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 Caulfield ON JUly 11
Race 1- Two Year Olds (1400m) THE FELON 📓
Wouldn’t be giving up on The Felon just yet. The Maher & Eustace galloper had nothing go right for him in the opener when placing 5th behind Efflorescence. After jumping away slowly, he was posted out wide and without cover throughout. He seemed to resent facing the breeze and raced keenly on the outside before just fading in the last 200m. His effort to finish just over three lengths away was ok given the circumstances and at his only other career run he was a winner on the Pakenham Synthetic. Back in easier grade and with a better run, he can notch up another win.
Race 2- Mares (1100m) OUR CAMPANA & PROPELLE 📓
Not sure where to start with Race 2 as Miss Iano looked the winner in what was a deceptive photo but my two out of the race to follow are Our Campana and Propelle. Miss Iano did run the best last 600m of the meeting when you look at benchmark figures but has been up for a while and has a moderate strike rate. Our Campana denied Miss Iano victory, winning by a nostril and should only improve her rating out of this race as she was first up. The Peter Moody galloper has won six of 13 and was a winner second and third up last time. She went 13 lengths quicker than overall benchmark, behind only Jungle Edge and Viridine on the day. Propelle is developing into a bit of a non winner as well but never saw daylight in the straight en route to finishing 4th. She will be third up next time and is worth another chance.
Race 4 Open Handicap- MORRISSY 📓
Disappointed somewhat as a $3.10 favourite but Morrissy is capable of bouncing back at his next start. After winning at Caulfield on June 27 when settling forward, the Corstens galloper was expected to head to a prominent position again in the early stages. But the race didn’t pan out as expected with a stack of other rivals kicking underneath him in the early stages. Craig Williams was forced to settle back. The pace then slackened and he was shuffled back before producing the best last 400m of what was a strangely run race.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM Flemington ON JUly 4
Johnny Get Angry
So You Swing
Race 3 – Two-Year-Olds (1600 METRES) JOHNNY GET ANGRY 📓
You could make a case to put any of the trifecta horses from the Taj Rossi Series Final into the blackbook. Cherry Tortoni carted 61kg to victory, while the runner-up horse, Alcyone, raced wide and without cover throughout the 1600m trip. But the one that might have a bit of upside is the 3rd placegetter, Johnny Get Angry, who was the first ever runner for the two-time North Melbourne AFL Premiership coach, Denis Pagan. The son of Tavistock was sent out at triple figure odds after managing only 13th in the lead up behind Cherry Tortoni. He was then sent to the Pagan stable, having previously been trained by Leon & Troy Corstens. In the run in the Taj Rossi, he settled just worse than midfield and was held up for a considerable period of time in the straight before running on. While they went slow early on, he ran his last 600m more than six lengths quicker than benchmark for this section and it will be interesting to see how he goes as he stretches out over further.
Race 6 – Mares (1400 METRES) SO YOU SWING 📓
Race 6 on Winter Finals Day was for the mares and So You Swing was among a couple of luckless runners behind Music Bay. The Ellerton/Zahra galloper attracted support in the betting but didn’t enjoy much clear galloping room at a vital time in the straight, losing a couple of lengths prior to the 300m. She was able to run on from the tail and into 5th position, picking up ground off those in front of her. At her last campaign she took a bit of time to get going but won two and placed in another two as she got deeper into her preparation. She will be fourth up the next time she steps out and with better luck next time around she can challenge for a victory.
Race 7 – Three-Year-Olds (1600 METRES) GRINZINGER ALLEE & ALPHAVILLE 📓
There were a couple of luckless horses to come out of the Silver Bowl Final for the three-year-olds and they were Grinzinger Allee and Alphaville. Grinzinger Allee finished runner-up to Walking Flying and was held up in the straight before finding clear air. He looked to be right in contention at the 100m mark but just faded at what was his first run in five weeks. It’s not often that you would mark a horse that finished 11th as one to follow but Alphaville went to the line untested and can be a factor in weaker class at his next couple. The Francis Finnegan colt has risen from Maiden grade this preparation and was runner-up behind Smoke Bomb heading into the Flemington meeting.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM CAULFIELD ON JUNE 27
Race 1 – Two-Year-Olds (1100 METRES) SAVANNAH CLOUD 📓
The two-year-olds featured in the opener and it was Savananah Cloud that caught the eye at his first career start, placing 3rd behind Saltpeter. The Savabeel colt settled in a midfield spot in the field of 12 and copped a bit of a buffering mid race but ran the best last 600m of the race, finishing just under a length from the winner. While the youngsters didn’t set the world on fire in relation to benchmark figures on the day, a number should improve off their respective runs and this guy should be better as he stretches out towards a mile at his next few starts.
