QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

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QLD horses to follow

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 doomben april 10





Embrace Me

Track Rating :  Soft 6 (Race 1 to Race 4), Soft 5 (Race 5 to Race 9)


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old H’cap (1200m) STARTANTES 📓
Having his fourth race start on Saturday, this Robert Heathcote-trained filly gave them a good start and a beating. Turning for home, she had cross heels and be balanced, then Taylor Marshal set sail for the race favourite (Military Gambler). Spotting him five lengths, the flying filly finished best and grabbed the colt on the line to post an impressive victory. She ran her last 600m, 4.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, 6 lengths better than the rest of them and posted the fastest overall race sectionals as well. That was win number two and she has plenty more in her yet.


Race 4 – BM78 H’cap (1200m) FENDER 📓
Brett Cavanough’s galloper made it five wins from eight starts on Saturday, and two from two when first-up. Sat outside the leader to the turn. Passing the 250m mark, Ryan Maloney let him go and showing a great turn-of-foot, put three lengths on them in a heartbeat and won eased on the line. He ran the 1200m, 5.6 lengths quicker than benchmark which was a big effort, first-up off a five-month spell. He is a winner when second-up so keep him safe.


Race 8 – Open H’cap (1200m) EMBRACE ME 📓
Formerly with the Danny O’Brien stable, the five-year-old mare hit the line well on Saturday where she was first-up off a six-month break. Settling second-last, she gave them eight lengths start, and finished within three lengths of the winner in the run home. Her final 200m didn’t go unnoticed. She ran her final 600m, 3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best for the race. She is a winner when second-up and based on her efforts on Saturday, make sure she goes into the black book.



Horses To Follow From eagle farm april 3



Clearance Sale

East Asia

Le Palmier

Track Rating : Good 4


Race 3 – BM72 Hcp (1200m) CLEARANCE SALE 📓
This promising Hinchinbrook gelding was first-up on Saturday after a six-month absence, although you wouldn’t know it after his efforts in winning this event. Slowly away, Michael Rodd had him at the tail of the field on settling. Turning for home, the field drifted out and presented Rodd with a dream passage along the fence. The Team Guy galloper took a while to hit top gear and only just got there on the line. That being said, he was on fresh legs and that made it three wins from his six starts to date. Biro him into the blackbook.


Race 4 – BM72 Hcp (1200m) EAST ASIA 📓
Formerly with the Pat Webster stable in NSW, this lightly-raced four-year-old mare was having her first start for Robert Heathcote on Saturday. After more than four months in the paddock, the Swiss Ace mare was ridden a treat by Luke Dittman and eventually settled in the one, one, with the run of the race. Dittman pulled her out on straightening and she hit the line strongly, giving the eventual winner (Centrefire) a real fright, missing victory by a mere neck on the line. She can only improve on that first-up run and looks to have a bright future around the QLD tracks.


Race 9 – Class 6 Hcp (1000m) LE PALMIER 📓
Another who was resuming on Saturday, the Tony Gollan-trained galloper boasted a strong fresh record which saw punters send him out a firm second elect at $4.40 (behind stablemate, Pizonie, $3.60). Jim Byrne had the Spirit Of Boom gelding box-seating on settling and similar to Clearance Sale earlier (Race 3), was given a saloon passage near the fence as they straightened. Ridden patiently, the four-year-old hit the line strongly on his fresh legs and did best to get the job done on the day. He is two from three when second-up (finishing second at his other second-up start) and looks to have returned in top form. We will stick with him for a while as well.



Horses To Follow From doomben march 27



Vanna Girl

Weona Smartone


Track Rating : Soft 6 (Races 1 to 6), Soft 5 (Races 7 to 9)

Race 5 – Open Hcp (1350m) VANNA GIRL 📓
The Team Edmonds-trained mare was first-up on Saturday after an unsuccessful (short) campaign in during the Spring Carnival in Melbourne. Ridden a treat by Robbie Fradd, she sat back in the field on the fence, until the turn where Fradd pulled her wide and found firmer ground. Carrying top weight, she still proved too good in the run home, winning by more than a length, eased near the line. She ran the trip, 3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the event which was impressive, first-up after 22 weeks in the paddock. She will be saluting more this preparation.


Race 6 – Class 3 Plate (1110m) WEONA SMARTONE 📓
This David Vandyke-trained gelding sure is a smart one. First-up off a 23-week absence and he simply brained his opposition on Saturday. He settled in front and with a steady gallop, dictated the race completely. Mark Du Plessis rode him perfectly. He gave him more rein in the run home and without a single whip stroke, raced away to win by more than two lengths. He ran the trip, 10.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, clear of all his opposition that day. He will only strip fitter for that run and he is in store for what appears to be a promising campaign.


Race 7 – Class 3 Plate (1110m) ZOUKINA 📓
Arguably the biggest eye-catcher of the day. The Zoustar mare settled last in the 11-strong field, 10 lengths off the pace. Turning for home, Jim Byrne pulled her out wide where she stormed home to finish fifth, beaten less than 1.5 lengths on the line. Her turn of foot over the final 150 metres was most impressive. She ran the trip, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, just 1.5 lengths slower than the winner. Her last 600m was the best in the race by 3 lengths as she ran that out, 7.6 lengths quicker than benchmark. She also carved out the best overall race sectionals. That was her first unplaced finish in eight starts. I’m sure she will more than make up for that before she hits the paddock again.



