SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

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  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in South Australia
  • Our latest horses to follow from Adelaide racing
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 two to 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:


Track Rating: Soft 5
Rail True with a moderate breeze at best blowing into the high teens as a South-Westerly. Winners came from anywhere throughout the program, except they did want to come off the fence late.

Bea Tempted

Race 1 2yo BM68 (1200m) Attrition 📓
Impressive video watch from the debutante ATTRITION of the Mitch Freedman yard. Missed the kick a length before working into it between horses to hit the line hard. Concern here is that horses who do things wrong often repeat their mistakes, though we can forgive a debut. Loved the way Attrition attacked the line and we’ll see where he goes next.

Race 3 BM68 (1800m) Bea Tempted 📓
BEA TEMPTED was sent to Murray Bridge second-up last campaign where she duly saluted in a BM78 over 1800 metres. That was off the back of an eye-catching run over the mile at Flemington in a stronger BM84 race. This time around, trainer Patrick Payne asked her to step up from a much sharper 1420 metre mares’ race. Instructions were like last time in that Mikaela Lawrence was to lob out the back and present into the straight. Happy to take the report to the stewards from Lawrence with a grain of salt considering this field walked early. Did not notice any considerable shortening of stride either, though do note Bea Tempted was one of the first to pull-up.


Track Rating: Soft 7
Track played superbly with the rail out 8 metres with a strong enough North-Westerly blowing in the mid 20kms. They did want to get off the fence as the meeting progressed.

Night Hussler
Midnight Storm

Race 2 BM64 (1200m) Night Hussler 📓
Racing first-up in Adelaide, NIGHT HUSSLER jumped beautifully off the outside draw. Asked to come back, the mare never got in and was forced to race WNC out the back. They kept the brakes on up front to go along at a slow tempo turning the race into sit/sprint affair. The rider of Night Hussler attempted to find some cover shortly before the entrance to the straight. Never clear until pulling out by the 300m and only running home inside the last furlong.

Race 6 BM86 (1200m) Midnight Storm 📓
There are a few horses towards the top of the ratings in SA who are currently racing below their best. This affords an opportunity for one such as MIDNIGHT STORM to add to his already impressive winning tally. Followed Exeter on an okay tempo, taking the field up to the leader and hitting the front by the furlong. Found himself swamped by the last start winner back to his inside and a Victorian raider with momentum towards his outside. Fitter, and put two wins together from his third-up run last prep.


Track Rating: Soft 5
Rail True on a beautiful track with some give in which they ran solid time all day. This time had been wind-assisted from a strong North-West wind which blew up close to 30k’s early before coming down to the low 20’s.

Keep Reading

Race 3 3yo BM68 (1000m) Keep Reading 📓
Todd Pannell afforded KEEP READING a beautiful run first-up over the 1000 metres. This still wasn’t enough for Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s sharp sprinter to hold out the late dive of Sigh. Keep Reading had jumped positively to sit on the good speed where they faced the teeth of a strong Northerly. Pannell had urged Keep Reading to shrug off the challenge of Calla Dream, only to be claimed on the line. The horse who nailed him had been ridden back with cover and she may also possess above average ability.


Track Rating: Soft 6
Rail 6m with a moderate South-Westerly of around 20 kms we saw all horses given their chance on the day. There was some fill towards the inside two lanes which riders seemed keen to avoid.

Star Espresso
Prance ‘N’ Dance
Another Free Glass

Race 1 3yo BM68 (1250m) Star Espresso 📓
This field ran along to complete an overall time faster than that of the Benchmark 86 run a few races later. Loved the way STAR ESPRESSO lobbed just in behind the speed with cover to move into the race on the turn. She’s come home slightly quicker than Outlaw’s Revenge did in winning his BM86 despite both horses running similar early splits. Bodes well for a three-year-old who now carries a handicap rating of around 65.

Race 3 2yo CL1 (1000m) Prance ‘N’ Dance 📓
Sophie Logan had PRANCE ’N’ DANCE stalking the speed beautifully along the rails. The two horses from over the border kicked off the good tempo and it was only little Prance ‘N’ Dance who could do the chasing. She’s dug deep first-up for Logan to just miss the winner Gold Bucket in a bob of the heads. They’ve run similar time to Fighting McLaren who won his BM68 with good spacing through to his rivals. She’s now a BM62 rated two-year-old who does plenty right and only early into her prep.

