As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as the Spring Carnival is upon us, 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: Just a handful of runners over the past seven days went around. Allena led and just felt the pinch fresh at Doomben. Back to midweek grade, she can win soon. Jumbo Ozaki is a coming winner. Market said he’d need the run and he paraded like that too. Don’t drop off. Bassett was disappointing and needs a drop in grade. Cardiff is a speedy squib best suited to 1000m-1100m at benchmark level. Don’t think he’s Stakes class. Superium measured up in the Rosebud and is on track to be an outside winning chance in the Golden Rose while Peak closed off very strongly at Nwecastle over 900m on Thursday and a maiden win is there for him.
Saturday August 17
Morphettville: Schilldora R5 – Just has to be fit and healthy to be winning IMO and progress to something in Melbourne
Morphettville: Dalasan R7 – Will be an ask beating Scales Of Justice, but he’s going very well
Morphettville: Alsvior R8 – Scratched behind the barriers last Saturday, jumpout on Monday was sharp, looks overs
Randwick: November Man R4 – Good fresh horse with a booming finish. Trials have been solid
Sunday August 18
Sunshine Coast: Fisticuffs R5 – If he runs up to the trial performance, he wins. Just a shocking gate the only query.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday August 12 (Randwick): Good set of trials for this morning. Heat 1 saw some good horse flesh step out and I was taken with the finale of Nakeeta Jane, who is being kept to 1600m this prep instead of 2000m+ where she was plain in the Autumn. Sat off speed in this trial and closed off strongly late under minimal pressure. Libertini won Heat 2 and she just looks one happy filly. Sat off speed under Tommy Berry but once clicked, she went through her gears and looked really sharp. Another three year old filly was an eye catcher in Heat 3 – Tenley. Godolphin filly who sat off them but loved the way she found the line, doing her best work on the line and through it. Dry tracks are the key to her. Not sure what the plans are with Grey Lion, but he’s another horse that seems happy based on his Heat 4 trial effort. Sat behind them and wasn’t knocked about but looked to move well. Bound To Win missed the start on debut and has been sent back to the trials, where she won Heat 7 here, sitting off speed before finding clear air, clicked up and she put them away impressively. She can win her maiden shortly. Heat 13 was the first of the 740m trials and November Man looked to move well out the back. It looked like it was just to clean out the cobwebs for Saturday where he is accepted and has been well supported. Heat 14 saw Palurien win the trial for James Cummings and gee I liked the way she put them away when she found clear air, clocking very fast late splits under no pressure. Keen to see where she goes.
To view the Randwick trials click here.
Monday August 12 (Casterton): Interesting set of jumpouts at Casterton. Heat 1 saw Ready Set Sail go around, the filly who shared the spoils with Flit at Flemington. She was very keen in this jumpout but looked to move quite well. Heat 2 saw a nice looking Lucas Cranach gelding in Artworks for Paul Preusker. Unraced, but he looks to have ability if this jumpout is any guide. Loved the way he found the line when asked. Alsvior was scratched behind the gates at Murray Bridge last Saturday so ran in Heat 6 here and led all the way, showing good change up speed when asked. He’s down to run at Morphettville and is a knockout chance.
To view the Casterton jumpouts click here.
Monday August 12 (Flemington): Just the one from this set, Tofane in Heat 2. Promising four year old for Michael Moroney that was a bit keen in the jumpout but loved the way he went about his business and looked to be full of running in a good piece of work. What level he gets to is unknown but clearly has above average ability.
To view the Flemington jumpouts click here.
Monday August 12 (Gold Coast): Just the one caught my eye here, and it came in Heat 1 and the very talented Chris Waller mare Duchess Of Lennox. Loved the way she closed off from the back under minimal riding and she appears to have come back in super order. I dare say a race like the Matriarch over 2000m at Flemington during Melbourne Cup Week would be a lovely race for her.
To view the Gold Coast trials click here.
Tuesday August 13 (Doomben): Could Zoustyle measure up in an Everest? You don’t know how good a horse is til they are beaten and he’s yet to be beaten on race day or in trials/jumpouts. He won Heat 13 here and absolutely made a mess of them, winning by a space and his time was 10L+ quicker than anything else for the morning. Keen to see how he goes against the big boys and girls.
To view the Doomben trials click here.
Tuesday August 13 (Murray Bridge): Some nice types were on show at the Murray Bridge trials on Tuesday. Aray Of Sunshine caught my eye in Heat 1. This mare sat off the speed and wasn’t asked for an effort, but the last 50-75m, she really charged to the line and was very good. Did run well in Stakes company last prep. David Jolly looks to have a decent animal in Roccabascerana, who has won just the one race from one start, but appears to have come back well if his Heat 6 win is any guide, leading throughout and when shaken up, showed good change up speed.
To view the Murray Bridge trials click here.
Monday August 12 (Pinjarra): Majority of the trials for this morning were down the straight. There were some nice horses out on display, namely Gatting, but the unraced Oristano really took my eye in winning Heat 6. This Master Of Design gelding trotted up under Renee Forrest, showing good speed from the outset and wasn’t knocked about in winning, running good time in the process.
To view the Pinjarra trials click here.