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 DOOMBEN MAY 30
Right Or Wrong
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 3 – Class 6 Hcp (1200m) RIGHT OR WRONG 📓
Getting on in years but losing nothing in speed, the eight-year-old gave his opposition a start and a comprehensive beating on Saturday. With everything going against him, he was second-up off an 18-month lay-off. He was allocated top weight for this event and putting icing on the cake, he drew the outside gate as well. He was tailed-off on settling and could still see them all on the turn. As luck would have it, the field split in two, giving the Manhattan Rain gelding an opening which rider Justin Huxtable jumped at, finding plenty of open air. From that point, he stormed past the front runners to win by more than a length, going away from them. The old fella’s not done with yet. Stick with him.
Race – 6 Listed Hinkler Hcp (1110m) SCALLOPINI 📓
One of our Saturday tips, the Steven O’Dea-trained gelding was on fresh legs, resuming from a 16-week break. Sporting a glowing first-up record, he was still sent out a $6.50 chance and made the bagmen pay. Boris Thornton had him mid-field, one off the fence on settling, and from there, he just enjoyed the ride. On straightening, he pulled out four off the fence and just gobbled them up, grabbing Boomtown Lass right on the line (who had a 2.5kg weight advantage on him). His second and third-up record shines just as bright on his resume and now is not the time to drop off him. Stay with him for at least two or three more runs.
Race – 8 Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1350m) EXHILARATES 📓
Full honours to Dawn Passage, the winner of this event. However, the Godolphin filly was having just her second start since the MM Guineas back in January (where she finished a gallant third behind Alligator Blood and Eleven Eleven). Her first-up effort last start was superb when finishing third in the Group Three Fred Best Plate. We made her a ‘blackbooker’ after that event. We are now re-emphasising her place in the blackbook after her efforts on Saturday. Still three lengths behind Dawn Passage passing the 200m mark, she showed great finishing speed to reduce the margin to less than a length of the line. She is probably looking for 1400m to a mile now but whatever happens, don’t let her escape your black book.
Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM MAY 23
Bloodlines speak strongly most of the time and this beautifully-bred filly is a prime example. By Magic Albert out of a Flying Spur mare, she is a lightly-raced four-year-old but has produced results, boasting a resume that reads nine starts for five wins and three minor placings, putting her out of the money just once. She was third-up on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 2) and did everything but win the race. She drew wide which saw Baylee Nothdurft take her back and settle last, eight lengths off the pace. On straightening, she was the widest runner, still spotting them six lengths. Over the final 200 metres, she made up five lengths, to finish third, at the girth of the winner. A better draw, she probably wins. Don’t let this little lady out of your sight.
SEAT OF POWER
This five-year-old made a good account of himself on Saturday where he was second-up off a four-month break. He drew the outside gate (11) and missed the jump (Eagle Farm, Race 4), forcing Taylor Marshall to push forward. He eventually got across to settle second on the fence. He battled home strongly and showed plenty of fight to hold second place in the 1800m contest. He will benefit from that run and be even fitter next start. He is certainly one to watch.
This lightly-raced four-year-old impressed greatly on Saturday. The Real Saga gelding drew the outside gate (Eagle Farm, Race 5) and after being trapped four-wide, James Orman had no choice but to drop him back to the tail to save ground.
The run home was one to see. Orman had to change directions several times to look for gaps between runners. The galloper was second-up and did a great job from that draw to finish a close-up fourth. He warrants holding a spot in the black book.
Horses To Follow From gold COAST May 16
Having his first start for new trainer Tony Sears, the Snitzel gelding showed a dramatic improvement from recent racing. He drew the fence on Saturday (Gold Coast, Race 3) but first-up after 22 weeks off, he reared at barrier rise and was last out, eventually settling mid-field. On straightening, he looked under pressure from hard riding bt Jim Byrne, but he responded accordingly and powered to the line in the final 150 metres to grab victory on the line. That was his first win on fresh legs and his second and third-up records are even better. Keep him under notice.
