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 ASCOT ON JANUARY 23
Race 2 – Two Year Olds (1000 METRES) – SNEAKY CHANCE 📓
A win shouldn’t be too far away for Sneaky Chance after the Trevor Andrews-trained filly ran 3rd against the fellow two-year-olds in Race 2 of the day at Ascot. Stepping out at just her third career start, the daughter of I’m All The Talk settled last in the field of 10 and was the best of the backmarkers, working home strongly to finish just a length behind Michelada. She produced the fastest last 200m of the race and the third fastest of the entire programme. Her performance was all the more impressive given that she didn’t enjoy much clear room in the straight.
Race 4 – NMW (1100 METRES)- CHATTER SESSION 📓
One that resumed on Saturday that should be better for the run is Chatter Session. The Stephen Miller-trained mare produced a couple of Class 3 runs in the winter at Belmont and attracted a bit of support in the betting to start as a $6 chance. The daughter of Sessions was slowly out but pushed up to settle just behind the leaders. She was then held up for a short time of it in the straight before closing off steadily to finish just over a length behind the hotpot, Universal Pleasure, finishing 3rd behind that horse.
Race 5 – Rating 66+ (1600 METRES) – COMFORT ME 📓
It was more a forgive run rather than anything eye-catching from Comfort Me as the favourite from Race 5 missed out as a $2.60 chance. The four-year-old from the Rhys Radford stables was backed in from $3.30 and settled just behind the leaders but simply did not see any daylight at all in the straight. He looked to have a bit to offer but had to settle for 6th, beaten nearly four lengths. A winner of two races towards the tail end of his last campaign, the son of Playing God was fourth up on Saturday and can bounce back at his next start.
Race 9 – Rating 72+ (1000 METRES) – CAPTAIN KINK & PLUTOCRACY
The final event of the day was a Rating 72+ over the 1000m and Captain Kink got the better of the head-bobbing finish, defeating Plutocracy by a narrow margin. The winner was first up and has now recorded five wins from 10 starts. He can go on with the job. Plutocracy was 5th on resumption behind Ziebell last month but had six weeks in between runs and was held up for a large portion of the straight before getting out late and flying home to just miss out. Both can go close again at their next runs.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM ASCOT ON JANUARY 16
Race 4 – 1MW (1400 METRES) – GIANT LEAP 📓
He is becoming a bit costly to punters but Giant Leap is probably worth another chance going forward. The Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper stepped out as $2.80 favourite in Race 4 of the afternoon and settled just worse than midfield in the field of 10. He raced ungenerously in the middle stages then struggled to gain clear galloping room as they rounded the home turn. Once clear, he was able to produce the fastest last 200m of the race but couldn’t quite reel in Bee Quick, who has settled forward and pinched a bit of a break. Giant Leap was runner-up as a $2.80 favourite at his previous start after getting back and running on but heads into his next assignment third up. With the fitness in the tank, he should be hard to hold out in whatever the stable choose to target with the four-year-old.
Race 5 – Three-Year-Olds (1200 METRES) – MAGICAL DREAM & HOT MIX 📓
The Williams/Pike combination were able to bounce back in Race 5 of the day as Magical Dream saluted as a $1.45 favourite ahead of Devine Beast. The exciting mare has now won four of six and was first up on Saturday after two months off the scene. She can continue to progress. Hot Mix can be the improver out of the race. The Martin Allan-trained filly didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs and was held up at the top of the straight before working home well to fill the minors.
