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

Steve Bennett in Blackbookers 26 May 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 May 18

The Tony Gollan-trained filly was resuming from an eight-week break and gave every indication she is in similar form to what she was during her first campaign. She flew the gates (Doomben, Race 3) and settled in the box seat. In the run home, she was boxed-in momentarily but jockey Brad Stewart remained clam and passing the 200m mark, he saw daylight and steered the two-year-old home to victory. The fast finishing Gem Of Scotland was nosed out in second place. Perudo was first-up here and will strip even fitter next start. The Spirit Of Boom filly looks to have plenty more wins in her yet.

While the Godolphin-owned Isaurian was crossing the line as the winner (Doomben, Race 6), Keen Array was finishing better than all, second-up after an 18-week break. The Bel Esprit gelding missed the jump and settled at the tail of the field. Turning for home, Blake Shinn had to steer him out to the centre of the track and from there he finished hard and fast. Spotting them too much start, he finished a gallant fourth and will be better suited over 1200m-1400m. Watch him next start.

While Tyzone’s victory was impressive, spare a thought (and a space in your black book) for this Brent Stanley-trained gelding. While not a fan of wet tracks, the Sebring five-year-old looked a certainty beaten here (Doomben, Race 7) as he ran into several dead ends that cost him dearly in the run home. Passing the 600m mark, he was sitting near the tail of the field, spotting the leaders at least six lengths with Luke Nolan keeping him hard-up against the fence. He paid a penalty for that as the wall of horses in front of him gave no quarter as they looked for open spaces themselves. Nolan was held-up badly at that point. He then had to duck and weave through gaps as they appeared over the final 200 metres and was finishing as good as the winner in the end. He got up for second but could have won the race with a clear run all the way to the line. He still nominated for the Stradbroke Hcp and with Tyzone now into $11 with Sportsbet, Violate looks way overs at $61 (should he gain a start). Watch for the final field.

Listed as a Horse To Follow (May 4), trainer Barry Baldwin scratched his Casino Prince gelding, deciding to run him at the Gold Coast where he was a dual acceptor. After scratchings in that race (Gold Coast, Race 5) we were left with a five-horse field and this five-year-old was sent out a white-hot $1.50 favourite. Needless to say, he won in a canter (2.5 lengths eased over the final 100 metres). I have listed him here again, as the future plans for him are to return to the city to continue his racing and after his effortless win on Saturday, keep him in your black book because there are many more wins left in this guy yet. 
May 25, Eagle Farm Race 7:  WON ($6.00)

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast May 11

First-up after a 32-week spell, the Toby Edmonds-trained mare was most impressive in finishing second to River Racer (Doomben, Race 1) who was clearly fitter on the day. She jumped well and settled mid-field early. Doing her best work late, she looked a winning chance (briefly) until the fitter River Racer grabbed her near the line to win by a length. The Redoute’s Choice mare will only benefit from that run and is already a two-time winner when second-up. Keep her under notice.

This Tony Gollan-trained gelding was having his fourth run after 13 weeks in the paddock. He jumped from the car park (gate 13) and dropped to back of the field (Doomben, Race 3). Trailing by a dozen lengths at one stage, he was pulled wide on the turn to make his run and passing the 300m mark, he was the widest runner still six lengths from the front. Although showing a tendency to hang in, he hit the line as good (if not better) than those in front of him, and was finishing the better. He crossed the line in seventh place, but only 1.5 lengths from the winner. He has won 33% of his races to date (winning six of 18), and if he draws a decent gate next start, have something on him.

Fourth-up in Listed company (Doomben, Race 7), the Iffraaj gelding drew wide (10) and settled third-last on the fence. Nearing the turn, he was held up by the weakening Terra Sancta and was forced to pull around heels. He was then held up again passing the 300m mark, then finally got clear as Larry Cassidy switched back to the fence. He was found wanting in the final 50 metres but he had no luck in running. He is a Group Three winner (winning the Grand Prix Stakes 2200m) and is nominated for Saturday’s Doomben Cup. He could be one to surprise (at big odds).
May 25, Eagle Farm Race 5:  WON  ($6.20)

This four-year-old son of Sebring has plenty of upside about him. He lined up (Gold Coast, Race 3) second-up from a six-month spell, missing the start by a length, and settled last. Daniel Griffin slowly improved his position and was mid-field passing the 600m mark. Turning for home, Griffin ran into traffic and was blocked for a run so switched back inside. Courtesy of the cut-away rail, he scored a rails run and proved too strong in the run home. This is a very smart four-year-old and he will win plenty more after this effort.

Horses To Follow From the Gold Coast May 4

If ever a horse has webbed feet, its this bloke. The Casino Prince grey remains unbeaten in heavy going, winning three from three now. He settled worse than mid-field (Gold Coast, Race 1) but made up ground nearing the turn and on the heavy track, made his run very wide. He battled tooth and nail with topweight, Gold Ambition and they actually came together twice in the run home, bumping each other at the 150m and 100m mark, which left The Candy Man with a lacerated off fore leg. He also had a tendency to hang out and kept turning his head to the left (as if to look at Gold Ambition), but he finished best on the line to win by half a length. That made it five-straight wins and he shows no sign of stopping. Due to his antics, trainer Barry Baldwin may even send him out with the blinkers next time. Either way, stick with him. His run of victories is far from over.
MAY 18, Gold Coast: WON ($1.50)

This Chris Waller-trained colt was having his first run on the Aquis Farm track and was coming off a seven-week break. He jumped from gate seven and was trapped wide from barrier rise (Gold Coast, Race 3). He turned for home the widest runner and fought it out to the finish with Team Snowden’s colt, Stronger. Accession was only beaten by a bob of the head and that was also his first run in heavy going. This Brazen Beau two-year-old looks a very promising type and will only improve from this run. 

Having his first run since February and his first try on a heavy track as well, the Jet Spur gelding was gallant in defeat when finishing second to Tycoon Ace (Gold Coast, Race 5). Missing the start, Les Tilley had to ride him hard early to find the front. Leading by two lengths passing the 200m mark, he looked home for all money. The final 100 metres proved too telling, with a lack of race fitness and conceding 2.5kgs to Tycoon Ace being the difference in the end. Now that he is back in work, keep him safe.

Jumping from the outside gate (13), the Stuart Kendrick-trained gelding was super impressive with all things going against a forward showing. He was second-up, and has no real wet track form to boast about. Trapped right off the track the entire trip (Gold Coast, Race 5), he did a mighty job to finish fifth behind Tycoon Ace and Spurcraft. Five and six deep all the way, he turned for home the widest runner (nearer the outside fence), and really hit the line strongly without threatening the placegetters. Five of his eight wins have come on top of the ground so it may pay to follow this fellow for at least his next few runs.

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