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Saturday Blackbookers & Horses To Follow from July 16
- Our blackbookers for Saturday racing on July 16 are included
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill cards
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Our blackbookers to follow from racing on July 16 with the Blackbook.com.au team assembling their runners to follow from Belmont, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville & Rosehill.
Race 9 - Hezapro (third): Was interestingly placed resuming over 2000m where he got home fairly and rising in grade over 1800m, he had excuses in the run home here. Ridden for luck, he wasn't able to build momentum until passing the 200m and the race was effectively over by then, with the first two home both and truly wound up. Is still Class 3 eligible, so there's easier options around and he'll strip fitter again.
Race 10 - Mood Swings (second): This honest gelding found winning form again in autumn, winning two of his last three runs before spell. With Puli, Nowhiteflag and Mood Swings taking each other on up front, it was always going to set-up well for a swooper, yet this five-year-old has stuck on bravely, putting more than length on the talented Eeyore Wayz in third as easily the pick of the on-speed brigade. Brave effort.
Race 1 - Lethal Warning (third): It is safe to say that this Lucas Cranach mare should have won the opener, baulked for a run in behind runners and shying badly near the post which ultimately stopped him from going straight past the leaders after the post. With no metro wins next to her name, she can again target a similar race next start and get the job done.
Race 7 - Morethannumberone (third): With more luck in running, he finishes much closer to Bottega. That was his fifth run for the prep, so there is not necessarily improvement left in him, but it is more about placement and finding his right races from here. The key will be drawing wide, as he has proven he does not like to be cluttered up and prefers space space to his outside.
Race 6 - Veranskova (second): It was certainly an eye-catching return from this son of Written Tycoon, first-up against some fit & quality gallopers. Beaten a nose on the line, he finished with the fastest 800m-600m and 600m-400m splits of the entire day, and was inside the top three fastest 400m-200m splits of the day. Still has plenty to learn, but he looks every bit a stakes galloper going forward.
Race 9 - Sacred Palace (third): Flashy is an understatement, this gelding rocketed home from last to finish less than a length from the winner, but also produced the fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m of the entire day. He tends to get a little lost around bends, getting himself well and truly out of contention, but straight track racing allows him to settle that bit closer and unleash a strong turn-of-foot.
Race 3 - Kong (second): Was able to settle much closer first-up where he was only beaten in the last stride and was very unlucky not to go one better here. After a slow start, he was travelling strongly on the turn, but was held-up from the 400m to the 150m which has ultimately cost him the race. Gives the impression he'll run out 1400m and does handle wet tracks, so there's plenty of options with a low rating.
Race 9 - Night Hussler (sixth): This rising five-year-old joined the Stokes yard this campaign and after a solid return over 1200m, she's found the line well again, albeit wasn't helped with the tiring leader falling into her lap. Off what she's shown this time in and on breeding, it's surprising this mare hasn't won over a mile, although she's still lightly raced and will get her chance over 1400m-1600m shortly.
Race 6 - Lovely Esteem (third): Although flattered a little by a strong tempo and some tiring opposition, this import is giving every impression that she's looking for a trip and now has a platform with a few runs under her belt. After doing her best work late over 1400m fresh, she's again picked up late behind a smart winner. There's an 1800m BM78 here on July 30 against the mares, which looks ideal third-up.
Race 7 - Toomuchtobear (fourth): This gelding generally settles on speed, but first-up from a wide draw and with bigger fish to fry later this campaign, there was zero intent. Picking off runs and making good ground late, the clock backed up the eye, with Toomuchtobear recording the fastest last 600m/400m and 200m of the entire card. He's still very progressive and there's a nice race in him this prep.
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