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 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 22

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

Wild Calm

Our Candidate

Through The Cracks

 

Track Rating:  Soft 5 (Race 1 & 2),   Good 4  (Race 3 to Race 10)

 

Race 2 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1000m)   WILD CALM  📓
Coming off a 16-week spell on Saturday, the Annabel Neasham-trained filly was beaten at the gates after drawing wide and settling last. Still at the rear on straightening, she took a while to warm up but hit the line like a train, finishing fifth but turning heads with her effort over the final 200m. She ran the last 600m, 7.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. She also clocked the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. She will improve on that run after also finishing fourth behind MM winner Coolangatta when on debut in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes. Stick with her punters.

 

Race 6 – BM88 Hcp (2000m)   OUR CANDIDATE  📓
Second-up on Saturday, The Irish-bred galloper drew wide (8 of 9) and settled last a dozen lengths off the lead. Turning for home, the Camelot gelding could still see every runner and was tightened for room until he found clean air passing the 200m mark. While never a winning chance, he hit the line strongly to finish three lengths from the winner. Although unplaced in the run, he ran his last 600m, 4.4 lengths quicker than benchmark and posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. That was just his second start in almost 12 months and he looks well on the way to producing his best. Stick with him for a couple more.

 

Race 8 – Listed Carrington Stakes (1400m)   THROUGH THE CRACKS  📓
The Wanted gelding was having his second crack at Listed company on Saturday and did it second-up after more than a year off the scene. Up against it from the outset, the seven-year-old drew gate 11 (of 12) with Rachel King easing him back to settle near last, more than a dozen lengths off the lead. Still back last on straightening, King wound him up and although storming home in the end, a more seasoned Special Reward outsprinted him to the line, leaving him with second prize on the day. He ran the 600m, 10.4 lengths quicker than benchmark and clocked the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. He appears to have lost nothing when last in work and it is strongly advised to keep him in the black book for this preparation.

 

 

Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday January 15

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

Sweet Ride

Crosscheck

Key Largo

 

Track Rating:  Soft 6 (Race 1 to Race 4),    Soft 5 (Race 5 to Race 10)

 

Race 2 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1100m)   SWEET RIDE 📓
One of three runners trained by Annabel Neasham making his debut on Saturday. The Deep field colt jumped well and landed in front on settling. Jean Van Overmeire set a steady pace to the turn. He then let the juvenile go and he quickly put two lengths on them. In the run home, he kept them all at bay, going on to win the race, maintaining that two-length advantage. He ran the trip, 3.8 lengths slower than benchmark, still 2.2. lengths quicker than the rest. He looks a promising type and should be kept safe.

 

Race 4 – Midway Hcp BM74 (1200m)   CROSSCHECK 📓
The Gary Moore-trained mare turned a few heads on Saturday as she faced the starter, first-up since May last year. Sent out at ‘Bradman odds’ ($41), she drifted back to settle third-last, spotting the leaders eight lengths. Still there on the turn, she kept running into dead-ends until Keagan Latham finally bullocked his way clear inside the last 200m and once she saw daylight, she finished too strongly for them to get and score in the shadows of the post. A super effort after seven months in the paddock. She is already a winner when second-up so stick with her for now.

 

Race 9 – BM78 Hcp (1200m)   KEY LARGO 📓
Jumping from barrier eight (of 11) on Saturday, Alysha Collett eased the I Am Invincible gelding back to settle second-last, seven lengths off the pace. She stayed there to the turn where she pulled him out wide and in the run home, he passed all but one in front of him, finishing an eye-catching second in the soft conditions (that he revels in). He posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals in the race as he ran his last 600m, 9.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by 3 lengths. That’s the second time he has won when fourth-up and give him a soft track and it looks like he can deliver us another win or two this time in.

 

 

Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday January 8

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

Evanora

 

Holy Reign

 

Joviality

 

Track Rating:   Soft 7  (Race 1 to Race 3)     Soft 6  (Race 4 to Race 10)

 

Race 1 – Highway Class 3 Hcp (1200m)    EVANORA 📓
The Luke Pepper-trained mare was second-up on Saturday and taking on much harder company after her first-up win in a BM60 at Canberra. She travelled well back among the tailenders and had to come wide on straightening to find some running room. Spotting them far too much start from there, she still ran home stoutly to finish fifth, beaten three lengths on the line. She ran her last 600m, 3.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best in the race. The Magic Albert mare is already a third-up winner and this experience has done her the world of good. Watch for her around the provincial and country tracks.

 

Race 4 – Midway Hcp BM72 (1400m)    HOLY REIGN 📓
The Kim Waugh-trained galloper was second-up on Saturday and had to carry top weight for the journey. He jumped well and settled mid-field with cover. Turning for home, the leading bunch got away and left the Manhattan Rain gelding with too much work to do as he crossed heels and began the chase. But the horse had bolted (pardon the pun) and although hitting the line well, he had to settle for fifth prizemoney on the day. He still ran his last 600m, 3.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best in the race. He is a two-time winner when third-up and is at his best around the provincial tracks. Still, keep him safe for now.

 

Race 6 – Acy Securities Hcp BM72 (1100m)    JOVIALITY 📓
The I Am Invincible mare was resuming from a six-month absence on Saturday and almost caused a boilover at big odds. James McDonald rode her a treat and coming off heels on straightening, she loomed alongside the well-fancied Rule Of Law where the pair settled down to fight in out. Try as she did, her condition gave out and the more seasoned runner hung on to win by a neck on the line. She covered her final 600m, 10 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. She also posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals as well. Chris Waller has done wonders with the four-year-old and she really looks like one to follow this preparation.

 

 

Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday December 18

 

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

 

Toomuchtobear

Banju

Holy Reign

 

 

Track Rating:   Good 4

 

Race 2 – BM72 Hcp (1400m)   TOOMUCHTOBEAR 📓
The Chris Waller-trained gelding was resuming from a 14-week spell on Saturday and really impressed with a last to first performance. Spotting the leaders 10 lengths on settling, Reece Jones timed his run to perfection as he held the Press Statement galloper together until unwinding his finishing burst which saw him grab the lead inside the last 50 metres to score an eye-catching win. He ran his last 600m, 11.6 lengths quicker then benchmark, the best in the race while recording the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Four wins from eight starts now and the promising galloper looks in line for many more yet.

 

Race 3 – Hwy Class 2 Hcp (1400m)   BANJU 📓
This Scone galloper was second-up on Saturday and defied the odds as he beat all but one home, jumping from gate 15 (of 16). Sent out a $20 chance, the Benfica gelding did a mighty job from that draw as he was caught wide to the turn. On straightening, he took over and fought like a caged tiger to finish second, beaten a whisker by King’s Trust on the line. He can only improve on that run and landing a decent gate next time, could see him go one better.

 

Race 4 – Midway Hcp BM72 (1200m)   HOLY REIGN 📓
The Kim Waugh-trained galloper resumed off a lengthy 34-week break on Saturday and really caught the eye with an impressive first-up performance. Drawn the outside gate, Tom Sherry didn’t hesitate in dropping the topweight back to last, some 15 lengths off the pace on settling. Storming home late, he got within 1.5 lengths of the winner, just running out of condition in the final 100m. He ran the last 600m, 6.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best by 2 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the contest. He is a two-time winner when second-up so keep him safe for now.

 

 

 

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