QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 1 Dec 2020
  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland. Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing
QLD horses to follow

Looking for QLD horses to follow each Saturday? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from the metropolitan meeting in Queensland.

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.

Here are our latest QLD horses to follow and blackbookers:


Horses To Follow From doomben november 28


Baby Wong

See Marie


Track Rating : Good 4

Race 2 – Two-Year-Old Plate (1050m) BABY WONG 📓
The Press Statement colt was having his second race start on Saturday and showed even further improvement on his debut performance. Caught three-deep for the first half of the race, Andrew Mallyon eventually slotted him in one off the fence, trailing the leader (and favourite) Conexy. The pair ended up having the race between them with Conexy prevailing in the end. However, Baby Wong was finishing best near the line and indicated maybe next start could be his turn. He hit the line well in finishing second, and gapped the rest of the field, finishing more than seven lengths ahead of them. He looks a promising type and one well worth following.

Race 4 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1630m) SEE MARIE 📓
The Sebring filly was second-up on Saturday and improved enough to get the job done. She drew wide and Jim Byrne appeared to hold her back briefly, then made good ground through the pack to settle mid-field. Turning for home, she weaved her way clear and finished too strongly for the pacemakers, getting up by half a length on the line. While only recording one win, she proved very consistent in her first preparation and it appears she is on track to continue the good work.

Race 7 – Class 6 Plate (1200m) BALLER 📓
The Chris Waller-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday and although ended the race in third place again, still showed plenty of promise for the rest of his current campaign. He missed the jump and settled second-last and was trapped three-wide in the process. Luke Dittman opted to stay inside on the turn where he was crowded by other runners until the 150m mark where he finally saw daylight. He broke clear and ran home strongly but gave them too much start and had to settle for third prize. He has had a chequered start to his career, having raced just six times in the past 12 months. The ability is there, and if he stays fit and injury-free, he will improve even further. Stay with him for now.



Horses To Follow From sunshine coast november 21





Track Rating : Good 4

Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) SUBTERRANEAN 📓
NSW North Coast visitor was on debut and gave a bold sight on Saturday. The Rebel Dane colt settled fourth, box-seating the leaders. Mark Du Plessis rode him a treat and in the run home. Only race fitness cost him when finishing third to runners having their second starts. Trainer Matt Dunn has a smart one here and he can only improve on that run. Keep him under wraps.

Race 4 – One Metro. Win Hcp (1200m) VINCO 📓
The Tony Gollan-trained gelding was first-up off a four-month spell on Saturday and drew wide in gate ten. He settled mid-field and three-deep to the turn. Straightening up, he came down the centre of the track and despite covering so much ground, hit the line running and missed by a whisker in beating home race favourite Totally Charmed who got all the favours by staying close to the inside rail. This I Am Invincible gelding has come back strong and is well worth a place in the black book.

Race 6 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) ZINGALONG 📓
The money came for this Falvelon galloper with a $1000 bet at $101 being taken. He went to the gates a $20 chance in the end and almost made someone very rich. First-up after almost six months in the paddock, the Trevor Miller-trained gelding underwent the ‘snip’ while off the scene. He then trialled before this race and won that by more than five lengths. He had to do it tough here, jumping from the outside gate (12) and on settling, had crossed to take a sit outside the leader. He fought hard in the run home but couldn’t ward off the challenge by Fleet Dove in the end, going down by a neck on the line. He will strip fitter and improve on that effort.



Horses To Follow From doomben november 14



Dominant King

Bad Barista

Track Rating : Good 4

Race 1 – 2YO H’cap (1110m) CONEXY 📓
Coming off two trials in Sydney (finishing second in both), this Nicconi colt was making his debut. He travelled well in fifth spot, sitting three lengths off the pace. The winner (Rhapsody Rose), had a break on them after a setting an even tempo and had too big a lead to be run down. This Chris Waller-trained colt however, was taking ground off the winner over the final 200 metres. He finished just over two lengths in arrears with rider Luke Dittman dropping the whip at the 100m mark. It was a solid debut and I believe he could be looking for a little further even this early. Watch him over 1200m or more.

Race 4 – 3YO C&G H’cap (1200m) DOMINANT KING 📓
Deep field gelding having his third race start and coming off an impressive maiden win at Ipswich. Slow out, he settled worse than mid-field, travelling one off the fence to the turn. Pulling wide, he struck interference and had a bumping dual with another runner. Finally getting clear, he stormed home over the final 200 metres to win by two lengths, going away from them. He appears to have plenty of upside and should be kept safe.

Race 5 – 3YO Fillies H’cap (1200m) BAD BARISTA 📓
This filly just needed another run before showing what she’s got. Slow out of the gates, she settled second last, some six lengths off the pace where she remained until the turn. Tegan Harrison kept her near the fence, waiting for a gap. It came at the 200m mark, but then she ran into another runner and had to ease off heels, losing valuable momentum at that point. Harrison got her going again and she hit the line as good (or better) than the rest. She finished third, beaten less than half a length, needing just two more bounds for victory. With better luck in running, she takes home first prize. Keep her under notice.



