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Horses To Follow (NSW) - Blackbookers from Saturday's New South Wales racing

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Saturday racing in New South Wales produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

From winners of feature races to unlucky loses and first up gallopers outrunning expectations, we select three or four horses each week to add to your blackbook from New South Wales' Saturday racing.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook: 

Horses to follow from Randwick on June 22

Chris Waller’s Adelaide filly may turn out to be something special, and she couldn’t have impressed more winning two from two. The runner-up Leviathan tried to keep her in a pocket which was reflected on her sectionals from the 600m to 400m and 400m to 200m, but once clear, she clocked the quickest final 200m of the race and captured the quickest final 600m. With those two runs under her belt, she’s ready to step up to 1400m unless Waller sends her for a break. 

This was a very impressive performance from Sesar who was having his first start for Team Hawkes after starting his career in QLD with Steven O'dea. The son of Sebring settled last in the field of seven and powered through the pack in the straight to win convincingly. The overall time of 01:10.33 on a Heavy 8 was three lengths quicker than Santa Ana Lane’s win in the TJ Smith Stakes on a Soft 7. Sesar is one worth following this campaign

The James Cummings-trained Exceed And Excel filly is the one I want to follow out of this race. She was narrowly beaten by Spiritual Pursuit and Invictus Salute who had fitness on their sides while Deity knocked up in the final 100m as she was first-up on the testing Heavy track. The booking of jockey Mathew Cahill is an indication that this was a warm-up run, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a big improvement next time with a regular stable jockey going aboard. 


Horses to follow from Rosehill Gardens on June 15

ZARDORO (unlucky)

Punters must have been cursing Sam Clipperton as he patiently waited behind the leaders in the straight, only to get clear running at the 100m mark where Zardoro burst through and claimed 2nd behind Upper House who had build a full head of steam down the outside. Zardoro finished powerfully from the rear to win his previous start and was just unlucky on Saturday. He’s worth sticking with in the same grade around the mile mark.

ENGLAND (sectional star)

The Fastnet Rock rig just couldn’t reel in River Bird who was carrying 4kg less, but he ran the quickest final 600m and 400m of the entire meeting and clearly has ability. A very honest type that will give you a run for your money next time.

MISTER BELVEDERE (needs further)

The five-year-old import was having his second run for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable following a narrow but impressive first-up win at Cranboure over 1600m. He ran the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the race, and his best form in Europe is over 2400m. Sure to have plenty of upside and can be followed as he steps up in trip.




Mister Belvedere

Horses to follow from Randwick on June 8

The winner and 4th placed horses ran some slick sectionals and are both worth following. The Chris Waller-trained Catwalk was coming off a 2nd placing at Gosford and proved too strong as he ran the quickest final 600m of the meeting to score. Roman Wolf was coming off a win at Gosford (in quicker time than Catwalk) and ran the quickest final 200m of the meeting. Jay Ford made the race-winning move aboard Catwalk and took off around Roman Wolf which saw that galloper held up and having to switch off heels at the 300m mark before building at the 250m mark when the winner was off and gone. Solid efforts from both and each have plenty of upside going forward.

Prior to Saturday, Connemara’s worst effort was on a Soft 6, and considering her first-up effort on a Heavy track was so sound, she looks to be in for a good prep. She settled midfield and loomed large in the straight but just peaked on her run as Gongs finished best. She showed significant improvement in both second-up runs and was a winner of one of them, so I’d be expecting her to improve next time. 

This horse is becoming a bit costly having featured in the blackbookers twice now, but it’s barriers that have hurt and that was again the case on Saturday. From the wide gate, Glyn Schofield had little choice but to go back and find cover. New Universe was restrained from the outset which saw his switch right off and unfortunately drop out three lengths behind the second to last horse. Schofield hugged the rail on the bend and made a run on the inside where he ran the quickest final 200m of the race. I’m sticking with him for one more run as long as he draws a gate next time. 

Roman Wolf
New Universe

Horses to follow from Rosehill on June 1

Easily the most impressive performance of the day belonged to the Hawkes-trained Exceed And Excel colt. Tommy Berry was content to let him find his feet out of the barriers and settled at the rear of the field in the 1100m event. He spotted the leaders six lengths as they straightened which proved to be a bridge too far as he missed out by a head in 3rd place. He ran the quickest final 600m of the day (0:32.21) by a long way, and his final 200m of 10.63 was the only final split under 11 seconds for the day. The overall race time of 01:05.08 was marginally slower than the other 1100m BM78 on the day where Wagner won in 01:04.79, so the form out of the opening event should stand up. 

This gelding was a bit unlucky as he ran into a dead end in the straight and had to change course and pick back up again. He hit the line strong to finish 0.7 of a length away in 4th, but more importantly, it the progression he’s making that makes him a horse to follow. He improved in his first campaign winning third-up at Port Macquarie before finishing 3rd in a Randwick mile race and then going for a break. He returned with a 2nd placing over 1400m at Tuncurry before Saturday’s 1400m event. Third-up over the mile would be ideal next time, and I’m keen to stick with him. 

This was a nice return from Nicochet, and while the winner, Kapajack, was far too good, there is more upside to the runner-up who ran the quickest final 200m (11.87) and was held up for half the straight. A word of caution though – Nicochet generally doesn’t improve second-up, and he gets better deeper into a campaign. However, if he finds the right race, he’s more than capable of winning next time. 

