Three to follow from Flemington jumpouts on July 14
The temperature was frigid but some spring contenders brightened the morning at Flemington on Friday.
Risque and Ducimus both won their respective heats, Hawkes Racing-trained Ducimus leading most of the way to win heat two narrowly over Diapason in 48.56 seconds while the Lindsay Park Racing-trained Risque was sharp winning heat six in 48.36 seconds.
Ducimus has not raced since finish second to Single Bullet in the Group III Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill in March while Group I winner Risque last ran when unplaced behind Azkadellia in the Group I Queen Of The Turf Stakes on April 9.
Friday's 12 heats over 800m were on the inside grass, starting from the 800m and on the rail, the track riding in the good(4) range.
Racenet has highlighted three unexposed horses it might pay punters to follow in coming weeks.
Unraced two-year-old gelding by Zacinto and trained by Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra. Jumped from the inside and showed good speed to win heat three. Settled third in a steadily run first half as Meaner and Modern Wonder led then came through smoothly off the bend to go clear under moderate urging from Andrew Mallyon to defeat Meaner by two lengths with Modern Wonder the same distance away third in 48.12 seconds - the fastest of the morning. Solidly built and looks open to further improvement.
Unraced two-year-old filly by Sepoy out of the handy mare Tobouggie Woogie and trained by Danny O'Brien. Broke on terms before settling last in heat six, won by Risque in 48.36 seconds. Travelling strongly along the inside off the bend and went to the line untested behind Risque and the Chris Waller-trained Montevideo, beaten four lengths but not asked a question at any stage.
Broke on terms then last of the six in heat 10. Raced wide and swung wider still off the bend. Always under a hold in the straight and finished last but only beaten three lengths in 49.80 with the Ellerton Zahra-trained pair of Uzayli and Pres de Toi sharing the heat. An unraced two-year-old colt by Street Cry out of the Group III Furious Stakes winner Moonflute and trained by Lindsay Park Racing, Crouching Dragon is bred to be better over further and at three. This looks a heat with some interesting prospects. The Hawkes Racing-trained Flourens in particular, an unraced filly by Fastnet Rock who travelled strongly all the way with nowhere to go and through the line untested.