QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow
- Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland. Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing
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 sunshine coast FEBRUARY 27
Gem Of Scotland
Track Rating : Soft 6 (Upgraded to Soft 5 after race 3)
Race 3 – QTIS Jewel Prelude Fillies (1000m) SWEET DOLLY 📓
Unbeaten in two starts coming into this race, The Real Saga filly drew the outside gate and Justin Stanley had no hesitation in pushing forward to settle in front on the fence. Despite using her up early, she set sail for home, two lengths clear of the pack and went on to win by almost five lengths on the line. Unsurprisingly, she posted the fastest overall race sectionals, and ran out the 1000m, 2.2 lengths slower than benchmark, 5.5 lengths quicker than her nearest rival that day. She will take beating in the QTIS Jewel on the 13th of this month.
Race 4 – QTIS Jewel Prelude Colts & Geldings (1000m) GEMELON BOLT 📓
In the boys’ division on Saturday, none were more impressive than the race winner who did tough all the way. He jumped well and Michael Rodd pushed him early to stick on the pace. Racing wide without cover, he kept in touch with the leader (Tikka Ready), and on straightening drifted even wider on the track. Passing the 200m mark, he took control and inside the final 100 metres, burst away to make it look even easier on the line, winning by almost three lengths in the end. He ran the fastest final 600m sectional and although ending the race some 7 lengths slower than benchmark, his stats were still 3 lengths better than the rest. That was just his second race start. Include him in the black book.
Race 7 – Open Hcp (1200) GEM OF SCOTLAND 📓
Wow, what a run after almost a year off the scene. While Doctor Zous was our Best Bet of the day and went on to win the race, this Rothesay mare all but stole the limelight with her courageous effort to get up and take home third prize that day. She couldn’t go the early speed and dropped back initially but then James Orman pushed her along to improve along the fence and eventually settle two pairs back, inside Doctor Zous. In the run home, she took a while to get going, which is where she lost touch with the first three. But over the final 150 metres, she rallied and hit the line better than any, beaten just over a length on the line. She will only benefit from that run and strip fitter next start. Stick with the four-year-old this preparation.
Horses To Follow From eagle farm february 20
Better Get Set
Track Rating : GOOD 4
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old H’cap (1200m) MISHANI ENCHANTED 📓
The most experienced runner in the field, she settled mid-field on Saturday but gave jockey James Orman a tough time early. Clearly, she just wanted to run as she overraced for the first half of the race, giving Orman no choice but to let her go early. Three wide most of the way, she circled the field and joined the leader on the turn. She then took control and had the race sewn-up, when she shortened stride inside the final 50 metres but had enough to hang on and win in the end. Given an easier run, she would have won this with more in hand. The Jet Spur filly still has a bit to learn but she is heading in the right direction and will only improve as she matures.
Race 4 – Class 3 Plate (1200m) WREN’S DAY 📓
A tragedy beaten on Saturday, the Medaglia D’Oro gelding was resuming off a seven-month spell where he was slowly away and settled last, eight lengths off the pace. On the turn, Leah Kilner tracked wide to find space and the seven-year-old responded. Running home hard, he beat all but Ventura Ocean home, falling short by half a length on the line. Given a better start, he more than likely wins that race. Watch for him over further ground.
Three-Year-Old H’cap (1000m) BETTER GET SET 📓
Another who deserved to finish closer, the Better Than Ready filly was fresh off a 10-week break and after drawing the outside gate (12), Ben Thompson had no chance of finding a decent racing line. Never closer than four horses off the fence, she tracked wide on the turn and looked like she’d had enough, but found a second wind and lifted. The last 200m turned some heads as she was finishing two to their one, finishing fifth, beaten less than two lengths on the line. Considering the amount of ground she covered, that was a super effort. She is another who is worth following, over the 1200m in particular.
Horses To Follow From eagle farm february 6
Track Rating : Good 3 (Entire Meeting)
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1200) MISHANI TULIP 📓
Listed as a Blackbooker last week, I am re-entering the Doomsday filly as she gave the impression on Saturday that she is already looking for more ground. She finished second behind her stablemate (Mishani Delight) but was taking ground off her over the final 100m. She ran the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m race sectionals and closed off her final 600m, 3.1 lengths slower than benchmark but that was the best in the event. Her grandfather (Octagonal) was best over 1600m-2400m so more ground is in her blood already. Just keep her safe for now and if connections push her out to 1400m in the near future, be on her.
Race 5 – BM72 Hcp (1200m) TESARC 📓
The Testa Rossa gelding was first-up on Saturday after a 16-week absence. He started well enough and settled mid-field under a good hold by Leah Kilner as he tended to over race early. Turning for home, the split came, and Kilner drove him through the gap and after hitting the lead, did enough to hold off the fast-finishing favourite. He ran the 1200m in 1:09.2 on fresh legs and covered the trip, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark which was the best in the race. He is already a second, and third-up winner so it might pay to find a spot for him in the black book.
