Weekly Review - September 27 to October 3
CRANBOURNE - 27 September 2021
Super win by FRENZY LUNE in Heat 7 on Sep 27, winning by several lengths in slick time. She was only fair first up on a Heavy10 track at Cranbourne, given a 10-week let up into this and potentially didn’t handle the wet track that day. She was 3rd in a BM64 last prep, so we’re expecting a better run second up here. Looking for a 1000m BM58.
The USA import LIGHTHOUSE was an impressive winner of Heat 9 on Sep 27. It would’ve been hard to miss the big grey cruising throughout and extended to and through the line late. There is no profile for the horse though with nothing showing on Racing Australia either, so we’ll keep this runner in mind and keep checking for a profile to look further into.
COLERAINE - 27 September 2021
CORRETTO is smart and would be surprised if he doesn’t win (or go very close to winning) first up in Aus. His win in Heat 4 on Sep 27 was super, clocking the clear fastest time of the morning. He jumped straight to the front here, showing superior early speed and then when given a push int he straight, he really responded and was clearly a class above even with the 71-rated Garvoc in 2nd and Ironedge in 3rd. We loved his Sep 14 jump out as well and super keen for him to make his Australian debut.
BLUE ARMY was pushed along to win Heat 3 on Sep 27, but the company he went to the line with and in front of was quality including the likes of Mystery Shot, River Twain and Ocean Beyond. The 3yo colt was well backed on debut but was no match for Stonefield, with that runner going on to win a BM58 a couple starts later. Only his first jump out back in a high quality field, worth following.
FIFTH POSITION looked a class above winning Heat 8 on Sep 27 over 1200m, the jockey even having a look between the legs in the closing stages of the jump out.
PAKENHAM - 28 September 2021
Nice hit out for OXLEY ROAD winning Heat 6 on Sep 28 in the fastest time of the morning following a 4-week freshen up after his Group 3 placing. Thought IMPRESSIVE LASS was far from disgraced when 2nd too.
Clocking the second fastest time of the morning in Heat 9 on Sep 28 was PATRIOTIC KING, a 3yo that makes his return as a gelding following an unsuccessful debut back in April where he started a $3.90 favourite but faded late after leading to finish 8L back in 9th (of 10). Luke Nolan reported that he made an abnormal respiratory noise that day and was subsequently spelled and gelded. He had too much speed throughout here and we’re happy to follow him into another jump out prior to his resumption.
BENDIGO - 28 September 2021
KIATA has always been a nice mare and think she can go well in a BM64 first up following Heat 1 on Sep 28 where she was nabbed on the line by Vungers, clocking the clear fastest 800m time of the morning by over 1s.
Have to put a watch on WHERE’S THE HUNTER following another nice jump out. The 3yo gelding was 2nd in a Sep 20 trial when hard held and backed that up with an all the way win in Heat 9 on Sep 28, also under a strong hold. He looked to be a nice mover and did it quite effortlessly in the end. Certainly have to keep an eye on where he turns up on debut.
We made a note for Lindsay Park’s galloper under the breeding SHAMEXPRESS x SPRAY after a Sep 17 (red) jump out with the likes of Stay Gold, Ranting and Derive. Thought his jump out in Heat 10 on Sep 28 was also good, winning in the second fastest 800m time of the morning despite being a bit green when he was put under pressure in the straight after leading throughout. Feel as though there might be a motor there once he puts it together and fully stretches out.
FABRIKKA had another jump out, finishing 2nd in Heat 13 on Sep 28 over the 1000m and it wasn’t the most convincing jump out. She was hard ridden throughout the straight, given the whip and all but never really made any ground on the leader or put any ground on those around here. In saying that, those around her were BM70 level and she’s a maiden, while this was the fastest 1000m heat of the morning. She can still go well first up but it’s not going to be a high confidence play.
MORNINGTON - 29 September 2021
It was the Jerome Hunter show at Mornington and it was hard to get a real gauge (and work out who was who) in each of the jump outs. Think we just have to be mindful when we see a Jerome Hunter horse on debut for the time being - there wasn’t much else to follow from these heats.
OFFSHORE BANDIT bolted in Heat 5 on Sep 29 who was the standout performer, albeit with some race fitness from a first up run 3 weeks ago. He constantly performs at the jump outs and while the first up run was encouraging to finish 3rd, he really needs to put it together on race day - if he does, he’ll break his maiden. Following second up but we’re cautious.
