Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's meeting at Woodbine on Sunday. Selections by Jim Bannon.

The 10 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian ET, 5.00am AEST Monday in Australia.

Link to the Woodbine Racetrack live online broadcast of the meeting – Races seven and ten are broadcast from 8.08am AEST Monday on Sky Racing2 and 09.00am AEST on Sky Racing1.


NATURE’S FORTUNE showed himself to be a big galloping type who should be well served by this distance;
his opener October 14th left him on the edges and the runner up has come back to win and the third place finisher, Matthew’s Ridge, is here.
BAYFUL has had two races since moving here from Gulfstream and has restricted his activities to sprints; he broke off balance and bothered another rival at the break last time then was eighth beaten about seven lengths when, Southern Greatness, was second.
THE OTHER BREEZE was in a reachable spot last time trying to build on a peak performance the time before but didn’t do much running on Tapeta; he is hopeful of getting a chance to run on turf.
SOUTHERN GREATNESS went from a fringe try at a route to a sprint where he became embroiled on the pace with the last place finisher and that softened and he was beaten late by the favourite; he now looks to go the other way, back to a route.
FIELD PARTY raced adequately when sprinting on turf two starts ago and got closer last time at a mile and now goes farther for trainer, Chetram Mohabir.
WITTLE WED WABBIT could not keep pace in the Bunty Lawless when behind in double digits; he finished
on the edges on turf in his previous event when, The Other Breeze, was better in second.
MATTHEW’S RIDGE departed turf and went to Tapeta October 14th and had his best career race; he was driving on the pace and finally finished third and the runner uphas come back to win; Southern Greatness, who was in behind him on that occasion has come back with a strong second and is here.


I HAVE FEELINGS a debut runner for Dan Vella, is by, Tizway, a multiple Grade 1 winner and this one is from a dam who was a three time sprint winner; she will debut here from the rail at seven furlongs with Callaghan aboard while using lasix and blinkers; she has worked regularly.
WESTLODGE DIVA had a useful effort around two turns in her previous event when fourth; most recently, she seemed to fan herself quite wide on the first turn then was driving on the second bend and was a distant fourth; she should enjoy the turn back in distance.
ARK OFTHE COVENANT was introduced here from Presque Isle and finished fourth for $20,000 at five furlongs; she used an off the pace technique which seemed to work better; the winner, Enchanted Tale, is in race eight; she now extends to seven furlongs with Campbell taking over
for Caruso.
PRODUCE HOPE had a good enough race October 9th at six and a half furlongs when fourth; most recently when she hung, she used a new and ineffective speed style and was used up in the chase; cutting back in distance will probably be more helpful at this juncture.
FRESHIEINTHEFOREST used a new off the pace technique at six furlongs November 3rd when returning from a layoff and she advanced from seventh to be second in her best showing to date and now she gets more room.
TRUST IS A MUST trailed in the run around the far turn in her debut November 3rd and passed just a single runner and finished eighth when, Freshieintheforest, was second.
DONTDROPURCROP had a moderate offering at five furlongs last time with some early prominence along the rail; she finally gets a better post and she extends in distance.
SILENT DAMSEL showed no capacity to run around two turns in consecutive events and in her race October 22nd was quite rank in the early going; when she used the turn back angle last time, she was ridden up inside to camp behind the leaders and had a useful effort.
SIZZLING ROMA debuted in a tough race October 13th but fell out of contention immediately and did not threaten that tough group; she gets immediate relief with today’s drop and blinkers are added and Simon Husbands now rides.


HOLD’EMFORRANSOM encountered a slower pace on turf October 22nd and that promoted a speed style and a gradual fade in third one position better than, Sweet Romance, who chased her on the pace; the runner up has since won; she had won on turf at seven furlongs the time before with a patient off the pace technique; she worked November 12th with Wilson aboard in 49 with a good finish for Ian Black.
SWEET ROMANCE won a pace duel on turf two starts ago for her maiden score; most recently, she chased, Hold’emforransom, in an ineffective speed duel which set it up for the top two and the runner up has already come back with a booming win.
PERFECT FORESTER is another speed contributor; she won on turf against easier September 3rd and then finished a strong second; she was a stout runner up at just five furlongs on Tapeta last time.
UNCATCHABLE FIRE finished well late on the outside in a grass race on yielding terrain for just $15,000 last time.
KAILI’S BIG BOY has been out of the money in three consecutive events including a turf race last time when there was high velocity on the pace and he lost a front end fight.
RATFACE MACDOUGALL moved out of a conditioned event and into an allowance race September 24th but encountered too much other speed and wilted; he went back to a conditioned event last time to beat non winners of three and enjoyed front end status; there are others in here with pressing skills also.
MAJESTIC FEVER attracted a claim from the Casse stable November 4th when he had a letdown performance in a Tapeta event; he will compete only if this event comes off the grass.


