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SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

Craig Lewis Craig Lewis in Blackbookers 26 Oct 2020
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SA horses to follow

Looking for SA horses to follow each Saturday? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from the metropolitan meeting in South Australia.

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 black book from Adelaide’s Saturday racing.

Here are our SA horses to follow and put in your blackbook:


Echoes In Eternity
Mrs Hyde

Track Rating: Good 4

Rail out 6m from 3m with an extremely strong head breeze into the straight being a SSW of 30km’s building to high 30’s by end of the day. Predictably, horses low to the fence won throughout the day. They did a good job to run handy times to class with fast last 600’s hard to come by. We can follow out of the meeting with confidence.

Race 1 NMW (1400m)
With Barend Vorster on the sidelines this weekend, opportunities were open to ride for the in-form Tony and Calvin McEvoy team. First to capitalize was Jason Holder as Renegade pinged the lids for him, landing nearly a Length abreast the field. Obvious leader American Storm Kicked up inside to take over with Holder content to play follow the leader. Good pace, field strings out as Dom Tournuer pinches runs the fence to be within striking distance on Zagato Star by straightening. Renegade however was in a league of his own, stretching out to a comfortable win. Looks a nice horse.

Race 2 NMW (1400m)
Second division set a quicker tempo to finish in a very sharp overall time. Perhaps the McEvoy’s have found a niche with You Hadme At Hello in Jess Eaton allowing the mare to bowl along. Kilowatt did leave her alone early before Anna Jordjso decided to attack just inside the 600m, ensuring there were no furlongs pinched. You Hadme At Hello had disappointed punters in the past when allowed to hit the line, this time there to be beat, she fought off the late challenge of Wylie Ol’ Coyote who was specked late in betting. I had erred in making Blackbooker Cashin Chex one of our three top selections for the day while second up. Just felt there was a chance to pinch a race in the smaller field. Will keep following for sure and the winner herself ran a very smart time.

Race 3 3yo Maiden ECHOES IN ETERNITY 📓
We mentioned the form out of last weekend’s meeting would hold up and in particular we highlighted the maiden race. Tradewind ran very well in that and I suspect it was due to his wider barrier plus the drop back to 1000m that had the punters letting him out the back door. Beautiful steer by Jake Toeroek who we don’t often see partnering with Ryan Balfour. Came back from the wide draw to find cover and pick runs low to the rail. Very good win in sharp Maiden time. ECHOES IN ETERNITY on debut had the flashing lights all over her. Wide no cover, she attempted to loop the field against the pattern and she gave them a fright late. Won’t get a price about her though she must go into the Book as a coming winner.

Race 4 BM64 (1550m) DETENTORE 📓
Good speed in this event as by now they’re all wanting to be forward with that wind behind them down the back. Some good riding on display again today and I thought Jess Eaton deserved Ride Of The Day to get Cannot Be Serious to relax a little better as the race went on and allow Rex Goliath and Exalted Traveller to get away a bit as Campobasso pushed on around them. Eaton was just Johnny on the spot from then on in and she cruised up on Cannot Be Serious by the 300m with the leaders tiring. The others headed by Deep Force were game in chasing from several lengths astern, the winner however had taken the race away from them by this point. DETENTORE honest effort to loop from the back and appears ready to give David Tootell Snr his first Metro winner as a trainer sometime soon.

Race 5 CL2 (1000m) MRS HYDE 📓
Simply the win of the day by our race Selection and now Blackbooker MRS HYDE. Speedy mare, punters had eyes only for one horse who looked to have the drop on her which allowed us to enjoy the late betting drift as Sophie Logan simply enjoyed her flight from start to finish. Very sharp time, still relatively lowly rated in the handicaps, we have to follow.

Race 6 2MWLY (1950m)
Jason Holder brings up a double for the day in giving Dr Dependable the run of the race throughout. He also had the horse relaxing better in the run than we’re used to seeing of him. Charossa early leader and well rated by Caitlin Jones. Slow through the early sections before steadily building. Ace Of Clubs tough as teak under Claudia Lions as always, just beaten late by a horse who had the sweet run. First three can be followed.

