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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 12 Aug 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 and Gold Coast August 10

A nicely-bred gelding by Exceedingly Good out of a Zeditave mare, he showed a lot of promise as a four-year-old last preparation. This time in, he won second-up at Toowoomba in Class 3 company. Third-up (Doomben, Race 3), he was beaten for early speed and settled second-last, a dozen lengths off the pace, and travelled three-wide from there. Turning for home, he was the widest runner, and passing the 300m mark, he was still at the tail of the field, five lengths from the leader. He motored to the line over the final 200 metres to finish third, just two lengths from the winner. This bloke is worth keeping a close eye on.

Resuming from a 19-week break, this three-year-old filly was having just her third race start (Doomben, Race 4). She began well enough but just dropped back a little to settle mid-field after the first 200 metres. Straightening for home, she was blocked for room and hampered when avoiding the heels of other runners. Robbie Fradd had to stop riding and steady her before finding a gap. The winner (Alligator Blood) was off and gone but this Better Than Ready filly really hit the line well in final 100 metres, finishing fourth. With a clearer run, she was have finished a lot closer. Still, a super effort for her third visit to the track. A solid black booker. 

Another well-bred gelding, by All Too Hard out of an Encosta Del Lago mare, the three-year-old remains unbeaten after three starts and his first-up performance (Doomben, Race 4) left the experts wondering just how far this bloke can go. Recording the biggest winning margin of the day, the David Vandyke-trained gelding treated his rivals with contempt in his latest win. Perfectly ridden by Ryan Maloney, he box-seated to the turn, where Maloney eased him to the outside of the leading pair. Passing the 200m mark, it was like watching a Road Runner cartoon as the beautiful bay gelding left them standing and under hands and heels riding, put three lengths on the rest, eased near the line. First-up after a six-month spell, where to next for this fellow ?

Starved of a victory for 12 months now, I believe another win is just around the corner for this guy. Fourth-up after a 16-week break, he drew all the bad cards (Doomben, Race 9), and still gave them a fright last Saturday. Jumping from gate 11 (of 12), he was completely beaten for early speed and quickly dropped out the back. Going by the 800m mark, he was still last spotting the front brigade at least 10 lengths. Rounding the turn, Jackson Murphy had him the widest runner as he tried to make up ground. In the final 200 metres, he did a mighty job to stick with the eventual winner (Tokoriki Lad) and finished third, beaten a long neck on the line. He’s only won four of his 36 starts but has a further 16 minor placings to his name. He cost $80,000 as a yearling and has amassed more than $350K in prizemoney to date, and I don’t think he’s done with just yet.

If ever I’ve seen an example of what they call ‘trapped wide the entire journey’ it was this bloke on Saturday (Gold Coast, Race 5). He jumped from barrier eight and there he remained. Trapped three and four deep to the turn, she panned out to the middle of the track to find clean air. Still wanting to hang in, jockey Sheriden Tomlinson had to steady her again before charging to the line where she finished just 2.5 lengths from the winner. The Spirit Of Boom mare was second-up after a 21-week spell and she is looking better after each run. She may be ready for 1000m or more next time.  

Horses To Follow From Doomben and Gold Coast August 3

This Team Edmonds-trained colt looks to have a promising future. He comfortably won his maiden over 1200m on debut at the Sunshine Coast as a two-year-old. He then lined up in a three-year-old Hcp (Doomben, Race 3) and beat all but Stampe home in the 1350m event. He loomed alongside Stampe and looked the winner passing the 200m mark, but just petered on his run and found the final 100 metres too testing. Remembering that was only his second race start, he will improve even more from that hit-out.

The More Than Ready mare was expected to be just that as punters sent her out a $4 equal-favourite (Doomben, Race 6). However, after jumping from the outside gate (11), jockey Ron Stewart eased her back to find a sit nearer the fence. After 200 metres, the four-year-old was last, a good eight lengths from the lead. On straightening, she was spotting the leaders five lengths but really motored to the line. She beat all but Spending My Time to the line, beaten a head in the end. She was third-up and can only improve on that solid performance. She now looks ready to win.

Sunshine Coast trainer Natalie McCall has a smart one coming through after her three-year-old won his first race, very comfortably in the end. Drawing wide (Gold Coast, Race 1), the Charge Forward colt flew the gates and lobbed in front. He gave nothing else a chance in the run home, actually increasing his lead over the final 200 metres. He covered the 900m trip in 51:06, the last 600m in a blistering 32.62, by far the fastest of the day. He is one to keep an eye on.

Resuming from a 17-week spell, he also drew wide (Gold Coast, Race 8) and was tailed off at the start, spotting the leaders near eight lengths passing the 1000m mark. Jockey Ryan Plumb chose to keep him near fence entering the straight and ran into traffic soon after. As the three placegetters fought it out over the final 100 metres, Plumb finally saw daylight and got going again, taking lengths off the leading three. He finished sixth, beaten just over four lengths but had absolutely no luck in running. Trainer, Tony Gollan has this bloke firing early and all he needs now is a decent gate and luck in running. He will strip fitter second-up and should be watched at all costs. 

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm July 27

This Rothesay two-year-old has come to hand quickly. Having just her second race start, she drew well in gate two (Eagle Farm, Race 2), and well ridden by Dale Smith, he had her box-seating soon after the start. Sitting right behind the pace most of the way, she peeled off the heels of the leader on straightening, and passing the 100m mark, took the lead and went on with it. She will improve further from that run and is worth an entry into the black book.