WHIP ME INTO SHAPE came off the shelf November 5th and faced some of these including the runner up,
Spring In The Wind, and was not a factor late; she extends to seven furlongs.
AUTONOMIC had a tough return September 24th when she slammed the side of the gate and was eased; most recently October 13th, she waited patiently and was just on the edges when, Magic Holiday, was second; she has taken some more time and now looks to go forward on Tapeta, a footing she handled well early in her career.
LILLZ SO PRECIOUS cut out the pace October 13th on turf but then faltered; most recently, she used a more mature style at six furlongs on Tapeta and was a distant third two lengths behind the runner up, Spring In The Wind; she must travel an extra furlong here.
MAGICAL HOLIDAY cut back from a pair of opening routes to go seven furlongs on turf last time where she closed with some verve to be second while advancing from eighth; she is hoping for a smoother departure from the gate and comes right back at seven furlongs, this time on Tapeta.
IRISH TEARDROP was a solid second when she debuted and then went to turf last time a footing for which she is bred; she raced in contention against a well liked winner but proved a difficult one to handle and slipped back to third; Lost Point, took away second.
COOL AND STORMY faltered at seven furlongs on turf two starts ago and also faltered gradually last time at a route on Tapeta; she shortens to seven furlongs here.
NOW PLAY NICE has run well around the edges in recent events and was third last time at a route hanging towards the end; she will shorten to seven furlongs with Kirk Johnson.
SPRING IN THE WIND had a fourth place finish two starts ago on turf when following the pace; most recently, she was in against a key winner when second and had some of these behind her; she must travel a furlong farther.
LOST POINT was able to steal second money away from, Irish Teardrop, last time in a route on turf; she had run well against a difficult group going seven furlongs on Tapeta earlier in the season.
AMBITIOUS MOON a homebred for Chiefswood Stable by, Malibu Moon, is from, Ambitious Cat, a stakes winner; Bahen was aboard for her main gate work October 29th in 49.1bg going out quite strongly; she ended in a tie with a mate November 12th in an easy breeze in 1.02.4 getting ready for Rachel Halden.
WHISPERING SPEAKER is getting her first start since late October when she experimented with turf and finished far behind; she had been more thorough in her Tapeta races.


OCTOBERFEST finished well against a key winner two starts ago and galloped out nicely; most recently, he opted to race closer to the pace and once again, finished fourth when, Sent From Heaven, was in the runner up spot; he has since worked with Wilson aboard in 1.01.2 for Barbara Minshall.
GOLD BACKED debuted October 14th and was awkward at the beginning and after the poor start, raced in eighth; he was going ok late in that race; he adds lasix for this second start; Slade Callaghan was aboard for a brisk work November 12th in 48 with a rally for Ian Black.
UNO CHAMP stumbled in a key race two starts ago and eliminated himself; most recently, he got delayed behind rivals at the quarter pole and then was unable to start another rally.
FOLLOW MY LEAD had a good race on Tapeta with Contreras aboard at a route two starts ago when second; most recently, he went to turf and made a good middle move but didn’t have the same thoroughness; he gets back to Tapeta with Contreras returning after a one race absence.
SHAKESPEAR’SGALLERY a debut runner for Charles Fipke, has many significant references in his pedigree being a son of, Galileo, and from a dam who was a stakes winner; he debuts for Roger Attfield but will go on Tapeta; he trained earlier in the year on turf but has more recently been prepping on Tapeta.
SENT FROM HEAVEN had a good race last time when stretched from a sprint to his initial route but he was going too fast on the front end to be able to continue and was displaced and finished second; he remains a factor.
MAGICAL BREEZE showed life late in his latest and seems to have some run on potential; he remains at a protected level.
UNBOUNDED SPIRIT was in a key race when he debuted and the speed was too much for him and he finished eighth; he now gets to stretch out and he had an easy work November 12th in company in 1.01.2 getting ready for Stuart Simon for Chiefswood.
BEAR TREASURE debuted on turf in a sprint and closed belatedly; he will be stretching out here and moving to Tapeta.
FORT MAC comes in from Vancouver for Kim M. Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht and moves from the stable of Philip Hall to that of Dale Desruisseaux; he had a couple of shares at Hastings and has had time for a couple of works here.
BOBBY’S ESCAPE had consecutive in the money finishes heading into the Coronation Futurity and worked ahead of that event but he encountered a strong middle pace and lost in double digits; he hopes to recapture the goodness of his previous event when he was just behind, Follow My Lead.


