Weekly Review - October 17 to October 23
CRANBOURNE - 17 October 2022
The import CHICAGO BEAR has now put together two nice jump outs ahead of his Australia debut. He won a Oct 3 jump out over 1000m prior to his work in Heat 10 on Oct 17 where he dropped to the back of the field before closing superbly over the concluding stages, despite running into traffic, while doing his best work past the line as he flew to and through the line.
Last year EXCELMAN won the Greys BM90 at Flemington first up on the back of an Oct 18 jump out and it looks like he might do the same this year, winning Heat 10 on Oct 17 by a big margin. Keep an eye out for him in this race this year.
Big watch on MR BARTENDER, a 3yo Tarzino gelding that is owned and trained by Mick Price & Michael Kent in partnership with Upper Bloodstock. He showed lovely gate speed in Heat 11 on Oct 17 to lead and was also strong late. Lovely first jump out from this gelding.
HORSHAM - 17 October 2022
PAKENHAM - 18 October 2022
BALLARAT - 18 October 2022
NAICONI was 2nd on debut to Crosswinds (won LR race next start) with a 4.5L gap back to 3rd before finishing 2nd again second up to Miss Dunsford (2nd in HCP next start and then 3rd in Group 3) while defeating Quang Tri back in 3rd (who has since won 3x races, including a LR race) and a 2L+ gap to 4th. She was then taken to a LR race at Morphetville when 6th prior to a spell, which shows the sort of opinion the stable had of her as a 2yo. Now a 3yo, the Nicconi filly has now had the three jump outs and we loved her work in Heat 5 on Oct 18, mainly because she was asked for an effort and really responded to savage the line. Always a bit sceptical of the McEvoy runners that just jump and run in their jump outs, but this filly has shown a lovely turn of foot and with that form on the board as a $185k filly, she should be going very close in a maiden first up this campaign as a 3yo.
SYNCRETISM would’ve finished a lot closer if she wasn’t so extremely hard held throughout Heat 4 on Oct 18, finishing 3rd as a result. She was wide and on-speed throughout, finishing under that ridiculous hold while just jogging to the line. Lovely first jump out this prep and as a $600k Redoute’s Choice filly, connections will be eagerly awaiting her debut. Watch for another but of work.
MOE - 18 October 2022
A big win for EGYPTIAN ICON in Heat 10 on Oct 18 marked his second nice bit of work following his Sep 29 jump out at Sale when 2nd to signal he’s come back in good order. From the inside gate he showed nice enough early speed to lead along the rail where he travelled quietly until the top of the straight when Jason Maskiell asking him to extend, and extend he did as he recorded a comfortable 4.5L win over the 1000m here in the second fastest time of the morning. He’s got nice enough form and ran 2nd to Illation first up last prep so expect a nice return from this 4yo gelding, he can go well.
VIVALASVENGEANCE (Heat 6) and SNITCH IN TIME (Heat 9) were nice winners but being owned by Price Bloodstock, they likely make their way over to Hong Kong without an Australia debut. They’re better to assess once they accept for a race here.
MORNINGTON - 19 October 2022
This will now be the third time we’ve mentioned the Capitalist filly in LOVE TONIGHT and in all three jump outs she’s shown a lovely turn of foot. She had the two jump outs on Sep 16 and Sep 30 at Flemington over 800m prior to coming to Mornington for a 900m jump out in Heat 13 on Oct 19 where she finished 2nd with a gap back to 3rd. She travelled 3-4 wide without cover throughout this heat and again was doing her best work late, showing that lovely turn of foot once she straightened up and was put under pressure. If you watch past the line, she goes straight past that leader and was well in front past the line, which is exactly what you want to see. Her mum was a $2.2M purchase back in 2007 but failed to capture anything close to that at the racetrack. Here’s hoping this filly can bring her jump out form to the races and if she does, she’ll go very well on debut wherever she goes.
She hasn’t been super, but KAMINSKY has quietly been good at the jump outs and now looks ready to debut. She was solid in the two shorter course 600m jump outs on Aug 31 and Sep 21 and then showed a lovely turn of foot in a 900m jump out on Oct 5 when closing well from the back to finish a close 4th. She hasn’t been away well in any of her jump outs, which was the case again in Heat 6 on Oct 19 where she was restrained throughout and just cruised to the line back in 3rd but clearly did her best work past the line. A 4yo More Than Ready mare with 4x jump outs under her belt now, she is worth monitoring on debut and could be one at a price.
FLEMINGTON (STRAIGHT) - 21 October 2022
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 21 October 2022
Heat 4 was easily the quickest of the 3x Synthetic jump outs on the day and thought the first three across the line were all worth keeping an eye, especially considering they’re all 3yo geldings having their first jump outs this preparation - those runners being THE MARINER (1st), MIGHTY SAPPHIRE (2nd) and KODIAK (3rd).
