NSW Blackbookers and Horses To Follow
- Blackbookers to catch the eye in NSW
- Our latest horses to follow from Sydney racing
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 april 10
Track Rating: Soft 7 (Race 1 to Race 6), Soft 6 (Race 7 to Race 9)
Race 1 – Kindergarten Stakes Group 3 (1100m) ANAGAIN 📓
Coming off a debut Maiden win at Gosford, the Hinchinbrook filly was most impressive on Saturday when a fast finishing second at Randwick. Coming from second-last on the turn, Grant Buckley had to weave his way through traffic before finding clean air inside the final 300 metres. The filly ran her last 600m, 11 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the event and posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals as well. She looks a real promising type and well worth entering into the black book.
Race 4 – Adrian Knox Stakes Group 3 (2000m) BARGAIN 📓
This Ocean Park filly turned plenty of heads on Saturday with a whirlwind finish that ‘almost’ saw her collect the big prize. Drawing the car park (gate 16 of 17), Robbie Dolan settled her at the rear where she remained to the turn. Spotting the leaders more than a dozen lengths, Dolan hooked her out to the middle of the track where she stormed home to miss the major prize by just half a length on the line. If she draws a gate, she probably wins the race. The filly finished the event running her last 600m, 8.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the contest and posted the fastest overall sectionals as well. She is well worth keeping an eye on.
Race 10 – P.J Bell Stakes Group 3 (1200m) GEIST 📓
The Godolphin filly hasn’t run a bad race since winning her maiden six starts back at Hawkesbury. On Saturday, she also drew the car park in gate 12 (of 15), forcing jockey Rachel King’s hand into settling her at the rear of the field. Spotting them more than 10 lengths on the turn, King had to change direction several times before securing a clean run. She closed quickly over the final 200 metres, grabbing third prize on the line. She ran her last 600m, 11 lengths quicker than benchmark, clearly the best effort in the race. Here was another example of, if she draws a gate, she probably wins. Saturday’s effort made it five podium finishes from her past six starts. Don’t let her get under your guard.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday april 3
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 – Group 3 Schweppervescence Two-Yr-Olds (1400m) SAIF 📓
Our Best Value bet of the day with punters jumping on board ($8 into $6.50) and he didn’t disappoint. Ridden a treat by Craig Williams, he had the Team Hawkes-trained gelding box-seating on settling. Turning for home, he came off the fence and over the final 150m, showed a solid turn-of-foot where he took over and left the rest to squabble over the minors. He ran the trip, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field. It was an impressive effort coming off his second placing in the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce (1400m). That’s two wins and a runner-up finish from his three starts now and a big future looks in place for him.
Race 5 – Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m) DEPRIVE 📓
Unplaced in this event, the Godolphin gelding was second-up on Saturday and still ran the fastest overall race sectionals for the trip. Sitting last on the turn, Rachel King went back inside looking for gaps and was making progress until one gap she went for closed quickly on her, forcing her to stop riding briefly when held up at a vital spot in the run home. King did get him going again and the Denman gelding hit the line well, finishing just over two lengths from the winner. He does have a win or two in him somewhere in this preparation.
Race 8 – Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) YAO DASH 📓
He drew the inside gate (after scratchings), landed in front, and that’s all she wrote as Craig Williams made it a double on the day. He dictated the pace up front and in the run home, showed an impressive turn-of-foot to put four lengths on them passing the 200m mark. He crossed the line 3.5 lengths ahead and ran the trip, 13 lengths quicker than benchmark, 3 lengths better than the beaten brigade. Currently a $9 chance with Sportsbet for Saturday’s Doncaster, if he draws well enough, he could give them something to chase.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday march 27
Track Rating: Soft 7 (Race 1 to 8), Soft 6 (Race 9)
Race 5 – Rosehill Guineas Group 1 (2000m) MONTEFILIA 📓
The limelight was stolen a little here with the impressive win by Mo’unga who was third-up on Saturday and well supported. However, the run by the Kermadec filly was just as impressive, considering her run in the event. She drew gate 10 and had to work across and found a sit back with the tailenders, 10 lengths off the pace. She tracked Mo’unga into the straight and slipstreamed him all the way home, having to be eased to avoid clipping his heels at one stage. She finished a length back in third place after running the fastest overall sectionals for the event. She covered the 2000m, 4.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, just half a length slower than Mo’unga but ran the quickest final 600m, 2.8 lengths above the benchmark. She will winning again soon.
Race 6 – George Ryder Stakes Group 1 (1500m) AVILIUS 📓
This Godolphin galloper has been hard to catch, having not won since the George Main Stakes two years ago. But on Saturday, he was second-up off an impressive and close-up third placing in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes last month. He settled last with stablemate Cascadian where the pair just sat back and followed the field into the home straight. Nash Rawiller weaved his way through traffic to finally grab some clean air and the seven-year-old stormed home to finish third, beaten less than half a length on the line. He has three second-up victories on his resume to date and maybe this time in we can cash-in on him.
