Horses To Follow - Blackbookers from Saturday's Victorian Racing

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Saturday racing in Victoria produces several blackbookers to take forward into coming weeks and we pick out the best each week.

From winners of feature races to unlucky loses and first up gallopers outrunning expectations, we select three or four horses each week to add to your blackbook from Melbourne's Saturday racing.

We use the selections to build up future horse racing tips to follow in our blackbookers file, and mark out possible picks for our Racing Bet of the Day.

You can also follow our Barrier Trial blackbookers in Victoria here as well as get our weekly selections for Saturday racing in Melbourne with Caulfield betting tips, Flemington betting tips and Moonee Valley betting tips.

Here are some horses to put in your blackbook:

Horses To Follow from Moonee Valley on August 4

Race 1 of the day at Moonee Valley was for the new season three-year-olds and it was a competitive affair with Mig Energy just outlasting All In Brawl. One that caught the eye was the 3rd placgetter, Jimenez, who was making his debut for the Michael Kent stable. The son of Bel Esprit was sent out a $10 chance and settled at the rear in the 1000m scamper after drawing barrier 8. He was a clear last as they rounded the bend and was forced to shuffle off heels at the top of the straight, which may have cost him some momentum. Once he was clear he worked home very well to finish just under two lengths off the leading pair. The performance would suggest he has plenty to offer and he should be an improver over some extra distance. Keep an eye on him at his next few. 

The most impressive winner from the Moonee Valley programme was arguably Multaja, who claimed Race 3 of the day, the SAJ Fruits Handicap (1000m). The Godolphin galloper was lining up for just her second career start after claiming victory at Werribee last April and despite drifting late in the betting she was able to trounce her rivals. The daughter of Medaglia D'Oro settled towards the rear in the early stages before tracking up in the three wide line before the bend. With Dwayne Dunn on board, she angled in to the clear in the straight before finishing two lengths clear of the second placegetter, Pippie. She looms as a strong candidate for a series of the early spring races for her age group, including the upcoming Quezette Stakes (1100m) and he McNeil Stakes (1200m). 

On face value it was a fairly disappointing effort from the Liam Howley-trained galloper, Streetcar To Stars, who could only manage 5th to Pioneertown in the Mortimer Petroleum Handicap (2500m). Sent out an easing $5 chance, the lightly raced eight-year-old struggled to handle the very slow tempo out in front and overraced badly in the middle stages of the race. The former import then had little to offer in the straight and finished three lengths off the winner, who had led all the way. Streetcar To Stars has had just the two runs since 2014, finishing 2nd to Pioneertown at Sandown before his effort at the Valley. Given the record that his stable have with the stayers, I wouldn't be writing this guy off just yet. 

Horses To Follow from Caulfield on July 28

Lady Of Flanders and See Me Exceed provided the quinella in Race 2 of the day at Caulfield, the Pamela Hutterer Handicap (1200m). Both were resuming off long breaks and kicked clear at the 200m mark. See Me Exceed looked to be the likely winner at that stage of the race but Lady Of Flanders was able to kick up on the inside and held the one length margin to the line, with a big gap to the 3rd placegetter, Soul Star. The quinella horses are clearly the ones to follow out of this and can go on with it. See Me Exceed ran four lengths behind Nature Strip in the autumn before placing behind Booker at Group 3 level and should improve off Saturday's run, as should Lady Of Flanders, who looks to have a fair bit of upside. 

Another horse that resumed on Saturday was Merriest, who could only manage 4th as a $4.20 chance to Chiavari in the Ladbrokes Multiverse Handicap (1200m). The Danny O'Brien-trained galloper battled in the concluding stages and finished three lengths off the winner but can be forgiven as she endured a tough run on the pace, while she also tended to overrace in the early and middle stages. The daughter of Denman is one that is worth sticking with and has won three of her five second up runs to date, while she is another that has run some nice races at Group level in the past. Expect her to be an improver out of the Caulfield meeting. 