KILMORE - 29 September 2021
DEEP'N MEANINGFUL was mentioned after a Sep 15 jump out and don’t think she did her credentials any harm when 2nd in Heat 1 on Sep 29. She was away well but ridden with no urgency and dropped back to last but very wide throughout. She was given a push in the straight and came home well down the middle of the track to narrowly miss. Not a stand out, but certainly has jumped out well enough to be competitive on debut.
GEELONG - 30 September 2021
KITANLAD can certainly jump and run, bolting in both her jump outs to date on Sep 1 over 600m on the synthetic and here in Heat 6 on Sep 30 over 1000m. The jockey looked to have her under a vice grip and she just wanted to really get on with it, mouth open and all early, so she may just be one of those horses that flies out in front and that’s why she wins all the jump outs and it probably won’t translate to race day. Monitor to see where and what price she pops up on debut. Not a stack of confidence but could have a small play if big odds.
FLEMINGTON - 1 October 2021
Loved the way LUNA CAT moved here, closing super to finish 2nd in Heat 6 on Oct 1 (red) and showing that turn of foot she showed on debut. We mentioned her as one to take from a Sep 17 jump out and this jump out furthered her credentials. She was away well enough but taken to the rear of the field, cruising throughout before finding some galloping room in the straight and closing super, much better than Frisson. Past the line she was pretty much even with the break away leader. Think she’ll go well first up in a maiden.
SYSTEMIC did his best work past the line, leading throughout in Heat 8 on Oct 1 (white) to win by a couple lengths but really extending past the line and opening up a gap. She was extremely hard held in a Sep 17 jump out where he was overracing and very wide throughout, but never was asked for an effort and just cruised to the line. Again, she was in front past the line. He is very well bred, a half-brother to the Group 1 placed Mizzy and is a must follow on debut.
We’ve mentioned LUCKY CANUCK previously, yet to get to the races despite several jump outs in March, April, August and September. The 3yo filly had another jump out here, winning Heat 4 on Oct 1 as she showed great gate speed to lead throughout and hold off Galactus late with I Am The Fox sitting behind her, both those gallopers much better than maiden grade. She can’t be far from a debut and is one to watch.
DEMPSTER faded in a Aug 9 straight jump out and was not flash in a Aug 20 jump out as well. Given a couple weeks let up, the blinkers went on and he went straight to the front in Heat 10 on Oct 1 and bolted in by several lengths while running the fastest time of the morning by almost one second. He wasn’t ever asked for an effort and just cruised through the motions. Probably want to see another bit of work with his past form.
Rosseau was super in Heat 11 on Oct 1, but it was the two maiden fillies in JEZOULENKO and FASHION AVENUE that were travelling just as well in their first jump outs this preparation and think they’re both worth having on the watchlist. FASHION AVENUE has had the two starts while JEZOULENKO is un-raced.
FINE IMPACT - Garry White
Sep 27 (Hawkesbury) - this was a nice all the way win (~4L) in nice time, only 0.11s slower than Heat 2 - did it well throughout here and even was eased down late - lovely return, especially for 1000m first trial back after almost 1 year off - must follow.
BROSNAN - G Ryan & S Alexiou
Sep 28 (Rosehill) - Snitzel colt purchased for $1,050,000 at MM Yearling Sales out of a multiple Group 2 placed mare - pick of the 2yo trial - was away well but heavily restrained to last, travelled wide throughout under a strong hold - taken to the middle of the track in the straight and let down well despite never being asked for an effort - looked to have a motor under the hood.
ZARASTRO - Chris Waller
Sep 28 (Rosehill) - this Coolmore colt looks smart and that debut 2nd to Paulele reads really well now - was a $1,050,000 Magic Millions buy - had a trial 6 weeks after that debut and split Profiteer and Hilal - ridden with no urgency out of the gates, taken back and was throwing the head around wanting to go on with it but the jockey wanted him to have a quiet time - got gaps in the straight but was never asked for an effort at all - moved super well.
ESPIONA - Chris Waller
Sep 28 (Rosehill) - massive fan of this filly, all her trials suggest she is very smart - she was under a strangle hold the whole way here but made up the ground on the leaders in the straight with absolute ease - don’t need to say much more, she’s got class and very keen to follow her into her debut.
PASCAL - M, W & J Hawkes
Sep 28 (Rosehill) - was away only fairly but quickly mustered speed to lead along the rail - was under a very hard hold throughout and into the straight, but that didn’t stop him opening up a couple lengths on the rest of the field and winning with ease - nice all the way win, can make a winning return first up.
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