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 losses 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 April 6











Track Rating :   SOFT  6


Race 1 – BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (1000M)   SHALAA’S MOMENT  📓
The O’Dea & Hoysted-trained mare was second-up on Saturday and pulled off the run of the day when against all odds, she ‘spun’ heads by taking out this event with a very impressive ride from Cejay Graham. Drawn the outside gate (12), she dropped out to tail the field, spotting the front-runners a dozen lengths on settling. Turning for home and still seeing them all, she looked 100-1 from there but with patience and some clever riding, Graham stuck to the fence where saved a ton of ground and once reaching the leader, pulled out of the slipstream, around the heels, and finished best to win, by more than a length over the line. Unbeaten in two starts back, stick with this gravy train for now.


Race 2 – QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200M)   JEMOMA ALPILAGE  📓
The Kevin Kemp-trained filly was second-up on Saturday and gaining a start (as an emergency), drew the short straw as she jumped from gate 13 (of 15) with Taylor Marshall in the saddle. Never on the track, she was caught out three-deep to the turn, then fanned even wider as they straightened. Still eight lengths off the lead, she ran home strongly, taking ground off them all the way and arrived in time to grab third prize, beaten just over two lengths on the line. Now fitter for two runs back, she looks something to watch from here so stick with her for a few more.


The Michael Nolan-trained filly was fresh off a 13-week break on Saturday and picked up where she left off prior to that spell. She ended her last campaign finishing 10 lengths ahead of her rivals, here over 1500m, and on Saturday, did something similar as she crossed the line 2.5 lengths clear of them, under a tight hold from Robbie Dolan. She was always three-deep in the run which complimented her efforts in winning with such domination. We may not get any flash prices from here on but she does look the goods for at least her next couple.



Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm March 23











Track Rating :   GOOD  4


Race 3 – ACE Class 3 Plate (1400M)   BROOKHAVEN  📓
The Chris Munce-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday and despite coming off a poor first-up effort at the Gold Coast (finishing down the track), punters remained loyal the Spieth gelding and sent him out a $3.20 favourite. Settling mid-field, he lost ground on the turn and straightening, had just two behind him. Damien Thornton weaved his way through traffic and once clear, finished all over the top of the 11-strong field and won by almost two lengths on the line. Now two starts back from almost ten months off the scene, he looks set to go on with it this preparation so stick with him for now.



Race 4 – QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1000M)   ZOUNA  📓
This Lawrie Mayfield-Smith colt looks the real deal after grabbing his second-straight win on Saturday. A big winner on debut at Doomben, he certainly franked that effort in this contest, after looking 50-1 at the 250m mark. Slowly away, he made up ground to settle near mid-field on the fence with Adin Thompson in the saddle. In the run home, he appeared to be done and dusted until Thompson gave him a slap with the persuader, after which, he raised a second effort. Still three lengths behind the leader at the 100m pole, he grew another leg and collared the leader, winning by almost half a length across the line. This fellow looks set for more success and will burn-up 1200m soon.


Race 7 – Fillies & Mares BENCHMARK 78 Handicap (1200M)   TOJAKI  📓
The Stuart Kendrick-trained mare was first-up off a 16-week break and was arguably the best thing beaten on Saturday. Slowly away, Robbie Dolan looked happy enough to settle last of the nine runners and turning for home, could still see them all. He managed to find just about every dead end and more than once, Dolan had to stop riding and come off heels to find clean air. Inside the final 100m, he finally got clear with the race all but over and was finishing two to their one to grab fourth prize beaten just a tick over a length on the line. He is already a winner when second-up and you can expect an even bigger performance from him next start.




Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm March 16











Track Rating :   GOOD  4


Race 2 – Class 1 Handicap (1200M)   MAJESTIC BOOM  📓
Well, he won at $101 on debut and punters let him get away with it again on Saturday as he went back-to-back at $18 this time. Adin Thompson had the Spirit Of Boom gelding box-seating on settling and in the run home, simply proved too good for them again, winning by a tick over a length on the line. He is now two from two and it just might pay to stick with him until the run ends.


Race 8 – QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1200M)   PRESS LINK  📓
The Robert Heathcote-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday, and just like Majestic Boom, made it two from two this preparation. Settling third-last and three-deep without cover, Michael Rodd chose to keep him out there as the pace was genuine, set by tearaway leader Platinum Lies. Rodd pulled him out even wider on straightening and once he was balanced again, he showed a brilliant turn of foot to swamp all in front of him and go on to win by 2.5 lengths on the line. He is now unbeaten in three starts and looks to have a bright future. Stay with him for now.


