CRANBOURNE - 23 November 2020
The two leaders were hard ridden in Heat 10 on Nov 23 and they ran clearly the fastest time of the day that was well above average, but don’t think they’ll have much improvement to come. In 5th place was the 88-rated AMADEUS, and the ones we want to follow finished 3rd and 4th. ROSERADE (pink) was 4th and has previously featured in our reviews - must follow. 3rd was RYAN’S GIRL (black) who has struggled to break the maiden but is always there abouts and close. She shouldn’t be a maiden for much longer but we are treading carefully.
TATURA - 23 November 2020
DANA POINT with another impressive jump out, this time at the official trials in Heat 3 on Nov 23 (blue). She has had a lot of jump outs (and now trials) so her debut has to be close? She ran very good time today, one of two times that were sub-54s and she ran 52.96s so did it easily. Now that she’s done it in an official trial, expect that she opens udders on debut but we’ll still be following.
Another Brett Stanley runner who has had plenty of jump outs. EL SALTO clocked the fastest time of the day at 52.48s, one of only two sub-54s times of the day so he was absolutely flying when winning Heat 6 on Nov 23. Ridden with more vigour than DANA POINT in Heat 3, this was still a nice bit of work. Can’t ignore the time this son of WRITTEN TYCOON has ran, he’s speedy.
He was very hard held (by Patrick Payne himself) in a Nov 18 (blue) jump out that had him over racing, but in Heat 8 on Nov 23, ALL OF BRIGHTON was given a push by Billy Egan and the 3yo gelding really respond to win by 3L impressively. Looks a gelding with some talent and is a must follow.
BALLARAT - 23 November 2020
ARRIVA DIVA cruised over the 850m when winning Heat 4 on Nov 23 (green). A 5yo import for Maher & Eustace is a little unusual, but the mare looked to be a smooth mover in only her first jump out and is worth keeping an eye on.
She was first past the line on debut but doesn’t have a win due to protest… LUCKY SHAM was back to the jump outs and won Heat 5 on Nov 23 (green) impressively albeit in slow time for the day - she was asked for no effort at all. She had jumped out well prior to the debut when running 3rd to COURT DEEP and OVERKILL on Sep 22, so she has some talent and now we get to see her in a maiden again. Keen to follow.
MORNINGTON - 25 November 2020
We’ll need to see a BM58 first up, but MOSSCON won impressively in Heat 3 on Nov 25 (green & red sleeves) ahead of the likes of CHANNING, PERSHING and SHAME SHAME SHAME. The 4yo mare was slow out but quickly mustered some speed to lead but out quite wide. She travelled under light riding for the whole of the 900m and although the time was on the slower side for the day, it was still okay. Her career record doesn’t read great but think she’ll go alright first up.
We missed the start of Heat 7 on Nov 25, but we saw enough to see SUNSHINE GIRL (blue/black/maroon) win very impressively in her first jump out back. The 4yo mare did this with ease and the jockey even had a look over the shoulder at the top of the straight as she left them behind. A lightly raced mare with only the two career starts, she looks to have come back improved for her second career prep.
Only a short 700m jump out for the return of TAX FREE PROPHET, but the 3yo colt won in very good fashion in Heat 10 on Nov 25 (blue). He stayed very wide for the trip, over-raced when held back in the middle stages and really extended and attacked the line hard. He is a half-brother to BLAZING TYCOON and smart mare BLESS HER, so certainly no lack of talent in the family. He is a must watch after this nice bit of work.
FLEMINGTON - 25 November 2020
We have always had an opinion of ZESTY BELLE, tipping her E/W on several occasions last preparation that saw her finish 3rd, 3rd, 2nd and 4th in the four runs. Returning in Heat 2 on Nov 27 (orange/white/black) now as a 3yo, the filly travelled beautifully on speed throughout alongside the import FORCE, hitting the line with pace under the strong hold of who looked to be D Lane. Really hoping we see a mid-week maiden as she is metro class.
DICKIN MEDAL has been jumping out like he’s a smart horse. On Oct 30 he was 2nd to CONFIDANT (since 3rd in a CL1) before a jump out on Nov 13 that saw him run against the likes of HAWKER HURRICANE, BANDERSNATCH and DIVINE CAPRICE where he made good ground past the line. Heat 3 on Nov 27 (blue) was his third jump out and his most impressive, leading from start to finish in the third quickest time of the day. He hit the line with pace, continually extending. He’ll go close on debut.
The jockey did not move on EXCEED TYCOON in his Nov 20 jump out. The 3yo colt backed it up in Heat 8 on Nov 27 (white) where he travelled wide through but went to and through the line really well with the jockey again not moving. He went to the line alongside and very similar to CUPID’S BOW who is above maiden grade. This colt is a half-brother to VIONETTA and was a $320k purchase with David Hayes in the ownership. He might have a motor under the bonnet that we are yet to see…