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 June 25











Track Rating:   Soft 5  (Race 1 to Race 7),   Good 4  (Race 8 to Race 10)


Race 3 – Midway Hcp BM72 (1100m)   MORALIST  📓
The Uncle Mo gelding was first-up on Saturday having not raced since January and turned plenty of heads with his efforts on the day. Settling better than mid-field, he chased the half-dozen ahead of him all the way to the line, finishing better than all of them, just leaving his run a little too late in the end, finishing an eye-catching third. He ran the fastest final 200m sectional and covered his last 600m, 8 lengths quicker than benchmark, 2.5 lengths faster than the winner. He is already a second-up winner and it will pay to stick with him for a while.


Race 8 – Civic Stakes Listed (1400m)   OSCAR ZULU  📓
The Epaulette gelding took a little longer to hit his straps this time in but fourth-up on Saturday, he sent a clear message to all that he was now ready to perform. Mid-field when they turned, Josh Parr was weaving his way through traffic when he was blocked for room nearing the 200m mark. Having to regain momentum from there, he got going again and came within long a neck of grabbing victory, taking home second prize on the day. He still posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals and ran his last 600m, 9.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. If you have been with him since he returned this preparation, give him another run or two to catch up on your losses because he looks at his peak now.


Race 9 – BM78 Hcp (1100m)   CONSCRIPT  📓
If you landed the First-4 in this race on Saturday ($64,615) you would no doubt have needed security guards to see you home safe. This four-year-old was fresh off a lengthy 22-week break when he also caught the eye when a fast-finishing third in the event. Still last on the turn, spotting the leader some eight lengths, Tim Clark took the risk and kept the gelding on the fence. The run came when (eventual) winner Hulk, burst through the gap to go on and take the honours but Conscript wasn’t all that far away, beaten just over two lengths as a $9.50 chance in the race. The Time For War four-year-old is already a winner when second-up and third-up so it should pay to stick with him for now.



Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday June 18











Track Rating : GOOD 4


Race 2 – Highway Hcp Class 2 (1200m)   DON’TFORGETMONICA  📓
First-up on Saturday, the Scone-based galloper won her first fresh start in four attempts and did it in style. Ridden an absolute treat by gun-rider Reece Jones, he had the Monaco Consul mare settled mid-field on the fence and enjoyed the ride to the turn. Jones steered the mare across heels until he saw daylight, then let her go, and she motored to the line, putting almost two lengths on them. She covered the trip, 2.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, 2 lengths faster than the rest. She also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Already a winner when second-up, she will be well worth following for a while.


Race 6 – BM72 Hcp (1100m)   PETULANT  📓
The Team Hawkes-trained filly was second-up on Saturday and faced a strong field for just her fifth career start. She gained a start (as an emergency) after scratchings and from gate 9 (of 12), hit the ground running and quickly settled second, outside the leader. William Pike was in the saddle and had the Starspangledbanner filly on the bit to the turn. She ran home strongly but was unable to reel in the winner (Rubinocchi), still boxing-on to hold second prize. She ran the trip, 2.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, just 1.5 lengths slower than the winner. The filly is also a winner when third-up and should be winning again real soon.


Race 10 – BM78 Hcp (1300m)   SILENT AGENDA  📓
The Joe Pride-trained galloper was fresh off a 14-week spell on Saturday and unwanted in the market at $31, put in a superb effort to finish runner-up, just 1 length behind his stablemate (Titanium Power). Sam Clipperton had the Redoute’s Choice gelding settle near last early. Seeing all but one of them on the turn, Clipperton kept him on the fence and while no chance of victory, got going inside the last 200m and finished better than any other, giving the stablemate a real fright over the line. He ran his last 600m, 5.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race while posting the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Placed twice previously when second-up, he will strip fitter from here and should be winning in the near future.



Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday June 11










Track Rating:  Soft 5  (Race 1 to Race 6),   Good 4  (Race 7 to Race 10)


Race 2 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1100m)   WINGARDIUM  📓
The Bjorn Baker-trained filly was having just her second start on Saturday when she turned just about every head in the grandstand. Settling at the tail of the field, Dylan Gibbons pulled her wide on the turn where she could see almost every runner. In a whirlwind finish, she stormed home down the centre of the track to arrive in time to claim victory as a $19 chance. I doubt we will be offered double-figure odds next start. Keep her very safe for now.