FLEMINGTON (STEEPLE GRASS) - 21 October 2022
BARANI has been very ordinary so far in his short 4-start career, but he makes his way back to the races as a gelding and has looked alright in his Oct 7 and even better in Heat 17 as he forced his way through the field late and closed well past the line. Not making him an official blackbook runner as this was a slow heat for the morning and his form is horrible, but we’ll keep an eye out on him and post if he’s worth a bet (hopefully a nice price).
A few others jumped out well that were worth noting but there weren’t many real stand outs.
DEL CAMPO matched motors with SO YOU SEE in Heat 9, while ONE REASON (who’s resuming gelded) tracked them throughout and then was good through the line.
LIVSTAR bolted in Heat 12 in the second fastest time of the morning but her form says ‘cat’…
The I Am Invincible mare NOKHBAH was a nice winner of Heat 13. She was sold for $250k at the MM Broodmare Sales though and her listing says “breeding proposition only” (link), so not sure what the go is here.
STREET PAINTER and SHOOTOOSE clocked the fastest time of the morning in Heat 16, SHOOTOOSE being the pick of these two but being an 11-start maiden, it’s hard to trust him but this was a nice first jump out back.
ALPINOVA won Heat 18 after being extremely hard held in the early stages of the heat.
HAWKESBURY - 17 October 2022
WHINCHAT did a bit wrong on debut and was a touch unlucky where he clipped heels (almost fell over) and was held up for running at the top of the straight, still closing well into 3rd when clocking the meetings 7th fastest L200m. The 3yo Russian Revolution colt is now with David Pfieffer and has been wining trials for fun, taking out two trials in June/July prior to a 12-week let up where he resumed to win a 740m trial on Oct 7 and then following that up with a slick win in Trial 5 on Oct 17 over 1000m where he clocked the third fastest time of the morning at 59.19s. Keep an eye out for his return, he looks a big striding colt and if he can get the room to run (unlike his debut), he’ll go close to breaking the maiden very early this prep.
GECKO COIN is a very interesting runner. As a 3yo when he was with Chris Waller, thought he was super in a Jan 31 trial when closing super to finish within 2L of the winner after being slowly away and travelling out the back. He’s now a 4yo and had a stable with to Daniel Robinson, resuming for a 784m trial on Sep 23 where he just jogged to the line in the horrible conditions but if you watch past the line, he really goes on with it and even passes the winner. Stepping up to 1000m in Trial 6 on Oct 17, he was slowly away and just flopped to the rear of the field where he was restrained and forced to stay there before closing superbly and again, clearly doing his best work past the line. Chad Schofield rode in that first trial but William Pike was on here so not sure if he sticks or not, but we’re keen to follow him into a debut as his trials have been quite good without standing out.
WARWICK FARM - 18 October 2022
JOYRIDER is a 3yo Snitzel colt that was purchased by Amanda Turner on the Inglis Online Sale after being a $800k purchase for James Harron only 18 months earlier at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sales in 2021. He was 2nd on debut to Zou Sensation (who was then 3rd in separate LR back-to-back) before finishing 3rd to Fast Witness (won a LR race next start). He’s had an 11-week let up whilst being sold, returning in Trial 14 where he led from start to finish and did so quite comfortably in the end, clocking the second fastest time of the morning in the process. He also clocking the second fastest L600m at 33.80s behind only Belluci Babe, those two being the only ones to click sub-34s L600m’s for the morning, which is very encouraging. He’s got a maiden win in him, no doubt.
Winning Trial 10 was EMPRESS OF WONDER in a super bit of work, coming from last to sneak up the inside and win quite effortlessly. A 2yo Choisir filly, she looks to have a turn of foot and put in a lovely performance for her first trial.
ROSEHILL - 21 October 2022
SATURN STAR was absolutely super in Trial 1 on Oct 21 over the 1030m, holding off Lost And Running and Buenos Noches. He was scratched from the gates on Wednesday in a BM78, which he would’ve bolted in based on his trial here. Super form from his debut win now too with Pereille (2nd) and Tribeca Star (3rd) since running 2nd and 3rd in the same race, Golden Age (4th) since winning, Pungo (5th) since winning and even Call Di (7th) has since ran a huge 3rd in a Listed race on Saturday. Follow him second up, especially if he goes around in another benchmark race like he was entered in on Wednesday.
KAZOU was given a very quiet hit out in Trial 11 having been scratched from a lot of races over the past couple of weeks due to wide barriers. They’re obviously keen to kick her off the right way and while this trial didn’t have the ‘star’ looks about it like her previous trials, watch past the line as she goes back in front so it’s exactly what she needed to have her primed for her debut. Very keen on her, she’s smart.
BOOMSONG is flying at the trials ahead of his return. The 4yo gelding won a Oct 10 trial over 780m in the fastest time of the day prior to bolting in by 3.39L in Trial 9 on Oct 21 as he stepped up to 900m, again clocking the fastest time of the morning.
Hard to miss CAPTAIN BOND’s win in Trial 14, winning by 5.71L over the 900m in the second fastest time of the morning. It look as though the 3yo son of Capitalist has been gelded ahead of his second career preparation, which may have really switched him on. It was only his first trial back so monitor him for another bit of work to see if he can replicate this performance.
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