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: Good 4
Track raced evenly to tempo with horses winning from front to back; however, the inside ground was clearly superior while the rail was out three metres on Saturday.

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Kinetic Jewel
Chambers Bay

R4 CL2 BM64 (1000m) KINETIC JEWEL 📓
Smart filly KINETIC JEWEL resumed against the older horses in a race rated to BM64 class on the Parks track. The Phillip Stokes yard had given Kinetic Jewel the two trials leading in to her first-up run. She was kept reasonably honest in the second of which where she finished close to Aviatress in smart time. Jumped sharply over 1000m on the Parks under Kayla Crowther before having to take hold from the outside gate. Kinetic Jewel continued to over race while fresh as she travelled three-wide with cover throughout. Continued to present strongly into the straight, only to be beaten by a couple of handy gallopers who found soft runs along the superior inside section.

R8 0-64 BM62 (1300m) CHAMBERS BAY 📓
Kayla Crowther chose to come out of the early speed battle before bringing CHAMBERS BAY with their run along the outside fence over 1200m at Gawler. The pair came away for a convincing win over 1200m that day before trainer Phillip Stokes sent his horse to town. The speed was on early as Hot Off had them strung-out at a good tempo. The leader was able to skip away on turning while Crowther was forced to hold and wait for runs on Chambers Bay. The field got home in a reasonable last 600m with Chambers Bay getting out all too late and running second to Hot Off who had the race all sewn-up.


Track Rating: Good 4
Horses coming from off the speed with cover and closer to the middle part of the track were the ones to salute at Morphettville where the rail out four metres on Goodwood Day.

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R2 0-68 (1800m) HOLMES 📓
Tricky end to the South Australian Racing Carnival for black book punters with plenty of horses flagging themselves of interest in the deep fields. Thought HOLMES is a horse who we can commit to the book this week. Holmes has come a long way in a short space of time for trainer Andrew Clarken. He’s been up for a while with 2000m seemingly right at the top of his distance range. Continually puts himself in the right during his runs with Saturday capping off four-straight second placed runs since breaking his maiden over 1700m at Gawler. Homes is a lightly raced BM61 rated galloper who is still eligible for CL1 races and is performing strongly in races above his class level.


Track Rating: Good 4
Most races were won by horses racing on the speed while getting away from that inside section with the rail out two metres.

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Ammo Amor

Race 5 BM70 (1800m) AMMO AMOR 📓
Perennial #SABlackbookers horse AMMO AMOR has flagged himself as a horse of interest following the reviews of his past two races. Trainer Kristi Evans had given Ammo Amor two barrier trials between his first and second-up runs. The horse went to the line untested under Rochelle Milnes as early race leader Sir Kingsford streeted his rivals over 1550m on the Parks track. That soft run second-up run may have proved detrimental to Ammo Amor who lined up in the Provincial Pathways Final over 1800m at Morphettville on Derby Day. Milnes found herself trapped 3WNC while towing the second-placed runner Enciphering into the race. Sir Kingsford got the job done again from out in front with Ammo Amor grinding away behind the placegetters.


Track Rating: Good 4
Winners could come from anywhere forward or back while the inside section a no-go zone with the rail back in the true position.

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Race 7 G1 F BM84 (2000m) PULCHRITUDINOUS 📓
The fillies flew along in the SA Oaks at Morphettville Racecourse where the early leader Vibrant Sun fended off the challengers to score. The horse on her back throughout the race was NZ Oaks winner PULCHRITUDINOUS who was racing first-up for about six-weeks. Her new stable of Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott had given Pulchritudinous the one solid barrier trial over 1200m before going into Saturday’s Group One. Tim Clark was keen to be up on the speed in typical Waterhouse-Bott style before challenging Vibrant Sun prior to straightening. His mount was left a sitting shot for the placegetters and will only strip fitter heading into the SA Derby in seven-day’s time.


Track Rating: Good 4
The Parks track played evenly with the rail back in the true position.

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Race 9 BM72 BM76 (1250m) COSTLESS 📓
Murray Bridge trainer Kristi Evans landed three wins in her first prep with COSTLESS. The five-year-old came to South Australia carrying a low benchmark rating with Evans sending Costless through his grades. Finished close-up in two runs back this time in before setting a fast tempo over 1250m on the Parks track. The winner Sweetened peeled off his back to challenge into the straight with Costless stretching the neck to make her earn it. This was a deep race rating as a BM76 where Costless ran time in running second while still holding his BM61 rating.


Track Rating: Good 4
Track played well with the rail out 9 metres. Horses could win from anywhere relative of tempo while coming away from the fence.

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The Great Baby

Race 9 BM68 BM72 (1200m) THE GREAT BABY 📓
High rating BM68 race to finish the day where THE GREAT BABY raced forward on top of the fast tempo. She travelled strongly throughout under Alana Livesey before dropping off those other on-pace runners into the straight. The Great Baby came out towards the middle part of the track into the straight only to succumb to the finishing burst of Prairie Flower. The Great Baby has now been bested twice in her two runs back by Prairie Flower who must go to a new grade after Saturday. The quinella horses held a margin over the closers with The Great Baby fitter and able to stay to class.


