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 Racing2 and from 12.41pm on Sky Racing2.


CLASSIC DANIEL like others in here, is dropping down; he stretched out November 15th and was aggressive early to be part of the pace but he had insufficient resources late.
TREBEK dropped to this level last time and was going too quickly up on the pace then got shuffled
back and finally finished eleventh in a letdown performance; his previous event was so much better and Simon Husbands returns after a one race absence.
MARSELAN has not been able to keep up since moving over to turf but now runs for only $25,000 on a drop with the return to Tapeta at a route.
CASTLE IN THE SKY had a good race two starts ago when claimed for $25,000 at a route when narrowly beaten as the favourite; he went to the McClachrie stable and was up one level last time where his performance was thoroughly good and he landed third in a race that gives him standing here.
SHOT OF GLORY has picked two sprints to date but has not been able to keep up; he was squeezed back
in his opener; second time out he finished tenth; he now goes long.
MIDRAY has faced better than he will encounter here and it is just a case of finding more in the stretch; he made a big middle move against so much better last time and will now drop down and go a route with blinkers off and Bridgmohan aboard.
MOSCA ran into some difficulty two starts ago when shuffled back and he checked at the quarter pole; most recently, he had a better effort when dropped for $20,000 and finished fourth with, First Shot, in third; he goes back up in value and has had interim prepping.
FIRST SHOT hasn’t been far away in a series of routes; he was heavily backed last time when he closed from the outside to finish third; he is up one level.
WE WILL SHINE is bred for stamina; he debuted at seven furlongs November 22nd and was beaten only six lengths; he now adds lasix and goes long.


GET THE JOB DONE debuted November 22nd in a sprint at seven furlongs and followed the pace and finished at
the back but only seven lengths behind; he now goes to a route.
GIANT MINE debuted November 5th at seven furlongs in a quickly run race and was seventh of nine without threatening; he does have stamina in his pedigree and now goes from a sprint to a route and drops down.
O’KRAM went from a sprint to a route last time and stayed close to the slower pace and was finally fifth beaten four lengths for just $20,000 after he hung.
LEO’S GOLD has been protected in both Ontario sire races to date and there was improvement at seven furlongs last time but he stalled in fifth in a field of nine; he now goes two turns with a drop for $25,000.
COURT BATTLE gives the impression he can go around two turns after a one paced sprint when he was on the edges last time for $25,000 at seven furlongs.
ZUCKER is an obvious one to consider; he was in a tough race last time even though he was dropping down and stretching out and going from turf to Tapeta; he finished fourth beaten three lengths and the third place finisher, Castle In The Sky, was one of the contenders in race one tonight which is a split of this race.
BENT CROWBAR could not keep pace last time in a route when dropped in for $20,000 when taking support.
GRYPHON’S BREW is bred to go long and when he stretched out November 18th, he was ninth beaten twelve lengths while remaining in a protected race; he now looks to show his stamina with the drop down.
HAYNE’S FEVER came off the shelf October 25th with a bold rally for $25,000 when stretched to a route and he was narrowly beaten; he was one of the favourites last time but he finished sixth beaten fifteen lengths in the same race where, Zucker, was better in fourth; Moran takes over and he drops back down to the level of his previous peak try.


REDWIN ROMP had a tentative waiting approach last Wednesday when in against much easier and that seemed to complicate her journey; she is up in value here.
MOST INSPIRING hasn’t won in an extended time but often takes support and often runs well on the edges and that was the case last time in this category when she was third beaten less than a length; she encountered an aggressive pace structure last time and stayed well.
VICTORIAN LASS was part of the early chase last time but wasn’t as thorough on Tapeta as she was two starts ago when she ran well on turf.
COREY’S BEST was in for $19,000 against some of these last time and fell back to eleventh but then rallied in fifth beaten only three lengths when, Most Inspiring, was two lengths better in third.
MY ROSEBUD competed last Wednesday and was fanned wide and closed gradually; she is up in value.
ROYAL KATY takes the big drop here in now for $20,000; when she dropped down earlier this year, she recorded a maiden win; she was in a tough spot last time with a good speed approach on turf but came up shy in the lane; Hernandez is aboard for the second time in a row.
LAILAS PRINCESS fatigued chasing a pace that was too fast last time and faltered in the stretch then claimed foul for an incident in deep stretch but that was not upheld.
GLIB MARYLIN ran well at a route October 21st staying on after being delayed; she comes off the shelf and shortens to seven furlongs.
SKY VISION was in against some of these last time and stayed on shifting off the rail to go between rivals but she hung very late in fourth beaten two lengths when, Most Inspiring, was a length and a half better in third.


