SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

Craig Lewis Craig Lewis
  • 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:


Fox Gem

Track Rating: Good 3

We started off on a Good 4 track, though found an upgrade to Good 3 with warm temperatures plus a reasonable Southerly. Inside section appeared to be a no-go zone into the straight as horses typically built up the middle of the track. Strong anti-leader bias evident on the day.

Race 1 BM86 (1000m) Alleboom 📓

Alleboom found the front as expected and was able to maintain that lead under little pressure. Stuck hard to the inside to finish 1.7L off the winner who had the cold sit. We’ve had this horse in the Book since early in the prep, and it’s time to refresh his name. Will be better suited away from the bigger tracks, also typically races well under apprentices.

Race 3 Maiden (1200m) Fox Gem, Samesyn 📓

Fox Gem had won a sharp 600m jump out prior to trialing well for debut here. Took a long time to wind up under Jason Holder before coming home hard late. Just missed out as the winner came with momentum up the preferred middle part of the track. Sure to be well-supported into the future.

Samesyn came into this race with some good backing following two previous commendable performances this prep. Like Alleboom in the first, Samesyn also attempted to defy what would become an established track pattern by leading along the inside. Field took a long time to get to her, and she too would be better suited away from the bigger tracks.


Prince Jofra
Spanish Heirloom

Track Rating: Soft 5

Rail remained true into the straight from last meeting, though had been shifted out to the 3m from the 800 – 400m. Played perfectly with a slight Southerly on a mild day. Nothing was able to lead and win, however all were afforded ther chance.

Race 3 3yo Maiden (1200m) Prince Jofra📓

The winner out of this, I Am Benne looks pretty smart and she certainly upgraded an otherwise thin maiden field. That filly received a lot of media attention post race which continued on from her barrier trial leading in. Doubt we’ll get a price should we attempt to follow her; Thought Prince Jofra also backed up a good trial win on resumption here. Chopped out when following the winner on the turn to finish into the placings. Stable in terrific form and Prince Jofra can be knocking off his maiden sometime soon.

Race 6 BM82 (1100m)Spanish Heirloom📓

She’s gone close this grade at her past couple and at a good Starting Price too. Spanish Heirloom had given a good kick on straightening, only to be gun down by fellow #SABlackbookers horse Great Leveller. While she’s been down in the weights this grade, the mare has also won in the past with 59.5kg. As around a BM76 rater, there’s some scope for what grade she can go to as a proven weight carrier.



Track Rating: Good 4

Warm day of 30 plus degrees with a strong West-South-West breeze on a Good 4 track where the rail was true. Raced like a typical Gifford Hill track where patient riders were rewarded and horses up on the pace found it hard to maintain their efforts.

Race 4 BM72 (1000m) Sandblas 📓

Back from a successful Northern Territory campaign where he claimed the Derby over a mile and a quarter, Sandblas was a surprise firmer in betting. In from $34 post scratching’s to a starting price of $15, Sandblas was seemingly travelling under apprentice rider Angus Chung. Will be interesting to note the stewards report with this horse when it does become available. Did seem to have room to move though Chung maintained a fair hold. Did appear to look down at Sandblas’ Near Hind leg by the 300m, though he may have just been checking to see if he had room. Either way, we will respect the market move and the run itself was better than it will read on paper.


Great Leveller

Track Rating: Good 4 📓

Very strong South Easterly behind the fields the whole way meant that we were going to see fast times on the firm deck. There were a couple who made ground to win, as there were a couple who bowled along in front to score. All in all, very even though riders once again seemed to want to get out to the middle early. Not sure that helped anyone’s causes really.

Race 7 BM68 (1050m) Great Leveller 📓

Trainer Jon O’Connor has kept Great Leveller in lower benchmark races while copping the weight. Pretty handy to have a stable apprentice such as Angus Chung, and it would be fair to think O’Connor will be looking for another BM68. Great Leveller had always shown promise throughout his career and now he’s put together two professional wins early into the prep.