MIDNITE SNACKATTAK competed on a yielding turf last time and was reserved behind some rivals and finally finished twelfth; she adds lasix for this move to Tapeta.
HOLTZ went up in value last time and sat just off the pace then tried to advance from between rivals from the second flight and landed fifth beaten four lengths in arguably his best performance; he was just behind, Dutch Blitz.
LILLZ NOT CRYING had early speed only last time then backed away at a crucial stage; apprentice Fukumoto gets the call.
OFF ROAD moved to the stable of Mike Mattine when sent out here October 4th; he finished second while taking sharp support but was repelled by the speedy winner; he attracted a claim and now goes for Scott Fairlie.
JIMBO FIVE was sharp out of the gate two starts ago and had a good result near the pace; most recently, he was sluggish early and he has since gone to the gate for some sharpening; he will reportedly race with bar shoes.
JAIL TIME ran well last time when returning from a layoff; he was dropping down; he got in behind the leaders ready to move but the top ones got away from him and he landed third; he is down one level.
DUTCH BLITZ had an obvious trouble call in his opener then second time out an overflow of support showed for him and he ran much the same way without a clear path in fourth; now he comes all the way down to the $16,000 mark and gets his third different rider with Simon Husbands now aboard.
BOB W. had speed down the backstretch October 28th but
he finally faltered; he goes for Warren Wilcox here with a jump in value.
DANNY’S RUSH was brought here October 29th for a run for just $20,000 on a big drop and was going ok late at seven furlongs; he drops down and shortens to six furlongs and moves to Tapeta.
KABBA was full of life in his second start of this year October 28th; he thrust forward in the stretch to be second best; he is a six year old getting just his fifth lifetime start and there was some talent obvious last time.


COREY’S BEST departed an out of the money finish on turf and went to Tapeta last time for $19,000 and moved outside just out of contention in fourth.
VICTORIAN LASS had a useful run for $19,000 on turf last time advancing from sixth to be third with an easy trip; Bahen moves back in with the shift to Tapeta.
WICKED WEST had significant improvement second time under the direction of Norm McKnight October 7th running in front at 6-5 for a maiden score.
LOOKIN PERFECT has dedicated herself to turf this entire season but without that option, will go six and a half furlongs here on Tapeta; she has been around the edges most times.
AFLEET DOLL had a typically good effort last time to finish in the money with a four wide position in the stretch as she advanced; she gets a half furlong farther here.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE departed a series of turf races to go to Tapeta last time and she disappointed; the winner has come back to be third and the runner up has come back to win; she now goes six and a half furlongs on Tapeta and has worked in the interim.
SKY VISION broke far to the outside last time and that eliminated her; she showed a touch of interest in the stretch against better.
I GOT SILENT EGO had runaway speed last time but stalled and then faltered; she drops in value.
MOST INSPIRING has been win shy in recent campaigns despite taking sharp support and giving away value lately; she departs turf for Tapeta and had a good run two starts ago on this surface when fourth beaten a long length and the runner directly in front of her has come back to win.
MRS. FOUAD is getting her third race off the shelf and her latest saw her in behind, Afleet Doll, who had a much better performance; she looks to move forward.
UNCLAIMEDTREASURE moved late on the outside last time against better than she faces here; she was also close by at this price two starts ago also from a wide post.


PERFECTION CAT moved over to turf for her third lifetime start October 13th and was a winner for Charles Fipke by dominating the pace with a controlled rush; she had her best work November 12th
in 1.00.3 on Tapeta getting ready for this switch back to Tapeta and she cuts back to seven furlongs from the rail for Julia Carey.
STAR HUNTER came from Presque Isle and sprinted on turf and was beaten only two lengths by, Win The War, in a strong effort; she was looking to go long on turf last time but the event went on Tapeta and she set a pace that was too quick and faltered; she will shorten in distance for trainer Nick Caruso; she competes for Brushy Hill, Bill Frothinger and Dan Kjorsvik.
ENCHANTED TALE is one of two supplements to the race and competes for Jessie Ladouceur and Damien Kellman; she debuted for just $20,000 in her opener and marched away from that group
at 30-1 for Harold Ladouceur under Singh who retains the mount.
GRACE AND DIGNITY won her opening two races at six furlongs by using her dominant middle speed for Catherine Day-Phillips; she stretches to seven furlongs here and worked November 8th
in 1.00.1 out in 1.13.4 getting ready; she had a brisk blowout November 15th in 35.2 with Da Silva also aboard; she competes for Edward Hart, Michael Iavarone and Jules Iavarone, Craig and Josie Arntz and Bob Sauter.
WIN THE WAR competes for Gary Barber and John C. Oxley and was a significant auction purchase by, War Front; she was beautifully prepared by Mark Casse and was fully expected to win her opener which she did on turf with a late rally; she came back to work November 1st in 59.4 out in 1.13.3 getting ready to move to Tapeta.
MADAME X. comes in for trainer Susan Cooney; she was second best in the Selima Stakes at Laurel two starts ago but had no production on a soft turf at Keeneland last time; she will try Tapeta under race terms here and competes for Quest Realty.


