CRANBOURNE - 19 October 2020
As a 2yo, HUSKISSON was 3rd in a Jun 15 jump out behind subsequent winners Little Town Blues and Melba Storm before winning a jump out on Jul 6 ahead of Saint Mahjong (started $2 on debut) and Tyche Goddess (won on debut) where they gapped 3rd. The now-3yo filly has been given some time, returning in Heat 4 on Oct 19 (blue/white) to finish 2nd. She was on speed before dropping behind the leader by 1-2L, but liked how she responded to the rider to pick back up and attack the line under significantly less riding than the winner. She’s a must watch.
Wow. MARCO SPADA with a very very impressive win in Heat 6 on Oct 19 (green/blue). The 3yo gelding jumped cleanly, was restrained to last and wide before letting down a big run in the middle of the tack to come right over the top and win. They don’t get more impressive than this and he ran good time too. He was disappointing in his first two career runs, beaten by a combined 27.5L but the change of stable and the blinkers going on here really looked to do a good job. Am mindful that he did jump out well before his runs as a 2yo, but he will certainly have come back more mature and improved.
The last start form for LA PIETRA reads pretty well now where she was behind Smoke Bomb and Dance Ready while finishing in front of subsequent winner Soleil de Lune. She went to the line in Heat 8 on Oct 19 (yellow) with maiden winners Shevrolet and Helavabel and really shouldn’t be a maiden for too much longer if she can find the right race.
Have to blackbook MAXIMUM VELOCITY due to the fact that this un-raced 5yo is a maiden and looked comfortable going to the line just behind the 73-rated Lord Bouzeron over 1000m in Heat 10 on Oct 19 (pink/purple). This gelding led for much of the heat, only to be overran late by the much more experienced and seasoned runner. He led and was overran late in a Sep 21 jump out as well, while his Oct 5 jump out didn’t see him lead. Expect him to lead on debut and be competitive, he’ll be forward enough too after 3x jump outs (the latest over 1000m). Could be (and hopefully) a nice runner for Smiley Chan here.
HORSHAM - 19 October 2020
MRS WAL’S FOLLY went back to last in Heat 2 on Oct 19 (black/purple), 3-4L off the leaders. The un-raced 4yo mare was then asked to go around the field, coming very wide around the bend but made very good ground to come over the top and win. She ran over the top of the imported multiple-winner Killourney and Faithful Diamond, very encouraging to see her run over the top of horses with ability and run the quickest of the 3x 1000m heats. This follows a dual-3rd finishes in jump outs on Sep 9 and Sep 22 and is one to keep safe.
I believe TINY REBEL was scratched at the gates from a race just last week, so he did have the benefit of being race-ready but the 4yo gelding has absolutely bolted in, winning Heat 8 on Oct 19 (orange/white). Coffey always finds an extra leg when they race at Swan Hill, so hopefully there is a bm58 coming up soon.
CAULFIELD - 20 October 2020
Following on from an Oct 6 jump out win, ANIRISHMAN took out Heat 2 on Oct 20 (white) as well in the fastest 800m time of the morning. Following on from that disappointing first up run, expecting big improvement to come second up and we might get $10+ to find out.
A few of nice jump outs now for the 2yo colt MARINE ONE. After finishing 4th on Sep 10 and winning a Sep 29 jump out very impressively, he jumped cleanly in Heat 3 on Oct 20 (blue/yellow), was restrained back to sit midfield before finally being allowed to run where he came over the top of the leaders with ease to finish 2nd. He looks handy and might actually live up to that that $500k price tag he was bought for.
AVOCA - 20 October 2020
Super win by a good margin in Heat 1 on Oct 20 (light blue) by LARIAT in a time around the 49.2s mark. She was immediately spelled after running a 1.9L 4th on a Heavy9 track on debut to Our Playboy as a 2yo, form that stacks up nicely now. She jumped super in this heat, took up the lead and never looked like being caught at any stage. This jump out follows on from a quiet Sep 22 jump out and she looks in good order ahead of her return.
