NSW Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 25 Jan 2021
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NSW horses to follow

Looking for NSW horses to follow each week? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from Sydney’s metropolitan meeting and highlight which runners to put in the black book.

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 NSW Saturday racing.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:


Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday january 23



Southern Appeal


Track Rating: Good 4

Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1000m) HEADLINER 📓
On debut for the Chris Waller stable, this Star Turn filly was crunched in early betting. She opened (on Wednesday) a $12.50 chance but lined up on Saturday a $5.50 second favourite. Slowly away, she drew nicely in gate three but found herself settling third-last in the 12-strong field. Sticking to the fence, James McDonald had to make his own luck as he looked for gaps. Finally finding his way clear, the filly hit the line strongly and was doing her best work inside the last 100 metres, getting up to grab second prize on the line. She ran her last 600m, 5.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the third best for the race and ran the best overall race sectionals as well. That’s good fishing for a first start. She looks to have plenty of upside.

Race 3 – Highway Class 2 (1100m) SOUTHERN APPEAL 📓
Resuming from an 18-week spell, the Not A Single Doubt gelding drew wide and after an ordinary start, Hug Bowman elected to drop back and settle second last. In a racing pattern almost identical to Headliner (Race 1), Bowman had to weave through traffic to find space and passing the 300m mark, he found clean air and begun to make ground. The four-year-old really hit his straps over the final 100m, doing enough to get up and grab third prize on the line. On fresh legs, he also ran the best overall race sectionals and is definitely one for the Blackbook.

Race 4 – BM78 Hcp (1100m) OSAMU 📓
The Exceed And Excel colt was resuming from a 14-week spell and certainly made an impact on Saturday. Box-seating to the turn. He was kept pinned to the fence until he forced his way clear inside the final 200m. Dual-acceptor, The Face was full of running however and went on to the race. Osamu took a while to hit top gear and had a tendency to throw the head about. But in the final 100 metres, he knuckled down and hit the line well, finishing just over a length back in second place. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in blinkers at some stage this preparation). He ran the last 600m, 6.2 lengths quicker than benchmark which was the best in the race. He can only improve of that run.



Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday january 16



Blaze A Trail

Exotic Ruby

Track Rating: Good 4

Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1100m) ZETHUS ?
Making his racing debut on Saturday, the Exceed And Excel colt drew wide (gate 7 of 8) which saw Rachel King hold him back and settle second-last, spotting Remarque six lengths. On the turn, he came wide and was still five lengths adrift on straightening. With the favourite off and gone, to his credit, he never gave up and chased Remarque home all the way, taking lengths off him all the way to the line. He ran the quickest final 600m and 400m race sectionals and his final 600m was 1.6 lengths faster than Remarque. The Godolphin youngster can only improve on that run so it will pay to keep him safe.

Race 7 – BM72 Hcp (1300m) BLAZE A TRAIL ?
The Hawkesbury galloper was first-up off a six-month break and turned plenty of heads on Saturday. He settled mid-field (on his own) 2 and 3 horses off the fence without cover. In the run home, he took forever to wind up but his last 200m was impressive. He finished within a length of the winner (Tycoonist) but ran far better sectionals. He ran his last 600m 9.3 lengths quicker than benchmark which was 1 length faster than the winner. The Criterion colt is a second-up winner so stick with this guy until he lands the bacon again.

Race 8 – BM78 Hcp (1100m) EXOTIC RUBY ?
The Bjorn Baker-trained galloper was resuming from a 13-week spell on Saturday and impressed with an effort that nearly scored her the winner’s cheque. Settling just behind the pace, the Snitzel mare enjoyed a trouble-free run behind the pace. Then on straightening, she was held up long enough to lose momentum then finally found the gap passing the 250m mark. She ran home strongly, taking ground off the winner (Lillemor) to finish within a head of victory. The five-year-old mare produced the fastest overall race sectionals and ran her last 600m 10.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, 2 lengths better than the winner. This little lady has finished in the minor money in both previous second-up starts. Expect her to improve on that next start.



Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday january 9


Portuguese Tart



Track Rating: Soft 6, Race 1, then upgraded to Soft 5 the remainder

Race 2 – Class 3 Hcp (1200m) PORTUGUESE TART ?
Third-up off a 23-week spell, she was unwanted in the market, lining up at $81. Unable to go the early pace, the Falvelon mare settled last, 15 lengths off the lead. Turning for home, she could still see every other runner but did wind up nicely. Her last 100 metres was sensational as she got to within a head of beating home the $1.55 white-hot favourite (Pinnacle Prince) who was very lucky the race was 1205m. The mare ran a quicker final 600m, 400m and 200m race sectional than the popular elect and ran the last 600m 5.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, 4 lengths faster than the winner. She may well be a seven-year-old and only have three victories on her resume but I’m sure there will be a few more just around the corner.

