QLD Blackbookers and Horses To Follow
- Blackbookers that caught 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 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 June 25
Track Rating : GOOD 4
Race 1 – Class 3 Hcp (1600m) BOLD PEDRO 📓
The Sunshine Coast galloper was second-up on Saturday and gave a bold site, finishing a close-up second after coming out of a two-horse war to the line. Larry Cassidy rode him a treat and he gave his all in the run. He ran the fastest final 200m sectional and his last 600m, 3.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, just 0.01 behind the winner. He does most of his racing up the north coast and now fitter for that hit-out, he can only improve on that and looks well worth following for a few more.
Race 2 – BM78 Hcp (1200m) UNCOMMON JAMES 📓
The O’Dea and Hoysted-trained gelding was first-up after more than a year off the scene and watching his performance, you wouldn’t have guessed that. First out of the gates, Ben Thompson took a firmer hold on him which saw him settle behind the early pace, two pairs back. Railing like a greyhound, he took over inside the final 300m and passing the 200m mark, Thompson aske him for more and the galloper gladly obliged. He crossed the line untroubled, winning by 2.5 lengths eased at the finish. This is a very smart three-year-old and I believe it will pay to stick with him for now.
Race 7 – Two-Year-Old Listed Stakes (1400m) HONEY POT 📓
Backing up off a seven-day turnaround, the Tony Gollan-trained filly was a certainty beaten on Saturday where nothing went her way. Third-up, she drew the car park (gate 12 of 13) and was caught wide early. Taking the turn via the cape, she came down the centre off the track and finished strongly to grab second prize on the line. Ryan Maloney rode her patiently and got the most out of her in the end. We listed her as a black-booker from last week’s Ipswich meeting and still think she is worth following, without knowing Gollan’s immediate plans for the filly. If she continues for one or two more starts, it will pay to keep her safe.
Horses To Follow From Ipswich June 18
Track Rating : SOFT 5
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m) HONEY POT 📓
The Tony Gollan-trained juvenile was second-up on Saturday and beaten at the gates. Despite it being a small field, the Spirit Of Boom filly was slowly away and drifted back to settle second-last. On the turn, Ryan Maloney had no choice but to scout the widest and still spotting the leaders some six lengths, she just couldn’t make up the ground in time. She still hit the line strongly, running her last 600m, half a length quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. She also posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. She can only improve on that run and will winning soon.
Race 2 – T.L Clooney (1350m) SUBTERRANEAN 📓
The Matt Dunn-trained three-year-old was third-up on Saturday and impressively won this event in just over one second slower than they ran in the Eye Liner Stakes. Patiently ridden by Jim Byrne, he dropped out to the tail of the field, spotting the leaders eight lengths on settling. Taking off before the turn, Byrne had the Rebel Dane gelding the widest of the field but he responded well to Byrne’s riding and finished best to get the job done on the line. He recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race and covered his last 600m, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark. He now looks ready to go on with it.
Race 9 – Gai Waterhouse Classic (Listed) (1200m) GLITTER STRIP 📓
An emergency on Saturday, the Tony Gollan-trained mare secured a start and second-up, finished strongly to be beaten just two lengths on the line. Nicely ridden by Georgina Cartwright, she settled the mare back in the field, on the fence with cover. On straightening, she was cramped for room but Cartwright stuck to her guns and kept working for space nearer the inside. Once clear, the mare hit the line hard (along the fence) and did well to finish sixth in the end. Already a winner when third-up, she looks ready to win now.
Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm June 11
Track Rating : Good 4
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Listed Oxlade Stakes (1300m) KAMITORI 📓
Having her third race start on Saturday, James McDonald had the reins and settled the Divine Prophet filly at the rear of the pack, a dozen lengths off the pace. Passing the 300m, she was the widest of all still five lengths in arrears but finished off two to their one, and ended up taking home fourth prize on the line. She ran the best final 600m, 9 lengths quicker than benchmark, and posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 200m sectionals for the race. With those three starts now behind her, we should be collecting over her next couple of runs.
Race 5 – Mark Hinkler Hcp Listed (1200m) RANGES 📓
The Team Snowden-trained gelding was second-up on Saturday and showed a ton of courage to ward off the challenges and hang on for a gutsy win. He ran the trip, 6.7 lengths quicker than benchmark which was god enough to get the job done. Already a winner when third-up, it should pay to stick with him as there are more victories in store.
Race 9 – Dane Ripper Stakes Group 2 (1300m) NAJMARTY 📓
Another from the Snowden stable, the three-year-old filly was third-up and a good thing beaten on Saturday. Slowly away, she settled second-last more than a dozen lengths off the lead, and was still there rounding the turn. Crowded for room in the run home, she finally saw daylight and finished better than the rest, arriving in time for second prize in the race. She ran the best final 600m in the field, covering it, 9.5 lengths quicker than benchmark. She has come back in career-best form and it will pay to keep her safe from here on in.
Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm June 4
SHARP ‘N’ SMART
Track Rating : GOOD 4
Race 2 – Class 6 Hcp (1400m) FRANCESCO GUARDI 📓
The Chris Waller-trained galloper was second-up on Saturday and ridden an absolute treat by James McDonald. Settling mid-field on the fence, he travelled well to the turn then found dead-ends everywhere. McDonald kept his cool and took a rails-run when it came. He finished strongly along the fence and was good enough to get up on the line. He ran the trip, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Stick with this fellow, he has plenty more to offer this preparation.
Race 3 – The Phoenix (Listed) Two-Year-Olds (1500m) SHARP ‘N’ SMART 📓
The Redwood gelding came off a six-week freshen-up on Saturday and came within a whisker of rolling the race-favourite. Patiently ridden by Hugh Bowman, he settled last of the dozen runners, ten lengths off the pace. Bowman worked his magic in the run home, finding gaps where he could. Eventually clear, he chased home Political Debate and missed by the barest of margins, settling for second prize on the day. He ran his last 600m, 6.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by more than 2 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the contest. He looks a real promising type and it is strongly advised you lock him in as a priority black-booker.
Race 4 – Bill Carter Stakes (Listed) Two-Year-Olds (1200m) HONEY POT 📓
The Spirit Of Boom filly was fresh off a 21-week absence on Saturday and snuck-in under the radar, running third in a blanket finish. Drawn wide (9 of 11), Ryan Maloney settled her last, taking the trail to the home turn. Maloney then took a needle-eye opening and pushed the filly through, hitting the line with five others, coming out of it with third prize in the end. Maybe five months in the paddock has done her well as she has come back in strong form. Stay with this one for a while.