CRANBOURNE - 13 September 2021
EXPRESS MASTER was the only one in the field of Heat 11 on Sep 13 who wasn’t pushed out by Beau Mertens, recording a comfortable 1.5L win in above average time for the morning. He potentially wasn’t quite ready to debut as a 2YO, being well supported at $4 but didn’t offer too much in the straight to finish 5th. He was immediately spelled, returning now (potentially being gelded) with two jump out wins with this win and his win on Aug 23. He looks a big gelding with a nice action and we’re happy to follow him into his resumption.
SONG OF THE NILE won a Aug 23 under Julien Welsh before finishing 2nd on Sep 6 and then absolutely bolting in Heat 19 on Sep 13 over the 990m in a very impressive bit of work. This was almost the perfect jump out - she jumped beautifully, straight to the front to lead with no pressure and then kicked away around the bend to record a 6L victory with the rest of the field chasing and no chance of catching her. An impressive bit of work by this 3yo filly to top off her previous jump outs. She’ll be competitive on debut.
Not sure what to make of HARTACK. He jumped out super prior to his debut and was well backed with D Oliver on board but was disappointing when a 9.6L 6th of 8 runners. He was immediately spelled though, switching over to the Smiley Chan yard during the break and returning for some more nice jump outs and trials, the latest winning Heat 4 on Sep 13 over 1190m in really slick time for the day ahead of Just Benjamin and a fast finishing Groovy Kinda Love. Obviously some expectations of him, being a $270k buy from NZ and with that kind of market support on debut. He’s one to keep an eye on as he resumes.
A big 4L win for CUT IT OUT in Heat 7 on Sep 13, leading from start to finish in slick time (second fastest of the day). Did it well but does have a jump out friendly racing pattern, being a leader. Best suited in a 1000m BM64 first up.
PRIX DE TURN put in a nice performance as the 3yo colt took out Heat 15 on Sep 13. He was given a push, but thought he responded well to the riding as he came down the middle of the track to record a 3L victory while being put away for the last 100m or so. Had a quieter Sep 6 jump out so we’ll put him on the watch list as he looks to be an alright mover.
GEE BEE ESS is one that is a must watch. The now-4yo mare was heavily restrained to last in her return in Heat 16 on Sep 13 before closing super under no riding at all to finish 4th. She had a laceration on debut and then the jockey dropped the whip at the 250m mark second up but still managed to finish 2.8L off them in 4th. Loved this bit of work, only her first bit of work back and keen to follow.
THINK JADE was the pick of Heat 18 on Sep 13. Beaten for speed early as he dropped back to a clear last, he came down the outside alongside Office Jim under minimal pressure and didn’t look out of place alongside horses that have broken their maiden. It’s only her first jump out back, but an encouraging bit of work.
AXE ATKINS has had the four jump outs / trials now, recording the fastest 990m time of the day in his Heat 20 win on Sep 13. There was a breakaway leader for much of the heat, but when asked for an effort, he made up the ground quite well where they gaped 3rd by a massive 8L.
CRANBOURNE (2YO's) - 13 September 2021
RAMPANT LION was very professional, taking out Heat 9 in 46.96s as he led from start to finish. The Frankel colt did similar in a 600m Pakenham jump out on Aug 19 when winning by several lengths and looks very professional. He was a $500k purchase from the 2021 Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
MILLANE was has finished 2nd to Rampant Lion in both his jump outs now and wasn’t disgraced here, likewise the sole filly in the heat RUNAWWAY BELLE in 3rd. BIOGRAPHER (4th) and PHILOSOPHER (5th) did a bit wrong and need to improve.
THE WIZARD KING took out Heat 10 in 46.16s, also jumping straight to the front and leading from start to finish. He was pushed out late and shown the whip, but didn’t look to have a real lot under the hood. It is worth noting that this was the fastest 800m heat of the entire morning though, an entire 0.56s quicker than the next quickest and other heats that included the likes of Brooklyn Hustle…
The one to take from this was BRERETON who finished a close 2nd and just sat outside The Wizard King from start to finish and was given no pressure at all. He led in a 600m Aug 19 jump out but was overran late by a 3yo as he was also put under no pressure. He was a $1 million purchase from the 2021 Magic Millions Yearling Sale as a half-brother to Hard Ransom with their dam (Fuddle Dee Duddle) winning $350k prize money and being a multiple time winner as a 2YO as well as being a Group 3 winner over 1600m and 5th in the Group 1, Kingston Town.
ECHUCA - 13 September 2021
Bit of breeding behind PSYCHO STAR who finished 2nd in Heat 3 behind regular jump out star It’s Kind Of Magic. The 3yo filly went the the line largely untouched, a nice bit of work for her first jump out. She’s a half-sister to Esperance, out of the mare Sycophant who’s a half-sister to the Group 2 placed Sydney Owner. She’s worth keeping in mind.
FLEMINGTON (2YO's) - 14 September 2021
On Sep 15 in 2020, there were two trials up the straight. General Beau won Heat 1 ahead of Ingratiating and Anamoe in 47.92s, while Finance Tycoon (white) won Heat 2 in 47.28s ahead of Invincibilus (red) in 3rd and The Globe (blue, white cap) in 4th. The average time between the two heats was 47.60s.