Race 9 BM60 (1550m) Another Free Glass 📓
Probably more a Video Watch rather than a Black Book run, however we don’t want to miss ANOTHER FREE GLASS. Showed that he was back with a nice effort between horses at Strathalbyn on resumption over 1350m. Disappointed at his next with a flat second-up run reminiscent of traditional stayers from days gone by. Lobbed out the back as expected here in the big field then not suited as the pace slackened. Held-up momentarily upon entering the straight with two horses laying about ahead of him. Finished off smoothly in a run that was little more than a barrier trial. His low benchmark rating gives Sue & Jason Jaensch plenty of options and this horse is going okay.

HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM Morphettville Parks June 4

Track Rating: Good Soft 7 to Heavy 8
Rail 3m on the Parks and as we’ve seen previously with strong North-Westerly’s in the mid 30 kms, on-pace runners held the advantage.

They Call Me Alvin

Race 3 BM64(1000m) They Call Me Alvin 📓
They ran fair time to class on a day suiting those on-speed with THEY CALL ME ALVIN stalking the pace. He was away only evenly with Justin Potter reminding his horse to hold a position off an inside draw. He’s done all his previous racing on the bigger Gifford Hill track, and he showed no concerns stretching out on the Parks. Went to the leaders come the business end, only to be tipped out in a three-way go by a proven winner deep into her own prep. Good gap back to the rest of the field with They Call Me Alvin ticking some boxes.

Race 8 BM82 (1000m) Zoulah 📓
They ran along only evenly on the Heavy track with ZOULAH lobbing towards the tail. Those in the strike-zone just off the speed all figured in the finish with Zoulah thundering up the middle late to post the day’s fastest sectionals. Put in a similar run first-up last time in BM72 grade before backing it up with an all-the-way victory over the mile in same class. In terms of speed ratings, he’s come back just as well with his second-up win last prep being a career-best. Weight ratings would tell a similar story, carrying 55kgs under senior rider Kayla Crowther in that 72. Clarken found a 2kg claim for the apprentice back to 52kgs in the BM82 here.


Track Rating: Good Soft 5 to Soft 6
Track played well despite starting off as a Soft 5 before being downgraded throughout the day to a Soft 6. Rail out 8 metres into the straight, and they did want to get further out. There was no real North-Westerly with tempo the deciding factor of where the winners came from.

En Francais

Race 7 BM60(1200m) En Francais 📓
The punters warmed to En Francais first-up over 1200m with thoughts the bigger track will suit while fresh. Settled back and wide as the steady rain came down while getting himself into a good rhythm early. Did want to lay-in on straightening, and all the way again up the straight. There was a handy one racing second-up in Justakidd who put paid to him by the furlong in the race for third prize. En Francais regathered himself to come hard late and take that photo. Clearly the run of a horse looking for further with his low handicap ratings ensuring plenty of options for Jake Stephens.

Race 10 BM64 (1400m) Unlaced 📓
Jessica Eaton found some early cover for Unlaced just in behind the speed. Race shape was never going to work out in his favor as a horse who likes to be positive early in his races. Jaamint and Sacred Amour were able to control proceedings in front and those two subsequently fought out the finish. Unlaced meanwhile found horses coming back onto him, chasing a checkered path to the line. His Australian wins have come in Bm64 – Bm68 class while carrying a handicap rating of 65-69, and he finds himself in that range now.


Track Rating: Good 4
An action-packed last day of the carnival saw fair racing throughout on a Good 4 rated surface with the rail out 5m.

Secret War
I Am Bene

Race 2 BM72 (1050M) Secret War 📓
With the blistering speed set by Secret War, this field were always going to run time. Really only knows one way this horse, and that is to run his opposition off their feet. Doesn’t usually cop the pressure from the others as he did here from Chosen Blonde and Full Probe. Did well to take that in his stride and he battled manfully late despite being outclassed by the winner. Eligible for BM68 class and stable apprentice Ellis Wong can claim 3kg for an edge on that level.

