Weekly Review - October 12 to October 18
CRANBOURNE - 12 October 2020
Loved the jump out win of BARRINGER back on Apr 6. The then-2yo son of Deep Field looked like he had some talent but never got to the races as a 2yo. Given more time to develop, the now-3yo was 3rd in an Oct 5 jump out (2nd was Tobytoff who has since finished 3rd in maiden) before a nice 2nd in Heat 6 on Oct 12 (pink/blue & white sleeves) where the top two gapped 3rd. He is a half-brother to Mongolian Wolf, a Group 3 winner over 2000m so expect him to get over a distance.
KURNELL won again in Heat 7 on Oct 12 (blue) and has now put in three nice jump outs with his Sep 21 and Aug 24 jump outs too. He has to be in a bm58 first up and think he could be one worth following that could be nice odds. He’ll lead them up and fitness is certainly not an issue now.
Mentioned last week when 3rd in that Oct 5 jump out after her early Apr 20 and Apr 27 jump outs, MISS ALBANIA could be a nice type. The 4yo mare looked impressive again in Heat 9 on Oct 12 (white/red/black), jumping from the widest barrier, restrained in the early goings before travelling the clear widest around the bend and coming home down the middle under a hold… super impressive bit of work - if asked for an effort, feel like she could’ve put lengths on this field. Big fan.
MISS KANSAS was again super, finishing 2nd in Heat 10 on Oct 12 (red/blue & white sleeves) after that nice Oct 5 jump out too. She’s travelling super.
POLANCO with probably the best win of the morning. The 5yo gelding bolted in in Heat 12 on Oct 12 (black/yellow & white sleeves) over the 1000m, fresh off a bm70 win and will be very well suited next start at 1400m-1600m.
CAULFIELD - 13 October 2020
CLAP showed a ton of early speed in Heat 6 on Oct 13 (orange & black sleeves) and easily could have led but elected to drop back and sit midfield while quite wide. The jockey looked like he was just holding on, with the 3yo gelding not asked for an effort at any stage but looked like he easily could’ve taken off and won. Looks to be a nice mover. He had a series of jump outs as a late 2yo on Jun 2 (dropped out), Jun 9 (dropped out) and Jun 16 (3rd) but didn’t make it to the races that prep. This son of Night Of Thunder might have an engine hidden…
The grey filly, FORCHE was a nice winner of Heat 7 on Oct 13 (light pink) after dropping out last week in an Oct 6 jump out. Robert Hickmott does tend to have his horses drop out in jump outs, so it’s encouraging to see this filly win and win well. Her debut run saw her run the 2nd fastest L200m of the race so she certainly has some ability but spent most of the race over-racing and clearly had a lot to learn. She looks improved this time.
MORNINGTON - 14 October 2020
Beaten as a $1.75 SP on debut with Mark Zahra on board, IT’S TRUE was spelled immediately and given a good break before returning for the new Warren/Krongold stable (previously Sadler) in Heat 4 on Oct 14. The 4yo mare led them up along the rail, holding this lead to the line to win by 1L. One worth following as they obviously had an opinion of her on debut, especially if Mark Zahra was willing to take the ride.
There was a break away leader in Heat 7 on Oct 14 with HAVIERON just sitting 2nd behind him. The eye-catcher was the son of Sebring, SEB SONG in the bright yellow silks who made up a lot of ground to finish a very close 2nd without being asked for an effort. This 3yo gelding had another nice 2nd in a Sep 23 jump out and might have some ability.
BENDIGO - 14 October 2020
Think the 3yo Shocking colt HERE TO SHOCK might have a fair turn of foot… He was 2nd in a Jun 16 jump out to Piscatorial who then won first up. Given plenty of time since then, he was a quiet last in a Sep 29 jump out but showed a nice turn of foot in Heat 3 on Oct 14 (white & black sleeves) when he was pushed to catch the leader and win, was clearly doing his best work late.
KING DICK was a very nice winner of Heat 5 on Oct 14 (red). Didn’t show a lot of gate speed, taking a spot behind the leaders but managed to get up along the rail and be superior late without being asked of much. Particularly impressive as this was the first time we’ve seen this 3yo colt at the jump outs and he went to the line with the ears pricked.
EITILT has absolutely bolted in, winning Heat 8 on Oct 14 very comfortably in nice time over the 1000m. The 6yo gelding was disappointing in her first Aus prep after not racing at all in 2019, but looks to have returned in super super order after winning a jump out on Sep 18 and finishing 3rd in a Sep 29 jump out. Maybe we now see his best in his second Aus prep?
PAKENHAM - 14 October 2020
DONE BY ME back up that Sep 30 win with a comfortable win over 1000m in Heat 1 on Oct 14 (blue) in the fastest time of the morning. She’s flying at the jump outs.
WRITTEN MISS jumped out well on the Poly over 800m in Heat 8 on Oct 14. She clocked 46.35s, being quicker than the overall average of 47.14s. The un-raced 3yo filly could be some value.
COLAC - 14 October 2020
The big grey NAVAL ENVOY threw the race away first up gelded last prep to ultimately finish 2nd. His next two starts were behind Master Montaro and 1.1L behind the very smart Mystery Shot, while his latest two starts he certainly had excuses where his last run ended with an upper respiratory infection. Given time to get over this, the 4yo gelding returned to win Heat 7 on Oct 14 with the very noticeable addition of the blinkers which looked to really straighten him up. Think he will be much improved this prep with the blinkers and certainly one to watch with the kind of form he does have too.
FLEMINGTON - 16 October 2020
Easily the most impressive runner was POTENTIA, winning Heat 4 on Oct 16 on the clear fastest time of the day and by a huge margin. In second place was the 4L MDN winner in All About Fashion and he made her look second rate. This follows a super Oct 9 jump out and certainly have this 4yo gelding as a must follow into his second prep.
FIGHTING JACK was mentioned after an Oct 9 jump out, and looked super again when winning Heat 5 on Oct 16 (white & black sleeves). He looks good ahead of his return.
STICKING POINT another one who looked super in Heat 5 on Oct 16 (orange/white/black). She made up a lot of ground in this heat under minimal riding and was even in front past the line. The 4yo mare was super hard held in an Oct 9 jump out as well behind some handy gallopers in Lankan Star and Murilo. Noting she didn’t have the blinkers in either heats.
The 3yo filly JUMP THE BROOM was super winning Heat 9 on Oct 16 (grey & black sleeves) following on from her Oct 9 win as well as her earlier jump outs when 2nd on May 15 and a 3rd on May 8. The daughter of Sebring showed good gate speed to take up the lead and always looked comfortable throughout the heat. She looks to have some ability.
PREDETERMINED was 1st on Oct 2 in front of Butter Blonde who then won by 1L on debut at Bendigo. They had a huge gap on 3rd and they even ran the second quickest time of the morning (across 13 heats). The 2yo colt has now finished 2nd in Heat 12 on Oct 16 (black & white sleeves) and looked comfortable doing so, making some late ground past the line after sitting wide and on speed. Certainly following, hopefully pops up in one of those 2yo races soon.