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.
Horses To Follow From SUNSHINE COAST july 11
Track Rating: Heavy 9
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) KISUKANO 📓
First-up on fresh legs and you wouldn’t know that this Bel Esprit filly had just spent four months in the paddock. She gave absolutely nothing else a chance in this event. Jumping from a wide gate, Mark Du Plessis took her forward where she sat just off the pace but was three-deep, no cover. In the run home, she found another gear and passing the 200m mark, she had taken over and under hands and heels riding, ran away with the race to win by almost three lengths, eased nearing the post. That was a super effort first-up and carting 60.5kgs as well. That’s four wins from her five career starts and I believe its clear, she’s not finished yet.
Race 2 – No Metro Wins Hcp (1200m) ALDERMAN 📓
This son of Longhorn made a very impressive return to racing on Saturday after a lengthy 20-week absence. He drew the outside gate on his first-ever start on a heavy track. Pushed forward early to avoid being caught out wide, he settled second, at the leaders heels then had the job of taking the field up for the challenge. On straightening, he loomed as a winning chance but in the run home just petered on his run but still fought on well to grab fourth prize, beaten just over a length on the line. He will strip fitter from that run and on a drier track he be winning again real soon.
Race 6 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) BOLD HUNTER 📓
Second-up on his home track on Saturday, the Spirit Of Boom gelding gave a great sight, showing signs he is ready to win again. Lacking early pace, he settled near the rear of the field with Ryan Wiggins keeping him glued to the fence down the back of the course. On straightening, Wiggins kept him close to rail and saving a lot of ground, soon loomed as a winning chance. He fought tooth and nail with Gideons down the straight, then his stablemate, Bold Style joined in to make it a three-horse fight to the finish. The stablemate got the nod while Gideons nosed him out of second place, leaving him to take home third prize. Only a neck separated the three of them in the end. That was just his fifth race start and he finished top-three in four of them now. Stick with him.
Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM july 4
Skate To Paris
Track Rating : Good 3
Race 3 – BM85 Hcp (1200m) SKATE TO PARIS 📓
First-up off a six-month spell, the Chris Munce-trained mare made a solid impact on her return to racing on Saturday. She settled with the back-markers early and was happy to take a sit there behind a solid pace up front. Passing the 300m mark and Larry Cassidy stuck to the inside where he had to weave a passage through to find some galloping room. Once clear, she seemed to be labouring passing the 200m mark but then got going and was finishing better than any over the final 100 metres to get up and grab third prize. The five-year-old mare boasts four career wins with three of those coming when second-up. It may pay to have a little something on her next start.
Race 6 – Open Hcp (1,000m) BOGEY MAN 📓
Resuming from a 12-week break, the Lindsay Hatch gelding was slow to begin and settled at the tail. Still last at the 300m mark, he was five lengths off the lead and failing to find a gap, Andrew Mallyon had to cut across heels and bring him five and six deep to find clean air. He hit the line hard over the final 100 metres to finish within two lengths of the winner. He is another who runs well when second-up, having won three times previously off a first-up effort. Stay with this fellow.
Race 7 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1200m) MADDI ROCKS 📓
An absolute tragedy beaten on Saturday. Trainer Chris Waller made the decision to move the nicely-bred filly north of the border where she was having her first start on a QLD track. First-up since February, she paid the ultimate price for sticking to the fence. She started well enough, but beaten for early speed, soon drifted back to settle in the back half of the field. Jake Bayliss looked everywhere for a way through but the wall in front of him remained solid until the 100m mark where the filly finally saw daylight. Having no momentum up to that point, The three that beat her to the line fought out a nail-biting finish (which resulted in a dead-heat for first). To her credit, the filly hit the line hard to grab fourth prize, just over a length behind the winners. The filly is by Fastnet Rock out of an Encosta De Lago mare so the bloodlines suggest she can go on with it from here. She is a second-up winner and deserves a spot in the black book.
Horses To Follow From doomben june 27
Track Rating: Soft 5
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1110m) BELLISSIMI AMICI 📓
This promising Robert Heathcote filly was resuming from a 14-week spell on Saturday. She jumped well enough but was then beaten for early speed and dropped out to last on settling. Sticking to the fence on the turn, Steph Thornton looked for an opening that simply never arrived. The filly was left climbing all over the heels of runners in front of her and had nowhere to go. She lost all momentum in the final 300 metres but still hit the line well, considering. She improved with every run last preparation, so stick with her. Another win isn’t far away.
Race 3 – BM85 Hcp (1050m) SPIRIT’S CHOICE 📓
This Spirit Of Boom mare was second-up on Saturday after nearly six months off the scene. She struggled first-up at Eagle Farm, still beaten less than six lengths in the run. On Saturday, she was beaten for early speed and settled mid-field. Adin Thompson took the same path as Bellissimi Amici did and stuck to the fence on straightening, and paid the same penalty. Crowded for room, Thompson went for a rails run that wasn’t there and was held up. Even when clear, he was still badly crowded on the fence and a clearer run home would have seen him finish a lot closer. The mare is a third-up winner and will strip fitter next start. Stay with her.
Race 9 – BM75 Hcp (1200m) LOVE STRUCK 📓
THIS Love Conquers All gelding has picked up where he left off last preparation. He drew wide on Saturday where he was resuming from an eight-month absence. Settling mid-field, he remained there until straightening. Michael Hellyer was hard at work on the four-year-old who (briefly) appeared as though he’d had enough. However, he found another gear and although no threat to the first two past the post, he finished strongly to grab third prize on the line. He is a two-time winner when second-up so keep him firmly placed in your black books.