First-up off a six-month break, this Barry Lockwood-trained mare was most impressive when finishing second (beaten a nose) to Bachelor’s Art at the Sunshine Coast. She was second-up on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 3), and on settling, was happy to sit one out, one back. On straightening, she loomed alongside the leaders and put paid to them in a few strides, hitting the line well. There are more wins in this Time Thief mare.

Racing beyond the mile for the first time, the Red Dazzler filly jumped well from her wide gate (Eagle Farm, Race 6) and found a mid-field sit in the fence. Nearing the turn, she lost her position but without panicking, Tegan Harrison eased the filly out wide and after finding clean air, drove the filly to the line to record the biggest win of the day. That was her third start this preparation and she strip even fitter from here.

Boasting a first-rate fresh record, the David Vandyke filly was coming off an eight-week let-up (Eagle Farm, Race 9), and was one of the days best performances. She landed mid-field with cover and galloped freely in that position. The pace up front was a cracker, which suited the backmarkers. After a bumping dual with The Tax Accountant, Robbie Fradd settled her again and she stormed home to grab first prize, holding off $41 chance Pennino across the line. That’s eight starts for four wins, all over 1200m. Pen this one in the book.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast July 20

Second-up from a 21-week break, the Steven O’Dea filly put in a grand performance (Eagle Farm, Race 1), to finish second behind Sparky Lad. She tailed out to last from her wide gate (9) and was spotting the leaders a dozen lengths as they passed the 800m mark. On the turn, Guthmann-Chester weaved his way through traffic and took the filly to the outside. She was giving Sparky Lad two lengths passing the 200m mark and was doing her best work in the closing hundred metres, going down by just half a length. With those two starts behind her now, she looks ready to win. Keep an eye on her.

Having just his second race start, the Tony Gollan-trained colt missed the jump and settled at the tail of the field after drawing gate 12 of 12 (Eagle Farm, Race 2). In a strung-out field, he was 10 lengths off the pace at the half-way mark of the 1500m race. Jockey, Jim Byrne hooked out deep and pushed the colt all the way to the line and he responded well. He spotted the front-runners too much ground but finished solidly. He is still learning but does show a lot of promise. Well worth keeping in the black book.

Another from the Gollan stable who will improve from his first-up effort (Eagle Farm, Race 4). The Star Witness gelding also drew wide (gate 11 of 12) and also missed the jump, settling third-last, eight lengths from the leader. On the turn, Baylee Nothdurft had to ease the four-year-old to avoid the heels of other runners. He straightened, still six lengths from the front, but weaved his way through traffic to finally see daylight at the 250m mark. He finished hard and fast to grab fourth prize, 1.5 lengths from the winner, but was finishing better than any other runner. He will benefit from the run and strip fitter next start. Look for him over 1200m and from a better draw. 

First-up off a 22-week spell, the Hinchinbrook gelding was asked to lump 61kgs over 900 metres (Gold Coast, Race 4). He couldn’t go the early pace which was full-on up front. The four-year-old settled in the second-half of the field which were a good four lengths behind the mad scramble for the lead. Nearing the turn, Tennille Gray had to ease the topweight, to avoid the heels of the eventual race winner. Once re-balanced, Gray pulled him out to be the widest runner but passing the 200m mark, he was still four lengths adrift. Even though he appeared to be eased over the final 100 metres, he still finished as good as any other, finishing fifth, three lengths from the winner. He carried gear changes too numerous to list but still looked impressive in the run home. The 900-metre dash was always going to be too short (having previously won over 1800m). Give him another start or two, and he should be ready for his next victory (1400m or further).

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast July 13

Trained at Toowoomba, the four-year-old came to town and certainly made a statement. Drawing the outside gate (Doomben, Race 1), he sat last to the turn, then collared the leaders and finished best to take out first prize. The win was made even more impressive when stewards reported that jockey Baylee Nothdurft has his whip knocked out of his hand by rival rider Corey Bayliss (riding third placegetter Roman Doll), passing the 200m mark. That was the grey’s fourth win from 14 career starts and he is yet to miss a top-three finish over the mile. He is one worth keeping in the black book.

Second-up since spelling in February, the Chris Waller-trained gelding made a big impression when trying to lead all the way (Doomben, Race 5). The son of Denman matched strides with rave favourite (Snitch) and was gallant in defeat, going down by only half a length in the end, after setting a cracking pace up front. He will strip fitter for that run and is a winner third-up. Keep him under notice.

The most eye-catching run of the day came from this very promising filly. Jumping straight to front (Doomben, Race 8), she dictated terms up front and on straightening, left the rest to fight out the minors. She led by four lengths at one stage before jockey Ron Stewart eased her up before the line to register a 3.5 length victory, the biggest of the day. The Written Tycoon filly covered the 1200m in 1:10.3 which was a solid gallop, first-up from a 43-week spell and eased before the post. She is definitely one to follow.

This Tony Gollan-trained two-year-old was having her first race start (Gold Coast, Race 6) and was most impressive after doing it tough the entire trip. She couldn’t go the early speed and settled near in the back half of the field. Nearing the turn she had to go wide to look for clean air and turned the corner five-deep, still spotting the leaders three to four lengths. She took a while to warm up, but her final 100 metres was blistering as she finished better than any, and grabbed second prize on the line, finishing a length behind the odds-on favourite. An impressive debut from the filly who looks certain to win one in the near future.

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