Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Thursday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Thursday morning AEST. Selections by Jim Bannon - the eight race Australian broadcast commences at 10.45am AEST Thursday on Sky Racing1 and from 12.12pm AEST on Sky Racing2.


CASTLE IN THE SKY has had every chance in his last three starts; he attracted a claim for $25,000
last time when he surged to the lead in the stretch only to be passed at the last instant and finish third; Hayne’s Fever, was second; Boulanger rides for Denyse McClachrie.
CLASSIC DANIEL gets to stretch out and drop down and those factors should make him more of a factor here; he was in against a key winner when he debuted and didn’t have much speed but showed some interest.
ROCK THE HOUSE was in for $40,000 on a stretch out last time and was on his way early sent to a clear lead but he squandered the advantage and slipped back late; the third place finisher has come back to win.
OVER SENSUAL was in a pace duel with the eventual runner up last time and finished an ok third at six furlongs; he will now go from a sprint to a route for the first time for Steven Chircop.
TOUPHA has faced better than he encounters here; he comes up tagged for the initial time and this will be his third consecutive route and he has a chance to have more of an impact in this spot.
HAYNE’S FEVER was going nowhere over his opening two races in sprints but when he was sent long last time, he had late power on the outside closing a big gap to be second; he rates respect.
ZUCKER is worth a long look; he comes up tagged for the first time after a third place finish on turf against a tough top pair last time; Contreras who was aboard, is riding, Hayne’s Fever, and Hernandez will take over here.


MILWAUKEE MAGIC was getting a belated first start of the season October 13th for $9,500 and he was planted behind a wall of leaders then made his way forward for the smart victory for $9,500 against non winners of two; the third place finisher, Allied Instigator, has come back to win big and is here; he now faces non winners of three.
CORRYVRECHAN was claimed in prime form October 4th when he dropped in for $10,000 to try and scoop up his non winners of three condition; however, he missed by a scant head at 3-5 against a key winner; he went into a starter allowance race against multiple winners last time and was at the back; he now drops back to his claimed price; the LeBlanc stable had a nice winner last Friday.
NORRIS LAKE had a good run from off the pace in this category two starts ago when third at long odds and, Corryvrechan, was the runner up; most recently, he didn’t come anywhere near his best effort.
GUATEMALA CITY attempted a speed run around two turns on a stretch November 25th and that approach failed; he couldn’t carry on through the stretch; he shortens in distance to just six furlongs.
TITANICO advanced from twelfth to be sixth last time but still had some work to do at a lower level at seven furlongs; he shortens in distance and is up in value.
LOOKINGFORANEWHOME has closed relative to the pace at times and that was the case two outings ago when he was on the edges; most recently, he got in against a key winner and advanced from eleventh to be fifth in a race that gives him some standing here.
KAYEZ dropped in for $6,250 last time and finished fifth and attracted a claim; he stalled in the stretch; the stable won with a recent claimed runner.
ALLIED INSTIGATOR closed belatedly at six furlongs when returning October 13th and he finished third when, Milwaukee Magic, was the winner; he earned a high performance rating for an off the pace win at five furlongs last time and now goes six furlongs from the outside.


BIG RED BEAR debuted October 6th at a route and broke behind then lacked any speed and didn’t generate much power with his size; for this second start, he drops down and he has had interim prepping.
DISPUTED BID encountered a pace that was too fast at a route last time then he attempted a rally from twelfth and finished sixth; the runner up, Hayne’s Fever, was in the opener today.
FIRST SHOT has been in three consecutive routes and was fifth of twelve last time in an ok race and the runner up was in the opener today; he rates a second look.
O’KRAM was in a near impossible spot when he debuted and he chased the pace and then faltered; most recently, he was dropped for $25,000 but encountered a sharp middle pace and attended early then faded on the turn; he goes long and does have some stamina in his pedigree; the blinkers are off and Christopher Husbands has the mount.
MIRACLE SILVER proved tough to load prior to his October 7th opener but once under way, he seemed to hesitate; he then showed speed along the rail against key company before retreating; he takes a major drop to go
for $20,000 and now he stretches out; he is bred to be a stayer by, Mike Fox.
ARGYBARGY was going too quickly on the front end at a route last time against some of these and gave up several positions deep in the stretch.
BENT CROWBAR showed some life late last time at a route against some of these when fourth at 70-1 and the runner up, Hayne’s Fever, was in race one today and could provide a reference.
MOSCA got shuffled on the turn and then checked at the quarter pole and that was excuse enough for $25,000 last time against some of these; he deserves another chance.
SEE YOU IN COURT ducked in early last time then had attending speed but finished behind in double digits against a key winner; following time off, he plunges for only $20,000 and goes from a pair of sprints to a route with hopes of waking up.


