SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

Craig Lewis Craig Lewis in Blackbookers 10 Aug 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:



Dr Dependable

Track Rating Soft 5-7

Rail back true from 12mts gave us fresh ground across and with little breeze about there seemed no bias towards on speed or otherwise. Even the steady downgrades throughout the day couldn’t create a preference for inside or out with winners coming from anywhere.

Race 1 3 & 4yo Cl2 (1200m) PROMOTER 📓
Small field of four to contest following the three scratching’s, including that of odds-on elect Just Zerne who again wouldn’t load. Kayseri reared to begin, finding another way to avoid winning before finishing hard down the middle. Going to highlight the run of Promoter who led from start to finish with blinkers on 1st time. Well supported on debut after a solid jump out, Michael Hickmott’s charge is quite a big unit and still very raw. Will take plenty of benefit in both fitness and education and happy to follow from here.

Race 2 BM68 (1200m)
Good speed set by Mr Hamilton from the fav Royalty and Akkacan who was racing fiercely one-out one-back. Think he races best with a smother that horse. Race Selection This Kid Rocks beautiful run 4th the fence just off the pace. Royalty went to Mr Hamilton early on straightening while This Kid Rocks just couldn’t quicken well enough under the 60.5 kg’s. Kayla Crowther watched it all early on I’m A Legend before bringing him with one run up the middle to get the bob in over Royalty on the line.

Race 3 BM78 (1000m)
Star Hills gun run early for Jason Holder, following the speed set by Domination and Ascendance as the light rain began to come down. Holder got his mount into the clear and had picked up Domination by the 200m, coming away to score a good win and recording a hatrick of wins in the process. Time of 57.63 with last 600m 33:85 showing the track to be holding beautifully.

Race 4 BM64 (1400m) AQUEDUCT 📓
With the expected rain arriving a little too late, our Race Selection Rothmoore was a scratching in the morning leaving us to watch as Michael Hickmott’s NZ import Aqueduct strode to a clear lead early. Jess Eaton allowing him to bowl along under his own steam, leading by 4L early before giving a kick to come further away and scoring impressively by 6L. Has to go into the Book which makes the 1600m division around this BM70 level to be highly competitive with the likes of Analytica and Territory Titan around the same mark. These three could form part of an exciting Balaklava Cup coming up in the near future.

Race 5 BM68 Mares (1400m)
Punters found some relief with the well supported horse Ruler By Choice from the McEvoy yard prevailing. Pulled his way to the front early off already a strong tempo, one wondered if Barend Vorster still had the horse underneath him on straightening . Nasifa, receiving a lovely early ride from Sophie Logan, moved to challenge inside the 300m. With Vorster becoming tangled in trying to change the whip into the left hand, Ruler By Choice laid into the running of Nasifa causing that horse to alter course. No real excuses though as the winner won clearly enough while green and can continue to improve.

Race 6 BM58 (1600m)
Good charge early with plenty of horse’s wanting to get on with it before Desidero took up his usual role. Little Bit Funny 3WNC early for Maggie Collett on her 1st day of Metro race riding while Frankel Star was given the gun run 2nd up and the McEvoy favourite Resurge patiently ridden midfield the fence. Frankel Star the first to challenge with Little Bit Funny sticking on. Jess Eaton a lovely ride to have Resurge off the fence and into the clear 1st up after a break following surgery for Kissing Spine. Went onto win narrowly over Little Bit Funny who was the Video Star for sure and Frankel Star not far off them. All three can be followed from here.

Race 7 2MW (1400m) DR DEPENDABLE 📓
Good speed up front with Peloton trying to emulate his Hickmott stable mate Aqueduct from earlier by leading at a good clip. With the nice speed, Arkham Knight able to settle close enough, just not much cover from his wide draw. Dr Dependable showed he’s on track for win soon by tracking forward and sticking on gamely for a minor placing as the swoopers in Arkham Knight and Nipperkin came hard. Holder picked up a double for the day as the Barry Brook yard kept their good form going when Nipperkin proved too strong with momentum over the last 50m. Dr Dependable won 3rd up almost a year to the day over the mile when last in work before going onto a big prep over his preferred staying trips. Looks set to repeat.

