NSW Blackbookers and Horses To Follow

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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 losers 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 April 6

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

ESPIONAGE

 

FIRESTORM

 

AUGUST BLOOM

 

 

Track Rating:   HEAVY  9

 

Race 1 – KINDERGARTEN STAKES GROUP 3 (1100M)   ESPIONAGE  📓
Third-up on Saturday, the Tulloch Lodge galloper made up for missing a Golden Slipper start by taking out the $250k race and he did it in style. The well-bred Zoustar colt sat behind the two leaders to the turn. On straightening, Tommy Berry gave him full reign where he left them all to fight out the minors crossing the line three lengths clear of the pack. That was an impressive way to bounce back after suffering some bad luck in the Todman Slipper Trial last start. If he has clean air in front of him, he can sprint with the best of them. If they keep him going, stick with him.

 

Race 3 – CARBINE CLUB STAKES GROUP 3 (1600M)   FIRESTORM  📓
A former NZ galloper, the filly is now with the Chris Waller stable and on Saturday, she second-up, coming off a first-up win in BM72 company on Randwick’s Kensington track. Securing a start (as an Emergency), she settled mid-field with cover with Craig Williams as the pilot. In the run home, Williams had to make his own luck as he was pocketed several times before crossing heels and finally finding space. She hit the line strongly and fought all the way before grabbing fourth prize, beaten less than two lengths as a $14 chance in the race. Keep her safe for a few more after her first two efforts.

 

Race 10 – P J BELL STAKES GROUP 3 (1200M)   AUGUST BLOOM  📓
The Team Snowden filly was resuming after six months off the scene and while in need of the run, still turned a few heads with her closing efforts on Saturday. From her wide gate (11 of 14), Tom Sherry dropped her back to near last, spotting the leaders eight lengths on settling. Looking for space, Tommy Berry ran into a few a dead ends before he found his way clear and although not a winning chance from there, the filly still hit the line strongly, showing plenty of promise for more things to come. As a $31 chance, she finished just three lengths from the winner and looks set for improvement from here.

 

 

 

 

Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday March 30

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

LINEBACKER

 

ROOTS

 

GRINGOTTS

 

 

Track Rating:   GOOD  4

 

Race 3 – HYLAND RACE COLOURS BAILLIEU GROUP 3 (1400M)   LINEBACKER  📓
The John O’Shea-trained juvenile was having his second race-start (after winning on debut in a Hawkesbury maiden) and did it tough on Saturday to remain unbeaten. Settling second, at the leader’s girth, he had the job of taking the field up to the front-runner without cover and over the 1400m, did an excellent job of grabbing victory right on the line. Tommy Berry threw everything at him over the final 100m and he did enough to get the decision on the post. He will only strip fitter next start and has plenty of upside in him. Stick with him for now.

 

Race 6 – STAR KINGDOM STAKES GROUP 3 (1200M)   ROOTS  📓
The Chris Waller-trained mare resumed off an 18-week spell on Saturday and kept her fresh record ticking over with an eye-catching third in this event. Caught-up in traffic soon after straightening, Jason Collett darted back to the inside where he eventually secured a rails run, and while no chance of running down Bandi’s Boy, the mare certainly caught the eye with her strong finish, taking lengths off them over the final 100m. She is already a winner when second and third-up where any challenge up to the mile will suit. Keep her safe for a few more yet.

 

Race 10 – HKJC WORLD POOL HANDICAP (1400M)   GRINGOTTS  📓
The Ciaron Maher-trained gelding was fresh off a five-month absence on Saturday although you would be excused for not knowing that, after the ease of this win. Defying all the theories about wide gates and runs, the Per Incanto gelding jumped from gate 12 (of 13) and was never on the track, racing worse than mid-field, three-deep without cover to the turn. James McDonald then had him even wider to find clean air and despite spotting the leader five lengths passing the 300m pole, he finished like a train and went on to win by a length on the line, eased over the final 50m. That was as big an effort that you will ever see from a horse, fresh after spending five months in the paddock. Eleven starts for ten podium finishes tells you he just might be one to follow.

 

 

 

Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday March 23

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

GENERAL SALUTE

 

SUNSHINE IN PARIS

 

CHAIN OF LIGHTNING

 

 

Track Rating:   GOOD  4

 

 

Race 4 – DARBY MUNRO STAKES LISTED (1200M)   GENERAL SALUTE  📓
The Russian Revolution gelding resumed off a 21-week break on Saturday and could see all of the 11 other runners as they swung for home, spotting the leaders at least eight lengths. While never a winning chance from there, Kerrin McEvoy had him the widest on straightening and asking for a final effort, the three-year-old obliged. His final 200m was really eye-catching as he passed half the field and finished less than three lengths from Brave Mead (the winner). He could be one to watch over the Autumn.

