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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 16 Jul 2019
  • 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 July 13

Trained at Toowoomba, the four-year-old came to town and certainly made a statement. Drawing the outside gate (Doomben, Race 1), he sat last to the turn, then collared the leaders and finished best to take out first prize. The win was made even more impressive when stewards reported that jockey Baylee Nothdurft has his whip knocked out of his hand by rival rider Corey Bayliss (riding third placegetter Roman Doll), passing the 200m mark. That was the grey’s fourth win from 14 career starts and he is yet to miss a top-three finish over the mile. He is one worth keeping in the black book.

Second-up since spelling in February, the Chris Waller-trained gelding made a big impression when trying to lead all the way (Doomben, Race 5). The son of Denman matched strides with rave favourite (Snitch) and was gallant in defeat, going down by only half a length in the end, after setting a cracking pace up front. He will strip fitter for that run and is a winner third-up. Keep him under notice.

The most eye-catching run of the day came from this very promising filly. Jumping straight to front (Doomben, Race 8), she dictated terms up front and on straightening, left the rest to fight out the minors. She led by four lengths at one stage before jockey Ron Stewart eased her up before the line to register a 3.5 length victory, the biggest of the day. The Written Tycoon filly covered the 1200m in 1:10.3 which was a solid gallop, first-up from a 43-week spell and eased before the post. She is definitely one to follow.

This Tony Gollan-trained two-year-old was having her first race start (Gold Coast, Race 6) and was most impressive after doing it tough the entire trip. She couldn’t go the early speed and settled near in the back half of the field. Nearing the turn she had to go wide to look for clean air and turned the corner five-deep, still spotting the leaders three to four lengths. She took a while to warm up, but her final 100 metres was blistering as she finished better than any, and grabbed second prize on the line, finishing a length behind the odds-on favourite. An impressive debut from the filly who looks certain to win one in the near future.

Horses To Follow From Doomben July 6

This beautiful Tycoon Ruler filly has kick-started her career like Tom Melbourne. Five starts have resulted in three runner-up finishes and on Saturday, she missed a top three finish through nothing but bad luck. She drew wide (Doomben, Race 2) and settled second-last. Turning for home, Baylee Nothdurft had a choice and took the wrong option (through no fault of his own). He chose to stay inside and look for a run but all the gaps closed ay the 200m mark, leaving Nothdurft with absolutely nowhere to go. He finished the race, climbing all over the heels of the placegetters, finishing a very unlucky fourth. If she can draw a gate, look for her in races 1200m-1400m. She is a promising two-year-old going places.

Originating from Germany, this five-year-old stallion won his second Australian race in fine style, with a Might And Power type performance. Lining-up in a BM75 over 2000m (Doomben, Race 3), he crossed from a wide draw to lead the field out of the straight the first time. There he remained until the home turn, where Matty McGillivray asked him for another effort and didn’t he respond. After leading for 1600 metres, he showed a sprinter’s turn of foot and left the rest to squabble over the minors, going on to win by five lengths. That won’t be his last win. 

A renowned slow beginner, the More Than Ready filly was first-up (Doomben, Race 5) and settled last in the 1200m event. On the turn, Guthmann-Chester was held up and didn’t see daylight until passing the 200m mark. Still six lengths from the leader, the three-year-old slapped on the pace and finished better than any, taking third prize in the end. She will strip fitter from that run and look for her on top of the ground as she prefers it dry.

First-up after a 33-week spell, this Sebring mare recorded her seventh win from 18 starts in fine style. Starting at very generous odds of $20 (Doomben, Race 7), she dropped back through the field and passing the 800m, she settled last, eight lengths off the pace in the 1350m event. In the driving rain, the track was downgraded to a heavy 9 before they jumped, which, in the long run, made no difference to the five-year-old. Corey Bayliss produced a masterful ride by holding his line on the fence and turning for home, he saved a ton of ground and reeled in the leaders passing the 200m mark. She had it won inside the final 100 metres and was eased on the line. She can only improve on that effort which was first-class, considering the conditions and she was resuming from spending eight months in the paddock.

Horses To Follow From The Sunshine Coast June 29

What this All Too Hard filly did (Sunshine Coast, Race 1) in a 1000m sprint was incredible. She jumped only fairly (from gate 2) but couldn’t go with them early and after the first 200m was three lengths last, a good seven lengths off the pace. Still tailed-off on the turn, McGillivray kept his cool and gradually steered the two-year-old filly out to firmer ground and her turn of foot from the 300m mark was outstanding. To finish third, 1.5 lengths from the winner was a super effort. This girl is well worth following.