Race 8 BM58 (1000m)
Hotly contested up front again and we saw a peach of a ride by Dom Tourneur justly bringing up a win on his 10yo mount Ready Sunshine for Ryan Balfour. Settled back off the tempo, Dom pulled the whip through to the left well before his horse started to lay as he attempted a tight run between Trip who was weakening and Cibachrome to his outside who appeared to be travelling strongly. Dom was able to keep his horse on his line, not impeding Trip to his inside while Teagan Voorham twice had to ask Cibachrome to straighten as that horse threatened to lay in on top of him. Good clean riding all-around by the jocks and Dom’s smooth transition to the left coupled with a sense of timing on the experienced horse enabled a tough win by Ready Sunshine.



This Kid Rocks
Coffee Armour

Track Rating: Good 4

As we saw the first meeting for winter on a truly Good track, we did need to adjust our form from wet tracks accordingly. Consequently the Stewards were kept busy keeping up with the reports of horses pulling up lame. NW breeze up to 20km’s with rail moving from true to 3m, track played fair and even across.

Race 1 3yo Maiden (1000m)
Chosen Blonde too good as expected off our barrier trial horses to follow, no point posting her up as her fluc’s were as low as $1.50 once The Multiplier came out. Sat on speed to kick, 33.84 last 600m impressive and we’ll keep following.

Race 2 Maiden (1250m)
Double Blue superbly rated by Paul Gatt out in front. Gave them the slip on straightening thus handing Natasha Storr a winner with her first ever runner as a trainer in her own name. Reckon retiring partner Trevor Dansie pretty much tipped it to anyone who read Lincoln Moore’s story on the pair for TRSA. No excuses the rest.

Race 3 BM82 (1000m)
Hard Rock Girl fired up as expected to lead inside Race Selection Irish Mint with Brimarvi Vehero gaining the gun run 3rd the fence. Lovely ride from Dom Tourneur to angle towards the fence, booting Brimarvi Vehero home as the two leaders had enough. Star Of Monsoon a massive video watch, scratched from Bordertown Sunday and I’m tempted to mark him down as a Blackbooker. Has a low winning percentage though so will just follow Star Of Monsoon selectively.

Race 4 BM72 (2250m) VINACEOUS 📓
Weak race with the top weight rated as a BM61. Very negative race shape too, even for a South Australian staying event with the leader and winner Rex Goliath leading at walk. Still going to take the run of Vinaceous on face value here. Really didn’t appreciate the walk, over-racing badly throughout plus shuffled out the back as some pace started to come into it. Nice ride by Pannell to get her moving and she finished off well enough at her 4th start this prep, jumping from 1700m at latest. Can win soon, especially if they leave her here in Adelaide.

Race 5 BM72 (1250m) THIS KID ROCKS 📓
Strong pace up front setting it up for eventual winner Silverhawk and runner up Danger Deal to roll over them from the back. Race Selection and Blackbooker Vieira honest again having first crack, just couldn’t hold out those swoopers. This Kid Rocks racing consistently at the top level this time in, never found clear running at any stage. Finished 7L from the winner, however I’m happy to elevate from a forgive to Black Book run knowing that he’s come back a fair way with his BM points recently and can break through soon.

Race 6 BM72 (1400m)
Again some good speed was injected throughout. Race favourite Jacobite missed the kick before burrowing through. He was only 2nd up and although he knocked up 3L from the winner, his wasn’t a bad run. Surprise to see winner Left Hand Man add a new string to his bow by settling near the tail with cover. Sophie Logan brought him with one run around them to get up in the shadows over Flop who may have been left in front a little too soon. Interesting to see what tactics the John O’Connor stable take with Left Hand Man into the future.

