QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

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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 September 12


Great Keppell


The Actuary


Track Rating : Good 4

Race 1 – BM70 HCP (1110M)  GREAT KEPPELL 📓
The Team Edmonds-trained gelding was a tragedy beaten on Saturday. He was first-up off a 12-week break and his fate was sealed at the start when his missed the jump and was tailed-off on settling. Turning for home, Robbie Fradd kept to the inside fence, which turned out to be his downfall. Trying to get clear, he has one horse weakening and falling back on him, while another was shifting in and crowding him for room. He lost all momentum between the 400m and 100m and that was the story of his race. With more luck in running, and a better start, he wins that race. Stick with this guy.

Race 3 – BM80 HCP (1200M)  FISTICUFFS 📓
A brilliant last-to-first effort caught everyone’s attention on Saturday. Another from the Team Edmonds stable, this four-year-old blew the start as well and settled last, some eight lengths off the pace. Turning for home, Maloney tried for a gap out wide but it closed on him. He was hampered several times by Mittere who at one stage severely bumped him, sending him back inside, nearer the fence. He was still spotting them four lengths inside the final 200 metres but then showed an amazing turn of foot passing the 100m mark to reel in the leaders and grab the win right on the line. That was his first second-up win. The Redoute’s Choice gelding clearly has heaps of upside and he should be cemented into the black book.

After jumping with them, the Sebring filly was beaten for early speed and quickly dropped out the back to settle last, eight lengths off the pace. She was first-up since winning the Listed two-year-old race, The Phoenix (1615m) at the Doomben track back in June. Turning for home, she was the widest runner and kept trying to duck-in on Neutron (who was also resuming). Once Baylee Nothdurft has steadied the three-year-old, she was still five lengths back and no chance of winning. She did, however, hit the line strongly and finish just over three lengths from the winner. Not renowned for finding form fast, the Tony Gollan-trained filly should still be kept under sharp notice for future runs this preparation.



Horses To Follow From doomben September 5


Golden Mean

Reckless Choice

Shooting For Gold


Track Rating : Good 4


Race 1 – BM75 Hcp (1200m) GOLDEN MEAN 📓
She opened on Wednesday a $1.70 favourite but come Saturday, she blew like a Cat.5 cyclone and was sent out a $5.50 third elect. The market got it wrong. The lightly-raced five-year-old has the leaders covered all the way. Patiently ridden by Ryan Maloney, the David Vandyke-trained mare cruised to the lead inside the final 200 metres and was doing it easy as she went to a comfortable victory. That was her fifth win from just nine starts and she’s not done with yet.


Race 5 – Class 6 Hcp (1600m) RECKLESS CHOICE 📓
All credit to Cloak here who made it four on the trot on Saturday but it was this Choisir gelding who caught my eye. Sitting behind the pace to the turn, he gave chase to Cloak who had four lengths on this fellow but over the final 200 metres, the Steven O’Dea-trained gelding took ground off the $1.65 favourite to finish second, beaten just over a length on the line. He was second-up on Saturday and his resume shows he is already a two-time winner when third-up. The 1600m seems to be his pet distance having won five of his six career victories over the mile. Stick with him for now.


Race 8 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1050m) SHOOTING FOR GOLD 📓
Only moderately away, the Shooting To Win gelding was beaten for early pace and dropped out to the tail on settling. The widest runner on the turn, he still had to cross over heels to find running room while race leader Mishani Miss was off for the prize. To his credit, the three-year-old took a ton of ground off the winner over the line, finishing second, beaten only two lengths. Another from the Steven O’Dea camp, that was just his third race start and he is yet to finish outside the top-two. He will improve even further off that run and will be saluting the judge again in the near future.




Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM august 29


No Doubt Acracker

The Candy Man

Desert Lord


Track Rating : Good 4


Race 4 – BM72 Hcp (1200m) NO DOUBT ACRACKER 📓
The Stuart Kendrick-trained mare was coming off a solid first-up win on Saturday where she was slowly away and settled last of the nine runners. She was spotting the leaders 10 lengths at one stage and passing the 300m mark, she was the widest runner, still last, some five lengths adrift. Her final 200 metres was very impressive, finishing better than any of them. She took home third prize, beaten only 2.5 lengths over the line. She will strip even fitter after those two runs and she has plenty more to offer this campaign.


