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: Enforcement for the job done first up as a gelding at Newcastle over 900m in what looked a thin race. Not sure I’d want to back him next start, rather just watch. Sizzlesun was well supported at Hamilton on Tuesday and despite probably not being 100% happy on the bog surface, he was too good. Fast Fever ran a close up fourth and was just a fraction slow away. Think he’ll be better off when leading. Three Beans toyed with his rivals on debut on the Ballarat Synthetic while Spirit Medium was good on speed at Sandown. Thursday saw Oxford Angel resume at Gosford where she scooted along in front and looked home, but got the wobbles late. Tight tracks and 1000m, perhaps shorter, is her go. Friday saw Melbern Queens resume and she was most disappointing at the Sunny Coast after being well supported. Won’t be getting my coin again.
Saturday June 1
Belmont: Stella Door R1 – Looks very sharp and finds a winnable Saturday race to kick off his career. $4+ is more than acceptable
Caulfield: Petrelle R8 – If it was 1000m, I’d be all over her. I just have serious doubts on her beyond that trip. 1200m on the weekend is a definite risk
Doomben: Pedrena R7 – Off the trial, I would have said no, but she came up $31+ which was ridiculous and she draws gate one. Happy to back each way
Kembla: Fisticuffs R3 – Hoping the bookies miss him. Lovely trial at Hawkesbury and the depth is nowhere near as strong.
Sunday June 2
Ballarat : Skiddaw R1 – If stable are happy to resume on the Synthetic, good enough for me
Murwillumbah : Chazelles R1 – Good thing of the day on paper off the trial at Doomben, but likely to cop a skinny price, likely deep odds on
NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday May 31 (Randwick): He’s been a barrier trial star has Grey Lion been this prep, but he’s backing it up on race day and I expect he’ll do the same in the Brisbane Cup next week off his fourth in Heat 2. Admittedly beaten 10 lengths, but the winner won by nine and Grey Lion wasn’t asked to do much. But like his previous trials, he just towed the jock in the straight and loved the way he found the line. Intrepidacious looked very good last week at Hawkesbury but I think he looked even better in Heat 5 here. Sat a fair way off Rule The World in the run but he just went through his gears beautifully under no pressure and got within a neck of the eventual winner. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win a race or two this prep. One of the better performances of the morning was I Thought So for Team Snowden. He’s been hit and miss on race day, but gee he looks to be flying off the trials and he looked the part once again in Heat 8. Sat back off the speed before getting wider in the straight under Tommy Berry and he savaged the line under a hold. He’s right on track. Had to wait til Heat 16 to see another impressive performance, this time from the Hayes/Dabernig three year old Tony Nicconi. He has been tested in some deep races throughout his career, but I think for now, benchmark racing is his go, and he was clearly the most impressive of the 745m trials, winning impressively in 43 flat. Hopefully he’s placed right.
You can view the Randwick trials by clicking here.
Tuesday May 28 (Caulfield): First heat of the morning saw a nice piece of work from the Price/Kent runner Layel, who hasn’t raced since Bendigo Cup Day last year when running third. Looked pretty good in this heat, sitting on speed throughout and going on to win under no pressure from the rider. Didn’t beat a great deal but liked the way she went about it. Brendan McCarthy sent around an unraced galloper by War out of Manhattan Dream in the third heat and it was sharp, leading all the way and when given a click up, there was a good response. Keen to see where it goes.
You can view the Caulfield jumpouts by clicking here.
Friday May 31 (Flemington): Yulong Stride caught my eye in Heat 2 for the Snowden camp. Was given a quiet time at Werribee last week but appears to have come right on from that after winning his trial, jumping well and landing on speed before going on to win under little riding. Was good on debut, a maiden win is well within reach I dare say. Been a massive fan of Leiter since his debut win back last year and he was excellent first up at Caulfield. Been given a freshen up and looks spot on after his dominant win in Heat 7, leading throughout, bolting in and running good time relative to the morning. Heat 11 I was keen to see Excused because I made her one to follow from the Werribee trials last week and was impressive once again. Sat on speed under Willow and when he asked the filly for an effort, the response was there and she won impressively.
You can view the Flemington jumpouts by clicking here.
Tuesday May 28 (Deagon): Starting off in Heat 7 with Tricky Mix for Tony Gollan. This former Darren Weir had her first run for Gollan at the Gold Coast midweeks on a sticky track where I thought she’d run well and she did. Just think her condition gave out. Been freshened up and looked very good, bounding clear from her rivals to win by six under little riding from Brad Stewart. Dry tracks could be the key to her. Sake Of One does look a talented filly for Barry Lockwood and she won the last trial of the morning over 650m, railing up throughout to win narrowly, but like the way she trialled in April, it was good to the eye. Interesting to see where she heads to.
You can view the Deagon trials by clicking here.
Monday May 27 (Lark Hill): Heat 7 is where I’ll start with the Adam Durrant trained How To Fly. First public hitout since her last run in December and she looked very good here, sitting off the speed before Pike angled her into clear air and she went through the motions under a good hold while Great Again, a well performed galloper, was pushed out to win. Good stats at Belmont so I think there’s a win or two in her this prep. The following heat saw Durrant/Pike at it again, this time with Pearl Girl. Time was slower than the time Great Again won in, but she was very impressive. Sat out the back before Pike brought her to the outside and she put them away under no pressure. Interesting to see if she can measure up to metro grade this prep. Was taken by how well Deimos trialled in Heat 10. He sat back in the run under Randy Tan before peeling wider on the turn and under no riding, he closed off really strongly to run a narrow second to the handy sprinter Double Jeopardy. His best form is at 1600m+, but a first up win wouldn’t totally shock based on this piece of work.
You can view the Lark Hill trials by clicking here.
Thursday May 30 (Morphettville): Some nice types stepped out in the third trial and my eyes were on the horse that ran last Thompson’s Reward. He can be hit and miss at times but loved the way he looked in the trial under Kate Cowan. The horse could have easily fought the finish out had she sneezed on the horse but he was under a hold and moved well. That Girl had her first public hit out, an unraced Phillip Stokes 2YO filly, and liked the way she went. Sat off them under Gary Lo before getting clear air in the straight and liked that when he asked her for an effort, she responded instantly, winning the trial. A debut win wouldn’t shock at all.
You can view the Morphettville trials by clicking here.