VIC Blackbookers and Horses to Follow
- Blackbookers to catch the eye in Victoria
- Our latest horses to follow from Melbourne racing
Looking for VIC horses to follow each Saturday? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from the metropolitan meeting in Victoria.
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 Melbourne’s Saturday racing.
Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MOONEE VALLEY ON NOVEMBER 28
Race 2 – Two-Year-Olds(1000 METRES)- PAULELE 📓
The two-year-olds lined up in Race 2 of the day and it was the Godolphin galloper, Paulele, that overcame a wide run to score well from Direct. The son of Chestnut Colt was posted out three wide without cover throughout but kept finding at the business end to score by two lengths, while there was a similar margin back to 3rd. He went nearly five lengths faster than standard benchmark, which is a very tidy debut effort. Last year, this was the race that was won by the subsequent Blue Diamond (1200m) winner, Tagaloa, and the son of Dawn Approach looks as though he is one that can measure up to some stronger races.
Race 6 – BM78 Fillies & Mares (1000 METRES) – ALL BANTER & QUEEN ANABEL 📓
Hard not to be impressed by the performance of All Banter in Race 6 of the day. The South Australian filly made it three wins from five starts and will head for the paddock before embarking on a campaign that will target some Group and Listed races next autumn. She went 7.9 lengths faster than standard, which were the second best figures of the day. The improver out of the race might be Queen Anabel, who came from well back in the field of 13 before catching the eye late for 4th, despite copping a bit of interference in the straight. If she can find the right race, the daughter of Bel Esprit can chalk up an overdue win at some stage this preparation.
Race 9 – BenchMark 78 (1200 METRES) – HOUSAY & COMTE 📓
The final event of the day went the way of Bandersnatch but there were a number of unlucky contenders behind that galloper. Housay started as a $3.80 favourite but could only manage 3rd. The four-year-old is worth sticking with as he was basically held up for the entire length of the straight before finishing just under a length off the winner. Comte was another that didn’t have the best of runs and was posted out wide throughout. Despite this, he kept coming for 5th. The Amy & Ash Yargi-trained galloper should have improvement to come as he was second up on the weekend.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM BALLARAT ON NOVEMBER 21
Race 3 – VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400 METRES) – SUPER YULONG 📓
Not quite sure what to make of the Ballarat programme after a number of well backed favourites floundered, including Shelby Cobra in Race 3. The one to follow out of this race might be Super Yulong, who came from the tail of the field to fill the minors behind Tradewind and Sirileo Miss. The Matt Laurie-trained three-year-old was stepping up from a Class 1 at Cranbourne and produced the fastest last 200m of the race. In the winter, he was competitive behind the likes of Cherry Tortoni in the Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes (1600m) and should have a win or two in him this preparation as he steps out over further ground.
Race 5 – Tonks Plate (1200 METRES) – ENIGMAN 📓
The well-travelled Enigman made his reappearance for eh Maher/Eustace stable on Saturday after a stint in Adelaide and Darwin. The seven-year-old was first up after a two month break and caught the eye from the back of the field in Race 5 of the day, grabbing 3rd behind Excess Funds and Hi Stranger. At his last campaign he took out the Palmerston Sprint (1200m) on Darwin Cup day when second up and should take improvement out of his run at Ballarat.
Race 6 – BM78 Hcp (1200 METRES)- EXCELIDA 📓
Race 6 belonged to Snapdancer after the Maher/Eustace galloper smashed her rivals by over two lengths. I didn’t mind the performance of Excelida, who got well out of her ground before rocketing home for 3rd. The Dabernig/Hayes mare was last at the turn and flew home to record the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire meeting. She hasn’t quite been able to get out to 1400m-1600m trips in stronger company in the past but is one to keep an eye on over similar distances at her next couple.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM SANDOWN ON NOVEMBER 14
Race 1 – Merson Cooper Stakes (1000 METRES) – ANAMOE & FORBES 📓
The two-year-olds featured in the opener at Sandown and it was Anamoe that shifted off heels in the straight before working home strongly out wide to score from FORBES. Those two cleared out by nearly three lengths from The Art Of Flying and both look to have bright futures. Anamoe showed good acceleration in the final stages of the race, while Forbes made a few mistakes in the early to middle stages. That might have cost him as the margin was minimal when they hit the post.
