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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 22 Apr 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 Eagle Farm April 20

GEM OF SCOTLAND
This Rothesay filly has a ton of potential. She comfortably won her maiden on debut at Ipswich over 800m then made it two from two in style, winning a two-year-old Hcp over 900m at the Gold Coast by three lengths. Another win at Toowoomba made it a hat-trick where she beat home Howwonderfullifeis and Devil’s Marbles which led to a touch of irony. Lining up on Saturday (Doomben, Race 2), she beat home the same two horses, only this time, by much more. On a heavy 9, she passed Howwonderfullifeis at the 100m mark, and put more than six lengths on them. She really has an incredible turn of foot, even in heavy going. She is now four from four and has been a real ‘punter’s pal’, starting at better than $3 in all four starts. I doubt you will see anything like that at her next run. She is one for the book.

MEET MR TAYLOR
This Turffontein gelding’s effort was even more impressive, being fresh from a five-week let-up. He jumped from gate nine (of 10) and had to work early to maintain a forward sit. Sat outside the leader from the 800m mark (Doomben, Race 3). Passing the 300m mark, he took the lead and left them in his wake, going on to win by six lengths in the mud. That was his sixth in from seven starts and it won’t be the last.

THE CANDY MAN
The Casino Prince gelding had won three-straight prior to lining up on Saturday (Doomben, Race 4). Two starts back, his missed the jump by eight lengths and still won. Jumping from the middle of the field, he was slowly away and after 200 metres was sitting last in the 1600m event. Passing the 1000m he was at least 10 lengths off the pace, still tailing the field. Turning for home, he looked 100-1, with a wall of horses in front of him. But to his credit, Michael Cahill weaved his way through the traffic and he got up right on the line. A great effort in the conditions. That’s now four on the trot and he hasn’t missed a top-three finish in his past seven starts. I think he still has plenty to offer this preparation. 

TAKE TEA
Began slowly (Gold Coast, Race 3) and was hard ridden to stay in touch in this 900m two-year-old maiden. From the turn, she was tightened for room and still hade to find clean air which forced Daniel Griffin to swing wide. It mattered little as the Testa Rossa filly finished far too strong for them, going on to win by nearly three lengths. Prior to this race, she won a barrier trial by almost seven lengths which had connections hoping for a forward showing here. Thus the reason why she was sent out a $2.15 favourite. Winning as easy as that over 1400m on a heavy 9 (on debut) is a big effort. She has plenty more to offer yet.





Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm April 13

CHICO MILAGRO
A two-year-old colt having his first start for the Tony Gollan stable (Eagle Farm, Race 1), for a first-starter, he showed plenty of promise considering the run he had. After being crowded at the start, he settled worse than mid-field. Passing the 600m, he began to over-race and had to be eased. Turning for home, Sean Cormack chose to stay nearer the fence and was sandwiched between runners. He didn’t see daylight until the 150m mark where he still hit the line well, despite the drama-filled run. He will improve dramatically on that run.

LONGBOTTOM
Trained by Brett Cavanough at Scone (NSW), this two-year-old filly won her maiden by 2.5 lengths and came to Brisbane and proved that was no fluke. Ridden an absolute treat by Ryan Maloney, the filly jumped well with Maloney deciding to take a sit behind the two early leaders who set quite a solid pace (Eagle Farm, Race 2). Passing the 300m mark, the gap came and Maloney just eased her out and within a few strides joined the leader (and favourite) Epaumada and got the upper hand, doing enough to win. Whether she stays in Brisbane or not, this filly will be winning again.

HOLD THE LINE
Resuming from a spell, this David Vandyke filly had won three of her four starts coming into this race (Eagle Farm, Race 5) and very nearly pulled it off. Another first-class ride by Ryan Maloney saw him miss the jump but didn’t panic and after 300 metres he was sitting mid-field slipstreaming the leading bunch. Halfway home he saw daylight and quickly dashed to the lead and looked the winner passing the 100m mark. Then, his condition gave out and race favourite River Racer grabbed him approaching the line. A top effort first-up and will clearly strip fitter next start.

TRUSTY LAD
This Toowoomba-trained colt had not raced since December last year and gave a good sight of himself. Racing without blinkers for the first time, he settled mid-field and travelled well in the run. Racecourse Road took the advantage of two runs in and left the field to fight over the minors. James Orman stuck to the fence and when Defence Missile hung out, he used the gap and hit the line hard to get up for second prize. He is already looking for further. Watch for him over 1600m to 2200m. 




Horses To Follow From Toowoomba April 6

HOLD ON
Slow to begin (Toowoomba, Race 2) and settled worse than mid-field. Rounding the turn, Robbie Fradd had the mare the widest runner and was near last, spotting the leaders five to six lengths. Wanting to hang out, Fradd finally had her running straight passing the 100m mark, and she did a remarkable job to get within two lengths of the winner. The Show A Heart five-year-old was second-up and is a winner third-up, boasting four wins from her nine career starts. She will be a better horse next start. 

ROCK BEAT
Drew the car park (gate 13 of 13), and the connections advised stewards the horse would be held back at the start to secure a run near the fence. This was done with jockey Emma Ljung dropped the three-year-old back to last (Toowoomba, Race 4). The gelding took the turn the widest runner, still four lengths adrift. He finished too good for them and went on to a solid victory. He was second-up here and made it four wins from five starts. He looks a very promising horse and has plenty more wins to come. 

MISHANI VAIDRA
Drew wide in gate 14, giving most of the Toowoomba Cup field an advantage to begin with (Toowoomba, Race 7). Rider, Josh Oliver dropped him back to last at the start, avoiding the mad dash up front. It came at a cost though. Passing the 800m mark, he was still last, spotting the leaders at least a dozen lengths. Straightening for the run home, Oliver had to bring him to the outside which left him in the middle of the track and still six lengths off the lead. He hit the line, finishing two to their one but gave them too much start. It was a mighty effort to finish third, beaten less than two lengths. That was his third start in his current preparation, after winning his first two runs this time in. He will be at his best over the next couple of runs. Don’t let him get away.

TYZONE
Formerly with the Roy Chillemi stables in North Queensland, this Written Tycoon gelding was transferred to the Toby Edmonds stables on the Gold Coast and the (now) five-year-old hasn’t looked back. Second-up (Toowoomba, Race 8) he put in a strong performance in the Weetwood Handicap against a top class field. Sitting last most of the way, he was always too far back to threaten, however once securing a clear run, he hit the line better than any, finishing (fifth) less than two lengths from the Chris Waller-trained Sexy Eyes. I am of the opinion he was one run short of taking on a field this strong. He is a two-time winner third-up and warrants plenty of attention next start.






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