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.
Here are our latest QLD horses to follow and blackbookers:
Horses To Follow From eagle farm june 12
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 3 – Gunsynd Classic Group 3 (1600m) AYRTON 📓
The Mick Price-trained three-year-old was out to make amends on Saturday after suffering a shock-loss two weeks prior behind Apache Chase. Ridden perfectly by James McDonald, he blew them away in the run home, bouncing back to the winner’s circle like all $1.75 favourites should. He crossed the line almost three lengths ahead of the field and ran the trip, 8.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best by 2 lengths. He also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the race. In from $26 to $15 for the Cox Plate now with Sportsbet, he will surely post more victories before the big one at Moonee Valley in October.
Race 6 – Hinkler Hcp Listed (1200m) SOUTHERN LAD 📓
The Ocean Park gelding was third-up on Saturday where he travelled three-deep to the turn, then pulled out even wider for the run home. Inside the final 100m, he looked the winner until he was grabbed near the line by Superium. He ran the trip, 4.4 above benchmark, just 1 length slower than the winner and covered his final 600m, 7.3 lengths quicker than standard. History shows he usually needs three or four runs to get hot and based on his efforts here, he looks ready to win again and should be locked into the black book.
Race 7 JJ Atkins Group 1 (1600m) CONVERGE 📓
Such a convincing win in this event, its hard not to suggest he goes into the black book. Ridden to perfection by Tim Clark, the Frankel gelding showed his superiority on Saturday, putting more than three lengths on his rivals and made it look so easy. He ran the trip, 2.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, his last 600m, 4.7 lengths faster than the mark, both stats being the best in the race. Not surprisingly, he also posted the fastest overall sectionals for the race. He ran the mile out in 1:35.7 less than two seconds outside the track record and he was eased inside the final fifty metres. That performance saw his Golden Rose price slashed from $15 into $6 with Sportsbet. It only makes sense to keep following this promising Tulloch Lodge galloper.
Horses To Follow From eagle farm june 5
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 2 – The Phoenix Two-Year-Olds (Listed) 1500m TUTUKAKA 📓
The Tavistock gelding was having his third race start on Saturday and again made the podium by finishing an eye-catching third. Eased back to last on settling, he was spotting the leader some 8 to 10 lengths to the turn where Michael Cahill pulled him wide to make his run. He looked 100-1 at the 200m mark but then hit his straps and powered home to pick up the minor prize. In doing so, he ran the fastest final 800m, 600, and 400m sectionals and ran his last 600m, 1.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. The former Kiwi galloper shows plenty of promise and should be followed at all costs.
Race 3 – Gold Jewel 1300m BOOMSARA 📓
The Spirit Of Boom mare was second-up on Saturday off a 23-week absence and put in a mighty performance with an average second-up history on her resume. Sitting outside the leader, she took over on straightening and in the run home beat all but Tumbler Ridge to the line, conceding the winner 4kgs in the event. She ran the trip out, 6.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, only 1 length slower than the winner. She is a two-time winner when third-up and the advice here is to keep her under notice.
Race 4 – Lightning Hcp (Listed) 1000m NICCONITA 📓
The Nicconi mare was second-up on Saturday and this looked a little short for her. Settling last, she made the turn wide, but Du Plessis steered her back in and looked for a run closer to the fence. Never a winning chance, she still hit the line impressively to finish fifth, beaten just over two lengths on the line at $61. She still managed to run the fastest overall sectionals and ran her final 600m, 6.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. Although not winning third-up previously, she has placed twice and on these stats, all she needs is a little further and she will be winning again.
Horses To Follow From eagle farm may 29
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 4 – Lord Mayor’s Cup (Group 3) (1800m) HOMESMAN 📓
Second-up on Saturday, he had 60kgs to carry and drew wide (gate 11 of 12). Pushing forward, Jye McNeil had him settled outside the leader after getting through plenty of work to be there. In the run home, he looked gone for all money but boxed-on strongly to secure third prize behind Chris Waller’s pair of gallopers. He ran the entire trip, 9.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, less than a length behind the first two. He is a three-time winner when second-up so don’t let him slip under your guard.
Race 6 – Sires’ Produce Stakes (Group 2) (1400m) PORT LOUIS 📓
The Maher & Eustace trained colt arrived in town with a big reputation and lived up to it, finishing an eye-catching third on his first look at the Eagle Farm course. Settling second-last, Hugh Bowman rode a patient race and in the run home, weaved his way through traffic to share the lead, only to be found out in the closing stages, beaten just half a length on the line. He ran the trip, 2.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, just half a length slower than the winner, and closed it off by running his last 600m, 5.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, again the second best in the race. His next mission is the JJ Atkins over the mile on June 12 and that extra distance could make all the difference for him. Bowman has big wraps on this young colt and I share his enthusiasm.
Race 9 – Magic Millions Helen Coughlan Stks (Listed) (1200) SHAIK 📓
First-up on Saturday and the Sebring filly’s run was much better than the porthole next to her name suggests. She drew the car park on Saturday, jumping from gate 14 (of 17). Missing the jump, Jye McNeil chose to drop back and settle with the tail-enders, spotting the leaders around a dozen lengths on settling. McNeil stuck to the fence on straightening and weaved his way clear to secure a run on the inside. The filly ran home strongly and was only found wanting in the final 50 metres, finishing just 2.5 lengths from the winner. She ran the trip, 1.4 lengths above benchmark, 2 lengths off the winner and closed off her final 600m, 9.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the third-best effort in the contest. A superb effort on fresh legs. She is already a second-up winner and it will pay to follow her for at least the next couple of runs.
Horses To Follow From doomben May 22
Me Me Lagarde
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 3 – Two-Year-Old Fillies (1200m) ME ME LAGARDE 📓
This Team Edmonds-trained filly was coming off an Ipswich maiden win (on debut) on Saturday and was sent out an $18 chance. From a good draw (gate 4), she was away slowly and settled second last on the fence. Turning for home, Robbie Fradd decided to stay inside but was held up badly by the weakening brigade. Passing the 300m, he checked off their heels and came wide, and although never a winning chance from there, hit the line hard over the final 100m to end up in fourth place, beaten just half a length in the end. She ran the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the event and covered her final 600m, 5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. The Star Turn filly may even want more ground soon but she is well worth following for now. I wouldn’t be expecting $18 next start.
Race 4 – The Darby McCarthy (1110m) TRAMONTO 📓
Runner-up in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas last start, the Wandjina gelding drew wide on Saturday and paid the ultimate price for it. Trapped four-deep the entire trip, his efforts in the run home were outstanding. Covering more ground than Bourke & Wills, he had every right to throw in the sponge inside the final 200m but the three-year-old just kept coming. He ran the entire trip, 1.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, just 1.5 lengths slower than the winner. Beaten just a tick over a length, he was finishing better than all of them, and look out if he draws a gate next start.
Race 6 – The Chief De Beers (Listed) (1110) VARDA 📓
The Lonhro mare was second-up from a lengthy 22-week break on Saturday and was arguably the run of the day (next to Zaaki’s Cup win). She jumped awkwardly forcing Kerrin McEvoy to drop out and settle last. Riding with a lot of patience, McEvoy was still sitting last passing the 350m mark, then he asked the four-year-old for something extra, and she delivered. The Godolphin mare finished three to their one and grabbed victory in the 13-strong field right on the wire. She posted the fastest overall sectionals for the race and ran her last 600m, 10 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the event. That was win number five for the James Cummings-trained mare and it looks like there could be more to come after that last-to-first effort.