WA Blackbookers & Horses To Follow
- Blackbookers to catch the eye in Western Australia
- Our latest horses to follow from Perth racing
Looking for WA horses to follow each Saturday? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from the metropolitan meeting in Western 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 blackbook from Perth’s Saturday racing.
Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM belmont ON august 8
Race 4 – Rating 78+ (1400 METRES) – MISSILE LAUNCH 📓
I didn’t mind the return of Missile Launch in Race 4 of the day at Belmont, which was taken out by the handy Massimo. The seven-year-old was resuming after a spring and summer campaign that saw him finish runner-up in the Perth Cup (2400m) and was doing his best work late when 5th, beaten five lengths. While it was a decent margin, it is worth noting that they crawled in front early on, going six lengths slower than benchmark up until the last 600m of the race, while he came home nearly 10 lengths quicker in the last 600m, which were the best figures by any runner on the day. At his last campaign he took a couple of runs to get going before finishing in the top three in every start from 1800m and beyond. With fitness under his belt, he can work towards a win at his next few starts.
Race 6 – Rating 66+ (1200 METRES) – LEADING GIRL 📓
Some handy types featured in Race 6 of the day, which went the way of Nerodio, who delivered for punters as a $2.80 favourite. The eye catcher came from the runner-up horse, Leading Girl, who was shuffled back before they rounded, before running on very strongly to fill the exacta behind the winner, beaten just under a length. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained mare was lining up for just her seventh career start and her first in over a year after a stop start career. She has won three of those seven races, while she also boasts a 3rd behind the former gun, Arcadia Queen at Group 3 level in 2018. She ran the fastest last 200m of the entire day at Belmont and looks to have come back in great order.
Race 7 – Rating 72+ (1000 METRES) – LITTLE FISH 📓
Race 7 was for the sprinters and it was a solid return from Little Fish. The six-year-old was very easy in the market, blowing out from $8 to $15 and settled at the rear of the 11 horse field but ran the fastest last 400m of the entire day and the second fastest last 200m en route to running 5th behind We’ve Got Dreams. The Kalgoorlie galloper, who has won nine of his 22 starts, was stepping out for his first run over the 1000m and should be much better over the 1200m at his next couple of starts. Eight of his 10 wins have come over the 1200m, while he has won four of five when second up. He is clearly one to follow out of the race.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM belmont ON AUGUST 1
Why Choose Her
Race 2 – Three-Year-Olds (1000 METRES) – CLAIRVOYANCE 📓
One of the most impressive performances came early in the day with Clairvoyance smashing her rivals over the 1000m at what was just her second career start. The Darren McAuliffe galloper won on debut at Belmont ahead of All Day Session and was sent out a $4.20 chance with Patzdown all the rage as $1.55 chance. But the daughter of Nostradamus never gave that horse a look in, leading all the way before clearing out by five lengths. She did it at both ends of the race as well, setting a solid tempo and running over seven lengths quicker than overall benchmark, which were the best figures for the day.
Race 7 – Open Handicap (1000 METRES) – JERICHO MISSILE 📓
One of the better races of the day was for the sprinters and it was Floyd that prevailed at his first run back from a spell. I didn’t mind the performance of Jericho Missile, who showed a liking for the drop back to the 1000m, closing off solidly to finish runner-up, beaten just under a length. The four-year-old was second up from a long spell and was ok when resuming with a 6th behind Massimo a fortnight earlier. He was last at the 400m and managed to run the quickest last 200m of the day. He was a winner at Listed level over the 1200m last year at Ascot before being tried over longer distances in the WA Guineas (1600m) and the Kingston Town Classic (1800m). But the shorter trips look to be his go and if his run on Saturday is anything to go by then a win shouldn’t be too far away.
