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.
Alburq: Crying out for a firm deck and he’ll be winning a similar race
Shuwaamekh: Not far off a maiden win
Condor Heroes: 2/2 since going to WA and going super
Gold Medals: He was so brave in defeat behind a star
Ours: Wait for him later in the year
Flying Agent: Ala Ours
Inayforhay: Bit of luck went his way but still got the job done
Casa Larada: Less said about the ride the better
Man From Uncle: Far from disgraced in the Wangoom. Hard to place given his rating
Salorsci: Looked perfectly set up for a Warrnambool assault and duly saluted
September Run: Got the job done nicely on Wednesday
Saturday May 9
Caulfield: It’s Kind Of Magic R5 – If she runs up to her jumpouts, she wins. Wet track the only query
Caulfield: Liapari R6 – Good roughie if we get a wet track. Jumpout was very encouraging
Doomben: Outback Barbie R8 – IMO, should be favourite and think she’s the best of the day on Saturday
Morphettville: Vondexter R2 – Poorly placed, again. Provincial maiden please for her, but she’s got talent
Morphettville: Magna Bella R7 – I’d watch the market with her
Randwick: Equation R2 – Gee I think he’s above average and scratched from Wednesday for this
Randwick: Signore Fox R8 – Want to see something positive from him now
Sunday May 10
Ballarat: Iscariot R9 – Loved his jumpouts leading in and is a proven Saturday class horse in Adelaide
Tuesday May 12
Sale: The Ultimatum R2 – Trialled well at Warrnambool, so a chance here for sure
Sale: Newbury R3 – If he runs up to the trial win, he’ll be winning this
NEW SOUTH WALES
Tuesday May 5 (Randwick): Military Zone was close up at Randwick first up behind Ranier and judging off his trial win in Heat 1 here, he will be spot on for next start, which could come next weekend. Tucked in behind the speed before J Mac took the gap between runners early in the straight and under light riding, showed good change up speed to win. He’s a dry tracker only, so keep an eye on the weather. Heat 6 saw the second official trial from Armatree, an unraced Vancouver colt for Team Snowden. He looks very raw and new to the caper, as seen when under pressure, he wasn’t tractable, but overall, he looked to have something to offer and perhaps a bit of headgear wouldn’t hurt. Think he’s got some ability. Camerlengo led throughout to win Heat 13 and this WaterBott juvenile looks smart. Jumped cleanly, led, under a hold, and wasn’t extended at any stage to win the trial. Placed right, he can win on debut.
Wednesday May 6 (Gosford): Delectation Girl seems to be ticking along quite nicely, potentially for a race like the Dark Jewel next week? She contested Heat 5 here and thought it was a lovely piece of work from her, sitting behind the speed throughout and looked full of running, checking off heels the last little bit but appeared to have plenty to offer.
Friday May 8 (Rosehill): Sure Knee isn’t one of mine, but her effort and the way she looked in Heat 2 was outstanding. She was full of running under McEvoy in behind the speed, absolutely bolting, and I think with clear air would have won. She’s in for a good prep if this is any guide. Lee Curtis looks to have a smart filly on his hands in Superbellaa, who hasn’t raced since January in Canberra when a debut winner. Trialled in Heat 5 and she was one of the standouts of the morning. Led throughout under Tim Clark and looked to have plenty in the tank. Does she find a Stakes race next week in one of those Scone races? Potentially off this.
Monday May 4 (Cranbourne): Koko Connection hasn’t done much in two career outings, but off her Heat 1 effort this morning, that race record may change this prep. She was trucking behind the speed throughout before being given a squeeze about three strides before the post and picked up instantly. Halvoya, the close relation to Halvorsten, ran last in The Showdown at Caulfield, but it’s clear to see why she was hard in the market based on her Heat 4 trial win. She looked to be jogging out wide on speed and went on to win the trial like it was a track gallop. She’ll be winning races for sure. The form of Shotgun Rosie is well exposed, but she looks to be in for a good campaign if her Heat 11 win is any guide. Loved the way she looked on speed out wide under an absolute hold and looked to have plenty up the sleeve. Loves wet ground too so a good time of year to follow. Eduardo won Heat 14 and that’s now two very impressive jumpouts from him. He led throughout and won very comfortably. He looks back on track to run a positive race next time he steps out.
Tuesday May 5 (Caulfield): Staredown is a Maher/Eustace trained three year old that hasn’t raced since the Autumn of 2019, so has clearly had issues, but he ran in Heat 9 this morning and I thought he went very well. Led throughout and while he was pushed out, he responded quite well, won and did it in good time for the morning, notably on a track rated Soft 7.
Thursday May 7 (Geelong): Prince Ziggy is a handy stayer for Jamie Edwards that hasn’t raced since mid January, but his Heat 2 effort this morning looked very impressive. Was bolting near the speed throughout and the jock couldn’t hold him slower, which is a good sign for a horse that is best suited at 2000m+. Keen to see where he goes, because this was a nice piece of work.