Race 7 1MWLY (1250m)
Blackbooker Miss Jane superbly rated out front by Jess Eaton to land a well deserved victory, thus bringing up yet another treble for the rider. Maybe a little bit quick through the first couple, I’d suspect that’s mainly due to jumping so well that she decided to take it up, Miss Jane gave a good kick and never looked liked being beaten. Left Hand Man honest effort 3WNC, ground home soundly while Soul Fire made the Video Star in working home between horses out wide.

Race 8 Series Final BM76 (1300m)
Blackbooker and Race Selection Trip just too fast, too good. Sharp time, she was entitled to wilt late yet I thought she was gutsy all the way through. Dazzling Damsel continued to come on and gave us a fright courtesy of yet another superb Paul Gatt ride. What do we make of Poysed To Reign? Tardy early as usual, looped the field and sprinted up sharp before peaking by the 100m, changed legs about 50m out and ground to the line. She was 3rd up. If she rises in trip I’d want to see a bit of pace on, if not we can perhaps back her back to the 1200m somewhere.

Race 9 BM72 (1000m)
Jake Toeroek brings up his double with a superb ride on Blackbooker Aadelad. Back of a hot tempo with cover, he took one run around them to go on by. Dimaggio made Video Star in a forgive effort. Jess Eaton all dressed up with nowhere to go as Dom Tournuer on Viduka was intent to hold Dimaggio in behind the fading front runners. Picked himself up late to get to the line well. We’ll just stick his name under our lid’s for now.



Noname Lane

Track Rating: Good 4

Rail 8m and back to the more typical SW breeze, today building from 22km’s to a strong 30km’s by the last. Contrast to last week, we saw some quality racing with good times met throughout the day. As usual with that SW, winners came leading or handy enough with cover. Most off the fence though I believe the track played evenly across.

Race 1 3MLY (1200m)
First of five 1200m events for the day and it was pleasing see a truly run race for a small field of four. Anna Jordjso allowed pacesetter Exalted Lauretta to stride first 600m in 35.19, which is controlled enough. Barend Vorster watching the race unfold looped the field early on Fox Hall to score comfortably with the field coming home 34.58. Tidy race.

Race 2 Maiden (1200m) NONAME LANE 📓
Good race with Barend Vorster taking out the first two for the McEvoy camp, this time doing it all the way out in front on the $1.55 hotpot Star Of Uma. Controlled first half 35.71 before running home nearly as fast as the open class in the first, 34.73. Fast time to class and while the winner can be followed, we’ve got to like the return of runner up NONAME LANE. First up for 12 months and a change of stable, the second emergency stalked the winner and while he was no match, still ran a nice enough time to suggest he’ll pick up a race soon.

Race 3 BM82 (2028m)
Intriguing race going into it. Jason Holder just took control from the onset aboard Darlamax and he raced in a far more tractable manner on what little speed there was. Ritratto outside him has also improved his action of late which will only help him get out to some ground. Darlamax too good though in claiming his hatrick of wins. Did at one point appear as if he’d win by racing away, however Ritratto stuck to task as Resurge ran on late once again.

Race 4 BM75 SERIES FINAL (1200m)
Race was the faster early tempo of the five 1200m races being out 34.63. On a day we saw some good times run, the $100k series final came in a slow 35.84 to finish an overall time comparative to the maiden in Race 2. Perhaps that’s a strong reflection of that race. Anyway, very good win by Extra Time. Had cover throughout about 3L off the speed. Trucked up behind Mileva in the one out – one back on turning with a handful of horse under the 60kg, Holder shakes up Extra Time before getting into him by the 250m and once they had the leaders done and dusted, the only danger was Celestine running on from out wider. Despite wanting to duck in, Extra Time had the race in his keeping a from a long way out and I thought that was Ride Of The Day right there by Jason Holder.

