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Weekly Review - November 28 to December 4

CRANBOURNE - 28 November 2022


ARIOMENT was ordinary in her first two jump outs but the blinkers went on and she was much improved, leading throughout Heat 6 on Nov 28 where she was overran late to finish 4th.

PHILOSOPHER has always been talented and even though he was bought for only $18k, it’s no surprise to see him flying at the jump outs for Enver Jusufovic as he took out Heat 7 on Nov 28.

BAEKDU got the better of MURRAJONG ROAD in a Nov 14 jump out, but it was the latter winning Heat 8 on Nov 28 in impressive fashion.

A NZ trial winner back on Jul 14, GYPSY TRICKS is now a jump out winner in Aus as he took out Heat 10 on Nov 28 in his first bit of work. The 4yo Per Incanto gelding looked good here and did it quite easily throughout this heat - big watch.

Behind him in Heat 10 on Nov 28 in 2nd place was ASTERNA ATTITUDE, a mare we’ve mentioned a couple of times from previous preparations. In a May 23 jump out she was 3rd to Maiori (won first and second up) and Masterful (won first up) before a Jun 14 jump out where she won, defeating Shock 'Em Ova (won first and second up) and Liberty Fire (won first up). Those two jump outs had a lot more ‘glamour’ and ease about them than her 2nd placing here, so want to follow her into another jump out before the debut but still think she’s got some talent about her.

PAKENHAM - 29 November 2022


We were on DELICATE BABE on debut where she just couldn’t overcome the wide barrier, going down by 0.1L to Fancylanski (since won again at Geelong), but put a nice 2.25L gap on 3rd and there was a huge 7.65L gap to 5th, who has since ran 3rd. She’ll take plenty of improvement from that run having been at 1400m and her work in Heat 2 on Nov 29 was a lovely tick over jump out in between runs that we like to see, bolting in over the 1000m. She’s now with John Leek Jnr having taken over the Peter’s runners and she should go well in almost any maiden she pops up in second up.

MORTLAKE - 29 November 2022

MORNINGTON - 30 November 2022


We were on BEL THRONUM on debut where she was smashed into a $2 SP favourite but finished 8th of 9 (albeit only 3L behind the winner) having pulled up blowing heavily with an irregular heart rhythm detected, so it’s a clear forgive run. She had jumped out super prior to this run and was very well fancied in the market, she is clearly better than that performance. She was back at the jump outs to get a clearance to run, winning Heat 6 on Nov 30 over 900m as she was pushed out past the line to really get her going in a nice bit of work. Follow her second up, she’ll run a much better race.

ARARAT - 1 December 2022

We mentioned an un-raced runner for Andrew Bobbin following a Nov 16 jump out where he went to the line alongside Deep Speed and Decent Raine and didn’t look out of place as they clocked the fastest time of the morning. This colt is BELTHIL, a 3yo colt from New Zealand who was back at the jump outs for his second bit of work, winning Heat 9 on Dec 1. He was ridden with no urgency here, dropping back to near last while wide throughout, coming out to the middle of the track as they rounded the bend and showing a huge turn of foot late to get past the field and win quite comfortably in the end, clocking nice time in the process. Looking at his NZ form, his last run saw him finish a close 2nd to Pacific Dragon who then ran 2nd to She’s Licketysplit by only 0.1L and is now in HK, which is super form. Love that he had the quiet JO followed but a pushed out one that saw him respond to riding, so he will be right to go now and very keen to follow him into his debut. He looks talented.


SCUDERIA has now put two solid jump out wins on the board now, the first over 850m on the synthetic track on Nov 21 with the latest coming over 1000m in Heat 14 on Dec 1. The 3yo Squamosa filly showed nice early speed to lead as she was too speedy in the end, winning in the fastest time of the morning too. This is her second prep having had a pair of jump outs back in June, the first was over only 700m but the second on Jun 29 saw her win, defeating Intrepid Eagle (won MDN first up) and PowerShare (since 4th and 2nd). She’s looked solid enough at the jump outs and is one worth keeping an eye on for her debut.


STARRY LEGEND is now with Archie Alexander and absolutely bolted in Heat 3 on Dec 1 in not only the fastest time of the morning, but the fastest 850m time at Ararat.

STAY IN TOUCH is in super order ahead of her return, winning Heat 4 on Dec 1 where she led but gave a good kick in the straight to open a big margin on Belle Et Riche in nice time. She won a Nov 16 jump out over 900m as well ahead of Jennilala (since 5th in LR) and Sizzling Sonata (since 1st BM58), so she’s doing it very well ahead of her return.

BELLE ET RICHE had the race fitness having ran 2nd in a BM78 at Ballarat, but she worked home super from last in Heat 4 on Dec 1 to finish 2nd by a big margin, but the leader was off and gone by the time she got into it. No doubt she’s got a win in her this prep.