Race 8 – Rating 66+ (1000 METRES) – WHY CHOOSE HER 📓 & DANNY GEORGE 📓
Race 8 was a bit of a messy affair with Silkinize getting the job done ahead of Why Choose Her. A couple further back suffered a bit of interference, including Night Voyage and Danny George. From a horses to follow perspective, keep an eye on Why Choose Her and Danny George. Why Choose Her started as a $51 shot but managed to turn around some ordinary form by pushing the eventual winner. She can go on with it when fourth up at her next start. Danny George was a bit of an eye catcher at his previous run when 3rd to Long Beach and is capable of firing in this class.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM belmont ON JUly 25
Badge Of Courage
Race 1 – Two-Year Olds (1200 METRES)- CHIX CHATTER 📓
The opener was for the two-year-olds and it was a comprehensive win for Queen Brown, who is one to follow in her own right. Chix Chatter was nearly four lengths away in 3rd position and was elevated to runner-up after connections protested against Champagne Diva. The Doug Harrison gelding was working into it and would have finished a lot closer but was chopped out of it and had to be steadied and taken to the outside. Kept coming gamely to finish in the money. He was first up after an unsuccessful tilt at the $250,000 Pinjarra Magic Millions (1200m) in February but looks to have come back in reasonable order.
Race 3 – Rating 72+ (1000 METRES) – INDIAN PACIFIC & BADGE OF COURAGE 📓
Indian Pacific was the dominant runner in this race, winning by almost five lengths and the three-year-old is Cleary going places, having won five from seven. He overcame a last start miss behind Long Beach to score here and ran 7.3 lengths quicker than benchmark, which were the best for the day, 2.5 lengths quicker than Inspirational Girl in Race 8 later on. Didn’t mind the performance of the runner-up horse, Badge Of Courage. He settled midfield and was the best of the closing horses, filling the exacta. Went seven lengths quicker than benchmark over the last 600m. He was luckless at his start prior and might have a win in him soon.
Race 7 – BOLTON SPRINT – Listed (1200 METRES) – PYM’S ROYALE 📓
Red Can Man took out the feature of the day and may have had the race run to suit with an even tempo set up front. Not too many made ground but Pym’s Royale was ok from the tail and can be a factor in something easier. The Luke Fernie-trained galloper settled last in the field of 11 and ran into 6th placing, beaten three lengths. He produced the best last 200m of the entire meeting, running 11.34, which compares well to the 11.60 that the second best, Indian Pacific, set earlier on. He was resuming off a two month break and with an excellent winning rate of 10 from 27, he can get the job done soon enough.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM belmont ON JUly 18
Race 2 – Three-Year-Olds (1000 METRES) GUESTEEN 📓
Race 2 of the day was the second of five winners for Willy Pike, who steered Boomtastic home to victory. The one to follow out of the race might be Guesteen, who narrowly missed out as a $11 chance. The Lou Luciani-trained filly settled back in the field of seven and reeled off the best last 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals in the entire meeting before just going down. She ran nearly 10 lengths quicker than benchmark for the last 600m, which was four lengths better than anything else on the day. The daughter of Red Hot Choice was resuming off a four month break and looks to have come back in good order. She won a Maiden and a Rating 56+ at her initial preparation but there should be more to come from her this time around.
Race 6 – 1MW (1600 METRES) TRULY GREAT 📓
Race 6 was a IMW and it was Puckapunyal that prevailed for the Lindsey Smith stable. Truly Great should be the improver out of the race after working home solidly into the runner-up position. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained gelding was second up, stepping up from the 1400 to the 1600 and ran the quickest last 400m and last 200m of the race. The lightly raced son of Dundeel gives the impression that he will be hard to beat at anything out to 1800m and beyond and is one to back at his next start.
Race 10 – RTG 66+ (1000 METRES)- LONG BEACH & SILKINIZE 📓
Didn’t mind the respective performances from the top two out of the last event of the day with Long Beach justifying the $2.60 quote by making it five on the day for Pike. He settled just worse than midfield and came with a well timed run to score. Look for him to rise in grade at his next start. Silkinize was another that settled back after drawing the extreme outside. They went pretty slow in the early stages and she produced the best last 200m of the race. The David Harrison galloper has been solid in her last four runs in town now, finishing 5th behind Laverrod last December with three placings from as many starts this time around.