Race 3 – BM78 Hcp (1200m)   FASTCONI  📓
After a disappointing second-up effort, the Nicconi gelding made amends for that on Saturday when he was sent out a $21 chance and beat all but Waihaha Falls home. Spotting them far too much start, he was still a distant last passing the 300m mark, he made up a ton of ground to grab second prize in a much improved performance, finishing three lengths from the winner. Now with three runs behind him, watch for further improvement at his next couple of starts.


Race 5 – BM78 Hcp (1600m)   COMME BELLA FILLE  📓
Second-up on Saturday, the pull in the weights got her home but nonetheless she was clinical in her efforts, taking out the contest by almost a length on the line. Coming off heels inside the last 200m, Reece Jones pushed her all the way as she did best where it mattered most. She ran the trip out, 4 lengths quicker than benchmark and recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. Jot her down in the black book as she is unbeaten (two from two) third-up.



Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday June 4











Track Rating:   SOFT 7 (Race 1 to Race 6),   SOFT 6 (Race 7 to Race 10)


Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1300m)   OSIPENKO  📓
The Chris Waller-trained colt placed in three lead-up trials before making his debut on Saturday and he really gave them a galloping lesson. Ridden a treat by Josh Parr, he had the Pierro colt sitting behind the early pace with cover and travelling well to the turn. On straightening, he weaved his way through the beaten brigade and passing the 200m mark, flicked on the afterburners and gave the race-favourites a cold as he whizzed past them and on his way to record the biggest win of the day (putting almost four lengths on them over the line). He ran the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals and covered the entire trip, 6 lengths quicker than benchmark, more than 3 lengths better than the rest. This promising youngster needs to be watched at all costs.



Race 2 – Highway Hcp Class 3 (1100m)   KING’S TRUST  📓
The Hinchinbrook gelding was third-up on Saturday and put in his best performance in a long time, finishing an impressive fifth over the line. Slowly away, Brock Ryan settled second-last, spotting the leaders a dozen lengths. Shaken up before the turn, Ryan kept crossing heels in the run home but once the galloper straightened up, he hit the line strongly, running his last 600m, 8.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the race. He also recorded the fastest final 800m and 600m for the race. Keep an eye on this fellow, especially if the stable put him over further ground.



Race 10 – BM78 Hcp (1200m)   KINGSHEIR  📓
Having his first start for Kim Waugh on Saturday, the five-year-old Kingman gelding was resuming off an 18-week break where he remained unbeaten when first-up. Dylan Gibbons claimed 3kgs which made all the difference in the end. He settled in the back half of the field, a dozen lengths off the pace. On the turn he peeled wide and came down the centre of the track where he finished best to win, eased on the line. He ran that out, 2 lengths quicker than benchmark, which was an impressive effort on fresh legs. It can only be onward and upward from here. Stick with him.



Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday May 28











Track Rating:  Heavy 9


Race 2 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1400m)  OWEN COUNTY   📓
The John Sargent-trained galloper was having his third race-start and with two podium finishes already next to his name, he saved his best effort for last Saturday. Second last on straightening, Rory Hutchings rode him very patiently and in the run home, the Dundeel gelding let-loose. Spotting the leader some five lengths, he rounded-up Amati and eased on the line, scored an impressive win, covering the trip 1.2 lengths slower than benchmark in the end. He also posted the fastest final 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. That win could put him in good stead for a start in the J.J Atkins on June 11 where he is currently $11 with Ladbrokes’ all-in markets.


Race 6 – BM72 Hcp (1200m)  KANAZAWA   📓
The James Cummings-trained gelding was first-up after 17 weeks off the scene and turned plenty of heads in his efforts. Near last in the turn, Glyn Schofield moved him out to the centre of the track and while taking a while to warm-up, he hit the line full of vinegar and arrived one bound too late, settling for second prize on the day. The Godolphin galloper ran his last 600m, 7.4 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in the field and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. That was his first look at a heavy track as well. Double-up on him next start.


Race 9 – BM78 Hcp (1300m)  JOJO WAS A MAN   📓
The Al Maher gelding was second-up on Saturday off a six-month absence where he gave them too much start in the end, but finished strongly to finish fourth (in a photo) and maybe should have finished closer on the day. He travelled three-wide (without cover) to the turn and straightened-up even wider, covering plenty of extra ground so his efforts were commendable in the end. He still ran the trip out, half a length quicker than benchmark, second only to the winner. He is already a winner when third-up and should be kept safe for now.




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