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

  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in NSW
  • Our latest horses to follow from Sydney racing

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 Rosehill on December 7

The Chris Waller-trained Centimental looked a bit unlucky after getting shut out of a run midway down the straight before switching course and finishing hard to just miss. The two-year-old filly is by Snitzel and out of the smart mare Serena Miss who was a Group 2 winner over 1200m and 1400m as well as being Group 1 placed over a mile. This filly should only improve over longer, and I’m keen to stick with her. 

Another one from the Waller stable, and I only want to be with him when he steps up to 2400m or longer. He’s had an interrupted campaign with three freshen-ups and a drop back in trip before building again, and his last two runs over 2000m have been near identical as he’s started to finish off strong over the final 150m. He’s rock-hard-fit with eight runs under his belt this campaign, and he’s placed over 2300m on the flat and 3200m over hurdles in the UK.

This mare went into the blackbook two weeks ago and saluted for us on Saturday, and she’s worth sticking with again next time. Having crawled early with the leader going 5.7 lengths below BM to the 600m, Handspun was facing an uphill battle to run on from near last on the turn. She also copped interference in the straight and didn’t get a lot of room, but she was too good form them and clocked the quickest final 200m of the entire meeting. Clearly flying and is worth sticking with next time. 

This was the best first-up performance by Taniko who looks in for a fruitful campaign. She was held up momentarily in the straight yet still managed to run the fastest final 600m of the meeting (33.24). She was restrained early to slot in with cover, and she seemed to relax too much and lost contact with the field which made it impossible to get into the race. She’ll continue to improve deeper in her preparation, and she should be winning sometime soon.

Master Shuhood

Horses to follow from Kembla Grange on November 23

The four-year-old Bernadini mare was first-up and rattled home from last in what was the second quickest final 200m (11.07) of the meeting. She continued to improve with each run last campaign, and seeing she produced a PB benchmark (BM) performance first-up, she looks to be in for a good campaign. 

Traffic issues in the straight saw Broken Arrows settling for the runner-up prize, but his final sectionals told the real story. The Smart Missile gelding went 6.5 lengths above BM for the final 600m which was the strongest figure for the day, while he also clocked the quickest final 200m (11.06) and was only clear late. No reason to drop off this in-form sprinter. 

Broken Arrows

Horses to follow from Newcastle on November 16

It was the first time out to the mile for the Snowden-trained Convinced who hit the line strongly after being held up in the straight and having to switch course a couple of times. The Not A Single Doubt colt has had four runs this campaign and should be at peak fitness now, and it’s worth sticking with him next time over a similar trip. 

The Team Hawkes-prepared Outrageous was an impressive winner two starts back and then had no luck on Saturday where he simply couldn’t find clear running and went to the line in first gear. He looked to have plenty to offer and it wouldn’t surprise to see him back up quickly off that. Fourth-up and at peak fitness now, he just needs luck next time to be winning a similar race. 

The son of Helmet recorded the equal best benchmark (BM) performance of the day when going 4.5 lengths above BM as he led throughout to score from the favourite Leviathan. Burning Crown is trending the same as last campaign where he produced a career high performance of 5.8 lengths above BM at his fifth run from a spell. He’s improved in all four runs this campaign and should be at his peak next time and can score in a similar race. 

Burning Crown

Horses to follow from Randwick on October 26

A great return by John Sargent’s mare who caught the eye working home strongly for 2nd and should take good improvement from the first-up run. Second-up last campaign she went to 1600m and was runner-up to Nettoyer in the Group 3 Aspiration Stakes, and a similar step up in trip next time should see her go close in the right event. 

Despite finishing 7th of nine runners, the impeccably-bred daughter of Frankel and Samantha Miss was outstanding here. She was restrained back to last place from the outside gate, and from there, she was unsuited off a very slow tempo over a trip that is short of her best. She ran the quickest final 600m and 400m of the meeting and ran the 2nd quickest final 200m as she ran out of room late. The step up to 1400m next time should see an improved effort, and with a bit more early speed, she’ll be charging late.  

The Chris Waller-trained youngster franked the Caulfield Guineas form as he returned to his home state and won the Bondi Stakes in what was the highest benchmark (BM) rating of the meeting. They went quick early and the son of Shooting To Win was able to use fitness to his advantage and finish off powerfully as Brenton Avdulla took a narrow gap on the rail to gain the upper hand late. Kubrick is trending the right way and is at absolute peak fitness now. He can win again. 

Miss Fabulass

Horses to follow from Randwick on October 19

After being caught three wide without cover on debut, it was no surprise to see Tommy Gold weaken in the final 100m. The son of Sacred Falls is out of the speedy Gold Rocks who was a Group 2 winner over 1200m in Western Australia as well as performing well in Melbourne over sprint trips. Tommy Gold loomed ominously in the straight and looks to have plenty of ability, and he’s a colt worth sticking with this campaign. 

Chris Waller’s Uncle Mo filly has caught the eye in both runs this campaign and should be ready to peak next time seeing she only comes off a 10-week let-up. She was held up at a vital stage in the straight and needed coaching to come around heels where she started to attack the line from the 150m mark to just miss out. Stick with her. 

Despite being unbeaten in five starts at Randwick, Deprive still went around at $9 due to some classy opposition. He now has the scalps of Champagne Cuddles and Brutal and has made it six from six at Randwick. He was coming off a four-week freshen-up so it wouldn’t surprise to see him line up on December 14 which is the next Randwick meeting. 

