and our team’s best bets for the two day Bega Carnival:
Real Salty had a solid jumpout this morning at Moruya (pink colours, grey cap in video above). She loaded into the gates perfectly but reared twice while she was waiting. She was in the air when the gates opened so she missed the start by about a length. She quickly picked up the leader and worked strongly to the line.
She is moving good this afternoon but we will have to see how she is over the next couple of days. We will aim to trial her within the next fortnight.
Icksta had a good run at the jumpouts this morning at Moruya (pink colours, blue cap in video above). He was good in the gates, jumped well and settled in second position. He finished off well in the straight, without being asked to do too much, making up ground on the leader.
He will have a second jumpout on the 9th of February.
I Am Bolt had a successful jumpout at Moruya this morning (video above). After his disappointing first up race performance, we wanted to jump him out to make sure he was right before starting him again. He went around to the gates without incident, loaded well and jumped cleanly. He fought his rider, throwing his head up for a few strides when he was asked to come back between the other two runners on either side of him but he settled and travelled well to the line, winning the heat.
We will see how he is over the next few days but we are planning to race him at Goulburn on the 7th of February.
Times Change had a very good performance at the jumpouts this morning at Moruya (pink colours, blue cap in video above). She hesitated momentarily going into the barriers but she waited quietly and jumped very fast. She travelled nicely, took a moment to balance around the turn and then finished off great in the straight.
We will see how she is over the next couple of days but she should be able to go to her first barrier trial off today’s performance.
Shrug had a nice jumpout at Moruya this morning (video above). We are planning on starting her first up at Braidwood on the 6th of February.
Tornac continues to think he is the best since his win at Moruya. According to his rider “he thinks he is it and a bit”. We have him nominated for 1200m races on Saturday and Sunday this weekend at Sapphire Coast. We will accept in both and pick the best race for him. Fields are published on Thursday.
Times Change continues to do well this prep, eating up and building her education on the track. She had a solid gallop with two mates on Saturday where she travelled confidently between the other two horses. She is having a jumpout tomorrow morning and the video will be posted around lunchtime.
Sifu has recovered well from her first up run at Moruya. She had an easy week last week as we tried a few gear changes. She will have a gallop tomorrow and we plan to race her again at Canberra on the 5th of February.
Resort has pulled up well from his last race and will head to Sapphire Coast for the 2200m race on Sunday. He won this race in 2019 and ran 3rd in 2020. He has been working great at home and a return to one of his favourite tracks should see his racing results improve.
Real Salty is coming along great and had a nice gallop with two mates on Saturday morning. She is having a jumpout tomorrow and the video will be posted around lunchtime. She is still achy occasionally as she continues to grow but she never stops eating and she has a cheerful and willing attitude.
Pahang has bounced back from his Moruya race very well. He is nominated to race again this weekend at Sapphire Coast. We have him in the Class 1 1400m on Saturday and the Country Magic 1400m on Sunday. We will pick the most suitable race for him when the fields are published on Thursday morning.
No Emotion continues to do well since his return to the stables. After such a long break, he will do another two weeks of cantering before he steps up to pace work.
Merdeka is fast becoming a stable favourite with her laid back nature. Her gallop on Saturday was good and she has a beautiful action that gives a great feel when she gets up to full speed. She is nominated for the 1400m maiden at Sapphire Coast on Sunday. Nominations are out tomorrow and fields will be published on Thursday.
Liberata had two good gallops last week and we have decided to nominate her for Sapphire Coast on Saturday in the 1200m maiden. She has been doing everything right at home and with only the short break in the paddock in December, we think she is ready to go to the races. The fields will be published on Thursday morning.
Icksta will have his first jumpout for the prep at Moruya tomorrow morning. We have been very pleased with how Icksta has come back this prep and his trackwork has been great so far. He is looking much better in the Summer months than he did through Winter and has grown into a nice strong gelding.
I Am Bolt has been consistently working well at trackwork for a more than a week now so we are ready to try him at the jumpouts tomorrow. He will aim to get to the barriers very calmly and quietly and see if he gallops more controlled and balanced, like he has been in trackwork.
Heavenly Thunder continues to work well and will step up to start galloping at the end of this week. She is aiming to have a jumpout on the 10th of February.
Hay Bale has been working well since his run in the Moruya Cup and will step up to 1600m for the first time at Sapphire Coast on Sunday in the $80K Bega Cup. The nominations will be out tomorrow and fields published on Thursday morning. Hopefully he gets a favourable barrier to press forward and take up a good position.
Dragons Breath had an easy week after his race at Queanbeyan and he has bounced back great. He is an eating machine and he appears to be taking the racing in his stride more now that he has had a few starts. He is nominated for the 1200m maiden at Sapphire Coast on Saturday. The fields will be published on Thursday morning.