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Horses To Follow (QLD) - Blackbookers from Saturday's Queensland racing

  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland. Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing

Saturday racing in Queensland 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 Queensland's Saturday racing.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast September 7

Made a welcome return to the track (Eagle Farm, Race 4) after a 12-week spell. The Casino Prince gelding was out of his depth in the 1200m event, but certainly showed signs he was ready to race again. Unable to go the early pace, he dropped to the tail of the field and sat there to the turn. He was six off the pace on straightening, but was starting to warm up over the final 100 metres. He finished sixth, less than three lengths from the winner and it was enough to have him put into the black book. He is a second and third-up winner and it will pay to watch for him over the mile or longer.

This Anderson/Heathcote Racing Team galloper is well worth keeping in the black book. Having just his second race start (Eagle Farm, Race 5), he jumped from the outside gate (10) and drifted back early. He was still trapped three-wide to the turn, then pushed even wider on straightening. He found another gear in the run home and pushed out, went on to win comfortably in the end. This is one promising three-year-old, and should be kept very safe.

His last victory was a BM75 at Beaudesert on New Year’s Day and since then, has four minor placings on his resume. First-up off an 18-week break (Eagle Farm, Race 9), he produced an enormous effort to all but win against the odds. Unable to go the early pace, he dropped back to be worse than mid-field a dozen lengths off the pace which was a cracker. He was eight-wide on straightening, and having nowhere to go, Sean Cormack kept weaving his way through traffic. He ended up on the fence and finished second, at the winner’s girth. A better gate and better run in general, who knows; maybe he could have taken the chocolates home on the day. He can only strip fitter from here.

A most impressive debut to the track was seen when this American Kingdom three-year-old took part in a maiden over 1200m at Aquis Park. He jumped from gate nine  (Gold Coast, Race 5), and collided with another runner and settled back in the field. Six lengths off the pace and three-deep to the turn, he swung even wider then had to deal with (Deejaybeat) carting him even wider where Luke Dittman had to stop riding and straightening him. Then, he was hampered over the final 100 metres by the same horse who eventually beat him by a lip across the line. Dittman protested and was given the race (as he should have been). That was one heck of a performance on debut. Keep this grey flash in your books.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast August 31

Finishing runner-up at her past three starts, she was the unluckiest runner of the day on Saturday. She jumped from gate 13 of 14, (Eagle Farm, Race 3) where she was trapped wide going out of the straight the first time, and that’s where she remained. Three-deep for the entire 2400m journey, the Ocean Park mare covered more ground than Bourke and Wills. The widest runner on the turn, she still hit the line hard and beat all but Makdanife who scored a soft inside run. That was the mare’s second run back off a four-week let-up. With a better draw and luck in running, she will be winning again soon.

Another who drew wide, (Eagle Farm, Race 6) the Darryl Hansen-trained gelding jumped from gate 10 of 10 with jockey Jake Bayliss electing to go back at the start where he eventually settled last, 10 lengths off the pace. Saving a ton of ground, he stayed on the fence and passing the 300m mark, was only three lengths from the lead. He did best over the final 200 metres to take the prize. This was just his fifth race start and now has two wins on his resume, both over the 1000m sprint. Keep him safe.

The Tony Gollan-trained gelding was third-up off a 19-week spell on Saturday (Gold Coast, Race 7) and while still not 100%, the gelding did enough to warrant becoming a black book entry. The four-year-old sat near the tail of the field for most of the trip. Took the turn awkwardly and very wide where Alannah Fancourt had to steady him. Regaining momentum, he was still six lengths adrift and in the run home more than halved that deficit, finishing fifth in the run. He should be ripe and ready from hereon in. 

Second-up off a 14-week break, the five-year-old settled quickly (Gold Coast, Race 9) and found a spot near the fence. Two tearaway-leaders set a solid pace, running the first 800 metres in 46 secs. Turning for home, Daniel Griffin set up his fourth winner for the day, and in a twinkling had the five-old in front, where he sprinted away from the field to win by three lengths. He will be winning more in the near future.

Horses To Follow From the Gold Coast August 24

Won his maiden on debut then finished a close-up second in a three-year-old handicap at Doomben. Sent out a red-hot favourite (Gold Coast, Race 2), the three-year-old colt sat outside the leader over the 1400m trip. Turning for home he was two lengths behind and took a while to find his feet. Passing the 100m mark he was clearly finishing the better and won the event by a length under hands and heels. Despite that solid performance, Team Edmonds has announced that the Deep Field colt will miss the spring and be kept for bigger events next year. Still, slip this one in the black book for the future.

Hasn’t missed a quinella finish in his past six starts. Had to settle for his fifth silver medal in six starts (Gold Coast, Race 4) when a fast finishing second behind Boom Chicka Boom over 900m. Nearing the turn, he checked off the heels of another runner and threw his head in the air, losing momentum in the process. Did a terrific job to regain his feet and storm home for second prize. He is performing well in class 6 company of late and is overdue for a win. Keep him safe.

Not renowned for performing well when fresh, the five-year-old gelding was well-backed on Saturday (Gold Coast, Race 5), from $21 into $10 and the money was good. After jumping well, he settled mid-field and travelled nicely in the run. He cornered via the cape, but despite being the widest runner, he still finished best to grab victory just ahead of Snipstream and Bold Xavvi. Well bred, by Snitzel out of a Zeditave mare, he performs best 1200m-1400m and will only improve on that run. 