Race 5 BM68 C, G & E (1200m)
Perfectly rated front running ride by Jessica Eaton brings up the treble for Tony and Calvin McEvoy on The Difference. Eaton won this race in the first furlong when she allowed the race favourite to roll forward from the outside draw without rushing him off his feet. Summing it up early enough, she crossed the field to lead with Kilowatt at his flank and a gap back to the rest. Out 35.27 home 35.29, you could make a case the rest perhaps let her get away with murder on one so well fancied. Still, she’s the state’s leading rider and Eaton rated The Difference perfectly to score by nearly 3L over stable mate Renegade in a good day for the McEvoy’s.

Race 6 BM58 (1600m) AMERIWIN 📓
Good time to Benchmark without breaking any records. A lot of these hold a handicap rating higher than 58 so most of them had weight. This class is going to more grind rather than sprint home quickly under those conditions. Nice ride by Dom Tournuer on the winner Li’l Hank who’s been there abouts in the provincials for Jordan and Jemma Frew. Pace slowed up a little through the mid section and Tournuer was able to stride forward into a striking position early. Nearly Suggested AMERIWIN as a bet going into it, just felt we should hold and see if he can back up his recent effort. Barend Vorster got on his bike early from well back when the pace slackened and he ground home really well out wide. Helps that I liked his previous start also and I think we can stick AMERIWIN into the Book.
Race 7 BM72 (1100m)
Exalted Maxine with some wow factor doing it all the way in front for Anna Jordjso. Ran really smart time too and was entitled to wilt late. Stuck gamely to task though and had a few handy one’s chasing.

Race 8 BM58 (1100m) DEEVINE 📓
Good time again to class with Masterati and Gougers cutting at each other early. Jake Toeroek with the pick up ride on General Mint giving him a lovely run midfield one off the fence. He gave him one run at the leaders and proved too good getting over the top late. DEEVINE wouldn’t make any video star out of that, having the run of the race early. Sounds silly but they were just too fast for him. Did get into it late and he’s been going well enough to suggest there’s a win around the corner for him soon. Happy with the run of Race Selection and Blackbook horse Broadway And First on resumption. Another who got into his work late, the leaders just went too fast and kept on running. We’ll stick for another.

Race 9 BM72 (1100m)
Finished the day on a lower note ratings wise. Barend Vorster, who seemed to be in everything today, allowed Oh Please Dianna to walk along out front. Caitlin Jones tucked in behind him showed there was nothing wrong with the inside section on Hearty Lass when the leader rolled a few off into the straight. Gutsy win by Hearty Lass to deny Vorster a winning treble while Golden Halo kept coming outside them. Race Selection and Blackbook horse Lianne perhaps a forgive. Own worst enemy out of the gates, she gave them 5L early and with the way the race was run – field getting home 34.57 – she was okay enough to hold ground. Will find a race for her.


Somerst Maugham
Cashin Chex

Track Rating: Good 4

Perfect Sunny 19 degrees with slight Westerly early building to 22 km’s SW by mid race day. Track even with winners from inside to out. Times throughout the day a little unflattering which perhaps didn’t help the backmarkers. Most winners were handy enough.

Race 1 BM72 (1100m)
Even field on paper which is how it played out with a Length separating the first four. Brimarvi Vehero surprise leader, they didn’t really go hard. Kayseri and Jacobite Prince tardy away with Jess Eaton poking through on Kayseri to hold the latter out 3WNC. Paul Gatt looked again to have helped Alsvior to victory by picking a run from the back of the small field only to be denied by Kayseri who seems to have his number at the moment.

Race 2 2MWLY (1200m)
Jason Holder controlled the tempo on stable horse Tequila Time with Ef Troop not really pouring the pressure on outside him. Slow through the first half in 36.56 then home 34.85, they gave nothing else a chance. Ef Troop disappointed to drop out, needs to find if we’re to suggest him for future races and Arkham Knight once again the video star. John Macmillan has indicated Arkham Knight will back up over the mile in the Murray Bridge Cup and I’m sure he’ll be up to the task.