 

Race 9 – KIA ORA GALAXY GROUP 1 (1100M)   SUNSHINE IN PARIS  📓
The Annabel Neasham-trained mare was fresh off a lengthy 28-week absence on Saturday and showed us all she was back at her best, beaten a nostril in this contest. Zapateo had the advantage of two lead-up races and that’s probably all that beat the mare on the day. Parked three pairs back as they turned, Jason Collett stuck to the inside and after being held-up momentarily, he set sail after the leaders and looked home but with the better conditioning, Kerrin McEvoy drove Zapateo home and arrived in time to get the decision. The Invader mare was gallant in defeat and already nominated for some big black-type racing over the Autumn Carnival, keep her very safe in her future travels.

 

Race 10 – BIRTHDAY CARD STAKES GROUP 3 (1200M)   CHAIN OF LIGHTNING  📓
The Fighting Sun mare was second-up on Saturday, coming off an ordinary performance in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield last month. The change of scenery certainly did the trick with the five-year-old proving too strong and grabbing the spoils in this contest. Jumping from the car park in gate 12 (of 15), the five-year-old was never on the track and carrying top weight (58.5kgs), took the turn via the cape but still proved too strong in the run home, shaking off the challenge from the race-favourite (Olentia), who ended up fourth in the event. The Peter Moody camp have a smart one on their hands here who is now a three-time winner when second-up but has also tasted victory when third-up as well. She is nominated for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on Saturday week (6 April) but is yet to finish on the podium in eight group 1 starts. She could still pick something up over the Autumn.

 

 

 

Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday March 16

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

LIBERTAD

 

KINTYRE

 

HINGED

 

 

Track Rating:   GOOD  4

 

Race 6 – MAURICE MCCARTEN STAKES GROUP 3 (1100M)   LIBERTAD  📓
The Russian Revolution colt was second-up on Saturday and showed a ton of improvement to finish runner-up behind Red Card in this event. Never on the track and always well back, he turned for home five lengths off Red Card and chased him all the way home to finish less than a length from victory as a $21 chance. A performance like that will ensure we won’t be getting anything like that price in the near future. Stick with him because there is sure to be a win in him coming soon.

 

Race 7 – PHAR LAP STAKES GROUP 2 (1500M)   KINTYRE  📓
Zardozi’s win in this event was impressive but no more impressive than the second-up effort of the Gary Portelli-trained gelding. While Zardozi took the short cut and stuck to the inside, Jason Collett was forced to come wide on the turn and cover a ton of extra ground. Inside the final 300m, he was five lengths off the leaders and the widest of them all, and in the run home, took lengths off them to finish third, crossing the line just two lengths behind Zardozi in the end. He has finished runner-up in two previous third-up efforts and on his performance here, is well worth jotting down in the blackbook for a couple more.

 

Race 8 – COOLMORE CLASSIC GROUP 1 (1500M)   HINGED  📓
The Chris Waller-trained mare was second-up on Saturday and did a mighty job to finish just over half a length behind Zougotcha in this contest. Jumping from the car park in gate 15 (of 17), the five-year-old mare was never on the track and straightened up, six horses off the fence and six lengths off the pace. Tommy Berry tracked Semana into the straight and from there, took ground of them all in the run home. She boasts a strong third-up record and should be kept safe for now.

 

 

Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday March 9

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

MILITARY MISSION

 

CORNICHE

 

PO KARE KARE

 

 

Track Rating:   GOOD  4

 

Race 3 – RANDWICK CITY STAKES LISTED (2000M)   MILITARY MISSION  📓
The Tulloch Lodge galloper looked impressive when finishing third on Saturday as he prepares for a shot at the Sydney Cup on April 13. First-up after winning the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown last December, he came from back in the field and was a fast-finishing third against a handy field here, beaten just 1.5 lengths on the line, carrying 61kgs on fresh legs. His effort was by far the most eye-catching in the race and well worth noting as he is already a three-time winner when second-up. An early investment on him in the Sydney Cup wouldn’t go astray as he is currently at $14 and $4.25 with Ladbrokes (All-in markets) and an each-way ticket now just might be the way to go.

 

Race 4 – TOKYO CITY KEIBA FIREBALL STAKES (1100M)   CORNICHE  📓
The James Cummings-trained galloper resumed on Saturday after more than six months in the paddock and turned a few heads as he took home second prize at double-figure odds. Turning for home, he had just one behind him and spotted the leader six lengths. Tom Marquand kept him going and he made up a ton of ground to get within half a length of the winner (Infancy) on the line. The Godolphin colt looks ready to make a difference this time in and will only improve on that run.

 

Race 10 – WENONA GIRL QUALITY GROUP 3 (1200M)   PO KARE KARE  📓
The Savabeel mare was first-up since finishing unplaced in Listed company at Flemington last November and on Saturday, couldn’t have started any worse, missing the jump by six lengths, settling 15 lengths from the front runner, and totally out of commission. Turning for home, and still a clear last, Zac Lloyd kept her on the fence where she made up a ton of ground and still found trouble, running into dead ends. Once clear, she still hit the line well and beat home a handful, finishing only four lengths from the winner. Had she jumped with them, who knows. She is a two-time winner when second-up so it might pay to give her a second chance.

 

 

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