As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as Winter racing is upon us, with some progressive types stepping out in readiness for the off season.
I’ve looked at the available trials and jumpouts for the week and have come up with a few to follow heading forward over the next few weeks.
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Monday May 20 (Hawkesbury): Pretty solid set of trials this morning with a host of good performances. In terms of the juveniles, the three that stood out were Fisticuffs (Heat 2), Enforcement (Heat 3) and Intrepidacious (Heat 7). Fisticuffs didn’t have much go his way on debut at Canterbury but loved the way he closed off in this trial under a hold from Koby Jennings. Would be keen to back him in a Provincial maiden. Enforcement has been gelded for Team Snowden and has looked the part in two trials, this one being the second trial where he was on speed all the way and though was asked for an effort, did respond. Has been a bit of a barrier trial star to date, but has accepted for a 900m Newcastle maiden on Tuesday and appears beautifully placed. Intrepidacious is a John O’Shea trained youngster who had the box seat run before getting the inside split and loved the way she charged through the line. She looks set for a good prep. In terms of the seasoned campaigners, gee how well has Drachenfels come back? He was under a stranglehold in the Kembla trial a few weeks ago. Been given a let up and trialled here, where he spotted them a decent start on the turn but despite not really being extended, he savaged the line late to win most impressively. He’s been a bludger in the past, but I think there’s a win or two in him this prep.
You can view the Hawkesbury trials by clicking here.
Wednesday May 22 (Wyong): Just the two for me from this set of trials. Was hard not to be impressed by Oxford Angel (Heat 3), who absolutely bolted in over 1000m to win by nearly nine lengths, running 34.2 for her final 600m under no pressure at all. If she runs up to that, with the right placement, she’s likely winning first up. Venture Capital (Heat 8) hasn’t raced for over a month but loved the way she went in her trial, sitting outside the leader before taking the lead under no pressure and winning comfortably. She’s hit and miss but when she’s on, she’s talented.
You can view the Wyong trials by clicking here.
Friday May 24 (Rosehill): The standout of the morning was clearly Funstar (Heat 6). As you can tell by the name and colours, she’s a half to Oaks winner Youngstar and she looks well above average based on how she went here, her first trial this prep. Was bolting behind the speed before angling to the inside and under no pressure at all, she took the front and I just loved the way she went about her business. Think she’s pretty smart and can easily see her winning in town on debut and progressing to better things.
You can view the Rosehill trials by clicking here.
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Monday May 20 (Avoca): First one that impressed me was an unraced Toronado x Il Sogno for Mitch Freedman in Heat 2. Impressed by the way this horse trialled on speed in what looked very testing conditions. On speed throughout under no pressure and looked to move very well. Interesting to see where it goes next. Sizzlesun looked very sharp in the Heat 4. Was behind runners and somewhat in a pocket but once the gap game, he charged and ran right through the line. Accepted for Hamilton on Tuesday and will be hard to beat, likewise Fast Fever, who bolted up in Heat 7, leading all the way under no pressure and looks to have come back really well. Normal luck and he’ll just about be winning on Tuesday. The jury is somewhat out on Petrelle, but she looks in good order off her Heat 8 jumpout win, leading all the way under no pressure, running fast time, as you’d expect from her. Probably been poorly placed recently. I think 1000-1100m mares races are her go at the moment.
You can view the Avoca jumpouts by clicking here.
Monday May 20 (Werribee): Heat 6 saw Three Beans step out for Team Hawkes and liked the way he went about it, sitting near the speed before taking the front under no riding and winning nicely. Down to debut on the Ballarat Synhetic on Monday so it’s a wait and see re betting, but looks handy. Skiddaw was outclassed in a strong 2YO race on debut at Flemington back in January but looks in great order based on his Heat 8 trial win, leading all the way under Olly and running sharp time relative to the morning. Heat 10 saw Careless Whisper lead all the way in impressive fashion under Jamie Kah, running good time like Skiddaw and doing it without being fully extended. Heat 11 saw the 2YO Fillies run sub 47, with Excused getting the win over Spirit Medium. Both are unraced but each looked to move well and the clock backed up the eye.
You can view the Werribee trials by clicking here.
Tuesday May 21 (Cranbourne): Not the strongest set of jumpouts, but there were a couple I didn’t mind starting with Groovy Kinda Love in Heat 5. Mick Kent trains this daughter of Smart Missile out of his former very good mare, Epingle. She was tucked in behind the speed throughout and not asked for an effort but looked to move really well. Angelic Spirit (Heat 7) didn’t beat much, but she was very impressive. Led all the way in nothing flash time wise but she bolted in on speed and charged through the line.
You can view the Cranbourne jumpouts by clicking here.
Tuesday May 21 (Caulfield): Pretty ordinary set of jumpouts to be fair, but I didn’t mind the way Gangster Rap went in Heat 4. This unraced youngster for Rob Hickmott was tucked in behind the speed throughout before angling into clear late and going through his gears nicely to win. Doubt he beat much, but looked pretty good to the eye so interesting to see where he heads to.
You can view the Caulfield jumpout by clicking here.
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Tuesday May 21 (Doomben): Massive set of trials for the morning, with 29 all up. Starting off in Heat 10 with Melbern Queens, who is an eight start maiden for Steve O’Dea, but thought she trialled up well here, winning by two lengths in okay time after sitting outside the speed throughout. She can win a maiden with the right placement. Really liked the look of the Matty Dunn trained Chazelles in Heat 13. Led all the way under Robbie Fradd, did it easily and ran just over 59 for the 1000m. That’s two excellent trials she’s put together now and a maiden win is hers this prep I’m sure. Pedrena was the interesting one, winning Heat 24. On first look, I thought it was ugly, but from what I see she’s had no trials/jumpouts in Melbourne and this was her first hit out, so naturally a bit sluggish, but still won. Likely heading down the Dane Ripper/Tatts Tiara path in search of that Group l win before the breeding barn. Has the ability, but rather wait and see what she does in the Dane Ripper. I couldn’t back her to win the Dane Ripper off that trial.
You can view the Doomben trials by clicking here.
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Monday May 20 (Lark Hill): One of the better performances of the morning came in the shape of Stella Door in Heat 3. Unraced gelding for Paige Kenney who had two trials in a Summer prep without racing. Returned on this morning and he bolted in, winning by a space and running seven lengths quicker than the second quickest 2YO race of the morning, and time did stack up with older horses, so I reckon he’s one to be followed for sure.
You can view the Lark Hill trial by clicking here.