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

  • 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 Flemington on January 12

I think the two-year-old Charge Forward colt Platini ran into a few smart youngsters in Microphone, Pretty Brazen and Auxin in the opening race at headquarters. He looked good without looking great in his two jumpouts prior to Saturday. He settled behind Pretty Brazen on the far side and battled on very nicely into fourth. He was only 1.35 lengths off the winner Microphone and beat home fifth by over two lengths. He ran the quickest last 200m (11.19s), 400m (22.19s) and 600m (33.27s) of the entire meeting. My gut feel is he will be better around a bend and is one to follow. 

It was the Darren Weir-trained Chauffeur that stole the show but it’s the stablemate Stellar Collision who I want to be following. The first three horses past the post were the three widest horses on the track. Meanwhile, Stellar Collision was pinching runs through on the inside to finish fifth. He ran the quickest 600m-400m split of the entire day (10.62s) and ran the second-quickest 400m-200m split of the race (11.04s) behind Chauffeur. In his last five starts down the Flemington straight prior Saturday, he hadn’t finished higher than sixth. He hadn’t run over 1100m since running on this day last year. He finished sixth and at his next start, finished fourth (beaten less than two lengths) behind Rich Charm who went onto be Group One competitive. He was first-up for seven weeks on Saturday and will be fitter for that run. I think we can get overs about him next start. 

I usually don’t like finding the ‘eye-catching’ runs because everyone spots them and we don’t get a price next start. I’m making an exception with Got The Moves. The lightly-raced six-year-old gelding was detached from the field and the 600m mark but Stephen Baster didn’t panic. He eased the horse to the outside, which looked the better ground and he started to run through the pack. At the furlong it looks like he going to run a nice fourth or fifth before he picks up and savages the line. He ran clearly the best sectionals of the race, running the fastest last 200m (12.05s), 400m (23.40s), 600m (34.17s) and 800m (44.75s) of the race. His form is now well exposed but he is still a horse to follow. 

Horses To Follow from Flemington on December 15

Race 1 at Flemington was for the two-year-olds and it was a comfortable win by the Darren Weir-trained Yes Yes Yes from Absolute Flirt. Both look to have promising futures. The winner was having just his second career start after finishing runner-up on debut at Moonee Valley earlier in December. He settled in a handy spot for Mark Zahra and powered away in the straight. The Darren Weir-trained galloper is likely to head to the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast in January. Absolute Flirt was the best of the back markers and may be suited over further ground. The Danny O'Brien filly was also having her second start and is also likely to travel north. 

After claiming the opener, Darren Weir just missed out on a race to race double after his three-year-old, Social Spin, was run down by the impressive Phoneme in the closing stages of the Sports Environment Alliance Handicap (1410m), a BenchMark 70. The son of Toorak Toff did all the early work in the race, running three wide in the early to middle stages before being sent for home a long way out with Ethan Brown on board. His effort to stay on for as long as he did was impressive, going down by a small margin to finish runner-up, and he is one to keep a eye on over summer as it was just his second run this campaign.

One of the impressive winners at Flemington was Declares War, who made it three wins on end by somehow securing a gap with 200m to go before producing a stunning closing burst to win by over a length from Naivasha and Five Kingdom. The winner looks to be one that can measure up to Group class and is one to keep in mind for the Melbourne autumn. While he would not have beaten the winner, Five Kingdom is another to enter into the black book. The Hayes/Dabernig runner copped a bit of a buffering in the early stages of the race and lost a bit of ground. He settled in a midfield spot and worked home well to the line to grab 3rd. 

Horses To Follow from Pakenham on December 8

It's A Myth lined up in Race 3 of the day, a BenchMark 78 for the fillies and mares, and was one of the luckless runners at Pakenham en route to finishing 4th behind Angelic Spirit. The Phillip Stokes-trained four-year-old was coming off a series of encouraging runs and settled towards the rear in the 11 horse field. As the race heated up, the daughter of Sepoy was checked out of it at the 200m mark and with a clearer passage she may have finished closer than the two length margin that separated her and the winner. With some better luck next time, the consistent mare can break through for an overdue win. 