BETWEEN DRINKS was in a tough spot last time for $7,500 against a key winner and his inside post made for a difficult journey, yet, he was fifth beaten only six lengths; he is hoping for a better trip but once again must overcome the rail post.
ONE DESTINY was competitive at a route two starts ago but not last time when he was always well back in a route.
OLD VALYRIA will go against the boys here for a chance to get down for $5,000 and run in a sprint; she was in for $9,500 last time where she was one of four pace runners and she finally wasn’t far away.
MECHANICAL was sixth beaten four lengths last time for $11,500; he closed outside with every chance and wasn’t far away against a fast winner; changes tonight include a big drop down for $5,000 and a cutback from seven to six furlongs for Norm McKnight.
HOMBRE NATURAL loves to go fast in front but most recently for $6,000 she faded late when, Between Drinks, was better in third.
RUNAWAY PEPPER drew in from the also eligible list last time and advanced steadily from sixth to be second despite being fanned; he was in against a key winner for the second time in a row and finished in the runner up spot for the second time in a row; he is a factor.
MOON DOGGIE dropped in for $5,000 last time and was aggressive on the pace but against a key top pair he couldn’t protect his spot in the lane.
SCARLET FORESTER came off the shelf November 18th and attended the pace then finished far behind in a letdown performance.
DEFONDO is one to consider; for new interests last time, he was looking to make it three in a row and he went up to the $8,000 mark where he got down to the inside and he hung against a key winner with, Virga, in third and he is here; he will appreciate getting back down to his claimed range.
STREET TAIL competed last Wednesday with turn speed from the second flight but he hung on the outside through the stretch against a key winner; he halves in value here.
VIRGA is a contender once again; he raced well against a key winner last time for $8,000 to be third beaten two and a half lengths and now he comes down to the $5,000 mark.
BOLD SUMMIT had an awkward departure from the gate which ruined his chances last time; he did have two earlier wins this year.
WICKSTEAD was in against a key top pair last time and finished third with a generous rally from tenth; he closed nicely on the outside for Bill Tharrenos who had a nice winner here last Friday


ADIOS MIA debuted November 19th for $25,000 and finished a one paced fourth with an inside move; she
goes up in value and she cuts back in distance from the rail post.
MINE FAST PHILLY is a second time starter for the Casse stable; she came around runners at the top of her stretch in her debut but hung in fourth for $32,000; she is up one level for this second start.
SWEET INSPIRATION debuted November 10th in a protected race where she was sixth beaten seven lengths; she takes the blinkers off and drops for $40,000 with hopes of some improvement here.
TOUCH OF EMMA ran adequately in her debut against a strong front running winner; she attended the pace and stayed on relatively well in fourth beaten only three lengths; she now comes up tagged; she can contend.
WHILEYOUSLEEPING debuted November 24th at long odds on turf and had early speed but backed away; for this second start, she drops for $40,000 and shortens to six furlongs for a successful stable.
SPARKLE SAMMY went needlessly fast in front last time and then gave away momentum late; she comes right back at the same price but at a half furlong shorter.
HOPE N GLORY a debut runner for Denyse McClachrie, is from a dam who has produced a local winner; she worked five furlongs in consecutive trials in late October getting ready and since that time has prepped on three occasions at a half mile; Hernandez rides; she rates
a look.
WRITTEN is one of two in the race for Nick Gonzalez and this one was an auction purchase and is a daughter of, Wrote, who won the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf; she has generally worked over shorter distances getting ready but will try six furlongs in this opener.
IQALUIT debuted for $25,000 at short odds November 19th against a winner who took a big edge; she fell out
of contention; she shortens to just six furlongs for this second start.
SPANISH BLESSING moved up inside last time but couldn’t reach prime contention when the pace was faster than ever before; she finally finished well behind and has been freshened.
JOSEPHINE attracted a claim for $40,000 two starts ago when she was a major disappointment; she has since
had a useful run in a protected race and now goes right back down for her claimed evaluation; she has tried to build momentum in the morning for Kevin Attard.
STRAIGHTFROMEGBERT a debut runner for Paul Buttigieg, is by the Grade 1 winner, Haynesfield,
and from a dam who won five times and she has produced ten winners; she has had back to back five furlong works getting ready and comes from the widest post under the lights; she rates a look.