Track Rating: Good 4
Horses found it hard to loop from the back as per usual on the Parks track which otherwise raced evenly with the rail out 9 metres.

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Race 4 CL2 BM64 (1000m) LOSESOMEWINMORE 📓

Good return to racing from LOSESOMEWINMORE who was successful when circling from back in the field on the Parks track. Those in front set an even tempo as Jake Toeroek brought his mount back from their wide gate. Losesomewinmore powered down the middle part of the track with an impressive victory. Visually pleasing, particularly inside the last 100m or so as the gelding came right away from his rivals over the concluding stages. We had the horse under notice following his good effort to run second on debut at Morphettville followed by a convincing win second-up. He had raced forward on both occasions and showed another string to his bow by coming from behind on Saturday.


Track Rating: Good 4
Oakbank play perfectly with horses able to win from anywhere including from across the track during the Easter Saturday race meeting.

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Bolted In
Easy Campese

Race 3 BM62 3yo (1400m) BOLTED IN 📓
The three-year-olds didn’t go out hard in the Benchmark 62 at Oakbank which left those out the back at a distinct disadvantage. We covered our reasons for liking the winner Apache Gunship during the preview, and we believe that horse can continue onto bigger and better things. BOLTED IN has come back in the handicap ratings after capturing two wins by racing handy to the speed during his two-year-old campaign. He has been around the mark since and showed a good turn of foot to get home into third behind Apache Gunship. This field ran their last 600m around two lengths quicker than the BM84 won by Second To Nun, while also getting home six lengths faster than the race won by Alpine Eagle. Bolted In is nearing a win while having the scope to go further through the grades.

Race 7 BM84 (1400m) EASY CAMPESE 📓
There was some good depth in the open handicap race at Oakbank over 1400m which was won by Second To Nun. Easy Campese sat outside the leader at an even tempo before upping the ante on turning. Stacey Metcalfe was left in front a long way from home on Easy Campese before getting her mount out to the better part of the track. The pair were only run down late by Second To Nun who is a smart seven-furlong galloper on her day. Easy Campese also fended off the late charge of My Khalifa who had the race run to suit. The open handicap conditions of the race meant that Easy Campese met the other two placegetters poorly on the weight scale. This run also followed a solid return from Easy Campese who ran third in a strong race while resuming on Adelaide Cup Day.


Track Rating: Good 4
The outer track played evenly to afford all horses their chance with the rail out 5 metres while a strong South-Easterly blew behind them out of the chute.

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Missile Star
Delightful Shecky

Race 6 0-64 (1800m) MISSILE STAR 📓
The Cadgee Park crew continued their winning run when MISSILE STAR scored over 1800m at Morphettville. The mare had shown improvement when beaten less than five lengths behind In Her Stride over 1200m. Alice Lindsay then got the call-up to ride Missile Star over 1400m at Murray Bridge where she showed intent to settle forward. Missile Star looked the winner in a battle up the straight with early race leader Galactic Fury. Missile Star had got her head in front near the post only to watch the winner Fanmalia arrive to knock her off in a photo. Lindsay had again attempted a more forward roll at Morphettville before finding herself shuffled back as the pace slowed. She pulled her mount out to the outer part of the track where Missile Star let down for a dominant win.

Race 9 BM64 (1200m) DELIGHTFUL SHECKY 📓
DELIGHTFUL SHECKY finds himself amongst the #SABlackbookers once again following a sweet ride from Todd Pannell first-up. We black booked Delightful Shecky early last prep off a luckless run, only for that luck to continue. Trainer Dylan Caboche finally got his much-deserved win with Delightful Shecky towards the end of that prep in a BM58 at Balaklava. Caboche didn’t have to wait this time in with the horse gaining the run of the race over 1200m from an inside alley. Delightful Shecky did cop some buffeting as the runners all found their order. Pannell worked deftly off the fence on straightening with Delightful Shecky romping away to win. Delightful Shecky did hold his form last prep despite the aforementioned run of luck, and he could be dangerous coming through the grades this time in.


Track Rating: Good 4
On speed and closer to the inside were the places to be relative of tempo on The Parks track on Saturday.

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Jazz Affair

Race 7 0-62 (1000m) JAZZ AFFAIR 📓
Video watchers will be all over JAZZ AFFAIR for her next race start following her fast-finishing effort when resuming on the Parks track. Jake Toeroek took Jazz Affair back from the wide gate as per her usual style of racing. He did attempt to stay low to the rail while following the luckless My Haruconi into the straight. With no run presenting for that mare, Toeroek elected to switch around the heels of the field while approaching the furlong. Jazz Affair finished full of running to catch the eye of any blackbook punter. Her times and weights have her well in amongst the higher benchmark races that were run over further on the day.