Horses To Follow (QLD) – Blackbookers from Saturday’s Queensland racing

  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland. Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing

Saturday racing in Queensland produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

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 EAGLE FARM February 22

This Rothesay filly was one of our blackbookers two weeks ago (Feb,8). It was no surprise to see her win on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 1), but she took an eternity to get going in the run home. Just five runners in the field on settling, Robbie Fradd had her box-seating behind the leaders. Straightening for home and Fradd had to pull her wide to find clean air and passing the 300m mark, she was spotting the three in front of her at least two lengths. It wasn’t until the final 100 metres where she knuckled down and hit the line hard to get up and win by a length. She gives me the impression that the mile isn’t far away. She has more wins in her yet.

This three-year-old gelding has shown plenty of promise with six top-three finishes from his seven race starts to date. Listed as an emergency on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 5), he gained a start with Steph Thornton jumping aboard. Jumping only moderately, he settled mid-field some five lengths off the pace. Passing the 300m mark, Thornton eased him off the fence, found a gap and that was all she wrote. With just 56.5kgs on his back, The son of Better Than Ready ran them ragged to record a solid 1.5 length victory. That was his third, first-up effort and he has now won twice when resuming. He will be winning again soon.

This three-year-old ran a solid second to the brilliant Alligator Blood three starts back which had him lining up on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 8) an odds-on favourite and on paper at least, looked like becoming Steph Thornton’s second winner for the day. However, in what ended up a strangely-run race, he finished a half-length second to the outsider in the field, Naval Strike ($41). He began well enough, however, Thornton eased him off the speed and passing the 800m mark, he was sitting second last. Thornton then pulled him three-wide and started skirting the field and by the 200m mark, they were stretched across the track. With a 5kg pull in the weights, and the better run in the race, Naval Strike simply outsprinted them to the line. This Dundeel gelding is better than that and maybe now with three runs under his belt, he will be ready to fire next start.



Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM February 15

Unbeaten Rothesay colt trained by Robert Heathcote. He made it three from three (Eagle Farm, Race 1) and again destroyed his opposition, winning the two-year-old Hcp by 4.5 lengths. Left the gates full of running and Robbie Fradd had a hard time containing the young colt. Leading to the turn, Fradd gave him more rein and he sprinted away from the rest, winning in a canter. This is one very promising colt and should be ‘etched’ in your black books.

Another unbeaten galloper, this three-year-old filly should also be watched. A big winner on debut at the Sunshine Coast, she put nearly three lengths on her maiden rivals that day. Then on Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 4), she drew the fence but missed the start and was beaten for early speed, drooping back to near last on settling. On straightening, she was still milling around with the tail-enders but Luke Tarrant found the gaps he needed (nearer the fence) and the Tycoon Ruler filly put her foot down and passing the 100m mark, exploded to the lead and went on to a big win. Watch this young lady real closely.

Second-up from the Tony Gollan stables, she drew wide and dropped back at the start (Eagle Farm, Race 7) to save some ground. She was a dozen lengths from the lead passing the 800m mark and still tailed off on straightening. Baylee Nothdurft looked for passage nearer the fence as they passed the 300m mark, and although never a winning chance, the Shamus Award mare really motored to the line to grab fifth spot. She won third-up last preparation and if she can draw a gate, she should strip fitter and be winning one soon.



Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM February 8

The first of our Eagle Farm tips on Saturday, the two-year-old filly was having just her second race start (after finishing fourth on debut at Doomben). She drew the outside gate (9) and missed the jump, tailing out to last on settling (Eagle Farm, Race 1). She trailed race favourite Mishani Machine to the turn. Pushed wide on the turn, she was the widest runner and was spotting the leader around eight lengths on straightening. She rattled home to finish third, beaten just 1.5 lengths on the line. A better start and gate could have seen a different result. This Rothesay filly is one for the black book.

Won first-up at Ballina this preparation then failed badly next start at Doomben. Missed the jump (Eagle Farm, Race 3) and settled last, a dozen lengths from the lead. Help up in the run home, Baylee Nothdurft got clear and the four-year-old hit the line strongly, doing his best work over the final 100 metres. He won a Maiden/Class 1 at Grafton over 2225m four starts back. Looking for further than Saturday’s 1840m journey now.