PUISSANCE DE VOL looked solid in a Nov 21 jump out when finishing 2nd and splitting Adandiman and Silent Surrente, where he did so from the back of the field and doing his best work late. This was similar in Heat 16 on Dec over the 1000m, settling at the back of the field before making a move wide in the middle stages and closing well late while under only minimal pressure. He’s looked nice enough and is one to keep a watch on for his debut.

FLEMINGTON - 2 December 2022
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We mentioned BEL AIR following his Nov 23 jump out where he closed superbly from the back of the field but was just nabbed late. He had a previous jump out on Nov 11 (behind Imasuperstar who has since won) and was back at the jump outs again in Heat 3 on Dec 2 where he got a lovely sit behind the speed, cut to the inside in the straight and again closed well to win. He’s got some very handy form including a 4th to Boogie Dancer (1st) and Berkley Square (2nd) as well as a 2nd to Aft Cabin, which is certainly good enough for most maidens and he’s been gelded over the break ahead of his second career preparation. A $320k Magic Millions purchase, he should be going well first up and will certainly be forward enough to be running well.


HELLARA was the pick of Heat 4 on Dec 2, just cruising to and through the line on the inside and doing her best work past the line. She did similar in her previous jump out on Nov 18 and looks a nice moving 2yo filly.

READ MY LIPS had a very quiet Nov 25 but it was his work in Heat 8 on Dec 2 that caught the eye, winning in the clear fastest time of the morning. The 3yo Rubick gelding traveled comfortably throughout the heat but it was his work late that we liked the best, responding to the riding he was put under and clearly doing his best work past the line as he opened up a big gap on the field. He’s worth keeping in mind on debut.

HAWKESBURY - 28 November 2022


RAMONES has finished 2nd in all three career starts, but he’s got some fair form coming from all those races now. He was 2nd on debut to Kibou (with a 2.3L gap to 3rd) before running 2nd to Eponymous (3rd since won) and Contemporary, all of whom are nice horses. He made the switch from Allan Denham to Joseph Pride following his first two runs, so he only had the one start for J Pride, which was mid prep, before being given more time. He returned for his first full full preparation for J Pride on Nov 18 where he faded to finish last, but put in a much better performance in Heat 15 on Nov 28 as he sat outside the leader and was strong late over the 800m, clocking the clear fastest time of the morning.

CANTERBURY - 29 November 2022

The $420k Trapeze Artist filly in FACILE is smart. We mentioned her following a Nov 18 trial over 801m at Warwick Farm where she showed that lovely early speed to lead but it was her work late when asked for an effort, extending to win by 4.41L in the fifth fastest time we have recorded. She was just as good in Trial 13 on Nov 29 at Canterbury, showing that gate speed again to get an easy lead along the rail and just was way too speedy, even for the winner of the Gimcrack in Platinum Jubilee who was 3.38L back in 2nd place. This was over 898m and she did it in the fourth fastest time of the morning, so she’s got the visual and times to back up the performances. Very keen to follow her on debut.


EMPRESS OF WONDER has certainly improved from her debut 2nd to Charm Stone, taking Trial 14 on Nov 29 in impressive fashion as she sat leaders back before peeling out and showing a lovely turn of foot late to win very comfortably. She’ll be going very well wherever she goes next.

Thought SHADOW RAIDERS was quite good in Trial 17 on Nov 29, despite finishing 1.8L back in 3rd. His first trial over 780m on the synthetic track at Randwick was just a tick over welcome back trial, so we need to judge him on this trial and he was slick. He sat leaders back along the rail and was given a really easy time throughout but still closed smartly without being put under any pressure. He dropped back to a clear last on debut but closed well to finish 4th behind a smart Zoukerino before doing similar second up - both of those were on wet tracks so he might see some improvement now on the Good tracks and potentially over a bit more distance. They paid $240k for him and he’s worth keeping in mind.

HI DUBAI has been doing what Tim Clark and Gai Waterhouse often do, lead from start to finish. The 3yo Highland Reel filly was too speedy in a Nov 8 trial over 850m and that was no different over 896m here in Trial 18 on Nov 29, however, she was challenged a bit more and did responding to some riding to clock solid time for the morning. Expect similar on debut.

NEWCASTLE - 2 December 2022

WATCHLIST This trial on Nov 29 was one of the better trials you’ll see, let along from an un-named 2yo filly under the breeding I AM INVINCIBLE x THEE AULD FLOOZIE. She completely butchered the start, dropping back to a clear last before she gathered speed to catch up but ran into trouble as she was going up asses and heavily restrained to avoid, overracing as a result. She managed to work her way through the field and then when she was put under pressure the final 200m or os, she exploded to get up and win, quite easy in the end although a close margin. She cruised to the line in a Nov 3 trial too and just looks a really talented filly.

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