Race 6 – Three-Year-Olds (1000 METRES) PROPER ROGUE & WILMOT PASS 📓
Race 6 was taken out in dominant fashion by Lucifer’s Reward, who benefitted from the hot tempo in the race and a couple of the hard luck stories were Proper Rogue and Wilmot Pass. Both were resuming after their respective summer campaigns. Proper Rogue attracted some support in the betting, starting as an $8 chance, and was held up for a large portion of time in the straight before finishing runner-up, beaten a length. Wilmot Pass was a bit slowly out and was held up for a brief period in the straight but managed to clock the fastest last 200m in the race.
Race 7 – BenchMark 84 (1100 METRES) ALFA ORO 📓
ALFA ORO continued his winning streak, which now stands at four, after claiming Race 7 of the day over the 1100m. While the ship might have sailed and he is probably an obvious blackbooker, it is worth noting that he did register the best benchmark figures of the day, running almost 12 lengths faster overall in his two length victory ahead of Sansom. He settled on the speed before taking over before the turn and giving nothing else a chance. The four-year-old, who has been nursed back from serious injury, looms as a spring horse for the Matt Laurie stable.
Race 8 – Opene (2000 METRES) CREEDENCE 📓
Race 8 of the day was for the middle distance gallopers and it was Mirimar that held on for the win ahead of Sircconi. The race attracted attention due to the appearance of Harbour Views, who could only manage 4th as a $2.05 favourite. The one to follow out of the race might be Creedence, who was slowly away and had little chance after getting back on the slow tempo. The Cumani galloper ran on from the tail in the dying stages and produced third best last 200m of the entire meeting, not bad when you consider that came at the end of the 2000m. Only a couple of sprinters in Ruban Bleu and Felicia ran faster on the day. He was third up on the weekend and his run followed a win at Flemington over the 1800m. Keep an eye on him at his next start and he can perform well over further ground.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM FLEMINGTON ON JUNE 20
Race 2 – Two Year Olds (1420 METRES) ALBARADO📓
The two-year-olds featured in Race 2 of the day at Flemington and Cherry Tortini delivered for favourite backers. The one to follow out of the race might be Albaarado, who worked home gamely from the tail to land in the runner-up slot. The Busuttin & Young colt was rising sharply in grade after claiming her Maiden at Ballarat on May 31 and jumped awkwardly before racing a tad keenly early on. Once they straightened, he begun to pick off the others and while they went slow early on, he did run his last 600m in 33.76 seconds and was more than six lengths quicker than benchmark for that section. Look for him as he stretches out over further.
Race 5 – BenchMark 78 (1000 METRES) KOONUNGA📓
One of the most eye-catching runs of the day came from Koonunga in Race 5. The Sydney based galloper botched the start and that looked to be the end of her chances. Her normal racing pattern is to settle handy but she was forced to settle at the tail of the 14 horse field. On straightening, she was still well back at the top of the straight and in the last 200m she rattled home on the grandstand side before missing out by a narrow margin from Mister Mogul. Her last 600m was more than 11 lengths quicker than benchmark and rated the highest of the day. Given that was just her second run this year, she is well worth sticking with on that effort.
Race 7 -Three Year Olds (1200 METRES) FRONT PAGE📓
The most impressive winner of the day at Flemington was Front Page, who announced his class with a win in the Creswick Stakes. The Listed affair has proven to be an excellent reference in the past few years with Gytrash and Nature Strip among the recent winners. The Corowa galloper was lining up at BenchMark 58 just two starts ago, winning at Albury by a lazy 10 lengths before saluting at Wangaratta before his Flemington run. He ran 12 lengths quicker than benchmark overall, cruising up at the 300m before bursting clear to win by nearly three lengths and may even have some improvement left in him. The exciting type will no doubt be the subject of offers from overseas but all going well, we might see him in some of the spring features for the sprinters later on this year.
Race 9 – Open (1100 METRES) RICH CHARM & INTUITION📓
Race 9 for the sprinters was a bit of a messy affair and went the way of I Am Someone from Prezado. There were a stack that suffered a bit of interference in the run including Rich Charm, who featured heavily in the stewards report. The Group 2 winner went to the line untested. He had come off a promising run prior to that and is worth another chance at his next assignment. Another that came out of the same race is Intuition, who had his first run since swapping to the Kurt Goldman stables from Godolphin. The five-year-old enjoyed clear air and worked home strongly from the tail, running the best last 200m and 400m of the entire meeting at what was his first run since January.
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