Horses To Follow - 4 Blackbookers from Saturday's Queensland Racing

Blackbookers to catch the eye in Queensland Our latest horses to follow from Queensland racing

Saturday racing in Queensland 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 Queensland's Saturday racing.

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

You can also follow our weekly selections for Saturday racing in Queensland with Doomben betting tips, Eagle Farm betting tips, Gold Coast betting tips and Toowoomba betting tips.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast August 4

The Savabeel gelding was one of our tips for the Doomben meeting on the weekend and he didn’t disappoint. He was having his fourth start back (Doomben race 6) and coming off a class 5 win two weeks prior. Ridden a treat by Scott Galloway, he sat mid-field on the fence and finished too well for his class 3 rivals. He has returned in great form and hasn’t finished winning yet. Keep him in the black book for future reference. 

Unbeaten first-up, the Written Tycoon gelding took lined up on Saturday (Doomben race 7) and put the wide barrier myth to bed (yet again) by jumping from gate 14 and gave his rivals a galloping exhibition. He crossed and was in front after the first 100 metres. Turning for home he led by two, and then left them all to argue over the minors, winning by four lengths pulling up. He covered the 1200m in 1:08.7 and that’s low-level flying. He may have to deal with some extra weight from here on but now, four from four first-up, I’m sure he can go on with it.

This Real Saga mare always run well when fresh. Second-up last Saturday (Doomben race 8), she drew perfectly in gate one, but as luck would have it, missed the start and was back second last, and trailed the leader by eight lengths after travelling 200 metres. Apprentice rider, Jackson Murphy remained patient and slowly improved his position along the fence. Turning for home, he pulled out and followed race favourite (and eventual winner) Prue’s Angel into the straight, still three lengths in arrears but hit the line running well enough to grab third prize, nosed out of second money by outsider Rooi Roe. A cleaner start and who knows. She has a lot to offer this campaign and that was an impressive second-up run. Jot her down as well.

The biggest winner on the weekend by far was this Written Tycoon gelding who simply blew his opposition away with a classic exhibition of front-running prowess. With the advantage of an inside gate (Gold Coast, race 4), he jumped smartly and holding his line edged to a clear lead as they passed the 500m mark. From there, it was simply a case of by how far. On straightening, he put four lengths on the field and never looked like stopping. Showing no mercy whatsoever, he won by seven lengths, eased over the line. Running 50:96 was just 1:3 secs outside the track record. He is only now four starts into this preparation so I would add him to the black book list for his next few starts at least.

Horses To Follow From Doomben July 28

A two-year-old on debut, missed the start (Doomben race 1) and was five lengths last at one stage. She did an enormous job to catch the field by the home turn. Then, never a top three hope, the Love Conquers All filly still hit the line well and made up a ton of ground. She will mature with more racing. Keep under notice.

Third-up from the Tony Gollan stable, the Foxwedge filly settled mid-field on the fence (Doomben race 6) and trailed the two favourites in the race. Up front, Sister Act was setting a solid pace. On straightening, she was spotting Sister Act four lengths. Still four lengths adrift at the 200m mark, she started to make ground. On the line she was in a photo for the minors, only half a length behind eventual winner, Goodonya Sonja. The filly picked up third prize. Second-up, she won F&M BM65 over 1600m and here she dropped back to the 1200m trip. Possibly it was just the speed that beat her here. Watch for her over 1400m or longer.

The run of the day. This rising eight-year-old ran his rivals ragged here, in a galloping exhibition a Group One sprinter would have been flat to the boards matching. A former resident of the Godolphin stables, the Reset gelding gave nothing else a chance once he found the lead in this Open class sprint (Doomben, race 7). He covered the first 750m in 42.74, which matched a Doomben 10,000 time, as it’s not often they break 43 secs for that sectional in 1350m trips. His final time of 1.18.28 was just over a second outside Falvalon’s Doomben 10,000 time of 1.17.21 set in 2006. Turning for home he was three lengths clear of the field and all runners were off the bit and chasing. His winning margin was 3.3 lengths eased on the line. The drop to 51kgs (after the claim) played a part no doubt, but he still warrants being a member of your black book.

