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Weekly Review - November 15 to November 21

CRANBOURNE - 15 November 2021


He had the benefit of race fitness having already had the first up run when 6th by 6L, but POWER CRUNCH was a very slick winner of Heat 3 on Nov 15. Last preparation he ran 3rd second up after running 11th first up, so expect some improvement second up this preparation especially on the back of this mid-prep jump out where he looks to be in good order. Think he needs to lead and if he does, he’ll can give a sight.

JENNI ESPRIT was clearly the pick of the bunch in Heat 5 on Nov 15 despite finishing 1L or so off the winner, Obi. Now with Enver Jusufovic after previously being with M Laurie and L Oliver, she’s been disappointing in three runs since breaking her maiden on debut. Encouraging return here having travelled wide throughout. Can expect another jump out before resuming in a BM58.

Three jump outs now for PRINCESS ANNALISE who has been untested in all, her 3rd in Heat 8 on Nov 15 no different. She travelled on speed here and just cruised though the line under a strong hold as those around her were ridden out, and she was far from disgraced, which is similar to most of her jump outs. Luke Oliver has been a little hit and miss recently (2% Win SR from his last 50 runners), but there might be something under the hood we’re yet to see so she’s worth keeping in mind.

FLEMINGTON - 15 November 2021


Big win by I’M STILL STANDING in Heat 15 on Nov 15, clocking the fastest time of the morning by more than 1.8s in the process. She did have the benefit of race fitness having recently finishing 10th (of 10) in a BM58, but this was an encouraging jump out and you’d think she improves second up now for the new Corstens stable.

HOKOLESQUA had a nice Apr 26 behind Lafargue but didn’t get to the races, being tipped out and returning in Heat 18 on Nov 15 (orange) as he went to the line with (and better than) the 64-rated Wegobam. The 3yo showed lovely gat speed to lead, travelling comfortably under a strong hold before lengthening nicely in the straight despite the jockey never moving. Only the first jump out back for this Star Turn gelding, but a really encouraging bit of work that we certainly want to follow.

AVOCA - 16 November 2021

We mentioned SQUID GAME after his previous official trial on Nov 8, but his jump out win in Hea t 3 on Nov 16 was certainly his most impressive and he’s one we want to follow into his debut. Sitting a one out one back while following Lip Sip Suk throughout, who has race fitness, before being asked for an effort and responding to come over the top and win over the 1000m. This was an impressive bit of work and think he can make a nice debut (if he stays in Aus considering he’s owned by Price Bloodstock…).


Nice win for NUMPTY over the 1000m, coming over the top under minimal pressure in Heat 4 on Nov 16.

WHAT A SHAM looked super as she finished 3rd in Heat 8 on Nov 16 with Patrick Payne himself on board where she was super hard held throughout. The 4yo mare is a 5 start maiden, but hasn’t finished more than 4.4L off the winner and has always been competitive. This was her second jump out ahead of her return, and she looks to be in good order.

The un-raced 4yo mare YONCE held her own in Heat 9 on Nov 16 against the 66-rated Cosmic Rhapsody with Japery, Shadow Goddess and Shakespeare behind. She looked to be hitting the line well and extending past it despite being under no pressure. Keen to follow her into hopefully another jump out prior to her debut.

A few jump out wins now for UPTOWN LUCY now, the latest in Heat 10 on Nov 16 and this was the most impressive as she won over the 800m in the fastest time of the morning. Alana Kelly was on board and even had a look over the shoulder at the horse she was passing with ease despite being ridden out while she was quietly ridden. She’s travelling well ahead of her debut.

A debut win can’t be far away for TOFFEE STREET, coming off a freshen up after the two runs this preparation and she now looks ready to go back to the races and be competitive. It looked as though the blinkers went on here in Heat 11 on Nov 16 as she cruised to the line to win. She has some nice form on the board this prep and can go well when she resumes.

Big win for BRAZEN BRANDO in Heat 13 on Nov 16, albeit with race fitness considering he won a BM64 by 3L only 2 weeks prior to this. A ridden out Mystery Diamond tried to keep up while there was a huge gap to 3rd.

CAULFIELD - 16 November 2021


Nice Aus jump out debut for the NZ import WHAT A SMASHER, winning Heat 1 on Nov 16 in the fastest time of the morning and going to the line with Yulong January and then a good gap back to Surprise Baby and the rest of the field. She’s a 6yo mare with 39 starts, so she’s certainly not short of experienced and might give a sight in some nice mares races here in Aus.

MORTLAKE - 16 November 2021


ADMIRALS AHOY has to be ready to head to the races, now having had the four jump outs where he’s come 4th in all of them. He actually jumped super in Heat 2 on Nov 16 but was ridden with no urgency and hard held throughout, never asked for an effort or allowed to freely stride. He was going just as well as Capriccio who was just besides him… we’ll be backing him on debut.

