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Saturday Blackbookers & Horses To Follow from March 2

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Last updated: 04 Mar 2024
Blackbook Staff 04 Mar 2024
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  • Standout performances from Mansiere, Cape Ferrat and Berkeley Square at the Flemington Races, March 2nd
  • Strong showings from Verona, Tutta La Vita, and New Energy at the Randwick Races
  • These six horses are identified as ones to watch for future races
Blackbookers - March 2
Saturday blackbookers are included below. (Getty)
Our blackbookers to follow from racing on March 2, with the Blackbook.com.au team assembling their runners to follow from Flemington & Randwick.


FLEMINGTON


Race 7 - Mansiere (sixth): He was maybe a little outclassed, but as 100/1 chance who is still Class 1 eligible, Mansiere clearly outperformed his starting price in the Inglis Sprint.

A galloper who had decent form lines around his winter campaign last year, the gelding was terrific without luck first-up at Sale and he was scratched from an easier assignment at The Valley for this.

Mansiere is adept on all surfaces and given he can drop back to a BM64 next time, he's a sprinter who can easily pick a few off at the midweeks over the next month or so.

Race 8 - Cape Ferrat (seventh): The Chris Waller-trained colt was an eye-catcher first-up and while 1600m at this level was too slick, Cap Ferrat should've finished a little closer.

Although well ridden from a low draw, he couldn't build momentum when required and had the outside run presented at the 350m, fourth or fifth may have been the end result.

A three-year-old who is crying out for 2000m now, he's well on track to be peaking over those longer trips and Alister Clark third-up looks a nice race for him next start.

Race 9 - Berkeley Square (sixth): Given how costly he was throughout his last campaign, a lot of punters have jumped off this gelding, however, he's ticking over quite well.

Berkeley Square showed a lot talent as a two and three-year-old before missing last autumn, and with just one lead-up trial, it's a slower build up this campaign.

He should've finished closer first-up and while he was ultimately a run short here second-up at a mile, Berkeley Square still made good inroads when working home in restricted room.

RANDWICK


Race 5 - Verona (seventh): Against fitter rivals in what was somewhat of a tactical affair, Verona was the rear and chasing a long way out, but she balanced up nicely late.

In what was effectively another trial with a Sydney Cup being the likely target, connections would be pleased with this 2000m resumption from the 2022 Frank Packer Plate winner.

The short-term placement looks the tricky part, with a trip down south perhaps an option through a race like the Roy Higgins (2600m), which is run at the end of March.

Race 8 - Tutta La Vita (third): First-up at 1400m, she'll probably the least suited in this field in regards to winning set-up's and a starting price of 100/1 reflects that.

A filly who showed glimpses last spring in the Flight Stakes and Spring Champion, Tutta La Vita has produced a cracker here first-up when working home in the inferior going (inside).

At 11.50, she's recorded easily the fastest last 200m of the Surround Stakes and the Coolmore or Phar Lap en route to a Vinery Stakes seems a logical path for this three-year-old.

Race 10 - New Energy (second): A Group 1 placed European, this Australian Bloodstock import appeared forward enough for his Down Under debut off his lead-up work at Cranbourne.

While it was a pass mark for Kovalica, who clearly needs more ground, the Ciaron Maher-trained gelding showed a much stronger turn-of-foot in this 1300m contest.

He'll be right down in the weights for a Doncaster Mile, which seems to be the target assignment and he can qualify for that feature via the Group 2 Ajax Stakes on March 16.

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