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 Doomben  January 22







Track Rating :  Soft 7  (Race 1 to Race 5),  Soft 6  (Race 6 to Race 8),  Soft 7 (Race 9)


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1050m)   BESSMATI 📓
The Annabel Neasham-trained filly was on debut and after jumping with them, settled last, seven lengths off the pace. Still last on the turn, Jim Byrne asked her for a better effort and she obliged. She weaved her way through traffic and stormed home to finish second, beaten a neck on the line. The Fastnet Rock filly ran her last 600m, 1.3 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best in the race by 3 lengths while recording the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals in the race as well. She will improve on that run, and is well worth a spot in the black book.


Race 5 – Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Hcp (1200m)   PENTITO 📓
Fresh off a 14-week spell on Saturday, the Spill The Beans gelding travelled wide the entire trip (jumping from barrier 8) and settled outside the leader. Turning for home, he drifted even wider but boxed on strongly to hold second place in the race, doing his best work over the final 100 metres. He is a winner when second-up and just might need a little further before showing his best.


Race 8 – One Metro Win Hcp (1110m)   GOGOL 📓
The Les Kelly-trained galloper was second-up on Saturday and showed a vast improvement off his first-up effort. Jumping from the outside gate, he settled last and travelled three-deep without cover to the turn. He then headed for home the widest runner but still found plenty, hitting the line hard to finish second, beaten two lengths but taking ground off the winner over the final 200m. He ran his last 600m, 5.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best in the race. He also posted the fastest final 800m and 400m sectionals for the contest. Had he drawn a decent gate, he probably wins. He has won third-up previously and should be kept safe for now.



Horses To Follow From Gold Coast  January 15



Devil’s Throat


Me Me Lagarde



Track Rating :   Good 4 (Race 1 to Race 3),    Good 3 (Race 4 to Race 9)


Race 1 – MM Maiden Plate (1200m)   DEVIL’S THROAT 📓
Jumping from the car park (gate 13 of 14) on Saturday, the Team Snowden-trained galloper did an enormous job to beat all but stablemate (Warmth) home. The Snitzel gelding was first-up since August last year, and James McDonald almost pulled off the win of the day, beaten a neck on the line. He settled third-last and was three-deep (no cover) to the turn. He took the turn via Cape Horn and still hit the line strongly as he came down the centre of the track. I’m sure he covered 1300m in the 1200m race. He ran his last 600m, 1.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race, while recording the fastest final 800m to 400m sectionals as well. Definitely one to follow this preparation.


Race 5 – MM Snippets (1200m)   ISOTOPE 📓
Ryan Maloney came off the Tony Gollan-trained galloper in last year’s MM Guineas but made sure that didn’t happen again on Saturday. Having her first start since April last year, the Deep Field mare made amends in fine style by taking out this event with plenty up her sleeve. She ran the trip 1 length quicker than benchmark, good enough to cross the line more than a length ahead of them. She is already a two-time winner when second-up so fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride with her future efforts this time in.


Race 8 – MM Three-Year-Old Guineas (1400m)   ME ME LAGARDE 📓
A big betting plunge came late for this Team Edmonds-trained filly ($15-$7.50) and it almost came off. Drawn the car park in gate 18, she settled last (15 lengths off the pace) and sat three-wide to the turn. The widest runner on straightening, she stormed home and looked the winner (momentarily) but just ran out of gas in the final 50 metres, finishing an impressive second, third-up. She ran her last 600m, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race and posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals as well. If she draws a gate, she wins. Stay with this young lady, she has plenty more to offer.




Horses To Follow From Gold Coast  January 8




Mishani Spartan



Track Rating :   Soft 7 (Race 1 to Race 7)    Heavy 8 (Race 8 & Race 9)


Race 1 – Three-Year-Old Hcp (1200m)    STARMAN 📓
Ridden an absolute treat by Nash Rawiller, the Chris Waller-trained galloper was third-up on Saturday and settling mid-field early, saved his best for the run home. He quickly put paid to them passing the 300m mark and went to the line under a good hold, still winning by more than three lengths on the post. He ran the trip, 2.6 lengths slower than benchmark, still 3.5 lengths quicker than the next best. He also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals. Spotting the field 5kgs in weight, he gave them all a galloping lesson and he looks primed for a promising campaign this time in.


Race 3 – Aquis Gold Nugget (1100m)    MISHANI SPARTAN 📓
Arguably the best run of the day, this Les Ross-trained juvenile was having just his second race start and looked gone and forgotten on settling. Crossing from the outside gate (10), he settled last, some eight lengths off the pace. On the turn, he was still last and under the whip, looking 100-1 at that moment. Brett Prebble decided to duck back inside where the Husson gelding grew another leg and gobbled them all up to go on and score a highly-unlikely win at any odds. Keep this one in your black book for further attention.


Race 4 – Aquis Gold Pearl (1100m)    STROLL 📓
The O’Dea & Hoysted team representative was also having her second career start on Saturday and she turned a few heads when finishing third. She settled mid-field, sandwiched between runners and was tightened for room until turning for home. She looked to be done and dusted but over the final 200m, she battled on courageously and chasing the leading pair home, still managed to grab that third prize. She ran her last 600m, 1.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race and she also ran the fastest final 600m sectional as well. The Snitzel filly showed signs she may need more ground as she matures but for now stick with her, she has more to offer us yet.



Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm  December 18





Me Me Lagarde



Track Rating :   Good 4


Race 1 – No Metro Wins (Colts & Geldings) Hcp (1200m)   ALATAR 📓
The Bruce Hill-trained galloper was resuming from a 20-week absence on Saturday and he certainly turned a few heads. He settled back with the tailenders but enjoyed the sit on the fence. In the run home, he was held up until the 200m mark then scored a clean rails run, only to peak in the final 50 metres, finishing fourth, beaten just half a length on the line. He ran his last 600m, 3.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race and recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. He is one for the black book.


Race 2 – No Metro Wins (Fillies & Mares) Hcp (1200m)   ZOUKINA 📓
The Zoustar mare was resuming from a lengthy 23-week break on Saturday and certainly gave the impression she is in for a super preparation this time in. Jim Byrne had her settled six lengths off the pace with only two behind her down the back. Chasing the leader all the way home, she conceded Dovetail Diva five lengths from the turn and finished second, beaten just half a length on the line. She ran her last 600m, 5.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by 3 lengths. She also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Placed twice when second-up previously, she is well worth watching in her next couple of outings.


Race 7 – Gold Edition Plate (Listed) (1200m)   ME ME LAGARDE 📓
Second-up on Saturday, the Team Edmonds-trained filly made it three wins from four starts when she easily accounted for them at surprisingly big odds. Robbie Fradd had her settled second-last, eight lengths off the pace. On straightening, she was the widest runner and Fradd had her wound up as she stormed home down the centre of the track to win by almost two lengths, going away from them. She ran the last 600m, 7.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the event. She also ran the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals. That’s two from two this preparation and seemingly more on the way.




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