Won his first race in over a year, but has been racing honestly of late and deserved a break. The Street Cry gelding jumped well (Gold Coast, Race 7) and settled mid-field on the fence. Turning for home, Daniel Griffin chanced his luck and stayed near the fence hoping for an inside run. The run came and he set sail for home. Race favourite Twilighter loomed as a real threat and looked 10’s on to win passing the 100m mark, but Polemic outstayed the race favourite to win by a long neck. He has been screaming out for more than a mile and the 1800m turned out ideal for him. A selection for the race at the juicy odds of $16, he still has plenty to offer and there are more wins in him.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast August 17

The Steven O’Dea-trained gelding was resuming from a 21-week break and certainly caught the eye. Tailed-off early (Eagle Farm, Race 5), he turned the corner four and five deep, spotting the leaders at least five lengths. He hit the line nicely and over an unsuitable distance did a great job to finish (5th) less than three lengths from the winner. He found the 1200m too short and will be better for the run. Wait for a longer trip with this Choisir five-year-old. He is a four-time winner over the mile but should be kept safe from 1400m upwards.

Hardly got his feet wet over the 1000m, when first-up since April this year. Drew wide and was caught in no man’s land the entire trip (Eagle Farm, Race 6). Travelled three and four-deep, no cover, and still ran hard to the line, beaten less than three lengths when fifth to Invincible Gangsta. The Denman gelding has a terrific record second-up and will strip fitter from this hit-out. Keep him safe.

Hadn’t raced since finishing second in the Toowoomba Cup (2000m) in April. Lined up in open company (Eagle Farm, Race 8), and started well, box seating most of the way. Got the split on straightening and chased the leader (Monsieur Gustave) home and grabbed him on the line to win first-up for the first time. A big effort over the shorter 1400m trip and he will be fitter from this hit-out. 

Arguably the run of the day (Eagle Farm, Race 9). The Tony Gollan-trained mare jumped from the boondocks in gate 14 and tailed out to last early. Turning for home, she took a while to hit top gear, but the horse had bolted by then, with Sienna Rose (Racingbase Horse To Follow, 6 August), racing away to win by two lengths. This mare really hit the line well however, resuming from a 14-week break, and should be kept in tow. Nicely bred, by High Chaparral out of a Catbird mare, she appears to have returned to the track in much better form and clearly prefers the dry tracks. Watch for her over further ground.

The plunge horse of the day was resuming after almost 18 months off the scene. Opening at more than $21, the lightly-raced Smart Missile gelding was backed off the map and sent out a $2.20 favourite (Gold Coast, Race 4). Jumped well and lobbed outside the leader on settling. On straightening, he joined and headed Icelander but hung out badly halfway down the straight. Ryan Wiggins stopped riding and straightened him before finishing too well and taking the winner’s cheque. As it’s been so long since he has raced, he should be taken on trust but this was a good effort first-up. Well worth keeping an eye on him.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and Gold Coast August 10

A nicely-bred gelding by Exceedingly Good out of a Zeditave mare, he showed a lot of promise as a four-year-old last preparation. This time in, he won second-up at Toowoomba in Class 3 company. Third-up (Doomben, Race 3), he was beaten for early speed and settled second-last, a dozen lengths off the pace, and travelled three-wide from there. Turning for home, he was the widest runner, and passing the 300m mark, he was still at the tail of the field, five lengths from the leader. He motored to the line over the final 200 metres to finish third, just two lengths from the winner. This bloke is worth keeping a close eye on.

Resuming from a 19-week break, this three-year-old filly was having just her third race start (Doomben, Race 4). She began well enough but just dropped back a little to settle mid-field after the first 200 metres. Straightening for home, she was blocked for room and hampered when avoiding the heels of other runners. Robbie Fradd had to stop riding and steady her before finding a gap. The winner (Alligator Blood) was off and gone but this Better Than Ready filly really hit the line well in final 100 metres, finishing fourth. With a clearer run, she was have finished a lot closer. Still, a super effort for her third visit to the track. A solid black booker. 

Another well-bred gelding, by All Too Hard out of an Encosta Del Lago mare, the three-year-old remains unbeaten after three starts and his first-up performance (Doomben, Race 4) left the experts wondering just how far this bloke can go. Recording the biggest winning margin of the day, the David Vandyke-trained gelding treated his rivals with contempt in his latest win. Perfectly ridden by Ryan Maloney, he box-seated to the turn, where Maloney eased him to the outside of the leading pair. Passing the 200m mark, it was like watching a Road Runner cartoon as the beautiful bay gelding left them standing and under hands and heels riding, put three lengths on the rest, eased near the line. First-up after a six-month spell, where to next for this fellow ?

Starved of a victory for 12 months now, I believe another win is just around the corner for this guy. Fourth-up after a 16-week break, he drew all the bad cards (Doomben, Race 9), and still gave them a fright last Saturday. Jumping from gate 11 (of 12), he was completely beaten for early speed and quickly dropped out the back. Going by the 800m mark, he was still last spotting the front brigade at least 10 lengths. Rounding the turn, Jackson Murphy had him the widest runner as he tried to make up ground. In the final 200 metres, he did a mighty job to stick with the eventual winner (Tokoriki Lad) and finished third, beaten a long neck on the line. He’s only won four of his 36 starts but has a further 16 minor placings to his name. He cost $80,000 as a yearling and has amassed more than $350K in prizemoney to date, and I don’t think he’s done with just yet.

If ever I’ve seen an example of what they call ‘trapped wide the entire journey’ it was this bloke on Saturday (Gold Coast, Race 5). He jumped from barrier eight and there he remained. Trapped three and four deep to the turn, she panned out to the middle of the track to find clean air. Still wanting to hang in, jockey Sheriden Tomlinson had to steady her again before charging to the line where she finished just 2.5 lengths from the winner. The Spirit Of Boom mare was second-up after a 21-week spell and she is looking better after each run. She may be ready for 1000m or more next time.  

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