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

  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in NSW
  • Our latest horses to follow from Sydney racing

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 July 20

HAUT BRION HER
I’ve been with this filly since her impressive barrier trial and she’s won two from two this preparation – but the best is yet to come. She sat outside the unbeaten Sir Elton and comfortably had his measure as they straightened, and jockey Blake Shinn was supremely confident with her. Shinn rode her hands and heels down the straight and never considered using the whip, and from the head on you could see his focus was on keeping her straight as she wanted to roll back to the fence. She is still learning her caper and has plenty of upside, and she’s definitely worth sticking with. 

SWEET DEAL
The John Thompson-trained mare is the one I want to stick with out of this race. Blake Shinn rode and may have gone a bit quick to the 600m (5.5L +BM) which was the third quickest to the 600m of the day. Seeing she was third-up and coming off a four-week break, this was too much to ask. She is also unplaced in four runs on Soft ground, so a two-week back-up over the same trip and class on firmer ground would see her incredibly hard to beat. 

TANIKO
The James Cummings-trained mare smashed the clock on Saturday running the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the meeting while also going 12 lengths above all BM ratings which was a clear standout for the day. That was her fourth run this time in, and she should have another peak performance in her. Heavy track form is suspect so a Good to Soft would be preferred. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Haut Brion Her
Sweet Deal
Taniko


Horses to follow from Rosehill Gardens on July 13

GALA MOSHEA
This was arguably the most eye-catching run of day as Gala Moshea came from last at the 200m mark and finished 3rd behind Agent Pippa and Deity who held their positions from the 200m. Cranbourne-based trainer Brett Conlon took the five-year-old mare north for her first run in 50 weeks – and it nearly paid off but she had too much weaving to do in the straight. She has a liking for wet tracks and won at Rosehill before going for a lengthy break, and I’m keen to stick with her next time. 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN
I’ll be sticking with Cradle Mountain next time because in hindsight, he wasn’t really suited on Saturday. I tipped him and was willing to trust trainer Clare Cunningham’s judgement as she tested Cradle Mountain over 1400m for the first time. However, the Heavy 8 probably made the 1400m trip more like a 1550m event which was too big an ask. The son of West Quest battled gamely and was only collared at the 100m mark, and a drop back in trip next time or a 1400m race on a firmer surface should see him strong through the line. Ideally, a 1300m race on a Good track would be perfect next start. 

DRACHENFELS
With four runs under his belt this time in, the Bjorn Baker-trained Drachenfels should be at peak fitness and ready to step up in trip. He’s charged home to go close in his last two starts on Heavy tracks over 1200m, and I’d love to see him get to 1400m next time. He ran the quickest final 600m of the race (35.25) and was carrying 5.5kg more than the winner Handle The Truth who ran the second quickest final 600m

BLACKBOOKERS:
Gala Moshea
Cradle Mountain
Drachenfels

Horses to follow from Randwick on July 6

BETCHA FLYING
The Chris Waller-trained two-year-old Uncle Mo filly looks progressive and was most unlucky not to get the chocolates on Saturday. She was coming off a fast-finishing win at Canterbury over 1100m and again flashed home from the rear in this 1300m event. Kathy O’Hara restrained the filly from her wide gate and took cover at the rear, but the runs didn’t appear entering the straight and she had to be eased back around the second to last horse before making her run down the outside. She clocked the quickest final 200m split of the entire meeting going 12.08 which was far quicker than Ljungberg (12.88) in the other 1300m event and marginally quicker than the three-year-olds in the 1000m BM78 won by Invictus Salute. Betcha Flying has plenty of upside and her figures suggest she’s one to stick with.

MONGOLIAN WOLF 
Having won fifth-up in his two previous campaigns, I’d be keen to stick with Mongolian Wolf Saturday’s fast-finishing effort at his fourth run this time in. A patient ride saw him settle in last place which is where he stayed until the 150m mark until passing five runners late as he got into 4th place. His final 400m rated three lengths above the heavily backed winner Wu Gok, and as I mentioned earlier, he was only charging in the final 150m. Back up to 2000m next time would be ideal.

BLACKBOOKERS:
Betcha Flying
Mongolian Wolf

Horses to follow from Randwick on June 22

FUNSTAR
Chris Waller’s Adelaide filly may turn out to be something special, and she couldn’t have impressed more winning two from two. The runner-up Leviathan tried to keep her in a pocket which was reflected on her sectionals from the 600m to 400m and 400m to 200m, but once clear, she clocked the quickest final 200m of the race and captured the quickest final 600m. With those two runs under her belt, she’s ready to step up to 1400m unless Waller sends her for a break. 

SESAR
This was a very impressive performance from Sesar who was having his first start for Team Hawkes after starting his career in QLD with Steven O'dea. The son of Sebring settled last in the field of seven and powered through the pack in the straight to win convincingly. The overall time of 01:10.33 on a Heavy 8 was three lengths quicker than Santa Ana Lane’s win in the TJ Smith Stakes on a Soft 7. Sesar is one worth following this campaign

DEITY
The James Cummings-trained Exceed And Excel filly is the one I want to follow out of this race. She was narrowly beaten by Spiritual Pursuit and Invictus Salute who had fitness on their sides while Deity knocked up in the final 100m as she was first-up on the testing Heavy track. The booking of jockey Mathew Cahill is an indication that this was a warm-up run, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a big improvement next time with a regular stable jockey going aboard. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Funstar
Sesar
Deity

Horses to follow from Rosehill Gardens on June 15

ZARDORO (unlucky)

Punters must have been cursing Sam Clipperton as he patiently waited behind the leaders in the straight, only to get clear running at the 100m mark where Zardoro burst through and claimed 2nd behind Upper House who had build a full head of steam down the outside. Zardoro finished powerfully from the rear to win his previous start and was just unlucky on Saturday. He’s worth sticking with in the same grade around the mile mark.

