As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as Winter racing is in full swing, 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: Couple of decent winners over the past week, with Cryptic Wonder winning impressively on debut at Belmont last Saturday, Aloneinabaa bolted up at Newcastle on Saturday while earlier this week, Super Longlea produced an excellent debut at Newcastle to win. Manila Miss was good fresh at Grafton, Obscene didn’t have the best of luck at Newcastle, Hellova Street and Shamal Lass both raced like tired horses at Flemington while Garner should have won at Morphettville but did too much work in the run.
Saturday July 13
Caulfield: Ahika R1 – Thought her St Arnaud trial was good. Tough race for start one, but looks a handy type
Caulfield: Gododdin R7 – She either wins or runs near last. Flemington jumpout she was keen but looked in good order
Doomben: Kings Full R1 – Class runner, looks the winner. Even money is short enough though
Doomben: Sunday Session R4 – Jeff Lloyd rides in the race named in his honour and this horse looks to have come back in enormous order.
Doomben: Pippie R8 – Bet of the month if she runs up to the trial
Rosehill: True Detective R1 – Trial last week was very good. 1100m fresh I like and looks to have a touch of class/quality
Sunday July 14
Bendigo: Gina’s Hope R7 – Talented mare, good jumpout on the Ballarat Synthetic, market will be the guide
Monday July 15
Murtoa: Hapaira R1 – Bendigo jumpout was sharp and finds a winnable race
Murtoa: Gigantic Effort R3 – Really keen on him to knock off the milk drinker that is Rock Tycoon
Tuesday July 16
Ballarat Synthetic: British Isle R8 – Recent jumpout confirmed he’s a Synthetic horse it seems. Needs to show it on race day.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday July 8 (Warwick Farm): Not the strongest set of trials but there were a couple that caught my eye, starting with She’s Smart, winning Heat 5. Didn’t do much on debut back in April at Kembla. Tipped out, this is her first trial back and loved the way she went, leading throughout under a hold. Fulmina is an unraced filly for Mark Newnham and liked the way she went in winning Heat 6. On speed near the rail throughout under Robbie Dolan and I just liked the way she changed gears when asked to. Keen to see where she debuts. Pandemic won Heat 10 and it was one of the quicker trials of the morning. This James Cummings youngster was tucked in behind the speed before getting the inside split and he showed a good turn of foot under minimal pressure to win.
Thursday July 11 (Gosford): Just the one to follow from the set at Gosford, and it comes in Heat 7 and the winner, Cerritus, an unraced Nicconi 2YO for Kim Waugh and this was his first public trial. He led all the way and he absolutely bolted in under no pressure, and time was really good relative to the morning and he did it without being fully extended. Looks a nice type so interesting to see where he heads to.
Friday July 12 (Randwick): One of the more interesting runners to trial was Mandela in Heat 4. He of course threw the race away on debut at Canterbury by veering off the track under pressure. Sent back to the trials and loved the way he accelerated when clear with only just over 100m to go. Still looked a bit raw/new, but very good. A win is his next time out with the right placement. Heat 6 saw Escaped trial again. He was a standout a couple of weeks back in a set of trials over 700m but stepped up to 1000m here and liked the way he went, leading most of the way and was only nabbed late by a horse that was at 100%. He was shaken up late and charged through the line. He’s building nicely for this prep. Bull Market can be hit and miss at times, but Heat 8 saw him step out for the first time this prep and I loved the way he closed off from off the speed under no pressure at all from Tommy Berry. Keen to see what he does this prep.
Wednesday July 10 (Mornington): Just the one that caught my eye from this morning and it was the well performed mare Miss Toorak Flyer from Heat 8. Sat back in the jumpout before peeling wide on the turn and under a hold closed off strongly. Not sure what Jason Warren has in store for her, but we know the talent is there. She’s just quirky due to having a 100m burst of speed then she paddles.
Thursday July 11 (Ballarat Synthetic): Heat 2 caught my eye with a couple of runners, Bassett and Hedley’s Lady. Bassett is now with Mitch Freedman and liked the way he trucked on speed, going about his business nicely. Hedley’s Lady is an unraced filly for Patrick Payne and despite taking on some seasoned campaigners, gee she looked a good type, towing Billy Egan to the line and making up good ground. Might Hoopla is an unraced filly for the Maher/Eustace stable who trialled okay last week at St Arnaud but looked much better in winning Heat 4 here, leading throughout and she bolted in, running good time relative to the morning. Man From Uncle is flying for Austy Coffey. Looked great at St Arnaud last week and looked even better winning Heat 5. Led all the way once again and was under no pressure to do his work. Hopefully the barrier manners are under control because the ability is clearly there.
Friday July 12 (Flemington): Leiter has always been a barrier trial star and that was the case again in Heat 8, trucking on speed and not let go. Looked very good, albeit a tad keen. They’ve been holding him back in both runs from a spell. Why not use his asset, which is speed. Let him run and I think he’ll win a Saturday metro race for sure.
Thursday July 11 (Murray Bridge): This was a set of trials that had good interest given it was the first time that the track had been used since its reconstruction and it looked outstanding. Tony McEvoy would have thought so given how some of his trialled, but I’ll start with a Will Clarken galloper, Mr Hamilton, who was on speed throughout in Heat 2 and probably could have won the trial had he been fully extended, but was under a hold and allowed a couple of runners to go past him but he’s on track. Heat 3 was for the juveniles and I’ll say, I’ll be shocked if Deep Force doesn’t measure up to blacktype company before his career ends. His two Flemington jumpouts, the latest over a month ago, was outstanding. freshened up, now in SA and this trial was just amazing. He and the well performed Free Of Debt went toe-to-toe early on in the straight before Vorster clicked this colt up and he quickly put a couple of lengths on the other horse, a Group l placegetter, and ran great time in the process. He looks a serious colt. The time was nothing flash for Pretty Brazen in Heat 4, but she was arrogant in her trial win, and continued on from her impressive recent jumpout at Flemington. She’ll be winning races, likewise The Difference, who won Heat 8 by a space. Not sure he beat much, but the manner in which he put them away and drew clear late, gee he looked impressive. It was a really good morning for Tony McEvoy.
Monday July 8 (Lark Hill): It’s race to see the 4YO+ maiden gallopers match the times of the other trials for the morning at Lark Hill so that’s why I’m blackbooking Sea Lake from Heat 13, who led up and bolted in. Brad Graham trains this mare, who didn’t do much on debut at Northam back in October last year, but judging off this trial win, I think a maiden win isn’t out of the question. Sharp piece of work.