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Horses To Follow (VIC) - Blackbookers from Saturday's Victorian Racing

Adam Cusworth in Blackbookers 10 Dec 2018
  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Victoria
  • Our latest horses to follow from Melbourne racing

Saturday racing in Victoria 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 Melbourne's Saturday racing.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:

Horses To Follow from Pakenham on December 8


IT'S A MYTH
It's A Myth lined up in Race 3 of the day, a BenchMark 78 for the fillies and mares, and was one of the luckless runners at Pakenham en route to finishing 4th behind Angelic Spirit. The Phillip Stokes-trained four-year-old was coming off a series of encouraging runs and settled towards the rear in the 11 horse field. As the race heated up, the daughter of Sepoy was checked out of it at the 200m mark and with a clearer passage she may have finished closer than the two length margin that separated her and the winner. With some better luck next time, the consistent mare can break through for an overdue win. 

CREEDENCE
It was a tough watch for those that backed Creedence after the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained galloper threw away victory with 50m to go in the Grand Vue Springlands Handicap (2000m). Lining up as a well supported $5.50 chance, the four-year-old settled just worse than midfield and worked home very solidly in the last few hundred metres of the race before shifting in badly with the post in sight. The blunder cost him victory and he eventually went down by a narrow margin to Mr Quickie. The son of Helmet gets to make amends at his next few starts and should step up in trip. He was competitive behind Runaway in the VRC St Leger (2800m) earlier in the year and despite his antics he is one to stick with. 

BEAUTY WAY
It was an impressive Australian debut by the well-travelled Beauty Way, who claimed victory in the David Bourke Memorial Handicap (1600m) for new trainer Grahame Begg. The six-year-old, who has raced and won in the U.K, Hong Kong and New Zealand, landed in the box seat and took control of the race in the straight, defeating Togersen and Snoano in the process. The lightly-raced galloper arrived with some handy form from his previous ventures and will most likely be spelled with the Autumn Carnival in mind. 

Horses To Follow from Moonee Valley on December 1

BEHEMOTH
Race 1 of the day at Moonee Valley was for there the-year-olds and it was hard not to be impressed by the win of Behemoth, who blitzed his rivals with Craig Williams on board. The South Australian galloper was lining up for his first start in Victoria and his fourth start overall. He attracted plenty of support in the betting and the money was spot on with the son of All Too Hard looping the field before winning by over three lengths. The David Jolly stable believe they have plenty to work with and will come back for a crack at some of the autumn races, with Behemoth set to tackle trips up to a mile. 

BROOKLYN HUSTLE
There was plenty of interest in Race 2 at Moonee Valley with the two-year-olds stepping out over the 1000m trip and it was Brooklyn Hustle that stamped herself as a possible star of the future by producing a scintillating performance to claim the $100,000 race. Despite missing the start by two lengths and being a mile off them at the home turn, the Jason Warren-trained filly was able to come from the clouds in the dying stages to score by two lengths from Yes Yes Yes and Oh So Rewarding. The brilliant performance means that she has now booked herself a spot in the Blue Diamond (1200m) next year and she looks to be one of the early fancies for the Melbourne feature for the juveniles. 

KEN'S DREAM
Of the beaten brigade at Moonee Valley, Ken's Dream might be one to keep an eye on. The Darren Weir-trained galloper was resuming after an autumn campaign that saw him finish within three lengths of Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before placing at Group 3 level at Caulfield. At the Valley, he was easy in the market, drifting to the $7.50 but he was able to run on nicely from the tail of the field before just missing out by under half a length to the race favourite, Our Luca. With races such as the Standish Handicap (1200m) on the horizon, there should be a win or two in him this preparation. 

Horses To Follow from Ballarat on November 24

I AM QUEEN
Race 2 of the ay at Ballarat was a BenchMark 70 over 1100m and one that enjoyed the drop back in trip was I Am Queen, who towelled her rivals, including Rox The Castle (2nd) and the race favourite, I Am Someone (3rd). The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained four-year-old had previously won a BenchMark 64 at Cranbourne before missing out at Mornington over 1500m. Her turn of foot in the win was described as being 'electrifying' by jockey Dwayne Dunn and it will be interesting to see if she can go on with the job. 

THE CLOSER
One of the most impressive winners out of the Ballarat meeting was The Closer, who took out the Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at just her third career start. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly had won on debut at Geelong before stepping up to Group 3 level at Flemington, finishing a three length 13th after drawing the wrong part of the track. At Ballarat, she was sent in a well supported $5 chance and booted clear in the straight to win by three lengths. The stable regard her as one that can step back up to stakes level and she will be set for some of the middle distance races for her age group next year. 

PROUD WOLF
Of the beaten brigade at Ballarat, Proud Wolf looks to be in for a fruitful campaign after finishing just over a length behind the wet-tracker, Jungle Edge, in the last event of the day. The seven-year-old settled in a midfield spot and made up plenty of lengths in the closing stages on the tearaway leader in what was his first run this campaign. The Lee & Shannon Hope-trained galloper has produced some competitive runs over the journey and should be suited by some of the upcoming summer class racing that await. 

Horses To Follow from Sandown on November 17


STEAL MY KISSES and FIRST DAWN
The opening event of the day at Sandown was the Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) for the two-year-olds and it was a win by the first starter, Steal My Kisses, who led all the way to hold out Memphis Rock and First Dawn. The winner raced outside the lead after jumping from the widest barrier and held off all challengers in the straight. She looks to be a solid early season two-year-old. One that caught the eye a little further back was First Dawn, who overcame a few difficulties in the run to finish within two lengths. The daughter of Brazen Beau was slow to begin and became unbalanced in the straight when racing greenly but closed out well. She is one that can get better as she matures. 

HOLY SNOW
It was a Darren Weir quinella in the Sandown Stakes (1500m) with Fifty Stars edging over a length clear from Holy Snow. The runner-up was having his first start for the stable and was sent out a $7.50 chance behind his favoured stablemate. The four-year-old settled last in the field of eight after beginning awkwardly and wasn't pushed by his jockey, John Allen. As the field made their runs in the straight, Holy Snow looked like he might be able to overcome Fifty Stars but he just faded on his run late in the piece. Given the history of other gallopers to transfer to the Weir yard, he looks to be one that can register a few wins in the next year or so.

SEABROOK
The Sandown Guineas (1600m) was one of two Group 2 races at Sandown and it was a slashing performance by Ringerdingding, who featured in our horses to follow section a month ago after running 3rd on Cox Plate day. The runner-up, Seabrook, lost no admirers with her performance. After jumping from barrier 10, she was sent forward by Damien Oliver and raced outside the lead without cover. On a day in which the back markers generally fared better, her effort to almost take out the $250,000 feature was full of merit. A daughter of Hinchinbrook, Seabrook has been close up in some of the big Group 1 races over the carnival and is one to keep in mind for the autumn. 



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