Horses To Follow From doomben june 20
Sofie’s Gold Class
Track Rating: Heavy 8
Race 2 – Class 6 Hcp (1200m) SOFIE’S GOLD CLASS 📓
The Hard Spun mare was resuming from a 12-week break and renowned for her first-up record, she did it again on Saturday. Settling back in the small seven-horse field, she allowed the front-runners to set the pace, then did her thing in the run home. Spotting the leaders five lengths on straightening, Michael Cahill switched her to the outside and she finished far too strongly for them. Her final 100 metres saw her pull further away from the field, winning by almost two lengths on the line. That’s three wins from five first-up appearances now. I’m sure she has one or two more left in her this preparation.
Race 4 – BM90 Hcp (1615m) PROMETHEUS 📓
Not known as a wet-track lover, the Tony Sears-trained gelding did an enormous job on Saturday to finish in the money. Third-up after six months in the paddock, Jim Byrne had him mid-field on the fence and travelling sweetly. In the wet conditions, he didn’t handle the turn at all and lost good ground before becoming balanced again. By then, the first two had cleared out and had the race between them. To the Snitzel gelding’s credit however, he battled through being crowded in the run home and still finished strongly enough to grab third prize on the line. That’s three starts back now and he should be just about at his peak. Keep him safe, especially if he finds a dry track.
Race 6 – BM75 Hcp (1350m) STYLISH SAGA 📓
The Chris Anderson-trained gelding was fourth-up this preparation and looking to improve on three previous fourth-place finishes. He blew the start and missed it by three lengths. James Orman then used up a lot of fuel to overcome the bad start and eventually moved up to settle fourth on the fence passing the 800m pole. Turning for home and the leader (Shijin) set sail for home and kicked clear, while Orman stayed near the fence and asked the four-year-old for another effort. He battled home gamely in the end, but finished up with another fourth-place cheque to take home. The Real Saga gelding also didn’t look comfortable in his first start on wet ground and add that to missing the jump by three lengths and he should be kept under notice. Watch for him on top of the ground at his next few starts.
Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM june 13
Be Water My Friend
Chapter And Verse
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 – BM85 Hcp (1300m) SAXTON ROCK 📓
First-up on Saturday since January, the Matt Dunn-trained gelding is not renowned for showing too much when resuming and surprised a few with his efforts. Drawing the outside gate (10), Steph Thornton immediately dropped him back to the tail to avoid being trapped wide. He sat one off the fence then nearing the turn, fanned the widest to find clean air. Still spotting the leaders four lengths inside the final 200m, he was no threat of winning but powered home just the same to finish third overall. It was a super run by the Snitzel five-year-old after spending five months in the paddock. He has won second-up and placed on four other occasions. Keep your eye on this fellow.
Race 4 – Listed Dalrello Stks (1200m) BE WATER MY FRIEND 📓
Second race start for this two-year-old. On debut, he raced greenly but still proved too good at the Sunshine Coast, winning a 1000m sprint on a Heavy 10 that day. Then on Saturday, he drew wide (gate 9 of 12), and travelled three-deep to the turn. On straightening, he was the widest runner and did a mighty job to take home third prize after covering more ground than Bourke & Wills. This Headwater gelding looks a real promising type and should take a spot in the black book.
Race 6 – Listed Ascot Hcp (1200m) CHAPTER AND VERSE 📓
Desleigh Forster’s five-year-old boasted a glowing second-up record coming into this event on Saturday and he didn’t spoil that record too much. He finished fourth, splitting the equal favourites and showed plenty of improvement with his fitness overall. Well ridden by Taylor Marshall, he sat mid-field one off the fence to the turn. On straightening, Marshall pulled out wider and found clean air, but was tightened for room, between runners all the way to the line. He wound up in a blanket finish for the minors, taking home fourth prize in the end. It was solid effort second-up and the Rothesay gelding looks set to improve even further now. Keep him in check for at least the next couple of runs.
Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM june 6
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 3 – BM75 HCP (1200m) PINNACLE STAR 📓
The David Vandyke-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday after a luckless run at Ipswich where he was beaten a whisker at Ipswich when resuming. He drew the fence and jumped nicely but was beaten for early speed and settled mid-field, on the fence. In the run home, Ryan Maloney had to check off the heels of other runners as he tried to find clean air. Finally clear, he hit the line well but was just out-gunned late by two others (who found better going in the run to the line. Stick with the Starspangledbanner gelding as he has a history of solid fresh form.
Race 5 – BM85 HCP (1000m) AKASAKI 📓
The Nicconi gelding was second-up off a five-month break on Saturday and showed he had lost none of his fresh-legged speed. He jumped with them but soon dropped back to settle second-last early. On the turn, Brad Stewart couldn’t get a clean crack at them. Half way down the straight, he checked off the heels of a weakening runner and passing the 100m mark, he was still four lengths behind the battle up front. He finished better than anything in the race, taking home fourth prize, beaten just two lengths on the line. With a clearer run home, he would have no doubt finished a lot closer. A solid effort, second-up with 60kgs on his back. A win is not far away for this fellow.
Race 9 – Listed Mick Dittman Plate (1000m) AQUITAINE 📓
This Godolphin-owned filly looks a very promising type. Now four wins and as many minor placings from just nine starts shows she is a real trier. First-up off a 14-week spell, she showed great speed to finish second behind Fituese in the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. Then on Saturday, she was having her first look at Eagle Farm and second-up, was ridden a real treat by James Orman. She settled in the box seat, before pulling out three-wide nearing the turn, to avoid getting boxed-in. From there, the James Cummings-trained filly did her racing down the centre of the track and finished far too strongly for the rest, winning comfortably in the end. A big future looks on the cards for this young lady and she is a winner third-up. Keep her very safe from here on.