Weekly Review - September 5 to September 11
CRANBOURNE - 5 September 2022
Ben Brisbourne might have a really nice colt on his hands in LOTTWON. He won a pair of jump outs on Apr 29 and May 11 before a spell and returning on Aug 22 for a lovely bit of work where we had to mentioned him. We were hoping he went a bit under the radar, but following his slick 990m win in Heat 15 on Sep 5 where he clocked the second fastest time of the morning under the guidance of Craig Williams, there is no doubt that everyone will now be all over this colt on debut. The 3yo son of Belardo was a $320k purchase from NZ and looks to have a really nice turn of foot, as shown here over the final 200m or so as he burst away. He looks smart.
RIDDLE ME THAT clocked the second fastest time of the morning in a super bit of work in Heat 5 on Sep 5. This was a really good trial over the 800m.
ANY ZOUWILLDO was very green but did a super job to finish 5th in Heat 6 on Sep 5. The 3yo colt jumped from barrier 1 but dropped back to last before Jye McNeil tried to weave his way through multiple gaps in the straight with no luck before ducking back to the rail and finally getting through. He looks like he’s got a big stride but he’s still putting it all together so certainly one to keep an eye on ahead of a potential debut.
The other from Heat 6 on Sep 5 worth following is the 4yo mare POUANDAI, who also came from the back of the field but was wide throughout. She was following the winner in Airclash throughout the heat before checking off heels to the middle of the track and just cruising to the line under a strong hold from John Allen. It’s only her first jump out this prep, but a lovely bit of work here and she looks talented.
BAY THIRTEEN shouldn’t be a maiden for much longer. She debuted as a 2yo against the older horses, finishing 2nd to Smoking’ Holly (who then won a BM64 next start) with a 2.5L gap to Charming Di won then beat her by 2L at their next start. She returned to finish 2nd in Heat 7 on Sep 5 to the very talented Mornington Glory where they flew, clocking the clear fastest time of the morning and the third quickest time we have recorded. She moved super here and we’re keen to follow her into another jump out prior to resuming.
Another jump out win for TRUFFLE KING, the grey 3yo gelding travelling very well at the jump outs now ahead of his debut. In addition to his 2.5L win in Heat 11 on Sep 5, he has won jump outs on Jul 25 and Aug 22 (ahead of Meridius), but his official trial win was certainly the most impressive as he led from start to finish along the rail and held off a fast finishing Queen Of Nations while clocking the second fastest time of the morning alongside Riddle Me That. An $80k purchase from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales, this son of Toronado certainly has speed and can be prominent on debut.
In a very encouraging performance, SUNZOU led and went toe to toe with The Big Heist in Heat 16 on Sep 5, holding him off late to record a nice victory over the 990m. There were big expectations on this colt prior to his debut, but he was very disappointing although pulling up lame and subsequently spelled immediately. If he can live up to the talent he’s shown at the trials and jump outs, he certainly has wins in him so we have to keep an eye on where this colt pops up this prep, especially if Ben Melham sticks.
CASTERTON - 5 September 2022
BRINICLE has cruised to the line in both of his jump outs this preparation now. In his first jump out on Aug 24, the 3yo Foxwedge gelding was away well to lead in the early stages but was just eased down in the straight to finish a distance 3rd. He was away cleanly again in Heat 2 on Sep 5, but this time he was allowed to run through the line, albeit under no jockey pressure in a lovely performance. He clocked the third fastest time of the morning behind Fortunate Kiss and Tuvalu, so if there is something under the hood then he certainly goes alright. A gelding worth keeping an eye on, especially in the country.
PAKENHAM - 6 September 2022
Despite technically finishing 2nd, SEPTAGRAM had the measure of Outback Action in Heat 4 on Sep 6, more specifically over the final 100-200m and past the line where he did it quite easily plus they clocked nice time for the morning. Noting that he has had the three runs this preparation, but coming off a 7-week let up we might see some improvement at a big price. Keeping an eye on him.
The win of WONDEREACH in Heat 11 on Sep 6 could not have been more impressive. The 3yo son of Outreach was totally dominate over the 750m in his first career jump out, heading straight to the front in the early stages before opening up a huge margin in the straight, clocking a faster time than the stakes performed Rainbiel in the heat before. A $55k purchase for Matthew Smith, this was a super debut jump out and he’s a gelding certainly worth keeping an eye on.
BURRUMBEET - 6 September 2022
Putting MEINLAS on the watchlist. He’s an un-raced 6yo Fiorente gelding and won Heat 5 very impressively over 1000m in the second fastest time of the morning. Need to see another bit of work before delving into some analysis but he’s certainly on the watchlist.
TRUST RUSTY has looked slick in both of his jump outs over 1000m, the first a win on Aug 23 on the synthetic track with the latest here, being a 2nd placing in Heat 6 on Sep 6 on the grass. He sat just off the speed here, stalking the leaders before then cruising to the line under a hold with the Eventually, who he looked better than and was going on with it past the line as well. He’s a 5yo son of Trust In A Gust who’s only just getting to the races now, but he certainly looks to have at least a maiden win in him on the back of these jump outs.
WODONGA - 6 September 2022
MORNINGTON - 7 September 2022
It was very hard to get a gauge on GOLD GOVERNOR’s previous jump outs on Aug 17 and Aug 31 due to them being on the Synthetic track in small fields. He showed his hand in Heat 8 on Sep 7 though, showing nice early speed to lead before then showing a kick away in the straight and recorded an easy victory in the third fastest time of the morning despite being under significantly less riding than the rest of the field. He’s a 3yo son of Vancouver that’s worth keeping an eye on ahead of his debut.
