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 1.10pm AEST on Sky Racing1 and from 2.08pm on Sky Racing2.
1 SILENT DIXIE
3 SILENT CONSORT
2 FOREVER BOLD
SILENT DIXIE a debut runner, is a homebred for C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable by, Silent Name;
she debuts here from the inside at five furlongs for Mike Doyle with Moran aboard; she did work over a short distance October 21st in 35.2.
FOREVER BOLD was getting her second start November 30th and once again, was asked for speed and she stayed on better when dropped for $25,000 ending a weakening fourth.
SILENT CONSORT had consecutive in the money finishes September 16th and October 4th then was freshened a month and when she returned at seven furlongs, she didn’t stay the trip; the winner was second in the South Ocean Stakes recently; she peels all the way back to five furlongs with Contreras.
DESDEMONA a homebred for Goldmart Farms by, Court Vision, is from a stakes placed dam who did produce the fast two year old, Mel’s Ring; she worked five furlongs in company November 11th in 1.01.2 and had a work from the gate late Friday morning in 49bg for Sid Attard whose stable had momentum last week.
SAIL AT NOON a debut runner for Ross Armata, is by Giant Gizmo and will try just five furlongs here; she has worked over short distances getting ready and had a gate work October 21st in 37bg.
SILVER AND STARCH a debut runner, is a homebred for Shamrock Racing Stable and partner Willow Ridge Farm Thoroughbred Inc. and goes for Peter Berringer; she is from a dam who has produced two nice winners including, Copper Fox, a significant earner; she worked in company November 14th in 48.2 getting ready; Christopher Husbands rides.
7 COLBY OL’ FASHION
2 COURT BATTLE
6 GET THE JOB DONE
BUZZCUT broke last in his debut and that eliminated him from contention; he does get an extra furlong with which to work and will try and utilize his run on potential.
COURT BATTLE closed to the outside of the fourth place finisher, I’se Dubai, last time when finishing sixth in a generally improved performance but, Colby Ol’ Fashion, was better in second.
I’SE DUBAI tried to continue on last time and finished fourth at six furlongs with, Colby Ol’ Fashion, in second; more room is available here.
FINBAR had a new approach last time running from farther off the pace when moving over to Tapeta; he closed from a distant tenth to be fifth with, Colby Ol’ Fashion, in second; with that type of style, the extra distance should serve him well tonight; Pierre Mailhot takes over for Dan Vella.
WE WILL SHINE a debut runner, is a homebred for Murray Stroud and by a sire that was also stakes winner as
a two year old and from a dam who was a stakes winner as a two year old; she will attempt seven furlongs at first asking for Dan Vella with Slade Callaghan aboard.
GET THE JOB DONE is a debut runner here for Sam Di Pasquale; he is from a dam who was a two time sprint winner; he has used the gate extensively the past while for consecutive works at five furlongs; lasix and blinkers are used and Alderson will ride.
COLBY OL’ FASHION dropped out of a key race and was fully expected to run better second time out against many of these and did finish in the runner up spot as the favourite; the challenge here is extending to seven furlongs from the outside post; Hernandez rides once again for Denyse McClachrie.
2 MAGIC SKYS - BEST BET
3 THALIAS FIRE
6 OFELIA GIRL
RYOAN was going for new interests November 1st and rushed up prematurely on the backstretch then
had insufficient resources for the homestretch and finished eighth.
MAGIC SKYS was facing several of these last time and drafted behind a wall of runners on the backstretch and then darted to the inside for the stretch drive and closed vigorously and missed narrowly and galloped out boldly; she finished just in front of, Thalias Fire, who had a troubled trip.
THALIAS FIRE has not won in recent seasons; she had every chance two starts ago but missed narrowly and she had ever chance to win last time but had an excusable trip and was without room until deep in the lane; when she got room, she advanced from seventh to third at the last moment about a length behind, Magic Skys.
