Randwick Blackbookers - Latest Horses To Follow
- Alex Marsh details some of the runners to follow from the Royal Randwick Saturday program
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Our Sydney racing expert Alex Marsh gives us the eyecatchers after Saturday racing at Randwick.
Randwick Blackbookers August 1
Escaped (Third): Didn't have a lot go his way from the start where he forced to race three-wide throughout with the eventual winner in De Grawin and Look Only kicking up on his inside early.
Although he perhaps would've been better served working earlier and looking for the lead, Escaped was still only second-up off a long spell and he appeared to be floundering at the 300m when those gallopers behind stacked-up off that slow early speed.
He was able to pick up again when it was all over wrestle back third placing on the line which was a good recovery considering he looked a strong chance of finishing at the tail approaching the last furlong.
A son of Exceed And Excel and out of a group winning miler in Se Sauver, there's potential for this gelding to get over more ground now which his breeding does support.
Salad Dodger (Fifth): He was admittedly safely held but his very low rating, can be followed back on the country circuit next time out over a little more ground.
With a Metropolitan rating of 57, a Benchmark 88 attempt was ambitious to say the least but considering he was spotting them a start early before tacking on, the effort to reel three in had some merit.
Prior to this, Salad Dodger made ground from the rear to finish midfield in the $75,000 Kirby Handicap on Grafton Cup Day, another event that he was ultimately a little outclassed in.
If he can find his way back to the Country circuit next time out and preferably get over further, then he's certainly going well to figure in his right grade off the back of his last two performances.
Etheridge (Fifth): This mare from the John Thompson stable appeals as one to follow once she can get over more ground following two encouraging performances to begin this preparation.
By Roman Emperor and out of a Zabeel mare in Miss Meliss who was group two placed over 2500m, Etheridge jumped straight from seven furlongs to 1800m here second-up and was ridden very conservatively as a result of drawing barrier 10.
At 40.15 on a testing surface and a hard one to make ground on, she recorded the second fastest last 600m of the race behind hard-fit winner and favourite in Fulmina when sustaining a long and wide run from the rear.
With a rating of only 64, Etheridge can drop in grade should they choose and now looking to attack distances of ten furlongs or more, she's more than capable of stringing a few together in that more suitable range.