DRINK IT NEAT debuted November 4th and made a mistake right at the break by coming in and that seemed to take away from his effort and he finished ninth; he gets to go around two turns from the rail post which should help.
WONNESTRUT ran a good race against some of these last time when he was fourth with, Rare Appeal, second and, Shanty Town, third; he did his best running late against a heavy favourite and he galloped out well.
RARE APPEAL was second last time against the heavy favourite and had some of these behind him including,
Shanty Town, who was third and, Wonnestrut, who was fourth; it was a slow late pace but he was taxing the winner late in the race.
SHANTY TOWN finished an ok third last time against a heavy favourite with, Rare Appeal, moderately better in second; the blinkers are on for this event.
FORESTER’S FORUM has been switched to the stable of Andrew Smith and has tried to build some momentum through a recent work; he comes off the shelf where he had speed at five furlongs last time and now goes long here where speed will be obvious.
LEO THE RABBIT had a promising opener; second time out, he went to seven furlongs and finished fourth; he looks like a route runner given his size and deserves a chance around two turns with tonight’s drop.
LASER FOCUS had a series of good races prior to his latest; in that last race, he was on a yielding terrain over which he did not react; he was fanned wide on the turn; he quickly gets down to a low level on Tapeta hoping to recapture the goodness of his previous event.
D’S DARK KNIGHT set the pace last time against a well regarded favourite who was pressing him from the outside and he faded gradually in fifth with, Rare Appeal, in second.
CAPTIVATING MAN was not a factor late at the Fort Erie meeting; he will be going around two turns here on the stretch out.
HOPE VISION will get his first career route here; he was nibbling at the edges in some tougher events at Fort Erie and this will be just his third start ever at Woodbine; he was an ok fourth here two starts ago and was running on; he now competes as a gelding.
STREAK O GREATNESS was here earlier without producing but had a fringe try on the turf at Fort Erie September 30th; he returns to add lasix and he has tried to build momentum in recent works.
TIMEFORASTAR comes out of a race from which the winner has repeated; he was outside on the turn and laying in through the stretch and that precluded him from advancing.


LOUISE THE LASER had speed and was pressed by the runner up last time but won when dropped for $5,000; she attracted a claim by Richard Morden.
LIGHT MY PATH had an excusable journey two starts ago; most recently, she was allowed to linger farther behind and then had some progress at the top of the stretch and won with an outside move for $6,250; she is up in value here and shortening by a furlong.
LADY ST CLEMENTS received a perfect winning ride from Alderson last time who sat off the early speed of,
Old Valyria, and then moved her forward to get a narrow victory; she held on when the runner up was closing quickly; she is right back at six furlongs.
PATSY’S STAR has a knack for winning and has taken two in row at the direct expense of, Penny Stamp; she escaped from behind a wall of rivals two starts ago with an inside move to win; most recently, she stalked and altered outside for the victory.
PENNY STAMP has been victimized on the wire in consecutive races by, Patsy’s Star; most recently, she opened up as if she would win but she laid in and the rider lost his rein; she was finally second beaten a half length and the third place finisher has come back to win for $15,000 defeating, Bangla Dancer.
FUNNY FUNNY RIDDLE attended from the outside last time but couldn’t get into the fight against, Patsy’s Star, and, Penny Stamp.
BANGLA DANCER was running strongly through the stretch in a difficult race at five furlongs on Tapeta two starts ago but was unable to threaten last time at six and a half furlongs in a disappointing effort.
BUCKDEN HOUSE competed early on the card October 22nd when speed was carrying; she dominated
for $10,000 against non winners of three.
CANNA RED drew in from the also eligible list going first time off the claim for Martin Drexler; she had booming speed from the outside but not enough stretch power; she now drops back to her claimed price.
OLD VALYRIA is noted for her good speed and she did win a race here in the spring time; most recently, she gave up the lead late against, Lady St Clements.
I ZOOM has been showing speed at Presque Isle but when she came here for a tough starter event October 21st, she did not break well from the rail post and was ineffective from off the pace; she gets the outside post with the stretch to six furlongs.


SHOW ME THE PRIZE last competed September 23rd when stretched to a route and she was a distant fourth against, Gizmo’s Destiny, and Swagitude, who are both there; she has trained aggressively in the interim getting ready.
CLICKITY CLACK went from a seven furlong maiden win to a stakes victory going long in the Princess Elizabeth; in that event, she was behind rivals in the run down the backstretch but after lacking room at the top of the stretch, she ducked to the inside and made her way forward to beat the heavy favourite; she defeat foaled in Canada rivals in that event and now faces Ontario sire company for Tony Michael Gattellaro.
CLOSE IMAGE had a fast work October 18th getting ready to come off the shelf and another quick move November 7th in 1.00b for Sylvain Pion; she took a maiden win at five and a half furlongs last start by a wide margin in a much improved performance.
GIZMO’S DESTINY was able to run from off the pace and take a maiden win two starts ago fighting, Swagitude, at the end for the top prize; most recently, her speed approach in
the Princess Elizabeth Stakes didn’t work and she slipped back to fourth against, Clickity Clack.
GOSUDARINA is a second representative here for Robert Tiller; she had amazing stretch speed when she took
a maiden score November 4th after departing two consecutive out of the money finishes on turf; she looks to use that enthusiasm around two turns.
LINE OF VISION had a lot to do in mid stretch in the restricted Victorian Queen last time but surged late on the outside to win it with, She’s The Berries, down on the rail in third; she now goes from that sprint stake victory to a route here with Contreras now riding.
SHE’S THE BERRIES was ridden along from fourth last time in the Victorian Queen and made a dash to the inside when beaten less than a length by, Line Of Vision; she meets that one here with a stretch out distance.
BRAMBLE QUEEN is worth considering; she had a race in New York on turf October 1st in the Grade 1 Miss Grillo where she was fourth beaten four and a half lengths by, Significant Form, who finished fourth in the recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Turf; she has since had another race in a stake on turf in New York where she also closed late; she looks to be a natural to handle this surface which favours late runners.
SWAGITUDE a maiden at 38-1 last time, got within inches of beating, Gizmo’s Destiny; she closed well and galloped out strongly; she had a big work October 30th in 47.4 for Blair Miller and had another fast work November 7th in 1.00.4; Christopher Husbands rides while Hernandez handles, Clickity Clack.