Trained by Steven O’Dea, he was third-up in this preparation and was up against it from the start in the 1609m event, drawing very wide (Doomben, race 7). Jockey Paul Hammersley eased him back at the start to avoid being trapped deep and found himself at the tail of the field, spotting the leader nearly 10 lengths as they passed the halfway mark. Again, trying to save ground, Hammersley stuck to the fence and was still last on the turn. He looked for gaps over the final 300 metres and was doing his best work in the closing stages of the race. He did a mighty job to grab fifth spot, beaten just 1.5 lengths in the end. Three starts under his belt now, he will just about at his peak next start. A definite black book entry.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast July 21

Having her fifth race start (Doomben race 2), this two-year-old Red Dazzler filly drew well at the gate but was slow to begin and lacking early gate speed, found herself caught near the tail and three-deep. There she remained until the turn where rider Matt McGillivray had to pull her even wider be for she saw daylight and was spotting race leader Pumps at least five lengths at the 300m mark. She finished better than anything else over the final 150 metres and got up to grab third prize. With more luck in running, she could have recorded her first win. She was third-up and will surely be even fitter next start. Keep an eye out for her.

Tony Gollan’s seven-year-old Lord Coconuts was second-up here (Doomben race 4) and was sitting pretty around mid-field on the fence passing the 800m mark. However, by the 600m mark, he had lost his position and was back second last with a wall of horses in front of him. Second last at the 200m mark young rider Boris Thornton had to cross many heels to get the Encosta De Lago gelding into the clear. He finished as good as race winner Pressway and with now two starts under his belt, watch for him next start.

First-up and having just her first run on a Queensland track (Doomben race 5), this five-year-old mare put in a real eye-catching performance on Saturday. In a similar vein as Lord Coconuts and Red Stina, this mare dropped back to be amongst the tail-enders and had to do a lot of work on straightening to find clean air as well. Sitting last 250 metres out, rider Paul Hammersley hooked her wide and although not a threat to the placegetters, she finished like a train to be within three lengths of the winner, Tabbing. Black Book her for next start, especially if she can draw a better gate. 

This two-year-old filly was having her first race start (Gold Coast race 3) and caught my eye. She missed the start but apprentice jockey Clayton Gallagher made her work early and she quickly found a forward sit with cover. In the run home, she looked the one likely to run down the leader (and eventual winner) Archer’s Treasure however she died slightly on her run in the last 100 metres to finish third. A great effort on debut. Black Book this filly for future reference. 

Horses To Follow From the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast July 14

If there was a certainty beaten over the weekend it was this Robert Heathcote-trained gelding. In the small six horse field, the Mossman gelding ran into more trouble than Speed Gordon. Apprentice Boris Thornton made an error of judgement by staying inside on straightening to look for a split and clean air. It didn’t happen and he was forced to pull across the heels of runners to find some running room. All too late in the end as he failed by a head to catch the ultimate winner. Thornton was questioned by stewards after the event and they also agreed that it was jockey error that cost him the race. Heathcote said the horse would now be spelled but jot him down for his next campaign.  

Missed the start (Sunshine Coast race 4) then settled a little worse than mid-field. Turning for home, the filly was conceding Zoustyle five lengths and was held up on the fence before seeing daylight. Still four lengths adrift at the 200m mark, she hit the line strongly and did a mighty job to take around two lengths off the winner who was clearly the class horse of the race (and biggest market mover of the day). The Red Dazzler filly was first-up since March where she finished third to Mishani Hustler at her last start. Certainly one to put in the black book, in particular in fillies and mares company. 

A first starter by Poet’s Choice, he lined up in a two-year-old maiden (Gold Coast race 5) and couldn’t have been more impressive. Spotting race leader and favourite Pumps at least six lengths on the turn, he showed a tremendous finishing burst to run him down and grab the money on the line. He will only improve on that performance and should be kept under a close eye.

In another small field, this More Than Ready gelding was far from that at barrier rise as he missed the jump and was tailed off on settling. Pulled wide on the turn, he was four or five lengths in arrears but was finishing strongly. Then passing the 200m mark, I Remember You pulled out right in front of him, causing severe interference. He then had to be steadied and re-motivated to finish off again. Over the final 100 metres, he took substantial ground of the leaders and came within a neck of snatching an unlikely victory. He was second-up today, don’t miss his third-up run.

