CRANBOURNE - 7 September 2020
The un-raced 4yo Your Song mare PEARL SONG jumped out well behind the well rated KALKARNI ROYALE in Heat 5 on Sep 7. She wasn't asked for much of an effort if anything and this was her first jump out, so she should have plenty of improvement to follow. Could be a handy mare.
TORONADO x PATH OF LOVE is a full-sister to Toramour and a half-sister to Cath’s Village ($170k earnings) and looked quite impressive when winning Heat 6 on Sep 7. Was only this runner’s first jump out for Wendy Kelly and is one to keep on the watch list for another jump out.
TRY PINK clocked the fastest 800m heat of the morning, winning Heat 7 on Sep 7 in 45.81s. The 8yo is only 61-rated with 3 career wins, but seemed to turn a corner in her last two preps, winning a bm64 first up, a bm58 second up and then having 4 runs at bm64 level. Having been quietly ridden when finishing in a bunched finish on Aug 31, this mare could be one to keep an eye on first up in a bm58 where she would be very well suited. Has a respectable first/second up record too so runs well fresh.
Quickest 1000m heat of the morning was Heat 11 on Sep 7, won by the un-raced 3yo colt YUANNO. Following jump outs on Aug 10 and Aug 31 (when ridden out to finish 2nd to the 68-rated Magnajet). He looked a lot more comfortable in today’s heat and a debut looks imminent where he will be one to keep safe.
Liked the look of TUFFASK when going to the line with and just behind Red Heeler over 1000m in Heat 12 on Sep 7. This 4yo horse was a $340k purchase at the at the NZ Ready To Run Sales, so there will be some expectations on him early having been given plenty of time with a couple of jump outs at shorter distances on Aug 10 and Apr 20 with his other good jump out also coming over 1000m on May 4. This runner will be effective over a bit more distance (as his jump outs suggest) so follow him throughout his first preparation as he gets out.
BALLARAT - 8 September 2020
After winning a Group 3 in NZ, KING LOUIS was ordinary in his first Australian campaign and has subsequently been given a long 36-week spell to climatize better. His first jump out back was a win in Heat 1 on Sep 8 with the blinkers going on. The 5yo did jump out well before last preparation as well so being mindful that he might just be a good trial horse… regardless, one to keep safe as he was big prices last preparation.
Quite liked the first jump out back for WAR GAMES who won Heat 5 on Sep 8. He ran into the smart Ocular on debut and then wasn’t far away in the two subsequent runs. Been given time now but looked to be pretty green in this jump out is will be hoping to see some improvement between this jump out and his next jump out.
MORNINGTON - 8 September 2020
After an okay jump out on Aug 26, the blinkers went on for QUEEN MAHER in Heat 4 on Sep 9 and they certainly did the trick. Above average time and did win by a good margin, albeit only beating a field of 2 other horses. Certainly worth keeping safe but hopefully we see one more jump out with the blinkers against more of a field. One to watch.
TIGER MUM could not have been anymore impressive in her first jump out this preparation, winning Heat 8 on Sep 9 over the 600m. Again, only her first jump out but certainly liked what we saw here and will be watching for her next jump out, hopefully over a bit more distance.
SANDOWN - 10 September 2020
Nice bit of work from the maiden 3yo filly MUSSENPHERE in Heat 1 on Sep 10, taking out the 1000m heat ahead of a fast finishing Scottish Dancer. She ran the meeting’s fastest last 400m and 200m on debut when coming from last to finish 6th to the now Group 3 winner, Immortal Love. Her jump out on Sep 1 was iffy over the 800m, so she might need a bit of distance to get into a rhythm as she looks to resume.
Mentioned FREE WILMA after a Sep 1 jump out when she was slowly away but made up a lot of ground. In Heat 4 on Sep 10 she was better away and took up a forward position, proving too strong late to win. She’s had plenty of jump outs now (under her breeding) so should be well educated despite missing the start in that first jump out. One we will follow into her debut.
FLEMINGTON - 11 September 2020
Beaten a long way in Heat 7 on Sep 11, but the heat was the clear fastest of the day and won by a Group 1 placed gelding in Groundswell, thought GUTSY put in a good performance when finishing 2nd in front of some other handy horses. The 4yo is still a maiden after 6 runs, being there-about last prep when finishing no worst than 4L off them. Only his first jump out so look for another before resuming to get a better gauge, but a debut win can’t be far away…
Loved the jump out of WEGOBAM in Heat 9 on Sep 11. The 3yo filly over-raced heaps down the back straight, wanting to go on with it but was forced to take a sit and looked like she was going to go bam in the straight but was never really asked for an effort. She was super on debut when 2nd and running the meetings fastest last 800/600/400/200 while her second up run was just as super stepping up to 1200m, running a last 400m only 0.04s off the meetings quickest and a last 200m only 0.1s off the meetings quickest. She should not be a maiden for too much longer and hopefully pops up in a mid-week maiden as she will probably feature in a Saturday race soon.
SHELBY COBRA with probably the best performance despite the slow overall time. The 3yo gelding finished 2nd in Heat 11 (pink) on Sep 11 when slow out, overracing in the middle stages when asked to take a sit but then came wide around the field and easily took over the leaders with the 66-rated Able Engine in a matter of strides before being eased back late. He did much of the same in an Apr 24 jump out behind Miss Bosetti and Ourconi (both subsequent winners) while he didn’t have much room at all when quietly ridden along the rail in a more recent Aug 28 jump out. The $130k purchase looks like he has some talent and the Toronado’s are travelling well.
TOTALITY was in front past the line after finishing 2nd in Heat 12 (yellow) on Sep 11 after leading them up for much of the heat. The 4yo gelding looked to make good improvement from a synthetic Sep 4 jump out and after being unplaced in 3 career runs, he’ll be looking to be competitive early this coming prep.
Nice win by the un-raced YULONG SOVEREIGN in Heat 13 on Sep 11. The 3yo Zoustar colt won this heat in super time for the day as well and did so in fine fashion having finished 2nd (by a nose) in a Sep 4 jump out as well. He looks quite handy and he would want to be to justify his $500k price tag…
YOSHI TORANAGA also comes out of Heat 13 on Sep 11 after also bolting in in an Aug 28 jump out. The 4yo gelding has now put in two super jump outs and has to be respected first up despite being unplaced in 5 career runs. His jump outs have just been too good.
One for the watch list was CROWN OF MELBOURNE who looked to really get home well in Heat 14 (blue) on Sep 11 despite the heat being the clear slowest of the day. Hoping to see this 3yo son of Snitzel replicate this in another jump out.