SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow
- Blackbookers to catch the eye in South Australia
- Our latest horses to follow from Adelaide racing
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 Morphettville on May 30
Broadway And First
When Stars Align
Day started on a Soft 5 with the rail out 5m before an almost immediate upgrade to Good 4 thanks to the strong breeze that kept changing from N to NW and were as high as mid 40km’s before dropping off to low 20’s then picking up again. Similar to the last full meeting here on the 25/4, momentum seemed king though it wasn’t impossible for leaders to run well with winners anywhere from just off the fence to out near the middle.
Race 1 2yo BM64 (1250m)
So You Can backed in from 2nd fav to start the firm $1.30 tote elect following his terrific debut effort to place at Balaklava. Sat off the one-time fav and debutante The Krone before Holder got into the smart Macdonald-Gluyas gelding to race away. Can’t wait to see more of him.
Race 2 BM72 (1400m)
We had our Blackbooker and race selection Simply Dreaming go around in this and she was confidently backed from $5.50 – $2.60. Got that lead we thought she might get, travelled a little fiercely and retrospectively probably ran a bit quicker to BM to the first 600m relative of the day. A little stiff there Kayla Crowther to get picked up off a 48.61 first 800m and I don’t think many of us saw Enki as the one to spoil the party. Simply Dreaming stays in the Book for another run.
Race 3 BM68 (1950m)
No doubting Kayla on this ride taking the honours on Bertwhistle allowing her horse time to come across and take up a much more forward position than usual from the wide draw and without over working to do it. Budget King led comfortably, Bertwhistle some 3L astern with Exalted Ambition over racing on her back with Rapid Raiser a forgive run trapped 3WNC. Felt she was ride of the day again Crowther who was on the classier galloper coming back from Listed level and with a bit of weight to anchor her usual turn of foot. Bertwhistle too strong for Exalted Ambition with those two coming away from the others.
Race 4 3YO BM68 (1000m) DIMAGGIO 📓
Rough run affair this one. Dimaggio missed the kick and is one we can follow for the McEvoy camp. Nice strong type with a beautiful stride and I want to see more of him, particularly on the bigger tracks. Did steer out to shoulder Magic Phantom out of the way as that horse also began to lay to the 250m. Once balanced really lengthened nicely for the minor. Jake Toeroek lovely patient ride on the Will Clarken horse Silver Lining 1st up watching it all unfold from the rear before making one unimpeded run between horses to score. Glory Game out wider needed to baulk to avoid the interference ahead of her, colliding with Brimarvi Rooboy as Race Selection and Blackbooker Fortune Follows layed in on top of that galloper. Those three were forgive runs and can be followed selectively.
Race 5 BM68 (1300m)
They didn’t seem to break any records in this with the only one certain of wanting to be handy was Lachlan Neindorf on short fav Dixon Street. Bunching field throughout the race with a bunching finish, only thing certain was Dixon Street is a class above these.
Race 6 BM64 (1550m)
Great race to watch with two sensational rides here and a nose separating the result. Fulton Street superb effort considering he was supposed to race over further on the dirt at Port Augusta 6 days earlier. Rated a treat out in front by Crowther once she got him there, again without asking her horse to do a power of work to cross. Dom Tourneur smoking his pipe forward of midfield on classy Balfour mare Dreamed. Peeling out top of the straight and spotting the leader at least 4L, Dom brought up the first of a running double with a well timed ride to get the nod as momentum proved king on the day again.
Race 7 2MW (1000m) BROADWAY AND FIRST 📓
Pace was on as we’d expect with Domination and Zarace going forward, Equal Love scooting through off the inside pill maybe a bit different? Still, she’s fit, back in distance and hasn’t taken the gaps this time in so why not! Dom Tourneur picture perfect on Black Book horse Brimarvi Vehero settling just off the speed and the Sam Burford stable landed a well deserved win. Broadway And First, this is a strange one 1st up. Couldn’t go a yard early, gets beat 7.6L yet returns similar last 600m to the winner who was in the perfect spot throughout. In fact Broadway And First’s last 600/400/200m of 33.24 – 22.18 – 11.30 were the fastest of any individual furlong splits by any horse of the day. He SP’d at 200/1, is eligible for far easier and we’re following this thing.
