Horses To Follow (NSW) – Blackbookers from Saturday’s New South Wales racing
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Horses to follow from Randwick on February 15
The Hawkes Racing-trained More Than Ready colt produced the best BM performance of the meeting as well as clocking the slickest final 600m (33.64) and 400m (22.72) of the meeting. He only got clear at the 150m mark which is probably why his final 200m was sixth fastest, but he may have felt the pinch a bit first-up too. He generally improves second-up and is worth sticking with next time.
Having tipped Alizee in the Apollo Stakes I was glad to see her get the cash, but it’s Dreamforce and Happy Clapper I want to follow out of this race. Alizee generally spikes second-up and had the fitness edge on these, while Dreamforce had blinkers off and I think they are leaving something up their sleeves for a bigger assignment. Likewise, Happy Clapper was a bit underdone judging by his trials, yet he hit the line surprisingly well seeing he was first-up on a rain-affected surface. Both are in for good campaigns and should be hard to beat next time.
I think John Thompson’s mare Sweet Deal may be in for a big campaign. She went around at $14 because she always improves deeper into her preparation, yet she went 5.5 lengths quicker than standard BM which is her best first-up run by a mile. The daughter of Casino Prince usually starts to peak third-up and holds that form for a few runs, so she’s worth sticking with this time in.
God Of Thunder
Horses to follow from Rosehill on January 18
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly simply blew her rivals away as she recorded the strongest BM rating win of the meeting. Her performance rated 8.5 lengths better than standard BM, and she ran the fourth quickest final 600m of the day, third quickest 400m and fifth quickest 200m as she was eased down with 50m to go. The daughter of Hinchinbrook is out of the classy mare Our Egyptian Raine, and she looks to have a bright future.
AIM FOR PERFECTION
I like the way Aim For Perfection finished it off running the quickest 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. The daughter of Smart Missile will strip fitter for two runs this campaign, and she should be close to peak fitness next time around a similar trip.
The fastest 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire meeting was recorded by River Bird who finished 3rd behind Embracer and Invictus Salute. This mare improved with each run last campaign and strung three wins together, and judging by her slick return, she can notch up another few victories this time in.
Aim For Perfection
Blackbookers from Randwick-Kensington on January 4
Trained by Anthony Cummings, this Snitzel filly showed a great turn of foot to come from the rear and score an impressive victory over Osamu. Her dam, Sovereign Duchess, scored her only win when getting out to 1400m for the first time, and this filly looks like she’ll appreciate getting out to the same trip. May need another run over 1200m first but is a filly worth following.
Goulburn-based trainers Emma and Lucy Longmire have got this son of Bernadini flying and he was quite unlucky on Saturday. Coming off a win at Canberra, the four-year-old settled beautifully in the run but simply couldn’t get clear in the straight and looked to have plenty to offer. This was pretty much a barrier trial and he can win a similar race next time with a bit more luck.
The I Am Invincible mare showed she’s returned in great order and recorded the strongest BM performance of the day going 9.6 lengths better than BM. In her two previous second-up runs, she improved by 2.5 and four lengths which would indicate she still has improvement to come second-up this time in.