As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia, 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.
Don’tforgetmonica – Was well backed and a definite pass mark in defeat
Embracer – Good resumption, condition just gave out
Gameman – Track pattern was against
Tailleur – She’s better than low benchmark grade
Blaze A Trail – Dry tracks are key to him and he keeps winning. Good placement
Joyful Fortune – Had him in the blackbook from July last year and he won like a star at Sha Tin
Celandine – Showed good ticker when fending them off to win
Thursday July 9
Pinjarra: Blaxel Rose R4 – Trialled well, hard to beat
Friday July 10
Scone: Don’tforgetmonica R6 – Hard to beat off the debut
Saturday July 11
Belmont: Bourbon Beau R1 – Trial on Monday was great and good lead that Pike is booked
Caulfield: Sizzlefly R8 – Loved the jumpout and has class
Caulfield: Knowles R8 – She’s clearly the value in R8 and is a great each way gamble
Rosehill: Embracer R8 – Looks good value. Just a matter of whether he can lead or not
Sunday July 12
Hawkesbury: Barossa Rosa R4 – Loved the recent trial win and she’ll give them something to chase
Monday July 13
Moruya: Francisco Pizaro R5 – If he can get a dry track, he’ll take some beating
Tamworth: Don’tforgetmonica R4 – Better placed at Scone
NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday June 26 (Moruya): The trial after the races saw a decent field lined up. I was taken by the way Francisco Pizaro moved for Joseph Ible. He was just off the speed throughout and wasn’t extended at any stage under John Kissick. The key to him is dry tracks. He’s down to run on Monday and if the track is dry, Soft5/6 at worst, he can win.
Wednesday July 1 (Wyong): Barossa Rosa won Heat and I thought she was pretty sharp in leading throughout and winning. Had a young apprentice on, so hard to get a real guide re weight and whatnot, but the filly looked to travel well on speed and showed a good turn of foot when clicked up. She’s down to debut on Sunday and could give some cheek.
Monday June 29 (Casterton): Aasira has sucked me in a couple of times with her jumpouts previously when with the Maher/Eustace team but she’s now with Lindsey Smith and she produced a good piece of work this morning in Heat 5. Was on speed and loved the way she went about her business under minimal pressure. Tricky to place with her rating, but hopefully Lindsey Smith has worked her out.
Tuesday June 30 (Caulfield): I’ve always had time for Frondeur and she looks in really good order for the Price/Kent stable off the back of her effort in Heat 1. Was tucked in behind the speed before the most until she peeled off their heels and under no real pressure, picked up strongly.
Tuesday June 30 (Bendigo): Well just how good is Latenighttoughguy for Kym Hann? Debuted back in March over 975m at Swan Hill and won like a good horse, running fast time as well. Spelled and contested Heat 2 here. Gee the change up speed he produced when clicked up was just so impressive and I have no doubt he’ll win in town eventually.
Wednesday July 1 (Mornington): Knowles has teased a few times this prep. Down to run on Saturday and if she runs up to her effort in Heat 1 here, she’ll go very close to winning. Tucked in behind the speed before given a liven up on the turn and her finale was outstanding the way she went through her gears. She’s flying and knocking on the door to win one.
Tuesday July 7 (Tatura): Widgee Turf looks to be ticking along beautifully towards a return. Quiet jumpout last week at Casterton but trialled here this morning in Heat 1 and was ridden with much more intent, sitting off the two leaders before peeling off their backs and finding the line strongly. He’s on track for a positive resumption.
Tuesday July 7 (Caulfield): I’m really intrigued by Shotmaker. Talented galloper that hasn’t raced since the Guineas Prelude in the Spring. Was prepped up in the Autumn but spelled. Has come back, contested Heat 1 this morning and he looked to be trucking very nicely near the speed in a good piece of work. If he can find a provincial price, it’s a case of any price.
Monday July 6 (Belmont): Bourbon Beau looks to have his share of ability if his Heat 1 trial win is any guide. Admittedly it was just a 400m trial, but he was moving very well without being fully extended and was in good order to the eye. Down to run on Saturday and the good lead for that race is the stable finds Pike to steer. Heat 7 saw Stevie’s Wonder win and it was one of the trial wins of the week. He was around six lengths off them with 200m to go but under his own steam, he picked them up with relative ease and ran good time for the morning. Keen to see him return to the races.
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