Horses To Follow From eagle farm march 20





Ventura Ocean


Track Rating : Soft 5 (Race 1-6), Good 4 (Race 7-9)


Race 4 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1400m) SEEFELD 📓
The Sebring gelding was having just his second start on Saturday and certainly impressed with a solid effort in finishing second over the 1400m. He jumped well but couldn’t go the early pace, settling mid-field on the fence. Ben Thompson rode him a treat and on straightening, pulled out to the centre of the track where he made up good ground to get within half a length of victory. He ran the trip, 3.4 lengths slower than benchmark, just half a length slower than the winner. First-up – third, Second-up – second, Third-up, ???


Race 7 – BM70 Hcp (1300m) MONTEZ 📓
Second-up on Saturday and the More Than Ready gelding ran a carbon copy race to Seefeld. He settled mid-field on the fence with Brad Stewart hooking him out wide on the turn. He took a while to warm up but knuckled down to it and took many lengths off the leading group to hit the line strongly and finish just behind the placegetters. He ran the trip, 4.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, just 1.5 lengths behind the winner. He has won two from three when third-up previously so don’t let this one get away.


Race 8 – Class 6 (1400m) VENTURA OCEAN 📓
The former Irish galloper has made a dream start down under, winning both Australian starts now. On Saturday, he was second-up off a lengthy nine-month break and began well enough to be sitting in the one, one on settling. Turning for home, Andrew Mallyon pulled out to grab some clean air where the Raven’s Pass gelding tending to hang in for a while. Inside the final 200m, Mallyon steadied him and had him focused on the job from there where he took control and went on to another impressive win. He ran the fastest final 200m race sectional and covered the trip, half a length quicker than benchmark, one of only two horses to better benchmark in the race. This guy looks like the real McCoy and I believe we should stick with him for now.



Horses To Follow From gold coast march 13



Racecourse Road

Top Prospect

King Gutho

Track Rating : Heavy 9


Race 3 – Open Hcp (900m) RACECOURSE ROAD 📓
His first look at a heavy track on Saturday and fresh off a 10-week spell the Show A Heart gelding relished in the going, putting 2.5 lengths on the field with plenty to spare. He settled just behind the three-way battle up front and on the turn, Ronnie Stewart had him the widest runner, and passing the Tony Gollan-trained Sugar Boom with ease. Showing no signs of fatigue, Kelly Schweida’s galloper ran the fastest final 200m race sectional and covered the trip, 8.8 lengths slower than benchmark, still 3 lengths quicker than the rest. He has more to offer this preparation.


Race 5 – Listed Australian Turf Club Trophy (1400m) TOP PROSPECT 📓
Drew the outside gate (after scratchings) and was never on the track on Saturday. Sat three and four deep to the turn. Andrew Mallyon remained calm until passing the 200m mark, then asked for another effort from the Swiss Ace gelding. He hit the line strongly, beaten a whisker on the line. He ran the fastest final 800m race sectional, and covered the final 600m, 4.2 lengths slower than benchmark, the second-best effort in the race. After covering more territory than Bourke & Wills, it was a real eye-catching run. He will improve on that first-up hit-out, especially over more ground.


Race 6 – Aquis QTIS Jewel (1200m) KING GUTHO 📓
As most expected, race favourite Sweet Dolly delivered the knock-out blow and took the honours here. However, spare a thought for this Canberra-based galloper who until Saturday, had never seen a wet track of any description. He settled three pairs back, one off the fence until the turn where he was carted out to the grandstand. Jim Byrne got to work on him and he ran home strongly, taking ground off the favourite (with Ahooshu between them). He finished third, beaten half a length on the line but left with plenty of heads acknowledging the effort. He ran the fastest overall race sectionals and his last 600m, 4.2 lengths slower than benchmark, but still the best in the race. He may be looking for a bit further now.



Horses To Follow From eagle farm march 6



The Stifmeister


Wren’s Day


Track Rating :  Good 4

Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1300m) THE STIFMEISTER 📓
The Lonhro gelding was having just his second race start on Saturday after finishing second on debut, beaten a whisker that day. He drew wide and dropped back to settle second-last some six lengths off the pace. The widest on the turn, he sprinted home well, grabbing victory right on the post. He ran the last 600m, 5.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. He also set the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m race sectionals as well. He can only improve further from his first two runs and is worth following for a while yet.


Race 6 – One Metro. Win Hcp (1200m) EXCLUSIVE 📓
The Written Tycoon gelding was first-up off an 18-week spell and gave a good account of himself. Carrying topweight and drawing the outside gate, Jake Bayliss dropped him back to the tail of the field where he settled some eight lengths off the pace. He stuck to the fence, got the split and made a bold charge to the 150m mark where the lack of race fitness kicked in and he weakened to finish fifth, beaten less than three lengths on the line. His efforts over the final 600m were good, running it just 1 length slower than benchmark, the 2nd best in the race. Not known to strike early when resuming, it will still pay to keep your eye on him in his next couple of starts.


Race 8 – Class 3 Plate (1400m) WREN’S DAY 📓
Second-up on Saturday and the seven-year-old Medaglia D’Oro gelding was full of running. Well backed, punters sent him out a firm $2.30 elect and he didn’t disappoint. Slow out, he settled second-last, six off the pace. Andrew Mallyon pulled him wide on the turn and once steadied, he over-powered them and raced away to win comfortably in the end. He covered the 1400m 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in the event, and his last 600m was even more impressive, running that out, 8.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, 3 lengths faster than the rest of them. He also ran the best final 800m, 600m and 200m race sectionals. That was his first win when second-up and it has set the scene for his next start where he is one from one when third-up.



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