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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 30 Sep 2019
  • 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 September 28

By far the most impressive performance of the day. The Kelly Schweida- trained gelding dropped sharply in grade (Doomben, Race 1) and showed what he is capable of when racing against easier company. He finished mid-field in a Class 6 then mid-field again in a NMW Hcp before Saturday’s event where he dropped back to Class 3 company and from barrier rise gave nothing else a chance. The tactics looked pretty clear from the outset. Jump and run, and that’s exactly what young apprentice Steph Thornton did. Leading into the straight, she had a two-length lead on the field but from there, it was all systems go as she asked for another gear and got it. The seven-year-old recorded the biggest win of the day, putting 6.5 lengths on them. He is five starts into this preparation and provided he sticks to this grade or something similar, he has more wins in him.

Resuming from a four-month break, he was sent out a $2.70 favourite (Doomben, Race 3) and missed the jump, settling last. Approaching the turn he was three-deep without cover, and straightened as the widest runner. He showed a tendency to look around and wanted to hang but still hit the line hard to finish third, beaten only a long neck on the line. He did everything wrong and still nearly won the race. He will benefit from that hit-out and demands watching. Still nominated for the Caulfield Guineas ($101 with Beteasy), the three-year-old will be winning again real soon.

Underestimate this filly at your own peril. Unwanted in the market, punters sent her out a very generous $5.50 second elect behind odds-on favourite Gem Of Scotland and then witnessed just how good this well-bred filly is. By Better Than Ready out of a Canny Lad mare, she recorded her third win from four career starts (Doomben, Race 6) and looks destined for many more. She had to do it tough, from the front, while Gem Of Scotland box-seated to the turn, then had the final shot at the leader. The $1.35 favourite did finish well, but a masterful ride by Ryan Maloney saw this filly hold on to win, eased on the line. She was first-up since January where she finished unplaced in the MM Two-Year-Old Classic. She can only improve from here.

Another well-bred galloper, by Mossman out of a Canny Lad mare, he was returning from a nine-week freshen-up and impressed greatly with a solid second placing (Doomben, Race 7) behind Capital Connection. He drew the fence and jumped well enough but after the first 100 metres, he began to over-race and wouldn’t settle for Matty McGillivray. He didn’t settle until the home turn where most first-up runners would be throwing in the towel, but this four-year-old seemed to grow another leg. Spotting Capital Connection at least four lengths passing the 200m mark, he finished all  over the leader to get within a length of him on the line. He will improve greatly on that run and should be watched closely.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and Gold Coast September 21

This lady is bred for speed. By Show A Heart out of a Testa Rossa mare, the bloodlines are in place. One of our weekend specials on, she was second-up (Eagle Farm, Race 1) and always looked a winning chance. Jim Byrne had her perfectly placed, box-seating to the turn. She drew alongside the two leaders and in the final 100 metres, got the better of them and went on to win. Her third-up record is even more impressive and going by her effort on the weekend, she looks in for a strong campaign. 

Queensland’s 2019 Horse Of The Year looks set for another successful campaign after her efforts on the weekend. She was second-up (Eagle Farm, Race 8) and settled quickly just behind the pace. Nearing the turn, she was the widest runner and although passed and beaten home by the vey smart Looks Like Elvis, the mare was doing her best work in the final stages and actually took ground off the winner. The QLD Oaks winner is a two-time winner when third-up and she looks ready to deliver. Don’t let her escape you.

A four-year-old maiden prior to the weekend, this fellow’s win on debut was well worth noting. Clearly the instructions were to ‘jump and run’ which Daniel Griffin duly did. He led the field to the turn (Gold Coast, Race 3), where he was immediately under pressure from the challengers. However, he was held them all at bay and won, pulling up on the line. He still has a bit to learn as he shifted out over the final 300 metres but that will come with more experience. He is well worth jotting down in the black book.

