Horses To Follow (NSW) – Blackbookers from Saturday’s New South Wales racing

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Saturday racing in New South Wales produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best horses to follow 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 New South Wales’ Saturday racing.
Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:

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.

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
River Bird

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.


Horses to follow from Randwick on December 14

Trainer John Sargent has a good opinion of this Bull Point colt who charged home to miss by half a length in the Inglis 2YO Classic (1000m) at The Valley on debut. He then won a barrier trial at Randwick and got a bit far back on Saturday before finishing resolutely for 2nd. He’s worth sticking with and can pick up a race soon.
I blackbooked this Peter and Paul Snowden-trained galloper from the Hawkesbury barrier trials and he charged home next time to finish 1.3 lengths from Tambo’s Mate at Doomben. He bounced back with a narrow win on Saturday running the quickest final 600m, 400 and 200m of the meeting. This was his third run for the campaign and he just needs to hold that peak fitness to be winning again next time.
The Chris Waller-prepared Sambro usually peaks fourth-up from a spell and has posted some strong figures at this stage of his preparation. He went into a strong Villers Stakes second-up and showed great improvement from his first-up run as he charged home into 3rd place. Stick with him for his next two runs.
Signore Fox

Blackbookers from Rosehill on December 7

The Chris Waller-trained Centimental looked a bit unlucky after getting shut out of a run midway down the straight before switching course and finishing hard to just miss. The two-year-old filly is by Snitzel and out of the smart mare Serena Miss who was a Group 2 winner over 1200m and 1400m as well as being Group 1 placed over a mile. This filly should only improve over longer, and I’m keen to stick with her.
Another one from the Waller stable, and I only want to be with him when he steps up to 2400m or longer. He’s had an interrupted campaign with three freshen-ups and a drop back in trip before building again, and his last two runs over 2000m have been near identical as he’s started to finish off strong over the final 150m. He’s rock-hard-fit with eight runs under his belt this campaign, and he’s placed over 2300m on the flat and 3200m over hurdles in the UK.
This mare went into the blackbook two weeks ago and saluted for us on Saturday, and she’s worth sticking with again next time. Having crawled early with the leader going 5.7 lengths below BM to the 600m, Handspun was facing an uphill battle to run on from near last on the turn. She also copped interference in the straight and didn’t get a lot of room, but she was too good form them and clocked the quickest final 200m of the entire meeting. Clearly flying and is worth sticking with next time.
This was the best first-up performance by Taniko who looks in for a fruitful campaign. She was held up momentarily in the straight yet still managed to run the fastest final 600m of the meeting (33.24). She was restrained early to slot in with cover, and she seemed to relax too much and lost contact with the field which made it impossible to get into the race. She’ll continue to improve deeper in her preparation, and she should be winning sometime soon.
Master Shuhood

Horses to follow from Kembla Grange on November 23

The four-year-old Bernadini mare was first-up and rattled home from last in what was the second quickest final 200m (11.07) of the meeting. She continued to improve with each run last campaign, and seeing she produced a PB benchmark (BM) performance first-up, she looks to be in for a good campaign.
Traffic issues in the straight saw Broken Arrows settling for the runner-up prize, but his final sectionals told the real story. The Smart Missile gelding went 6.5 lengths above BM for the final 600m which was the strongest figure for the day, while he also clocked the quickest final 200m (11.06) and was only clear late. No reason to drop off this in-form sprinter.
Broken Arrows

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