Race 6 – BM88 Hcp (1200m) BANDERSNATCH ?
The Team Hawkes-trained gelding was third-up on Saturday and franked his first two efforts by finishing a close-up second. He settled among the tail-enders to the turn, when Tommy Berry got to work on him. He took ground off the leading three all the way down the straight and was only one stride too late in taking home the big prize. He ran the fastest overall race sectionals and ran his last 600m 9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best of the race. The four-year-old has come back a much stronger horse and he also has plenty more wins to come so stick with him.

Race 8 – BM78 Hcp (1800m) SACRAMENTO ?
The Tulloch Lodge galloper was having just his second start since winning the Listed VRC St.Leger (2800m) at Flemington last year. Well ridden by Sam Clipperton, he landed in front but was headed soon after (by Notabadidea) who soon after scooted away to lead by five lengths at one stage. Clipperton did well to restrain the Pierro gelding but still had the job of taking the field up to the tearaway leader. In the run home, he took the lead but was clearly headed by race favourite New Arrangement who looked home for all money. However, Clipperton got every inch out the Waterhouse and Bott-trained galloper who fought back strongly to finish best on the line. He has come a long way since his Queanbeyan Maiden win almost a year ago and appears to be getting stronger. Keep him very safe.



Horses to follow from KENSINGTON on Saturday JANUARY 2


Four Moves Ahead


Never Talk

Track Rating: Heavy 8

Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1150m) FOUR MOVES AHEAD ?
Trainer John Sargent has a promising filly on his hands here. The Snitzel two-year-old made a very impressive debut on Saturday. Jumping from the outside gate (9), she was trapped three-deep, no cover the entire trip, but still made short work of the event. In winning the race by almost three lengths, she ran the best final 800m, 600m and 400m race sectionals and her final 600m was run at 5.4 lengths better that benchmark, the best in the race. On a Heavy 8, that was a superb performance on debut. Onward and upward for this filly.

Race 6 – BM78 (1300m) AIM ?
Yet to finish top-three on rain affected tracks, the Team Snowden-trained gelding remained consistent on Saturday, beaten six lengths on the Heavy 8 Kensington track. Surprisingly, punters still sent him out a $6 third-elect and despite being tailed-off on the turn (and no chance of a podium finish), his las 100m really caught the eye. He was first-up off a 13-week spell, and clearly just ‘in for the run’, he gave the impression that all he needs is a dry track now. He ran the best final 400m sectional and was taking ground off all in front of him over that last 100m. He is a second-up winner and all prizemoney to date has been won on dry tracks. Take a note of that.

Race 9 – BM78 (1100m) NEVER TALK ?
Arguably the performance of the day came here when the Kris Lees-trained filly showed an amazing turn of foot to win this event in a cake-walk. Drawn wide, Sam Clipperton eased her back to be last on settling. There she remained until passing the 250m mark where she was still spotting them five lengths. From there, she just found another gear and gobbled them up to go on and win by more than a length on the line. Understandably, she ran the fastest overall race sectionals, and her final 600m 6.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, five lengths faster than any of her rivals. Bear in mind, the track was also downgraded to a Heavy 9 for this race. Prior to jumping, the No Nay Never filly had won four of her five career starts (unbeaten on wet tracks), and yet punters still left her to run a $7.50 fifth elect in the event. Now five from six, the chances are you won’t see odds like that next start.



Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday december 26


Pinnacle Prince

Word For Word

All Time Legend

Track Rating: Soft 5

Race 2 – Class 3 Hcp (1100m) PINNACLE PRINCE ?
The money was good on Saturday for Brett Cavanough’s three-year-old. Yet another galloper to put the wide gate theory to bed, the colt was sent out a $2.20 and drew the car park, jumping from gate 13 (of 13). First-up off a four-month break, he crossed to settle near last, spotting the leaders a dozen lengths. He turned the corner, the widest runner and showed plenty of dash as he came down the centre of the track to reel them in and win the event, eased on the line. That’s two wins from three starts for the Hinchinbrook youngster and it looks like a case of onward and upward from here on that performance.

Race 5 – BM88 Hcp (1600m) WORD FOR WORD ?
Chris Waller’s five-year-old mare was second-up off a 15-week break on Saturday and showed tremendous fight to pick up third prize. She settled on the leader’s heels and remained there to the turn. On straightening, she kept plugging away at the two leaders, but was doing her best work inside the final 100m, finishing better than any, taking ground off the first two across the line. Bred to stay, the So You Think mare will strip fitter next start and looks ready to step up in distance now.

Race 7 – BM78 Hcp (1200m) ALL TIME LEGEND ?
Arguably the run of the day, this smart Zoustar gelding defied all the odds on Saturday and first-up, still scored the most impressive win of the day. Drawn wide in gate 10 (of 11), Chris Williams dropped him back to find cover but struck out, getting caught three and four deep to the turn. Straightening the widest runner, he showed an incredible turn of foot to race past the field and hitting the lead inside the final 100m, ran away to win by 2.5 lengths, and made it look easy in the process. That’s four wins from six starts for the Les Bridge-trained gelding and he appears to have a big future from here. Stick with him.




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