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Horses To Follow (QLD) - Blackbookers from Saturday's Queensland racing

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 10 Dec 2018
  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing

Saturday racing in Queensland 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 Queensland's Saturday racing.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and Gold Coast December 8

One from the Chris Waller stables, jumped from the outside gate (12) and travelled three-deep, no cover to the turn (Doomben, Race 2). On straightening, he was six-deep, six lengths off the pace. He closed rapidly over the final 200 metres and along with Lulu Express, rounded up the tearaway leader, I Wanna Be A Jeep ($41) who got the bob in on the line for second place, leaving Auerbach with the bronze medal. This is a very smart Denman gelding who like most good wines is improving sharply with age. Outside gate, three-deep no cover the entire trip and carried 60kgs to boot, only to go down a long neck. Look for him to make amends next start.

A dual acceptor (Doomben, Race 4 & 9) with trainer Jenny Graham making the right decision to run him in the last of the day. Drew well (Gate 6) but missed the kick and jumped last, settling eight lengths off the pace passing the 1000m mark. Jockey Damian Browne kept a cool head and slowly made ground to the turn. On straightening, he was wide and still about four lengths off the lead. With an amazing turn of foot, he had hit the front passing the 100m mark and raced away to win by almost four lengths. A big effort four starts into this preparation. He will win more.

Yet another from the Mishani mob with this Jet Spur filly really throwing it down to her opposition here (Gold Coast, Race 1). Landing in front from barrier rise, the two-year-old led to the turn then hit the afterburners and raced away for an easy 2.5 length win. Nothing else was wanted in the market. She is now two from two and looks to have a big future ahead of her. Keep her in your sights.

After three-straight minor placings, this lightly-raced four-year-old wasted no time turning things around. After a level start, she found her way to the front passing the 1100m mark (Gold Coast, Race 4) and was never to be seen again (in a manner of speaking). As they passed the 900m mark, she was three lengths clear and cruising. Ryan Plumb then gave her a breather, but the rest of the field made no impression from that point on. Passing the 200m mark, she was four in front and with a super turn of foot, went on to win by more than seven lengths, clearly the win of the day. Here’s another one to lock into the black book.

The odds-on favourite who finished second behind Little Nikkas (Gold Coast, Race 4). The Sebring four-year-old was second-up off a five-month break. Carrying top weight, The Kelly Schweida-trained gelding was eased at the start by Luke Dittman and fell back to sit last behind the main pack. Passing the 900m, he was spotting Little Nikkas at least 10 lengths. Like everyone else at the track, I doubt Dittman expected Plumb to be so far in front on the turn, nor would he have expected to see the acceleration that the grey mare showed. Dittman was six lengths adrift passing the 200m mark and no chance of winning, but the horse showed a great finishing burst to get up and grab second prize. The gelding will start a more realistic quote next start (I’m predicting) so watch for him third-up and hopefully he draws inside and keeps in touch with the field.


Horses To Follow From Doomben December 1

First-up after almost six months off the scene and the Tony Gollan-trained four-year-old tailed the field from barrier rise to the turn (Doomben, Race 1). Cornering, and Matty McGillivray was forced to go seven and eight wide to find clean air and passing the 300m mark he was still last, spotting them about six lengths. He closed on them in the final 200 metres, finishing two to their one and almost got there in time for third prize. A winner of tree of his 11 starts, keep him under guard for his next few hit-outs.

Another one who was first-up and trailed the field to the turn (Doomben, Race 4). Ran into traffic in the run home and was forced to check off the heels of fading runners. Never clear until passing the 200m mark then finished strongly to get up for third money. The Hinchinbrook gelding has matured well and will be showing his best over longer. He has impressive second-up stats and should be monitored closely, in particular over further ground.

Stuart Kendrick’s Sebring filly was having just her second race start and couldn’t have started any worse, missing the jump and settling second last on the fence spotting the leader around eight lengths (Doomben, Race 5). Still there, passing the 300m mark, Ronnie Stewart shook her up and while never a chance of victory, she certainly did her best work in the final 100 metres and took plenty of ground off them. Still a novice and plenty to learn, pencil her in as one to watch as a win is not far away.

