JWR WEEKEND PREVIEW: DANGER AND FROGGY RE-UNITE
Nov 13, 2015
DANGER CLOSE was a late scratching on Oaks Day with the downgrade of the track and has been saved for the 955m Jeep Challenge at the Valley tonight.
He re-unites with his old mate Froggy Newitt who hasn't been on his back since winning the Doveton Stakes in December 2014. "He just seems to click with Froggy...we tried various different riders last preparation from Schofield to Hall to Oliver and none of them worked. Benny Melham rode him pretty well but no one compares with Froggy" said Warren.
"There will be hot speed tonight and I am hoping that Danger will be launching late. We are not expecting to win as the 955m will probably be a shade short but he won't be far away at the same time".
ORVASSA STEPS UP TO STAKES GRADE
3yo filly ORVASSA heads to Sandown tomorrow hoping to snare some lucrative black type. A $160,000 yearling, the stunning daughter of Equiano will be a valuable filly if she can run top 3 in tomorrow's 1400m contest.
"This race has been on the radar for some time. I thought her last run at the Valley against the boys was terrific and you can certainly make a case for her tomorrow. She had no luck at the Valley. She travelled wide, made a long run and still hit the line strongly. She has been crying out for 1400m and the big track at Sandown should suit her style".
"She has drawn the outside gate which makes things a little tricky. A lot will hinge on Newitt's ride. If he can find some cover early and switch her off, she should be strong late".
SPEEDY FRANZALIS LIVES UP TO HER NAME
Darci Brahma mare SPEEDY FRANZALIS put the writing on the wall with a good first up run at Mornington. She was sent out a warm favourite at Cranbourne last Friday and saluted in fine style.
Ridden by Jake Noonan, Speedy Franzalis went straight to the lead and had the race won a long way out. "She has always shown plenty of natural ability and I think she will be even better next year once she gets out to 1400m".
Speedy Franzalis was a $45,000 purchase from the New Zealand Karaka Sale and is raced by a large group of JWR owners including Phil, John and Peter Cooper and their sister (and first time owner) Ann Loxton, Pete Mahony, Ian Bett, Simon Crawford, Rob Spee and the Gees Up Syndicate.
JWR CHRISTMAS PARTY
The annual JWR Xmas party will be held on Sunday 13 December 2015 starting at 12pm. As always, it is a great opportunity to see your horse, catch up with Jason and the team and have a beer with your fellow owners.
SNAPS OF THE WEEK
Above: Backstreet Lover (Street Cry x Romantic Ballerina) to debut in coming weeks
Above: Three Points (left) and Palazzo Pitti (right) in pre-training
Above: In form staying mare Unlawful to race in late November
Above: The Pentire and Northern Meteor 2yo's take to the barriers like old pros