D’S BEN raced well on turf when coming off the shelf September 15th for $30,000 to be fourth; most recently, he was out of the money on turf; he goes to Tapeta from the rail post with Hernandez.
KISSOFFIRE was in against a longshot first time starter last time and came around runners and finished an ok third with, Diamonds And Roses, better in second in that quickly run race.
STOP THE PARADE was in for $20,000 last time and raced near the back early but was on his feet moving forward late in fourth.
ROBUSTIOUS was in at just six furlongs last time in this category and late money showed for him; he fought a pace duel but a longshot got away from him and he finished second as the favourite with, Monetary System, just in behind him; he stretches from a sprint to a route.
MONASTRELL drew in from the also eligible list last time when the race came off the turf; he regressed against an import winner and the runner up has already come back to win; he now competes for $40,000; he had run well in August going long on Tapeta finishing third with stretch energy.
DERBY REBEL surprisingly lacked any speed in his debut; second time, he went long and raced ok despite a slow beginning; he is improving.
MONETARY SYSTEM returned from considerable time away when moving back to this circuit November 1st and he steadied with about a half mile to go then started a pursuit and finished third behind a longshot winner with, Robustious, in second; he now must go from a sprint to a route and is bred to be a stayer.
DIAMONDS AND ROSES has had consecutive runner up finishes; most recently, he moved to the lead but a debut winner rushed by at long odds and left him second; a repeat of that race makes him a threat.
NORTHERN MIKE was in for $20,000 at a route last time and finished second; he moved three wide with a chance but he couldn’t get by the winner once in the clear.
TRACK D GOLD was used for positioning outside and then went flat in the lane at nine furlongs on turf last time; he goes to Tapeta here.
PRIDEOFDISTINCTION was a slow to begin and then lacked room at the top of the stretch in his stretch out
race to a route last time; he finished seven lengths behind with, Diamonds And Roses, in second; he makes a move to Bahen.


FOREVER KRZ is winless at Woodbine this season and will shorten up in distance after a failed route last time; he goes for a profitable jockey/trainer combo.
THAT’S A STRETCH was off his feet in a six furlong race for $5,000 last time; he meets up with, Defondo once again.
BUTTERFLY STRIKE raced well at this distance two starts ago but was wanting more room and he got it at seven furlongs last time which allowed him an opportunity to run more easily on the pace to win beating, Runaway Pepper; he survived a foul claim by the runner up; he goes shorter here.
DEFONDO had Hernandez aboard for a win when dropped down and claimed two starts ago; he went up in value for new interests last time and finished on the edges with an inside trip and now comes back down to the price of his winning race of two starts ago and Hernandez moves back in .
BALDUR was a regular at Fort Erie from July through October and he had a couple of wins and three other shares; he looks to move that form over to Woodbine.
PISTON BROKE is getting his first start since August 20th when he was out of the money for the third consecutive time after opening the season with three consecutive wins; perhaps the freshness angle will work here; he has tried to build momentum on the training track.
FORTIS is a good late runner on his best day but he had a letdown performance in his most recent try; his two previous events were just fine.
AWESOME FIVE had speed inside last time when moved up after a claim to go for $10,000 and he beat just a single runner; he comes down below his claimed evaluation which should be helpful.
WICKSTEAD came off the shelf November 3rd and raced behind runners at the top of the stretch and was finally six lengths back; he shortens in distance.
MOON DOGGIE was at six furlongs last time and offered some early speed only then backed away.
HEY BEAR is getting his first start since July 9th at Fort Erie when he was third for new interests; he indicates works at Fort Erie and more preps here getting ready to return.
GRAND MIXTURE came four wide on the turn and then was three wide in contention at the top of the stretch last time in a good effort and finished fourth; he gets to shorten a half furlong here.
CHIEFROLL’NTHUNDER has lost by wide margins in consecutive events here and now takes the blinkers off.
BRILLIANT CHARLIE had a win three starts ago but since then, has been far back and has lost by wide margins; the blinkers are off.
RUNAWAY PEPPER is winless for the campaign after fifteen starts but performed well last time when second to the outside of, Butterfly Strike, and despite being bumped by that one late, he got within a neck; Contreras takes over here.
ANOTHER BID gets his first start since September 30th at Fort Erie when narrowly beaten; he is winless for the year.

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