Wagga – Thursday 2 May 2024

Rocketing By – Race 7
Good thing beaten in the Wagga Town Plate. Steamed to the line and was held up for most of the straight. Should have won the race and just needs to draw a little better next start to prove terribly hard to beat.

Goulburn – Monday 29 April 2024

Chaotic Beauty – Race 2
Flew to the line and should have won but settled too far back. Is racing in really good fashion and one to keep an eye on next start potentially up in trip.

Scone – Sunday 21 January 2024

Palazzo Prince – Race 2
A fine debut when trucking up on the bend and was barely touched by Reece Jones. Held its rivals at bay but had plenty left in the locker and looks destined for better races in the future.
Perri Lass – Race 6
Didn’t have a lot of room to move and couldn’t get the rub of the green in the straight. Wasn’t much Gibbons could do with traffic ahead of him and the horse looked to have plenty to offer. Worth following up.

Hawkesbury – Thursday 19 October 2023

Cholante – Race 6 
Shot like a rocket late. The tardy jump was costly after finding its self last and on the fence. Once Cholante got clean air it got mighty close to pivot up the tear away leader. Out in trip it will be very hard to beat next start.

Scone – Monday 16 October 2023

Altisima – Race 4 
Caught wide but not sure it wins regardless. The winner of the race looked very smart on debut but Altisima is worth sticking with. She had no luck in the run and that should prove to be a strong maiden.

Scone – Tuesday 5 September 2023

Nyali Sands – Race 2 
Enormous effort neatly upsetting the $1.20 hot pot. Played up pre race and took a while to wind up but absolutely rattled home and almost beat the favourite. Should prove very hard to beat up in trip.

Rosehill – Saturday 1 July 2023

Danish Prince – Race 10
Chopped out for a run when trying to burst into open air. Complete forgive job and worth following next start.

Miss Faberge – Race 4
Didn’t get the gaps when it needed them. Best to pen the run & worth following again off its consistent record. Just had no luck in the run.

Randwick – Saturday 27 May 2023

Crafty Eagle – Race 3
Crafty Eagle returned in really good fashion. Showed off a near turn of foot and looks destined for better races , fantastic return.

Rosehill – Saturday 29 April 2023

Dipsy Doodle – Race 1
Fought off the canvas to score and can go on with things next start. Loved the tenacity to win and looks a smart type.

Warwick Farm – Wednesday 19 April 2023

Essonne – Race 5
Changed paths three times and never got clear, hard held to the line lost by a few lengths. Goes very close with a clean run, just settled too far back. Stick with it.

Kembla Grange – Tuesday 4 April 2023

Diamond City – Race 4
Backed off the map from $4 into odds on and sat 3 wide no cover on a heavy track while the winner kicked up the rail. Did a power of work and would have won with a kinder run in transit. Worth sticking with.

Randwick Kensington – Wednesday 8 March 2023

Cholante – Race 8
Loomed to go past but couldn’t reel in the 2 leaders. Potentially condition and fitness gave out late. It’s worth noting those on speed won every race at the day on the track so there was more merit to the run than meets the eye. Stick with it

Gosford – Tuesday 28 February 2023

Idalo – Race 4
Idalo found a split and hit the line well. Should relish a further trip and put away a good field on paper today. Stick with it.

Warwick Farm – Wednesday 22 February 2023

Introducing – Race 1
Introducing showed good gate speed, clicked to the front & ran them into the ground in the wet conditions. Feel it may improve even more on drier ground & has a bright future ahead.

Randwick – Saturday 10 December 2022

Sky Lab – Race 8
Enormous run from Sky Lab. Being drawn the fence was never going to be ideal with its running pattern but it absolutely flew home & 50 metres past the post just about won the race. I’d highly suggest sticking with it.

Kembla Grange – Saturday 19 November 2022

Pretty Wild – Race 5
It was a nice return by the Brazen Beau mare who is still yet to finish outside of the top two in her four career starts, which includes her solid second on Saturday. I have no doubt that Chris Waller has a race picked out for her down the line, but for now, she is one to follow as she goes through the grades.

Rosehill – Saturday 5 November 2022

Lockdown Gamble – Race 2
Just about ran past the winner over the finishing line, it was warming up very nicely late and confident with another 200 metres it would have won the race. Next start hopefully it lands up in trip and it’ll prove awfully hard to hold out with the extra distance.