AWESOME FIVE is a one time winner this season; he dropped down and was claimed for $5,000 last time when a weakening fourth in a key race and the second place finisher, Runaway Pepper, was entered in race four tonight.
ULTIMATE BLUE was in the same most recent race at five furlongs as several of these and kept trying along the inside but gave up some momentum late and now must go farther.
ARIZONA BABY faced some of these last time and fell behind early at just five furlongs but got going late and advanced from eighth to be third with, Lookingforanewhome, in second; there is more room here.
SCHLOSS SCHNEEBERG faced some of these last time at five furlongs and was in the pack in the run down the backstretch but failed to improve his position late.
COURTISINSESSION competed at seven furlongs on a stretch out last time for $6,000 and was aggressive early contributing to the pace but had no resources in the stretch; he shortens in distance.
VICIOUSGRASSHOPPER was bumped early last time and after some aggression on the pace, he retired in the stretch.
GUATEMALA CITY was second last time for $9,500 for Norm McKnight and takes the logical drop here for $6,000 making him a contender.
WIND WARNING takes the drop here second time off the shelf after getting involved in a heated pace duel last time when the fractions were extra fast; he finished eighth in that race with Guatemala City in third
LOOKINGFORANEWHOME looked like a winner through the stretch last time when dropped down to this level at five furlongs but he could get there and that extended his winless streak; he gets one furlong added here.
LIONS PLAY was fourth last time when facing some of these at five furlongs; he seemed to appreciate the shorter distance but now must stretch out.
NORRIS LAKE has lost in double digits in consecutive races against better than he is facing here; he gets to drop down and the stable had a longshot winner on Friday.
BLUTARSKY was bothered in the early going last time then came around runners as if he would threaten but he hung; he stretches to six furlongs.
ONE FOR JACK was at seven furlongs last time at this price range where he advanced from ninth to be third and the runner up has come back to beat several of these; he shortens to six furlongs here; he did have a peak try at six and a half furlongs back in September.
BE THE CHANGE is certainly one to consider; when he took a drop two starts ago for $10,000, his performance was strong; he always looked like he would win last time band at 3-5 he finally made it; the drop here for $6,000 should be helpful to face non winners of three.