SIERRA ANGEL made a move to the inside at the top of the stretch last time against a front runner but was not effective in a race where she elected to go against multiple winners and now she tries non winners of three.
IRISH WILL finished on the edges at a route against some of these two starts ago hanging desperately in the final yards; she tried a sprint to sharpen up last time and was similarly on the edges; she goes back to a route.
OFELIA GIRL had every chance two starts ago and missed narrowly in fourth with, Irish Will, in second and,
Thalias Fire, in third; most recently, she was one of several to have a cluttered pursuit and she finished seventh when, Magic Skys, was second.
FLAMENCO DANCER is hoping for better behaviour pre race; she was in against so much better last time than she faces here but she wasn’t a factor and now runs for only $10,000; she was close by at a route for twice this price back in August.
WINGAWAY attracted a claim for $10,000 two starts ago and was beaten five lengths in a sprint; she had an improved performance for $20,000 last time when beaten only five and a half lengths; she faces the challenge of the longer distance but does get to devalue.
3 SPRING FORWARD
6 MADAME GIZMO
1 MOLINARO DEPUTY
13 SOMEWHERE OUTTHERE
MOLINARO DEPUTY was on the edges when dropped for $10,000 two starts ago and moved late between runners; she was forced to scratch from a race October 20th and got back in the game November 3rd when protected; she was beaten only five lengths; Contreras follows her down the ladder for only $10,000 and she looks like a threat at five furlongs.
EARLY RINGALING had a series of races at Fort Erie then competed here November 8th for $6,000 and was ninth without threatening in a field of eleven; she goes up in value here.
SPRING FORWARD competed last year as a two year old at Presque Isle and won a race in October; this will be her first start in an extended time and to launch this three year old campaign she will now compete for Paul Buttigieg; she indicates a series of building up works since the beginning of October getting ready to get back in the game at a reduced level.
GOLD DIVER had no impact last time when moved up for $19,000 at long odds; she comes down in value here seeking her first Woodbine share.
DANCE WITH ME BABY gets her first start since June of this season when she saw her form slip; she indicates a series of works since early October getting ready for Bill Tharrenos.
MADAME GIZMO took the big drop last time and at low odds, finished seventh beaten six lengths after a tentative approach; Hernandez has been hired for this ride at five furlongs and this one has had an interim work.
SHEZ A TEN I KNOW came in at the break causing some difficulty November 10th and she didn’t recover finishing behind in double digits; she seeks a breakthrough victory for the year.
ZLATICA benefitted form Hernandez being aboard in three consecutive events with a win and two runners up finishes; she had a timely move last outing to get to the lead near the end then held on as the runner up closed quickly; Hernandez has opted for, Madame Gizmo, in this spot and Lermyte is a good substitute here.
BEEZIE threw her head up shortly after the break last time and following that check she had a lot to do but closed a big gap to be on the edges.
ARTILLIA was eliminated early last time and is hoping for better racing luck here; she has had interim prepping.
BEL AYR BAY was part of some confusion at the gate last time and she ran well below her best; she is hoping for a cleaner trip.
ICRYWHENI’MDRUNK has raced adequately in recent events; she beat, Zlatica, two starts ago and most recently when stretched to six furlongs, she was just on the edges giving way late; she should appreciate coming back to five furlongs.
SOMEWHERE OUTTHERE committed to a speed style November 10th in her second start following a layoff and she was used up; she had run better the time before when coming from off the pace to finish third and she still has some value.
ESSENCES BEST was blamed for some interference two starts ago and was demoted from the runner up spot; most recently, she had early speed but stopped.
2 JIMMIES TRUCK
9 ARIZONA BABY
ULTIMATE BLUE competed last time in a race where a closer dominated and, Jimmies Truck, was second and that one is here; he remains at the $6,000 mark but shortens all the way to five furlongs; he is in search of a breakthrough win.
JIMMIES TRUCK had every chance last time through the stretch but the winner closed from eleventh to produce more momentum in the lane; he was left with second prize at 17-1; he cuts back to five furlongs and that gives him a chance to run from off the pace;; he hasn’t won yet this year.