Race 5 – Quality Hcp (1400m) THE CANDY MAN 📓
You could hear the crowd roar from the living room as Barry Baldwin’s grey gelding surprise punters with his second, first-up victory on Saturday. Box-seating from the start, Brad Stewart rode him a treat and showed plenty of patience with him as he was first-up off a 30-week absence and had 61kgs to carry. He did it in fine style and rang out the warning bells that the seven-year-old was far from finished with his racing career. Stick with this fellow.


Race 8 – Class 6 Plate (1200m) DESERT LORD 📓
A first-up winner just once in six attempts prior to last Saturday, the David Vandyke-trained gelding showed enough in his two trials to have punters send him out a white-hot $1.75 elect, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Not wanting to take part in the early speed battle, Ryan Maloney dropped the High Chaparral gelding back to settle second-last where he remain to the turn. On straightening, Maloney pulled him out to the centre of the track where he was still in cruise control. Then passing the 300m mark, the afterburners were on he gave them all a cold as he took over passing the 200m marker. Inside the final 100 metres, Maloney looked back with contempt as he had a stranglehold on the six-year-old and he then simply cantered over the final 50 metres to win by more than two lengths on the line. Little wonder why he was untroubled when you consider he covered the 1200m trip in 1:08.8, eased over the final stages of the race. He has come back a real winner and has plenty more left in him yet.




Horses To Follow From doomben august 22




Reckless Choice

Mr Marbellouz

Track Rating : Good 4


Race 3 – Class 3 Plate (1200m) CHAUFFEUR 📓
First-up after a five-month break, this David Vandyke-trained gelding really hit the line hard to grab victory in a much easier affair on Saturday. The Snitzel six-year-old was coming off a well-beaten 10th in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) at Randwick back in May where he finished more than a dozen lengths behind Snitz that day. He sat third-last to the turn until Ryan Maloney asked him for more, passing the 300m mark. Spotting the leader four lengths at that point, he found another gear and stormed home to grab victory. He ran the 1200m in 1:09 which isn’t too shabby after five months in the paddock. Stick with him as I believe he will improve further on that run and he has mor to offer yet.


Race 4 – Class 6 Plate (1350m) RECKLESS CHOICE 📓
Fresh off an eight-week let-up, this Steven O’Dea-trained gelding settled last, eight lengths off the pace. Still seeing all of the field as they cornered, Steph Thornton clung to the inside rail until they straightened. She then ran into all sorts of strife, with a wall of horses in front of her. Passing the 200m mark, she weaved her way through the traffic but was still spotting the leader (and eventual winner Phantom Falcon) some five lengths. It was the Choisir gelding’s final 100m metres that caught the eye, seeing him finish third, after taking four lengths off the winner. He is yet to win when second-up but has a strong third-up record. It may pay to keep him under notice.


Race 8 – Open Hcp (1110m) MR MARBELLOUZ 📓
Tipped on Saturday as our Doomben ‘value bet’, we can just forget he ever went around on Saturday. Drawn wide, he was never on the track. Try as she did, jockey Madeleine Wishart just could not find a sit nearer the fence and was forced to travel the entire trip, three-deep without cover. She straightened up four deep but to her credit, kept working on the Love Conquers All gelding. He still had some to give but passing the 200m mark, he was given a cold by Just Orm (the eventual winner) who flew past him after enjoying a soft run throughout. The Kevin Kemp-trained gelding was only second-up and his resume shows his third-up record is just as strong. I say we stick with him for a couple more yet.



Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM august 15




Love Struck


Track Rating : Good 4

Race 2 – Three-Year-Old Fillies Hcp (1200m) KISUKANO 📓
It may be stating the obvious, but this Bel Esprit filly is shaping up to be something pretty special and should be followed for the rest of this preparation (at least). She was coming off a disappointing third place at Doomben last start where she proved a real handful to load that day. On Saturday, she jumped only fairly and used up some juice to scramble her way to the lead. Once there, Alex Patis settled her down where she dominated the race. In the run home, it was simply a matter of by how far. She ran 1:09.6 which was good enough to win by more than three lengths in the end. She didn’t beat much but her turn of foot in the final 300 metres of her races is something else. We may not see in black figures for a while but anything better than bank interest is worth collecting. Keep this young lady glued to your black book.

