As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as the Autumn Carnival is here, with some progressive types stepping out in readiness for their campaigns.
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.
RECENT RESULTS: Busy past seven days, so here’s a list of runners that were highlighted
Ablaze: Look out Warrnambool Carnival
Old Head: Ugly, ugly watch. Should have won
Absolute Trust: Knocking on the door…but running out of chances
Amangiri: Tried hard, better for the run
Red Stina: Coming winner. She’s flying
Just A Pinch: Just not quite up to Saturday grade at the moment
Empire State: Bigger track next time
Divi: Terrible. Copped pressure and threw the toys out
Gideons: Very weak run off a good trial
Kuramae: Pretty much ridden like another barrier trial
Appalachian: You could say raced, but really, it was another barrier trial
Thursday April 2
Pakenham: Alfa Oro R7 – Off the jumpouts, he should win, but market will be the guide late
Saturday April 4
Caulfield: Arty Lucas R3 – Short of his best trip, but Horsham jumpout was outstanding
Caulfield: Alburq R5 – Cannot believe he is $21. He should be half that, at least
Doomben: Rory’s Reward R3 – Tricky maiden, but has trialled up very well
Morphettville: Quietly Discreet R4 – Looks a good type. Bumps into a ripper in Maha
Morphettville: Ritratto R7 – Watch for him to close late from a SA Derby perspective
Morphettville: Dyslexic R9 – Terribly weighted, but trial win was electric
Randwick: Chianti R1 – No rider yet, so perhaps saved for another day, maybe Percy Sykes?
Sunday April 5
Echuca: Hapaira R7 – Looks the winner, but had every chance first up, so D-Day for her
Wellington: Fussdinado R8 – Lovely first up win. Harder here, but is flying
NEW SOUTH WALES
Tuesday March 31 (Randwick – Kensington): There are better horses nominated for the Sydney Cup, but if there’s going to be a complete blowout, wouldn’t surprise me if it was Sweet Thomas. He contested Heat 2 and gee he was very sharp. Tucked in behind them throughout before angling clear the final 150m and loved the way he went to the line under a hold. Just wants a dry deck I dare say.
Monday March 30 (Flemington): Alburq is down to resume on Saturday at Caulfield and provided the track isn’t too wet, the $21 on offer seems crazy. He contested Heat 11 this morning and I loved the way he went about his business on speed. Wasn’t asked for an effort really under Mick Dee and had something in hand I thought. With form around Rubisaki and Super Seth, that reads well for an off season 3YO race.
Wednesday April 1 (Bendigo): It’s King Of Magic is a quality filly for Brent Stanley and she looks to have returned in good order if her Heat 1 trial win is any guide. Led throughout to win and beat a handy galloper in Heavenward. Did it under a really good hold and could have won by further had she been extended. Keen to see what level she can get to this prep.
Tuesday March 31 (Morphettville): Seemingly Discreet turned up in Heat 3 and she was the standout of the morning IMO. Led all the way and she bolted up in good time, and noteworthy did it without blinkers, a gear change which sparked her into winning form at the end of last prep. Not sure where she goes to, but I think she can be followed with confidence provided she’s placed to win.
Tuesday March 31 (Belmont): He’s been a barrier trial star since day one has Condor Heroes. Now with Chris Gangemi, he won Heat 6 this morning and all you can say is wow. He’s done it again. Led throughout, spanked them by a space and ran unbelievable time. Rare to break 60 seconds in the 1000m Belmont trials, but he ran 58.8, and did it under a hold. 1000m is his go in life. Right placement, he’ll be winning first up.