Huge win by BRAVO TANGO in Heat 4 on Oct 20 (blue), running the 800m in around 47.5s (hand-timed). The 6yo gelding has been relatively disappointing this preparation so this jump out might be what he needed to get going and fire third up. Blinkers off?
WARRNAMBOOL - 21 October 2020
Really liked the way REALEZA rounded the field in Heat 5 on Oct 21 (grey) to win with ease in the end. The 4yo gelding jumped cleanly from barrier 4 of 4 in this jump out and was restrained to a clear last, 1-2L off the second last horse. He was then brought to the outside of the field, the clear widest runner and showed a nice acceleration to overtake the field and hit the line hard. He was no match in an earlier Sep 28 jump out though. He debuted back in May on a Heavy9 to finish 7th, including running a nice 400-200m split that was only 0.03s off the quickest of the meeting. He looks to improved ahead of his second career prep and might be better on top of the ground.
MORNINGTON - 21 October 2020
Have liked the jump outs of ANTIBES this time in. The 3yo filly was 4th on Oct 14 but wasn’t asked for much of an effort throughout after travelling midfield. She then showed she had a turn of foot in Heat 5 on Oct 21 (red & white sleeves), leading this time in before being asked for an effort at the top of the straight and putting a length on 2nd and a nice space on 3rd. She clocked a sub-58s time, one of only two that got this time for the day. Is a half to Famous who has $71k prize money in 9 runs in NSW and is one worth following.
TATURA - 22 October 2020
STARDUST LOVER has put together a string of nice jump outs heading into her second career prep. These include an interesting first jump out on Sep 18 where she came down the complete outside of the track to finish 3rd as well as a quiet jump out on Oct 5 when also 3rd. Her latest jump out coming in Heat 2 on Oct 22 (red & black sleeves) where the 4yo mare led from start to finish along the rail and was under a nice hold for the entire trip. Could be one to pop up at nice odds in a country maiden.
MAGNALICIOUS featured in our review after a very nice Oct 5 jump out, she has now taken out Heat 3 on Oct 22 (white & coloured sleeves) impressively again in front of the 65-rated Honeywine who was certainly a lot more ridden (as was the entire field) than this 3yo filly. Keen to follow her into her debut.
FLEMINGTON - 22 October 2020
XILONG has bolted in, running the fastest time of the day in Heat 5 on Oct 22 (white/red V) and winning by a good margin. Far from disgraced in a G3 at Caulfield first up, she’ll be competitive second up for sure.
Immediately after jumping VOWMASTER dropped the head and travelled beautifully out wide throughout to hold on and win Heat 7 on Oct 22 (black/white & purple sleeves). He even made good ground past the line to be in front by over a length to show that he was certainly wanting to go on with it. The un-raced son of Written Tycoon was making ground late in his Oct 2 jump out before a quiet jump out on Oct 9 behind subsequent winners Stay Gold and Violinist. A $300k purchase, he looks to have some ability and looked nice and relaxed in his jump outs.
With the red head gear on, LA ISLA BONITA jumped beautifully in Heat 9 on Oct 22 (navy blue) to lead and put a big gap on the field to win in very good time for the day, second quickest behind Xilong. This daughter of I Am Invincible is a half-sister to 4x winner OUTBACK WARRIOR and also put in a super performance in an Oct 9 jump out when coming home out wide very well (without the head gear) to finish 2nd but make good ground past the line. Very impressive bits of work here and looks to have talent.
Potentially gelded, STOICAL showed his talent to lead and win along the fence in Heat 10 on Oct 22 (red/white). He was under a strong hold for much of the heat and looked strong through the line. Only his first jump out so certainly keeping a close eye on him.
SWEET HOME ALABAMA ran into the smart Soul Obsession on debut and was immediately spelled. She was 2nd in Heat 10 on Oct 22 (back & white sleeves) after settling in behind the leaders before getting some clear room late and making good ground through and past the line. She’s had the three jump outs now on Sep 22 and Oct 14 and is ready to resume and be competitive.