Race 3 – 1:20PM Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300 METRES) – NEIGHBOURHOOD & BLAZEJOWSKI 📓
Race 3 rated highly, producing the best benchmark figures of the entire day with the winner, Kemalpasa going 14.3 lengths faster than standard en route to knocking over Order Of Command and Neighbourhood. The 3rd placegetter should be the improver out of the race and had a tendency to lay in during the straight. The five-year-old was having just her second start this campaign and was competitive at Group level back in the autumn. There should be a good off-season race in her. Blazejowski battled into last position but is worth forgiving as he raced keenly and was posted out wide without cover before fading late.
Race 6 – Sandown Guineas (1600 METRES) – HORRIFYING 📓
Horrifying by name and that was probably the word to describe the run of the Mark Kavanagh-trained gelding in the Sandown Guineas as he had no luck whatsoever in the Group 2 event that was taken out by Allibor. Sent out a $4.40 chances after the scratching of Aysar, Horrifying was badly checked at the 300m mark and was blocked for a run after that. The son of Shocking had run 3rd in the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington prior to that and is one to keep an eye on in the autumn and as he stretches out over further ground.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM FLEMINGTON ON NOVEMBER 7
Right You Are
Race 1 – BenchMark 80 (2000 METRES) – ALMANIA 📓
I’ll be keeping an eye out of the form from Race 1, which was taken out by the Archie Alexander-trained Barade. It was a solid effort from the runner-up horse, Almania, given that it was his first run in Australia since coming over from the UK. The five-year-old was sent out a $6 chance and settled towards the rear of the 14-horse field. With Hugh Bowman electing to go inside runners, the son of Australia missed out in a nostril in a driving finish. The race stacked up well on the day and in terms of benchmark figures it was inferior only to the Darley Sprint Classic (1200m).
Race 4 – BenchMark 90 (1600 METRES) -RIGHT YOU ARE 📓
Right You Are resumed in Race 4 of the day and was slightly costly as a $3.30 favourite. Trainer Mick Price alluded to the fact that the son of So You Think might need the run pre-race and that looked to be the case as the four-year-old took his time to get going. But he knuckled down quite well in the straight to go down by less than half a length to Power Scheme. He ran the fastest last 200m and at his last campaign he stepped up from a Werribee maiden win to score at Caulfield when second up over the 1600m before just missing out behind Persan over the 2000m following that. A win should be in store for the promising galloper this campaign.
Race 6 – 3:35PM Darley Sprint Classic (1200 METRES) – BIVOUAC 📓
There are no immediate plans for the future stallion, BIVOUAC, who has been installed at $8 for the 2021 Everest (1200m) but monitor futures markets for the autumn and beyond after the Godolphin galloper exploded to victory in the Darley Sprint Classic. The son of Exceed And Excel produced one of the better efforts of the carnival to leave the likes of Nature Strip and Libertini in his wake. With Classique Legend relocating to Hong Kong, Bivouac can lay claim to being the best sprinter in Australia. The win was the third at Group 1 level for the four-year-old after he captured the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in the autumn and last year’s Golden Rose (1400m) ahead of Yes Yes Yes. The son of Exceed And Excel went a whopping 16 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which were the best of the day.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MOONEE vALLEY ON october 31
Too Good Too Hard
Race 6 – Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200 METRES) – SEPTEMBER RUN📓
It was billed as the best race of Derby Day with the three-year-olds in action in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and September Run stamped herself as a serious racehorse with victory in the $1.5 million race. Sent out a $4 favourite, the Chris Waller-trained filly settled just worse than midfield before storming down the grandstand side, while a number of the high profile colts floundered inside her. She went eight lengths faster than standard, which were inferior to the older horses in the Kennedy Cantala (1600m) and Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) but she might just be the best of her entire age group and is relatively late on the scene in comparison to some of the others.
