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Horses To Follow (NSW) - Blackbookers from Saturday's New South Wales racing

  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in NSW
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Saturday racing in New South Wales produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

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 New South Wales' Saturday racing.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook: 

Horses to follow from Randwick on January 12

The Danny Williams-trained mare caught the eye working home strongly from last place at the 200m as she wound up in 6th place and clocked the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. Admittedly, she only had 51kg on her back, but with five runs under her belt and her most recent three over a mile, she’s ready to step up to a more suitable staying trip. Sixth-up last campaign she stepped up to 2100m and was runner-up to Art Of Defence, and that form reads well.

A powerful victory by the David Brideoake-prepared mare as she swooped from last on the turn to run down Toryjoy near the line. She was the only horse in the race to break 35 seconds for the final 600m as well as being the only runner to go under 12 seconds for the final 200m. She must be respected wherever she goes next.
The Savabeel gelding is racing at the peak of his powers, and if John O’Shea opts to push on for another run, there’s no reason to be jumping ship. He let down like a really good horse, and other than the 1000m and 1200m races on the day, his final 600m was the quickest of the day.  

Tiara Road
Extreme Bliss
Live And Free

Horses to follow from Randwick (Kensington track) on January 5

I’ll be sticking with the I Am Invincible colt after he impressed at the barrier trials and will take the most improvement from this race day experience. He settled a long way off the pace and worked home strongly from the rear clocking the quickest final 600m of the race (:33.19). The winner, Hightail, had the benefit of race experience and was far too good, but Twentyfour Carat is one to follow until he scores. 

A very nice return by the Chris Waller-trained Botti who is by Jakkalberry and will surely improve over much further. The winner, Ljungberg, was far too good form them, but the way Botti hit the line first-up was most impressive and he can go on to better races during the autumn. 

A big effort by Nicci’s Gold (3rd) to reel off the equal quickest final 600m and quickest final 200m of the race when carrying 58.5kg while Tahsin (2nd) ran similar sectionals with 54kg. She goes better at Warwick Farm and Rosehill and can be followed at either of those tracks next time now she’s near peak fitness.  

Twentyfour Carat
Nicci's Gold

Horses to follow from Randwick on December 15

Grafton-based trainer John Shelton was aiming high with this daughter of I Am Invincible who was coming off a first-up BM58 win at Ballina before finishing 3rd in this Highway Handicap with a light weight. She closed of the with the quickest final splits of the race (11.13, 11.35 and 12.08) and should have plenty of upside to come. Stick with her next time. 

The John O’Shea-trained Savabeel mare was having her first run for 13 weeks and was unlucky to get caught out three wide without cover. Despite the tough run, and the fact Star Reflection went flying past her in the straight, she battled on doggedly and was taking ground off the winner late to be beaten half a length. Star Reflection and the 2nd placed Seasons had fitness on their side but were conceding weight to Savvan, but after coving plenty of ground in the run, that would have cancelled out any weight advantage to the first two home. Savvan is a second-up winner and has placed behind Drachenfels and Noire in her last two second-up runs, and that form suggests she’ll be highly competitive next time. 

The quickest final 200m (12.02) of the day belonged to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Aloisia who came from last on the bend to just miss behind Sky Boy in the Villers Stakes (1600m). The former star filly has reignited the debate on the use of Regimate which has been banned in Victoria but has a threshold reading allowed in mares racing in NSW. This could explain the mare’s inconsistent form of late, and she’s worth following in NSW.

Invincible Tammy

Horses to follow from Rosehill Gardens on December 8

The Chris Waller-trained filly made it two from two as she went from a maiden victory over 1250m on the Kensington track to a fast-finishing victory over 1400m at Rosehill. The daughter of Medaglia D’oro settled rearward and was too strong late running her final 200m in 11.22 which was approximately three lengths quicker than the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed runners. It was the second quickest final 200m of the day which was only bettered by Viceroy who ran a final split of 11.14 in the ATC Member’s Sprint (1100m). She’s a filly going places and can be trusted over 1400m to 1600m next time. 

Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden should have their Smart Missile gelding spot on for a 1400m race next time following two runs this time in. He resumed over 1300m and worked home strongly to be beaten 3.4 lengths behind Cradle Mountain, and then he sprouted wings late on Saturday to just miss behind Irithea who had pinched a break on the turn. He clocked 11.01 from the 400m to the 200m and then went 11.60 for his final 200m. Although most runners decreased by approximately three lengths in their final 200m due to the leader forcing them to chase early, Smartedge still has some upside and should be stronger through the line next time over the same trip.

If you’re not scrutinising the sectionals, you may have missed this one, and hopefully we can get a nice price when Viceroy goes around next time. He didn’t appreciate being restrained from the outside gate, and when jockey Blake McDougall got him in with cover, he was in last place and probably thought he was in a barrier trial. McDougall tried to stoke him up before the bend, but he wasn’t responding, but a few cuts with the shillelagh put his mind on the job and he really started to put in. He clocked the quickest final 600m on the day (0:32.51) and was strong through the line clocking the quickest final 200m. That was his first run back from a 22-week break, and he’s sure to take improvement into his next run. A better barrier can see him ridden more forward which will give him every chance to get home over the top of them. 


Horses to follow from Rosehill on December 1

This is a Godolphin 2YO, well-bred and highly gifted. And it seems we just keep seeing one of of these every weekend. This filly is a half-sister to the extra smart stakes winner Savatiano, and when she saw dayligfht in this, she just went bang, finishing the race off like a shot from a rifle. Looks very strong and will be one of the star juveniles.

I really like this bloke. He keeps improving every start and has a deadly turn of foot. He is big and strong and can settle early, then reel off fast late sectionals which he did here to win drawing away keeping his unbeaten record in tact. We will hear more of this bloke.

Former super fast galloper on the comeback trail. And despite being anchored by the big weight where, in a strong field, he moved up to win the race at the 300m. Only his condition, having been away from racing for a fair while, prevented him winning in the end. Should strip many lengths fitter going into the summer.

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