MR TICKLES split I Am Caviar (1st) and Lake Agawam (3rd) in his Aug 23 jump out, both of whom flopped on debut at Moe. He then headed to Mornington to win Heat 9 on Sep 7 over the 900m where he was pushed out but responded well to riding, a bit of work that will really bring him on for his debut. A 4yo son of Magnus, he can go well enough on debut to be worth watching.
EYE OF THE EAGLE was forced to drop back to the second half of the field in Heat 10 on Sep 7 where he travelled under a strong hold before then being asked to close off, darting back to the inside and taking the gap late over the final ~200m or so when asked to extend. His Aug 31 jump out was very quiet behind some nice horses, with his work in this heat bringing him on for his resumption following some nice enough 2yo form that is certainly handy enough for most maidens.
HOLLER VALANCE is hopefully one that slips under the radar a little following a couple of handy jump outs. His first jump out on Aug 23 saw him go to the rear of the field and cruise to the line down the middle of the track, finishing 2nd to Helpmebrutha, a subsequent maiden winner at Moe. He took a different approach in Heat 12 on Sep 7, jumping straight to the front, leading throughout before being put under pressure around the bend. He was nabbed on the line, but he was put away late over the concluding stages and this will certainly bring him on for debut. Hopefully he can find a weaker maiden on debut.
MOE - 7 September 2022
STARSPANGLED BABY trotted in Heat 3 on Sep 7 over the 1000m, recording the third fastest time of the morning in the process and doing it with ease. Not sure she’s a betting proposition first up as she tends to be better deeper into her prep and with more distance, so maybe more one to follow second or third up.
Hopefully WRITEY O’PAL goes to a mid-week BM64 instead of in town, as he really should just win one of those. His work in Heat 5 on Sep 7 was super, leading from start to finish over the 1000m while clocking the fastest time of the morning with ease. Monitor where he pops up first up.
FLEMINGTON (INSIDE GRASS) - 9 September 2022
Quite keen on BREAKING GROUND this preparation and really hoping he goes to an easy kill maiden first up. He was our Top Performer following his Aug 26 but his work again in Heat 4 on Sep 9 was super. He jumped super out of the gates, pushing forward to get an easy lead along the rail before opening up an easy gap on Barretta, who goes alright himself. He’s got the race experience already and if he can draw a barrier first up and show that gate speed, he can take up a more prominent position where he’ll be hard to beat in most maidens. Keen to follow this colt.
Following his jump out win on Aug 26 ahead of Bellinger, PORT ALBERT took out Heat 2 on Sep 9 ahead of the very speedy Philosopher and It’sourtime in the fastest time of the morning. It looked like D Oliver was on board here, jumping cleanly to get a good spot forward along the rail and go to the line under a hold, even going on with it past the line. He has handy form from his debut prep having 3rd on debut at Caulfield in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes before finishing 2nd to the undefeated Hell Hound, but has had the key gear change of now being a gelding and on the back of these 2x jump out wins, this son of Sooboog can make a winning return.
IT’SOURTIME could not be travelling better ahead of his return. The 5yo gelding closed super on Sep 2 with his work past the line clearly his best work, backing that up in Heat 2 on Sep 9 where he was bolting for a run in behind the leaders in Philosopher and Port Albert as they clocked the fastest time of the morning in the process. Looks in super order.
Two jump out wins for MCTAGGART now, taking out Heat 6 on Sep 9 in the third fastest time of the morning following his Aug 26 win, both of which were won in the same fashion where he led from start to finish. He was a beaten $1.90 SP favourite on debut when a 2yo taking on the older horses, so he certainly will have come back better this prep as a 3yo but was a bit weak past the line here and he seems to only lead without being put under any pressure. Tracking where he pops up first up, but will be one to see depending on what race he’s in (in terms of betting).
FLEMINGTON (POLY TRACK) - 9 September 2022
ROSEHILL - 6 September 2022
Thought PUNGO win in Trial 12 on Sep 6 was a nice bit of work, especially being his first career trial as the 3yo colt led from start to finish under minimal pressure from Hugh Bowman but still was able to clock the second fastest 900m time of the morning. He was a $180k buy and moved well here so one to monitor into another trial.
SHOHEI certainly has a maiden win in her at the very least. She was 2nd on debut with a 3L gap to Mirra View in 3rd, that galloper then winning her next two starts (MDN and BM64), before heading to VIC where she started a $2.20 favourite but was beaten a long way in 3rd but we did see 4th, 5th and 6th all win their next starts and she beat them by 2.25L+. She came from last in her first trial on Aug 23, but her work in Trial 13 on Sep 6 saw Pike take her straight to the front and show she was way too good for them. She was challenged late but she kicked away again and did some of her best work past the line in a very encouraging performance. Follow her into a maiden first up now as a 4yo mare.
WARWICK FARM - 9 September 2022
JOYFUL FORTUNE is flying ahead of his Australian debut, winning a trial over 742m ahead of Eduardo on Aug 19 prior to his win in Trial 6 on Sep 9 over 818m.
BLACK IRIS was superb in Trial 12 on Sep 9. In a small field, the 3yo filly sat midfield throughout but wide before going to the outside fence and closing super to finish a close 2nd despite being under no pressure from James McDonald who has been on for both of her trials, the other being on Jul 22 when also closing superbly behind Jewellery, who’s a talented filly herself. Definite watch on this filly for her debut.
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