He was a ‘Horse To Follow’ previously and we had him tipped this week as a special and the Zoustar gelding answered all the critics by remaining undefeated. He jumped stylishly on Saturday (Doomben, Race 6) and gave nothing else a chance, winning comfortably. He looks a top line prospect with the Magic Millions carnival approaching and he could amount to anything, going the way he is. He may have started at ‘Winx odds’ but for those who took our tip, the three-year-old gave them absolutely no cause for alarm at all. Winning by an official margin of one length, Brad Stewart had a stranglehold on the young gelding and he still managed to clock 1:08.55 for the trip. Keep him at the front of your black books.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast November 24

This filly put on an amazing performance on debut (Doomben, Race 1) where she just jumped and ran. This Tony Gollan-trained two-year-old looks to have a bright future based on her performance here. She led on settling and turning for home just left the rest to squabble over the minors. This I Am Invincible filly has an amazing turn of foot for a front-runner especially when you consider the solid pace she set during the run. She put nearly five lengths on the field as Jim Byrne actually eased her on the line. Keep this filly in your black books.

First-up and drawn wide, Of The Day was up against it even before they jumped. When they did leave the barriers, he was caught wide without cover (Doomben, Race 7) which saw Jim Byrne drop him back to the tail to get him in closer. At the halfway mark, he was last still three-deep. On straightening, Byrne was blocked for a run, then crossed the heels of a few as he pushed him wide to look for room. Still six lengths adrift, he finished fast, hitting the line better than anything else, finishing fifth behind Stella Victoria. With than run behind him, and a decent gate, he will improve greatly on that run.

Arguably one of the better runs of the day with yet another who was resuming and drew wide. He left the gates (from barrier 10) and was caught four-deep for the first 600m (Doomben, Race 8) then found cover, but was still out three-deep. Rounding the turn, Maloney had him eight-deep and travelling. He had a tendency to hang in til the 100m mark where he straightened and hit the line hard. He did so well to get within two lengths of the winner. The Casino Prince gelding will benefit from that run and be fitter for his next hit-out. 

Coming into this event, the Garry Newham-trained filly had three minor placings from as many runs but was resuming after a five-month break. Slow to begin, she settled near the back of the field (Gold Coast, Race 5) but slowly improved to the turn. There, jockey Daniel Griffin wound her up and she responded well. She battled with the well-supported Joymaker but got the better of her in the end. The pair of them put more than four lengths on the rest. This filly was sired by the smart Declaration Of War, a Queen Anne Stakes and International Stakes winner and she looks like she could measure up with more racing. Label this filly a priority one black booker. 

Yet another who was slow to begin (Gold Coast, Race 7) and on settling, was second-last (after jumping from gate 10) at least 10 lengths from the lead. Straightening, she was still back in the field (six from the lead), and out wide but motored home to grab third prize. This More Than Ready filly was doing her best work in the final 200 metres and probably needed that hit-out, being second-up. Scott Galloway did well from where he was and really drove her home in the end. Keep a watch on her next start.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast November 17

Drew the outside gate in a field of 11 (Doomben, Race 2) and jumped slowly. Dropped back to find a spot nearer the fence. Sat worse than mid-field to the turn, then on straightening, she balanced-up and began to make ground. Then at the 250m mark, she shifted in while Mishani Blossom (on her inside) shifted out. The two collided and cost them both any chance of winning. Then over the final 200 metres, the Whittington filly shifted back in and gave jockey (Carly Frater-Hill) trouble handling the two-year-old. I’m thinking the interference unsettled the filly and should be forgiven for that run. Her previous three runs all resulted in top three finishes. Keep an eye on her.

Started fairly but from gate seven still managed to get trapped three-deep for the entire trip (Doomben, Race 5). In the run home, the Spirit Of Boom filly kept hanging in, making life hard for James Orman. All that aside, she still hit the line full of running and if she can learn to run straight, she can be one to watch. The three-year-old was a $51 chance here but showed enough to suggest she is better than that.

Missed the start by two lengths (Doomben, Race 6), and had to be used up early to make up for the bad start. Made up good ground along the fence until the turn. Then Matty McGillivray pulled him wide and he balanced up nicely until he was pushed wide by the runner-up (Spirit Of Fire). He recovered well to chase home the placegetters and was unlucky not to grab third prize. He warrants close watching next start.

Recently gelded, this Snitzel gelding gave his rivals nothing in the run. He jumped in front, set a god pace (Gold Coast, Race 5) and then just left them to fight over the minors. He has a solid turn of foot and hit the line strongly, putting 4.5 lengths on the field in the process. Without doubt, the most convincing victory of the day. That was second-up and he can only get fitter from that. All eyes on his next start.

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