SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

Craig Lewis in Blackbookers 24 Jan 2021
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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:

HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM GAWLER JANUARY 23

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
MOTELL
MAY BE FATE

Track Rating: Good 4

Early start to escape some of that 40c heat. Strong NE breeze of 28kms wouldn’t have helped to cool things at all. 56mm of irrigation had been poured onto the track over the past week and the rail was 3m. The combination of irrigation with the rail out saw a more traditional Gawler surface with swooper’s coming up the middle. Those on speed weren’t disadvantaged either, provided they were happy to come away from the fence on straightening.

Race 1 3yo BM62 (1200m)
Small field of four provided the early entertainment as The Big Goodbye found the lead over Bribery who was resuming. Jason Holder happy to stalk on the eventual winner, Another Award before coming off the fence inside the 400m. Good finish to the first with Mrs Mourinho coming widest, just couldn’t peg them back. Another Award winning first-up over the race-fit The Big Goodbye with less than a Length separating the four horses.

Race 2 2yo (1100)
Maher-Eustice Racing continue to target Adelaide with their 2yo’s with a big list of nominations during the week. Small field of six fronted to the contest where Travis Doudle produced the goods with recent jump out winner Brother’s Shadow. We saw two talented juveniles in the winner, and the Maher-Eustice runner-up, Decent Raine. After jumping well, Brother’s Shadow responded to the touch of Kayla Crowther to come back underneath her. Decent Raine was already a little keen on the steel as Up The Lane crossed from the outside draw. Overacting a touch, Decent Raine tightened onto Gosden, who was racing in the middle. Brother’s Shadow seemed to take no ill-affect as Gosden shifted back onto him as a result. Crowther cut the corner and came along the non-preferred inside section initially, before allowing her horse to drift out late. Decent Raine continued to battle hard to the line, and these two came away from the others. The winner raced professionally throughout as the runner-up shook off the knock after racing 3WNC on the speed. Can follow both horses.

Race 3 BM72 (1712m) MOTELL 📓
Good speed early from Tanker who wanted to over race and Getouttheway who was wide early. Eaton let them go on Meadows Young Buck today and that horse also wanted to throw the head about. 10/10 ride Karl Zechner who had the winner, Motell settled under him beautifully. With Magnetic Edge to his inside, Karl allowed Motell some rein to stalk the leaders with cover once the pace slackened near the 1000m. With a handful of horse, the pair went to them early out in the middle of the track to put paid to them. Roselli Sting ran on resolutely again while Ourkhani, who was resuming today, followed the winner the entire. Impressive win Motell who is coming of a low handicap rating and can be followed

Race 4 BM78 (1205m)
Hankstar gets up in the last stride to land the feature race, the Bung Fritz Cup. The popular winner for trainer Peter Nolan formed the first leg of a winning treble for smart apprentice Stacey Metcalfe. They had to overcome the Ride Of The Day performance by former top local hoop Lachy Neindorf on the front runner, La Richesse. Neindorf controlled the race at will on the last start Murray Bridge winner, even had the field packing in behind him from the 600m. They were flat-out chasing though as he allowed the Clarken mare to stride again on turning where they opened a break. Cool as a cucumber, Metcalfe sat down to ride out Hankstar, bringing him with one run up the middle. The task seemingly hopeless, yet the photo tells the tale with Hankstar getting the bob. Big gap back to the rest with this race highlighting how even the track played for both leaders and backmarkers alike.

Race 5 BM72 (1100m)
Stacey Metcalfe brings up a race to race double as she sat outside the leader on Rock Hard. Little Rich Boy ran along okay without flying and Metcalfe was happy to poke along with him. They were the first two around the turn and the first two home, again, pace was okay without being silly. Race Selection Miss Jane perhaps found the inside section against, as she didn’t finish off. The winner brings about the day’s Top Training Performance from Byron Cozamanis in winning three of his past six race starts. Rock Hard had previously ground out a tough win at Strathalbyn, before coming away with a victory at Port Lincoln. The former top 2yo is now building a reputation based on his toughness rather than his brilliance.

Race 6 Mares BM68 (1200m)
Jacob Opperman is well on his way with the city winners now. After landing his first Metro winner aboard Farooq last week, he has now backed up on Cotillion for Michael Hickmott. We really see that old Gawler-rail-out style of racing start to unfold as the compact field came clear of the inside section on turning. With an even tempo, all horses had their chance as Bubbles McGinty made the margin interesting. Arctic Blaze also ran well into third back along the inside on his home track. Soft win in the end though really for Cotillion following a confident ride by Opperman. After initially settling at the rear, the pair circumnavigated the field to win under hands and heels riding.

Race 7 E & G BM68 (1200m) MAY BE FATE 📓
What stands out most in Stacey Metcalfe’s treble is that she rode three winners for three separate trainers. The support alone shows the impact she’s had on the SA Racing scene in her short time here, it also shows the support is warranted. In what was becoming familiar scenes, the winner came up the middle late as the widest runner. Well judged ride to come back to in front of midfield after beginning as one of the best. The well-supported Promoter sat on the girth of fellow Murray Bridge galloper Exalted Traveller. The pair opened a break with Mysticano cutting the corner out after them. The days Sectional Star, Bolt I Am got well back early before coming wide and tried to tack onto May Be Fate who was in full swing for Metcalfe. Promoter dropped out early as Mysticano hit the front while laying back into the inside section towards Exalted Traveller. Bolt I Am never a factor, did finish with a 23.04 last 400m and Stacey had three.

Race 8 BM60 (1100m)
Just when we thought we had the pattern of the day sorted; Sophie Logan brings her usual gold touch to Damascus Moment. With Damascus Moment threatening to go harder, Logan had rated the Peter Hardacre trained mare a treat on the speed. Just poking inside natural front runner Exalted Gold, the pair got away from the others and as the former dropped away, the race was over. Former stablemate to Damascus Moment, Rose Tiara ran on without threatening, as did local hope Olive Grove.

Race 9 BM60 (1506m)
Scarlet So showed clear intent early, setting up a big break in the lead with Issara. Just to show again that there was no clear bias towards on-speed or otherwise, Issara kicked clear as Dylan Caboche cut the corner from midfield with Galcrum. The market had warmed to Galcrum late in betting as the most likely option to swoop late, however Jon O’Connor wasn’t to be denied a double. So was able to extract the be best out of Issara and she withstood the late challenge of Galcrum. Daylight back to the rest.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM Murray bridge JANUARY 16

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
Cosmic Award
Point Blaze
Grinzinger Star

Track Rating: Good 4

Rail 3 mts on a Good 4, with temps into the mid-20’s. Only curve ball perhaps was the Gifford Hill breeze, starting as a strong South-Westerly blowing 28km’s before turning into a 32km Southerly. Most races run truly; times would indicate closer to a Dead track. However, I would suspect the strong head-breeze into the straight influenced closing times. Happy to follow out of the meeting.

