VIC Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

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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.


Race 2 – Two-Year-Olds (1000 METRES)- LINKVUE 📓

Nice debut performance by Linkvue to fill the exacta behind Bold Bastille in Race 2 for the two-year-olds. Bold Bastille lined up as a $1.18 fancy and was able to dictate up front but the locally trained galloper stuck on well despite being held up from the 400m to the 250m. He had a bit of a gap on the 3rd horse and is one that shapes as a future winner.

Race 6 – BM84 Handicap (1100 METRES)- IS IT ME 📓

Nice performance by Is It Me in Race 6. The Daniel Bowman-trained galloper was resuming on Saturday and drew widest of the 13 runners before beginning slowly and settling last. It was a slow tempo up front but he was good enough to work into the race, running on to finish 3rd, beaten just under two lengths. The four-year-old just peaked late in the piece but is one to keep an eye on with the fitness under the belt. He was an improver at the back end of his last preparation with two wins and a couple of runner-up performances behind some in-form horses at the time.

Race 8 – Bendigo Guineas, Listed- Three-Year-Olds (1400 METRES)- MODOWN 📓

The Bendigo Guineas was one of the highlights of Bendigo’s Saturday meeting and it was a win for the Mike Moroney-trained War Machine. Modown produced a bit of an eye-catcher in 3rd position, running home to finish two lengths off the winner. The Charlotte Littlefield-trained galloper was stepping up from a Pakenham Class 1 win and produced the fastest last 400m of the entire meeting. He showed some promise in the spring with a runner-up performance behind Schwarz in Listed grade at Flemington and is one that can measure up to Saturday class.


Race 3 – BenchMark 70 (1200 METRES)- BEWS 📓

Nice return by Bews in Race 3. The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained galloper was first up after a spring campaign that saw him win at Seymour before placing 8th behind Rey Magnerio at Flemington. He was steady in the betting at the $5 quote but was forced back from the wide barrier in the early stages and settled towards the tail. His cause wasn’t helped as they went very slow early on. The son of I Am Invincible produced the fastest last 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire programme to just miss out behind Oracle Son. Keep the four-year-old in mind for his next couple of starts.

Race 4 – Three-Year-Old Fillies (1200 METRES)- MISS ARIA 📓

It was a thrilling finish to Race 4 at Caulfield with Inhibitions getting up in a head-bobber from Moesha. Liked the run of the 3rd placegetter, Miss Aria, who landed within half a length of that pair in 3rd position. The Danny O’Brien-trained galloper settled just worse than midfield and worked into it as they cornered before closing off with the fastest last 200m. The daughter of Zoustar was stepping up from a BenchMark 64 midweek win when resuming and looks like she can make it in Saturday grade.

Race 9 – Easter Cup- Group 3 (2000 METRES)- JENNILALA 📓 & DENY KNOWLEDGE 📓

Best benchmark figures from the day came out of the Group 3 Easter Cup and it was Captain Envious that produced an upset win ahead of Jennilala and Deny Knowledge, going a healthy 10.7 lengths faster than standard benchmark. Keen on the placegetters going forward. Jennilala showed promise as a three-year-old, placing in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) and had a two-start campaign in the spring for a win. She looks ready to strike at her next couple of starts. Deny Knowledge led at a solid clip and only went down late in the piece in what was an improvement on her first up run in the Coolmore Classic (1500m). She produced some excellent runs in the spring with a few runs under her belt and will be hard to get past at her next start.


Race 3 – Handicap (1600 METRES)- GALERON 📓

Race 3 went the way of Arran Bay, who scored narrowly from Galeron. I will be keeping an eye on the runner-up going forward. The imported galloper from the Anabel Neasham stable had just one run in Australia last spring, finishing down the track in the Golden Eagle (1500m). He stepped out as a $15 chance and settled towards the tail in the field of 10 before working home well to just miss out. The four-year-old produced the fastest 400m-200m split before just peaking on his run late in the piece. He will strip fitter at his next start and can go one better.

Race 5 – Bob Hoysted Handicap- Listed (1000 METRES)- SANS DOUTE 📓 & WHAT YOU NEED 📓

Big win by Sans Doute in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap over the 1000m. The Mark Walker-trained galloper and stablemate of Imperatriz made it four wins in a row and came from the clouds to blouse Najem Suhail late in the piece, producing the fastest last 200m of the meeting. Nice return by What You Need, who stuck on well to fill the minor placings. The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained galloper was first up after claiming the Sunlight Classic (1100m) at the same meeting in 2023. He has had just the four starts and tasted defeat for the first time but can rejoin the winners list as he regains some race fitness.

Race 7 – Sunlight Classic- 3YO, Listed  (1100 METRES)- ESTRIELLA 📓 & HEDGED 📓

Estriella was one of the most impressive winners on the Flemington card for Australian Cup day and made it three wins on the trot by taking out the Sunlight Classic. The Ciaron Maher-trained galloper led all the way and ran quick time to sore by more than two lengths, going 13.2 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which was inferior only to the first handful of runners home in the Australian Cup. She will head to Sydney and her odds have been slashed for the Arrowfield Sprint (1200m). Hedged was a bit of unlucky runner, racing keenly when clogged up behind Shesallshenanigans. He was steadied before reeling off the fastest last 200m. The Price/Kent Jnr galloper has form around some serious gallopers and can fire in similar or weaker grade at his next start or two.


Race 7 – Alister Clark Stakes- Three-Year-Old, Group 2 (2040 METRES)- ZIPAWAY 📓

Keen on a few of these going forward with the Melbourne three-year-old form more than holding up on the weekend with Group 1 wins to Riff Rocket and Veight in Sydney. They were placed in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at their start prior Zipaway was down the track in that race but seemed to relish the step up to the 2040m on Saturday with a solid effort to place 3rd behind Antrim Coast. He produced the fastest last 200m and is one that can keep on improving up in trip.

Race 8 – William Reid Stakes, Group 1 (1200 METRES)- JOHNNY ROCKER 📓

Big performance by Johnny Rocker in the William Reid Stakes with the Nick Ryan-trained galloper nearly pulling off a stunning upset. The four-year-old was stepping up from a BenchMark78 win at the track and trip and settled back in the field of 10. He produced the fastest last 200m and the second fastest of the entire meeting to run within a neck of the star galloper Imperatriz.

Race 10 – BenchMark 84 (1200 METRES)- PAPILLION CLUB 📓

Solid return by Papillion Club in the final race of the day. The Greg Eurell-trained galloper was first up after a spring campaign that saw her produced some solid performances at Group level and seemed to enjoy the shorter trip, settling midfield before running on to fill the exacta behind Extratwo. Interesting to see where the stable head with the four-year-old, who won the Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at the same meeting a year ago.

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