Race 7 BM64 (1550m) COFFEE AMOUR 📓
How good’s our cut horse Territory Titan going at the moment?! Superbly handled by Caitlin Jones who just let him stride outside the leader Barrymore for the first half before allowing him more reign, taking the race right away from the others. That’s four wins on the trot now for trainer James Dodgson with a space job back to 2nd. Will highlight the run of Coffee Amour who followed up her forward effort 2nd up behind the smart Analytica by getting on a long run from the back to power through the line as the runner up here. She’s built a handy record Coffee Amour, as has her trainer Kylie Huxtable with her small team. Huxtable’s striking at a healthy 16% with a positive ROI of nearly 20%. It’s nice when the numbers tie up well and Coffee Amour looks set to win around 2000m or so soon.

Race 8 BM58 (1300m)
Barend Vorster saved the best for last as he takes Ride Of The Day honours on board our Black Book horse Wounded Soldier. Drifted to a nice price late too. Found a neat spot just back of an even tempo in between horses, Vorster managed to get Wounded Soldier to settle well enough while following race favourite Hot In Paris. Peeled off that horse’s heels down inside the 300m and challenged strongly to win. Again Vorster made the difference between winning and losing for this horse. Strike In Style good, perhaps needed a stronger tempo and Pearl Bandit nice return.


Horses to follow from Morphettville on July 25


Miss Jane
May Be Fate
Rose Tiara

Track Rating: Soft 5

Rail True and with no wind to speak of the track played evenly as expected. The two early staying races had enough speed on to see horses come on from the tail and win, while we saw other winners throughout the day come from front, mid, back, inside and wide. No superstar times recorded, however all were consistent times to BM for a Soft while there were some standout winners on the day.

Race 1 BM82 (2000m)
Nice ride from the inside draw by Kayla Crowther on Race Selection and winner Bertwhistle. Positive early before allowing them to work around her, Kayla found the box seat then never really panicked as they tightened for room on straightening. Von Costa Glass much improved out to a trip stuck on while Exalted Ruth came wide with her run looking a winner until Bertwhistle accelerated through her gap inside the furlong.

Race 2 BM68 (2500m)
Krystal Bishop making a bold play on her last day of Metro race riding as Disco Rebel strode freely for her. Blackbooker Hasta La Fiorente still just won’t settle in his races with Barend Vorster forced to give up the gun run in an effort to find safe passage throughout. Todd Pannell first to go on Cracksman from the rear with Jess Eaton taking the trail in on Manzala. With Cracksman taking over by the 300m, it was Hasta La Fiorente poking up inside them, game as ever despite his terrible race manners. In the end Eaton managed to boot Manzala home outside the pair for a well deserved win with only half a Length covering that trio as Cracksman was outstayed into 3rd placing.

Race 3 BM66 3yo (1200m)
Classy Jaybee too good for this lot with Sairyn Fawke spearing the John Hickmott galloper over to lead from his wide draw. Gave a good kick too after they straightened which allowed room for Jacobite Prince to come through and chase. He was game off his freshen without being sharp and would appear ready to win again somewhere between 1400-1600m soon. Race Selection Calypso Reign never came into it from the rear, running on fairly on the back up for 4th.

Race 4 BM72 (1050m) MISS JANE 📓
Plenty of early toe with Rock Hard driving through underneath Beermint with Nasifa gaining the gun run. Miss Jane midfield the rail on resumption. Nasifa held up for clear running from the 400-200m and we could make a case to follow her. Could’ve also suggested the same when she was trapped deep the speed 2nd up last time, seems a theme with Nasifa unfortunately. Thought Miss Jane showed enough with her runner up performance. Does race well fresh generally though this trip’s a bit sharp for her. Not much of a 2nd up horse so won’t necessarily jump all over her next start, just looks to be headed the right way for a win this prep.

Race 5 BM82 (1100m)
What a performance Octane! We already have runner up Rainmoth as a blackbooker from our Trial Files and happy to stick as she rolled forward to sit under the good speed set by Mr Hamilton and Crown Fontein. Octane handier today in running 4th, though he did give Rainmoth a big head start – at least 5L to the 300m. Crowther gets busy on Octane as Rainmoth puts Mr Hamilton to the sword and the big raw Stokes gelding responded by getting to Rainmoth inside the 100m and actually coming away from his rivals in a devastating win.

