CRANBOURNE - 3 October 2022
LACEMAKER took really nice improvement from her Sep 26 jump out into her win in Heat 9 on Oct 3 over the 800m. In her first jump out, she was quietly ridden in 4th place with the winner in Katsu since winning a BM64. Coming into her second jump out here, she took up a more prominent position in the lead where she was just then too speedy, kicking away in the straight to record a dominant victory as she went on with it past the line, which is always the most encouraging of any jump out. A $100k purchase for Roll The Dice racing, she looks a speedy Deep Field filly that can move.
Similar to her stable mate, MISS GALORE also took nice improvement from her Sep 26 jump out into her win in Heat 12 on Oct 3 over the 1000m. She was quietly ridden in her first jump out in behind the pace as she went to the line untested, but took a different approach in this heat as she went forward to lead and went to the line strongly. Those around her were fully ridden out and pushed while she just went through the motions, she had a bit of this field. She was purchased from NZ following a smart May 25 win and looks a talented Per Incanto filly that should break her maiden early in her career.
PRECONI was good enough again in Heat 8 to warrant keeping in mind, finishing 2nd over the 800m. The 3yo daughter of Nicconi is travelling well ahead of her debut and she’s with a stable that you have to respect so we’ll keep her in mind.
PENSHURST - 3 October 2022
We mentioned the Mick Price owned and trained CRIMSON DYNAMO was back at the jump outs and did herself no harm, winning Heat 6 on Oct 3 in good fashion. She showed lovely gate speed to lead throughout and liked that she was put under pressure from the 200m mark and opened up a little bit of a margin, albeit clocking slow time for the morning. Her Sep 19 jump out was nice as well and as a $155k daughter of Highland Reel, she can go well on debut.
PAKENHAM - 4 October 2022
Have loved the jump outs of MAJOR KEY ahead of her debut. The 3yo Jukebox filly caught the eye when leading from start to finish on Sep 20, travelling beautifully in the run throughout under a hold from Damian Lane who was on board again for her win in Heat 8 on Oct 4, so look for him to stick for her debut. She’s got a friendly racing pattern, sitting on speed in both of her jump outs and despite not being asked for an effort, she looked like she had a lot more to give. As mentioned previously, her mum didn’t win a race in 6x starts but was Group 3 and Group 2 placed. Big watch on her, she looks talented.
Three jump outs now for KING NEPTUNE, all of which have been nice bits of work. The son of Ocean Park won a Sep 7 jump out at Moe over 675m prior to finishing 3rd on Sep 20 to Native Tongue (since 1st MDN) and Queen Of Fire (since 3rd MDN). His most impressive bit of work came in Heat 4 on Oct 4 over the 1000m as he was slow out of the gates, a clear last in the early stages, before whipping around the field to lead them. The most pleasing part was that he didn’t use all his petrol tickets in those early stages, putting a big gap on them in the straight despite never being asked for an effort while those behind him were pushed out. A $170k MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase, he just needs to bring his jump out form to raceday to be very competitive.
Reece Goodwin has had plenty of success with the tried horses and it looks like it may continue with POTATO PETE. The 5yo gelding has had the 4x career starts for no placings with Matt Laurie, three of those as a colt back in 2021 and one of this prep earlier this year (in July) where he was 6th of 12 at an SP of $5. Now with Reece, he put in a super bit of work in Heat 7 on Oct 4 when coming from a long way back in the field to finish 3rd, only going down by a head. He showed a lovely turn of foot here in a very encouraging jump out and we’d be keen to follow him into his first run for the new stable on the back of this.
BURRUMBEET - 4 October 2022
It was a nice return jump out for A LITTLE DEEP on Sep 12 and she backed that up with another nice bit of work in Heat 7 on Oct 4 as she stepped up the 1000m. The Deep Field filly sat midfield but 3-4 wide throughout this heat, cruising in the middle stages before edging her way up the leaders as they approached the bend, going to the line under a hold. She was pipped on the line by a stablemate, but she easily could’ve got the head in front if she was ever asked to extend. A $250k purchase back in 2021 with her full-sister recently purchased for $310k, she moves well and will be competitive on debut.
MORNINGTON - 5 October 2022
Really loved the work of MORPHEUS BRAGI here in a heat that included horses a lot more experienced than he is, which isn’t hard considering he’s un-raced. He was solid in his return jump out Sep 21 when 2nd to Requited while defeating a few that have all run races. He again jumped out in a heat beyond his grade and was super, finishing 3rd in Heat 3 on Oct 5 but it was the way in which he finished 3rd and who he did it around that is worth noting. He was away slowly, settling at the rear of the field and a good 6L off the leaders in Streets Of Avalon and Mornington Glory but he more than made up that ground, showing a super turn of foot over the concluding stages as he went past Barb Raider (who was under more pressure) to get within 2L of those leaders in a super bit of work. Not only that, he was flying to and through the line and they clocked the fastest 900m time of the morning. This is his second prep but is yet to make a debut, winning a pair of jump outs on Apr 27 and May 11 prior to a spell and his return here. A 3yo son of Wrote, we are very keen to follow him into a debut.