Another making her debut (Gold Coast, Race 5), the three-year-old was slowly away and used up a lot of gas early to make up for it. She finally settled behind the leading group, three lengths back. She made the turn wide and ran home well, without looking a winning chance, to grab second prize. It was her final 100 metres that impressed me. She looks a real promising type who should be kept under watch.

Horses To Follow From Doomben September 14

Hasn’t won a race in over a year, but has spent most of the time in the paddock. He resumed from his latest spell on Saturday (Doomben, Race 4), and from the outset was trapped three-deep, no cover to the 600m mark. On straightening, he pulled out wide again and was making ground until hampered by another runner near the 150m mark. Regaining momentum, he got going again and finished second, taking ground off the winner near the line. His trial form was spot-on, having finished second in both recent trials. He will be better for that run.

Winning four of his previous five starts, the Turffontein gelding was resuming from a 14-week break (Doomben, Race 5), and from barrier rise, looked every bit as good as he did last preparation. Soon after the start, he railed through to take up the running. Passing the 300m mark, he was under pressure from several rivals but he found another gear and left them standing to keep his unbeaten first-up record intact. A winner of eight of his ten career starts, he looks like going on with it this preparation.

Resuming from his first career break, he hit the ground running and led on settling (Doomben, Race 7). Soon after he was taken on and headed, leaving him box-seating behind the new pacesetters. In the run home, he struggled to get clear but found a gap and threatened for victory only to see his condition give out in the final 50 metres. He will improve on that run and wasn't disgraced in finishing fourth behind the smart Gem Of Scotland. Keep your eye on him.

A strong type who was resuming from a 14-week break. He was slowly away (Doomben, Race 9) and settled back near last, 10 lengths off the pace. Turning for home, he was the widest runner and still spotting them more than eight lengths. He powered home, doing his best work in the final 100 metres, continually taking ground off them. He finished fifth, beaten less than two lengths in the end. A two-time Group Three winner, who has a solid second-up record, take his number down.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast September 7

Made a welcome return to the track (Eagle Farm, Race 4) after a 12-week spell. The Casino Prince gelding was out of his depth in the 1200m event, but certainly showed signs he was ready to race again. Unable to go the early pace, he dropped to the tail of the field and sat there to the turn. He was six off the pace on straightening, but was starting to warm up over the final 100 metres. He finished sixth, less than three lengths from the winner and it was enough to have him put into the black book. He is a second and third-up winner and it will pay to watch for him over the mile or longer.

This Anderson/Heathcote Racing Team galloper is well worth keeping in the black book. Having just his second race start (Eagle Farm, Race 5), he jumped from the outside gate (10) and drifted back early. He was still trapped three-wide to the turn, then pushed even wider on straightening. He found another gear in the run home and pushed out, went on to win comfortably in the end. This is one promising three-year-old, and should be kept very safe.

His last victory was a BM75 at Beaudesert on New Year’s Day and since then, has four minor placings on his resume. First-up off an 18-week break (Eagle Farm, Race 9), he produced an enormous effort to all but win against the odds. Unable to go the early pace, he dropped back to be worse than mid-field a dozen lengths off the pace which was a cracker. He was eight-wide on straightening, and having nowhere to go, Sean Cormack kept weaving his way through traffic. He ended up on the fence and finished second, at the winner’s girth. A better gate and better run in general, who knows; maybe he could have taken the chocolates home on the day. He can only strip fitter from here.

A most impressive debut to the track was seen when this American Kingdom three-year-old took part in a maiden over 1200m at Aquis Park. He jumped from gate nine  (Gold Coast, Race 5), and collided with another runner and settled back in the field. Six lengths off the pace and three-deep to the turn, he swung even wider then had to deal with (Deejaybeat) carting him even wider where Luke Dittman had to stop riding and straightening him. Then, he was hampered over the final 100 metres by the same horse who eventually beat him by a lip across the line. Dittman protested and was given the race (as he should have been). That was one heck of a performance on debut. Keep this grey flash in your books.

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