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 april 10
Race 1 – Two-Year-Olds (1200 METRES) – CHEERFUL LEGEND 📓
Race 1 was for the two-year-olds and CHEERFUL LEGEND produced what was a bit of a forgive and forget run when only managing 3rd as a $2.70 favourite. The John Sadler-trained youngster seemed to resent settling back in what was a slowly run race and raced greenly as they approached the turn. The race developed into a sit sprint and he was ok to the line before being found to have pulled up with lameness following the race.
Race 3 – BenchMark 78 (1100 METRES) – YULONG STORM & SUPERIUM 📓
Superium was the hard luck runner out of Race 3 of the day. The new addition to the Team Hawkes stable was having his first run in Melbourne and ran 3rd behind L’il Kontra by just over a length. That margin might have been a bit closer if he was not held up for a large period in the straight. Yulong Storm caught the eye and produced the fastest last 200m of the entire meeting to land in the runner-up slot. Keep an eye on these two going forward.
Race 5 – Handicap (1400 METRES) – MOZZIE MONSTER 📓
Mozzie Monster missed out behind Annavisto for the second time in a row after going down to that horse in the Bendigo Guineas (1400m) recently. Once again, she was slow to begin and was held up behind some tiring runners before producing the fastest last 400m and 200m of the race to land in the runner-up slot. While the patience is beginning to wane, the daughter of Sebring does have the talent and with better luck at her next couple of starts she can chalk up an overdue win.
Race 8 – BenchMark 84 (2000 METRES) – GRAND PROMENADE 📓
Best benchmark figures for the day came out of Race 8 with Independent Road edging out Grand Promenade in a head bobber. The pair went 11.4 lengths faster than standard, which is solid for this time of the year in Melbourne. Grand Promenade should take the most improvement out of the race and was second up after a spell. The Maher/Eustace galloper won out to the 2400m last year and should have a win in him at 2000m and beyond this prep.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM caulfield ON april 3
Race 1 – BenchMark 78 (1400 METRES) – VONGOLE & KENT STREET 📓
It is not often that you would put a horse that came last into the black book but Vongole was one of many that suffered interference in the opener, which was more of a demolition derby rather than a horse race. The five-year-old headed into the race as favourite but was chopped out of it and almost fell before being piloted to the line by Michael Dee. Kent Street was another that was caught in the interference that was caused after Dark Wanderer was checked.
Race 3 – Redoute’s Choice (2YO- 1100 METRES) – NAJMATY 📓
One of the runs of the day came from the promising NAJMATY, who stepped up from a debut Kensington win to make it two from two with victory in the Redoute’s Choice by nearly three lengths from He’s The Ultimate. The Snowden galloper went six lengths faster than standard and can measure up to some of the Sydney carnival races for the youngsters over the next few weeks.
Race 6 – Open Handicap (1000 METRES) – LORD VON COSTA & BROWADWAYANDFOURTH 📓
Some Group class gallopers featured in Race 6 of the day with Sword Of Mercy holding out Diamond Effort to score. A couple that should go close at their next races are Lord Von Costa and Broadwayandfourth. Both settled back in the field on what was a very slow early tempo and rocketed home. Broadwayandfourth ran his last 600m in 32.64, going nearly 18 length faster than standard over that section, while Lord Von Costa ran his last 200m in 10.88, which were the fastest for the day. He was first up and attracted support at massive odds. Broadwayandfourth was also resuming and might measure up to some of the feature sprints in Adelaide later this autumn.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM mornington ON MARCH 27
Race 3 – 2YO VOBIS Gold Rush (2YO- 1000 METRES)- FROSTIN’ 📓
The two-year-olds features in the VOBOS Gold Rush over the 1000m and it was the well backed Starry Legend that was too good in the $250,000 affair. I didn’t mind the performance of the runner-up horse, Frostin’, who caught the eye with a fast finishing performance from the tail of the field. The Snowden-trained galloper was stepping up from a Maiden win at the venue on March 2 and settled back from the wide barrier. The winner led them up and pinched a break in the straight, while Frostin managed to produce the fastest last 200m of the race, putting a bit of a gap on the 3rd placegetter, Scissor Step, outclassing that horse by two lengths.
Race 5 – BENDIGO GOLD BRACELET (MARES- 1400 METRES)- CHANTREA 📓
She might have disappointed a fraction as a $4.60 chance in the Gold Bracelet but Chantrea is one worth sticking with as she steps out over further ground. The Lindsey Smith-trained mare was first up after a three start summer campaign in Perth that saw her place at Listed level and then at Group 3 level behind Dance Music in the La Trice Classic (1800m) in early January. Prior to the Gold Bracelet she was slightly easy in the betting and was posted wide throughout but stuck on well to finish 3rd behind The Stylist and Good And Proper, beaten just under a length. Last winter she was one of the dominant three-year-olds in Perth and won six on the trot, including victories in the Belmont Oaks (2000m) and the Belmont Classic (2200m). Look for her as she steps out over further.
Race 7 – BENDIGO GUINEAS (3YO- 1400 METRES)- MOZZIE MONSTER 📓
Race 7 was the Bendigo Guineas and went the way of Annavisto, who was another leader that thrived at Bendigo. Mozzie Monster might be the improver out of the race and settled last in the field of 10 before running on the fill the quinella, putting a two length gap on the 3rd placegetter, Air Defence. She was second up and jumping up from the 1100m at Flemington after finishing 5th to Marboosha in the Incgnitus Stakes (1100m) and produced the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m as the winner got away with an easy time of it up front early on. In the spring she wasn’t far away from the likes of Odeum in some handy races and she should have a win or two in her this campaign.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM mornington ON MARCH 20
Race 5 – BenchMark 78 (1000 METRES) – MISS BOSETTI & QUEEN ANNABEL 📓
A couple to keep an eye on out of Race 5 of the day are Miss Bosetti and Queen Anabel. Miss Bosetti settled in a midfield spot and the sprint races tended to go the way of those that led or were hard pressed against the inside. She ran on to fill the exacta behind Sartorial Splendour and produced the fastest last 200m of the race. Queen Annabel had her fair share of excuses and was posted out three wide without cover before being held up in the straight. The seven-year-old eventually closed off for 4th, beaten just over two lengths.
Race 6 – Mornington Guineas (1600 METRES)- BLACK PENN 📓
The Mornington Guineas was one of the highlights of the day at Mornington and the $135,000 affair went the way of Dom To Shoot, who was one of four winners on the day for William Pike. The one to follow out of the race might be Black Penn, who attracted support in the betting to start as a $5 chance before running on for 34d. The Greg Eurell-trained galloper was rising from a Maiden win at Pakenham and was shuffled back to last at the turn before running on to finish just over a length away. He was second up on Saturday and there should be a win or two in him this preparation.
Race 8 – Hareeba Stakes (1200 METRES) HOW WOMANTIC & HIGHTAIL 📓
Best benchmark figures of the day came out of the Hareeba Stakes with Laverrod going 4.2 lengths faster than standard when holding off How Womantic and Hightail. The placegetters might be a couple to follow out of the race. The runner-up didn’t have the cleanest getaway and looks suited in similar or easier grade at her next assignment, while Hightail copped a bit of a bump at the 500m mark before balancing up and producing the second fastest last 200m behind the winner.
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