As is the case most of the year, it was a busy week at the trials and jumpouts across Australia as the Spring Carnival is here, 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.
RECENT RESULTS: Was very busy on Saturday with a stack of runners. Asiago landed some good bets when winning at Hawkesbury. Steel Prince got a definite pass mark first up, likewise Fidelia and Mighty Lucky. Zizzis was solid in defeat, Night’s Watch was a tragedy beaten and arguably wins with clear. Grey Lion struggled on the wet track, likewise Lady Magnus on Sunday at Geelong. Foxborough was just fair first up at Newcastle on Tuesday. Duchess Of Lennox goes close to winning with clear first up on the Kenso track while on Thursday, Drinkwhatyoulike and Wilchino squared off at Northam with the former bolting up impressively.
Saturday September 7
Belmont: Cup Night R7 – Looks extremely hard to beat
Kembla: Natanya R5 – Looks the one if she runs up to the trial
Moonee Valley: Everyday Lady R7 – Looks silly odds at $20+, can run well
Randwick: Funstar R1 – Can she measure up to some big boys and girls on dry ground
Randwick: Mocambo R1 – One for the future
Randwick: Nature Strip R6 – Looks the winner
Randwick: Zoustyle R6 – No place to hide against the big boys
Sunday September 8
Murray Bridge – Sisstar R2 – Just wins if she’s right
NEW SOUTH WALES
Monday September 2 (Canterbury): Natanya looks on target to break her maiden at Kembla on Saturday after winning Heat 4 impressively. Didn’t beat much, but looked to move very well in front under Tommy Berry and could have won by further had she been extended. Took a slice of the $51 for Reloaded in the Golden Rose after his performance in Heat 9. First trial was okay, but loved the way he found the line late in this trial from off the pace. He looks on track to do some nice things this Spring. Van Giz is an unraced filly who showed good sustained speed to win Heat 13 under Jason Collett. Was niggled at in the straight, but did respond well and held a safe margin to the line. If Team Snowden can find a provincial maiden for Sangria, it’s just about a case of any price. Heat 14 saw her trial, where she had to after bucking at Newcastle last time. She led all the way and bolted in, running good time without really being touched. She looks above average.
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Monday September 2 (Gosford): Heat 10 was taken out by Daphne Jean, an unraced Your Song filly for Kim Waugh and I liked the way she moved in front. Wasn’t really asked for an effort at any stage but looked to go about her business nicely and ran decent enough time. Umbra won the following heat for Kris Lees and he was very impressive. Near the speed throughout before Nash gave him a squeeze and the response was instantly there, running one of the faster times of the morning.
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Wednesday September 4 (Muswellbrook): Was really taken by the win of Melik in Heat 11, an unraced Redoute’s Choice gelding for Paul Messara, formerly trained by Team Snowden. He led all the way under Aaron Bullock and was absolutely trucking in front. The time wasn’t fast relative to the morning, but just have to trust your eye and he looks a nice type that will win races.
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Thursday September 5 (Warwick Farm): Most thought Castelvecchio trialled poorly behind Redzel. I don’t subscribe to that given he was running against top class sprinters. Last 50m and through the line was excellent. But most wanted to see him again and improve, and he trialled very well in Heat 1 without the blinkers, closing off under no pressure. He’s on track. Do I want to back him in the Golden Rose? At this stage, no. Heat 3 saw the NSW debut of WA mare Celebrity Dream, now with Chris Waller. J Mac couldn’t have held her any slower and she was absolutely trucking behind Fasika. That’s the best she’s ever trialled. I’ll be keen to bet up on Sky Diamonds if Gary Portelli can find a suitable maiden. She’s flying. First trial was super, but her win in Heat 6 was outstanding. She came with a brilliant finishing burst to win the trial and ran very sharp late splits.
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Monday September 2 (Cranbourne): Gailo Chop has been given a really good grounding for his resumption in the Makybe Diva at Flemington and his Heat 1 trial win should top him off beautifully. He didn’t beat much, but he looked to move quite well under no real pressure and we know he’s a high class WFA horse when right. Harbour Views is being aimed at Country Cups this time in but do they dare aim higher? Thought he was outstanding in winning Heat 3 and he made Cups aspirant Mr Quickie look second rate. He’s a really good animal. Heat 7 saw Santa Ana Lane run a good third, but my eyes were on Island Daze, who ran second. Grahame Begg has done a fab job with this mare and loved the way she went about her business on speed under a good hold. Doves Cry won Heat 20 and this isn’t the only good trial from her this time in so perhaps she has wins in store. Sat near the speed out wide and though a bit wayward in the straight, knuckled down and was impressive.
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Wednesday September 3 (Warracknabeal): Some talented horses were on display at these set of jumpouts and while Petrelle always goes well in trials, her effort in Heat 3 was excellent. Led all the way under no pressure and ran sub 58 (hand timed) for the 1000m. She’s a real short course specialist, so she’s hard to place, but with the right placement, she can win some blacktype.
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Friday September 6 (Flemington): Solid set of jumpouts on Friday morning. One I was most keen to see was Madison County, a high class four year old with the Baker/Forsman. He contested Heat 4 and it was a lovely piece of work from the galloper, sitting off the speed and finding the line under no real pressure. He looks set for a decent Spring, likewise Winning Partner, who contested Heat 7. He will be suited over a staying trip, but showed good dash when asked for an effort and he was an eye catcher. Standout of the morning was clearly Just Zerene, the filly at the centre of ‘Text Gate’ during the Summer Carnival in Brisbane. Didn’t quite live up to the hype in prep one, but she was outstanding in winning Heat 13 in one of the faster times of the morning.
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Monday September 2 (Lark Hill): You’re flying if you’re running sub 56 for the 950m at Lark Hill and that’s what Tellem We’re Comin produced to win Heat 3. He sat off the speed under Pike before being presented wider and I just loved the way he let down under no real pressure to gather them in impressively. Could he be a sneaky chance for the locals in the Railway? He looks to be flying.
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