Race 8 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1400m) CALM SEEKER 📓
The Matt Kropp-trained colt was first-up on Saturday after an 18-week break where things didn’t go his way from the outset. Rearing at the start, he clearly missed the jump and settled last, 10 lengths off the pace. Turning for home, he could still see every runner as Larry Cassidy pulled him wide. He ploughed home strongly, doing his best work inside the final 100m. He finished eighth overall but made up a ton of ground in the run home to finish just over four lengths from the winner. He ran the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m race sectionals and covered his final 600m, 1.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best of the 12 runners. He can only improve on that and after that poor start, its best to forget he went around. Still the same, he’s one to watch.
Horses To Follow From sunshine coast january 30
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 1 – BM72 Hcp (1000m) LYRICAL GIRL 📓
Don’t judge her too harshly on her first-up run. She tended to over race in the first half of the event where she sat mid-field on her own. On straightening, Maloney kept her near the fence and found a split soon after, steering her into the gap. She did hang in slightly from the 400m to the 200m, but Maloney wasn’t pushing her at all. It was a nice trial run and she will be a force next start as she boasts a very strong second-up record.
Race 3 – Two-Year-Old Plate (1200m) MISHANI TULIP 📓
The Les Ross-trained filly was coming off her maiden win at the same track and on Saturday, put in an ‘eye-catching’ run to finish fourth on the line. She settled last after failing to go the early pace and tended to pull for the first 400 metres. On the turn, she could see them all, but Tegan Harrison showed great patience and kept the Doomsday filly on the fence. Too far back to be in contention, she still ran home strongly to grab fourth prize, beaten three lengths by Glorious Ruby (who was also impressive in winning second-up). While never a winning chance, the filly did run the best overall race sectionals and ran her last 600m 4.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by more than 2 lengths. If you black book the winner here, it may pay to write down this young lady as well.
Race 9 – Open Hcp (1000m) UNGUARDED 📓
Second-up, she was slow out on Saturday and settled last of the ten, eight lengths off the pace. On the turn, the Trusting mare could see every runner as Larry Cassidy kept her glued to the inside fence. Never a hope from there, Cassidy got her motivated and she ran home strongly to finish fourth, doing her best work over the last 100 metres. She ran the best overall race sectionals in the contest and her final 600m was most impressive, running it 6.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, 4.5 lengths faster than her opposition. She is a winner third-up and just might be ready for a little more ground now.
Horses To Follow From doomben january 23
Track Rating : Soft 5 (Races 1 & 2), then Good 4 remainder.
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1050m) MYSTIC GEM 📓
Making her debut on Saturday, the Capitalist filly couldn’t have been more impressive. Settling in the box -seat, she stuck to the fence but soon after, Andrew Mallyon realised he wasn’t about to receive any favours from the others. Stuck behind the two front-runners, he eased the filly, then crossed the heels of the leading two. Still spotting them two lengths passing the 200m mark, Mallyon got her going again and she went on to record a very impressive debut win. In the process, she ran the fastest overall race sectionals as well. She looks the real McCoy and with Golden Slipper winning blood in her veins, it could pay to stay with her now.
Race 3 – BM72 Hcp (1600m) DRUMADIOR 📓
The Drumbeats mare was second-up on Saturday and settled back near the tail, after drawing the outside gate. Sticking to the fence, the six-year-old did well to finish third, just lacking that little bit of race fitness. Her stats show her doing her best in the last half of the race. The mare ran her last 600m, 6.6 lengths faster than benchmark and ran the quickest final 200m race sectional as well. She hasn’t won for 12 starts but her last victory was over 2200m at the Sunshine Coast. She has placed in both starts since resuming and over more ground, she just might surprise, this preparation.
Race 6 – Three-Year-Old Fillies Hcp (1200m) NICCI’S SPIRIT 📓
The Tony Gollan-trained filly was always going to struggle, beating home her stablemate (Bleu Zebra), when second-up on Saturday, but she gave it a real fright. Coming off a first-up run at Ipswich (finishing second in the 1200m event), she drew well in gate four but couldn’t go with them early, drifting back to settle near last. Still last on the turn, Michael Rodd started to weave his way through traffic, and eventually found clean air. Passing the 200m mark, the Nicconi filly was still spotting Bleu Zebra more than four lengths but ran home strongly to finish third, beaten just half a length on the line. She covered the final 600m, more than six lengths quicker than benchmark and ran the fastest final 800m, 600, and 400m race sectionals as well. A super effort, second-up and take note, she won third-up last preparation. Stick with her.