Race 1 BM82 (1600m) COSMIC AWARD 📓
Not a lot of pace as to be expected. Lovely ride by Jess Eaton to get the first favourite in Don’tdreamit’sover home, just. We highlighted the run of Cosmic Award in our Video Watch from her last start, and she has again signalled that she’s close to a win. Cosmic Award and Don’tdreamit’sover fought a terrific battle up the straight with Eaton finding enough out of the the latter. Interesting to note the rider change by Travis Doudle replacing the claiming apprentice with the senior rider on Cosmic Award. Gatt has a built a reputation for being a strong rider, yet the video shows that he sat down to ride out hands and heels. He had ridden the mare twice earlier this prep, pulling the whip through to the left. Cosmic Award was again inclined to lay-in, though continued to come on under strong hands and heels riding.

Race 2 BM78 (2000m)
Terrific race as the Sue Murphy trained Farooq fulfilled his earlier promise by coming out and setting a new track record. The finishing time of 2.01.93 will stand-up anywhere in Australia. Good speed early again with the Grant Young Pair, The Red Sea and Mr Epic bowling along. The task of carting the field up them fell to Stand The Caddy, who settled some 5L off the leader. With Jason Holder following Farooq on Race Selection Serious Spender, we appeared set for a good finish. Jacob Opperman got rolling early on Farooq, which perhaps took the sprint out of Serious Spender. With Farooq bursting clear by the 300m, it became evident that Opperman would notch-up his first city winner. Exceptionally good ride again by the talented apprentice and all honours the winner!

Race 3 3yo Maiden (1000m) POINT BLAZE📓 
Looked to be a good maiden on paper with two of our SA Balckbooker’s, Echoes In Eternity plus Spinola Bay to compete. Include a horse from our Video Watch with Point Blaze, and we found plenty of interest in this. They didn’t go hard out front which allowed both Jessica Eaton and Caitlin Jones to find runs handy to the speed with cover. They built into the race together, and Eaton set herself for another close battle up the straight. Echoes In Eternity did appear to be travelling strongly underneath her as Jones kept Spinola Bay balanced for one final crack. In the end, Eaton picks up the double for her boss in Michael Hickmott as Spinola Bay couldn’t quite reach her. Daily Spirit, who enjoyed a soft run in the leading trio, cut the fast-finishing Point Blaze out of the trifecta. Point Blaze needed the speed to be on to compete over the short course, and he’ll be winning one soon.

Race 4 Maiden (1200m)
Slowly run race and which makes the win of Bolt By even more impressive. Eaton settled the Macdonald-Gluyas 3yo towards the rear, before making a sustained run up the middle. We’ll highlight the run of Lucy Diamonds with our Video Watch. Travelling strongly behind the leaders for Scarlet So, the pair had nowhere to go towards their outside. Race leader, Just In, rolls off the fence for So to pop through. Unfortunately for her though, Just In was wayward under pressure and rolled about for much of the straight. Towards her outside, Barend Vorster was having his own trouble in looking for a way clear on Investiture. That horse didn’t really let down once he found clear galloping room late. Lucy Diamonds, however, ran through the line and continued running past the past the post.

Race 5 BM60 (1200m)
While Todd’s away, Jess made hay. Heading into the meeting three wins clear of last year’s John Letts medallist, Pindaric’s victory moved Eaton to a clear lead of seven. Not the best out of the gates, Pindaric mustered to scoot through to find a spot near the leader. Sophie Logan had Race Selection Our Deep Agenda outside of Pindaric, and those two followed the leader in Exalted Queen. Eaton found some space with her big lump of a horse, and she and Logan made their runs together. Another entertaining battle up the Murray Bridge straight, where again the Michael Hickmott horse proved too big, too strong.

Race 6 NMW (1800m)
The combination of Anna Jordjso and John Hickmott has been a profitable one for punters to follow. Particularly those who don’t mind their “Roughies.” This was the case again as Anna Jordjso rated Hobo Bob a treat on the speed. They went quickly enough as Jordjso played a bit of early and cat and mouse with Zoulah with Mitch Aitken piloting. Favourite backers were hoping for another Michael Hickmott/Jess Eaton victory. They were left short this time though, as Divanation wasn’t taking Tibetan anywhere. Jess did find the back of Raise An Army before straightening, Tibetan just doesn’t have that sharp sprint though. Solid Win by Hobo Bob for Hickmott senior to keep on strongly into that Southerly up the straight. Good race that finished in good time off a solid tempo.

Race 7 BM72 (1400m)
Stacey Metcalfe continues her run of success in South Australia. With the race run at an even tempo, Metcalfe had Hankstar travelling comfortably about midfield. Gifford Hill put its long straights and cambered turns on show again, as Hankstar found no issues in racing 3WNC the entire. As is customary for our Race Selection, Black Syrah showed little speed out of the gates. Settling at the rear, Opperman seemed to want to wait for something to cart him into the race. with nothing doing there, Black Syrah made his run up the middle to nab third placing. In doing so, Black Syrah stamped himself as the day’s Sectional Star with his 34.48 last 600m. Also with an 11.17 second last furlong, Black Syrah owned the fastest last 200m of the day.

Race 8 BM68 (1000m)
This field finished with an overall time of 3L quicker than the maiden won by Echoes In Eternity. They must’ve run along okay here, as the maiden came home some 3L quicker over the last 600m. That data shows the strength of the maiden field more than anything, as this 58.26 holds up okay on the day. The Stewards Report shows the win of Calypso Reign was to be even more impressive by highlighting the saddle slipping. Crowther managed to keep the David Jolly runner balanced following their tardy getaway. With the leaders combing back inside the 400m, Calypso Reign swallowed them up in one go to score comfortably. Heyington Station attempted to go with Calypso Reign, just found himself no match in running well for second. Further back, and Bar Gem made a nice little return for Rob Wilkinson also. He tends to race okay second-up too, and we’ll keep an eye out for next start.