Tommy Gold 
Betcha Flying

Horses to follow from Randwick on October 12

Two horses I’m keen to follow out of this event with both finishing off strong first-up from a spell. Chris Waller’s Sure Knee got home in 11.28 for her final 200m while Aqua D’Ivina ran the quickest final 200m of the race in 11.20. Both will improve out to the mile, and Aqua D’Ivina has won two from three second-up and could sneak under the guard of most and go around at healthy odds next time. Aqua D’Ivina also carried 3kg more than Sure Knee so I’m giving her run more credit and want to be with her next time. 

The Chris Waller-prepared Accession ran the quickest final 600m (32.92) and 200m (11.04) of the entire meeting and should be approaching peak fitness with two runs under the belt. 1400m looks his optimal distance, and I’d prefer to see him over this trip next time as he’s been getting back and spotting them a start over 1100m and 1200m this preparation. Going super. 

The Lindsay Park-prepared Poised To Strike was exactly that on the turn, but he got shut out of a small gap and was dragged backward with nowhere to go from that point. The four-year-old son of Akeed Mofeed is only lightly-raced having won three and placed three from 11 starts, and he improved into his last preparation scoring at Flemington when third-up after debuting in Sydney. It wouldn’t surprise to see him head back to Melbourne now be competitive wherever he is placed. A near last placing first-up should see some juicy odds go up too. 

Sure Knee
Aqua D’Ivina
Poised To Strike

Horses to follow from Randwick on September 21

This Chris Waller-trained son of Dundeel has been hard to catch with one win and nine placings from 17 starts, but this was clearly an eye-catching run that suggests he’ll be better over longer next time. James McDonald was hard at work on him as they straightened, and he was still near last at the 200m mark until really picking up late to finish 3.6 lengths away in 6th. It’s worth noting he was in front 200m past the post so the step up in trip next time with three runs under his belt should be beneficial. 

There were no excuses for Libertini as she met two very smart fillies in Funstar and Probabeel, and it was the 2nd placed Probabeel that impressed most. The daughter of Savabeel charged home to just miss and ran the equal third quickest final 200m of the day (11.56) with Classique Legend, while only Pierata and Graff went quicker. Her dam, Far Fetched, was placed at Group 3 level over 2100m, so Probabeel should only improve as the distances get longer. 

I don’t think I’ve ever put a horse in the black book that finished 2nd last in a 10-horse field, but Chris Waller’s Star Of The Seas never saw daylight and basically had a barrier trial without being tested. He could back up in the Shannon Stakes (1500m) on Saturday or he may be saved for the Epsom Handicap (1600m) the following week – or even both. A few may have missed the run so we could get nice odds when markets open. 

First-up this campaign, Pierata ran the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the meeting, and he’s done it again coming home in 33.46, 22.30 and 11.50 for those sectionals. He’s one of the quickest horses in the country and must be respected in anything he contests.

Star Of The Seas

Horses to follow from Rosehill on September 14

This Group 1 winning son of Dundeel is being aimed at the Spring Champion this campaign, and there was a notable difference in his performance that may be related to his training. Having shown brilliant dash over shorter trips in his first preparation, Castelvecchio was more dour this time around, and he’s clearly looking for the longer trips. He was still last at the 200m mark despite being under pressure a long way out, but he did hit the line powerfully and clocked the quickest final 200m (11.06) for the entire meeting. 

This is the horse I wanted to back in the Golden Rose following his barrier trials earlier but having missed a run put him behind the likes of Bivouac and Exceedance. Despite lacking race fitness, the son of Rubick matched motors with the big guns and split Bivouac and Exceedance as he held on for 2nd off an even tempo. He probably has more upside than the other two, and I’ll be sticking with him next time. 

A complete forgive run for Dyslexic who just couldn’t get clear in the straight and went to the line with plenty in hand. The Foxwedge mare saw a glimpse of daylight at the 50m mark and started to accelerate but was quickly stopped dead in her tracks again – so we know she was going to let rip if given the chance. Third-up is when these Hawkes runners usually peak, and she just needs luck next time to be winning third-up.

Yes Yes Yes

Horses to follow from Randwick on September 7

Nash Rawiller dictated terms on the eventual winner Yao Dash who was suited on what appeared to be a leader-biased Randwick track, but it was the Chris Waller-trained Funstar that impressed most and can followed as she steps up in trip. The daughter of Adelaide was first-up and was always going to find this 1300m event a bit too short, but she hit the line strongly in the final 150m to grab 2nd place. She looks the perfect type for the Thousand Guineas and has shortened from $17 to $11 after Saturday’s effort. 

This daughter of Mastercraftsman was always going to find 1200m a bit sharp first-up, but she looked to have plenty to offer in the straight and may have made things interesting if she found clear running. Finishing 3.8 lengths back in 5th place isn’t an honest representation of how well she was going, and her second-up record over slightly longer is much better so I’m keen to stick with her next time. 

Race favourite Nature Strip got up to his old tricks and disappointed in 4th place after overracing while Redzel wound back the clock and scored a most impressive win. Graff stepped up as a serious spring player, Sunlight was disappointing but generally needs the first-up run, and Zoustyle was no match for the big boys and girl and suffered his first defeat. Pierata caught the eye flashing home, and the clock suggests his performance was the highlight of the entire card. He was the only horse to break 32 seconds for the final 600m as he ran 31.84, and he was the only horse to break 11 seconds in the final furlong as he went 10.88.

Eugene’s Pick

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