Weekly Review - November 29 to December 5
CRANBOURNE - 29 November 2021
Resuming gelded (we believe), MATAO MA looks to be travelling well enough to be competitive first up following a jump out win on Nov 23 and then again in Heat 7 on Nov 29 where he clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process. He jumped well, took up the lead with an un-raced Bedggood runner where they kicked away in the straight and put a gap on 3rd. He was under significantly less pressure than the inside horse, albeit with a little bit of pressure himself, and looked to respond well and kicked back nicely. His last start 2nd to Prince Alexander reads well now, that runner since placing at Listed level. He was a $220k Magic Millions purchase and is a half-brother to the Group 1 winning mare Bonham, so there is no shortage of expectations for him and they’ll be hoping he can live up to them, which he might now as a gelding. Will note that he might be one to follow as he gets out in trip, his best run last prep coming at 1400m after runs at 1000m and 1200m, which is something to be mindful of first up.
Huge win by the 2yo Reward For Effort filly RIPPLING BELLE in Heat 1 on Nov 29, her second jump out win this preparation and she looks to be travelling well ahead of her debut. Her jump outs have reminded us of Cindy Alderson’s Jigsaw jump outs from 2020…
HOUSAY sat out the back in Heat 4 on Nov 29, sitting very wide throughout before powering home down the middle of the track despite never being asked to fully extend. He’s 1 win from 1 start second up and after a nice first up run behind Excelman, he is one to follow second up in potentially a BM78.
Two jump out wins now for WOLFLANDS, the latest over 1000m and coming in Heat 11 on Nov 29 as the 3yo gelding responded to some riding in the straight to kick away and win by a nice margin in the end with some okay horses back in the field including Za’ex and Miss Gobcain. He hasn’t been a standout, but certainly worthing noting his jump outs to keep him in mind first up.
BENDIGO - 29 November 2021
KIATA was super quick when winning Heat 1 on Nov 30, clocking the quickest time of the morning by 2s but she does have the benefit of two runs under her belt this preparation. The 2nd horse across the line was the 98-rated Deep Image, but quiet on the inside just in behind Kiata was the 3-start maiden POPPET who certainly didn’t look out of place. She just followed Kiata throughout and cruised to the line in only her first jump out back. If she was in any other jump out she wins comfortably… big watch on her.
Always had an opinion of HERE TO SHOCK and while his win in Heat 7 on Nov 30 comes as no surprise, he looks to be in good order ahead of his return. Hoping he goes to a benchmark race first before going back to town though.
DANA POINT with one of the bigger jump out wins you’ll see, winning Heat 8 on Nov 30 over the 1000m in 58.96s by pretty much 10L. She’ll pretty much do the same at the races as she is a jump and run type, which suits the jump outs, but this was a big win in quick time.
BONARIO might be one we can spec at a price. We didn’t mind this un-raced 4yo gelding’s first jump out on Nov 22 at Kilmore where he sat off the speed and came over the top late under minimal riding, albeit not beating any quality opposition. He’s backed that up with a win in Heat 9 on Nov 30 over 1000m where he sat in behind the speed throughout with the jockey all over the shop trying to hold on as he didn’t have any room to go. He got a gap on the inside and was given a squeeze and shown the whip, looking to respond. He won’t be a confidence bet, but he might be worth a spec at a price as he does look to move alright.
SANDOWN - 1 December 2021
OTHER He had the race fitness having finished 3rd at Ballarat on debut only 10 days ago, but EPIC CENTRE bolted in Heat 3 on Dec 1 by a huge margin and clocked the fourth fastest time of the day in the process.
In her first jump out back in Heat 5 on Dec 1 (yellow), BELAQUA BELLE was slowly away and clearly last but slowly mustered speed throughout as she gradually went past all of the field to go forward and win. She did it under her own steam, never asked to fully extend but didn’t break the clock. Solid return.
She was ran over late in a Nov 17 Pakenham jump out but was never asked for an effort. MISS PIPER then gave nothing a chance to overran her in Heat 6 on Dec 1 as she went to the front and bolted in to win in the third fastest time of the morning by a massive margin. She comes down from QLD after four starts as a 2yo for only one placing, that placing coming in an 800m maiden at Warwick, which makes us very worried that she’s a 800m specialist, hence the good jump outs. Keep her in mind on debut, but treading very carefully.