Race 9 BM86 (1200m) GRINZINGER STAR
Sophie Logan finished with Ride Of The Day in taking out the last on Mystyko. Again this race was won on early positioning. They didn’t go hard, a tick under 36 first 600m, and Sophie had Mystyko travelling in behind the speed. She was happy to keep the big fella contented with a bit of space, remaining balanced a few off the fence. With a handful of horse on straightening, Logan called upon Mystyko once balanced and the pair put the field away early. Extremely good return by Grinzinger Star first-up for his new stable. Untried previously at the 1200m, Anna Jordjso allowed Grinzinger Star to find his feet without being bustled. Finished with a strong last 400m to get within 2L of the runner-up. Has held his form second-up in the past and will pay to follow.


 

HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM Murray bridge JANUARY 9

BLACKBOOKERS 📓

Valentina Star
Borris In Ossory

Track Rating: Good 3

Rail came back to the true on a hot day, reaching over 35c. Light SE winds early, changing to a NE from around race 4, then picking up close to 20km’s. Seemingly fair, back markers with the first two victories. Horses found it hard to make ground following the first couple, especially so later in the day as was highlighted in the last two leaders winning comfortably.

Race 1 2yo (1000m)
Early market dominated by the McEvoy colt, Pad Thai. Lamoree, from the Richard and Chantelle Jolly camp became heavily backed late to start the new fav. Both had their chances, it was Saasmit who proved too strong though with Jessica Eaton riding for the Maher-Eustice stable. Garrire will go around next start a lot shorter than today’s SP of $15. The Gordon Richards colt produced an eye-catcher late after being baulked from inside the 400m, and again nearer the 200m.

Race 2 3yo 1MW (1200m)
War Cheval and Mayameen the early pace as expected. Impossible Action perhaps settled a little closer than comfortable, owing to an outside gate. Race Selection Baraconi stepped a half Length slow, though railed through easily enough. Outlaw’s Revenge settled at the rear early with Dom Tourneur content to watch the race unfold. Smooth ride by Dom, holding his cover as the field bunched with less than 3L first to last by the 400m. Peeled out late as possible as Struck By took the gap, a couple of horses to his inside. With Outlaw’s Revenge threatening to lay in on Struck By for a stride or two, Tourneur brings the whip smoothly through to the left. Outlaw’s Revenge cleared out to score over Struck By in a time befitting the fast wicket.

Race 3 BM82 (1800m)
Meadows Young Buck received Ride Of The Day from Jess Eaton, though it just wasn’t enough to hold out the late dive by Von Costa Glass. Eaton just kidded to her rivals in a perfectly rated front-running ride. Didn’t try to over do anything, just rated her horse superbly. Visiting heavyweight rider Aaron Lynch snatched the victory in the last stride on Von Costa Glass. Time was a little flattered by the fast track, and while the winner picked-up a deserved victory, I cannot recommend that we follow out of the race.

Race 4 0-68 (1200m)
Second Slip lands one of the bigger betting plunges we’ve seen here for some time. Backed the night before into $4.80 from his opening quote of 12’s, the former Kiwi did not let his backers down. A pattern starts to emerge of front runners being hard to catch as the track quickens up. Todd Pannell had the Will Clarken trained winner stalking Little Rich Boy who led out fast again. The field had strung right-out and the rest were flat-out chasing as Second Slip puts paid to Little Rich Boy. Viduka another honest effort to nab second from a grinding Gougers. Cotillion also turned in a much-improved performance by making ground between runners.

Race 5 BM82 (1000m) VALENTINA STAR 📓
The days Top Training Performance comes with Andrew Noblet having Can’tforgetyou turned out as the clear stand-out in the yard. First-up from a spell, and Team Noblet had this one looking superb. Icing on the cake for them of course, would’ve been bringing over 3kg claiming apprentice Alana Kelly to ensure the victory. Kelly judged her horse a treat, crossing from the outside draw to sit wide on the speed. With one bend on the camber, Can’tforgetyou was always travelling and the pair put paid to them inside the 300m. No excuses the rest, solid sectionals Sizzlefly and Li’l Kontra. Likewise Valentina Star who was racing second-up from a spell. The lightly raced mare out of the Nicole Bruggemann yard made great strides late to match her solid first-up run. Still low enough in the handicap ratings to suggest Bruggemann will have some options in her future placement.

Race 6 BM60 (1000m)
Fast speed engaged again as Summer Show takes on Desert Spirit for the lead. Exalted Gold and Exalted Queen had to be content with settling off the lead for a change, while Nic’s Secret found the drop. Maggie Collett continues her winning association with the Gifford Hill track as Fabulous Flipper travelled comfortably underneath her. Happy enough to be 4WNC near the speed, Collett had all the momentum in bringing Fabulous Flipper up the middle to score. Video Watch on All In War who made a long run from the back. With Barend Vorster bringing the Ryan Balfour trained mare between horses, she momentarily looked the winner. My Prince Charming also backed up his Sectional Star performance from last outing to just miss All In War for second.

Race 7 BM78 (1400m) BORRIS IN OSSORY 📓
Barend Vorster with the sweet ride on Renegade, with the pair proving too strong for their opposition. Vorster settled the McEvoy runner in the box seat off an easy tempo, which was set by France’s Boy and Borris In Ossory. Pleased with the return of Borris In Ossory, who was well-rated by Sophie Logan to finish 1.5L from the winner. Often races well fresh, which he generally follows with a flat run. They may have only walked, yet Grant Young galloper showed us that he’s one to follow again this prep. Top weight Dexter You Devil lumped 60kg after the claim for Jacob Opperman to record a 33.4 Last 600m as the day’s Sectional Star. Video Watch on Cosmic Award. Knocked about by a wayward Nasseb, Cosmic Award switched over heels to finish with the fastest last 200m.

Race 8 BM60 (1400m)
Mitch Aitken had found his forays into SA successful in the past, now moving over permanently and strikes his first winner with La Richesse. Unlike her stablemate in the Fourth, La Richesse was easy in the betting, early 9’s out a SP of $14. Aitken ensured the Will Clarken double as he allowed La Richesse to roll along in front, before noticeably coming out to the middle part of the track on straightening. Nothing made any impression, Issara settled handy to box on for second while Big Darryl made some ground to claim the last minor.

