In our new weekly fixture BLACK BOOKED, we’ll take a look every week at the top five horses that were Black Booked by Sportsbet punters over the previous weekend’s racing. You don’t have to look hard to find someone trying to tell you about a good thing – but this way you can get a good look at what fellow punters are keeping tabs on without anyone’s opinion getting in the way.
5. Ana Royale
SA Fillies Classic, 2500m, Morphettville
Kicking things off this week is the Stuart Webb-trained filly, Ana Royale, who scored just the second win of her career in impressive fashion. After settling back in the field, the three-year-old swooped them from out wide at the turn and won comfortably by three lengths. The win extends her recent run of form, having not finished outside the places in her last five runs. She will now head to the Queensland Oaks on June 3 where she is currently on the third line of betting at $6.50.
Saintly Hall Of Fame Trophy, 1400m, Flemington
The Ciaron Maher-trained two-year-old broke through for her maiden in impressive fashion, picking through the field to hit the front 100m out before running on strongly to win by 0.75 lengths. No word yet as to where she’ll head next, though she’s nominated for the JJ Atkins at Eagle Farm on June 10. Regardless of where she appears next, she certainly showed enough to suggest she’ll be worth keeping an eye on.
3. Bonny O’Reilly
TJ Smith Hall Of Fame, 1200m, Rosehill Gardens
The Bjorn Baker-trained mare won her fourth in a row here to continue her great run of form. She hit the straight in second and was wound up at the 200m to kick clear and win by half a length. She’ll now head to Brisbane where another Listed race victory should see her claim a berth in the Tatt’s Tiara on June 24.
2. De Little Engine
Andrew Ramsden Stakes, 3200m, Flemington
Taking out second spot this week is the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding, De Little Engine, after a super impressive win over the weekend. After a nice trail into the straight, things opened nicely for the six-year-old who absolute brained them as the top weight, storming home to score by over four lengths. The galloper now looks in career best form and may well have another run in Sydney this prep before hitting the paddock.
1. Northern Journey
John Miller Hall Of Fame, 1800m, Flemington
One out of the box this week takes top spot with seven-year-old Northern Journey grabbing punters’ attention after winning at long odds of $133 on the weekend. The win in bm84 company is Northern Journey’s biggest win to date, and clearly there are plenty of punters keen to cash in next time the old boy salutes at very generous odds! Hitting clear running at the 400m, he wound up from the 200m mark to grab the win by a nose, with jockey Chris Symons impressed with the difference blinkers made.