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

  • 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 November 30

This three-year-old son of Love Conquers All was having his third race start on Saturday (Doomben, Race 4) and based on his performance he should be somewhere in your black book. He jumped well enough but drifted back to settle in the back half of the field. Turning for home Sean Cormack had to go via the cape to secure a clear run and by then the leader (and eventual winner Le Palmier) was six lengths in front of him. It was his final hundred metres that caught the eye. He hit the line really well, taking ground off the first three. On debut at Eagle Farm, he dead-heated for second with Xanthus behind The Odyssey in a three-year-old Hcp (all three horses are nominated for the MM Guineas). At his second start, he won a colts and geldings maiden over 1200m, in a slow 1:11.0. They ran 1:09.2 on Saturday which explains a lot. Keep this fellow under notice.

Second-up from a long 42-week break, this Ad Valorem gelding’s run was outstanding, considering the circumstances. He drew wide (Doomben, Race 6) leaving Larry Cassidy little option but to drop back (from the 2030m start) and take a sit nearer the back of the field. Turning for home, he was blocked for a run and had nowhere to go, By the time Cassidy saw daylight he was many lengths back and out of contention. Just like Wapiti however, it was his final 100 metres that brought him under notice. While the three favourites were battling it out up front, Capital Gain was closing on all of them. It was a mighty effort to get as close as he did, finishing fifth. Keep him safe at his next two or three starts.

I get the feeling this filly is looking for further, even this early in her career. The three-year-old daughter of All Too Hard was up against it on Saturday where she came up against the in-form Sugar Boom (who basically led all the way). This Steven O’Dea-trained filly drew the car park (in gate 14) and was trapped four and five wide the entire trip. Spotting Sugar Boom more than six lengths on straightening, the filly showed an incredible turn of foot to finish less than 1.5 lengths behind the Tony Gollan-trained winner. Had she drawn a decent gate, she would have been in the money at least. She was just second-up after a 20-week absence and will no doubt be much fitter next start. It wouldn’t surprise me to see O’Dea try her over 1400m in the near future.

Formerly with the Liam Birchley stable, this six-year-old is now with Team Edmonds and was first-up after more than a year off the scene. He lined up in the Group Three George Moore Stakes (Doomben, Race 8), carried top weight (60kgs), drew the car park in gate 14 (of 15) and finished fifth, half a length from victory. He settled third-last, 10 lengths off the pace and was never closer than four horses from the fence. He turned for home the widest of all, and in a blanket finish (with six across the track), he finished as good as any and should have possibly won the race with better luck in running. All this, first-up after a year in the paddock. Don’t let this Mossman gelding get away.

Horses To Follow From The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast November 23

This well-bred filly has loads of potential, winning both her starts to date. After winning her one and only trial, she then came out and comfortably took care of a two-year-old Hcp on debut. Then last Saturday, she drew wide in a similar event (Doomben, Race 1) but hit the ground running to cross easily and lead and that was all she wrote. On straightening, she found another gear and quickly put two lengths on them, and in the run home, went further in front to go on and win by four lengths eased on the line. By Top Echelon out of a Magic Albert mare, this little lady is bred for speed and appears to have a very bright future. Her main rival in the Magic Millions (MM) will be Every Rose who won a barrier trial by five lengths on Tuesday morning. While she was impressive, the $13 and $4 currently on offer for Lady Banff in the MM is just as impressive.

You’d swear this young mare had some ‘Kiwi’ blood in her, the way she finished off her third-up run last Saturday. She had just about all the odds against her (Doomben, Race 7). She carried top weight (58.5kgs) and jumping poorly was last early before making up a little ground to settle third-last 15 lengths from the lead. Straightening for home, Andrew Mallyon had a wall of horses in front of him and was still six lengths of the pace. He had to pull wide to avoid the heels of Jadentom and seeing daylight in the final 100 metres, stormed home to grab victory on the line. Winner of the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes at Randwick last year, this Frankel mare looks to have plenty more to offer.

