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 july 17




Mr Hussill

Criminal Code

Just Field


Track Rating:  Heavy 8


Race 2 – Highway Class 2 Hcp (1200m)  MR HUSSILL 📓
Having his first race start in over 18 months on Saturday, the Husson gelding made it three wins from four starts and did it comfortably in the end. Parked three pairs back behind the pace, Kerrin McEvoy timed his run to perfection as the rising six-year-old powered through a split inside the last 200m and ran away from them to score an easy win. He set the fastest final 200m of the race and ran the entire trip, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in field. He’s not done with yet. We will run with him for a few more starts.


Race 5 – BM78 Hcp (1600m)  CRIMINAL CODE 📓
Third-up on Saturday, It was Tommy Berry’s turn to taste victory as he rode the first of his winning treble here. The Chris Waller-trained gelding came from near last on the turn and put in a whirlwind performance to overrun Bring The Ransom and win going away with his class telling in the end. He ran the fastest overall sectionals for the race and covered the mile trip, 7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the contest. Placed at Group 2 level in the WA Derby (2400m) last year, he will be looking for further now and we will be right there to cash in.


Race 6 – Midway BM72 Hcp (1200m)  JUST FIELD 📓
The Deep Field mare was second-up off a 5-week let-up on Saturday and made it consecutive runner-up finishes. Coming from back in the field on the turn, he spotted the leaders more than eight lengths on straightening and stormed home out wide to beat all but the more seasoned Lord Zoulander to finish within two lengths of the winner who took advantage of the dream rails run he was offered. The Damien Lane-trained galloper recorded the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the race and covered the trip, half a length quicker than benchmark, the second-best in the contest. He will only improve on this and is well worth a spot in the black book.




Horses to follow from rANDWICK on Saturday july 10




Zoo Station

Harpo Marx


Track Rating:  Race 1 to Race 5 (Heavy 8), Race 6 to Race 8 (Heavy 9), Race 9 and Race 10 (Abandoned)


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1100m) DRAGONSTONE 📓
The Mark Newnham-trained juvenile was having just his second race start on Saturday and considering the (heavy) conditions, did well to finish second on the day. He drew out (8 of 10) and dropped back to settle second-last in search of cover. Turning for home, he still had just one behind him and was spotting them far too much start on the wet track. He still finished better than the rest, posting the fastest overall sectionals as he grabbed second prize. He also showed a liking to the conditions by running his last 600m, 11.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, that was more than 3 lengths better than the rest of the field. There are better days ahead for this youngster.


Race 3 – Class 3 Hwy Hcp (1400m) ZOO STATION 📓
The wide gate and heavy conditions can be blamed for the Bathurst-trained galloper not finishing closer on Saturday. The Animal Kingdom mare drew the car park in gate 14 (of 14), leaving Regan Bayliss little option than to drop back for a sit closer to the fence. Eventually settling last (12 lengths of the pace), Bayliss hooked her out on the turn where she was the widest runner. Finding firmer ground, she finished strongly to end up in sixth place, just over three lengths from the winner. The four-year-old ran her last 600m, 7.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field. She also posted the fastest final 800m and 600m sectionals for the contest. She will no doubt head back to the bush but if you have her in your black book, you should be able to keep track of her movements. One of our black bookers on June 26 (see below), stay with her for a few more runs.


Race 5 – BM78 Hcp (1100m) HARPO MARX 📓
The Galileo gelding notched up his first win on a heavy on Saturday and he did it in style. Heavily backed from his opening quote of $3.20, punters sent him out a hot-favourite at $2.35 and he didn’t disappoint. Rachel King settled him last and on straightening, he could still see them all and was still more than six lengths behind the front runners. He made it look like a procession from there. Running two to their one, he stormed down the middle of the track to win, going away from them under hands and heels by King. He was third-up on Saturday and last preparation, King steered him to victory when fourth-up at Warwick Farm. A previous black-booker (June 19, see below) stay with him for now.



Horses to follow from rosehill on Saturday JUly 3



Lady River


Just Field



Track Rating: Heavy 9 (Race 1 & 2), Upgraded to Heavy 8 (Race 3 to Race 10)


Race 2 – Class 3 Hcp (1100m) LADY RIVER 📓
The Scott Singleton-trained filly was shooting for the hat-trick on Saturday when she came up against city class gallopers for the first time. Drawing wide in gate 10 ( of 13), she was never on the track, trapped three and four deep to the turn. Jay Ford then pulled her even wider where she found another gear and finished strongly to claim third prize, beaten just over half a length on the line. She ran her final 600m, 2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field while posting the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals. That was third-up off a 16-week spell. She is well and truly up to this class and should followed for now.