Race 8 0-58 (1250m) WHEN STARS ALIGN 📓
Good race this with good pace and those receiving nice runs the fence were the ones to fill the first 4. Ryan Hurdle too good in the close finish for John O’Connor with their mare nosing out the fast finishing God’s Penny. Lachy Neindorf perhaps didn’t land ride of the day on the Stokes gelding but earns a nom for classic catches after recovering the whip he dropped at the 300m. When Stars Align ran fantastic 1st up just going down and there’s plenty of upside to him, I wonder if Kylie Mckerlie will consider making the trek to town from Pt Augusta more often. Sand Cat huge run, may have copped a check or just over responded when Claudia Lions asked her to come out of the early speed battle.
Race 9 BM58 (1000m)
She’s in form Kayla Crowther and we should just be Black booking her. Sensational ride on a pretty handy filly in Almadrava. Sat handy to the good speed and just when we thought Sophie Logan had pinched it on Exalted Gold, Almadrava takes the split and sprints like a good horse to arrive on time. Plenty happening in this, if you didn’t know better, you’d be all over Devonte sitting 4WNC the speed to just miss out. Can win soon just be aware that he doesn’t like being cluttered up so is a difficult ride. Plenty of forgives in this bunched finish.
Horses to follow from Murray Bridge on May 23
We haven’t seen too many genuinely soft tracks at Gifford Hill so we’re still learning about them here. With drizzling rain throughout race day, what started as a Good 4 on Friday Morning ended up a Soft 6 by the first race before a further down grading to Soft 7 come race 4. Add to the mix strong S-SW between mid 20’s and high 30kms and it was a testing day, particularly on the leaders with most winners swooping down the middle from well back.
Race 1 2yo BM64 (1000m)
The well backed Banter out fast and seemingly coasting on straightening. Jason Holder bringing the race experienced Winning Weather down the middle from the 1/1 to pick him up late. Gap back to the rest with Sabaku good again, Miss Mourinho likely improver.
Race 2 Maiden (1200m)
Race selection Sellix was surprisingly backed into the very short $1.65 after a couple of scratching’s, even though she had failed to register a placing her 3 other runs on a genuine Soft track. Given the gun run with cover behind the leaders by Anna Jordjso, Sellix was disappointing labouring into 3rd placing behind Wicked Whitt who appeared to fail in these conditions between horses at Balaklava. Neindorf kept her out of trouble before circling as the widest runner and being too good late. Thought debutante West Cliff was good and will watch for him over further.
Race 3 3yo BM68 (1400m)
Visitor Open Minded lead at a controlled gallop and they never really came off the fence in this one. Winner Really Discreet awkwardly drawn and was seemingly all dressed up with nowhere to go down to the furlong. Nice piece of riding Kayla Crowther to switch several heels and have her out with the horse putting them to bed fairly quickly when clear. Paid surprisingly well, $4 some totes, even with the late scratching at the barrier of the well supported Robe Bay.
Race 4 BM64 (1600m)
We did have a blackbooker come up in this which we didn’t include in our selections this week owing to the carpark draw and just didn’t seem to map comfortably at all. Thought Mabel Josephine was brave though in being seemingly a little fresh out of the gates and pushing forward before sticking gamely to the end. As to the winner Coolth, wow wasn’t he impressive?! He’s got a future, just does plenty wrong so won’t be jumping onto Coolth the train just yet. Still, there was a lot to like about the way he settled last and rounded them up out wide to power through the line.
Race 5 BM78 (1800m)
We stuck with our Blackbooker France’s Boy out to the 1800m first time and I thought he was very good, unfortunately overrun late missing a place. Stays in the book. Todd Pannell gave the winner La Belle Jude a peach of a ride in the 1/1 out of the wide gate and just off what looked a fairly hot tempo to the conditions.
Race 6 BM72 (1000m) BRIMARVI VEHERO 📓
Winner Symphonette was black booked last week with the note of not having a gut buster 2nd up and can win again soon. Didn’t expect that to happen off such a short turnaround and over the sharp trip. As the day went on it appeared obvious that the pattern was going to be conducive to her style, it was now a matter of could she tick that Soft track box having failed 4 times previously. Liked the return of Brimarvi Vehero. Settled handy and was exposed a long way out when the two leaders came back to them. Teagan Voorham really tried to hold him together for as long as she could, was just left with no option but to go and he was really brave 1st up in testing conditions against the day’s pattern and against a couple of high quality finishers.