Third-up and jumping from gate 10 (of 11), the seven-year-old mare was most impressive finishing third behind Red Colour (Sunshine Coast, Race 3). She settled second last, around 10 lengths off the pace. The Fastnet Rock mare turned for home seeing every runner and still 10 lengths adrift. Jockey, Jackson Murphy weaved through the traffic and finished far better than any other, taking many lengths off the winner (Red Colour). To finish less than four lengths back was a solid effort. Keep this mare on the black book.

This very promising filly silenced her critics las Saturday with a second-to-none performance. The money came for the Ciaron Maher-trained Junipal who was sent out as race favourite, but backers of David Vandyke’s filly were never in danger of missing out. Jumping from the boondocks in gate 12 (of 15) (Sunshine Coast, Race 6), the Casino Prince filly was never on the track, travelling three and four deep without cover the entire trip. She straightened as the widest runner and passing the 100m mark, found another gear as was going away from them in the end. To win that 1600m event by 2.5 lengths, covering more ground than the early explorers, was an outstanding performance to say the least. That makes it seven wins from 15 starts and based on that run, there are plenty more to come.

This ever-consistent filly did it again with yet another whirlwind performance. Second-up on Saturday (Sunshine Coast, Race 9), After scratchings she jumped from gate two but missed the start and dropped back to trail the field by three lengths after the first 200 metres. Jockey, Jackson Murphy weaved a passage through the field rounding the turn and passing the 300m mark he saw daylight and charged home, chasing the leading two runners all the way to finish 1.5 lengths from victory. A solid effort, second-up and she now boasts a resume that reads 16 starts for 14 top-three finishes and she will add to her total of three wins in the near future.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm June 22
A herculean effort by this five-year-old when second-up (Eagle Farm, Race 1). Drawn the outside gate (12), he was never on the track in the 1000m sprint and turned for home still five-deep. Against all the odds, he looked a winning chance passing the100m mark, but felt the crunch after covering so much ground, finishing third behind Hirtshals and Boom Chicka Boom, beating just half a length. With two runs under his belt now, if he draws a decent gate, he will be mighty hard to beat up to 1100m.

This Godolphin-owned two-year-old looks a very promising prospect. Drawn the fence (Eagle Farm, Race 2), he blew the start and settled worse than mid-field, six lengths off the pace (which was dawdling). He was hampered early in the run home but eventually found daylight and hit the line better than the rest to get up on the line. This guy has 1600m written all over him. He looks in line for a big future.

Formerly with disqualified trainer Ben Currie, father Mark took over with this five-year-old who came in for some solid support at big odds (Eagle Farm, Race 9). Jumping from gate nine, he was trapped wide most of the way and had to do a lot of work early to stay in touch with the front runners. Five-wide turning for home, he hit the line well beating all but the fast finishing (race favourite) Brave Song, beaten just half a length on the line. That was his second start back from nearly eight months off the scene. His is one from one when third-up so keep him under notice.

Unbeaten after two starts now, this Michael Costa-trained gelding proved his win on debut was no fluke (Gold Coast, Race 7). He put more than three lengths on his maiden rivals in his first race start. Then on Saturday last, he was ridden a treat by Glen Colless where he box-seated to the turn, then gave them all the ‘go-by’ and left the rest to squabble over the minors as he raced away to win by more than two lengths in the 1400m Class 1 event. By Irish sire Sea The Stars, he appears to have many more victories in him.

Horses To Follow From Ipswich June 15

The Tony Gollan-trained grey was second-up (Ipswich, Race 1) and settled last. Turning for home, Baylee Nothdurft remained patient and kept the gelding on the fence still trailing the field. He found a gap and passing the 100m mark sat third and finished hard to grab second prize. That was his third run over the mile and he is yet to miss a top three finish at the distance. Third-up he should strip even fitter and is worth following.

This All Too Hard filly looks a promising type. A winner on debut at the Sunshine Coast (by more than three lengths), she lined up on Saturday (Ipswich, Race 2) and produced a whirlwind finish to grab her second win from as many starts. The two-year-old missed the jump and settled mid-field, six lengths off the pace. She finished like a freight train in the run home and grabbed victory on the line. Wins over 1000m and 1100m now, her turn of foot suggests she’ll get 1200m without a problem. Keep her in the black book.

This Chris Munce-trained mare has been a true model of consistency of late and her last run showed she has plenty more to offer. She jumped nicely (Ipswich, Race 3) and jockey Sean Cormack was happy to take the sit behind the leading three runners, with Ef Troop adopting tearaway tactics, leading by six lengths at one stage. In the run home, the pressure told. Smartypy ran him down and with the aid of a 5kg weight advantage, the Smart Missile mare got the better of Gollan’s gelding and took the prize. Munce has now targeted the Ramornie Hcp for his mare (run at Grafton on July 10), and it will take a smart one to prevent her from taking out the $160,000 event.