The performance of the day was that of the one that was produced by Vega Magic in the Bletchingly Stakes (1100m) with the Hayes/Dabernig runner scorching to a three length win ahead of the last start Monash Stakes (1100m) winner, Voodoo Lad. Ridden by Damien Oliver, the unlucky Everest (1200m) runner-up from 2017 jumped well out of the barriers and led the field before exploding away in the straight, making his opposition look second rate. The performance was a return to form for the five-year-old, who had previously battled on a Soft track in the Goodwood (1200m) back in May. With the Everest looming large again this year, Vega Magic is likely to run in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at his next start before having another tilt at the $13 million affair in October, provided that he is able to secure one of the three remaining slots. 

Horses To Follow from Flemington on July 21

Race 1 at Flemington was for the three-year-old fillies and it was victory for the Ciaron Maher-trained Naantali ahead of Glayva. Both of those look to have promising futures as does the 3rd placegetter, Seductive Miss, who just got a little too far back in the early stages to challenge the exacta horses. The John Salanitri-trained galloper was stepping up from a BenchMark 64 at Sandown Hillside and was the best of the backmarkers in the run to the line. The daughter of Animal Kingdom had attracted a bit of support in the betting and was backed in from $17 to $14. A progressive type, she might be one that can win a Saturday class race this campaign. Keep an eye on her. 

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Brave Song returned from a spell in fine fashion by taking out the TAB/ATA Trainers' Trust Handicap (1100m) in a flying finish from Order Of Command and Street Tough. Sent out a well supported $2.80 favourite, the son of Your Song jumped evenly and settled just off the speed but was in an awkward spot without cover. As the runs came, Brave Song looked to be a tad too far away at the 200m mark but he kept finding under the urgings of Damian Lane to nab his rivals just on the line. The turn of foot he displayed in the final furlong would suggest that he is up to bigger and better things and the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) looms as a likely target for the late season three-year-old. 

Blackbooking a horse that faded to finish six lengths off them as a $3 favourite may be an interesting call but Crocodile Rock should be an improver after his mediocre performance in the Jack Franklin Handicap (2500m). The Liam Howley-trained gelding was resuming but was a noted drifter in the betting and ran accordingly. However, he comes from the high class stable of stayers that have produced the last two Melbourne Cup (3200m) winners and it isn't uncommon for the Williams gallopers to battle when resuming before turning things around at their next start. The lightly raced six-year-old has won three of his six starts and the Flemington run was his first since running 2nd to his famous stablemate, Almandin, at Flemington in September of 2017. Expect him to turn things around the next time we see him. 

Horses To Follow from Caulfield on July 14

Brutal by name and Brutal by nature. That was the best way to describe the performance of the debut horse, Brutal, who claimed the opening event of the day at Caulfield for the two-year-olds by five lengths. Lining up as as $5 chance, the Team Hawkes-trained galloper, who was wearing the same colours as his famous stablemate, Chautauqua, pounced to the lead early on in the race and that was where he stayed. He clicked through the gears in the straight, defeating the likes of Ronan's Rock and Humma Humma. It is unclear as to exactly where the son of O'Reilly will head next but one things appears sure and that is that he has a bright future. He is a clear blackbooker out of the Caulfield meeting. 

Race 2 was a $120,000 race for the three-year-old fillies and the unlucky horse was Soul Star, who missed out in the 1200m dash behind Magnesium Rose. The Ciaron Maher-trained galloper was lining up for just her second start this campaign and was coming off a 9th at the same track a fortnight ago over 1100m. Sent out as an easing $5 chance, Soul Star settled towards the rear of the field and begun working herself into the race but was held up from the 400m mark until the 150m. She was able to work into the clear but was unable to catch the winner, missing out by under half a length. The run was an improvement on her previous effort, however, and the daughter of Hinchinbrook can make amends later on this campaign. 

Another hard luck story out of Caulfield came later in the day with Call Me Handsome missing out in a driving finish behind Malaise in the Ladbrokes Cash Out Handicap (1400m). The Peter Gelagotis-trained galloper settled just worse than midfield and was denied any daylight from the 400m mark until about the 200m mark when he shifted out to gain clear running. The son of Kodiac rocketed home to miss out by a small margin. A lightly raced galloper, the rising six-year-old has had just 11 career starts for four wins. The former Hong Kong galloper once ran 3rd to the current Hong Kong champion, Pakistan Star, and has never finished out of the placings. This could be the campaign where it all falls into place for him and he is one to follow from the meeting. 

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