We then saw General Beau win the Darley Spring Preview by 2.25L ahead of Finance Tycoon in 2nd, The Globe 3rd and Invincibilus 4th with a 3L gap to 5th (who was 7.7L off the winner).
Heat 1 was significantly quicker than the other two heats, with the first two across the line in GALVANIC (1st) and CONTEMPORARY (2nd) the two to take from this heat. GALVANIC is a 2yo Ilovethiscity colt out of the un-raced Miss Hottie and was a $30,000 purchase at the MM Adelaide Yearling Sales - he looked comfortable going to the line untouched. Likewise CONTEMPORARY who’s an Exceed And Excel Godolphin colt out of the mare Memorial, who was a dual-2YO winner and a 2.4L 5th in the Golden Slipper.
The filly STREET DELIGHT was 3rd, ridden throughout and slowly made ground in okay fashion, while ANGRY SKIES (4th) looked to be making ground late before the jockey stopped, but not quick as good. DUBAI OAK (5th) will need to improve.
The field in Heat 2 did a bit wrong and looked to be all over the shop early. Really impressed with (and loved) Chris Waller’s ROBUSTO who finished 2nd, a Churchill (IRE) colt out of the Group 3 winning mare She’s Clean. He sat on the back of the eventual winner in LASCARS before pulling to the outside and exploding to the front but hitting the line under a super strong hold. He looked to have a bit of talent. The winner LASCARS wasn’t disgraced and is a well bred colt, by Sepoy out of the stakes winning Alizes (NZ) who was Group 2 placed in the Schillaci. Corstens un-named runner in 3rd was untouched but EXCEED AND FLY was just below this lot and did a lot wrong when pulled out late.
Heat 3 was ran in a slow time. Nick Ryan’s galloper dropped out (inconclusive) while FORESHADOW and the Hayes runner will need to improve. The first two across the line were by Lonhro. Godolphin’s filly MAGIC CARPET (2nd) just cruised to the line so we have to keep her in mind. She was overran late by the colt IDRIS (1st), a $120k purchase from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales and is out of the Group 2 winner Truly Wicked. MAGIC CARPET the pick of this field.
PAKENHAM - 14 September 2021
OUR BEST PAL is the un-named Palentino runner from an Aug 31 jump out win that we wanted to put a big watch on. The 3yo colt returned to the jump outs to win Heat 2 on Sep 14 ahead of the stakes placed Way To Go Paula, albeit ridden out and in the slowest of the 5x heats that morning. He showed some early speed here to lead and we think he might have the talent to be competitive on debut.
MOE - 14 September 2021
BLISTERING showed talent prior to her debut at Caulfield where she led but was overran late with the winner (Gimmie Par) going on to win the Group 3 Quezette in early August. Returning here, she took out Heat 1 on Sep 14 as she led from start to finish and showed a nice kick around the bend to win comfortably, albeit over only 675m but did run a very slick time. Keen to see where she goes as John Pascoe (as the trainer and sole owner) has an opinion on her.
CASTERTON - 14 September 2021
CORRETTO is a 4yo import from NZ, coming over here following 3 runs for 3 placings. He jumped super in Heat 5 on Sep 14 and went straight to the front, travelling beautifully under a strong hold and even extended away late to win the 880m jump out in the fastest time of the morning. The gelding was a $160k purchase at the NZ Karaka Sales and is a huge watch first up in Australia. This was super.
Coming from the same heat, MISS FIELD looks to have come back in super order as a 3yo following some disappointing runs as a 2yo. She won a Sep 2 jump out before running into a potentially smart Corretto in Heat 5 on Sep 14 when 2nd but gapping 3rd. She travelled on speed alongside this galloper throughout and although being outrun late, this heat was really slick and she would’ve won any other heat on the day. One to follow first up as a 3yo.
A $90k MM Yearling Sale purchase in her third jump out, SUMMIT QUEEN jumped straight to the front in Heat 6 on Sep 14 and couldn’t be caught, leading from start to finish. She was given a little push at the top of the straight and kicked away from Respect The Wind late to record a nice win in the second fastest time of the morning.
SANDOWN (2YO's) - 15 September 2021
Three 600m 2yo jump outs this morning. Heat 1 was the slowest of the three, the only real one to take from this being the winner YAKUTSK but not too keen to follow.
As for Heat 2 - WE SHALL FIGHT was poor. COMMODITY and MOGULIST jumped beautifully to lead while LITTLE STRAWBERRY was way terribly but quickly caught up. MOGULIST probably hit the line the best of the three under a hold and extended away slightly past the line, COMMODITY was given a few reminders and LITTLE STRAWBERRY did well to finish within 1L of them but wasn’t too convinced.
Heat 3 was the fastest of the three 600m jump outs and the winner GET IN THE SPIRIT was the pick of this heat and the day. The daughter of Spirit Of Boom jumped straight to the front, cruised throughout and extended late under a strong hold and was never let off the bridal. She hit the line with a lot of pace and was being pulled back late.
