A total of 11 jump-outs took place at Balnarring on Wednesday, February 1, and there were a few horses that stood out.
Jot these names down in your black book and keep an eye out for them in coming weeks.
Heat 1 (1000m) 1.02.38
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Tom Melbourne or Exospheric that stood out or impressed in the opening heat of the day. That pair were pushed right out with sprinter Celebrate, but it was Mitchell Beer and Max Hinton’s Bel Esprit filly, GO GRACEY, that can be followed. She finished 4th but wasn’t asked for an effort in the straight – and she was going with the first three home. She’s won two in a row – the most recent a narrow BM64 victory – but she can keep going through the grades on that effort.
Heat 3 (1000m) 1.02.38
PHOENIX PARK, a grey four-year-old daughter of Thorn Park, has failed to place in six starts in NSW but went very well in this heat. She has been transferred to Grahame Begg from the James Cummings stable, and either Begg has found the key to her, or she goes much better in the anti-clockwise direction. She settled last in the jump-out and was still last on corner, but she saved ground on the inside and was in front as they straightened, going to the line with her ears pricked as the others were put under pressure to get near her. If she brings that to raceday, she’ll win her maiden shortly.
Heat 4 (1000m) 1.03.09
One that was well hidden her was the TOAN THANG. The three-year-old son of Husson settled in last place and worked into the race well on the corner before getting stuck behind horses and going to the line untested. He showed improvement with each of his three starts and placed when he got out to 1750m, so it may pay to wait until he has a couple of runs under the belt – going well though.