Great racing right across on Australia this weekend, mainly from Morphettville and the Gold Coast, but there were still some tidy meetings at Rosehill and Flemington. Here are the blackbookers from Saturday.
Race Four Number 8 Epidemic (1st):
Looked a touch soft in condition but gee this was impressive, clocking 33.43 for her final three furlongs, which was clearly the fastest final 600m of the meeting. Let down hard and beat the older mares, which isn’t easy for a three year old filly to do. She’s got a blacktype win in her. Just a matter of placing her right.
Race Eight Number 8 Solo Mission (1st) and Number 4 Kool Vinnie (9th):
The inside was okay why jockeys elected to come away from the rail I’m not sure but the win of Solo Mission was very good. Did plenty wrong but once he knuckled down, he did it like a good horse. The hard luck story was Kool Vinnie. I think he would have gone close to winning had he got clear air but never saw it. Tough watch if you were on.
Race Three Number 4 Zasorceress (6th):
I reckon she’s slowly building to a win, if placed right. Wide no cover here and had every right to drop out but she kept chipping and her late splits were really good until she had enough 200m out. Might get a decent price about her next time.
Race Six Number 4 Jakes Hill (7th):
Chris Waller import having his first Australian start off just two so so trials in Sydney but I thought his run here was a beauty. Had no luck late when building good momentum but still clocked the third quickest final 200m without being extended. Keen to see him at 2000m+.
Race Nine Number 1 Iconoclasm (1st):
Concerned he’s doing all this in his first prep, with a potential drop off perhaps on the cards, but if he keeps this form up, he’ll keep winning. Wide no cover again yet ambled to them 250m out and put them away for a dominant win, clocking the fastest late splits despite doing all the early work.
Race One Number 15 Dauphin De France (2nd):
Will be hard to place given the races will only get harder, but his run here was enormous. Better barrier and he wins. Just had to cover too much ground on the turn while the heavily backed runner/winner Denbern got the splits nearer the inside and saved ground.
Race Five Number 3 Lean Mean Machine (3rd):
Want to be very forgiving of this colt. Just got too far back and wide in a race where those nearer the inside/lead dominated proceedings. Thought he did a good job from the back to get as close as he did. I think a set of blinkers would be ideal as he progresses to the Sires/J J Atkins.
Race Eight Number 6 Satono Rosen (4th) and Number 10 Egg Tart (5th):
On first look, I want to scrap this race as a Doomben Cup form reference. They won’t be beating Gailo Chop. But, if we happen to get a rain affected track, I want to give Egg Tart another look. Desperately unlucky and I reckon had she got out at the time Lloyd was looking, she would have gone close to winning. Can feature in the Doomben Cup, but needs it genuinely soft or worse to be beating Gailo Chop. Satono Rosen also unlucky and there are good signs for him also. He’ll want it relatively firm though.
Race Nine Number 5 Anatola (1st):
Job done in getting blacktype, but the way she is going, she could easily get more and to what level she can reach, who knows. Broke the track record first up and spanked them here. Yep, she beat nothing but she did it from the wide gate, burnt the candle at both ends and still was too sharp. Keen to see what she does.
Race Three Number 1 Calderon (5th):
He’s ready to win. Made him a blackbooker from the resumption and again another really good run from this bloke, wide no cover throughout yet kept surging in a leader dominated race. Looking for 2000m+ and if he gets that next time, I think we can bet up.
Roosevelt- 3/5 lame so clear excuses for the heavily backed fav
Zonk- Give her another chance if she gets a senior rider/jockey change
I Am Serious- Went way too quick for her and visually, just plain, but that sort of race style isn’t her go
Moana Jewel- Plunge horse of the day who did nothing to the eye. Stable/jockey said maybe didn’t like being inside horses. Want to see again
Zamex- Wide throughout so a definite forgive. Still think he’s come back really well
Nettoyer- For this prep at least, unless she finds a seriously rain affected track. Running great races this prep, but not winning
Alward- 1/5 lame but still very plain to the eye and he, like Nettoyer, is becoming quite costly
Awoke- I need a slap for putting her on top. Sucked me in again. That’s the last time she does that
Sea The Sparkle- Promised so much this prep but yet to win and I think she’s had enough this time in
Waging War- Always a risk with the jockey change and up to 2000m. Jamie Kah rode to beat this mare and it worked. Just didn’t hold off the stablemate
Nature Strip- Everest horse they said…
First Among Equals- Was really keen e/w on this horse doing something but he didn’t do much. No more for me.