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.
Ruuca: Less said the better
Divi: Needs to find a weak country race. Very disappointing in two runs
Isotope: She looks very much above average
Dyslexic: Good run, importantly on firmer footing. Back on track
Appalachian: Gee he’s flying. Senior jock please
Seemingly Discreet: 2/2 and going super
Kuramae: Oh bless her
Salorsci: Might be a pony to bet on at Warrnambool. Good run at Geelong
Trench Warfare: Blackbooked back from July last year, he’s a really nice horse going ahead
Mollycoddle: Didn’t do a great deal
Saturday May 2
Ascot: Condor Heroes R7 – He’ll look the winner for 990m of the 1000m
Newcastle: Shuwaamekh R6 – Trialled up very well, just wants a dry track
Randwick – Kensington: Wild Ruler R1 – Wide gate is the only concern
Sandown: Alburq R7 – Not sure if the track is genuinely wet
Tuesday May 5
Warrnambool: Casa Larada R1 – Very impressive trial on Tuesday, hard to beat
Warrnambool: Inayforhay R3 – Looks the key threat to Sir Isaac Newton
Warrnambool: Sir Isaac Newton R3 – He’s the one to beat in the third race
Warrnambool: The Ultimatum R3 – The value runner I think. Loved his finale in the trial
Warrnambool: Flying Agent R4 – Lovely trial and spot on for Tuesday
Warrnambool: Ours R5 – Sleeper I think. Looked sharp over the jumps
Warrnambool: Newbury R5 – Looks wound up for a big performance
Warrnambool: Gold Medals R7 – Off the trial, he wins the Grand Annual
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday April 27 (Warwick Farm): I think there was a potential Stakes class horse that won Heat 11, Equation. Son of Press Statement for the Maher/Eustace camp that looks very much an above average colt. In this trial, he sat behind the speed, relaxed beautifully, got the inside split and once Tommy clicked him up, he put a couple of lengths on them before being throttled down late. He ran clearly the fastest time of the 2YO’s and actually ran the fastest time across nine 790m trials for the morning. I know it’s only trials, but he has run time, he can lead, take a sit, handles wet ground, has a turn of foot…the signs are there that he’s a good one.
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Monday April 27 (Cranbourne): Iscariot is a handy 3YO that was with Will Clarken but is now with Enver Jusufovic. Has had a couple of jumpouts for the new stable, the latest coming this morning in Heat 12 where he led throughout over 1000m and I liked the way he moved in winning and running good time. Has measured at metro level in Adelaide. Could easily measure up at metro level in Melbourne but with a 66 rating, I suspect stable will be patient with him. Heat 13 saw Eduardo win. I’ve been saying for a while that he just hasn’t been the same horse since that Oakleigh Plate gut buster last year. He might have sucked me in thinking he’s back on track because this is as good as he trialled prior to that Oakleigh Plate where he was one of the runs of the year in defeat. Hopefully is placed right and not aiming high like a Goodwood or something like that. Placed right, can win.
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Tuesday April 28 (Bendigo): Brent Stanley has been very patient with his filly It’s Kind Of Magic and I suspect she’ll be ready to go first up if her Heat 4 win is any guide. Loved the way she moved on speed and when given a shaken up, the response and change up speed was instant and she had plenty in hand. Dare say she’s got wins in store for her this prep.
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Tuesday April 28 (Warrnambool): Very important set of trials leading into Tuesday so I’ll give a quick comment on each trial and who I think should be followed:
Heat 1: American In Paris looked pretty professional. Nominated for the 2350m on Wednesday instead of a maiden hurdle
Heat 2: The Ultimatum (Race 3) looked to jump very nicely I thought and could well be value
Heat 3: Sir Isaac Newton (Race 3) was impressive. Not as impressive as everyone is making out but is the one to beat
Heat 4: Holburt jumped really nicely and is one to follow for the future
Heat 5: None to follow here I don’t think, though Michelin was the best of them, comfortably
Heat 6: None to follow here
Heat 7: I think Casa Larada (Race 1), if he runs up to this trial, is the good thing on Tuesday
Heat 8: None to follow here
Heat 9: Inayforhay (Race 3) has flat speed and jumped cleanly throughout. He’ll give Sir Isaac Newton a race
Heat 10: Flying Agent (Race 4), for mine, jumped better than Runaway, who will go around as the Galleywood favourite. Hard to beat in the Novice
Heat 11: None to follow here
Heat 12: Lovely piece of work from Newbury (Race 5), on speed throughout and his last few jumps were excellent. Spot on for Tuesday
Heat 13: I think Ours (Race 5), despite finishing tailed off last, was an excellent. Jumped very well and was throttled down after jumping the last
Heat 14: If this trial is any guide, Gold Medals will comfortably beat home Zed Em. Margin between them was only 0.7L, but could have been 5+
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Wednesday April 29 (Campedown): Couple of interesting runners to highlight from this set of jumpouts, both from the Price/Kent team. Starting with Clever Choice in Heat 2. Hasn’t raced since July but looked pretty sharp in winning this Heat, sitting on speed before being livened up halfway down the straight and winning quite well in solid time. Touch Of Paradise looks to be in for a fruitful Winter if her Heat 3 win is any guide. Loved the way she moved on speed alongside the well performed Tee Train and to my eye, comfortably had his measure. Loves wet ground too so good time of the year to be following her.
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Tuesday April 28 (Morphettville): If they can find Vondexter a provincial maiden, she’d be a good thing. Tested at Stakes level on debut before going to a Morphettville maiden and bumped into subsequent Stakes winner Ecumenical. Has been freshened up and contested Heat 4 this morning where she was very impressive I thought. Sat back in the field before peeling wide, ridden out, but responded very well, like she has done in previous jumpouts. Just hope they don’t place her poorly again.
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