Looks as though MEDIA EMPIRE has come back as a gelding and has come back in good order, winning Heat 3 on Nov 16 just ahead of ZUPAFY, who we can also follow from this heat.

Forgiving his latest run, MEDIA EMPIRE ran well in his first two career starts despite all three of these runs being on no better than a Soft7 track. This was only his first jump out back, but he looked to move well and he’ll certainly improve now with the gelding and potentially improve even more if he finds some dry tracks this time of year. One to follow.

ZUPAFY is another Kylie Vella horse that just went through the motions, not asked for an effort or anything but almost pinched the win here without trying. Only his first jump out too, but looks to move well and is a good looking horse.

HEYINGTON STATION bolted in Heat 4 on Nov 16 and is ready to go back to the races, this time for the new Matthew Williams stable, and he looks to be flying. He’ll pop up in a country BM70 and is one to keep an eye on.

PAKENHAM - 17 November 2021


Huge win by FOURMAK, the 3yo colt plenty of speed to lead along the rail and kick away in Heat 10 on Nov 17 as he was asked for an effort. The time was the second fastest of 8x 800m heats on the day and was above average, which is a positive sign to go along with the big margin, although he didn’t beat anything in terms of quality of opposition. One to keep in mind on debut.

Quite a nice run by SABAID, winning Heat 12 on Nov 17 ahead of the 79-rated I Am Vinnie and doing so quite comfortably. He showed nice gate speed to lead and looked to relax nicely where he went to the line untouched and travelling with heaps left in the tank, especially for only his first jump out. He’s a very interesting 4yo gelding, having started $71 on debut when coming from the back to finish 5th and then being spelled. He ran okay without threatening and ran some nice closing splits. One to keep in mind.

BENDIGO - 17 November 2021


HERE TO SHOCK looks to have returned well as he finished 3rd in Heat 2 on Nov 16 but was very quietly ridden and hard held throughout. His last three runs were in Group 1’s, so we’d expect him to go back to town but would love to see him in a BM70 first up before heading back to town.

Huge win by HAY CLIFFY in Heat 6 on Nov 16 over the 1000m following a 3-week freshen up. He won a BM64 by 2L only three starts ago, but has been disappointing since. He’s 63-rated and will need a BM64 or potentially a BM58 with a high weight (and maybe a claim) to go well when he goes back to the races.

FLEMINGTON - 19 November 2021


It was the third quickest time of the morning, so though the un-raced EL CORDOBES did an alright job to stick on and finish 2nd in Heat 4 on Nov 19 in amongst some good company such as Sessions Road, Deep Dive and Dirty Deeds. He was given a few slaps on the neck to pick up, but for his first jump out back as a 3yo, he looked to stick on well. One to keep in mind.

We will have a huge watch on the flashy looking winner of Heat 7 on Nov 19, COUNT NICHOLAS who’s a full-brother to now-HK star Master Montaro and Wise Counsel as a $180k Inglis Easter Yearling purchase. He looked quite classy himself throughout this heat, an encouraging jump out debut to go along with his pedigree. A 2yo to watch.

They clearly had an opinion of ENUFF ALREADY, debuting as an early 2yo behind Ingratiating before being spelled and then running into Crystal Bound (when the blinkers went on) where he just didn’t measure up and was immediately spelled again. Looks as though he returns as a gelding here and there was no blinkers on as he led and won Heat 8 on Nov 19 ahead of the talented Open Minded who were a bit above the rest of the field. This was the fourth fastest time of 17x heats as well. He’s one to watch for, being only his first jump out here.

Loved the way SINAWANN pulled away over the concluding stages to win Heat 11 on Nov 19 comfortably, albeit with some race fitness having already ran in a Group 3 at Flemington only 2 weeks ago. Keep an eye on him second up as this is only his first Aus campaign.

Few to follow from Heat 13 on Nov 19. JUNGLE JIM looked very slick as he just cruised to win, while D Oliver stalked him throughout on the Extreme Choice filly SWERVING who looked just as good having finished last in an Oct 27 Geelong jump out. The colt INTELLO STAR was then in behind Swerving and didn’t have much room to move but looked to have a lot to offer. All three of these are worth following.

GLAMOURING won a jump out well prior to her debut but was always out the back and very wide after commencing awkwardly - happy to forgive that run as she was immediately put way. She returned to win Heat 16 on Nov 19 extremely well, clocking nice time in the process and was well held throughout. We just want to see one more good bit of work before making her a highlight runner.


BOOMSONG - Mark Newnham

Nov 3 (Warwick Farm) - smart bit of work here by the half brother to Malkovich - was away poorly from out wide but had early speed as he pushed forward out wide and then came over the top of the leaders with ease in the straight, closing super and looked like he could explode if asked for an effort - looks talented.

Nov 16 (Warwick Farm) - potential nice horse here, winning both trials - pushed forward to lead by a big margin coming around the bend and just cruising to the line under a hold to win comfortably - was away a lot better here after being slowly away in his first trial - he was powering still past the line - he goes well, keen!

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