FAIRY HILL has committed to a speed style in both races against better than she was able to handle and she faltered; in her latest she was fifth of nine and the sixth place finisher has since won; following time off, she drops sharply for $25,000 hoping that her speed will have more of an impact on this group.
ADIOS MIA a debut runner for Michael McDonald is by, Adios Charlie, a three year old stakes winner in New York and this one is from a dam who is unraced; she has had company getting ready and Bahen will ride for $25,000 at first asking.
ROMANTIC BLISS comes in from Indiana Grand and will join the Abraham Katryan stable and did have some company for a recent work; she indicates two preps locally getting ready and Crawford will ride.
MEGALOPSYCHIA loomed boldly as if she would be a threat last time but she hung and finished third when a second time lasix user; she was forced to scratch from a race November 8th and will go here instead.
THIRTY NINE SEVEN dropped down for her latest looking to build on a good race from the time before but she was sent a route and disappointed and was off the bit by mid stretch; she will now shorten to a sprint on the quick comeback.
CHANCEE has been hanging around the edges without threatening lately and will extend in distance here; Wilson had her within three and a half lengths last time.
HARLANABELLA followed in contention very early last time but did not threaten late and is without a share to date.
MEDIA STORM committed to a speed style when going from five furlongs to a route last time and had an understandable effort with early speed but not enough stamina; she shortens to seven furlongs.
IQALUIT a homebred for Donald M. Ross is by, The Factor, who was a high velocity California stakes winner at the highest level and this one is from a dam who won the
South Ocean Stakes; he had prepping back in the summer time and has been more regular leading up to this event; he travels seven furlongs from the widest post with Slade Callaghan aboard for Ian Howard.

RACE #10

MYSTERION has been out of the money in a series of events but makes changes here with the blinkers off; he goes from post twelve to post one for this event.
CONQUEST SWAGMAN was at seven furlongs for $19,000 two starts ago and kept his good streak of performances going with a narrow loss; he gave up the lead late; he had another extreme post last time coming from the rail for $20,000 and he was asked for his best between rivals and he finished third; he stretches back to seven furlongs as a major factor here.
MAJESTIC HEIST was in a key event two starts ago where he finished a rousing second and the first and third place finishers both came back to win; most recently, he was one paced from far on the outside; he gets a more inward post here.
DEVIL’S BAYOU returned from considerable time away from the game September 23rd at Fort Erie and much to his credit finished second; he improved his performance rating last time in his second start following the long layoff.
AWSOME MOI closed but too late in his previous event and both the first and third place finishers came back to win; most recently, he again closed on the edges and once again the first and third place finishers came back to win; he extends in distance.
FLYING GHOST improved twenty one performance points second time out when he added lasix and dropped for $16,000; he got strong and galloped away from that group; he comes down in value going aggressively here for $9,500.
HEMMIN AND HAWIN was picked up for $10,000 two starts ago when he had no momentum; he moved to the $20,000 mark last time where he advanced deep in the stretch outside; he now comes back to his claimed price for a hot stable.
SLAM scratched November 11th and was forced to scratch from a race here October 29th; he was well back at Fort Erie last time.
IT’S A BREEZE showed some interest between rivals last time for $20,000 when seventh beaten only four lengths and he gets to run for half the price here for a stable that had two recent stakes wins.
LEWNSKYSWILDAFFAIR has been out of the money in consecutive events since moving over from Fort Erie and finished far behind last time.
EXECUTIVEGUTS has lost by wide margins in four consecutive events; the blinkers are on after a one race absence.
SEVENCOMINGOUT had a theatrical stretch charge to win two starts ago at six and a half furlongs when claimed; he was put into a protected spot last time at 34-1 where he finished eighth when Conquest Swagman was third; he is in with more his own kind here.
TINKER RING seems to like this level; he was in a hectic pace fight last time where he was still trying deep in the stretch when fourth beaten a long length.
TOTALLY UNEXPECTED had a good race three starts ago but has missed the board in his last two appearances and remains winless for the campaign.
I DELIVER has been out of the money in three consecutive events and has gone long in recent events; he now turns back to seven furlongs.
HE STARTED IT attracted a claim for $12,500 two starts ago and won last time for new interests on turf; most recently, he was up in value where he hung late and now he gets to drop underneath his claimed price for a hot trainer.

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