WIND WARNING was leading in the stretch having won the early pace duel last time but he ran out of fuel in the last furlong and a half and remains winless for the year.
BIT’S LOVER BOY was the pace maker November 1st then faded at the top of the stretch in the vicinity of the spill and was finally at the back.
WARLORD lost by wide margins in his final two races at Fort Erie and he has been freshened; he did have a work here November 8th getting ready for new trainer Shana Lopez.
LIONS PLAY was at Fort Erie and then returned here November 1st but was slow to begin and never entered contention; the blinkers are on.
SCHLOSS SCHNEEBERG had a beautiful win as the favourite back in July at seven furlongs under perfect handling from Crawford; this will be his first start since September 13th and he will go just five furlongs and put the blinkers on here; he won going short in the spring.
LOOKINGFORANEWHOME competed last Wednesday against a strong winner and did ok late advancing from eighth to be fourth; he gets to cutback to five furlongs and should be running late; he seeks his first win in an extended time.
ARIZONA BABY competed here three starts ago and had a good race on the edges; he has travelled since then but makes his way home here looking for his second win at Woodbine this year.
VICIOUSGRASSHOPPER was aggressive on the pace here November 10th but that style did not work as well
as it did when he won at Fort Erie at five furlongs in September.
BLUTARSKY was in for just $3,000 last time and finished fifth at Fort Erie against a strong winner; he is a two time Woodbine winner in his career.
2 SUMMER FALLS
6 SINFUL PLEASURES
8 TREASURE FINDER
CONGENIALITY has been on the edges in both races this season and now takes a drop for just $25,000; she hasn’t competed since the middle of September when she was fourth in a key race from which the second and fifth place finishers have come back to win; she indicates four works getting ready for Colebrook Farms.
SUMMER FALLS competed on the synthetic surfaces at various tracks in England then came here to compete September 24th at a mile on turf and finished sixth beaten eleven lengths; both the fourth and fifth place finishers came out of that race to win; she has come back with two recent November works getting ready for Rachel Halden; Bahen will now take over with this drop for $25,000.
EVENT HORIZON was off her feet at the end last time at a mile on turf; she will take the blinkers off and move over to Tapeta for the first time under race terms.
SADIE IRENE was moving strongly late between runners last time when plunged in for only $10,000; she was second and money showed for her; she now goes back up to an intermediate level and lengthens out to seven furlongs; Wilson who was aboard for her previous two races gets the ride.
D’S BENEFACTION was a bit unlucky last time as she drafted behind rivals and then needed more kick once she
got in the clear but she was finally fourth beaten three lengths for $19,000.
SINFUL PLEASURES went from a sprint to a route last time and came out at the break; she chased the pace of the front running winner and then gave up a position late and ended third in an ok showing; she drops back down to the $25,000 mark and was second narrowly beaten at this distance two starts ago.
KINZUA debuted October 28th and while she didn’t have an impact at enormous odds, she was running in the last seventy yards suggesting she can improve.
TREASURE FINDER was on turf at a mile last time and closed late along the inside to finish fourth for the third consecutive time; she moves to Tapeta here and had a useful run on this surface two starts ago.
1 WAR FACTOR
10 AFTER PARTY
WAR FACTORY was moving nicely late on the outside to be second in a six furlong race last outing in this condition; she is relatively fresh and this will be her third race off the shelf and Lermyte once again has the mount for Steve Attard but this time with a half furlong added.
HE STARTED IT will be going from a series of longer events to a six and a half furlong race here; he did win two starts ago on the turf and had run earlier at seven furlongs with a strong finish to narrowly miss; he moved prematurely in a route last time and finished on the edges and should appreciate this shorter distance.
BELIEVE IN MIRACLES finished just alongside, Cross Border last time in third position while his rival
was fourth; he was in for $19,000 against non winners of two at just six furlongs and there is a half furlong added.
