Saturday Blackbookers & Horses To Follow from April 23

  • Our blackbookers for Saturday racing on April 23
  • The team have assembled their runners to follow from Ascot, Caulfield, Doomben, Morphettville and Randwick
Blackbook - April 23
Saturday blackbookers are included below. (Getty)
Our blackbookers to follow from racing on April 23 with the team assembling their runners to follow from the Ascot, Caulfield, Doomben, Morphettville and Randwick cards.


Race 1 - Final Series (fourth): Outclassed by the winner over 1000m, albeit was spotting race experience to Swear To God and the entire first three home. Final Series stuck to the task well, finding the line and putting a decent space fifth in the process. The lead-up trial suggested he might need a little further, with this a good base to build off.

Race 8 - Lord Lonsdale (fourth): Made a nice April 2 return over 1100m when recording comfortably the last 600m (coming from the rear) and it was a similar effort here over six furlongs, where he's again ran the fastest last 600m. Both career victories have come in the 1400m-1600m range and with a low rating, is ready to win third-up next start.


Race 7 - The Astrologist (third): He has run some ripping races at Caulfield before, but we know he is at this peak when down the Flemington straight. He has been Group One competitive this prep and fought on bravely to go down a long head here. Get him back to Flemington where we saw the rise of this horse, and we may just see him pinch a Group One next prep.

Race 9 - Curran (third): On a meeting where it was hard to find horses to follow, this gelding looked to be the main one after what was a disappointing prep on paper last time in, often in the market but running well without winning. He closed off hard and probably wins in another half furlong, so second-up in a similar race, he will be mighty hard to beat. 


Race 4 - Teranga (second): A very promising staying type of filly who was looking for more ground, as she was left just a touch flat footed by the stable mate Canadian Dancer when the sprint came into the race. Loved her work to the line, beating home stakes performed Mokulua, which shows that there is something very good under the bonnet.

Race 7 - Joyous Legend (third): Wide for the entire trip, it was a tough effort from this Tony Gollan filly to stick on for third spot in a strong race. Went around at $11 in this race and it would not be shocking to see her go around at a decent price again next time if she stays in similar grade. Could potentially drop out of listed grade to tackle something a touch weaker.


Race 2 - Solar Blast (third): A big eye-catcher was this first starter, who after being eased out of the early speed battle, looked to be going nowhere until the 200m. There was a lot of inexperience evident late, with the gelding wanting to duck in behind them and was green. Start two will be interesting, as there's so much improvement to come.

Race 4 - Extremely Lucky (second): A debut winner in December before a spell, this three-year-old would've remained unbeaten on Saturday with any luck. Thrown in the deep end from a maiden to a BM78, a very cold ride from gate one saw him find nothing but backsides in the run home before getting a split when it was all over. Nice horse.


Race 3 - Keen Contributer (second): Is still Class 1 eligible, so the option is there to drop in grade before another Highway tilt if they choose. Mr Hussill (winner) backed up a strong effort seven days ago and out in galloping room was the difference between first and second, with this mare held-up at key stages in the straight, but kept coming. 

Race 7 - Andermatt (first): The challenge on Saturday for Andermatt was to repeat the dose second-up following a huge return win ay Canterbury and after a very brief challenge from Dragonstone, has pulled away late for another soft victory under J-Mac. Appears likely to get his chance at Stakes level over the Scone Carnival in mid-May.

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