Race 6 BM72 (1600m)
Race Selection and Black Book horse Analytica marked the 11th consecutive weekend for winner’s coming out of these Saturday Review’s and in doing so chalked up the 20th winner in that time. A market drifter, I thought Todd Pannell earned Ride Of The Day Honours by setting the perfect example of controlling a race from outside the leader. Jess Eaton, riding in great touch, sent Blow Torch forward with Pannell following her over and just held enough touch to keep Blow Torch honest without carving each other up. Those two controlled the tempo early before increasing as the race went on, putting the rest under plenty of pressure early. Looked set for a two horse war down the straight as Blow Torch tried to respond, Analytica was just too well rated by Pannell though and he went on to score an impressive win by about a Length with a good gap back to the rest.

Race 7 2&3yo Listed (1050m)
Devastating win Parlophone with a rare 2yo victory in the Lightning. The win brought up a double for Eaton and her first black type winner as she settled the Vic raider back off the pace with plenty of cover early. A lot going on here and we could publish a novel on the race so will keep it simple. Parlophone convincing 3L winner re-enforcing the notion that next season’s 3yo’s look like a pretty handy group.

Race 8 BM64 (1200m) MAY BE FATE 📓
A bit going on here too with a few preferring to knock on with each other early rather than race. McEvoy horse The Difference well supported since market opening and won like a good thing, albeit while still doing a few things wrong and forcing Vorster to move with the whip into the left hand. Liked the way May Be Fate wanted to get his head down and relax immediately out of the gates. Jumping widest, Jeff Maund woke him up as he thought about pushing on, instead electing to come back. With a bit of rocking and rolling going on ahead of him, there was nothing to take May Be Fate into the race so Maund just had to hold and wait while losing all momentum. Really attacked the line hard when clear which backs up the effort when first up for the new stable last time too. Jim Smith rarely far away from a good horse and this one appears to have some scope to get over further again.

Race 9 BM58 (1100m) ROSE TIARA 📓
High rating BM58 to finish the day with Port Lincoln reminding punters they’re still here to race. Lincoln mainstay Kingson backing up his two luckless Murray Bridge runs by finishing off best to score out in the middle of the track. Rose Tiara much improved here 3rd up after being beaten 20L at her previous outing. Big filly with a massive stride and being relatively lightly raced, she didn’t seem comfortable racing between horses. Never really clear until late as she had to keep shifting to avoid heels, didn’t attack the line either when clear inside the last 100m. Just a quiet run that she’ll derive benefit from and depends where Peter Hardacre sends her next, we might find a good price about Rose Tiara.



Don’t Dismiss
Splash Some Cash

Track Rating: Soft 5

Rail true on the Soft 5 with a fairly strong NNW head breeze down the back at close to 30km’s. For the first time in recent memory no leaders were able to go all the way as the track played evenly from inside to outside lanes with winners either sitting handy or back with cover early.

Race 1 3YO BM66 (1550m)
Small field of 6 runners with little to report. Tumanako leading clearly at maybe an even clip with Dylan Caboche bringing Tubby Two Tracks off her back for a comfortable win late. Nothing else making any headway.

Race 2 BM78 (1400m)
Field of 8 runners with Silverhawk taking it up to even money fav Defiant Dancer, even leading outside the 3yo by ¾ Length. Unfazed, Defiant Dancer who had relaxed nicely under Sophie Logan took control top of the straight to race away. Winning Partner ridden a little more forward today the only sort of threat, still beaten a Length with 2.5L back to the rest. Mabel Josephine honest late again.