Onemore Sapphire

Horses to follow from Randwick on May 25

A 5th placing in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) showed this Fastnet Rock colt has above average ability, but he disappointed next time in a maiden when storming home late. He bounced back on Saturday with an outstanding effort that saw him severely inconvenienced on the turn before he powered over the top of them. He can step back up to the mile now and go on with the job. 

This was a nice return from Kurt Goldman’s Shamus Award gelding who never really got a crack at them in the straight and went to the line virtually untested as he snagged 3rd place. He improved deeper into his first campaign so I’m keen to stick with him after this unlucky first-up run.

This Chris Waller-trained galloper gets another entry into the black book after being entered three starts ago when first-up after a short break. He was most unlucky second-up over the mile when caught wide, and on Saturday, he had to go back too far and did a massive job to fly late and get up for 3rd. He clocked the quickest final 200m of the day (10.97) and was one of three horses to break 33 seconds for the final 600m when coming home in 0:32.64 – and the other pair came out of 1000m and 1100m races while New Universe did it in a 1400m event. A good barrier and step back up to 1600m next time should give him every chance. 

Prince Fawaz
Irish Songs
New Universe

Horses to follow from Rosehill Gardens on May 18

The Gary Portelli-trained son of Sebring looked a bit unlucky in the straight as he had to change course a few times and was held up late when finishing 1.5 lengths back in 7th place. That was his second run this campaign and considering he improved deeper into his last preparation, he’s a horse worth sticking with. He was caught three wide without cover first-up over 1200m, and while he was in need of the run and faded, the run was full of merit. The drop back to 1100m wasn’t ideal last start and he was held up in the straight, and I’d expect to see him step back up to 1200m or 1250m next time and get the job done. 

Chris Waller’s Street Cry mare went into the blackbook a couple of times last campaign and disappointed with placings when she did a few things wrong in the run, but she looks to have come back in great order and can repay loyal followers. She was caught three wide without cover and came five wide on the bend and just ground home over 1400m in what was her first run in 14 weeks. She settled much better this time around and that’s a positive sign for her going forward. 

Sometimes you just can’t go past the winner despite the fact they will be well-found in the market and will cop a penalty. However, the Hawkes-prepared Desert Lord was so impressive resuming over 1200m, he must be followed deeper into his preparation. He came from around midfield, took over a the top of the straight and powered away to win by 3.5 lengths as he was eased down late and crossed the line with his ears pricked. Being by High Chaparral and having strong form around 1400m to 1600m, he should only improve over a longer trip and prove hard to beat at his next few outings. 

Above And Beyond
Desert Lord

Horses to follow from Hawkesbury on April 27

I’m keen to stick with the Chris Waller-trained Raqeeq following his close up 3rd placing here. He made good ground from the rear and crossed the line with Belfast Bella (2nd) and Bajan Gold (4th), but a few things point to his run being superior. Belfast Bella and Raqeeq were both third-up this campaign but Belfast Bella carried 50.5kg while Raqeeq carried 58.5kg. Bajan Gold carried 56.5kg but he has been up for a while and had a clear fitness advantage also. The winner, Free Fly Too, was perfectly rated in front and also got in with less weight while being rock-hard-fit. Others just battled away and Raqeeq’s effort was that of a horse on the up. 

John Sargent looks to have a smart colt in Brandenburg. The two-year-old was having his second start over 1300m and only got warmed up late and really motored in the final 50m – he’s crying out for the mile. He’s by Burgundy who is a Listed winner over a mile and Group 3 placed over a mile, as well as being Group 1 placed over 1200m. His dam, WANSESINGYEE, is an unraced Galileo mare who also produced Sargent’s top mare Luvaluva who is a Group 2 and 3 winner over 2000m. With those two runs under his belt, Brandenburg should be ready to take the next step over a longer trip next time. 

This talented Darci Brahma gelding was having his first start for nine weeks and Chris Waller decided to kick him off over the mile which is generally the top of his distance range. He travelled well throughout but was dragged back on the turn and got stuck behind runners before again working home well. He should take plenty of improvement from the run and can be followed next time. 

New Universe

Horses to follow from Randwick on April 20

The lightly-raced Northern Meteor gelding was a certainty beaten on Saturday after getting held up twice in the straight before getting out late, surging and being a length in front just strides after the post. This horse may not boast a strong second-up record, but he was half a length from Osborne Bulls three preparations back, 2.5 lengths from Osborne Bulls two campaigns back and then beaten three lengths by Firsthand when second-up last time. I don’t think he likes stepping up to 1400m second-up, and I’m really hoping Joe Pride keeps him to 1200m or 1250m next time.

Another tragedy beaten on Saturday was the John Thompson-trained Into The Abyss. She was held up early in the straight and had to ease around runners to get clear at the 200m mark and then charging at Laburnum to just miss. And while she would have won with a bit more luck, Kris Lees’ filly, Asharani, was held up a similar point in the race and clocked slicker sectionals coming home. She may have been missed by some and may offer better value next time. 

Keen to stick with Salsonic who recorded the second quickest final 600m of the day (33.00) in a 1400m event which was a whisker slower than Brave Song who charged home over 1200m in 32.97. Salsonic was only second-up and will be much better suited over a mile to 2000m, so I’m keen to see if trainer Jason Coyle takes him to Brisbane for the Winter carnival. 

Passage Of Time
Into The Abyss

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