FORESTER’S FORUM was part of an aggressive speed approach when going from five furlongs at Fort Erie to a
route here November 15th and he stayed on surprisingly
well at long odds; he was in a duel with the eventual third place finisher and both were passed by the winner; he goes up in value looking to build on that good first route; he rates some attention.
RED CHILL was bothered at the gate last time when going from a sprint to a route for $20,000 and he did well to finish third; the runner up has come back to win at an elevated level; he has taken time off and resurfaces now at a reduced evaluation indicating three works since his last race to get ready for this easier spot; Contreras rides for Ashlee Brnjas.
THEREALQUAFF took a big drop for $16,000 and went from a sprint to a route last time and was beaten just seven lengths; he comes down to a new low level here.
SOUL N’ SPIRIT moved outside on the turn last time for $15,000 when going from a turf sprint to a route on Tapeta and he was fourth beaten only five lengths in an ok effort.
LAKE MANITOU jumped up in value and was sent to turf last time where he was generous with his energies in second; he looks to build on that enthusiasm with the move back to Tapeta at an intermediate level.
SHANTY TOWN went from a route to a sprint last time and similarly finished on the edges; he now stretches back to a route.
KABBA had a good enough race at six furlongs two starts ago to suggest he could step up and be effective last time but he lacked any early prominence from the outside post; he was finally beaten only five and a half lengths; he is bred to be a stayer and now goes from a sprint to a route.
KISSOFFIRE attracted a claim October 6th for $16,000 and is now racing one level below that; in the interim, he has had two races at elevated levels and his most recent try left him only seven lengths back; he is in with his own kind here.
EXECUTIVE CRY is trying to develop; he went from two sprints to a route last time and racing on the lead was difficult; he understandably gave way in the stretch; the blinkers are on and he drops one level.
JUAN STORMY NIGHT will be going from seven furlongs to a route; his latest was quite good; he got aggressive on the pace and put away the third place finisher who has come back to win but he couldn’t handle the winner and settled for second; he has gone long in the past and now goes from a sprint to a route.
R QUICK ARCH has had a couple of races off the shelf in sprints and has closed relative to the pace both times and now stretches out.
DETROIT STEEL attracted a claim for $8,000 two starts ago; he went for $15,000 last time where he followed traffic then retreated; he tries an intermediate level here.
WONNESTRUT moved late on the inside but with not enough force for $8,000 last time and is now up in value.


YARMORKA took support last time and raced better with the big drop for $5,000 coming outside with every chance but she couldn’t improve her position late; she goes up one level.
BIRDIE NUM NUMS was aggressive on the pace against the boys over five furlongs November 10th but faded and was without resistance late; she stretches to seven furlongs against the girls.
BUCKDEN HOUSE competed last Wednesday at six furlongs
and was behind on the outside and tried to make an outside gain but went flat; she puts the blinkers on and drops a level and extends in distance.
BENADETTE’S LADY campaigned at Fort Erie during September and October with some fringe prizes and comes off the shelf here for Paul Mandalfino looking for her first share on the synthetic surface here; she does have speed.
A C EFFERVESCENCE took about five weeks off after the end of the Fort Erie meeting; she then competed here November 17th at 25-1 and was fourth beaten less than two lengths with a good rally and she stayed on; she is a one time winner here.
A MANS DRINK is getting her first start since the summer of 2016 when she was claimed for $10,000; she has been a regular getting ready for this return; she often races close by.
CAPTURE YOUR HEART was going second time off the claim November 29th and couldn’t continue up near the pace and faltered out of the money.
FUNNY FUNNY RIDDLE was at six furlongs last time but was one paced through the stretch without threatening at long odds; she drops and goes farther for a longshot stable.
SPLENDID GLORY had speed against the boys last time but typically backed away deep in the stretch; she faces the girls here at seven furlongs.
POLY ANNA was moving very late on the outside last time from eighth to be second beaten only a half length and she almost made it; she comes up one level here and gets an extra half furlong.
GEOCENTRIC was traveling too fast during the middle pace portion November 1st and was finally second best to a winner who has come back to win; she didn’t find much when she went up in value last time; she steadied on the turn and was finally eighth.
TRABACIOUS took big support last time when plunged for $5,000 and she had the lead in the stretch but weakened very late; she attracted a claim and now goes for Sandy McPherson.
LETTER FLY is getting her first race in over a month and she is using the route to sprint angle here; she dropped for $5,000 last time and went around two turns with the lead but was beaten late; she has kept busy in the morning for Ian Black.
INPERSON hasn’t been far away in her last two races at these lower levels; at seven furlongs two starts ago at this price, she was fourth beaten two lengths and the winner has come back to score; last time she closed well outside in third.



Racing at Woodbine on Wednesday night ET, from 10.45am AEST Thursday in Australia, picture WEG and Michael Burns Photography