Race 9 BM72 (1200m) Vieira 📓

Happy to keep posting up Vieira as we’ve probably have consistently over his last few preps. Continually knocking on the door in good races while often filling a place at massive odds. He’s at that point in the prep now where trainer Leah Conlon will just be looking to keep him happy. His first few races this prep have been run at very fast early tempos, and that may not be suiting the 8yo now. Vastly improved at his past two in good company where he was able to kick off a slow speed (9.5L slower than average) two starts ago. This time at an even tempo, Vieira made the others work to get to him before fighting on doggedly to the finish. Getting down in the benchmarks now where early speeds can put the races into his keeping.



City Jet
Ye Hella

Track Rating: Good 4

Very warm day with a lot of forgive runs due to the heat plus the firmness of the track. Off the leaders back seemed to be the place to be with winners staying low to the inside three lanes. Track Specialist Getoutoftheway broke that mold by circling as the widest from the tail in the last.

Race 3 Class 1 (1200m) City Jet 📓

Rating as a BM60 from the top, City Jet lobbed in the right spot following the leader for Kayla Crowther. Our #SABlackbookers horse from last week, Got The Style proved a dominant winner at tomato sauce odds. Still liked the way that City Jet plugged on for second as a BM50 rater and she’s now put a few handy runs together for her new master in Trevor Montgomerie.

Race 7 BM60 (1100m) Ye Hella 📓

Good race again considering this class of horse. We’ve a fair opinion of the winner, Tanja’s Dream who crossed and led at a good tempo. She kicked hard to score as a first-up winner and can continue into the harder grades now. Ye Hella raced all tucked-away following a deliberate move by Ryan Hurdle to snag to the fence. He followed both Strategy and Lady Pavli Chenko into the run, where Ye Hella was traveling better than those two. Had to get off their backs as he did, just had the door close on him again. Should’ve run second, and we love the way Ye Hella moved throughout the race.



African Awesome
Got The Style

Track Rating: Good 4

Warm day with the rail moved to the 4 meter position on a Good 4 rated track. After walking the track on Thursday as the rail was going up, had felt there would be an upgrade to a Good 3 at some point. Despite the irrigation that was sure to go on, we’re a little surprised that upgrade never eventuated. The mild South-westerly shouldn’t have affected much and we we did see some flying-fast times recorded.

Race 2 BM60 (1600m) African Awesome 📓

We backed African Awesome Each-Way when racing second-up over the mile at Balaklava. He ended up being well-supported come close to jump time and ran well, filling a hole for us. Stayed the mile here third-up and we resisted the urge to follow-up as we felt the track may favor those inside and on-speed.

Certainly the first four races at least played that way and the first two horses home here ran well. Both the winner, Artful Libby and the runner-up, African Awesome became shuffled back after setting the initial good speed. Artful Libby had the fitness edge to carve out a much-deserved city win, while we can follow African Awesome in similar class.

Race 6 BM60 (1200m) Got The Style 📓

Not sure she’s Got the Style just yet, however she’s certainly got the look. Striking mare from the Tony and Calvin McEvoy yard who’s only lightly raced, she did plenty wrong into the run. Still put herself up on the good tempo and it took a pearla of a Kayla Crowther ride on Point Blaze to beat her. Carries a high relative rating for this class due to being a Victorian country maiden winner. The physique is there with ability to match, and Got The Style can continue to improve.



All Important
I’m Kenny

Track Rating: Good 3

Strange sort of day where we expected the fence the place to be with the Rail back into the true. Warm week also meant that staff had irrigated the track, and it’s suspected that the irrigation helped to even the middle and outer section.

Race 6 BM60 (1250m) All Important📓

All Important had been racing up on the speed since leaving Darwin to join the Shayne Cahill stable. Improved effort with his third placing here over 1400m last start. Came back underneath Jacob Opperman today before becoming shuffled back to last in the small field. Finished as one of the only horses to make ground, hitting the line well for second. Nice to see him put two good runs together now.

Race 9 BM60 (1000m) I’m Kenny 📓

Darren Magro raced I’m Kenny with success during the Port Augusta racing season, winning out to a mile. He also placed over further prior being sent for a spell and as such was unwanted in betting on resumption. The 1000 meters proved too sharp with the winner Dantree running them along to score. I’m Kenny ran out the race in good time despite wanting to lay-in under pressure. Loved the way he finished off that last furlong, continuing through the line.