Race 4 – BM72 Hcp (1100m) IBARAKI 📓
Having just his second race start on Saturday, the Team Hawkes-trained three-year-old lost no fans when coming up with third prize in a four-way go to the line. Jumping from gate 11 (of 12), he was another to be trapped wide to the turn, again with Jay Ford aboard. On straightening, Ford adopted similar tactics to those on Lady River where he pulled the Darci Brahma gelding even wider and yet again, stormed home, only to be denied first prize by less than half a length on the line. He ran his last 600m, 8.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second-best effort in the race. He can only improve from his two runs to date and should put in the black book.


Race 5 – BM72 Hcp (1100m) JUST FIELD 📓
Coming off a short let-up, the Deep Field mare had it all to do on Saturday having gate 13 (of 14) to deal with over the 1100m sprint. Josh Parr elected to drop back at barrier rise and settle last a dozen lengths off the pace. Held up at several key points in the run home, Parr finally got clear and pushed the mare all the way to line as she finished strongly enough to finish second behind our Racingbase.com.au selection, Our Bellagio Miss. A tragedy beaten, she will strip fitter next start and only needs a decent gate to be a genuine threat.




Horses to follow from rosehill on Saturday JUNE 26



Zoo Station


Madam Legend


Track Rating: Soft 6



Race 2 – Class 2 Hcp (1400m) ZOO STATION 📓
Country galloper resuming from a lengthy 20-week break. Jumped from gate nine (of 14) on Saturday and missed the kick. The Animal Kingdom mare was pushed along early by Regan Bayliss and made up ground to settle in front of four, but was trapped three-deep to the turn. Bayliss then pulled her even wider where she found plenty of running room and finished all over the top of them, to record a comfortable win in the end. A big effort first-up which made it three wins from five career starts. Keep her safe.



Race 6 – Listed Civic Stks (1400m) BANDERSNATCH 📓
Third-up on Saturday off a 16-week break, the Casino Prince gelding was the Racingbase.com.au best bet of the day and he didn’t disappoint. After an early battle, he worked his way to the front where Brenton Avdulla settled him down and kept the pace genuine. In the run home, he had plenty in reserve and kept going by Avdulla, he held them all safely to score by almost a length on the line. Last preparation, he won the Listed Carrington Stakes when fourth-up. Stay with him for now.



Race 9 – BM78 Hcp (1100m) MADAM LEGEND 📓
The Les Bridge-trained mare was fresh off an 11-week spell on Saturday but showed no signs of fatigue at all. She was slowly away but eventually recovered to settle near mid-field but was trapped three-deep to the turn. In the run home, Brock Ryan had to bullock his way clear after being boxed in by the Kris Lees galloper Snowzone, Ryan shook the mare up and she responded in kind, finishing too strongly for the rest and went on to beat the race favourite (Hulk) by a length on the line. That was her fourth win from 13 starts and she is a second-winner as well. Find a place for her in the book.




Horses to follow from rosehill on Saturday JUNE 19




Irish Angel

Harpo Marx


Track Rating: Heavy 8


Race 2 – BM72 Hcp 1800m  WICKLOW 📓
The Chris Waller-trained gelding didn’t beat much on Saturday (five-horse field) but he did it comfortably in the end. Sent out a white-hot $1.40 elect, the three-year-old extended his picket fence by making it a hat-trick as he put almost two lengths on them in the run home. He covered the journey, 9.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by 6 lengths. Where to from here ? The only way I can see is up.


Race 5 – BM72 Hcp 1100m  IRISH ANGEL 📓
Another from the Waller stable, the Not A Single Doubt mare was second-up on Saturday and although her resume showed no top-three finishes in three previous second-up runs, She turned plenty of heads with a sterling performance. She drew wide (gate 10 of 12) and settled third-last on the fence, eight lengths off the pace. On straightening, Hugh Bowman had to cross many sets of heels as he pulled her wide to find clean air. The horse had bottled (pardon the pun) by then, but she finished strongly to grab second prize, finishing just over a length off the winner. To support her finishing efforts, she ran the fastest overall sectionals for the race and covered her final 600m, 9.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race by 3 lengths. A big effort second-up and her third-up record is much better. Keep her safe.


