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.


Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:

Race 1 – Leilani Series Final (1400 METRES)- IL AFFARE 📓
Not a bad run by Il Affare at her first run back from a spell. The former Kiwi galloper had just the one start in Australia last spring, running on for 4th behind Agreeable at Caulfield. Her rivals had the fitness edge in the Leilani Series Final, which developed into a sit sprint on the back of a slow early tempo. The Chris Waller-trained galloper stuck on well for 3rd behind Megamea, beaten just under a length. She will take improvement out of the run and should be suited up in trip at her next few starts.

Race 3 – Rivette Series Final (1400 METRES)- RIOYUKI 📓& CANBYA 📓
The fillies featured in the Rivette Series Final in Race 3 at Flemington and it might be worth following a few out of the race with the winner, My Yankee Girl, going 10 lengths faster than standard benchmark. Rioyuki turned her form around after missing out on the Heavy at Sandown when resuming by finishing a narrow runner-up behind the winner. The Matthew Williams-trained galloper should have a race in her this preparation. The Godolphin galloper, Canbya, produced the fastest last 200m and to run 4th and is another to keep an eye on out of the race.

Race 8 – VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final (1600 METRES)- LUNAR FLARE 📓
The Winter Championship Series Final was one of the highlights at Flemington and it was a strong win by Tuvalu, who overcame the wide barrier to score from Sir Davy. Lunar Flare produced a bit of an eye-catcher to run 4th at a big price and should be suited over further ground. The Grahame Begg-trained galloper was resuming from a spell and settled back in the field of 15 before producing the fastest last 400m of the day. At her last preparation she was a winner over the 2000m when third up at Flemington before going on to claim the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) later on. She looks to be in for another solid campaign.


Race 5 – BenchMark 78 (1600 METRES)- BLUE CHIP 📓
Nice local debut from the imported galloper, Blue Chip. The six-year-old was stepping out for his first run for the Maher/Eustace team and settled towards the tail in Race 5 of the afternoon at Caulfield. He closed off steadily in the straight to place 4th, beaten just under three lengths by Lyrical Lad, who went 13 lengths faster than standard. They were the second best figures of any winner of the day, just behind that produced by D’aguilar in what was a remarkable finish in Race 4. Expect the form to hold up and Blue Chip is one that should improve out of the race.

Race 6 – Three-Year Olds (1000 METRES)- INUNDATION 📓 & SQUID GAME 📓
Big win by Inundation in Race 6 and the figures backed up the performance with the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained galloper setting a personal best by going 12 lengths faster than standard. He can measure up to harder company and will rise slightly in grade for an 1100m race back at Caulfield in two weeks time. Squid Game was the second favourite and well beaten but not much went right for the Patrick Payne-trained galloper in the run. He produced the fastest last 200m and looks like he has a win in him at some stage of his current preparation.

Race 8 – Three-Year-Olds (1400 METRES)- DAYTONA BAY 📓
Good effort by Daytona Bay in Race 8 to place 3rd behind Cardinal Gem over the 1400m. The Peter Moody-trained galloper was stepping up from a win at BenchMark 64 over the 1200m and was posted out four wide on a slow tempo. The son of American Pharaoh also looked a bit at sea in the straight but managed to peel off the fastest last 400m and last 200m of the entire day. A winner of two of his three career starts, he looks like one that can make a successful transition to city racing.


Race 3 – Two-Year-Olds (1420 METRES)- ANPHINA 📓 & VERIFIER 📓
The two-year-olds featured in Race 3 and it was a win for Nasraawy, who settled handy on what was a slow tempo before kicking clear at the business end. Anphina was a bit of a luckless runner, filling the exacta behind the winner after being posted wide without cover during the run. Suspect Verifier will improve with experience and over further ground. The Nigel Blackiston colt was making his debut and drew wide before settling well back. He knuckled down nicely in the straight to produce the fastest last 200m.

Race 4 – BenchMark 90 (1420 METRES)- AMERICAIN ANGEL 📓
Bit of a forgive run for American Angel, who spoiled her record somewhat after running 7th behind Sirileo Miss in Race 4. The Danny O’Brien-trained mare drew wide and Daniel Moor was positive from the gate early on but copped plenty of speed to his inside, which left the pair left them out posted. American Angel loomed up at the top of the straight but faded in the run home to finish three lengths off them. But I wouldn’t be giving up on the daughter of the recently deceased 2010 Melbourne Cup (3200m), American, given her consistent form. She was just second up on the weekend and finished in the top two in six of her previous seven starts.

Race 7 – Three-Year-Olds (2000 METRES)- TEXAS TEA 📓 & ROCK UP 📓
He might have blown a few out of the quaddie with his win in Race 7 but no reason to suggest that Texas Tea can pay us back over the coming months. Heading into Race 7 after a finishing 17 lengths off them in he South Australian Derby (2500m), Texas Tea was unflavoured in the market but turned it around to go 11.3 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which were among the best figures for the day. Liked the performance of the former New Zealander, Rock Up. He was jumping up from a 1400m Maiden at Mildura and produced the fastest last 200m to finish runner-up. Keep an eye on the Patrick Payne-trained galloper at his next couple of runs.


Race 1 – Two-Year-Olds (1000 METRES)- THRON BONE 📓
Nice return by THRON BONE in the opener at Sandown. The Jerome Hunter-trained galloper was returning for his second career start after a 4th in the Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) earlier this year. He settled back in the field of 10 and took a while to get going in the straight before really knuckling down nicely late in the piece, producing the fastest last 200m to run 3rd. He is a clear horse to follow at his next few starts.

Race 5 – BenchMark 78 (1300 METRES)- GENTILITY 📓
Plenty of gallopers battled on the Heavy going at Sandown and it will be interesting to see just how many can bounce back at their next runs. Didn’t mind the performance of Gentility in Race 5 to run 3rd behind My Yankee Girl, beaten just under three lengths. She never really looked comfortable on the ground but stuck on well behind the winner. The daughter of Snitzel was a debut winner on the Good at Mornington back in January and was thought highly enough by the stable to have a crack at BenchMark 78 level at her two starts this time in. Look out for her in weaker class and on top of the ground at her next few.



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