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 october 24
The Lady Is A Vamp
Race 3 – Two-Year-Olds (1000 METRES) – THE LADY IS A VAMP 📓
Race 3 at Ascot was for the two-year-olds and it was Fatale Femme that made it two wins from as many starts. I didn’t mind the run of the 4th placegetter, The Lady Is A Vamp, who was the best of the backmarkers and should be better over further ground. The Lou Luciani filly attracted support in the betting to start as a $4.80 chance and settled at the rear. She wobbled around a bit, racing greenly during the early to middle stages and had a tendency to lay out as they rounded the bend. Despite this, she made good ground in the straight and produced the fastest last 200m. Keep an eye on her at her next few starts.
Race 7 – 3:30PM BELGRAVIA STAKES (1200 METRES) – MAGICAL DREAM 📓
It’s hard to go past Magical Dream as one of the most impressive winners of the day. The Grant & Alana Williams filly was one of three contenders in the race for the powerful stable and was stepping up from a Class 1 win at Northam. The daughter of Dream Ahead was easy in the betting and jumped as a $14 chance before settling back and coming with a big run to storm over the top of them. Interestingly, they didn’t go that hard up front and she went almost 10 lengths faster than standard for the last 600m, running 33.72 seconds for that section, which was the best of the day. She looks to have a bright future.
Race 8 – 4:10PM AMELIA PARK HANDICAP (1200 METRES) – CELEBRITY QUEEN 📓
You could make a case for a few of these to follow as the winner, Laverod, and the 5th placegetter, Long Beach, were both held up before running on gamely. It might be the runner-up horse, Celebrity Queen, that has the most scope for improvement, however. The four-year-old was lining up for her second run this campaign after scoring at Belmont on September 19 and was blocked from a run from the top of the straight until getting out with 100m to go and just missing out behind the winner. Despite this, she produced the second fastest last 600m of the day and the fastest last 200m of the race. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice has won five of nine and scored at her third and fourth runs last time before being put away for a spell. We can expect to see her in the thick of the action at her upcoming starts.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM ASCOT ON october 17
Race 3 – Three-Year-Olds (1200 METRES) – FIRST LAW & SECRET PLAN 📓
Race 3 at Ascot was for the three-year-olds and it was Secret Plan that missed out as a short priced favourite, getting too far back in a slowly run race. I wouldn’t be giving up on the Grant & Alana Williams-trained galloper just yet as he was slow to begin before reeling off the fastest last 200m of the race en route to finishing 4th at what was just his second career run. Another that came out of the race that made a bit of an impression was the runner-up horse, First Law. The Simon Miller-trained gelding was first up and ran home well from a midfield position to provide the exacta behind Kissonallforcheeks. Look for him over further.
Race 7 – CRAWFORD STAKES (1000 METRES) – INDIAN PACIFIC 📓
Indian Pacific was the most impressive winner of the day, taking out the Listed Crawford Stakes at what was his first run back from a spell. The exciting four-year-old was resuming after an autumn and winter campaign that saw him claimer three of four races, finishing ahead of Windstorm in one of those. He stepped out as an easing $2.70 chance but defied the slight drift to dig deep in the closing stages, holding out Mervyn and Stageman. The son of Zoustar ran nine lengths faster than standard, which is a career best. He can improve further at his next few runs and will be hard to beat in whatever he contests.
Race 8 – NORTHERLY STAKES (1400 METRES) – MASSIMO 📓
It was a bit of a tough watch for Massimo fans as the Adam Durrant-trained galloper went down as a $4 fancy to the Taxagano, who paid as much as $91 with some bookies in Race 8 of the day, the Northerly Stakes. Massimo didn’t enjoy the best time of it in the straight, particularly from when they straightened up to the 150m mark. He looked the winner with 100m to go but the tough run told in the end and he was rolled by the rough. The consistent galloper, who has finished out of the top three just three times in 19 starts, headed into Saturday’s assignment with four weeks in between runs and with better luck in transit in upcoming races, he can pick up some black-type.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM ASCOT ON october 10
Race 2 – Two-Year-Olds (1000 METRES)- FATALE FEMME 📓
The new season two-year-olds stepped out in Race 2 of the day at Ascot and it was an excellent debut effort by Fatale Femme, who took out the $70,000 affair from The Lady Is A Vamp. The daughter of Shooting To Win headed in as favourite on the back of a couple of trial wins and was posted out wide for much of the run before digging deep to score. While it is hard to get a measure on the figures out of the race as they are very raw, she is definitely one to stick with for the two-year-old races at this stage.
Race 7 – 3YO CLASSIC (1000 METRES) – CLAIRVOYANCE & QUEEN BROWN 📓
It is pretty hard not to mention the run of Clairvoyance, who confirmed that she is a future star with a win in the 3YO Classic at Ascot at what was her first run back from a spell. The emerging horse from the Darren McAuliffe stable made it four wins from as many starts and went nearly 10 lengths faster than benchmark. She could be anything. It was a pretty good effort from the runner-up horse as well, Queen Brown. The Daniel Morton filly landed two lengths away and finished ahead of Gemma’s Son in the run home. She was slow to begin and lost two lengths at the start, while she was held up for a large period in the straight.
Race 8 – HANDICAP (1000 METRES) – CHESTEN FLYER & MISS FROST 📓
The sprinters lined up in a 1MW in Race 8 of the day and there were a number of hard luck stories, including Chesten Flyer, who missed out at a big price, finishing runner-up to Chantorque. The six-year-old was having his first run since August and was basically held up for the entire straight. Miss Frost worked home well behind the winner. After drawing wide, she was forced to settled worse than midfield before producing the third fastest last 600m of the day. The Peter Fernie galloper was also fresh and can pick up a win or two this campaign.
HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM Kalgoorlie ON october 3
Race 6 – Rating 66+ (1600 METRES) – STRATOCREED & BOGART 📓
A field of just six runners lined up in Race 6 of the day but from a horses to follow perspective this was probably one of the key races to look at from the day. Stratocreed took out the 1600m race and face value, the $1.85 favourite, Bogart, seemed to have no excuses as the runner-up. But what didn’t seem to suit Bogart is that they went pretty slow in the early stages before the race developed into a sit sprint. The four-year-old settled outside the leader and loomed up at the home turn but it was Stratocreed that came home the best. He went 6.2 lengths quicker than standard benchmark over the last 600m, which were the best of the day outside of Race 2. Bogart should be better suited over further ground and kept coming to just miss out behind the winner, who is worth sticking with as that was just his second career run at 1600m.
Race 8 – Listed KALGOORLIE CUP (2200 METRES) – DIVINE SHADOW 📓
He might have missed out as a $3.40 favourite in the Kalgoorlie Cup but I will be sticking with Divine Shadow at his next couple of starts. The five-year-old settled just worse than midfield and was hampered at the 1000m when Boys Getaround Him sustained his injury. He then produced the fastest split from the 800m-600m to stay in touch and pushed out in the straight, looming as the winner, only for Missile Launch to come down the outside. He stuck on well to finish half a length off the winner and at his last campaign he was nothing short of consistent, finishing in the top three in eight straight races from his fourth run onwards.