CRANBOURNE - 19 September 2022
Thought ANY ZOUWILLDO could’ve been a bet at a nice price after some solid but less noticeable jump outs and trials, but the 3yo colt was back at the jump outs for his third bit of work, a solid win in Heat 4 on Sep 19 over 990m on the synthetic track at Cranbourne. Unlike his Sep 5 trial, luck was taken out of the equation here as he jumped cleanly to lead throughout before then being put under pressure at the top of the straight and over the concluding stages as he responded to win reasonably comfortably in the end. Think he’s worth monitoring on debut.
WHAT YOU NEED (pink) was the star of Heat 12 on Sep 19, winning by a couple of lengths over the 760m. There was a big gap to 3rd here with the 2nd placed horse being DENSITY, a 2-start maiden for Price & Kent Jnr having come down from NSW. The 3yo colt would’ve won this heat comfortably if it weren’t for a superstar in What You Need, but it’s good to use him as a guide and on the back of this in addition to his 2nd placing in a Sep 5 jump out, he looks to have more than enough talent to win a maiden here. A son of Spirit Of Boom that was a $500k Magic Millions buy and is still a colt, there must still be some expectations on what he can achieve on the race track.
A few having their first jump out that are worth keeping an eye on.
CASTERTON - 19 September 2022
Following her easy win at Donald on Sep 12, CENTREFOLDSTAR recorded another easy win in Heat 3 on Sep 19 over the 900m. It’s hard to get too enthused about her considering she was a beaten $1.60 favourite on debut back in Feb, but she did pull up with a slow recovery so she had excuses and she has had the stable change to Tom Dabernig, who places his horses very well. A pair of nice jump outs ahead of her return, both on Heavy tracks, she can run well first up for the new stable.
Mick Price obviously has an opinion of CRIMSON DYNAMO, retaining a share in the 3yo filly as one of two owners. The daughter of Highland Reel finished 2nd in Heat 9 on Sep 19 in a lovely bit of work as she was quietly ridden along the rail. Smart first jump out this prep and she’s a filly we’ll keep an eye on.
BALLARAT - 20 September 2022
CADENABBIA ran well on debut when 2nd before heading to Caulfield where she was unlucky, travelling 4-wide throughout in a forgive run. She has been given a 10-week let up since then, returning in Heat 11 on Sep 20 where she sat off the speed before coming over the top late to win well and doing so against some runners who have broken their maiden. The Sepoy filly debuted off only 1x jump out, so she potentially goes straight to the races now but we’d like to hopefully see another jump out. Either way, she’s one to monitor.
PAKENHAM - 20 September 2022
WONDEREACH is clearly a nice horse. We mentioned him after his Sep 6 win, a super bit of work over the 750m where he was totally dominate and clocked really slick time, quicker than Rainbiel that day. He proved that that win wasn’t a fluke by winning Heat 8 on Sep 20 in 49.65s, the clear fastest time of the morning ahead of Ancestry’s 50.10s and above our overall average of 49.89s despite it being a Heavy track. He’s got a no fuss racing pattern which is attractable, leading in both of his jump outs and while there may be queries on whether he’s just a jump and run horse or not, he’s doing so in slick time under no pressure and we’ll be happy to find out on debut. A $55k purchase from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session back in 2021, he’s a smart gelding and keen to follow.
Despite it being the slowest heat of the morning, MAJOR KEY just went through her paces when leading from start to finish in Heat 7 on Sep 20. The 3yo Jukebox filly travelled beautifully throughout this heat under a hold from Damian Lane, a really nice debut jump out. She’s out of the mare Kyria, who didn’t win a race in 6x starts but was Group 3 and Group 2 placed, the Group 2 being behind Pierro (3rd by 3.5L). Keeping a close eye on this filly.
MORNINGTON - 21 September 2022
BAY THIRTEEN is travelling super and is going to be hard to beat first up. As previously mentioned, she was 2nd to Mornington Glory in a Sep 5 official trial in a super bit of work and her win in Heat 7 on Sep 21 over 900m was every bit as impressive. She’s got a stack of speeding, sitting outside the leader here before showing a super turn of foot late to put a massive gap on the field and win in the second fastest time of the morning behind Giga Kick. She was a $100k Inglis Classic Yearling Sale purchase in 2021 and Matt Laurie recently purchased her half-sister by Astern for $130k at the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales, so he clearly has an opinion of her and the family and on the back of these jump outs, we expect her to go very well first up. Nice filly.