ENGLAND (sectional star)

The Fastnet Rock rig just couldn’t reel in River Bird who was carrying 4kg less, but he ran the quickest final 600m and 400m of the entire meeting and clearly has ability. A very honest type that will give you a run for your money next time.

MISTER BELVEDERE (needs further)

The five-year-old import was having his second run for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable following a narrow but impressive first-up win at Cranboure over 1600m. He ran the quickest final 600m, 400m and 200m of the race, and his best form in Europe is over 2400m. Sure to have plenty of upside and can be followed as he steps up in trip.

BLACKBOOKERS:

Zardoro

England

Mister Belvedere



Horses to follow from Randwick on June 8

CATWALK & ROMAN WOLF
The winner and 4th placed horses ran some slick sectionals and are both worth following. The Chris Waller-trained Catwalk was coming off a 2nd placing at Gosford and proved too strong as he ran the quickest final 600m of the meeting to score. Roman Wolf was coming off a win at Gosford (in quicker time than Catwalk) and ran the quickest final 200m of the meeting. Jay Ford made the race-winning move aboard Catwalk and took off around Roman Wolf which saw that galloper held up and having to switch off heels at the 300m mark before building at the 250m mark when the winner was off and gone. Solid efforts from both and each have plenty of upside going forward.

CONNEMARA
Prior to Saturday, Connemara’s worst effort was on a Soft 6, and considering her first-up effort on a Heavy track was so sound, she looks to be in for a good prep. She settled midfield and loomed large in the straight but just peaked on her run as Gongs finished best. She showed significant improvement in both second-up runs and was a winner of one of them, so I’d be expecting her to improve next time. 

NEW UNIVERSE 
This horse is becoming a bit costly having featured in the blackbookers twice now, but it’s barriers that have hurt and that was again the case on Saturday. From the wide gate, Glyn Schofield had little choice but to go back and find cover. New Universe was restrained from the outset which saw his switch right off and unfortunately drop out three lengths behind the second to last horse. Schofield hugged the rail on the bend and made a run on the inside where he ran the quickest final 200m of the race. I’m sticking with him for one more run as long as he draws a gate next time. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Catwalk
Roman Wolf
Connemara 
New Universe

Horses to follow from Rosehill on June 1

EXEEDANCE 
Easily the most impressive performance of the day belonged to the Hawkes-trained Exceed And Excel colt. Tommy Berry was content to let him find his feet out of the barriers and settled at the rear of the field in the 1100m event. He spotted the leaders six lengths as they straightened which proved to be a bridge too far as he missed out by a head in 3rd place. He ran the quickest final 600m of the day (0:32.21) by a long way, and his final 200m of 10.63 was the only final split under 11 seconds for the day. The overall race time of 01:05.08 was marginally slower than the other 1100m BM78 on the day where Wagner won in 01:04.79, so the form out of the opening event should stand up. 

ONEMORE SAPPHIRE
This gelding was a bit unlucky as he ran into a dead end in the straight and had to change course and pick back up again. He hit the line strong to finish 0.7 of a length away in 4th, but more importantly, it the progression he’s making that makes him a horse to follow. He improved in his first campaign winning third-up at Port Macquarie before finishing 3rd in a Randwick mile race and then going for a break. He returned with a 2nd placing over 1400m at Tuncurry before Saturday’s 1400m event. Third-up over the mile would be ideal next time, and I’m keen to stick with him. 

NICOCHET
This was a nice return from Nicochet, and while the winner, Kapajack, was far too good, there is more upside to the runner-up who ran the quickest final 200m (11.87) and was held up for half the straight. A word of caution though – Nicochet generally doesn’t improve second-up, and he gets better deeper into a campaign. However, if he finds the right race, he’s more than capable of winning next time. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Exeedance
Onemore Sapphire
Nicochet


Horses to follow from Randwick on May 25

PRINCE FAWAZ
A 5th placing in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) showed this Fastnet Rock colt has above average ability, but he disappointed next time in a maiden when storming home late. He bounced back on Saturday with an outstanding effort that saw him severely inconvenienced on the turn before he powered over the top of them. He can step back up to the mile now and go on with the job. 

IRISH SONGS
This was a nice return from Kurt Goldman’s Shamus Award gelding who never really got a crack at them in the straight and went to the line virtually untested as he snagged 3rd place. He improved deeper into his first campaign so I’m keen to stick with him after this unlucky first-up run.

NEW UNIVERSE 
This Chris Waller-trained galloper gets another entry into the black book after being entered three starts ago when first-up after a short break. He was most unlucky second-up over the mile when caught wide, and on Saturday, he had to go back too far and did a massive job to fly late and get up for 3rd. He clocked the quickest final 200m of the day (10.97) and was one of three horses to break 33 seconds for the final 600m when coming home in 0:32.64 – and the other pair came out of 1000m and 1100m races while New Universe did it in a 1400m event. A good barrier and step back up to 1600m next time should give him every chance. 

BLACKBOOKERS:
Prince Fawaz
Irish Songs
New Universe


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