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. Melody Belle
Sires Produce Stakes, 1400m, Eagle Farm
Kicking things off this week is two-year-old Kiwi filly Melody Belle, who rocketed into punters’ Black Books after blowing her opposition out of the water in the Sires Produce at Eagle Farm in her Australian debut. The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained filly takes her record to six wins in four starts (including the G1 Sires in NZ) and is currently the $2.50 favourite for the JJ Atkins on June 10. Everything going well there, a big spring could await with tilts at the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas on the cards.
Seven News Plate, 1400m, Randwick
A super impressive maiden win from the Godolphin colt caught the eye of punters as the two-year-old stormed the field to win in impressive fashion. Kicking clear at the 200m, the Darren Beadman-trained galloper surged forward, eventually running out a very comfortable four-length winner. The son of Lonhro is currently second in line of betting for the Jj Atkins at $7.00, though an early trip to the paddock may yet await as a spring prep is prioritised.
3. Plein Ciel
Ladbrokes Handicap, 1600m, Sandown
Another great run from the Darren-Weir-trained German import, taking his record to 5-2-1 from eight career starts. Coming from midfield at the turn, the three-year-old took time winding up and only really got going at the 250m. Despite this, his burst home had them licked by the 100m, showcasing the colt’s brilliant turn of foot. A trip up to Queensland for a tilt at the Ipswich Cup could well be on the cards next for this talented galloper.
Highway Handicap, 1100m, Randwick
It’s a little bit unusual for any horse to make the top five without winning over the weekend, which should tell you all you need to know about how good Suncraze’s run was at Randwick on Saturday. Coming from the back of the field, things didn’t open up for the Melanie O’gorman-trained three-year-old until the 200m, where he turned the afterburners on to fly home for second behind race favourite, Clippers, beaten 1.5 lengths. The gelding has now run second in four of his five starts (winning the other), and on this run has undeniable ability with the right run.
1. Clearly Innocent
Kingsford-Smith Cup, 1300m, Eagle Farm
No surprises here at top spot this week, as Clearly Innocent’s incredible run in the G1 Kingsford-Smith was sure to attract the eye of anyone who saw it. Four lengths behind leader Jungle Eagle at the 300m, the lightly raced five-year-old flew home down the outside to score by three lengths (with seven lengths to third). The Kris Lees-trained gelding will now travel to the Stradbroke Handicap where he is currently the $4.00 favourite.