The time was below average for the morning, but HIGHLAND GIRL certainly passed the eye test in her win in Heat 6 on Sep 21. The 3yo filly travelled 3-wide on speed throughout before unleashing a super turn of foot late to win by a few lengths. She’s had the 3x jump outs now ahead of her return, the first over only 600m on Aug 31 but her second at the official Cranbourne trials on Sep 5 was also super when 2nd to Ferlazzo, who ran really well first up behind Sunzou. She ran super on debut when 4-wide no cover the trip but managing to close well into 3rd, where we’ve seen subsequent winners come from the race in the form of Eros (2nd) and The Guava (4th). She doesn’t have the most punter friendly get back and run on racing pattern, but some nice jump outs and debut form will have her in good stead upon her return.
TROPICCONI was the clear take away from Heat 8 on Sep 21. She was away last, settling in the second half of the field but was then shuffled back to last as they rounded the bend - she went wide but had to dart back to the inside to get a run and closed super to finish a very close 2nd after making up a lot in the straight. She was quietly ridden in a Sep 5 official trial, but won a jump out back on May 11 ahead of Thron Bone at Caulfield in the second fastest time of the morning. The $140k daughter of Nicconi looks talented and we’re keen to follow into a debut.
STARZ BARWON has to have a maiden win in him. He failed first up on a Heavy track (ignore) but ran well second up despite being three-wide no cover the trip, finishing 3rd to Mr Freeze (since won CL1) with Liming (4th), Hayley (5th) and Zouhope (9th) since winning. He was then three wide no cover again third up when 4th to the smart Ice Pick Nick with Dustland Fairytale (3rd), That’s Milly (5th) and Soul Benefit (6th) all winning since. Given time, he returned for a nice Sep 7 jump out prior to his easy win in Heat 11 on Sep 21 and looks (again) in good order ahead of his return, he just needs some luck.
FLEMINGTON (STRAIGHT) - 22 September 2022
DUNDEEL x LADY MOURA won Heat 3 and was the obvious take away from this heat, being a $210k 2022 MM Gold Coast Yearling purchase, but thought the other key take away was SHOWTIME x WITHOUT SAYING in the red silks. This colt was away only fairly from the wide barrier where he was then taken across to the middle of the track to be ridden cold in behind the field. He just sat quietly throughout until there was 100-150m left where he was urged to take a gap (mainly cause he was going so much better than those in front of him) and he did so with ease with his most impressive work being past the line.
FLEMINGTON - 22 September 2022
AUROLAA jumped cleanly in Heat 9 on Sep 22 to go forward, given a little push to get there, and then really put them away over the concluding stages when he was ridden out. He was quietly ridden in a previous Sep 16 jump out so this will really bring him on for his first up run, his first as a 3yo. He had the 2x starts as a 2yo, both of which were really poor, but being a $130k buy, he may have come back better as a 3yo and his jump outs suggest that. It won’t be a stack of confidence, but he’s worth monitoring.
Nice filly is THE UNICORN. She had a quietist Sep 2 jump out where she led from start to finish but was put under pressure late, even shown the whip. She clocked an above average time that day and held off a fast finish Turn It Up Tommy who has since ran 2nd in a 1500m BM64. She impressed immensely into her second jump out though, taking out Heat 11 on Sep 22 in the second fastest time of the morning where she took the same approach to her first jump out but this time wasn’t put under any pressure and did it all under he own steam. Love how she put them away over the final 200m and was going on with it past the line. She was a $400k buy being out of Costa Viva, a Group 1 winning mare in NZ over 1600m, and she certainly looks capable of living up to that price tag.
RANDWICK - 19 September 2022
Top seeds/horses to follow from these are (in order); DON CORLEONE, JUST GISELLA, PERFECT PROPOSAL and SICILIAN.
DON CORLEONE was very professional and the clear pick of this heat. He had the inside barrier where he wasn’t the greatest into stride but Hugh Bowman just let her settle as PHYSICAL GRAFFITI was pushed to lead. He took a sit behind him throughout and looked really relaxed before then getting a gap at the top of the straight and showing a super turn of foot to get over the top over the concluding stages. PHYSICAL GRAFFITI wasn’t disgraced in 2nd as he led from start to finish under minimal pressure, but it’s always good to see some gears from these early 2yo’s. They gapped 3rd by 5L and clocked the second fastest time of the morning.