The second of our Eagle Farm tips, she was coming off a good win at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m. Jumping from the inside gate, she enjoyed a cosy run just behind the pace (Eagle Farm, Race 4). On straightening, Matty McGillivray secured a rails run and that was all she wrote. She exploded to the lead and eased on the line, still won by 1.5 lengths with a further three lengths back to the third placegetter. The Husson filly carried 4.5kgs more than her Sunshine Coast win and yet still ran a faster time. That’s three wins from five starts now, and there appears to be many more to come for this talented lady.

Tony Gollan’s three-year-old has finished the bridesmaid in two trials and now both runs this preparation and was the third of our Saturday tips. Spotting the smart Master Jamie seven to eight lengths in the run (Eagle Farm, Race 8), the Spirit Of Boom gelding was the widest runner on the turn and passed all but Master Jamie in the run home, succumbing to the winner by just a length on the line. His hoof is on the til, and he will be winning very soon.



Horses To Follow From EAGLE FARM February 1

This Falvelon two-year-old was having his fourth start and yet to miss a top-three finish. He drew the fence (Eagle Farm, Race 1), and shared the lead to the turn. He showed a solid turn of foot passing the 200m mark and drew clear to win easily, putting more than three lengths on the rest. Four starts for two wins and two runner-up prizes. He looks like a real handy type in the making.

Fresh off a nine-week break, the Gollan-trained gelding missed the jump by two lengths (Eagle Farm, Race 5), and settled eight lengths last. Passing the 300m mark, he was still last, six off the lead and the widest runner. His stablemate (Pizonie) was three lengths ahead of him passing the 100m peg, and he wound up in fifth place, just over a length behind Pizonie (who went on to win the event). The 1000m trip was a little too short for him on Saturday however, he is a second-up winner and it will pay to watch for him over 1200m-1350m in the coming weeks.

Our sole tip (at Eagle Farm) on Saturday (after two others were scratched). The Matthew Dunn-trained gelding finished a good second behind Pennino when first-up off a lengthy 23-week break. On Saturday (Eagle Farm, Race 6), he drew wide and settled back in the field. He came around them in the run home and hit the line strongly to win by more than a length. He appears to have returned a more mature galloper and looks set for a promising campaign.

Arguably the run of the day. The Jet Spur gelding was first-up off a 22-week stint in the paddock and had it all to do. Carrying top weight and drawing wide as well (Eagle Farm, Race 9), jockey Steph Thornton dropped back to find a sit, but was still trapped three-deep on settling. Never on the track, the three-year-old had to come down the centre of the track to avoid interference. Passing the 200m mark, he was still spotting the front runners three lengths and still hit the line hard and fast, coming within a neck of winning the race. He was doing his best work in the final 50 metres. He has won two of five to date and gave every indication his next win is just around the corner.




History shows this son of Captain Sonador needs a bit of time to find his feet. He was second-up on Saturday (Sunshine Coast, Race 2), and jumping well enough, he still drifted back to be near the tail, spotting the leader some 10 lengths as they passed the 600m mark. Mark Du Plessis kept him on the fence and he showed plenty of dash in the run home to grab third prize. The six-year-old is unbeaten third-up and will be looking for a little more ground now.

Unwanted in the betting (after her third start failure at the Gold Coast), she lined up on Saturday (Sunshine Coast, Race 3) drawn the fence and on settling had dropped out to last. The pace was genuine up front, giving Matty McGillivray a dream run behind the pack. Turning for home he weaved a passage through the beaten brigade and despite spotting the favourite (Queen Kay) here lengths passing the 200m mark, passed her in a heartbeat and went on to win by two lengths in the end. The time was fairly slow at 1:13.1 for the 1200m but she is only a two-year-old and will improve as she matures. She is one well worth watching.

A promising three-year-old from the Tony Gollan stable. He took his place in a three-year-old Hcp over 1000m (Sunshine Coast, Race 8), coming off a four-month spell. Jumping from the outside gate (10), Matty McGillivray eased him back at the start where he settled third-last. He tracked wide on the turn and was hampered several times (by Magic Trick). He was spotting the race favourite (Better Reflection) three lengths passing the 300m mark, and finished two to his one, failing to get the bob-in on the line. He was first-up and showed plenty in the run home. Keep him under notice.

This Team Edmonds filly is really worth following. Nicely bred, by Husson out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, she was having just her fourth race start (Sunshine Coast, Race 10), and had to do it all from a wide draw (gate 10). Another ride for Matty McGillivray and from the wide gate, he eased the filly back to the tail of the field and was some 12 lengths behind the leader as they passed the 1200m mark. She found plenty in the run home, and finished best out wide to win the 1600m event. She shows plenty of promise and may also be better suited over further ground.




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