SKIDAMARINK is a $1.2M filly as a half-sister to Extreme Warrior and Thrillster, so there is no shortage of expectations on this filly upon her resumption. She was okay on debut as a 2yo when 4th, but we haven’t seen much form (if any at all) come from this race so she will certainly have to improve. She returned on Aug 31 over 900m on the synthetic where she was only fair at best, but she improved into her Sep 21 jump out on the grass where she won quite comfortably when travelling well along the rail. She went well again in Heat 9 on Oct 5, travelling under a strong hold when wide throughout but closed well in the straight, especially over the final 50m or so and including past the line. We won’t be diving in, but she’s a filly worth monitoring.
BLUE CHIP GIRL has been on our radar ever since her big May 18 win. She returned for a solid 3rd on Sep 26 prior to her win in Heat 10 on Oct 5 where she led from start to finish, cruising to the line under no pressure from the jockey. She won in the second fastest time of the morning behind Streets Of Avalon to further her credentials for this win. She’s a big watch on debut following these jump outs, she moves well.
She had the race fitness, but couldn’t believe SWEET ’N’ SPICY finished as close as she did in Heat 10 on Oct 5. In the black silks, she was away worse than horribly, a good 10L+ off the leaders where she wasn’t even on the screen in the early stages but somehow finished ~1.5L off the winner and she did so under minimal riding. Have to keep an eye on her when she resumes from this let-up, this was very good and she should be a nice price.
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 7 October 2022
FLEMINGTON (STEEPLE GRASS) - 7 October 2022
Expecting THE UNICORN to be hard to beat on debut. We mentioned her after previous Sep 22 jump out having also had a quiet Sep 2, where she was entered to run at Mornington on Thursday (yesterday) but scratched, likely due to the wide barrier and/or wet track. She was back at the jump outs, bolting in Heat 13 on Oct 7 as she led from start to finish along the rail under a ridiculous hold from Craig Newitt, winning by a big margin in the third fastest time of the morning. They don’t jump out much better than she did here and Craig Newitt is obviously keen to stick with her, riding her in this jump out having been booked to ride at Mornington before she was scratched. She was a $400k buy being out of Costa Viva, a Group 1 winning mare in NZ over 1600m, and she is going super ahead of her debut. She will lead so hopefully draws low and with Craig being a great front riding jockey, we are very keen to follow her on debut.
This was a super jump out from SEPTEMBER RUN. We aren’t one to normally highlight Group runners as they should be jumping out well, but the work of this mare in Heat 3 on Oct 7 as super as she closed over the top of In The Congo etc. under a ridiculous hold and past the line she couldn’t even be held up. She’ll likely go to the Manikato Stakes from here where she has a second up record of 6:3-0-0 and is a Group 1 winner over 1200m at the Valley (William Reid earlier this year) so expect a big performance.
WONDERFUL TONIGHT has some fair form from her debut 3rd, finishing behind Zouzarella (1st) and Zapateo (2nd) while defeating some nice subsequent winners in Star Spirit, Decent Raine and Queen Of Dubai. She’s had a long time away from the track so certainly have to wonder what issues she might have had but being an I Am Invincible mare that was purchased for $450k, connections will be hoping she can now capitalise on her ability. She returned in Heat 9 on Oct 7 that saw her lead from start to finish where she was never asked for an effort while the 72-rated Zoumon struggled to keep with her over the concluding stages. She did clock the slowest time of the morning but it was a super bit of work in her return. A 4yo mare worth monitoring.
Didn’t mind the work of TASMAN PARK in Heat 11 after being quietly ridden in a Sep 22 jump out prior. He was a dual trial winner in NZ on Mar 22 and Apr 12 as well. Probably wanted to see a little more past the line here but he certainly could be good enough on debut based on his JO’s and NZ trials as well.
ROSEHILL - 4 October 2022
KAZOU was good in her first trial back on Sep 20 when 4th - she was slowly away to settle at the rear of the field but was super in the straight as she closed very quickly to finish only 3L off the leader while doing her best work past the line. She went around again over 900m in Trial 11 on Oct 4, again slowly away but this time around midfield before pressing forward to be a clear leader as she approached the bend before then opening up a huge 6L+ gap on them to win very comfortably in the second fastest time of the morning. A Zoustar filly that was a $200k buy from the 2021 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales, she looks very talented and certainly keen to follow her into a debut.
Clocking the fastest 900m time of the morning was the un-raced Star Turn gelding in SPITZER, taking out Trial 14 on Oct 4. This 3yo gelding was away cleanly, sitting outside the leader throughout the heat before then showing a lovely turn of foot over the concluding stages to put him away with ease. This was his first trial this prep, but second of his career having had a trial back on Apr 29 that saw him sit to the rear of the field before showing that turn of foot late to run over the top of the now Group 1 place Zou Tiger. A $140k purchase, he looks a nice moving gelding that will likely have another trial before debuting.
WARWICK FARM - 7 October 2022
Everyone is probably sick of us mentioning WONDEREACH so we’ll keep this shorter but he just keeps on impressing. After bolting in the 2x Pakenham jump outs, he has made his way back to Sydney and won Trial 13 on Oct 7, a 740m synthetic Warwick Farm trial, by 4.43L in the third fastest time of the morning, only 0.37s slower than Eduardo earlier so he’s absolutely flying. Expecting him to be very hard to beat on debut, whether that be VIC or NSW but he’ll be $1.50 in VIC so hoping NSW in case they miss his VIC jump outs…
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