Rosehill – Saturday 30 October 2022

So Say You – Race 2
It was a lovely first-up run by the So You Think mare. She ran a really nice second placing despite laying in in the straight and the rider Tommy Berry not being able to fully ride her out. She will remain in either a benchmark 72 or benchmark 78 and likely up to 1400m which will suit her, but I would love to see her have another go over 1200m. Either way, I think she is in for a good preparation.

Notions – Race 3

This Press Statement mare returned on Saturday against some rock-hard fit runners. It wasn’t anything flash and she didn’t have the blinking light that people look for, she was just honest and game, finishing 2.1 lengths off Waterford. She looks in for a nice preparation off that effort, and she is one to keep an eye on.

Randwick – Saturday 15 October 2022

Waihaha Falls – Race 6

Having gotten a start due to Kementari heading into the Everest field, they made the most of the chance to run despite being drawn wide. He was first up after 98 days and they decided to drop back from the gate instead of their usual tactics of trying to find a spot midfield or better. Despite a little bit of interference, he was able to finish the race off well and run the second quickest final splits in the race to our other blackbooker from the same race. A race like the Hunter would be right up his ally.

Brutality – Race 6

Wherever they are going with him, he is on target. He was already in our blackbooks from last run, and again he really impressed me coming from near last to finish 1.5 lengths off the winner in sixth, in the quickest final 400m/200m of the race. Once the blinkers go on, it’s show time.

Randwick – Saturday 1 October 2022

Numerian – Race 4

Coming off a solid second first up, he was mighty tough when up to the 2000m on the weekend, despite going down by 3.2 lengths to Cascadian. He is well on target for 2400m and he will be mighty competitive wherever they decide to go with him.

Communist – Race 5

The son of Russian Revolution made a massive step from a benchmark 68 to Listed level and he didn’t disappoint, running 0.7 of a length off the eventual winner in Williamsburg. Not all went right from the awkward draw but with a superior jockey aboard, he was able to get a decent enough run throughout before finishing off well. He looks to have some talent.

Brutality – Race 7

The form guide is going to read a 3.2-length seventh, but it was a nice return by the son of Shamus Award, against some sprinters who have got runs under their belt. Follow him throughout the preparation, cause we will strike some gold somewhere along the line.

Canterbury – Wednesday 21 September 2022

Cholante (Race 6)

Ran the fastest final 600 of the meeting. Unfortunately missed the start and was held up at the top of the straight but absolutely ripped home once clear. Onto a track better suited to its running style and with a clean jump it’ll be very hard to beat, stick with it.

Newcastle – Saturday 17 September 2022

Always On Show (Race 7)

The Showcasing mare was very brave when second up at Newcastle when traveling the majority of the 1500m event wide without cover. She had the nerve to keep kicking and make it race over the concluding stages but the tough run took its toll in the end. She should go close over a mile to 1800m next start in either a similar grade or up in grade slightly.

Randwick – Saturday 17 September 2022

Honeycreeper (Race 4)

A lot of people were looking at the race and talking about the run of Stray, and rightly so, but they weren’t paying attention to the Godolphin Blue running up the inside. She drew poorly and had to drop back before heading to the inside, which wasn’t the ideal going on the day. The daughter of Teofilo was first up for the preparation over an unsuitable distance for a mare who is more effective over 2000m+. I think we can follow her with confidence next start, especially with a nice draw over the mile.

Stockman (Race 9)

This bloke is low-flying and is well on target for his grand final, which I would assume is the Metropolitan. He was third up on Saturday over 2000m, and he was really good, making his run with the runner-up Benaud, with Stockman doing his best work through the line. He could go close next start depending on where they go.

Kembla Grange – Saturday 10 September 2022

Givara (Race 5)

This was a tremendous run by the All Too Hard gelding who unfortunately just met one too better on the day. He had to drop back from the wide draw and make a searching run to the outside after being briefly held up around the 400m mark. He will be breaking his maiden status this preparation, so keep an eye out for him.

Rosehill – Saturday 10 September 2022

It’s Me (Race 9)

This mare is simply trucking, with all roads leading to the Kosciuszko. She finished a bold 1.4 length fourth in Group 2 company, all whilst being stuck in traffic late in the race. Sectional wise was very good, and she is going to be hard to beat wherever she goes. If she doesn’t have a run before the Kosciuszko, you can back her in the big one with confidence.

