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Saturday Blackbookers & Horses To Follow from February 24

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Last updated: 26 Feb 2024
Blackbook Staff 26 Feb 2024
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  • Several promising runners noted from the February 24th races at Caulfield & Rosehill
  • Caulfield highlighted runners: Hanchi, Autumn Angel, Sghirripa; showcasing strong form and potential
  • Randwick featured runners: More Felons, Fawkner Park, Rainbiel; manifesting potential for future races
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Our blackbookers to follow from racing on February 24, with the Blackbook.com.au team assembling their runners to follow from Caulfield & Rosehill.


CAULFIELD


Race 2 - Hanchi (fifth): Despite bringing decent form from his last prep in the west, the market wanted nothing to do with Hanchi, who was a notable drifter here.

It was still a strong Melbourne debut from the gelding, who was held-up early in the run home before angling clear and at 11.20, he's run the fastest last 200m of the meeting.

Along with being VOBIS Platinum eligible, Hanchi is also a three-year-old who can drop back to a race against his own age, so there's plenty of options forward with him.

Race 3 - Autumn Angel (sixth): Serasana can also be included as one to follow from this Group 2, as she was luckless, but going forward, Autumn Angel will prosper over longer trips.

Quiet jump-outs and a late market drift suggested she'd need this fresh run and considering where she was placed from the 300m-200m when finding trouble, it was a great recovery.

She's only got warm late (fastest last 200m of the race) in what was ideal fresh blowout for a three-year-old, who could be on an Australasian Oaks path this prep.

Race 9 - Sghirripa (seventh): While the talented South Australian visitor had to settle for a midfield finish here in the Oakleigh Plate, he'll have his time in the sun at Group 1 level.

The four-year-old struggled to muster early from a wide draw, which is out of character, although following a career best at Flemington over 1200m, maybe he needs six furlongs now?

Sghirripa was completely unsuited by the pattern of the meeting, where he was back, wide and chasing, yet at 11.29, he's recorded the fastest last 200m of this race.

RANDWICK


Race 5 - More Felons (first): A dual Group placed stayer in Europe, More Felons showed potential on Australian debut last spring when finishing fifth in the Geelong Cup.

The five-year-old was then spelled after a 12th in the Melbourne Cup and as is the case with many Northern Hemisphere imports, they acclimatize more in a second Australian prep.

The inside lanes were the inferior going on this card and after being held-up then forced to take a route on the worst ground, he's prevailed fresh, with a Sydney Cup the likely target.

Race 6 - Fawkner Park (fourth): His lead-up work suggested that he was need of this first-up run and the fresh placement at 1400m backs that up, as he needs 1600m-2000m.

Also, his best form has come on firmer ground and after initially being flat-footed when the psrint went on here, Fawkner Park got stronger as the race wore on (fastest last 200m).

It'll be interesting to see where he's placed going forward (maybe better suited in Melbourne on firmer ground...target a weak Australian Cup?), as he should only improve from this.

Race 9 - Rainbiel (third): Although she's still searching to break a long winning drought, that victory did come at Listed level and her two runs this prep have been encouraging.

Rainbiel is in her second campaign for Joe Pride and this was her best performance for the new yard, where she came from well back with an inside run (in the worst going).

With a rating of 81, there might limited Saturday options in Sydney going forward, however, that number allows her to find either midweek race or perhaps a BM84 in Melbourne.

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