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 THE GOLD COAST JANUARY 11
The Chris Waller-trained gelding was third-up (Gold Coast, Race 2) and at barrier rise, reared and landed two lengths behind the rest of the field. He made up the lost ground and settled third-last, some eight lengths off the pace. In the run home, he was blocked for a run, and eventually had to cross the heels from behind the eventual second placegetter (Reckless Choice). He did a mighty job to finish where he did, doing his best work over the final 100 metres, where he grabbed fourth prize, beaten three lengths on the line. With an even start, he is fighting out the finish. Mark him down as one to consider next start.
This Chris Waller-trained mare has been in great touch (other than a failed performance at Flemington). After a close-up fourth behind Taniko at Randwick just before Christmas, she lined up in the MM for fillies and mares (Gold Coast, Race 5) and escaped the limelight behind Invincibella’s win, but didn’t escape my eye. She jumped well enough, but drifted back early to settle worse than mid-field. Rounding the turn and Invincibella had gone past her and she left to track that mare home, whilst being the meat in the sandwich (jammed between runners), while tending to hang in on straightening. Once clear, Avdulla had her five lengths off the pace and two lengths behind Invincibella. Her final 100 metres was exceptional, as she was taking ground off the winner. Finishing third in that field, under those circumstances was an amazing effort. Watch for her in a smaller field.
This Godolphin filly was my second selection for the MM Guineas and she didn’t disappoint, finishing third. Last year’s MM Classic winner lined up in the Guineas (Gold Coast, Race 6) and after jumping well, settled mid-field with cover. Tracking the odds-on favourite (Alligator Blood) throughout the race, she chased David Vandyke’s gelding all the way home and while no match for the $1.80 chance, she did well to finish third, beaten just over three lengths in the end. I also believe she may be looking for a mile now. The Snitzel filly was second-up on Saturday and does race well when fresh. She is a Group Three winner and should be respected in any race over 1400m and beyond.
Talented and promising Godolphin colt who should have finished a lot closer on Saturday. He lined up in the two-year-old MM Classic (Gold Coast, Race 7) and jumping from gate 14, collided with Dusty Tycoon, costing him about two lengths. That saw him settle in the back half of the field and trapped four-deep to the turn. Damien Lane had no choice but to take the turn, via the cape, and on straightening, was spotting the front runners the best part of five lengths. Lane threw everything at the Brazen Beau colt who responded well and he hit the line hard to grab third prize, beaten just over two lengths in the end. He collided with several other runners during the race and it was a run worth taking note of in the end.
Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm JANUARY 4
A winner on debut at Morphettville, turned a few eyes on Saturday with a big finish in the Aquis Pearl for fillies (Gold Coast, Race 3). She jumped well enough but was soon beaten for early speed and at the halfway mark, was mid-field, six lengths off the leaders. Nearing the turn, Bowman found himself third-last on the fence with a ton of work to do. He pulled her wide at the 200m mark and she started to motor home and finished third, beaten just a length on the line. She was taking ground off the first two in the end. She finds herself as first emergency for the two-year-old Magic Millions (MM) on Saturday and she gains a start, she may be worth a place ticket.
Opening at $101 with all-in markets for Saturday’s MM, this Godolphin-owned colt has turned that price inside out in his two career starts. A winner on debut at Flemington, he made the trip north to qualify for the MM and did so in fine style on Saturday. The Brazen Beau colt blew the start and landed second last on settling (Gold Coast, Race 4). Tearaway leader Tramonto strung them out and passing the 600m mark, he was third last, seven lengths off the pace. In the run home, Damien Lane had him the widest runner and passing the 300m mark, was next to no chance of winning. Over the concluding 200 metres, he showed a great turn of foot and was finishing all over them, only to fall just short (less than a length) on the line and had to settle for second prize. He is currently on the second line of betting at $8 with BetEasy for the MM on Saturday. The extra distance there will it very interesting.
GUARD OF HONOUR
While most eyes were on Spurcraft on Saturday, Kelly Schweida’s gelding was lining up for his first hit-out since August and hit out he did. Ridden a treat by Sydney jockey Brenton Avdulla, he sat in the box seat, on the fence right behind the pace (Gold Coast, Race 6). Avdulla timed his run to perfection. 250 metres out, Avdulla crossed the heels of the three in front of him, and set himself up for a two-horse war with Spurcraft. Ands that’s how it panned out. His fresh legs got the better of Spurcraft (who did well to hold onto to second place from the fast finishing Whypeeo and Tycoon Ace). That was the Northern Meteor gelding’s third win when resuming and he can only improve on that.
Arguably the run of the day on Saturday belonged to this Real Saga mare. Drawn the car park, in gate 16 (of 16), jockey Glen Boss held her back and found himself back near the tail and still wide (Gold Coast, Race 9). Never on the track, she was the widest runner on straightening and looked all but gone. Boss got her moving inside the 300m mark and her turn of foot was nothing short of amazing. Still four lengths off the leaders passing the 200m mark, she finished two to their one, and after hitting the front, then went on to put more than three lengths on them over the line. She ran 1:15.55 for the 1300m which was 1.2secs outside the track record set by Helideck in 2008. One can only wonder what may have happened, had she drawn inside and saved all that ground in running. That was her first (second-up) victory and on that performance there will be plenty more.
Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm December 28
Having her third start off an 18-week spell, The Spirit Of Boom mare put in a solid performance (Eagle Farm, Race 3), to beat all but Jami Lady home in a BM90 over 1200m. Again she appeared to be doing her best work over the final 100 metres which suggests to me that she is ready and looking for further now. They ran 1:09 for the 1200m which is travelling, so to finish second to that time, with some to spare is a good indication that further will suit better. I’m sure trainer Chris Anderson will be thinking something similar now for this talented four-year-old.