CROSS BORDER won at even money on turf two starts ago then faced non winners of two last time and was fourth beaten just a couple of lengths when in behind, Napayshni, and, Believe N Miracles, and both are here.
ERADICATOR was brought here to join the Catherine Day-Phillips stable and wasn’t good enough
in a protected race on turf and needed to get down to a claiming race last time to eke out a victory for maiden $25,000 on Tapeta; he now comes back for $20,000 looking to double up at the same distance on Tapeta.
TOO STORMY had an awkward break last time and then raced between rivals with some gain to be just on the edges finally with, Napayshni, better in second.
AREOCENTRIC got off the lasix program last time but had a poor result finishing far behind; he drops down for this.
PHILNGOOD had a perfect trip under Boulanger last time who positioned him third about two lengths off the lead; he brought him around rivals to be a winner to the outside in the stretch for $19,000 at this distance; he now tries non winners of two.
OPENING REMARK was not far away last time against some of these including the runner up, Napayshni, as he advanced and then hung just on the edges; he gets a little more room.
AFTER PARTY ran a remarkable race last time when in for $12,500 at seven furlongs; he went through an opening and had explosive stretch speed to win by four and a half lengths and the runner up has come back to win; he is up in value and Mosqueira stays aboard.
NAPAYSHNI was out of the money on turf two starts ago and took a big drop to this level last time and moved to Tapeta at six furlongs where he opened up a three length lead but was beaten at the last instant at 6-5; he goes just a little bit farther.
8 SPECIAL CONCOCTION
12 MISTER NADA
11 RUN RUN
BETWEEN DRINKS made a nice move around rivals last time at five furlongs for $6,000 to be third; there are changes here as he goes up in value and competes at a furlong farther.
GENTLEMAN JACKSON is certainly one to consider; two starts ago for $10,000 at seven furlongs he held the
lead late but laid in and lost the advantage; to a closing,
Cape Zavata, who is here; most recently, he had an inside journey on turf but was unproductive; he now drops for $8,000 and shortens to six furlongs which gives him a good chance to run effectively from off the pace.
SNOWY LEGACY had perfect positioning at six furlongs at this price two starts ago but he was beaten a neck in a solid offering; most recently, he went up a level and hung towards the end; he comes back for $8,000.
VIRGA ran well for $8,000 at six furlongs two starts ago and he was third to a key winner who has come back to score; most recently, he got into a very difficult spot because of the goodness of the winner and still ran well on the edges; he can be a factor here.
SPANISH RIVER could not keep pace last time when dropped for $10,000 and takes a further devaluation here for $8,000 in search of a breakthrough win.
BRILLIANT CHARLIE had post position twelve last time and had early speed only to falter against a winner who was repeating.
DR. HARKNESS gets his first start since September 30th here when he backed away for $15,000 against a key winner; he gets considerable relief for his new trainer Gary Chudobiak running for only $7,500; he was down at this level back in July when he ran strongly in second.
SPECIAL CONCOCTION is one to consider; he ran well when dropped for $6,000 two starts ago to take his third lifetime win; he got into too difficult a spot last time when
using a speed style and stalled; he finished behind both, Mister Nada, and Virga.
CAPE ZAVATA had a glorious run to take his only win of this year September 29th at the direct expense of, Gentleman Jackson, and he was 74-1 on that occasion; he hasn’t been in the money since and did give away some value two starts ago.
YOU KNOW JACK has one win this season and it came with a late running approach while sprinting on Tapeta; for new interests, he went long last time and was part of a pace that was too quick in the middle stages and he faltered; he shortens in distance here.
RUN RUN came out of the pack with a burst last time when shortened from a route to an abbreviated distance and he missed narrowly at 22-1 in second while, Between Drinks, was third; he goes farther and is up in value.
MISTER NADA was moving ok on the outside last time at six furlongs for $10,000 when fourth against a nice winner and did keep, Virga, and Special Concoction in behind; he rates a look from the outside.
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