefer to see a bit more versatility.
Another trial win for the Capitalist filly ANGEL FUND, which marks 3x trial wins now but all over sub-800m and all in the same fashion, leading from start to finish.
WARWICK FARM (POLY TRACK) - 18 November 2022
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