Race 7 – 4:35PM SEACORP HANDICAP (1000 METRES) – AMELIA’S CONTRAIRE 📓
Race 7 saw the sprinters in action over the 1000m and Amelia’s Contraire caught the eye at her first run since finishing last behind Indian Pacific and Windstorm in a hot race back in May. The Simon Miller-trained galloper has won three of 11 and was sent out an easing $13 chance. She settled back in a slowly run race but produced the fastest last 200m of the entire meeting to finish just over half a length away from the winner.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM ASCOT ON JANUARY 9
Ex Sport Man
Queen Takes King
Race 2 – Two-Year Olds (1200 METRES) – EX SPORT MAN 📓
The two-year-olds stepped out in Race 2 of the day at Ascot and it was Sniparoochy that took out the $70,000 affair for trainer Stephen Miller. The daughter of Snippetson is an obvious one to follow, as are the placegetters out of the event, particularly Ex Sport Man. The gelding missed out behind Sniparoochy by a narrow margin, just like he did on debut at Bunbury late last year, but he was the only horse that really made up any ground in the race. In a blanket finish, the Steve Wolfe-trained galloper landed in the runner’s up slot ahead of Hoi An, while there was a six length gap back to the $2.50 chance, Heavenly Waters. Ex Sport Man was the only horse in the field to go faster than standard benchmark over the last 600m and produced the best 600m-400m splits and the fastest last 200m of the race.
Race 4 – NMW (1000 METRES) – WILCHINO & CUBALLING 📓
It was an impressive performance from Wilchino in Race 4 of the day at Ascot. The Daniel Morton-trained galloper was stepping up from a Maiden win at Ascot on December 19 and ran her rivals ragged in the straight, winning by three lengths from City Circle. The winner went 6.7 lengths faster than standard, which were the best figures of the entire day. I didn’t mind the performance of the 3rd placegetter, Cuballing. The four-year-old was resuming off a seven month break and missed the start, losing ground, which is less than ideal in a 1000m scamper. However, he ran home well from the tail, producing the fastest last 400m and 200m of the race and can break through at his next couple of starts.
Race 7 – 1MW – QUEEN TAKES KING 📓
Race 7 was a 1MW over the 1600m and Queen Takes King showed that she is in for a solid preparation after coming from last to finish 4th behind No Surrender, beaten by just half a length. The four-year-old won a couple of Class 3 races over the 2200m and 2100m at Belmont at her last campaign and looks to have matured over the break. She produced the fastest last 600m of the race, going 4.6 lengths faster than standard for this section. Look for her as she steps up in trip.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM ASCOT ON JANUARY 2
Keep Your Feet
Race 2 -Three Year Olds (1100 METRES) – KEEP YOUR FEET & DEVINE BEAST 📓
Race 2 should provide a couple of future winners and it is Keep Your Feet and Devine Beast that can go better at their next starts. That pair filled the placings behind Our Danni and settled at the tail of the field as the winner was allowed to dictate up front. Keep Your Feet attracted support to start as equal favourite and produced the best late splits to just miss out. He has now placed in seven of eight and a win must be close. Devine Beast tracked wide throughout but was also good enough to run on at her first run in town after three previous wins out at Kalgoorlie.
Race 6 – 3:35PM MRS MAC’S-LA TRICE CLASSIC (1800 METRES) – CHANTREA 📓
She has been a bit costly in her three runs this time in, starting as favourite in all three without winning, but I am giving Chantrea another chance after she ran on well for 3rd behind Dance Music in the La Trice Classic. Up in journey from the 1400m to the 1800m, the Lindsey Smith-trained mare started as a $3.50 shot and as is her pattern, she settled back in the field of eight. She produced the fastest last 600m of the race but clearly wants to get out to 2000m and beyond, distances that saw her claim the Belmont Oaks (2000m) and Belmont Classic (2200m) last year.
Race 7 – LISTED SUMMER SCORCHER (1000 METRES) – CAROCAPO 📓
I didn’t mind the run of Carocapo in the Summer Scorcher. While the winner clearly has the edge on this lot and will keep winning, Carocapo can show up at anything up to 1200m at his next few starts. The Jim Taylor-trained gelding did a lot of the work up front early on, sitting outside the eventual winner in a race that rated highest of those on the day with the Indian Pacific going 6.3 lengths faster than overall benchmark figures, setting the race up for the likes of Why Choose Her and Essential Spice, who both rattled from the back. Carocapo was fresh off a five week break in between runs and stuck on well for 3rd, beaten just over a length. He should be suited back slightly in grade at his next few and back out to the 1200m.
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