From the Anderson/Heathcote Racing Team, this Spirit Of Boom filly has hit her straps again. Second-up from a three-month break, she jumped well (Ipswich, Race 6) but was beaten for early speed which saw her settle mid-field, six lengths off the pace. She was the widest runner on the turn where she really put her foot down and still spotting the leader six lengths, she rattled home to grab second prize, beaten a long neck on the line by Spirit’s Choice. Her stats now read two wins and five seconds from her 10 career starts and with those two runs behind her now, I would keeping a close eye on her next start.

Horses To Follow From Eagle Farm and Gold Coast June 8

This nicely-bred Shamus Award filly was having her third start after resuming from a 19-week break. She drew wide (Eagle Farm, Race 1) and unable to go the early pace, dropped back to settle second-last, eight lengths adrift. Michael Cahill had her five-deep on the turn where she took some time to hit her straps but chased home the winner (Signore Fox) hard to finish second, beaten 1.5 lengths. That makes three top-two finishes in a row now and she may be looking for further. 

Drew wide in gate 12 (Eagle Farm, Race 4), and settled second-last eight of the pace. Travelled three-deep no cover to the turn. Jockey Larry Cassidy had trouble keeping the five-year-old straight as he tended to hang-in during the run home. He still finished better than any but failed by less than half a length to pick up the first two. That’s six starts into this preparation and he is yet to finish worse than fifth. He is a model of consistency and is a three-time Group winner. He calls for close watching.

Having his first race start (Gold Coast, Race 2), this four-year-old showed that the wait was worthwhile. Coming off two second-placed trials, the Michael Costa-trained gelding settled nicely in the run with jockey Jackson Murphy securing a spot just behind the leaders. On the turn, he eased the gelding around the heels of the front runners and once he saw daylight, that was all she wrote. He took out the 1400m event by more than three lengths and capped off some big support in the betting ring. He is well worth keeping in the black book.

Another on debut, the three-year-old filly drew barrier eight (Gold Coast, Race 5), and had to do a lot of heavy work early to overcome the wide draw. She eventually settled alongside the leader as they passed the halfway mark. On straightening, she found another gear and simply left the rest to squabble over the minors as she raced away to win by more than four lengths. The trial form was spot-on with this Love Conquers All filly (winning her last trials) and from this debut performance, there’s plenty more victories to come.

Horses To Follow From Doomben June 1

Lined up in the first of the day (Doomben, Race 1) and couldn’t go the early pace. Orman eased him back closer to the fence where he settled last, about eight lengths from the lead. He turned for home the widest runner, still six lengths adrift. He showed a tendency to hang in but hit the line the strongest in the final 100 metres, finishing fourth, 3.5 lengths from the winner. He is a smart type on his day and may be looking for further now. Still nominated for the JJ Atkins, if he takes his ‘A’ game into his next start, he could give it a real fright.

If ever a horse threw away what looked to be a sure victory, it was this young lady. She was slowly away (Doomben, Race 2) where James McDonald managed to find the fence and settled worse than mid-field where she wanted to over-race, giving J.Mac plenty of trouble trying to settle her down. Passing the 600m, she wouldn’t settle, forcing McDonald to let her go as she then moved forward, caught three-deep now. She then ducked in badly, causing interference to Pocket Pistol. Passing the 100m mark, she hit the lead (somehow) and looked the goods but was nailed on the line by a fast finishing Diamond Thunder. That was just her third race start and she will improve on that run. Keep her in your books.

First-up after five months in the paddock, the James Cummings-trained gelding drew wide (gate 11 of 12) and jockey Tim Clark immediately dropped him back to the tail for a sit nearer the fence (Doomben, Race 3). Passing the 600m mark, he was still last, spotting race favourite Meet Mr Taylor 10 lengths who was travelling well out front. Clark ran into traffic form the turn to the 200m mark, before finally seeing daylight. Still four lengths off the lead, he finished better than the rest, grabbing third prize, beaten 1.5 lengths on the line. Super effort first-up. Yet to miss a top three finish second-up (from five attempts), black book this Godolphin gelding for his next run.

Another who was resuming. First-up since November last year, he drew wide (10 of 13) and settled near the tail (Doomben, Race 5). Damien Oliver sat quietly on the Mark Currie-trained gelding where the pace was on up front. Turning for home and Oliver couldn’t get clear, running into traffic everywhere. He had to stop riding (briefly) to cross around the heels of runners and pull out wide for a clear run. Still three lengths behind at the 100m mark, the five-year-old hit his straps and finished faster than all of them, grabbing third beaten less than a length. He loves Doomben, winning four and now placing once from six starts there. Take note, he is unbeaten, second-up.

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