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.
The Drinks Cart – Lovely ride and was far too good
Signore Fox – Two disappointing runs this prep. Happy to ignore him now
Equation – Early bias clearly against him. Total forgive
Appalachian – Back to Provincial grade, he’ll win
Magna Bella – Really good resumption off a long spell
Vondexter – Back to maiden company for her and she’ll win
Outback Barbie – Hit a flat spot when she needed to sprint, was good late
It’s Kind Of Magic – Won’t be seeing her on wet ground again
Newbury – Was going to place but fell at the last
Shuwaamekh – Needs to get on speed and roll
Be Brilliant – Did a bit too much work on speed in a decent maiden
Staredown – Should have won
Friday May 15
Cranbourne: Halvoya R1 – Runs up to the jumpout from last week and should be winning I think
Scone: Military Zone R7 – Tricky draw, but trial win was encouraging and gets dry ground
Saturday May 16
Flemington: Eduardo R5 – Just one look at him and if he does no good, he’s banned for life
Morphettville: Magna Bella R9 – Good resumption last Saturday and this isn’t a strong Stakes race
Morphettville: Lunar Light R4/R9 – Prefer her in the fourth event, but the jumpout with the Blinkers on was very sharp
Rosehill: Superbellaa R3 – Sharp trial win. Just a tricky gate to contend with
Rosehill: Delectation Girl R8 – Looks really hard to beat off her trial
Rosehill: Sure Knee R8 – She was $20+ when markets first went up, clearly the value
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday May 11 (Hawkesbury): Very interesting that Blaze A Trail is now with Matty Vella after formerly being with Team Snowden. This colt contested Heat 4 where he sat off the speed and was under pressure somewhat but picked up strongly and went on to win well. If the stable can find a Provincial maiden, he’ll be winning I dare say. If there was a standout this week across Australia, it came here in Heat 9 via Archery Butts, a James Cummings horse that hasn’t raced since around this time last year. Has had a good long break and he couldn’t have been more impressive in this trial win, leading throughout under a hold and running fast time in winning.
Tuesday May 12 (Warwick Farm): Rocketing By was a strong winner of Heat 8 this morning. Was very green in the straight and wanted to drift about a bit but the final 50-75m, he switched on and lengthened like a nice horse to win. He can win on debut at the Provincials. Superium won Heat 14 and he was given a strong hitout late under J Mac to win. Asked to win with authority and indeed did do that. The other that caught my eye in that trial was Coco Cuber for David Pfieffer. He wasn’t extended at any stage and looked to move well.
Friday May 15 (Randwick): Gee he looked sharp Wild Ruler in Heat 4. Market said he would need the run first up and that’s how it panned out. Trialled here and loved the way he moved on speed. Was under a stranglehold throughout under McEvoy before taking the front and booted clear to win quite well in fast time for the morning. Not sure where he goes, whether he heads to Queensland straight away, but wherever he goes, he’ll go close to winning.
Monday May 11 (Cranbourne): Charvet is a Busuttin/Young filly that looks on track for a good prep if her Heat 3 win this morning is any guide. Was wide on speed throughout but looked to be going really sweetly and under her own steam, took the front and went on to win quite well. Think placed right, she can win first up.
Tuesday May 12 (Morphettville): Lunar Light is already Stakes placed, but I think both Will Clarken and Goldin Farms would love to get a blacktype win. She’s an emergency in the Proud Miss on Saturday and it looks like it’s chips in should she gain a start because she spanked them in Heat 9 here, leading throughout and notably with the Blinkers on. She was trucking in front and looked full of running. Also down to run in the fourth event.
Monday May 11 (Belmont): Host of quality gallopers stepped out in this set of trials, including Kay Cee and Windstorm. The one that stood out for me was Indian Pacific a winner of two from three outings. He won Heat 6 and led throughout under Brad Parnham to win quite well. Had something in hand to the eye so think he’ll be winning races this time in based on this piece of work.