Race 8 – Kennedy Cantala (1600 METRES) – FIFTY STARS 📓
I didn’t mind the run of Fifty Stars in the Kennedy Cantala. The six-year-old tackled the race as the topweight and was allocated the 58kg. He settled back in the field of 16 and worked hard in solid fashion to finish just off the placegetters in 5th position. The benchmark figures out of that race were the best of the day with the winner, Yulong Prince, going more than 16 lengths faster than standard after Buffalo River had set up a strong tempo earlier on. It might just be the perfect Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) for Fifty Stars, who ran 14 lengths faster than standard when claiming the Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, before backing up a week later to claim the Australian Cup (2000m).
Race 9 – Furphy Sprint (1100 METRES) – TOO GOOD TOO HARD 📓
There has to be a win coming up for Too Good Too Hard and sooner rather than later. The Phillip Stokes-trained galloper missed out by just over a length to Fiesta in the final event of the day coming from well back after being slow to begin. The daughter of All Too Hard was held up from about the 500m to the 150m and produced the third fastest last 200m of the entire meeting, just behind Aysar and Crosshaven earlier on. She didn’t enjoy much luck at Listed level prior to that when runner-up to Wild Vixen and is one to keep an eye on at his next few starts.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MOONEE vALLEY ON october 24
Race 2 – Inglis Banner (1000 METRES) – TEMPEST CHARM 📓
The two-year-olds featured in Race 2 of the day and the one to keep an eye on is Tempest Charm. One of 12 debutants, the Robbie Griffiths and Matt de Kock-trained filly settled back in the field of 15. She had to be steadied as they approached the home bend and lost a bit of ground, before getting out and defying the early pattern by charging down the centre of the track to grab 3rd. She produced the fastest last 200m of the race and the fifth fastest of the day, just behind the horses that went around in the 955m scamper in Race 1.
Race 5 – Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600 METRES) – PARADEE 📓
The mares lined up in Race 5 of the day and it was Sovereign Award that claimed the Group 3 affair from I Am Eloquent, pinching a break in the middle stages to win by just under a length. I really liked to run of the 3rd placegetter, Paradee, who did all the chasing from a midfield spot and produced the best last 600m of the race The Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old will now head to the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington and should be suited by the step up to the 2000m and on a better track
Race 8 – Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500 METRES) – MIAMI BOUND 📓
One of the better wins of the came from Miami Bound, who took out the Moonee Valley Cup as a $23 chance. The VRC Oaks (2500m) winner from last year will now head to the Melbourne Cup and is a lightweight chance in the race that stops the nation, particularly if she gets a wet track and a strong tempo. While I suspect the Moonee Valley Cup form is inferior to others in the Cup, she did run some fast sectionals and produced the highest benchmark figures of the day by going more than 16 lengths faster than standard. We know she likes Flemington, while the step up to the 3200m should also suit. .
Race 9 – Cox Plate (2040 METRES) – ARCADIA QUEEN 📓
From a Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) point of view, Armory and Arcadia Queen are probably the ones to follow out of the Cox Plate. Of those two, Arcadia Queen did have a reasonable excuse in that she nearly fell when clipping heels in the back straight before running on for 5th, beaten three lengths. She produced the fastest 800m-600m split to stay in touch and her chances in future races will be boosted if she can strike firmer ground. The West-Australian mare has reportedly pulled up well and all going well, she will be hard to beat on the final day at Flemington.
Race 10 – Crockett Stakes (1200 METRES)- TWAINS EXPRESS 📓
The final event of the day on Cox Plate day saw the fillies in action in the Crockett Stakes (1200m) and it was a fair effort from the runner-up horse, Twain’s Express, who just missed out on capturing the Listed event. Sent out a $13 chance, the John McArdle galloper raced four wide without cover for much of the race. Despite this, she found plenty in the straight and produced the fastest last 400m and fastest last 200m, looming as the winner at the 100m, only for La Mexicana to kick up on her inside. The daughter of Helmet has had just three starts and was jumping up from a BenchMark 64. Expect to see her on the winners list soon.
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