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Horses To Follow (VIC) - Blackbookers from Saturday's Victorian Racing

Adam Cusworth in Blackbookers 17 Nov 2018
  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in Victoria
  • Our latest horses to follow from Melbourne racing

Saturday racing in Victoria 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 Melbourne's Saturday racing.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:

Horses To Follow from Sandown on November 17

The opening event of the day at Sandown was the Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) for the two-year-olds and it was a win by the first starter, Steal My Kisses, who led all the way to hold out Memphis Rock and First Dawn. The winner raced outside the lead after jumping from the widest barrier and held off all challengers in the straight. She looks to be a solid early season two-year-old. One that caught the eye a little further back was First Dawn, who overcame a few difficulties in the run to finish within two lengths. The daughter of Brazen Beau was slow to begin and became unbalanced in the straight when racing greenly but closed out well. She is one that can get better as she matures. 

It was a Darren Weir quinella in the Sandown Stakes (1500m) with Fifty Stars edging over a length clear from Holy Snow. The runner-up was having his first start for the stable and was sent out a $7.50 chance behind his favoured stablemate. The four-year-old settled last in the field of eight after beginning awkwardly and wasn't pushed by his jockey, John Allen. As the field made their runs in the straight, Holy Snow looked like he might be able to overcome Fifty Stars but he just faded on his run late in the piece. Given the history of other gallopers to transfer to the Weir yard, he looks to be one that can register a few wins in the next year or so.

The Sandown Guineas (1600m) was one of two Group 2 races at Sandown and it was a slashing performance by Ringerdingding, who featured in our horses to follow section a month ago after running 3rd on Cox Plate day. The runner-up, Seabrook, lost no admirers with her performance. After jumping from barrier 10, she was sent forward by Damien Oliver and raced outside the lead without cover. On a day in which the back markers generally fared better, her effort to almost take out the $250,000 feature was full of merit. A daughter of Hinchinbrook, Seabrook has been close up in some of the big Group 1 races over the carnival and is one to keep in mind for the autumn. 

Horses To Follow from Flemington on November 10

Outside of the major Group races at the Flemington carnival, one of the big winners was Ringerdingding, who took out the Springtime Stakes (1400m) for the three-year-olds. The Darren Weir-trained galloper was one of a number of gallopers that came out of the Cox Plate meeting at Moonee Valley that ran home on a day that favoured the on pacers. On that occasion he ran 3rd to Charge but he was able to make amends for that defeat by producing a barnstorming win at Flemington, coming from 11th at the 400m to score. He ran a sizzling 33.97 for the final 600m of the race and looks to be a serious racehorse. The stable have earmarked the Australian Guineas (1600m) as a potential target for the son of Sebring next year. 

In the same race as Ringerdingding, one of the unlucky runners was Secret Vega, who was virtually held up the entire length of the straight. Jumping up from a Benchmark 64 win at Echuca, the Lloyd Kennewell galloper started at $41 and never really saw any daylight until the last 100m of the race, when he managed to barge forward to grab 3rd position. The son of Lope De Vega had previously finished within two lengths of Amphitrite at Flemington before his Echuca win. While it is likely that he will head to the paddock for a bit of a break, he is one to keep in mind when he returns to the track. 

This is a bit of a long term proposition but after a stirring win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) we can mark down the Hayes/Dabernig galloper, Jaameh, as one for some of the big staying races next year. The former import has been in the thick of things of late, finishing runner-up to Avilius in the Bart Cummings and 3rd behind the eventual Melbourne Cup (3200m) placegetter, A Prince Of Arran, in the Hotham Handicap (2500m) before the win on Stakes day. His targets next year will be the Sydney Cup (3200m) and the Melbourne Cup (3200m). 

Horses To Follow from Flemington on November 3

The opening event of the day at Flemington was the Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) for the three-year-olds, a race that has always tended to provide a number of solid future performers. The 2018 edition should be no exception and the winner, Ranier, is one of many that can go on with it. Another to keep an eye on is the Chris Waller-trained Adana. The son of Snitzel was stepping up in class but attracted support in the betting. Unfortunately for those that backed him, he was never really in the hunt as he settled back and the way the race panned out it played into the hands of those that were on the pace. At the top of the straight he was a mile back and had to shuffle off heels before really letting down well over the last furlong, finishing 6th. He looks to have a promising future. 

One of the most exciting winners of the day was Osborne Bulls, the second of a winning treble for James Cummings, who was also successful with Ranier and Best Of Days. The Everest (1200m) placegetter stormed home to claim the TAB Sprint and looks to be a classy specimen. Another horse that looks to be flying is Boss Away, who followed Osborne Bulls into the race and while he couldn't quite reel in the winner, his effort was rock solid all the same. Osborne Bulls might back up in race in the Darley Classic (1200m) on Stakes day. The long term target is the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and a possible trip to Dubai next year for the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m). The Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth is a possible target for Bons Away. 

One of the luckless runners of the day was Amphitrite, who never saw daylight from the 300m mark to the finishing post in the Empire Rose Stakes (1600m), which was taken out by Shillelagh. The Darren Weir-trained filly, who was coming off four successive wins, started favourite in the race but produced what was a complete forget run. The stable will follow the unusual path of jumping up to the 2500m of the Crown Oaks (2500m) on Thursday. The most recent horse to do that was Mosheen in 2011. She came out and won that by nine lengths and it will be interesting to see how Amphitrite fares on the short back up. 

Horses To Follow from Moonee Valley on October 27

Race 1 on Cox Plate day was the Inglis Banner (1000m) and it was a slashing win by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Espaaniyah from Biscara. Those two are both worth following but one that caught the eye out wide was Salome, who grabbed 3rd. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained youngster was one of six debutants in the race and came out very wide on the home turn but managed to run home well to be beaten by four lengths. Given that the track favoured those that settled and were closer to the rail at the business end, this was a pretty good performance by the son of Unecumbered. Keep an eye out for him in the early season two-year-old races over the next few months. 

In the Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) for the three-year-olds it was Charge that prevailed ahead of Sunset Watch. Once again, a race was fought out between two that were closer to the fence. The 3rd placegetter, Ringerdingding, produced one of the better runs of the day by running from last at the 400m to finish just over a length from the winner. Co-incidentally, Ringerdingding is a half brother to Salome and the Darren Weir-trained galloper will head to the Hilton On The Park (1400m), which is traditionally the last race of the Melbourne Cup carnival, which will be held on November 10 this year. He may be the one to back in the 'get-out'!

In keeping with our theme of following those that got back, El Dorado Dreaming is another to enter into the blackbook. The Kris Lees-trained filly lined up in the Fillies Classic (1600m), a Group 2 affair and was slowly away before settling towards the tail of the 10 horse field. The Group 1 Sires Produce (1400m) winner from the autumn then went on to circle the field in the last 400m but was never going to catch Mystic Journey and Fundamentalist, who went on to provide the quinella. The Sydney horse has now had three runs this preparation and has had things go against her at her last two. She will head to the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Derby Day. 

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