Race 7 BM68 (1400m)
Different race where by now that pattern of swooping really seemed to be playing on the minds of a few riders. Kayla Crowther takes ride of the day honours for her initiative on the winner Done By Me. Taking her straight to the front out of the wide gate, she didn’t break any records. Similar to Georgina Cartwright’s front running ride on Oasis Girl last week, she didn’t just jam anchor trying to stack everything up behind her causing havoc plus setting herself up to be overrun by something with a turn of foot. Good controlled front running ride. Likely leader Jacobite Prince slowly away again plus race selection and blackbooker Awake In Grinzing elected to sit wide near the lead without pressuring before being disappointing to the line.
Race 8 BM82 (1200m)
Winner Debt Collector seemed to have all his ducks lined up as race time rolled around and he didn’t disappoint. Seemed a little more keen on the bridle than usual early, Vorster just had to ease the horse back underneath him again as a few of those ahead seemed to want to jam up and go for the same runs. Never really panicking, he brought him outside while making ground and just had to hold up again as Oh Mo layed in at the 300. Once clear to that horses outside I thought it was all over bar the shouting. However Oh Mo was also in his preferred conditions with every favour in the run and really made Debt Collector work for it. The polish of Stuart Padman proved the difference 3rd up and we can expect this horse to be in for a good prep.
Race 9 BM60 (1200m) JUST KAPPY 📓
Kayla Crowther capped off a brilliant day with a treble settling near the tail and bringing Rock Harbour around them with one run to get up in the last bound. Annoying since that horse was our value bet only to run an unlucky 4th the start prior. Anyway, I thought Just Kappy needed to be highlighted here. An older galloper who usually takes time to find form, he won 1st up at Strathalbyn last start and now he’s very nearly broken through 2nd up for the first time in 8 goes. Regardless of where he is in his prep, similar to Brimarvi Vehero he went very close against the pattern of the day. Away a bit awkward, he quickly mustered to lead at a good pace and then even gave a kick down by the 200m. Was only just pinged on the line by a fit horse who came via the days pattern and I think we need to follow Just Kappy.
Horses to follow from Morphettville on May 16
Goodwood day saw the single strongest field line up in recent memory and with all horses drawing perfectly, there weren’t any excuses. Day started with a negligible Northerly breeze into the chute changing up to a SW by race 7 of under 20km’s. Georgina Cartwright stole the show with a treble on a track that rated pretty close to a Soft 6 according to the peno with the rail out 8m.
Race 1 BM80 2030m
Good tempo set by War Tiger with Race Selection Mahis Angel at his hindquarter. Around 4-5 Lengths further back Disco Rebel with the smallish field stringing out. Was happy enough with Mahis Angel being on top of the good speed as he had shown he could run through that previously, however it was the backmarkers who prevailed in the end. Busker’s Ballad never lost touch and finished powerfully a couple off the fence to win well while Lieder solid out in the middle.
Race 2 2yo G3 1200m
Black Booker Extra Time blinkers on first time wasn’t best away before mustering, showing a clean pair of heels to lead throughout winning by over 3L. Nice to see the Black Book throwing up winners and we can keep following. First starter Kazuhiko created some interest as a $1.7M buy plus a bet of $60k coming through late with TAB. Sensible type who’ll get better over further.
Race 3 BM72 1200m FORTUNE FOLLOWS 📓 & SYMPHONETTE 📓
Time was okay to BM and they got home quick enough which made it a little hard for back markers to take ground off the first few. Race Selection Quiddick was 1st up, always back and never came on. Won’t dismiss her yet. Was prepared to take the favoured two on in Fortune Follows and Symphonette. Both were terrific 1st up runs, just prefer them over slightly further now. Both were nice runs in good late time without busting the gut and they can each go onto win again soon.
Race 4 BM64 1200m
We had another from the Black Book line up here and we were on it as our Race Selection in Calypso Reign. Didn’t get much luck and with the notification coming through late that likely leader Bar Gem was to be ridden with cover, his aspirations were made just that little bit harder. Clear forgive and stays in the Book for one more. Runner up Summate was very good along the preferred part of the track with cover and tends to hold form 2nd up. Winner Midnight Storm was brave after hitting the front early.