This Tony Gollan-trained gelding was resuming from a 12-week spell last Saturday and despite finishing unplaced, he had absolutely no luck in running (Doomben, Race 8) and still ran home strongly. After an average start, he was beaten for early speed and dropped back to settle with the tail-enders. From there, he was always going to struggle, being awkwardly placed on the fence behind all but two as they turned for home. Jim Byrne chose to stay nearer the inside which proved a disaster, as he was held up by a wall of horses in front of him. The final 100 metres saw him going up and down on the one spot and simply couldn’t get clear, finishing an unlucky fourth, beaten just a length on the line. His second-up history reads, five starts for two wins and three minor placings. A must for the black book.

Made a big impression on debut (Gold Coast, Race 1). Drew the outside gate and was caught three-deep to the turn. He was then pratted even deeper on straightening, where he was the widest runner, at least seven horses off the fence. Ran home full of running and despite his tendency to hang in, hit the line well to get up for second prize. Such a well-bred three-year-old, by So You Think out of an Exceed And Excel mare, he has so much promise and will learn so much from that first-up performance. Keep this fellow in good sight.

Horses To Follow From The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast November 16

Having just his fourth race start, this four-year-old looks a very promising prospect. After winning his maiden at his second start, then claiming a Class 1 after that, he made it a hat-trick on Saturday (Sunshine Coast, Race 2) when stepping up to Class 3 company. Caught wide at the start, Larry Cassidy had to work him early and push forward, eventually finding the lead. After setting a solid pace, he had the rest of field off the bit on the turn, and in the run home, found another gear and passing the 200m mark, had put five lengths on them. Eased up on the line, his winning margin of just over three lengths flattered the others. Watching his performance reminded me of another QLD front runner, Vo Rogue. Four starts for three wins and a minor placing (on debut), who knows, but he should be an essential entry in your black books.

Another for the black book is this Tony Gollan-trained filly who just keeps on improving. The three-year-old defied all the odds last Saturday where second-up, she drew the car park in gate 15 (of 16) which saw Steph Thornton push her hard early to cross and lead (Sunshine Coast, Race 9). In driving rain, (but still on a Good 4), the Spirit Of Boom filly gave them all something chase and in the end, they simply couldn’t catch her. She led all they way, making it look easy in the end, winning by more than a length eased near the line. That’s her third win from six starts now with two runner-up finishes thrown in. Her only failure was on a Heavy 10 at the Gold Coast where she made it clear dry tracks are the only go for her. Cautious not to get too carried away, but this little girl could also have a bright future.

Talk about a certainty beaten. This Michael Costa-trained mare was second-up from a year-long spell (having easily won her first-up run in a Class 4). She jumped nicely and settled in the box seat behind the leaders (Gold Coast, Race 4), but still had a tendency to pull in the first half of the race. Then the dramas happened. Caught behind the tiring leader, Zoff ‘n’ Off (on her outside), shifted in, crowding her even more. Meanwhile, two other runners whizzed by her while jockey Allan Chau was trying to find a way out. Only getting clear in the final 100 metres, the damage was done, but she still hit the line hard to get up and grab third prize. What should have been, wasn’t. This Hinchinbrook Mare has returned even better than she was as a juvenile and should be watched at all costs.

Wow !! On debut as a three-year-old, another from the Michael Costa stable, this Red Giant gelding was super impressive in his maiden win. Jumping with the field (Gold Coast, Race 6), he strode out nicely, sitting second behind the leader to the turn. Then Allan Chau (riding the second of his three winners for the day), eased him off the fence and on straightening, it was simply a case of by how far. With an impressive turn of foot, he put two lengths on them passing the 200m mark, and went on to win by four lengths in the end, eased over the final fifty. He covered the 1400m in 1:23.04 with the track record being 1:21.9 set by Consular in 2005. A super effort for a maiden on debut to run just over a second behind a 14-year record (eased nearing the line). Watch this fellow closely.

