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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 February 16

This was Haames first try beyond 1600m and he looked very unlucky and should be around peak fitness now. It’s unusual to see a jockey pull the whip at the 40m mark for the first time, but that’s what happened here as Andrew Adkins was unable to get clear on Haames before that stage. When clear, he really started to pick up and, on that effort,, there’s no doubting he ran the trip and could probably get 2000m next time. He won at his seventh run last campaign, and with five runs under his belt this time in, he looks ready to show his best. One thing is for sure, you are bound to get a price next time. 
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if Brenton Avdulla had his chance again, I’m sure he would have restrained Brutal to take the spot three pairs back instead of sitting three deep without cover for the trip. You seriously could have fit a semi-trailer into that gap, and the eventual winner came from four pairs back, but after committing to the early speed from the outset Avdulla was in a tricky spot on Brutal and that cost him the race. Brutal battled gamely and should have finished three lengths back after that torrid run, but he did a fantastic job to finish so close. He’ returned in good order, should improve on that effort and has a will to win. Stick with him.
The Apollo was all about the wonder mare Winx, but I’m keen to follow my second-up horse Unforgotten who finished better than expected. She generally goes awfully first-up but can literally improve out of sight second-up. I’ll be backing her wherever she goes along as it’s not against Winx.
I tipped Nakita Jane in the Flight Stakes last year at big odds and have a big opinion of this filly, but I didn’t expect her to be so brilliant first-up over 1200m. She’ll continue to improve over longer and looks a standout for the Oaks at this stage. 

Nakeeta Jane

Horses to follow from Warwick Farm on February 9

Unbeaten in four starts, the Todd Blowes-trained four-year-old gelding is likely to progress to the Country Championships final (1400m) at Randwick on April 6. We may see him qualify through Goulburn on March 2, and he’ll be hard to beat in anything he contests. Hugh Bowman was just cruising on him as they rounded the field on the turn, and this was a very soft victory considering he hadn’t raced for 10 weeks. There’s plenty of upside to this son of Bon Hoffa and he could really surprise a few with how far he progresses. 

Fiesta may have won the first-up battle between these two highly-talented fillies, but keeping in mind this was Estijaab’s first run in nearly a year, she probably has more upside. Fiesta also trialled twice in preparation for this while Estijaab went around once at the trials but threw rider Brenton Avdulla and didn’t get a proper hit-out. The 2018 Golden Slipper winner looks to have come back in great order and is in for a big autumn campaign. 

Arguably the most impressive winner of the day was the Richard Litt-trained Dundeel colt by the name of Castelvecchio. He came from last on the turn to win at Canterbury on debut and showed that was no fluke swooping from last of 14 as he sailed past them down the outside. His dam, St Therese, produced last year’s Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) winner Maid Of Heaven, and considering his sire (Dundeel) also won the Spring Champion Stakes as well as a further five Group 1 races between 1600m and 2400m, Castelvecchio should only continue to improve as he gets out in distance. The Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes looks a likely option for him. 

Noble Boy

Horses to follow from Rosehill on February 2

Some may have been impressed by the fast finishing Spring Loaded who took good ground off McLaren late, but I think the Exceed And Excel colt just got a bit tired late and he’s open to a stack of improvement. He duelled with Exceed The Stars early and beat that galloper off convincingly in the straight, but even Exceed The Stars started to make ground on McLaren in the final 50m. That runs suggests he has more class than these but peaked late. In true Peter And Paul Snowden two-year-old training style, McLaren would have done this on raw ability and they’ll only start to turn the screws and tighten him up now so he peaks for the Golden Slipper. 

The way this mare drifted in the market, you would have thought she’d lost a leg, but she signalled she is indeed in for what could be the best prep of her career. Alizee cantered up on the turn and arrogantly put away the likes of Hartnell, Trapeze Artist and Le Romain, and Blake Shinn was quite soft on her late. She’s likely to face the ultimate test in racing next start if she heads to the Apollo Stakes and takes on Winx, but if there’s any horse in Australia that’s able to test Winx, it could be Alizee. With fitness on Alizee’s side, Winx will want to be on her A-game and do everything right.

The Chris Waller-trained grey gelding didn’t have the best of luck and really caught the eye finishing off strong. Unfortunately, just as Jay Ford asked the son of Reliable Man for an effort and he started to wind up along the inside, he ran into the tiring Beijing Board who finished a distant last. Despite losing all momentum, he picked himself up again and started to charge along the inside but was again running into dead ends and had to ease off heels and come wider. He ran the second quickest final 200m of the race but should have gone much quicker. With three 1400m runs and two runs over 1900m and 2000m under his belt this campaign, he’s extremely fit and should be hard to beat over 2000m to 2400m next start. 


Horses to follow from Randwick on January 26

The two-year-old colt showed great acceleration to come from off the pace and win by 3.3 lengths as he ran 33.01 for his final 600m which was by far the quickest of the day. On times alone, he rates among the top juveniles this season and he can be followed next time. 

Arguably the most impressive winner of the day, this six-year-old I Am Invincible gelding was having just his fourth career start and cruised to a comfortable 4.5-length victory in what was the quickest of the three 1100m races on the day. His time was even more impressive when you consider he was ridden hands and heels down the straight and was eased up before the line. Whatever issues have kept him sidelined for so long seemed to be resolved now and he’s one to stick with. 

The Chris Waller-trained galloper was first-up over 1400m and was always going to be in need of the run and be looking for further, but he hit the line with purpose and has returned in good order. Last campaign he beat home The Autumn Sun in the Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) on a Heavy track before disappointing in the Spring Champion (2000m) and Moonee Valley Vase (2040m). 1600m next time looks like a logical progression.   

Dawn Passage
I Am A Cool Kid

Horses to follow from Rosehill on January 19

The son of Brazen Beau showed a blistering turn of foot to claim the opening event, and the fact he ran the final 200m 2.5 to six lengths quicker than the opposition while being eased down at the 100m mark showed he’s a colt with a bright future. That was his second run for the campaign and he’s sure to have some upside. 

The John Bateman-trained mare simply got too far back on Saturday and clocked the quickest 400m and 200m sectionals as she worked home into 3rd place. She improved into her fourth, fifth and sixth runs last campaign, so being third-up on Saturday, she should have some upside and can pick up a nice race or two in town.

Bon Amis was impressive winning here but will cop another weight penalty, but the Chris Waller-trained Paret made a nice return to racing and is the one to follow. The lightly-raced four-year-old gelding settled toward the rear and was held up early in the straight and really only got clear in the final 150m where he made good late ground. He’ll improve deeper into the campaign when he gets over a bit more ground, and he could be in for his best preparation yet. 


Horses to follow from Randwick on January 12

The Danny Williams-trained mare caught the eye working home strongly from last place at the 200m as she wound up in 6th place and clocked the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. Admittedly, she only had 51kg on her back, but with five runs under her belt and her most recent three over a mile, she’s ready to step up to a more suitable staying trip. Sixth-up last campaign she stepped up to 2100m and was runner-up to Art Of Defence, and that form reads well.

A powerful victory by the David Brideoake-prepared mare as she swooped from last on the turn to run down Toryjoy near the line. She was the only horse in the race to break 35 seconds for the final 600m as well as being the only runner to go under 12 seconds for the final 200m. She must be respected wherever she goes next.
The Savabeel gelding is racing at the peak of his powers, and if John O’Shea opts to push on for another run, there’s no reason to be jumping ship. He let down like a really good horse, and other than the 1000m and 1200m races on the day, his final 600m was the quickest of the day.  

Tiara Road
Extreme Bliss
Live And Free

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