Race 3 – Colts & Geldings, No Metro Wins (1400m) LOVE STRUCK 📓
Second-up off a lengthy nine-month spell, this Love Conquers All gelding dished it up to the odds-on favourite (Chris Waller-trained Super Contender). Giving him three lengths start, he set sail after him in the run home and inside the final 100 metres, gave him a cold as he whizzed past him to score by 1.5 lengths on the line. A lightly-raced five-year-old, he appears to have returned a much improved horse and may have something more to offer this time in.

Race 9 – Class 6 Hcp (1000m) PIZONIE 📓
Finally cracked it for a first-up win (after placing three times previously). Four months off the scene and it appears that trainer Tony Gollan has waved his magic wand again with this five-year-old son of Eurozone. Settling perfectly, mid-field on the fence, Ryan Maloney rode him patiently to the turn, then eased him out wide and kept moving forward. Passing the 200m mark he started to knuckle down to the task and he simply finished better than the rest, grabbing victory in the end. That’s three wins over the track and trip now and he will only improve on that run.



Horses To Follow From doomben august 8





Track Rating : Soft 6

Race 2 – BM72 Hcp (1110m) MOTOCROSS 📓
The Lindsay Hatch-trained mare was second-up on Saturday after a very impressive first-up win in a Class 2 at Toowoomba. She drew wide at Doomben and missed the jump by two lengths which didn’t help her cause. She settled last, eight lengths off the pace. On the corner, Andrew Mallyon was forced to go via the cape and had to try and make up the ground from the middle of the track. Still last, spotting them six lengths passing the 200m mark, she really started to knuckle-down to the task and finished better than any to grab fifth prize, beaten just two lengths on the line. With an even start and a sit with cover, she would have (no doubt) finished closer. Don’t misspell her name as you enter her into the black book.

Race 6 – BM72 Hcp (1110m) AHEADOFHISTIME 📓
First-up of a three-month break and the Kelly Schweida-trained gelding got home in a blanket finish where anyone of four or five looked chances inside the final 50 metres. The four-year-old weaved his way through traffic and hit the line as hard as you please. It looks like spending most of the winter in the paddock agreed with him. His resume shows he is just as good when second-up so it may pay to follow him for at least a few more runs.

Race 8 – Open Hcp (1050m) NICCANOVA 📓
Another one of those moments where you say “what a certainty beaten” and in this case, he was. The Nicconi gelding made it four-straight minor placings on Saturday missing by a whisker in grabbing victory here. He blew the start and settled last and approaching the turn, has made no headway at all. Passing the 200m mark, he was still six lengths in arrears but from there, he finished two to their one and was just one stride short of taking home the chocolates. He had to carry 60.5kgs and with an even start, he wins the race. That runner-up finish put his place-getting strike rate up to 71.4% from his 28 career starts. His winning percentage isn’t too shabby either, sitting at 32.1% with nine victories to his name. He is a real trier and I would keep him under notice for another start or two.



Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM august 1


Clairvue Star

Slow Hands

Happy Go Plucky

Track Rating : Good 4

Race 4 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) CLAIRVUE STAR 📓
Under pre-race instructions from the stable, the Sebring gelding was ridden back in the field on Saturday and in fact settled last, some 12 lengths off the pace. First-up off a four-month break, he straightened too far back to be a winning chance but was most impressive over the final 200 metres, taking several lengths off the two that beat him home. He will be better over 1200m and no doubt strip fitter from that run.

Race 6 – Class 3 Plate (1400m) SLOW HANDS 📓
This Kelly Schweida-trained gelding was third-up on Saturday off a four-month spell and a bad gate plus no luck in running cost him at least a top-three finish. Trapped wide early, Ryan Maloney pushed forward but still couldn’t get across and remained trapped three-deep without cover to the turn. He was then pushed even wider and in the run home, he was sandwiched between runners before being completely cut off inside the final 100 metres where Maloney had to stop riding the six-year-old. No luck whatsoever and with 60kgs, beaten less than two lengths on the line. Stick with him.

Race 8 – Open Hcp (1400m) HAPPY GO PLUCKY 📓
Skate To Paris (Black Booker, July 4), proved too strong here, however, this seven-year-old Pluck gelding caught the eye with a strong finish of his own. He was second-up off a nine-week break and on settling, sat last, a dozen lengths off the pace. Still last passing the 300m mark, he started to knuckle down to the task from there and impressively took lengths off the deficit in the final 100 metres, finishing seventh, but beaten only two lengths on the line. He performs better after a couple of fresh runs and is also looking for further ground. Keep him safe.



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