Race 5 3yoF G3 2500m
Nice to see the stayers put on a true tempo and we saw a few very good fillies in winner Realm Of Flowers who for the 3rd run in a row finished with a fast last 600m, Silent Sovereign ridden a lot quieter this time to finish off strong and Tralee Rose appears to have a future. Would love to Black Book these, just with the first two likely to be at the end of their preps now, they’re going to have to come back and go to a new level next time in. Tralee Rose is a stayer I like who is only lightly raced and is still eligible for slightly easier.
Race 6 F&M Listed 2030m
Ride of the day Georgina Cartwright for mine. She strung them out early on winner Oasis Girl then just kidded to them down the back, easing the tempo enough to gain a breather without stacking them up behind her. Controlled the race beautifully and gave nothing else a chance. A few forgive runs behind her, Girl Tuesday hit the line between horses, Wings Of Pastrami honest again, Fidelia ran on again and Walking Flying just too far out of her ground.
Race 7 G3 SW+P 1600m
Cartwright running double with a pearla on Chapel City better than midfield the fence on a good enough tempo. Those who followed up on Seabrook would’ve been counting their cash at the 200m, however after racing fiercely early behind the leader she was susceptible to being run over late. Race favourite Harbour Views okay down the middle, take away his short price and he was a very nice 2nd up run. We had another Black Book horse go around in Aristocratic Miss and she looks a clear get on next start for me. We haven’t been on yet so we’ve still got two races to select with her.
Race 8 G1 SW+P 1200m BEHEMOTH 📓
What a race! Delivered everything it promised with Xilong setting a fast early tempo. Gytrash probably a surprise to see him up outside the leader and he was a bit keen on Holder which ended up being his undoing. John Allen was able to slot in better than midfield the fence to come through the preferred part of the ground as Holder couldn’t cuddle Gytrash any longer. Nose in it with less than 2L back to Lyre who got back for Zac Spain and able to follow the winner through. Slick last 600m for her again and Lyre will be a force to be reckoned with if she can come up again next prep. Behemoth stepped a little slow before getting home out in the middle of the track in fastest last 600m of the day, and building with each furlong. Santa Anna Lane good with him, just no match and Behemoth the clear sectional star for the day.
Race 9 F&M G3 SW+P 1200m
Again, we had a Black Book horse go around and the shortening price just left us off Street Icon. She’s trending the right way without much luck and we’ll find a race for her soon. Zac Spain deserved his win in the last on Humma Humma with the best ride in the race again proving to be the winning ride. Just better than midfield with cover one off, Zac threaded his way through to score easily from Kabini who followed up her good run in the DC McKay and a fast finishing Street Icon. Thought Be My Star was very good sitting on top of a solid pace and Everyday Lady showed her class getting home well late out in the middle.
Horses to follow from Morphettville on May 9
Hasta La Fiorente
First three races were kept to the Inner Parks Track with the rail 5m and rated Soft 6. Typical Parks style of racing where nothing made ground and the placegetters were all in the top few settling. Outer track upgraded from Soft 7 to a 6 by the sixth race. With around 45Kmh SW breeze the sweet spot again seemed to be the 3W line, though winners came from further back than usual and mostly up the middle. Horses leading or settling inside had a hard time of it all day.
Race 1 3YO BM64 1000m
Havoc at the start when Barend Vorster came off Hearty Lass. The General led clearly from Dixon Street who ranged up to him mid straight only to have riderless horse lay in on her. Georgina Cartwright nice set of horse skills to stay out of trouble and nail the inside runner on the line.
Race 2 2YO G3 1400m
Violinist led stablemate Ringbolt to an even enough tempo. Those two came away to fight it out and it was Ringbolt who went on to score with the blinkers first time. Raced far more tractably and comes out of a very strong maiden at Balaklava after a couple of good jump outs and nice enough trial around Mileva. Heavy loping sort who can improve again and the first two are pretty handy. Race favourite Ecumenical tried hard, just couldn’t pick them up.