Race 9 – OPEN Handicap (1200M)   RANCH HAND  📓
The Tony Gollan-trained galloper was second-up on Saturday and was never on the track. Settling worse than mid-field, he was wide to the turn and straightened even wider. He covered more ground than the early explorers and still stormed home to grab second prize, beaten less than half a length on the line. He has come back a much stronger horse this time and will only strip fitter next start. Keep him safe for now.



Horses To Follow From Gold Coast March 9











Track Rating :   GOOD  4


Race 5 – MAKERS MARK Class 3 HCP (1200M)   TALK TIME  📓
The Lindsay Hatch-trained gelding resumed off a 15-week spell on Saturday and made a big impression in a race where several gallopers caught the eye. This lightly-raced four-year-old was up against it from the start. Jumping from gate 14 (of 16), he settled third-last, four-wide and at least a dozen lengths off the pace. He took the turn the widest of all and still eight lengths behind the leader when Angela Jones asked him for more. No chance of winning the race, he ran home strongly to finish just out of camera range but took home fifth prizemoney in the event. He covered more territory than the early explorers and still ended up just 5.5 lengths from the winner. He is already a winner second-up and third-up as well and should be kept safe at his next couple.


Race 9 – QTIS JEWEL (3YO) (1200M)   RED DEFCON  📓
She only has one victory to her name off 12 starts to date but going off her first-up effort on Saturday, this Defcon filly should be in for a winning preparation this time in. She drew the fence, but was dead-slow to begin, settling worse than mid-field a dozen lengths off the lead. Rounding the turn, Angela Jones chose to stay near the fence but with nowhere to go, was forced to stop riding the three-year-old and cross several pairs of heels. Regaining momentum, her last 100m was something to see, finishing by far the best in the race and arriving in time to grab third prize in the event. To finish just 2.5 lengths from the winner (Party For Two) when they run 1:08.5 for the 1200m is nothing to be ashamed of, considering the hurdles she had to deal with in the run. Stick with her for now.


Race 10 – BENCHMARK 78 HCP (1100M)   MUSCHIALLI  📓
The Tony Gollan-trained gelding was fresh off a lengthy six-month absence on Saturday and from barrier rise, was ridden a treat by Cejay Graham. Drawn the fence, Graham had the Better Than Ready gelding box-seating on settling and sat in the slip-stream of the leader (and eventual winner), Bring Me Kash to the turn. Eased off the fence on straightening, he tried his heart out to reel in the leader but his condition gave out over the final 100m and conceding the winner 4kgs was a telling factor as well. He can only improve off that run and will strip fitter in his next couple of runs. Keep him safe.




Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm March 2











Track Rating :   GOOD  4


Race 1 – QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1300M)   CAN’T RECALL ONE  📓
Stuart Kendrick has landed himself a promising juvenile here with the Reliable Man gelding blowing his rivals away on Saturday. Making his racing debut, he couldn’t have started any worse as he missed the jump by two lengths and could see every runner until the turn. Robbie Dolan then pulled him out wide where he asked the grey gelding for a finishing effort and didn’t he comply. Finishing two to their one, he took over inside the final 200m and hands and heels by Dolan, he left them standing and eased over the final 50m, still won by more than a length, with plenty to spare. Keep your eye on this young fellow because he means business.


Race 7 – BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (1200M)   EVOCATOR  📓
Last away on Saturday, the Barry Lockwood gelding was fresh off a 12-week spell and managed to pull off a miracle with Nth Qld apprentice, Tahila Fenlon in the saddle. Sitting last of the 11 runners, Fenlon remained in total control of the situation and as they turned for home, she kept the five-year-old glued to the fence. Waiting for the gaps to come, Fenlon pushed through the needle-eye openings that did come and inside the final 150m, she drove the Divine Prophet gelding through the final gap and finished best to take home the chocolates. That was his third first-up win from six appearances and it only gets better as he is already a two-time winner when second-up. Keep this fellow under wraps for his next couple.


Race 8 – Class 6 Plate (1200M)   OUR MAGNUS  📓
The Team Geran-trained gelding was resuming from a 12-week spell on Saturday and settled mid-field on the fence. In the run home, Michael Rodd looked for openings near the fence and when they did appear, the closed on him. Then inside the last 200m, the leader (and eventual winner, Kanazawa) drifted out, leaving a saloon passage inside which Rodd quickly grabbed. He drove the five-year-old through and ran home strongly but arrived just a little too late, having to settle for second prize, beaten less than half a length on the line. He looks ready for 1400m now and already a winner when second-up, it would be wise to keep him safe.


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