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Weekly Review - October 24 to October 30

CRANBOURNE - 24 October 2022

SMALL TOWN HERO will go well on debut having had the three Australian jump outs, all of which have been impressive, to go with his NZ trials on May 25 and Aug 9. We mentioned him following his Oct 10 jump out when 5th behind the likes of Group 1 winners in Coolangatta and Bella Nipotina, where he was also solid in his Sep 26 jump out when 2nd to The Extreme Cat (since 4th MDN). He was a class above the other maidens in Heat 7 on Oct 24, travelling wide throughout before showing a lovely closing speed over the concluding stages where he won quite comfortably in the end and it looked as though he a bit left to give. He looks a nice 3yo colt and he will go well on debut wherever he goes.


IMPACT A LOT caught our eye in her Oct 10 jump out where she was jogging and the spot prior to being eased out of the jump out. She was entered in at Hamilton today but the meeting was transferred and her subsequently scratched, electing to jump out instead where she was 2nd in Heat 7 on Oct 24 behind a horse we have plenty of time for, Small Town Hero. As mentioned previously, the stable must have some sort of opinion of her based on the races she’s contested in the past, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on her ahead of her resumption. A country maiden will be perfect.

FROSTED ROMANCE has put together two nice jump outs now, a win on Oct 10 backed up by her second placing in Heat 11 on Oct 24 where she closed superbly out wide from the back half of field under minimal pressure. The daughter of Frosted looks to be a nice mover, having been a $90k purchase from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale back in 2021. Keeping an eye on her.

MR BARTENDER looks a talented gelding for not only Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr as trainers, but as owners with these two in the ownership alongside Upper Bloodstock. His first career jump out was over 1000m on Oct 17 where he was a class above late, going to the line untested. He then stuck at 1000m in his second career jump out, again looking slick and a class above as he won Heat 16 on Oct 24. He’s got that friendly on speed racing pattern, so on the back of these jump outs we can certainly follow him into his debut, not to mention that the stable is flying and the fact that he’s owned by the trainers, doubt they’ll be wasting his runs especially early on in his career.


A slick win by the 2yo Deep Field filly, SPICY MARGS with her win in Heat 1, albeit over 650m.

We had CHARM STONE on top when she made her debut at Flemington a few weeks ago where she was heavily backed but just wasn’t quite good enough late when 3rd. Given a freshen up, her tick over jump out in Heat 4 over 800m was absolutely super, extending over the L300m or so with a super turn of foot. She’ll likely head to one of the Flemington carnival 2yo races.

I’MLOVIN’YA was absolutely super as she closed into 2nd place in Heat 5.

He had the race fitness, but PINK BEAU TY was super in his win of Heat 9 on Oct 24, really extending away as he was put under pressure. Not sure he quite handled the Heavy track on debut when beaten a long way back in 5th, so he can improve now second up.

PAKENHAM - 25 October 2022

MORNINGTON - 26 October 2022

BALLARAT - 27 October 2022


The 5yo ITALIAN VIKING has now had the 2x jump outs ahead of his return from an extended 55-week spell having been last seen in September 2021. He was hard held when 3rd in a Oct 11 jump out, but was allowed a little more reign in his win in Heat 7 on Oct 27 over 850m, clocking the second fastest time of the morning in the process as he travelled beautifully in behind the speed before cutting the corner and closing well. He’s had the two career starts, both saw him finish 2nd and both at Moprhetville in Saturday races, so if he resumes here in VIC in a mid-week country week and he’s returned well enough from that long spell, he’ll go well. Don’t want to be diving into odds-on though as that long break is a definite query.

FLEMINGTON - 28 October 2022


MIDTOWN BOSS was solid in 2nd place in Heat 4 on Oct 28, a jump out won by trial star Yulong Command while ahead of Not An Option and Zac De Boss, which is really good company for a 3yo maiden and he looked to hold his own. The 3yo son of Street Boss debuted back in July on a Heavy(8) track where he finished 4th behind Atmosphere, Fast Witness (won her next two starts) and Street Conqueror (won next start by 2.8L) - he clocked the meetings second fastest L200m that day and was clearly doing his best work late. He was quietly ridden and untouched in a previous Oct 21 jump out and looks in good order ahead of his return. He hasn’t been fully tested, but he has done it on raceday before so he’s worth following first up.

Nick Ryan has a talented 3yo on his hands in DON’T CHANGE. He had quiet jump outs on Oct 7 and Oct 21, but really put the jets on in his win in Heat 7 on Oct 28, sitting out the back with a trail position before closing superbly over the top late and powering through the line, albeit under minimal pressure. Will note that he wasn’t wearing blinkers here which he has listed as a gear change in May, so they might go on for his first up run. He had the two runs as a 2yo in handy races but looks to have come back in super order as a 3yo and if he heads to a maiden first up, he’ll go well.


AORAKI SUMMIT was solid enough in his win of Heat 9, but his first jump out on the synthetic was only fair at best.

SKYFORGER has been gelded and his win in Heat 15 was very easy in quick time, albeit hard ridden and pushed out.

The NZ import RHEINBERG looked like a big boy as he took out Heat 16, although it was only a field of three so it’s hard to get a real gauge. Only his first jump out too, so keeping an eye on him.

NEWCASTLE - 25 October 2022


WHAT COULD BE put a 5L gap on the field in Trial 4 with ease, clocking the fastest 1000m time of the mornng in the process. It was a fair trial from the 10yo gelding, who boasts first up record of 15: 3-5-1.

Hard to miss Nathan Doyle’s geldings win in Trial 8, COSMIC FIELD bolting in by 9.3L over the 1000m in the third fastest time of the morning.

RANDWICK - 28 October 2022


It’s hard to believe that NULLIFY is a 14-start on the back of her work in Trial 7 on Oct 28 over the 1050m, she was a clear class above. The 4yo mare got a lovely trailing position through the heat, showing a tremendous turn of foot over the final 300m or so as she pulled out, she put a good 3L on those leaders in a matter of strides and with absolute ease. Not sure what to make of her considering her record but she has always been consistent and this was a lovely return off a 12-week let up. Worth following this mare first up.


A couple of potentially nice 2yo filly’s stepped out in Trial 12 and both are worth watching into another trial.

ALLABOUTELLA was the winner and she showed a lovely turn of foot over the concluding stages to get up and win with relative ease, continuing on with it past the line as well. She was a $430k purchase as a daughter of Trapeze Artist and out of the Group-3 winning mare in Zelady's Night Out.

The other was HELLBENT ON YOU, who followed Allaboutella throughout and after being last throughout, she also showed a nice turn foot late to finish 3rd.

The 3yo Star Witness filly FRILLED was super in her first career trial, winning Trial 14 on Oct 28. She was away midfield, travelling very wide throughout before sweeping to the front in the straight but she was green late when asked to extend. We want to see another trial, but this was a nice first bit of work.

ANOTHER PEDRILLE was another that was having her first career trial and closed super from last to finish 3rd, doing her best work past the line. Look for another bit of work before she debuts.

RICHON was 5.7L off Sejardan in a Group 2 last start, which is certainly handy enough form for a maiden and his win in Trial 15 was a nice bit of work in his return trial.

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