TICK TOCK BOOM
A very promising juvenile who showed plenty of fight on Saturday. At barrier rise, he was sandwiched between runners and dropped back to last on settling. Still last on straightening, he ran into more trouble and had to check off the heels of weakening runners. Race favourite Wisdom Of Water was off and gone (after having the race perfectly run to suit him), but this Spirit Of Boom colt took plenty of ground off him (even before he was eased near the line). That’s four starts for three podium finishes. I’d be watching this youngster very carefully.
The Godolphin filly was first-up on Saturday after finishing third behind Alligator Blood in the MM Guineas in January. She drew the car park in gate 13 (Gold Coast, Race 8) and was impressive in finishing third behind Hightail in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas. Drawing that wide, Robbie Fradd dropped the Snitzel filly back to the tail of the field where she was spotting the leaders six lengths passing the 1000m mark. She fanned very wide on the turn and had to thread her way through traffic before seeing daylight. Passing th200m mark, she had to check off the heels of the eventual winner and still hit the line strongly. Her second-up record just sings finishing top-three in all three starts and when she draws a decent gate, she should be winning again real soon.
Horses To Follow From DOOMBEN MAY 9
I DREAM OF GREEN
Trained by Stuart Kendrick, the four-year-old was resuming from an 18-week spell (now gelded) on Saturday and gave a good account of himself. He settled in the box seat (Doomben, Race 1) and sat behind the leader until the turn. As the leader drifted out, he took the run along the fence and battled all the way to the line with race favourite Papa Jo just weakening over the final 50 metres. He will benefit from that run and be fitter next start.
The David Vandyke-trained mare resumed on Saturday after almost a year off the scene. She jumped nicely (Doomben, Race 3) and sat in behind the pace but tended to overrace in the first half of the event forcing Jake Bayliss to ease her up several times. She chased home Hollaback Girl all the way just unable to bridge the gap, and was nutted out of second prize right on the line. Already a second-up winner, keep her under notice.
Having just his second race start, the two-year-old gelding was most impressive despite being beaten. He jumped well from an inside gate (Doomben, Race 6) and had to be restrained early, tending to overrace slightly. Settling in behind the pace, Sean Cormack secured a rails run on straightening and the gelding showed plenty of fight in the run home. Looking the winner inside the final 100 metres, he was nutted on the line by race favourite Gotta Kiss, with the 2kgs weight advantage proving the difference in the end. With further experience and race fitness, this young fellow will be collecting plenty of winner’s cheques in the near future.
Horses To Follow From SUNSHINE COAST May 2
First-up off an 18-week break, he led from the outset (Doomben, Race 4) but was under pressure all the way. In the run home, he kicked clear but wasn’t totally focussed on the job (throwing his head about), but carrying 60kgs on fresh legs, still proved too good in the run home over the 1050m trip. He can only improve on that run and looks to have a few more wins in him yet.
BEAT THE BEAST
Not raced since October last year, he jumped well on Saturday (Doomben, Race 8) and settled mid-field early. Passing the 300m mark, he checked off the heels of Jardin Rouge (eventual winner), and had to re-balance, losing momentum in the process. Once steadied, he hit the line strongly to finish right behind the winner, in third place, beaten just over a length in the end. A strong performance first-up with 60kgs to carry. The Rothesay gelding has a strong second and third-up record. Keep him safe.
The Paul Butterworth-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday and was most impressive in a (semi) controversial finish. He jumped well and settled in fifth place, just behind the pace (Doomben, Race 9). In the run home, he had the leader covered but despite having a 4.5kg weight advantage, he couldn’t hold off the challenge from the (fitter) Mr Bellagio who grabbed victory on the line. (To the naked eye, watching the slow-motion finish, it appeared to be a dead-heat, but the judges had a better a view of the developed print). Already a winner third-up, the Casino Prince four-year-old will be winning again real soon.
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