Race 9 BM64 (1600m)
Jess Eaton to bookend the meeting, this time on stable horse Unlaced for her boss in Michael Hickmott. I had felt that perhaps the former Kiwi was on a backup run over the mile to springboard out to a further trip. Eaton though, showed the mares fitness in a speedy exhibition. Truly run race and Unlaced can be followed.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM GAWLER JANUARY 2

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
Whiskey And Women
Indian Gazelle

Track Rating: Good 4

Rail True with the usual good grass cover. Temps into the high 20’s with a SW of 27km’s, we again see a perfect days racing where all found their chance respective of tempos. Once again, we see no significant overall or sectional times recorded for Gawler. Track played fairly, perhaps a re-fresh is in order when recording benchmark times for Gawler?

Race 1 BM78 (1200m)
No real surprises early doors in the first. Oamaru Owl to the early lead second-up in the small field. Miss Jane has been up for a while now and Jessica Eaton was content to chase from around 3L away. Todd Pannell gave the winner Street Life a perfect ride, settling amongst the tail early. Pannell managed to find the back of Barend Vorster on Kenyan Wonder to take him into it down the side. By the time they straightened, Street Life was just going to well for the rest and had swooped as the widest runner. Kenyan Wonder nabs a tough Miss Jane for second in the photo. Fresh off a let-up, Street Life continues Murray Bridge trainer Karen Byrnes’ love affair with Gawler.

Race 2 3yo Maiden (1100m) INDIAN GAZELLE 📓
Local trainer Brett Campbell signalled himself as a stable on the move after Indian Gazelle brought up his first Saturday Winner. Busy past fortnight for the budding stable with Honey Go Lightly landing their first Metro win, at the Morphettville Friday twilight meeting. Newcomer Rialtor ensured the early pace from Daily Spirit and Tanja’s Dream. Barend Vorster though, had saved ground from well back by sticking to the rail. Spinola had also settled back with Indian Gazelle. With Kayla Crowther attempting to loop the field, Spinola Bay couldn’t pick up the first three while on the back-up. Indian Gazelle put the writing on the wall in her trial, and then was okay behind Outlaws Revenge first-up. Ran a nice enough time today while beating a few handy types and can be followed.

Race 3 3yo Maiden (1505m) WHISKEY AND WOMEN 📓
Good betting race between Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s Montepulciano, and Fighter of the Tony and Calvin McEvoy yard. Oh and wow, what a finish between the two! Jake Toeroek in near ride of the day had Montepulciano travelling midfield the fence early, before coming one-off down the side and then finding the gap into the straight. Video Watch on the runner-up, Fighter. Barend Vorster trapped 3WNC in the early stages on the fancied McEvoy runner. He found some reprieve as Dylan Caboche pushed on with Free Of Sin, after he too, was caught on a limb. Fighter booted for home a little early, and despite firing in the protest, had to settle for a close second placing. Good gap back to third and fourth, with Whiskey ‘N’ Women making impressive ground to tip out a game Justedee. This was a strong maiden field and the first four can all be followed with confidence.

Race 4 BM78 (1505m)
Jason Holder found an easy time at the office on Pearl Bandit as Maggie Collett and Fulton Street kept the small field striding along. With Exalted Traveller not bothering the leader, and Pretty Glass trapped 3WNC, Holder found a quiet run the fence. Peeling out by the 300m to issue a hands and heels challenge, it was all-over bar the shouting. Fulton Street, fitter and out to a preferable trip, held Exalted Traveller for second.

Race 5 BM56 (1200m)
Placing was everything today, as local trainer Darren Magro found a step-back in class for last start winner Khani Star. Jess Eaton just gave her an armchair ride, like last start where she stalked the speed here. The pair had the early leaders in Exalted Queen and Fays Joy covered by the 300m and Khani Star swept on by under hands and heels for a comfortable win. Unscopeable, who also tracked the early speed was game to finish amongst the cluster of horses who swooped late.

Race 6 BM68 (1200m)
Rider of May Be Fate, Jess Eaton found herself in the middle of a colourful patch of race riding. Losing her near-side iron upon jumping away, May Be Fate lagged a few lengths behind the field early. Conversely, and to borrow a line from colourful SA race-caller Brett Davis, Little Rich Boy was “off for the early shower.” Taken Off had jumped beautifully for Kayla Crowther and was able to settle closer than usual in second, albeit some 6L off the early leader. Sairyn Fawke chose a double-take when he took a peep over his shoulder on straightening with Little Rich Boy. He might’ve seen nothing but daylight behind, but that soon changed as Taken Off set sail out after them. Picargo ground home in front Little Rich Boy, but it was a soft win in the end for Taken Off.

Race 7 BM60 (1100m)
The early pace, as expected came from Exalted Zoe. Our Deep Agenda also pushed forward from his middle barrier. The horse we were missing is Social Media, who seemed awkward into stride with Jess Eaton also down on the seat. Seemed for a moment as if the saddle had shifted, or perhaps rider had lost an iron. Without Stewards vision, and with no report currently available, all we know is that Social Media did not show her customary early speed. Pressure still seemed hot up top and Kayla Crowther took full advantage of such, settling Four Of A Kind towards the rear. Coming with one sweeping-run on the Gawler bend, Crowther had Four Of A Kind on one rein to balance up after the leaders. Todd Pannell had given last-start winner, Honey Go Lightly the perfect steer with cover to look a winning hope. In the end though, Four Of A Kind made the days’ Sectional Star with her strong last 800m to score. Our Deep Agenda fended off Honey Go Lightly for second, and we’ll see some winners come out of this race.

Race 8 BM64 (2105m)
Lacklustre mid-distance race as Ryan Hurdle asked The Red Sea to bowl a long out in front. The highlight for the day came as Kayla Crowther brings up her winning treble by stalking on Stan The Caddy. The rest just didn’t want to play ball as the field was left to string out. Monteferrante made noticeable ground late to snatch the minor from a clump, but Stan The Caddy was about 5L clear while easing down.

Race 9 BM60 (1505m)
Ride Of The Day by Dom Tourneur made all the difference for the winner, Lil’ Hank. Tourneur got himself one-off from an outer draw. Managed to follow track specialist Galcrum down the back, before cutting the corner on straightening. Strong Victorian jockey Arron Lynch had crossed the border to ride for the Murray Bridge based Lehmann stable. He threw all bar the kitchen sink at runner-up Tomb Raider, Lil’ Hank just had the sweeter run though. Galcrum made noticeable late ground to make up the minors, with Dylan Caboche electing to circle the field.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MORPHETTVILLE DECEMBER 26

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
Spinola Bay
Annika

Track Rating: Good 4 upgraded to Good 3 by Race 6
Rail 4mts on a Good 4 with no real breeze to speak of during the 30c degree day. TRSA along with track manager Ian Ricardo made the decision to lightly water the course prior to Race 1 to keep the track in the Good 4 range. With Morphettville racing perfectly on Saturday, we can expect to see this option used more often throughout the Summer.

