Winter up north in Queensland awaits a couple of boomed gallopers if they can win at Rosehill on Saturday.
And the street tip is: both horses will.
They are the 2YO HULK for Chris Waller and the untapped giant 4YO JAZZLAND.
Hulk, being a well bred colt, needs Black Type next to his name, and if he can live up to stable confidence in the first race at Rosehill, he can go a long way towards making himself a very, very valuable piece of horse flesh.
He is by I Am Invincible from Volkaspray which makes him a full brother to the brilliant sprinter and Gr 1 winner Hellbent.
Thus far Hulk, who cost $260,000 as a yearling, has yet to win in three starts but has run 2nd twice including his latest start when chasing home his rival again Diamond Thunder. That 2YO is unbeaten in two starts this time up and he goes north as well should he win.
But being a gelding, his value will not skyrocket to the levels of Hulk who does meet him 2kg better at the weights on Saturday.
As for Jazzland, the world’s his oyster.
His trainer Kristen Buchanan knows he is very special but isn’t quite sure how far up the totem pole he’ll go.
“His strength is his strength,” she says. “He has a massive long stride and covers enormous ground, and he just keeps going at a fast pace.
“That’s how he likes to run and in the process grind them into the ground.”
The hulking Home On The Grange – Dix galloper is 2nd up from a spell in this and it is a BM 75, the highest rated event he’s been in, but none of that holds any fears for Buchanan.
“He is very well at present and I’m excited about him.”
Jazzland will no doubt go straight to the front in his Rosehill race. It is race 3 over 1800m and he is the type of horse who should he run away with this race, could improve quite extraordinarily in Brisbane.
“He will eventually be my Cups horse,” the trainer said with a confident smile.
And in Adelaide, perhaps the best placed horse all day is the rapidly improving mare CLEARLY. She’s also going to earn herself a ticket to Queensland after she runs away with race 2, the Centaurea Stakes over 2024.
Ladbrokes had Hulk at $4.60, Jazzland, who has firmed from $11 into $7, and Clearly at $3.10 by Friday morning.