Race 7 – Golden Slipper Group 1 (1200m) ANAMOE 📓
The Godolphin Group grabbed both minor prizes in this year’s classic event with Rachel King’s mount certainly turning heads for future racing. While all the honours went to Stay Inside (deservedly), the Street Boss colt certainly drew some attention, particularly in the run home. After drawing the car park in gate 16, King dropped him back to settle second-last, 12 lengths off the pace. In the run home, he was eight lengths adrift of Stay Inside and continually wanted to hang in, forcing King to stop riding more than once to straighten him. He hit the line the strongest of all, coming within two lengths of the winner. He was installed a $4.00 favourite for the Sires’ Produce Stakes in two weeks time, but after the breaking news this morning of Slipper winner Stay Inside now heading to the paddock, the Godolphin galloper was cut to $3.50 (and favourite) for the 1400m event. Based on his efforts in Saturday’s 1200m race, he will be hard to hold out in the Sires’.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday march 13
Track Rating: Good 4 (Race 1 to race 4), Good 3 (Race 5 to Race 9)
Race 1 – BM78 Hcp (1900m) WELSH LEGEND 📓
Ridden a treat by James McDonald, the Camelot mare was third-up on Saturday and it look all too easy in the end. Sitting third, with the run of the race, McDonald just cruised up to the leaders on the turn, and that was the end of the section. Passing the 200m mark, she grew another leg and showed a great turn of foot, running away from the field to score an effortless win. She ran the fastest final 800, 600 and 400m race sectionals, (eased over the final 100 metres), and ran her final 600m, 6.2 lengths under benchmark, the best in the race. She is racing in career best form now, missing a top-two finish just once in her past six starts. She’s on the boil and we should stick with her for now.
Race 3 – Pago Pago Stakes (Group 3) (1200m) MAZU 📓
It was an absolute tragedy to see this Team Snowden-trained colt miss a Golden Slipper start, after this luckless performance. Settling better than mid-field on the fence, the colt travelled sweetly to the turn, then found himself in a spot of bother, with nowhere to go. Held up several times, Andrew Adkins tried to cross heels looking for a run, then had to switch back to the inside as the gaps all closed on him. Finally, he secured an inside run and stormed home but all to no avail, having to be happy with third prize on the day. Although never really hitting top gear, he still ran the final 600m, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark, three lengths slower than the winner (Shaquero) who had a trouble-free run to the line. This colt has a lot of ability and is well worth following.
Race 5 – Maurice McCarten Stakes (Group 3) (1100m) WANDABAA 📓
First-up on Saturday, the Kris Lees-trained mare was another good thing beaten, after running into trouble at the top of the straight. Back last on the turn, Jason Collett had to ease and eventually stop riding the Wandjina mare after almost galloping on the heels of the weakening brigade in front of her. That cost her at least two lengths and momentum. Passing the 200m mark, she was spotting the leaders three lengths and over the final 100m, she closed on them like a freight train to finish fourth, beaten half a length on the line. She ran the fastest overall race sectionals and her final 600m, 9.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. That’s was just the fourth time she has missed a podium finish in her 19 career starts. She is two from three when second-up so it may pay to jot her name down in the black book.
Race 9 – BM88 Hcp (1350m) NUDGE 📓
She was first-up off a five-month break on Saturday and James McDonald got everything he could out of her. Settling near last, he tailed the field to the corner where J.Mac pulled her wide and after giving them five lengths start, she stormed home to finish fourth, beaten just two lengths on the line. She ran the fastest overall race sectionals and covered her final 600m, 9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field. She is a previous winner when second-up so it will pay to keep an eye on her from here on.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday march 6
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) DOUBTLAND 📓
The Team Hawkes-trained colt was first-up off a four-month spell on Saturday and finished off his run in good fashion. He couldn’t go the early pace and dropped out to trail the field. Passing the 600m mark, he was a good dozen lengths behind the leader. Tommy Berry got to work on him soon after straightening but in the run home, he was too far back to be a winning chance, but still ran to the line well. His last 600m was the highlight, running it out, 10.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field by 4.5 lengths. He also ran the fastest final 800m and 600m race sectionals. Worth noting also, he is two from two when second-up and won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington when last second-up.
Race 2 – Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) STAY INSIDE 📓
Unbeaten before Saturday, the Team Freedman-trained colt was a tragedy beaten after being blocked for a run most of the way home. James McDonald held him back at the start where he settled last, some eight lengths behind race favourite Profiteer who over-raced for the first half of the event. On straightening, J.Mac went for a split that quickly closed on him by Glen Boss on Alpine Edge, leaving McDonald in a pocket on the inside. He finally saw daylight passing the 150m mark and although never a winning chance, finished strongly, taking good ground off the first three past the post. I wouldn’t be ruling her out of Golden Slipper contention just yet (still second in the betting at $5.50 behind Profiteer at $5).
Race 5 – Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) EDUARDO 📓
The lightly-raced seven-year-old is as game as they come and on Saturday, he gave a champion sprinter, a start and a beating, grabbing Nature Strip right on the post. First-up off a four-month break, the gelding jumped in front and when trying to slow them up, James McDonald took over on Nature Strip, leaving Eduardo second, at his girth on the fence. In the run home, it turned into a two-horse war with Nature Strip looking comfortable, about half a length in front all the way to fifty metres out from home. Eduardo put in two large strides and got the nod on the line. The stats of both gallopers reflect just how good their efforts were in the end. They both ran the 1000m, 19.9 lengths quicker than benchmark with Eduardo running the fastest final 200m race sectional. He has won two of six when second-up so it may pay to watch this fellow.