Race 1 2yo (1050m)
With a couple of late scratching’s at the barrier, the already small field of 2yo’s were down to three runners. Karl Zechner chose not to bother Todd Pannell, who was riding the odds-on elect in Elteecee. The plan worked well with Zechner taking the Aquis owned, Will Clarken trained Bleriot up to her opponent on straightening. With all the vigour we’ve come to expect from the South African born jockey’s, Zechner urged Bleriot passed Elteecee who had nothing to offer. Comfortable win in the end, by nearly a Length. Cassowary couldn’t keep up with them early, though did hold ground to the line a further 2L away.

Race 2 3yo Maiden (1050m) SPINOLA BAY 📓
Morphettville trainers Richard and Chantelle Jolly ended their short hiatus from the Saturday winners circle with a winning double. Jake Toeroek found a nice posi back off the speed with the well-tried favourite. Thanks to a genuine race tempo, Toeroek was able to wind Impossible Action through his gears with a trouble-free run. This will turn out to be a good form reference and I like the run of Spinola Bay, who was on debut. No $20k bet prior to the race as we witnessed on her half-brother Garner with his debut run. Nevertheless, Spinola Bay cuts an imposing figure with ability to match. We’re also going to highlight the run of Point Blaze. The Shayne Cahill trained filly was first-up for 12 months and found little luck into the straight. We’ll keep a video watch on her due to her slow start, while we Black Book Spinola Bay who I think is closest to a win.

Race 3 Maiden (1200m)
Karl Zechner makes the most of his opportunities with a winning double, this time on Thrill Kill for trainer Peter Hardacre. Leading from the death-seat one-off, Zechner ensured the pace as Thrill Kill and Nana Dulce carved at one another early. The odd-on fav, Fighter jumped too well under Barend Vorster from out wide. Vorster had a look across and was forced to take hold as Amber Haze joined the other two in kicking up inside him. Thrill Kill made the turn a little wide around Nana Dulce before cutting back towards the rail. Vorster followed the pair on Fighter and with 3L to make up down by the 200m, the chase was on. Over this last furlong we witness the full theatre of Adelaide’s own South African ex-pats as Zechner and Vorster are set to battle it out. Using that typical South African full body motion, Zechner lifts Thrill Kill to deny a determined Barend Vorster by a head.

Race 4 CL2 (1200m)
Toeroek and the Jolly’s again, this time with The Big Goodbye. We had Black Booked this horse and to be honest, I was a little despondent with his effort last start. This time Toeroek was able to find the early cover this horse needs, before over-hauling the speed. Race Selection Lil’ Piper tailed out after being taken on early by Mayameen. She’s pulled up with an issue that I’m sure we’ll read about once Stewards Reports become available. Time of race was strong overall, still do not want to take a lot out of it moving forward. This was set-up by a fast tempo and won by a horse who was in the right spot early on.

Race 5 NMW (1200m)
Good race this, in the opposite manner to the previous. Walked up front in close to a 36 second first 600m, the race time obviously will not rate as highly. Still, we did see them close-out and none more so than May Be Fate. Stacey Metcalf got home on the Jim Smith gelding in 33.72 last 600m to be the day’s Sectional Star. Overall time for the race not bad in the end. Damascus Road found a clear lead early over Fulton Street who stuck on well again. Jess Eaton, riding for boss Michael Hickmott, landed better than midfield on the well-supported Lake’s Folly. Having his first run for the new stable, Lake’s Folly held out May Be Fate under the claim of Eaton. Around 4L covered the field and we can follow most of these out of the race.

Race 6 BM72 (1200m) ANNIKA 📓
Long-time Morphettville trainer Phillip Stokes brings up his career 1000th winner as Jockey Kayla Crowther lands on Race Selection Symphonette. Todd Pannell was able to just control the race on natural leader Masterati at not much more than an even tempo. Crowther appeared to look for the back of Viduka, who lobbed in the box seat. Unable to do so, she commenced her run on Symphonette around the heels of Annika and Call Me Curtis. Coming as the widest runner, the Stokes mare was always on one rein as she held the race well within her keeping. Annika finished off well second-up, receiving another nice ride by Jake Toeroek. This run follows on from her first-up win and today Annika proved her worth in this class. Given her relatively low handicap rating, must be followed.

Race 7 1MWLY (1600m)
Hong Kong apprentice Scarlet So has fitted in seamlessly with the fabric of city racing in SA. Riding at just her second meeting since claiming her metro ticket, So had Mr Epic bowling along for trainer Grant Young. Todd Pannell was left the task of taking the field up to Mr Epic on Race Favourite, Here Comes Lenni. Just when you thought the pair were going to put the race to bed, Mr Epic would lift again under So. Eventually though, Here Comes Lenni finds the upper hand with momentum to score by around a neck over Mr Epic. Video Watch on Naseeeb who raced wide throughout first-up. Pace set by Scarlet So was again only better than even, which made it tricky for Dom Tournuer to get in. He still managed to look some danger on Naseeeb by the 250m before condition told. His endeavour’s were perhaps not helped by the field deliberately staying around three horses off the fence. Magnetic Edge worked his way into third position. Seemed a little dour in getting into rhythm before twice wanting to bite Montaser, who was racing to his outside. Has been up for a while and I would think a break may be coming his way.

Race 8 BM60 (1050m)
Baraconi continued the domination of 3yo’s over the older horses this season. Aided by the Ride Of The Day performance under Jess Eaton, Baraconi burst clear of her rivals late. We saw some nice rides earlier by both Eaton and Jake Toeroek who found good early position with their winning mounts. What stands out here for Eaton was that Baraconi had been expected to race on-speed. Four horses went so hard up top, that even the speedy Domination couldn’t cross. Jess just asked Baraconi to come back under her. The Mick Huxtable trained filly responded to her touch, which no doubt contributed to the strength of their win. My Prince Charming, slow into stride, finished with some of the best sectionals of the day. As commentator Brett Davis called it at the 200m, My Prince Charming looked some chance. Baraconi however, finished her own last 400/200m strongly to score. Another high-rating race for Baraconi, this time ending in a well-deserved win.