ARARAT - 1 December 2021
This is exactly what we wanted to see from AMALFI SPRITZ in his second jump out to really give us confidence he’s come back in good order as a gelding. He had a quiet bit of work on Nov 22 alongside subsequent winner Kyokushin, but his win in Heat 7 on Dec 1 was a very impressive bit of work to suggest he’s come back super. He pretty much led from start to finish and was easily able to put a couple lengths on the field when given some slight pushes in the straight before being eased down late. He’s talented, he just needs to put it together on race day now and this looks like the prep he’ll do it. Keen to follow.
Despite the overall time being on the slow side, it was a nice debut jump out for ROCK THE JOINT, who travelled beautifully throughout Heat 1 on Dec 1 when sitting outside leader before putting a couple lengths on the leader quite comfortably when given a slight squeeze. This 3yo Rich Enuff gelding is a full-brother to recent MDN winner Are You Gold Enuff as well as a half-brother to $400k+ earner Written (30-7:2:2) and Arena Rock (19-5:2:1). Worth keeping an eye on him.
Her first jump out was a bit better than this one, but still though YONCE moved and closed well enough to be one to follow on debut. She was 3rd in Heat 4 on Dec 1 and was put under a bit of pressure late, but we must keep in mind that the winner, Frosty Vonn, had race on her side and even the 2nd horse, Mannerim Miss, was in her fourth jump out while this was the second fastest 850m time of the morning. This wasn’t super, but good enough to be one to keep in mind on debut.
Slick jump out by GOTTALUVJIMMY in Heat 5 on Dec 1, albeit with that race fitness on his side. He won comfortably in the end, clocking the third fastest 850m time of the morning in the process.
Hard to gauge the Patrick Payne runners at the jump outs, especially when they’re owned by Price Bloodstock and having their ninth jump out, or fifth in 5 weeks. YOU DECIDE was a nice winner of Heat 8 on Dec 1 and looks to go alright but have to be mindful of how much work has been put into him before this.
Don’t think STAREDOWN handled the Heavy10 track first up at all. Back to the jump outs and it was a nice win for the 5yo gelding in Heat 14 on Dec 1 over 1000m. He’ll look to resume in a BM64 and will need a dry track to show his best.
CAMPERDOWN - 3 December 2021
OTHER I SEE YOU COMING has some nice form from his debut ran, despite finishing 5th where he was shin sore and immediately tipped out. The winner has since won twice, the 2nd and 4th horses came out and won their next start while 3rd has subsequently won too. He’s been given plenty of time, resuming to win Heat 1 on Dec 3 in the equal fastest time of the morning where he went straight to the front and was way too speedy. Hoping to see another jump out, but expect to see an improved horse now as a 3yo.
SEVILLANA was hard held in her first jump out on Nov 16 where the winner, Enigma, came out and won a BM58. She settled out the back in Heat 2 on Dec 3, but did her best work over the concluding stages in the straight where she closed super over the top of the field to win. Not sure she beat much in quality (besides Pink And Black) but the way she put them away had the makings of a horse with some talent.
PINK AND BLACK is a mare we’ve been following ever since her huge Feb 23 win earlier this year ahead of the likes of Yulong Sovereign, Zorro’s Dream, Mystery Shot and Pretty Brazen. In her return in Heat 2 on Dec 3, she sat on speed and was extremely hard held in the straight with Sevillana the only one who got her late. She looks talented - we’re hoping to see one more nice jump out before making her a definite highlight runner.
Dominate win by RIOYUKI in Heat 8 on Dec 3 over the 1000m where she was a class above. She was probably outclassed last start at Flemington against a future superstar in Espiona. Taking her out, she was 2.15L off the 2nd horse, so she hasn’t gone that badly. Given a freshen up now, she can run well when she goes back to the races.
PLEASE NOTE: there were no Flemington jump outs on Friday (Dec 3) as they are to be conducted at Werribee on Monday (Dec 6) next week.
NSW - OTHER
DE GRAWIN - Joseph Pride
Dec 2 (Warwick Farm) - ridiculous 4L win in the fastest ~800m time of the morning - went straight to the front and gave nothing else a chance, nice win and nice return.
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