It was a tough watch for those that backed Creedence after the David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained galloper threw away victory with 50m to go in the Grand Vue Springlands Handicap (2000m). Lining up as a well supported $5.50 chance, the four-year-old settled just worse than midfield and worked home very solidly in the last few hundred metres of the race before shifting in badly with the post in sight. The blunder cost him victory and he eventually went down by a narrow margin to Mr Quickie. The son of Helmet gets to make amends at his next few starts and should step up in trip. He was competitive behind Runaway in the VRC St Leger (2800m) earlier in the year and despite his antics he is one to stick with. 

It was an impressive Australian debut by the well-travelled Beauty Way, who claimed victory in the David Bourke Memorial Handicap (1600m) for new trainer Grahame Begg. The six-year-old, who has raced and won in the U.K, Hong Kong and New Zealand, landed in the box seat and took control of the race in the straight, defeating Togersen and Snoano in the process. The lightly-raced galloper arrived with some handy form from his previous ventures and will most likely be spelled with the Autumn Carnival in mind. 

Horses To Follow from Moonee Valley on December 1

Race 1 of the day at Moonee Valley was for there the-year-olds and it was hard not to be impressed by the win of Behemoth, who blitzed his rivals with Craig Williams on board. The South Australian galloper was lining up for his first start in Victoria and his fourth start overall. He attracted plenty of support in the betting and the money was spot on with the son of All Too Hard looping the field before winning by over three lengths. The David Jolly stable believe they have plenty to work with and will come back for a crack at some of the autumn races, with Behemoth set to tackle trips up to a mile. 

There was plenty of interest in Race 2 at Moonee Valley with the two-year-olds stepping out over the 1000m trip and it was Brooklyn Hustle that stamped herself as a possible star of the future by producing a scintillating performance to claim the $100,000 race. Despite missing the start by two lengths and being a mile off them at the home turn, the Jason Warren-trained filly was able to come from the clouds in the dying stages to score by two lengths from Yes Yes Yes and Oh So Rewarding. The brilliant performance means that she has now booked herself a spot in the Blue Diamond (1200m) next year and she looks to be one of the early fancies for the Melbourne feature for the juveniles. 

Of the beaten brigade at Moonee Valley, Ken's Dream might be one to keep an eye on. The Darren Weir-trained galloper was resuming after an autumn campaign that saw him finish within three lengths of Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) before placing at Group 3 level at Caulfield. At the Valley, he was easy in the market, drifting to the $7.50 but he was able to run on nicely from the tail of the field before just missing out by under half a length to the race favourite, Our Luca. With races such as the Standish Handicap (1200m) on the horizon, there should be a win or two in him this preparation. 

Horses To Follow from Ballarat on November 24

Race 2 of the ay at Ballarat was a BenchMark 70 over 1100m and one that enjoyed the drop back in trip was I Am Queen, who towelled her rivals, including Rox The Castle (2nd) and the race favourite, I Am Someone (3rd). The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained four-year-old had previously won a BenchMark 64 at Cranbourne before missing out at Mornington over 1500m. Her turn of foot in the win was described as being 'electrifying' by jockey Dwayne Dunn and it will be interesting to see if she can go on with the job. 

One of the most impressive winners out of the Ballarat meeting was The Closer, who took out the Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at just her third career start. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained filly had won on debut at Geelong before stepping up to Group 3 level at Flemington, finishing a three length 13th after drawing the wrong part of the track. At Ballarat, she was sent in a well supported $5 chance and booted clear in the straight to win by three lengths. The stable regard her as one that can step back up to stakes level and she will be set for some of the middle distance races for her age group next year. 

Of the beaten brigade at Ballarat, Proud Wolf looks to be in for a fruitful campaign after finishing just over a length behind the wet-tracker, Jungle Edge, in the last event of the day. The seven-year-old settled in a midfield spot and made up plenty of lengths in the closing stages on the tearaway leader in what was his first run this campaign. The Lee & Shannon Hope-trained galloper has produced some competitive runs over the journey and should be suited by some of the upcoming summer class racing that await. 

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