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.
Recent Results: Couple of decent results over the past seven days, with Ingear and Seven Castles breaking their maiden status in impressive fashion. Carzoff had little to no hope given the early tempo. He is going well. Montalbano didn’t look 100% on the Synthetic, so give him another chance. Manhattan Whirl looked lost around Tatura, but balanced up late and was good, likewise Gangster Rap. Express Fantasy needs a big track rather than Ipswich and Time To Sizzle looked to have every chance when a debut second at Belmont on Wednesday.
Saturday July 6
Belmont : Cryptic Wonder R1 – Scratched from an easier race on Wednesday for the Saturday race. Good sign of confidence.
Echuca: Lucky Dozen R3 – Looks to find a really winnable race for his debut off a sharp Bendigo jumpout
Flemington: Hellova Street R8 – Lands on speed and will give his all as usual. Cranbourne jumpout was nice
Flemington: Shamal Lass R9 – Hamilton jumpout was a nice piece of work. Can she beat Sure Knee?
Morphettville: Garner R3 – Winkers looked to really sharpen him up on Tuesday. Keen.
Newcastle: Aloneinabaa R4 – Has only had the one trial at Hawkesbury, but looked sharp. Keen to see how he goes for new stable.
Randwick: True Detective R1 – Trial last week was very good. 1300m first up is a little query, but looks to have a touch of class/quality
Sunday July 7
Grafton: Manila Miss R4 – Tricky draw, but liked the Deagon trial. Likely gets back and runs on late
Tuesday July 9
Newcastle: Venture Capital R2 – Trialled back on May 22. Sharp trial, break between now and then a query.
Newcastle: Super Longlea R4 – First trial was better than the second. Market will be the guide
Newcastle: Obscene R4 – Thought her trial was better than Super Longlea and early market agrees.
Wednesday July 3 (St Arnaud): Decent set of trials at St Arnaud. Beginning in Heat 4 with Ahika, an unraced Dundeel filly and gee I liked the way she won. Sat wide throughout but despite that was under a relatively good hold before being shaken up and she put them away like a nice horse, clearly running the fastest time across the 2YO trials and the second fastest of the morning. Gigantic Effort won Heat 7. Unraced son of Reward For Effort for Daniel Bowman and he was sharp. Led all the way under Jack Hill and did it under a hold in the process. Time was okay, but to the eye, he’s talented. Great to see Man From Uncle back and he won Heat 11 for the Coffeys. Led all the way under Harry and when shaken up, he responded well and put them away to win. Was on track for the Golden Topaz but barrier manners in trials let him down once again.
Thursday July 4 (Ballarat Synthetic): Made British Isle one to follow leading into his resumption at Echuca and on face value he was disappointing, but an outstanding win in Heat 1 confirmed that he’s go in life looks to be on the Synthetic. He led all the way and absolutely bolted in, winning by a decent margin in solid time. Horse For Higher was good on debut on this track and she looks to be ticking over beautifully judging by the way she found the line under no pressure in Heat 2. Also in the trial was Egyptian Gold, a former Weir mare now with Lindsey Smith and she also closed off well under no real pressure.
Friday July 5 (Flemington): Heat 7 saw Thunderdome go around for Team Corstens. Hasn’t raced since early June but liked the way he went about his business in winning the heat, sitting on speed under a good hold before taking the lead under his own steam and winning the trial impressively. Reckon a midweek race would be ideal for him just to get his confidence up.
Monday July 1 (Beaudesert): Couple of interesting runners trialled on this morning, starting with Speedycom in Heat 3. This youngster was with the WaterBott team, debuting in the Victory Vein on Everest Day and you’ll remember he was the youngster that nearly went to the outside fence. Had two trials in the Summer for the stable, but is now with Toby Edmonds and gee I liked the way he trialled, leading all the way and doing it under a really good hold. Kings Full won Heat 8 for Kacy Fogden after formerly being with Mick Price and he looks like he could win some races in Queensland. He led throughout and did it under no real pressure with the ears pricked the last 50-75m.
Tuesday July 2 (Morphettville): Mr Hamilton won Heat 9 and it was pleasing to see him do that. He was a tough first up winner, then came to town and produced an absolute shocker. Been given a little freshen up and he won his jumpout, leading all the way and though keen, he did it well within himself and it was a good piece of work, likewise with Garner in the following heat. He is a hard fav tomorrow at Morphettville and looks ready to win based on his jumpout win, with the Winkers sharpening him right up it seems.