Startantes (Race 9)

From the same race, this mare entered the race first-up with the view of a solid run with bigger fish to fry, and it was definitely a passable run. She dropped back from a tricky draw and hit the line with vigor, running the quickest final 200m of the race. You can confidently follow her in the spring once she is up to 1400m and beyond.

Queanbeyan – Monday 5 September 2022

King Gutho (Race 5)

The trial lived up to its hype & King Gutho looks on par for the Kosciuszko. Outstanding return and worth a speck in early markets.

Wyong – Friday 2 September 2022

Cholante (Race 4)
Just keeps winning & despite missing the start and doing a bit wrong Cholante never got out of 2nd gear. Highly promising type, keen to see it in stakes grade. Stick with it.

Rosehill – Saturday 27 August 2022

Aleas (Race 5)

Dylan Gibbons rode this son of Archipenko on the resumption of his second preparation. He was drawn wide and went back to last before unleashing late, which is exactly what you want to see for a horse wanting further and he definitely appreciated the dry ground. He ran the quickest final 600m, 400m, and 200m of the entire meeting, as you would expect for a backmarker, but he should be in for a decent preparation. Watch for him up in distance and on a dry deck with a decent draw.

Golden Mile (Race 8)

The son of Astern resumed in the Up and Coming Stakes on the weekend and it was his first go around the Sydney way of going. He settled back from barrier 5 and gave the eventual winner Kibou a massive start, before finishing well in second, 2.2 lengths off the winner. It was a very good run considering all things and managed to beat the rest of the field by 3.5 lengths. I think he could be a nice contender for something like the Golden Rose, but something like the Caulfield Guineas does look right up his alley.

Kembla Grange – Saturday 27 August 2022

Bunker Hut (Race 5)

I think a win is around the corner for this son of Savabeel after drawing the car park and getting back on the weekend. He was given a big task third-up and finished just under a length from Perfect Thought over the 1400m. If he can get a decent draw next start over a similar distance, he will be hard to beat.

Rosehill – Saturday 13 August 2022

Onemore Sapphire (Race 3)

Terrific return from the seven-year-old gelding who settled in the second half of the field, before picking his way through the field. He was held up from the 200m – 100m mark before coming off heels into the middle of the track which wasn’t the place to be. Despite all the issues throughout, he ran the fastest closing sectionals from the 800m to the finish of the race. Happy to follow him into his next run.

Katalin (Race 4)

Another who was first-up on Saturday who can carry that on into the preparation. The six-year-old mare finished fast up the centre of the track, which was a clear disadvantage, and ended up finishing under a length back in third. The eye matched the clock with the mare running the quickest closing sectionals from the 800m mark of the race, ranking in the top 5 in all increments except for the final 600m, where she ranked seventh. Hopefully, she can go on with it this preparation.

Quick Tempo (Race 10)

The four-year-old gelding was on the quick back up after being found to be lame last weekend, and he backed up well. He missed the kick by around three lengths and had to settle at the rear of the field before unleashing up the centre of the track, as mentioned before, wasn’t the place to be. It was as good as it look, the quickest final 800m, 600m, 400m, and 200m of the race whilst also being the quickest final 600m and 200m of the entire meeting. Be interesting to see where they go next, but I want to follow.

Randwick – Saturday 06 August 2022

Grace and Harmony (Race 5)

It was a lovely return by the Sebring mare after 287 days on the sideline. She settled in the second half of the field before making a brilliant run up the centre of the track to finish 0.25 of a length off the winner in second. Sectional-wise, She ran the 7th quickest final 600m of the meeting (approx +9L above average), 2nd quickest final 400m of the meeting, and the quickest final 200m of the meeting. It was a nice return and another race in a similar grade will see her going close again.

Yiyi (Race 7)

This bloke was the sectional star of the meeting. Drawing barrier 12, Jay Ford took the gelding back to the rear of the field, and whilst back there, he over-raced due to being keen, which isn’t ideal, but he still finished the race off like a rocket. Despite finishing 3 lengths back in fifth, he ran the quickest final 800m (+15.1L above average), 600m (+13.5L above average), 400m (+9.8L above average), and the second quickest 200m (+6.1L above average) of the entire meeting. He was only second up, so he isn’t that far away from peak fitness and with a nice draw, he can figure in the finish once again.