Shades of God’s Own’s win in the 2005 Caulfield Guineas. This Toby Edmonds mare was sent out a white-hot favourite and did an amazing job to get there in the end. She missed the jump and was last on settling (Gold Coast, Race 8). Ryan Plumb worked her up to mid-field on the fence where she copped a check, and lost some ground passing the 1000m peg. She ran into more interference passing the 300m mark and had to be steadied again. At the 200m mark, Plumb pulled her five deep to check off the heels of the three in front of her and once steadied again, her turn of foot over the final 100 metres was something to see. She went whoosh, and got up on the line to win by a length going away from them. After all the dramas she went through, she still ran the 1400m in 1:22.8. Keep an eye out for her third-up performance.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and Gold Coast November 9

Three-year-old Sepoy filly made her debut (Gold Coast, Race 2). She missed the jump and settled mid-field but wanted to run. Luke Dittman allowed her to take closer order (three-deep, no cover). She loomed up on the turn and took ground off the leader, but was swamped near the line to finish fifth, beaten in a three-way photo for third prize. She will learn from that run and should be kept safe.

Resuming off a lengthy nine-month break (Doomben, Race 6), he jumped from the outside gate and dropped straight back to the tail of the field. The Red Element mare sat there to the turn where she pulled out to be the widest runner, spotting the leader around seven lengths. While she took a while to wind up, the six-year-old still hit the line well to finish just behind the placegetters, three lengths from the winner. She didn’t enjoy a great campaign last preparation (winning just once, back in July last year), but she certainly showed signs of improvement first-up on Saturday. Given a senior rider and decent gate, she could be one to follow at odds.

Coming off a five-month spell, the promising mare showed a solid turn of foot to win first-up (Doomben, Race 10) with plenty left at the finish. The Tony Gollan-trained four-year-old showed the form of this time last year where she finished third in the three-year-old MM Guineas. She sat back on the fence just behind the leading group to the turn where Jim Byrne then eased her off the fence and with a clear crack at them, it was all academic from there. She took control passing the 100m mark and just ran away from them to take out the Listed Keith Noud Hcp. After failing in the top grade in her winter campaign, she has come back ready to rock. She races well when fresh and is definitely worth following.

Resuming after five months in the paddock, the Lope De Vega gelding drew wide and was beaten for early pace. Dropping back among the tail enders, he settled about 10 lengths off the pace and was travelling three-wide for sometime (Doomben, Race 10). Passing the 300m mark, he was still six lengths adrift but really got going over the final 100 metres, finishing less than three lengths from Outback Barbie on the line. Another promising type from the Tony Gollan stable, the four-year-old is a second-up winner and should be entered in the black book.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm November 2

Trialled twice in October for two victories, then on debut, drifted from $2.20 to $2.80 but still proved too good in a QTIS two-year-old Hcp. He lined up on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 2) and set the pace along with the odds-on race favourite Wisdom Of Water. Matching strides as they straightened, Rothfire left the favourite floundering and in the run home, put six lengths on the field. This unbeaten son of Rothsay is one very promising juvenile and should be black-booked at all costs.

This Tony Gollan-trained gelding looks to be back to his best. After winning his maiden by six lengths (on debut), this Denman gelding made it clear he had a real future on the track. After several set-backs, the six-year-old bounced back, winning third-up at Doomben last start. He then took his place in the field on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 3) and gave nothing else a chance, putting more than four lengths on the Class 6 field and justifying his $1.60 starting price. Now just four starts into this preparation, he is far from finished yet.

Winning his first two starts since resuming, the Matt Dunn-trained gelding found the 1400m a little too far third-up. He dropped back to the 1200m trip on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 6) and didn’t appreciate the change of pace mid-race. He ran home well, dead-heating for second. He is only three starts into this preparation and will only improve on that run.

This Jamie Richards-trained gelding was making his debut (Eagle Farm, Race 6) as a three-year-old and had everything going against him. Jumping from the outside gate (10), he settled last, eight lengths off the pace. Mid-race, he began to over-race, leaving jockey Sean Cormack no option but allow him to stride out a little more, travelling three-wide from that point. In the run home, he wouldn’t run straight, and tended to hang in over the final 200 metres. He still finished well enough to dead-heat for second with Xanthus. A mighty effort on debut. Keep him under notice.

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