CRANBOURNE - 12 September 2022
SONGAA debuted as a $2.50 SP at Geelong but could only manage 5th of 7 that day. There has been some handy enough form come from that race, with Barclay’s Bank (2nd) winning a MDN and BM58 at his next two starts, Night Of Mayhem (3rd) since running 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 1st in MDN’s, Juice Box (4th) since stringing together a trio of wins in a MDN, BM58 and BM70, and even 6th and 7th have since won MDN’s. He’s been gelded since that run, returning for a pair of jump outs on Aug 10 and Aug 29 that were hard to get a real gauge on, but his win in Heat 13 on Sep 12 over the 1000m was clearly his best bit of work and looks in good order ahead of his return to the races. Hoping they look at a 1400m maiden first up for him.
DONALD - 12 September 2022
A LITTLE DEEP won a May 24 jump out ahead of Gamadale Nip (who then ran 2nd on debut at $2.20 SP) but didn’t get to the track, given more time before returning for another jump out win in Heat 9 on Sep 12 over 850m as she clocked the fastest time of the morning in the process. A $250k purchase back in 2021, keeping an eye on this filly for another bit of work.
We mentioned LUNAR MODULE following her Aug 2 jump out where she was hard held in 2nd place behind French Fields where they clocked the second fastest time of the morning. We also mentioned that she’ll have another jump out where she was pushed out, which occurred on Aug 11 but she went backwards and was really poor, potentially due to the track which looked in ordinary condition. She clearly had an issue and was given 5-weeks off, returning in Heat 10 on Sep 12 on the grass where she led before being pushed out in the straight and opening up a big margin on the field over the 1000m, a lovely bit of work in nice time. If we can forgive her middle jump out, her other two were slick and she can go well on debut on the back of those.
PAKENHAM - 13 September 2022
Looked as though the blinkers went on for MORNING DARLING and they did the job, with the 3yo gelding winning Heat 4 on Sep 13 over the 1000m, clocking the fastest time of the morning and the third fastest time we have recorded. He does have the benefit of race fitness having had 3x runs and 4x jump outs this prep, but like the positive gear change and considering he’s got no form with a big SP profile, he might be worth a tiny spec at a big price with the blinkers on. Following, but treading carefully.
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 16 September 2022
Loved the work of LOVE TONIGHT in Heat 3 on Sep 16, the 3yo Capitalist filly closing superbly over the concluding stages under a hold, but it was on the synthetic and the heat was run in slow time. Only her first jump out, so just monitoring for another bit of work first.
FLEMINGTON (STEEPLE GRASS) - 16 September 2022
ZOURATA was another 3yo that looked handy enough in his first jump out, taking out Heat 8 on Sep 16 in the fastest time of the morning. A son of Zoustar, he’s a good looking colt and one to monitor.
RANDWICK - 13 September 2022
HAWKESBURY - 13 September 2022
Very quick trial from DESI EMPEROR, taking out Trial 4 on Sep 15 over the 1000m by a massive 7.47L in 59.03s, the clear fastest time of the morning and the third fastest overall time recored. The 3yo gelding showed superior gate speed to lead by a big margin and held that to the line. His first trial on Aug 22 over 800m saw him settle midfield and wide throughout where he just cruised to the under line under no urgings. He looks to have taken some nice improvement into his second career preparation, his first as a 3yo and is worth following into his first up run.
SELOUS’s victory in Trial 7 on Sep 15 is one of the better trial wins you’ll see and he looks in super order ahead of his return. Following a quieter Aug 29 trial over 781m when 3rd, James McDonald stuck with the 3yo colt into into this 1000m trial where he was poorly away and forced to take a sit at the back of the field on the fence but displayed a super turn of foot over the final 300m as he forced his way to the middle of the field and went bang. The son of Shooting To Win was clearly superior here and has returned in super order as a 3yo, so look for James McDonald to stick for his first up run.
RED CARD was ordinary upon return when finishing last (12th of 12), but she slow to recover that day. She was given a 14-week let up, returning on Aug 22 where she recorded a dominant 4.31L win over 800m when leading from start to finish. Her work in Trial 13 on Sep 15 was just as impressive, again going forward to lead but travelling wide throughout as she cruised to the line to record an easy win in the end. She’s finished last in both career runs so far, which will be a slight query but we likely get a price as a result and could look at a small play.
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