Horses To Follow From Doomben and the Gold Coast July 7

Third-up and on the improve, the Magic Albert gelding found plenty of trouble in the run home, despite the small nine horse field (Doomben, race 1). He sat back in the field, clearly to look after the 62kgs on his back, and approaching the turn went wide to look for a run. It wasn’t forthcoming, so jockey Jackson Murphy chose to go back inside which is where he came unstuck. Making good ground, he struck trouble at the 100m mark where he ran into the back of eventual runner-up Wonder Boom which cost him any chance of a top three finish. He finished off strongly again in a blanket finish for the minors. Barrier 16 and 62kgs didn’t help his chances either on Saturday. Black book this fellow for his next start or two.

A solid improvement from his first-up effort where he finished last of 12, beaten more than seven lengths over 1350m. Second-up on Saturday (Doomben race 5), the Captain Sonador gelding drew well in gate three, but soon after the start dropped back to be among the back-markers. He was spotting the leader (and eventual winner) Hallelujah Boy three lengths on the turn as jockey Mark Du Plessis also chose to go wide but then switched back to the inside for a clearer run home. The short priced former Japanese runner looked to run away with the race but to the credit of I’m Belucci, he took ground off Hallelujah Boy and finish less than length away from winning the event. Third in the Group One QLD Derby in 2016, he will improve even further after this run. Black Book him for future starts of a mile or further.

This was a phenomenal performance when first-up (Doomben race 6) by this Star Witness filly. All eyes were on her stablemate Miss Exfactor who looked the winner at the 100m mark. But that thought was short lived as this filly stormed passed her in a matter of strides and raced away to win with ease, putting 2.5 lengths on her the field. The three-year-old has now won three of her nine starts, finishing runner-up on five other occasions. Based on this first-up effort, she will be winning many more. Jot her down as one to watch.

A first-starter by Congrats, the two-year-old filly gave a solid account of herself after drawing the outside gate (Gold Coast, race 4). Although jumping well enough, she was still caught out wide and lost her early forward spot as jockey Scott Galloway eased her back when she appeared to be bumped by another runner. On the turn and still wide, she collided with Hot Sock which put paid to her winning chances. After all that, she ran home strongly to beat all but the first two and looked good enough to suggest with a bit more luck in running and further racing, she is definitely one for the black book.

Having just her second race start, this two-year-old filly certainly stamped herself as another of Tony Gollan’s up-and-comers to keep an eye on. She was slow to begin on Saturday (Gold Coast, race 5) but young rider Baylee Nothdurft showed no signs of panic and kept the filly on the fence at a steady pace. Turning for home, she slipped underneath the leader and took over at the 200m mark. It was a case of ‘see ya later’ from that point on. The Rothesay filly went on to win by nearly three lengths and certainly commands watching from here on.

Horses To Follow From the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast June 30

A two-year-old filly by US sire Congrats having her first race start (Sunshine Coast race 4). She missed the jump and sat near the tail, travelling three-deep the entire trip. Was hampered in the run home and had to be steadied. Was doing her best work in the final 100 metres. Hit the line as good as any in front of her. She is definitely one to watch.

Was having his fourth start after a spell (Sunshine Coast race 6). He lost his spot early and was back near the tail. He travelled wide all the way and was checked on the home turn. He responded well to Orman’s hard riding over the final stages and hit the line full of energy. Ridden a little closer to the pace he may have finished a lot closer. Look for him on a dry track.

A three-year-old filly by Danerich, she returned from a spell a different horse (Gold Coast race 2) and blitzed her rivals by six lengths. Having her eighth race start, her best finish before this was a fourth placing in a Kyneton maiden in February. The filly took the lead at the 800m mark and gave her opposition no chance from there. She looked the goods in the run home leaving the rest to fight out the minors. She looks city bound and is worth watching.

A first-starter by Helter Skelter, jumped well (Gold Coast race 3) and took over the front running after the first 100 metres. Skipped away on the turn and left the rest of them guessing. Major drifter (4.60 to 9.50) and gave his rivals a galloping lesson. Carrying top weight of 59kgs, he won with ease, putting five lengths on the field and was easily the run of the meeting. A ‘must’ for the black book.

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