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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 19 Nov 2018
  • 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 Doomben and the Gold Coast November 17

BUTTON PUSHER
Drew the outside gate in a field of 11 (Doomben, Race 2) and jumped slowly. Dropped back to find a spot nearer the fence. Sat worse than mid-field to the turn, then on straightening, she balanced-up and began to make ground. Then at the 250m mark, she shifted in while Mishani Blossom (on her inside) shifted out. The two collided and cost them both any chance of winning. Then over the final 200 metres, the Whittington filly shifted back in and gave jockey (Carly Frater-Hill) trouble handling the two-year-old. I’m thinking the interference unsettled the filly and should be forgiven for that run. Her previous three runs all resulted in top three finishes. Keep an eye on her.

SPIRIT’S CHOICE
Started fairly but from gate seven still managed to get trapped three-deep for the entire trip (Doomben, Race 5). In the run home, the Spirit Of Boom filly kept hanging in, making life hard for James Orman. All that aside, she still hit the line full of running and if she can learn to run straight, she can be one to watch. The three-year-old was a $51 chance here but showed enough to suggest she is better than that.

PAPER TRADE 
Missed the start by two lengths (Doomben, Race 6), and had to be used up early to make up for the bad start. Made up good ground along the fence until the turn. Then Matty McGillivray pulled him wide and he balanced up nicely until he was pushed wide by the runner-up (Spirit Of Fire). He recovered well to chase home the placegetters and was unlucky not to grab third prize. He warrants close watching next start.

TRUE MYTH
Recently gelded, this Snitzel gelding gave his rivals nothing in the run. He jumped in front, set a god pace (Gold Coast, Race 5) and then just left them to fight over the minors. He has a solid turn of foot and hit the line strongly, putting 4.5 lengths on the field in the process. Without doubt, the most convincing victory of the day. That was second-up and he can only get fitter from that. All eyes on his next start.





Horses To Follow From the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast November 10

SOUTHERN SWING
The two-year-old Hcp (Sunshine Coast, Race 2) produced a number of big runs but none bigger than the efforts of Southern Swing. On debut, the gelding drew the outside gate in 13 and after crossing and settling, was left 15 lengths off the lead, passing the 800m mark. Jockey Luke Tarrant rode him well, saving ground along the fence but was still eight off the lead turning for home. No chance of running down the leaders, he still hit the line hard and got up to grab fifth prize. The winner (Champagne Jet) was impressive on debut as well, but watch for Southern Swing over a little further and from a better draw.

THE BIG HOUSE
Had every excuse you can think of and finished accordingly but this Tony Sears-trained colt commands a closer pair of eyes on him in future. The three-year-old jumped well from a wide gate (Sunshine Coast, Race 3) and although crossing to sit right behind the leader, he still tended to over-race for the first 800 metres. Turning for home, jockey Nozi Tomizawa went for a rails run under the leader but it quickly shut, forcing him to make contact with the tiring leader. He was severely checked at that point (passing the 300m mark) and that put paid to his chances. He recovered to beat one home however the interference should be kept in mind at his next start. He has won two of his five starts now and the All Too Hard colt should be forgiven for that run and black booked for his next.

CHAPTER AND VERSE
A herculean effort is the only way to describe this run on Saturday. First-up after 14 weeks in the paddock, the Rothesay gelding quickly tailed-out to last (Sunshine Coast, Race 5) and turning for home was still there and the widest runner. Had every reason to throw the sponge in from there but with fresh legs he motored home to reel in the leaders and win pulling up on the line. No previous fresh form to brag about and jumping from the car park in gate 13, the four-year-old should be winning a lot more this preparation.

BLUE COMET
Speaking of amazing efforts, spare some room in your black books for this newbie who, on debut, put in a superb run that certainly didn’t escape my eyes. The Stratum three-year-old blew the start (Gold Coast, Race 5) and after 100m was three lengths behind the second-last horse and already under pressure. Then, attempting to make up the lost ground, was tightened for room by horses in front of him as they passed the 800m mark. Turning for home, he was the widest runner then jockey Jarrod Woodhouse went for an opening closer to the inside. He was finishing two to their one in the last 100 metres and somehow got up to grab third prize. A super effort and with that experience behind him, he looks one for the future.





Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast November 3

MAGIC BEANS
This two-year-old gelding was having his third race start (Doomben, Race 3) and was doing his best work at the end. However, he left his run a little late and the well fancied Pocket Pistol led all the way to win the 1050m Hcp. Magic Beans was beaten for early speed and soon found himself back near the tail of the field. Straightening for home and the horse had bolted (so to speak) and he was spotting the leader more than six lengths at the 300m mark. He finished third less than two lengths from the winner and can only improve on that run. Black Book him for races around 1200m.

GALA MISS
Kelly Schweida teamed up with James Orman here (Doomben, Race 4) and as with Pocket Pistol in the race prior, steered Gala Miss to win on debut here. This More Than Ready filly settled in the box seat from barrier rise and always looked a winning chance from there. Turning for home, she took the split and looked passing the 200m mark, looked certain to figure in the finish when the leader appeared to baulk when rider (Carly Frater-Hill) first used the whip on the filly and she was almost dislodged. Gala Miss took advantage of this mishap and grabbed the lead and in the end won the race. I believe she would have challenged for victory in any case. It was a top class performance on debut and she should be written into your black books.

LIGHT UP THE ROOM  (* Pick of the week)
One of our Doomben tips on Saturday, and she didn’t disappoint. The So You Think filly was second-up (Doomben, Race 7) and gave race favourite Champagne Daisy a start and a beating and added to the woes of Jeff Lloyd’s run of outs on favourites. She had to carry 4kgs more than the favourite but still had too many guns in the end. Just two starts into this preparation, there are many more wins left in her yet.

SPICERS PEAK
There was plenty to like about four-year-old gelding’s maiden victory. He drew the outside gate (Gold Coast, Race 4), and was trapped wide to the turn where he was pushed even wider. Passing the 200m mark, he was still four lengths adrift but responded strongly to the whip and stormed home to win going away in the end. The Monaco Consul gelding is lightly-raced with just seven career starts to his name but he is on the up and should be watched from here on.



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