Race 9 BM75 Series Final (1800m)
Jason Holder waited until the big one of the day to produce his best. With the big field engaged for the $100k series final and a clump of horses rolling forward, Holder eases Serious Spender out of the scrimmage. Following Confusion, and with Resurge on Serious Spender’s back, the three came with their runs together to fill the trifecta. Hasta La Fiorente was honest again, just had to work a little before being left in front too early. Resurge continues to run some good figures, still just finds it hard to win.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM GAWLER DECEMBER 19

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
Taken Off
Khani Star

Track Rating: Good 4 upgraded to Good 3 by Race 4

Rail True and starting with a Slight Southerly that built into a 22km South Westerly by the middle of the day. Plenty of grass cover as per usual, and while the track played evenly across, we did not record any outstanding times. Also, we did not find much in the way of Sectional Stars either with most races run at an even tempo throughout.

Race 1 3yo MAIDEN (1100m)

Outlaws Revenge quickly put any concerns of being tardy away to bed by finding the lead soon after jumping. Scotch On The Rock and Thrill Kill both raced handy before feeling the pressure on turning. Daily Spirit came on okay despite being trapped 3WNC the speed and our Barrier Trial Blackbooker, Betta Eddie returned well enough to find a provincial maiden. All honours to the winner with a comfortable victory.

Race 2 BM64 (1706m)
The Grant Young stable held all the aces as jockey Anna Jordjso opened on race leader, Mr Epic. Ryan Hurdle seemed content to let her go as he stalked some 4-5L away on stablemate Jack’s A Cracker. Timing proved everything once again as Jack’s A Cracker moved to his runaway stablemate by the 300m to go on and score. Of the others, Aussie Sojourn had every chance and just could not pick-up Mr Epic for second place. Bajan looked to come on before peaking on his effort and Flying Pierro ran some of the better late splits for the day.

Race 3 BM68 (1200m) TAKEN OFF 📓
I doubt many missed the run (or lack thereof) from Taken Off. As to be expected, Social Media set the fast early tempo under apprentice jockey Maggie Collett. This set up for something to come over the top late. With Caitlin Jones perhaps going a shade early on Tony’s Reward, Stacey Metcalfe watched it all unfold on Ice Ghost. As Love Magic and Taken Off jostle for runs nearer the inside, Metcalfe switched around heels to bring up a winner. Backers of Taken Off were perhaps feeling a little worse for wear as their runner found dead ends at vital stages of the race. He did pick the bit up for rider Kayla Crowther to get home late. Fitter for the two runs back and will pay to follow.

Race 4 CL1 (1200m)
Our Barrier Trial Blackbooker, Munster received a patient ride by senior Jockey Todd Pannell to score. After jumping best to lead initially, Munster relaxed under Pannell to come back better than midfield one off the fence. Bubbles Mcginty followed him the entire with Jessica Eaton keen to stay within touch. However, this was Ride Of The Day by Pannell on top of the good placement shown by trainer Michael Hickmott. Scratched from Friday’s Morphettville meeting, Munster had previously shown himself to get a little keen in his races. The deft touch of Pannell, along with the riders’ sense of timing saw favourite backers cheering home a winner with Munster.

Race 5 BM58 (1100m)
Good race with good pace and an exciting finish as three horses hit the line together! That man Grant Young again though, he can do no wrong as Ryan Hurdle lifts Exalted Gold over the line. Showed speed from the onset to cross and lead as expected. The Raven put the acid test on the early leader down by the 200m, with Exalted Gold Lifting. The pair looked set to fight it out before a late dive came from Sectional Star Ultimate Victory. Ultimate Victory ran one of the quicker, sustained last 800m of the day to just miss the inside pair.

Race 6 BM68 (2105m)
Daring tactics adopted by apprentice jockey Scarlet So to nearly bring up the treble for Grant Young. Instead, the Murray Bridge horseman had to settle for back-to-back Metro doubles following his success at Morphettville Friday. So had them all off the bit early as she partnered The Red Sea to open a break on their rivals. Jeff Maund tried to get some pressure on with his mount Ace Attack, not sure that horse gets beyond 2000m. Galahad Guru, with Jessica Eaton guiding was the only other runner within cooee of the leading couple. Somewhat a grinding win for Galahad Guru as he eventually gained the upper hand over The Red Sea. Nice to see Eaton with a rare mount for the powerful Macdonald-Gluyas yard, and of course, she made it count!

Race 7 BM64 Series Final (1200m) KHANI STAR 📓
Timing is the key word yet again as Jess Eaton brings up her running double. They went quickly enough up front for this class as The Publikin wanted to get the race over with. Lovely ride by Eaton as her mount, Khani Star was about half a length slow to begin. Eaton allowed the mares’ natural speed to carry her, eventually finding a forward position with cover. Just as Sand Cat and Cartier Tiara had hit the front on straightening, Khani Star had balanced up to issue her challenge. Khani Star had the momentum and with the leaders tiring by the 200m, it was a matter of how far. With no sectional stars to close out, trainer Darren Magro found an easy watch over that last furlong or so. Lightly raced and coming in with a low handicap rating, Khani Star is one for the Black Book going forward.

Race 8 BM58 (1505m)
Consistent jockey Paul Gatt hits the scoreboard yet again, this time for Hope Forrest trainer Bill Bogarts. Sylvan Crest pushed forward with Nakheel, leaving Gatt to find box seat run on Fight For Freedom. Fight For Freedom had shown good acceleration at his past couple as was never going to be beaten from there. With Sylvan Crest and Nakheel under pressure by the 400m, Gatt came off the fence to send Fight For Freedom home. We are going to look at Mount Madeira in our Video Watch. New to the David Jolly stable, he raced ungenerously under apprentice jockey Maggie Collett. Collett wanted to tack onto something from the 500m. Nothing doing there with either Tycoon Flutter, or Free Hand. In fact, Free Hand laid back in on top of Mount Madeira as Collett attempted switch inside that mares’ heels. Mount Madeira raced in restricted room for much of the straight and will likely find a winnable race soon.

Race 9 BM82 (1100m)
The Phillip Stokes trained pair, Terbium and Sizzlefly were impressive out of somewhat awkward alleys. Both coming in as our SA Barrier Trial Balckbooker’s, Terbium had this race in his keeping a long way out. His jockey Kayla Crowther stalked the hot early speed before stoking him up by the 300m to race clear. Sizzlefly’s rider, Jake Toeroek seemed intent on stalking Terbium into the run. Her stablemate just proved to strong, wining the last in sharp time.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MORPHETTVILLE DECEMBER 12

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
L’il Piper
Mayan

Track Rating: Good 4

Hot 35-degree day with the Rail out to 13m on a Good 4 surface which held that rating throughout. Warm North Easterly made things a little uncomfortable, while aiding on-pacer’s even further if the early tempo dropped off. Track played evenly across.