DON CORLEONE is an Extreme Choice colt that was purchased for $650k at the MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale being out of Snipzu, who was 2nd in the Gimcrack on debut before then winning her next two starts at Eagle Farm.
PERFECT PROPOSAL showed that Gai Waterhouse early speed with the 2yo filly going straight to the front in the early stages and although pressured by QUEEN OF THE MILE early, she was determined to get to the front and that she did. She still had a bit to offer in the straight too as Tim Clark put her under a bit of pressure but certainly not more than anyone else in the field and she opened up a 2.2L margin on SATIN AND SILK in 2nd quite easily.
She’s by Russian Revolution and is a half-sister to Lady Sharapova who was 3rd in the Talindert as a 2yo, like their mum Perfect Persuasion who was also 3rd in the Talindert and 4th in the Group 3 Breeders at Morphetville as a 2yo.
Another Gai Waterhouse horse that got a nice lead along the rail and was too good. SICILIAN showed lovely gate speed under James McDonald to go forward and get a nice lead along the rail. She travelled beautifully throughout despite pressure from stablemate TAORMINA and was too good late under hands and heels while the rest of these were put under significantly more pressure. LEARNING TO FLY closed well into 2nd place but was put under more pressure than SICILIAN as Chad Schofield pushed her out and showed the whip.
SICILIAN is by I Am Invincible and was a $650k purchase from the MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale but her siblings haven’t shown a real lot, with full siblings Cut To The Chase and Brentwood only being fair.
He wasn’t super, but thought GODZILLA showed a bit and would’ve finished better than 4th if he had a clearer run in transit and didn’t lay in. The 2yo Shalaa colt didn’t have much gate speed and settled last but did close well down the middle of the track despite having to change course slightly a couple of times. He’s got plenty of improvement to come.
JUST GISELLA was very very good here. The 2yo filly was away fair with Tommy Berry happy to have her settle behind the leaders on the rail. In the straight though she had no where to go, overarching badly for a few strides before then checking off 3 sets of heels and only getting a gap over the final 200m or so and exploding to the front to win. She looked to tire a bit late but she was certainly inclined to considering the run she had, which not many 2yo’s can do especially at their first outing on a track. If she has a clear passage, she wins this by a big margin.
She’s by Justify out of a Fastnet Rock mare that was a $200k purchase from the MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She’s a half-sister to Agassi who has learnt $319k prize money with a career record of 33-5:4:5.
ROSEHILL - 20 September 2022
Clocking the fastest 1030m time of the morning was the un-raced RHETTARA with James McDonald on board, with the 3yo I Am Invincible filly sitting outside the leader and cruising to the line under no pressure. If asked for an effort, she looked as though she could’ve exploded away. She was very quietly ridden in a Sep 6 trial over 900m as well and will have a good base for her debut where she can go well.
CALL DI was a bit of a hidden gem, finishing 2nd in Trial 8 on Sep 20 but it was the way in which she finished that caught the eye. The 3yo daughter of Frankel jumped almost the best of the field but was ridden with no urgency to drop back to near last, which she didn’t like as she threw her head around a bit. Once she settled, she put the head down and powered to the line, getting an interrupted run but showing a lovely turn of foot when put under pressure and her best work was past the line as she continued to extend and was in front comfortably. She’s out of Samantha Miss, the winner of multiple Group 1’s including the Champagne Stakes, Flight Stakes and Oaks, so certainly very well bred being by Frankel as well and she looks talented.
We mentioned PUNGO after his Sep 6 win where he led from start to finish under minimal pressure, clocking the second fastest 900m time of the morning in the process. The 3yo colt put together another lovely trial, taking out Trial 12 on Sep 20 over 900m but clocking slow time for the morning. The son of So You Think jumped beautifully but was restrained early to take a sit just off the leader and once they got into the straight where he settled, he just sampled up with ease and got over the top under no pressure. Being by So You Think out of a Lonhro mare, suspect he will get over some distance but he’s just won these trials in first gear, encouraging signs.
WARWICK FARM - 23 September 2022
PROMISING PROSPECT was kept under a hold for the entire 787m in Heat 11 on Sep 23, finishing a close 3rd but easily could’ve won this heat if he was ever asked for an effort. It was encouraging to see him going on with it through the line, while this run was the pretty much the exact same as his previous Sep 9 as he also finished 3rd in between horses. Amanda Turner was clearly a big fan of this gelding, purchasing him for $370k at the Inglis Ready2Race Sales back in 2021, so keep an eye on where this 3yo Capitalist gelding pops up on debut.
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