This Group One winning mare was second-up off a 10-week break and she handled herself quite well over the 2200m trip (Eagle Farm, Race 4). She sat mid-field on the fence with The Candy Man sitting right alongside her to the turn. Ryan Maloney had to ease her on several occasions approaching the turn to avoid the heels of weakening runners. Half way down the straight, Maloney weaved a passage between runners, albeit a tight squeeze, but once clear, the four-year-old mare hit the line well, without threatening The Candy Man who is in form and a class galloper just the same. She finished a close third, just behind second-placed Morton’s Fork. The mare has won three of four when third-up so keep an eye out for her next start.
One of the best runs on Saturday was from this well-bred three-year-old who certainly stamped himself a true contender for the Magic Millions (MM) Guineas on 11 January. The Dundeel gelding was first-up off a 10-week break and had MM Guineas favourite Alligator Blood to deal with, and he did it well, considering. He lined up in the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate (Eagle Farm, Race 5) and had every excuse to miss a top-three finish. Turning for home (already spotting Alligator Blood two lengths), he shifted out and bumped Eleven Eleven who didn’t take kindly to the interference and 50 metres later, that horse then shifted in and bumped Profit even harder, putting the gelding off balance. He then had to take a different path where he went inside, nearer the fence to finish his run, and still hit the line hard, beaten only two lengths by Alligator Blood on the line (who is now a $2 chance for the MM Guineas). One thing to remember here, while there are no arguments that Alligator Blood has earned his short price for the Guineas, Profit can only benefit from that run and will surely be even fitter when the 11 January comes around. He has won three of his five starts and is yet to finish worse than second. Currently at $13 and $4 with Sportsbet for the Guineas, he looks excellent each-way value for the big race two weeks from now.
This Godolphin-owned gelding was resuming from a four-month spell and in that time made the trip north from Sydney to make his return to racing (Eagle Farm, Race 8). He settled mid-field on the fence while tearaway leader Fiery Heights put four lengths on the field passing the 800m, leaving Gaulois to set his own stride behind the blistering pace. He was always potting race favourite Deep Image a decent start, but did get within a length of him before his condition gave out inside the final 100 metres. He eventually finished fourth, almost three lengths behind the winner. The Street Cry five-year-old will strip fitter next start and Cummings may even look for a mile for him. Keep him safe in anything 1400m or beyond.
Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm December 21
Well, it wasn’t the prettiest Magic Millions trial but it sure was an honest one. Her resume now reads two wins and a second, from three starts, but her defeat on Saturday was full of excuses and should be used as a guide to just exactly what she is capable of, despite everything going against her on the day. The Top Echelon grey had to do it the hard way from the start. Drawing gate nine (of 10), she jumped well enough (Eagle Farm, Race 1) but so did a couple of others drawn inside her who took her on early and kept her three-deep without cover. There she stayed for the entire journey and had them all off the bit until Gotta Kiss, got a saloon rails run on straightening, and after jumping from gate one, and enjoying the tow behind the pace for most of the race, the Steven O’Dea filly fell in to win. She actually headed Lady Bamff and put half length on her before winning by just a head on the line. Considering Lady Bamff covered more ground then Bourke & Wills, her effort was far more impressive and she should lose no fans going into next month’s million-dollar event.
CHAINS OF HONOUR
I had him as a Racingbase.com tip on Saturday and he didn’t disappoint. This Gerald Ryan-trained three-year-old is shaping up to be something pretty special if his dominating victory on the weekend is anything to go by. In a bizarre turn of events, he drew gate two and jumped nicely (Eagle Farm, Race 5). He was inclined to hang out going past the post the first time and ended up taking the turn three and four deep. Mark Zahra had no choice but to push forward and passing the 1400m, he took over and led the field into the straight. He had every right to throw the towel in at that point, after all the extra work he did earlier, but Zahra had other ideas and two or three slaps with the persuader and left them all standing. He went on to win by 2.5 lengths which was an astounding performance in the end. This Redoute’s Choice gelding has a bright future and should be watched at all costs.
Second-up on Saturday and drew gate 22, after scratchings jumped from 13 (of 15). Got away ok but settled near last (Eagle Farm, Race 6). Tailed off to the turn, he straightened in last place, some eight lengths from the leader. Adin Thompson rode him confidently from there and he reeled in the front runners to grab third, beaten just over a length on the line, finishing by far the better. The four-year-old put in a herculean performance for just his second start since July and the Foxwedge gelding can only improve on that effort. Keep him safe.
SOFIE’S GOLD CLASS
Another who was second-up, and appeared a certainty beaten in the run home. Drew sweetly in gate two (Eagle Farm, Race 7), but was slowly away and settled second last on the fence, six lengths off the pace. Ridden patiently by Robbie Fradd, he stayed on the fence and as the runner ahead drifted away, he loomed up to sit right behind Cruz passing the 300m mark. Fradd then tried to push up under Cruz but there wasn’t quite enough room (as Steph Thornton kept Cruz close to the fence). Fradd had to stop riding ‘Sofie’ several times to ease off the heels of Cruz, costing him any chance of victory. He eventually crossed the line in third place, nosed out of second money by stablemate Skate To Paris. Given a clear run to the line, Fradd probably collects the winner’s purse. Trainer Chris Munce may look to push her up to 1600m from here where she is already a two-time winner. With better luck next start, she could be a force.
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