Horses To Follow From doomben november 7


Miss Hipstar



Track Rating : Good 4

Race 1 – 2YO Fillies H’cap (1110m) MISS HIPSTAR 📓
The big mare trialled last month where she settled back in the field but made good ground in the run home. Having her first race start on Saturday, the Star Turn filly wasted no time in driving forward to lead on settling. Straightening for home, she broke away to lead by two lengths and kept going by Larry Cassidy, went on to a comfortable victory, eased on the line. A dominant performance on debut. Stick with her this preparation.

Race 2 – 3YO H’cap (1050m) ISOTOPE 📓
A clear case of ‘a certainty beaten’. The Deep Field filly missed the start by three lengths and was beaten less than a length on the line. First up on Saturday, she travelled at the tail of the field (to the turn), then made up a ton of ground in the run home. The winner also boasted a 4kg weight advantage in the race. She can’t start that badly again, surely. Stay with her as she has plenty of upside and more to offer this campaign.

Race 4 – Fillies & Mares BM80 (1200m) L’COSMO 📓
Having her first start for David Vandyke, she couldn’t have jumped any worse, settling three lengths behind the rest of field after drawing the outside gate and was slowly away. Passing the 800m mark, she was a good 10 lengths off the lead but slowly made up ground, having to come three-wide to do that. The former Team Snowden mare passed the 200m mark, the widest runner and still three lengths adrift from the lead. She finished very strongly to grab second prize, beaten less than a length on the line. A super effort and she is one to pencil in the black book.



Horses To Follow From doomben october 31


Our Hot Friend


Grey Missile


Track Rating : Soft 6


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1110m) OUR HOT FRIEND 📓
The Les Ross-trained gelding was having his third race start on Saturday and had enough excuses to forget the run. The Sizzling gelding settled last on the fence and tended to pull in over the first 600 metres. Settling down before the turn, Matt McGillivray chose to stay inside and look for a run along the fence. That run passing the 25om mark but ironically, stablemate Grey Defence started to hang in, causing interference, which saw McGillivray stop riding momentarily, losing all momentum in the process. He still hit the line well and finished within two lengths of the winner. Most unlucky on Saturday, this fellow will be in the winner’s circle real soon.

Race 4 – BM0-70 Hcp (1110m) SKINS 📓
This promising Sepoy gelding was our Best Bet at Doomben on Saturday and delivered in style. He settled three pairs back on the fence and travelled well in the run to the turn. Blocked for a run turning for home, he lost a little momentum and looked 20-1 at that point. Then, Steph Thornton got to work on him and passing the 200m mark, he found another gear and passing the 100m mark, drew level with the two leaders then raced away for an easy win. The lightly-raced five-year-old has had just five race starts and this was his third win. Based on this performance, he has many more wins left in him yet.

Race 7 – Open Hcp (1350m) GREY MISSILE 📓
Second-up on Saturday, he was our Value Bet for the meeting (at $7 when it was posted). He settled well, third on the fence on his own. Turning for home, only the two front runners were ahead of him, unfortunately one of those was the $2.30 favourite, Emerald Kingdom who sports a solid second-up record and proved too good in the run home. The ‘Missile’ did take ground off the winner and was finishing best over the final 100m but the gap proved too big in the end. Stay with him for a couple of more runs.



Horses To Follow From doomben october 24



Better Lad

Alert And Ready

Track Rating : Good 4

Race 1 – Class 3 Plate (1110m) NIEDORP 📓
Fresh off a four-month spell, punters who took the skinny odds were never left guessing from barrier to box. The Tony Gollan-trained mare travelled sweetly and never looked in any danger of losing on Saturday. Baylee Nothdurft rode her a treat and inside the final 200 metres, had the Not A Single Doubt mare four lengths clear and won eased on the line. She has come back in great touch and may be useful as a banker in future exotics.

Race 2 – Three-Year-Old H’cap (1200m) BETTER LAD 📓
Under instructions to ride further forward on Saturday, Tegan Harrison was forced to switch to plan B after being drawn out and caught wide early. Harrison made the decision to drop back where she settled last, some eight lengths off the pace. In the run home, Harrison had to steady the gelding before finally seeing daylight inside the final 150m metres. The Better Than Ready galloper hit the line better than anything in time to grab third prize (missing out on second by a whisker). That was just his seventh race start and he will improve on that. Well worth jotting down in the black book.

Race 4 – Two-Year-Old Plate (1110m) ALERT AND READY 📓
The Kevin Kemp-trained filly was having her second race start on Saturday and ended up a tragedy beaten. The Defcon filly settled mid-field on the fence after doing a little work to cross from gate seven. Andrew Mallyon sat patiently to the turn where he eased her off the fence in search for an opening. It didn’t come which forced him to cross around several sets of heels to find clean air. Inside the final 200m, the filly was finishing better than anything in front of her and managed to grab third prize. She looks a real promising type with plenty of upside about her. Stay with her for several more runs yet.



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