Race 9 – BM78 Hcp 1500m  HARPO MARX 📓
The results page say the Bjorn Baker-trained gelding finished fifth when first-up on Saturday and while that statistic is correct, he should have finished a lot closer. Rachel King had him back with the tailenders, settling 10 lengths off the pace. Awkwardly placed on the turn, King had to stop riding several times as the gaps disappeared. She then had to cross heels (again) to find clean air and while never a winning chance from there, the Galileo gelding’s last 200m was an eye-catcher. Whilst finishing unplaced, he ran the fastest overall sectionals for the race and covered his final 600m, 3.8 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. He is placed three from three when second-up and has won twice from three third-up runs. Stay with him for at least a couple more.




Horses to follow from rANDWICK on Saturday june 12




Steel Diamond

La Chevalee


Track Rating: Soft 7


Race 3 – BM78 Hcp (1000m) HULK 📓
The Chris Waller-trained galloper was third-up on Saturday and really caught the eye finishing second behind Malkovich. Ridden a treat by Brenton Avdulla, he weaved his way through traffic in the run home and was taking ground off the leader but the post arrived too soon for him. He ran the last 600m, 14.7 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race and clocked the fastest overall sectionals as well. He is a very consistent galloper and although not winning too many (3 from 25), his next win isn’t too far away.


Race 4 – BM78 Hcp (1200m) STEEL DIAMOND 📓
Another from the Chris Waller stable, the Star Witness mare was first-up off a 10-month absence when she gave a great account of herself, finishing a close-up second to Gravina (our Best Bet 🏆 of the day). It was Avdulla again, (who spent the day riding minor placings, finishing the day with 5 runner-up cheques and another 2 for finishing third) who rode the mare a treat, sitting in behind the front runners then coming off their heels to finish strongly. She finished the race running it, 4 lengths above benchmark, just .02 slower than Gravina, and ran her last 600m, 9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the second best in the race. She can only improve on that effort and her performance rang alarm bells for her up-and-coming competition.

Race 5 – BM78 Hcp (1600m) LA CHEVALEE 📓
The Maher and Eustace-trained mare was third-up on Saturday after almost a year off the scene and was the best thing beaten all day. Having absolutely no luck at all in the run home, Regan Bayliss kept looking for a way through and ended up switching back to the fence where he finally found clean air. But it was all too late with the first two pinching a winning break. Bayliss did well to get as close as he did, beaten just half a length on the line. The Written Tycoon mare ran the trip, 6.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, just half a length behind the winner’s effort. She has three wins and four minor placings from her 10 career starts and there are plenty victories in her yet.




Horses to follow from rosehill on Saturday JUNE 5




Cape Breton


Great House


Track Rating: Soft 6


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1400m)  CAPE BRETON 📓
The Vancouver colt was having his second race start on Saturday and settled third behind the two tearaway leaders. On the turn, he already looked the winner but after taking over inside the last 200m, he had to fight for it with Hundred Proof on his outside giving him all sorts of nightmares. To his credit, he fought off the challenge to hang on and win. He ran the 1200m, 1.2 lengths above benchmark which was good enough to rank one in the field. Stick with this fellow, he has plenty more in him.


Race 2 – Class 2 Hcp (1100m)  DISTILLATE 📓
Fresh off a five-month break on Saturday, the Canberra galloper was taken to the lead by Louise Day at barrier rise. The Dissident filly took the 13-strong field into the home straight still leading the way. Challenged firstly by race favourite (Nicci Trix), she found plenty to hold off a wall of challenges and take home first prize. That was her third win from six starts and she is a winner second-up. Keep her well under guard.


Race 6 – BM78 Hcp (1500m)  GREAT HOUSE 📓
Fresh off a nine-week break, the Irish-bred gelding produced a solid first-up performance in winning this contest on Saturday. Tommy Berry settled him perfectly in the run, three pairs off the pace. It was a battle royal in the run with Waller stablemates fighting out the trifecta. The Galileo four-year-old got the better of the trio and edged them out of first prize on the line. A strong effort on fresh legs and beware, he is two from two second-up. Into the Blackbook for this chap.




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