Race 3 BM82 (1800m) SOMERSET MAUGHAM 📓
Wow this horse was impressive! With the Melbourne Spring Carnival underway, the astute interstate stables are sending some handy types over and SOMERSET MAUGHAM has now put two wins together. Barend Vorster positive early just off the leader before putting the race to bed a long way out. There may have been a let up in midrace tempo, nothing silly though and this win rates very highly. Only a lightly raced 6yo and happy to back over further still.

Race 4 Maiden (1200m) CASHIN’ CHEX 📓
Good maiden, ran some of the better times to class of the day. Part of that was owing to the big field and the very good win of Barrier Trial Blackbooker Deep Speed who crossed from wide to lead throughout. While there’s no excuses the rest, we can find some winners out of this. CASHIN’ CHEX first up for the Evans yard got back as expected and ran home well the widest with Spark Up, also a nice run, to his inside. Quickly stepped up over further in his first campaign following a handy enough run behind Game Keeper at Listed level, Cashin’ Chex has the potential to become a bit of a flagship horse this prep for a stable that’s building. Plenty of forgives and we’ll find a race for Yeelanna soon, keep that name under your hat.

Race 5 3yo BM76 (1200m) KIRINIA 📓
Blinkers off, visors on did the trick for Mileva who relaxed well enough on some good speed under Anna Jordjso. Tested by Twist Of Fury who wanted to show speed outside her, Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivary once again showed they are superior educators of young horses. Once Twist Of Fury dropped off, Jordjso went for home. Entitled to shorten late, Mileva had the race all sewn up by the time the fast finishing KIRINIA arrived late out wide. Not sure if it was because Spring is in the air, Kirinia however just showed no interest in racing early on. Usually an on speed type, it was good to see her finish off. Put the racing in perspective, Mileva ran a time 2L slower than Race 1 of the BM72 for older horses, while Kayseri’s race ran home 5L faster than Mileva. Early race was a walk in comparison to this 3yo event and I’d prefer to follow horses out of this.

Race 6 BM72 (1600m)
Ritratto made our Black Book with the highest rated win of the day Last time out and he’s backed it up with another high rating here. Well controlled by Ryan Hurdle, he had the race leader come back under him this time while still racing tractably. This led to Eran Boyd slipping up on Aray Of Sunshine to be handier than usual as Hurdle bought a couple of cheap splits. When he upped the ante though, she couldn’t match him and nor for that matter could Zende. Great to see good horses in good form with plenty of gaps back through the rest of the field, we’ll keep following Ritratto.

Race 7 3yo Listed (1800m)
Messy race, we’ll keep it simple. Dom Tournuer easy choice for Ride Of The Day on the winner Ain’tnodeeldun. Back of a very hot speed set by Casino Seventeen, who we can follow in easier affairs, Tournuer kept his horse out of the carnage that ensued when Talamo went back through the field by the 450m then kept his momentum going. Anthony and Sam Freedman continue pick out races in Adelaide for their horses with great success. Similar to the BM72 a fortnight ago which seemed the main lead up event, this race rated poorly. Disappointing as the early speed set it up to be a good race. A few boom horses perhaps not up to the hype and we wouldn’t want to follow many out of it.

Race 8 BM58 (1050m)
Good speed Exalted Gold to cross and lead while Groot got away better towards the middle this time. Tully’s Gold one out, one back with a bit of weight first up. Akkacan rarely has much luck as was again the case here with Teagan Voorham slipping him some more reign to truck up out wide early before straightening. Watching all this, Jeff Maund loomed ominously on Party Hack who was given a sweet run with cover early. Got to them well inside the 200m to prove too strong at 100/1. Ancient History the video star and would love to Black Book him, just can’t find much on his radar over the coming weeks. Will see where Dean Saxon places him, now at a BM52 rating, and we’ll just keep Ancient History under the hat for now.

Race 9 BM62 (1200m)
These lower BM Rating races are attracting full fields and providing us with some true racing compared to some of the higher BM races run earlier in the day. Out 35.98 and home 36.40, Sophie Logan judged the ride beautifully on the winner Beeokay who stalked the speed just off the fence. A few nice runs from well back, Summate okay as was Motell and You Hadme At Hello both first up.




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