SANDOWN - 15 September 2021
Hoping we somehow get PORT LOUIS in a maiden first up. The 3yo colt has had the 5 starts which includes a Group 2 placing over 1400m and makes his way down to VIC for our spring carnival despite holding a nomination for the Golden Rose. He had a nice and easy jump out on Aug 31 prior to winning here in Heat 5 on Sep 15 in nice order in amongst better than maiden grade gallopers (which he is as well) but did run slow time for the day. He was a class above and really hoping we get that maiden first up…
BAEKDU clocked the second fastest time of the morning in her Heat 9 win on Sep 15. She jumped beautifully, cruised up to the lead and did it easy to win by a couple lengths. She had a pair of jump outs in May, the most impressive a May 18 win alongside Cardinal Gem who then came out and finished 2nd in a MDN and then won second up. He’s better than maiden grade and will be competitive on debut.
Bit of pace early from Black Opal and Nankervis in Heat 6 on Sep 15, where BELLA ROYALE just dropped to the back before being given a push over the final stages to fly around the outside of the field and get up and win. She was pushed out, but showed a nice turn of foot. She can win a BM58 first up.
MARINE ONE has always shown talent at the jump outs as a 2yo but that didn’t exactly translate to race day. Now with Maher and Eustace, the now 3yo colt was a super winner of Heat 7 on Sep 15 where he was way too speedy and won by several lengths. Only his first jump out back and this is what he usually does at the jump outs, but the stable change might really bring him on and we’re happy to follow him. Hopefully contests an easier maiden first up to get that confidence up.
We liked a pair of May jump outs by EXTREME WARRIOR, but he didn’t get to the races. Returning in Heat 8 on Sep 15 for his first jump out after another break, he looked a class above and showed he is a classy colt. The time wasn’t super, but it was a nice return none-the-less.
BALLRAT - 15 September 2021
We wanted to watch GOT THE STYLE after a Sep 2 jump out, but very happy to say she has talent and will be very competitive on debut after a super win in Heat 5 on Sep 15 in the fastest time of the morning. The 4yo mare jumped beautifully here, went straight to the lead and never looked like being beat as she won by a good margin. She looks to be a slick mover, being by Snitzel and a half-sister to the Group 1 placed (and Group 2 winning) mare Xilong. Keen to follow.
SPEED LOVER had a quiet first jump out, but was way too speedy for them in Heat 6 on Sep 15 as she jumped straight to the front along the rail and led from start to finish in slick time, the second fastest of the morning. She was never asked for an effort here and did it quite easy in the end. She was a $160k purchase at the MM Perth Yearling Sales. Nice jump out, certainly want to see where she goes on debut.
DEEP'N MEANINGFUL is a half-sister of Wedgetail and Chloe’s Comet, both handy horses. This filly 3yo filly was a $200k MM Gold Coast Yearling purchase and showed she might have some talent in her first jump out. There was a breakaway leader in Heat 8 on Sep 15 but she cruised to the line alongside Kanzai and looked a lot more comfortable in doing so to finish 2nd. Following.
FLEMINGTON - 17 September 2021
FABRIKKA should be ready to make her return to the races now and be competitive first up. Following a well held together Sep 10 jump out, the now-3yo filly went to the line alongside the 65-rated 5yo Fiery Red in Heat 11 on Sep 17 (white) and although given more of a push, she pretty much matched motors with him. She sat 2L or so off the speed throughout before being given a push to go up alongside Fiery Red and even in front past the line. She looks to move well and come back improved as a 3yo. Happy to follow her into (hopefully) a country mid-week maiden.
I AM GERONIMO has been gelded and after three jump outs on Aug 27, Sep 10 (behind Swats That and Probabeel) and now Heat 3 on Sep 17 (orange and black checks), he looks ready to head back to the races. He was heavily restrained in this heat and forced to take a sit for the majority of the jump out until the straight where he was brought to the outside and really hit the line hard as he went over the top of some better than maiden grade gallopers.
The other one to take from this heat Heat 3 on Sep 17 (red) is LUNA CAT, the 3yo filly returning with a win here in good order as she went to the line hard held alongside better than maiden grade gallopers and didnt look out of place. She ran the meetings fastest L400m and L200m on debut and is one to watch.
Thought the Lindsay Park galloper under the breeding SHAMEXPRESS x SPRAY didn’t look out of place in Heat 9 on Sep 17 (red), a nice heat that included the likes of Stay Gold, Ranting and Derive. Only this gallopers first jump out so keep an eye out for the breeding and a name.
BOWRIDER might be a gelding with talent. As a 2yo he won a Jan 28 jump out and then was 2nd on Feb 5 to Divine Rule who came out and was 2nd 1st in MDN’s. Sent back for a spell, the now-3yo returned to finish 3rd in Heat 12 on Sep 17 (orange with white sleeves) behind a smart Destination, but it was the ease in which he went to the line that caught the eye. Looked to move with ease and think we need to keep an eye on him. Expecting another jump out before debuting.
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