Race 9 G3 (1200m) I Am Bene 📓
I Am Bene has been touted as a potential since her win on debut back in January. Backed that up with a last stride win on resumption a fortnight ago, securing her place in this black-type event. Added further claims to becoming a future headline act as Paul Gatt urged her back towards the rail into the straight. I Am Bene finished powerfully behind the runaway winner in Seradess. The latter filly led from start to finish off an even tempo at best. She’s gapped them on straightening with I Am Bene clearly best of the rest.


Track Rating: Good 4
Rail 3 metres on a Good 4 surface for both tracks. First three races were run on the inner Parks track with course proper hosting the final six races on the card. Strong WNW breeze of nearly 30kms early, quietening down to around 20kms late seemed a contributing factor in slower overall times for the day.

Hello Ladies

Race 1 BM62 3yo (1000M) Kolokar 📓
The Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable are flying this season and they had 3yo Kolokar resuming without much luck. Tasked with some weight, Kolokar found himself under lock and key back to worse than midfield the fence. Momentum halted shortly after entering the straight, Jake Toeroek was forced to ease across the heels of the field. Kolokar picked himself up to continue through the line. Remains as about a benchmark 62 which should give the stable plenty of options from here.

Race 5 BM82 Series Final (1100m) Hello Ladies 📓
Hello Ladies has been a regular in the #SABlackbookers, including in our Trial Files prior to his debut. Ready to refresh his name in the book again following a good win at Mount Gambier on resumption, ensuring him a start in the series final. Barrier 18 probably threw his chances out the window as Barend Vorster settled behind the field off the slow/even tempo up top. Circled the field as the widest to run home inside 33.7 last 600m (to be confirmed). Holds a rating early into the prep that gives the Cahill team plenty of options with him.


Track Rating: Soft 5 downgraded to Soft 6
Rail True for the second meeting in a row at Headquarters, plus a track downgrade saw the first meeting in some time produce a visible bias. Horses found it hard to make ground all day despite the changing breeze which blew around 20km’s in all directions.

Next Dimension
Rushaway Lad

Race 2 BM64 (1200M) Next Dimension 📓
The SA debut of Next Dimension was an eye-catching run, finishing up the middle against the grain of the day. He does some fitness base with three runs in QLD prior to transferring to the stables of Paula Trenwith. Looks like he’ll enjoy the bigger tracks such as Gifford Hill, which hosts a 1400m race same class at the end of the carnival. Carried weight without an issue and looks right at home in his adopted state.

Race 9 BM64 (1050m) Rushaway Lad 📓
Keeping with the theme of horses running on against the pattern, Rushaway Lad also ran a big race second-up. This followed his second placing behind the smart Array Of Sunshine at Oakbank when resuming. It’s one thing to pick the horses running on against an on-pace bias, it’s another to find those tracks that won’t present in similar order. That same Murray Bridge meeting mentioned earlier throws up plenty of options for Travis Doudle with this horse. The big Gifford Hill track is also one that favors those who like to be ridden with some patience.


Track Rating: Soft 5 into Good 4
Dual track meeting for Oaks Day where both tracks played superbly once again. Good temps of just under 20c with a reasonable South-Westerly mostly blowing in the early 20km’s.

Last Girl Love

Race 2 BM60 (1250M) Last Girl Love 📓
Plenty to like about the McEvoy filly Last Girl Love who had the blinkers coming off in exchange for winkers. She was also racing off a slight break since beaten a long way from the stablemate Mac ‘N’ Cheese over a mile. Jumped cleanly off an inside draw and comfortably had the pace to be in the race early. Speed continued to come however, and Jamie Kah allowed her mount to drift to back of midfield. She got on her bike just prior to the 600m, with the winner Miss Langtry still minding her own business several lengths away. While Last Girl Love just went down after seemingly having the race within her keeping, she’s lightly raced and does plenty of things right. Suspect Last Girl Love will progress a lot further yet.

Race 7 G1 (2000m) Morrissette 📓
We were keen to highlight Morrissette for the Book earlier, just didn’t want to go off too soon with her. She ran third-up today and has now put together three perfect trials for the G3 SA Oaks over 2500m. Trapped deep with cover out the back of an even tempo at best, Morrissette was able to wind through her gears to hit the line hard. Ran a brave race when ridden upside down towards the front in the G1 VRC version at her fourth run last time in. She’s a stronger, more experienced race filly this time in and surely has the SA Oaks within her keeping.