Race 3 BM64 (1550m) DON’T DISMISS 📓
We had two Blackbooker’s compete in this so clearly we rate this race, even if it was only a small field. Nice to see both Race Selection Territory Titan and also Rothmoore fight it out, will keep following them both. With Pleasure the early leader with Vic raider Rogues Point outside her. Kayla Crowther a beautiful trail the fence on Territory Titan. Once she got him clear to the 300m it appeared a matter of how far, that was until Rothmoore who had been patiently ridden came hard with momentum. Territory Titan pulled out enough with those two gapping the rest. Really liked the way Don’t Dismiss relaxed in the run. Seemed a bit one paced when Rothmoore went by then picked up the bit to keep coming late. There’s a few suitable races coming up on the radar and I’m sure Grant Kluske will have something picked out for him already.

Race 4 BM72 (1950m)
Not a great deal of speed in the mid-distance race again. Manzala well supported and found it as easy as he’d like in front. Race Selection Elusive Rose came with a move from the back attempting to take it up by the 800m, only to be thwarted by Manzala kicking up with Bianco Nuovo to hold her 3WNC. 3yo Sign Of Ussuri run of the race and looked to have it shot to bits until Exalted Ruth arrived from the tail to nab him late, bringing up a city double for Sophie Logan.

Race 5 2YO Listed (1400m)
Instant Celebrity just wow! Only 2nd race start and with a month between runs, Kayla Crowther settled her near the tail 3W off the good tempo set by Mayameen and Diamonds. Electric burst of speed from the 450-200m and she put them away. Not quite mature enough to run through the line properly let, however she wasn’t shortening either as both Brumby and Another Award thought about challenging late so I wouldn’t think Instant Celebrity should have too much trouble getting out to more ground. Definite Spring player with this win also bringing up the 100th winner for the season to new senior Kayla Crowther. Foxgossip complete forgive stuck towards the inside with nowhere to go.

Race 6 BM82 (1250m)
Again we see our top line sprinters of the moment just turn their events into a sit and dash. Left Hand Man easy leader from Dexelation who was cuddled for a very long way into the straight where they came away from the rail, gifting Beeokay a lovely run through. In the end it was Dom Tourneur bringing Oh Mo with a well timed run to just deny Sophie Logan a treble by the smallest of margins.

Race 7 BM64 (1000m)
Looked to be good speed on paper and that’s how it played out with the well supported McEvoy 3yo Hypersonic hunting through to hold out Exalted Gold and Beermint. Barrier Trial Black Book Horse Aadelad just eased out of that early speed battle then sort of got trapped as the others built momentum around him. Nice run when finally clear and we’ll stick with him. In the end the money was right with Hypersonic taking back over from Beermint soon after straightening to score an impressive win over the late finishing Akkacan.

Race 8 0-58 (1250m) KAYSERI 📓
Nice to land another win from the Black Book with Barend Vorster nearly earning ride of the day honours aboard Race Selection Wounded Soldier. Beautiful run back of the pace, Vorster managed to hug the rails throughout and it was the ride that made the difference between winning and losing in the end. Paul Gatt also gave Kayseri a nice ride by getting across from a wide draw to sit outside Wounded Soldier. As that horse hugged the fence, Kayseri peeled off between horses to commence his run and just miss out in the photo. Has had four runs back now Kayseri, will not be knocked with a rating point keeping him eligible for these restricted 58 races and is enjoying it back on top of the ground. God’s Penny a forgive, no luck 3WNC to just weaken late. Has been up for some time though.

Race 9 BM58 (1400m) SPLASH SOME CASH 📓
Took until the last of the day for Todd Pannell to remind us who the states premier jockey is with not only Ride Of The Day, maybe also ride of the year on Sedente! Not the best track to try looping the field, Pannell put on a masterclass in picking his way through the field, handing trainer Andrew Clarken his first winner in SA. Meanwhile both Splash Some Cash 2nd up and Taberna, fit though first run for new stable were both forced to travel wide without cover. Particularly taken with the run of Splash Some Cash who was handier throughout and managed to stick on well. Does have a good win S/R owing to trainer David Page’s willingness to travel and place his horses. Both Splash Some Cash and Taberna can be followed.