Race 1 2yo (1050m)
Nothing special in the race time, though the winner was pleasing to watch. Yulong Turbo got up, courtesy of a watchful ride by Barend Vorster. He did miss the kick slightly as he moved upwards when the gates opened. Not a lot of early tempo on top from the small field enabled Yulong Turbo to find his rhythm close enough. Wanting to lay under pressure, Vorster was on one reign as he guided the winner off heels. Yulong Turbo powered past his rivals in a manner suggesting that he will be suited over further next prep.

Race 2 3yo BM66 (1200m) L’IL PIPER 📓
L’il Piper had been knocking on the door of late, being well placed by her stable. Morphettville trainer John Hyam has good one and they have managed to poke around quietly with her. L’il Piper made all the running in setting a fast pace, leading into that headwind out of the chute. Race Selection The Big Goodbye was probably a little disappointing on first look. Not a day to be in the three-wide trailing line, still only one-batted to the line. L’il Piper’s win does rate highly though, and we can follow her with confidence.

Race 3 CL2 (1050m) MAYAN📓 
Another event that rated highly and this was the win of the day by Mayan. The McEvoy/Vorster combination picked up an early double with Mayan gaining the gun run early on the fence. With the speed just even, Mayan lost a couple of lengths to come out and loop the field. Spotting Baraconi 8kg’s, Mayan ate up the ground to go to her and score by the shadows of the post. That now makes two races in a row where Baraconi has filled a placing in a highly rated race. Mayan himself was first-up off an eight-week break and the McEvoy horses tend to improve second-up. The day’s sectional star goes to She’s Krupt. Second-up after breaking her maiden first-up for Morphettville trainer Ryan Balfour, they drifted back from the wide draw. All the action was up front, so even running the fastest last 800m of the day would be in vain. Only Call Me Shamus managed a quicker last 600m, which was off a slow early tempo in Race 6.

Race 4 BM58 (1200m)
Annika was kept steady at her opening quote of $7 and jumped well to lead (nearly) throughout. Jockey Paul Gatt rated the Mick Huxtable prepared mare a treat, finding an easy time up front. Todd Pannell riding Pt Lincoln product Storm Voyager was happy to stroll along near the leader. Forget the rest, some excuses Four Of A kind after bombing the start. Storm Voyager appeared set for victory when the big mare poked her head in front. Not to be denied though, Annika fought back strongly under hard riding by Gatt to come away and score. Time obviously does not rate so well after walking the first half, gutsy by the winner all the same.

Race 5 BM72 (1100m)
Trainer Craig Curtis picked up where he left off in finding winning form through his tough campaigner, Call Me Curtis. Felt this was Ride Of The Day by Dom Tourneur and many of us tipsters/punters should be kicking ourselves for not being on. This was the most obvious race from an early speed map point of view. The obvious speed came from Ruby’s Reward and Exalted Maxine, with Saorsa and Atomic Lokade needing to find their feet. In going through the form for the winner, we can see he does not necessarily quicken. He is a tradesman like competitor who has good early speed himself, then toughs it out to the line. Tourneur gave him that tradesman like ride as Johnny-on-the-spot with cover off the fence. With the leaders coming back and Call Me Curtis out into clear air, he ran his last 600m in similar time to his first 600m. Race still rates okay and we will look for a similar set up for Call Me Curtis in the future. Race Selection Cosmic Award was okay to the line, as another Each-Way bet running fourth! Settled those couple of lengths off the winner then could not sprint sharply enough up the middle when needed.

Race 6 BM58 (1200m)
From Call Me Curtis to Call Me Shamus, there must have been something in the tea leaves! First-up for the Phillip Stoke yard, Call Me Shamus bungled the start then was aided by the lack of any intent up front. Speed map showed to have Final Chance as the likely pace and that is how it unfolded. Jessica Eaton took advantage, allowing odds-on pop Munster to do his own thing while strolling handy. She went to them early and appeared to have the race in her keeping after holding out the challenge of May Be Fate. Call Me Shamus though, had sent the warning through his lead-up trials and had last crack to get up. Low-rating race timewise and I won’t directly be following anything out of it.

Race 7 Listed (1200m)
Pick-up ride on winner Savatoxl for Caitlin Jones with Teagan Voorham on the sidelines nursing a broken leg. The call up rewards the recent good form of Jones while re-paying the faith of connections from the Territory Champ in sending him south. She does cop a 5-meeting suspension for shifting ground in the early stages when insufficiently clear of Music Addition. I feel Jones is a stiff in that regard, being she was nearly the required 2 lengths clear when shifting. Still, L’il Kontra did lose her position in the chain reaction, which possibly played a part in the penalty. Can’t see any genuine excuses behind Savatoxl. One More Jack always off the bridle and Music Addition stuck on well. Good race run to good time as we would expect of Listed class.

Race 8 BM64 (1800m)
Raise An Army led quietly under jockey Sairyn Fawke with Jess Eaton leaving him alone on raider Vic Royal Volley. Serious Spender found an armchair ride with Jason Holder on top while Paul Gatt had Skillful Steps traveling like a winner about 5L off the leader while Jones Getouttheway was forced wide without cover. Skillful Seps and Serious Spender came away to fight the race out, with Holder getting the best out of the Macdonald-Gluyas trained mare to deny Skillful Steps. Sostenido was the Video Watch horse for the day. Always at the tail, Sophie Logan probably would’ve liked to have moved earlier. Just had the tiring Comfort Man coming back onto her before straightening. Seemed to make ground without threatening along the fence before having early leader Raise An Army come back onto them again. Untested to the line in a forgive run and he’s doing enough to find a win somewhere soon.

Race 9 BM68 (1541m)
Mentioned Dom Tourneur earlier for his ride in a tradesman like performance with Call Me Curtis. Copy that here with Sophie Logan aboard Pretty Glass for Murray Bridge trainer Jess Giles. In what was the best beaten ride of the day, Logan had Pretty Glass one-off with cover following Dazzling Damsel. Todd Pannell had Dazzling Damsel traveling well just off the race leader Hobo Bob who set about an even tempo. Logan comes around their heels to issue the challenge as they get to Hobo Bob on straightening as the field starts to pack around them. In putting her nose in front down by the 200m, Pretty Glass then set herself for the dogfight that was to come. Jess Eaton has the final say in bringing Don’tdreamitsover with momentum up the middle. Pretty Glass kicked on strongly under the urgings of Logan, however it was our Barrier Trial Blackbooker who just had too much on her rivals. Winless since April 2019, Pretty Glass went oh so close and I would think she’s not far off breaking the streak.


HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MORPHETTVILLE DECEMBER 5

BLACKBOOKERS 📓
Fulton Street
Zoushine
Confusion
Territory Titan

Track Rating: Good 4, Downgrade to Soft 5 from Race 7

Windy conditions with a 35 km Westerly making racing difficult. Inside three or so a no-go zone plus showers later in the day saw the stewards downgrade the track to a soft 5 from race 7 onwards.

Race 1 BM72 (1200m FULTON STREET📓 
FULTON STREET awkward to begin as Miss Jane sets a good tempo. Maggie Collett became cramped for room on him along the non-preferred inside section as Miss Jane laid in under pressure and had to baulk for a run by the 200m. Viduka and Gigglon made their runs together, though it was Designer Chef who had the smother to get the split late who finished best to score. Fulton Street did peak on his effort too which is fine as he is generally not known for first up prowess. This was a sharp class of sprint and Fulton Street does often produce second up, will follow.

Race 2 3yo Maiden (1050m) ZOUSHINE 📓
ZOUSHINE, who has been costly for punters to follow put his maiden to bed in a stylish performance that saw his rider Barend Vorster take a prominent position one-out, one-back off the fast tempo set by War Cheval. With Daily Spirit too his inside, Zoushine dropped the hammer by the 250m to go on by and score by 3L in sharp time. Scotch On The Rock no luck when hunting the rail on turning. War Cheval started to weaken back onto him and then again passing the 250m when a wayward Daily Spirit laid into War Cheval, causing that horse to roll back onto Scotch On The Rock yet again. Unable to be tested to the line, Scotch On The Rock appeared to have something to offer as the pressure went on and goes into the Video Watch to take note of for a later date.

Race 3 BM58 (1050m)
Nice to see these black book Reviews turning winners as Caitlin Jones stalked the hot speed on the well supported commodity Kirinia. Mrs Hyde flew gates as expected to have too much early toe for Lil’ Piper and Exalted Zoe, the later found the pace to be a little outside her comfort zone and knocked up before the 200m. Kirinia swooped down the middle to put this field away in a classy performance and we’ll stick. Lil’ Piper brave performance in holding on for second.

Race 4 BM58 (1528m)
The woman on fire – Caitlin Jones needing one more win to outride her claim before her indentures expire in the next week or two, comes out and rocks the world with a Ride Of The Day performance on the winner Exalted Traveller for trainer Grant Young. Timing was everything as Malvado and Noname Lane set an astonishing tempo to the 600m. Jones’ mount had plenty of race fitness under the belt and she was able to stalk the pair early with a gap of about 5L to the rest. Predictably, the other two had enough by the 300m and Jones peeled out from her cover to bring Exalted Traveller up the middle for a soft hands and heels win by a couple to the maiden galloper Noname Lane with a further 4L back to the rest. Noname Lane is already a blackbooker of ours and we’ll stick, however this race was all about the superb riding of Caitlin Jones.

Race 5 BM64 (1200m)
Race selection Rubble led out of the chute at nothing more than a steady tempo. Jason Holder keen to upstage Caitlin Jones riding effort in the previous gave Ambidazzle a cold run with cover near the tail of the small field. As the runners fanned across the track, Rubble put up the white flag and Party Hack retired due to bleeding attack. Holder brings Ambidazzle with her run a few off the fence. Jones circles the field to hit the front and look all over a winner approaching the 200m. Ambidazzle with the softer run denies Jones her running treble as Holder goes to work and the pair dig deep to come away. Key to Ambidazzle is she needs that smother early in her races and then only has a short, sharp dash so Holder judged it well to just wait rather than go when that split came.

Race 6 BM68 (1100m)
Visually impressive, Just Chipping Away brings up the running double for Jason Holder with a dominant performance that did not break the clock. Back of a good speed, Holder brings her with one run up the middle to win by 3.5L to Taken Off who was resuming today and took the short way home after also lobbing out the back early. Winner won easily, though was wayward and did land her rider in some hot water thanks to the interference suffered by The Publikin top of the straight.

Race 7 BM76 (2034m) CONFUSION 📓
Not often do we see Todd Pannell trapped on a limb in our middle distance/staying type races. That’s exactly where backers of CONFUSION found themselves shortly after the jump. Last to load Ritratto wasn’t all that well away before gathering to push forward from out and put some pace into it. Pannell meanwhile lobbed out and allowed Confusion to come right back. Trapped three wide initially, he elected to roll forward with the easing of tempo. Field formation meant he still could not get in and was forced to race 3WNC the entire. This was a piece of good luck for Jones on Von Costa Glass who was also trapped, now at least with a back to follow. Ritratto ups the ante and pushed out by Jess Eaton scores a tough win in sold time. Von Costa Glass with the kinder run gets past Confusion to fill second placing while we’ll follow the third horse.

Race 8 BM72 (1050m)
Conditions becoming trying after some Showers plus that breeze wanting to swirl as strong as ever. Hard to gage the time, though they seemed to run along with Big Effort leading first up from a spell over Little Rich Boy. Port Vale receiving the run of the race for Owen Ridge in third. Little Rich Boy drops off into the straight as Big Effort powers on, taking Port Vale deep off the course. There’s no Lil’ Kontra to speak of as she tries to imp from well back and towards the inside. Port Vale at atones for his luck less watch last start to go to Big Effort late and score.

Race 9 BM68 (1600m) TERRITORY TITAN 📓
Win of the day goes to Territory Titan who was second up of a break. He put the writing on the wall first up when made ground in restricted room back to the inside. Second up here under 61.5kg’s while racing in some trying conditions, Kayla Crowther was positive on him out of the wide gate to sit at the hindquarters of Masterati bowling along at a fast tempo. Race was set up for the swooper’s and while Race Selection Magnetic Edge was seemingly bolting, gave nothing as the pressure went on. The field turned several horses away from the fence with Territory Titan going on to score a Soft win from Going Gaga who made some ground late out wide. Already in the Book from last prep, The Titan is worth refreshing as a horse to follow as he pushes onto the $100k series final.


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