Race 3 Series Final BM80 1400m
Plenty of interest here with front runner One More Jack coming off 6 wins straight stepping to 7 furlongs with weight, 3yo Jacobite Prince drawing wide and seemingly needs to lead to win. One More Jack away well with Perfect Command taking a trail and Black book horse Awake In Grinzing not far off. Jacobite Prince not the best away mustered to be 3WNC 2L off the leader. Moved up out wide to hit the front mid-straight to score convincing win in a strong time to the day. Nice to see Perfect Command finish well off a strong tempo to hold down 2nd while Awake In Grinzing pleasing 3rd paying $5.60 tote here. Happy to stick with him as our Black Book horse in a race that rated strongly.
Race 4 BM64 1050m
Slow overall race time relative to the day, we saw race favourite Almadrava probably start a bit too short in ’64 grade following her maiden win which sets up for something to score at a price. Domination and Heka Express set a good tempo before knocking up. Winner Rushwa with the Visors on again found that sweet spot well off the speed to defy Triple Deez late who came from last and seemingly had the race won before Rushwa at 60/1 pulled away again late. Triple Deez disappointing, perhaps only a short sprint on him while it’s worth noting that the Balfour stable does seem to have an affinity with Visors as a gear change. Rushwa himself improved sharply in provincial grade with them last prep. Question the strength of this race going forward.
Race 5 Series Final BM75 1800m HASTA LA FIORENTE 📓 & MONTEFERRANTE 📓
Winner Bajan watched it all from the rear of the field early before Kayla Crowther timed her run around the field to perfection as she so often does here at Morphettville and down by the 300m was the only horse you wanted to be on. Couldn’t really tip Hasta La Fiorente from barrier 14 and she was just a huge run trapped wide no cover for most of it. With a handful of horse who refused to settle, Teagan Voorham elected to go early and she was just a sitting shot for the winner and runner up. There’s a race in town for Hasta La Fiorente who was well enough supported in the market. Also well supported was Monteferrante who settled beautifully inside Hasta La Fiorente and finishing off okay. No flashing lights on this one, just worth noting the betting of 11’s into 5’s off the back off a Murray Bridge maiden and Balaklava 0-62. Sound enough to follow a rule of backing those who were well supported at their previous.
Race 6 3YO LISTED 1600m GAME KEEPER 📓
Good tempo throughout in this with John Allen having Game Keeper in that sweet spot well back off the speed, cover away from the fence. Coming out of restricted class and making it a hatrick of wins since resuming, Game Keeper was ultra impressive running a last 400/200m on par with Lakhani Rose in the 1100m later in the day. Plenty of scope for more improvement yet, he was very strong though a little wayward through the line.
Race 7 2MWLY 1200m
Winner Miss Mandito crossed the Vic border to join the Gordon Richards stable in search of something easier and she followed up her good run at Listed level by again coming from that sweet spot being back and wide. Zac Spain seemingly swinging off her before letting rip up the middle unimpeded as most the winners were all day. Plenty of hard luck stories behind her, thought Easy Beast was brave being the only leader to stick on the outer track. They didn’t go hard and he has been up for a long time.
Race 8 3YO G1 SA Derby 2500m
Group 1 racing here in Adelaide has been attracting a lot of interest with the Derby being of no exception. Lauded by many as the strongest of SA Derby’s in recent years, the race was probably only missing the Chris Waller trained Kinanne to complete the picture. Here we find our ride of the day with Jason Holder superb on runner up Dalasan (what were the others thinking letting him in so easily). Didn’t quite pan out as I’d hoped with Best Bet Warning, thought he was perhaps caught a pair further back than would’ve liked so couldn’t turn it into a staying test when the pace dropped right out of it. Winner Russian Camelot massive from the rear, won’t make too much of him being wide as I wonder if Allen had concerns about him settling off that slow, early midrace tempo. End of the day Russian Camelot an impressive winner.
Race 9 Series Final BM80 1100m
Winner Be My Star showed a bit of versatility settling a little closer than usual though was still given a typically patient Todd Pannell ride from just off the speed. Even though she was a little closer than the other winners, Pannell just cuddled her through her gears and with a head separating the first three runners it was evident that the ride made all the difference between winning and losing. Lakhani Rose as per usual pattern settled many lengths off the leaders only to just miss with our Black Booker and race selection Mum’s My Hero being tardy away before striking trouble into the straight. All three can be followed.