Saturday Blackbookers - August 14
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from August 14
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Kembla Grange and Morphettville cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who caught the eye from Saturday? (Getty)
Race 1 - Success Play (second). Showed ability early days and gelded ahead of this campaign, is building well, but simply needs further than the 1400m he contested here second-up. The winner and Flower In The Wind (third) both had the suck runs and after being left flat-footed a few times, the son of Playing God was the big eye-catcher late. Nice horse, just needs more racing.
Race 5 - Scorpion Stormz (third). A lightly raced five-year-old with a 62 rating, but just one win, so can easily come back through the lower grades now. Was the clear outsider of the race at 60/1, resuming over 1000m, a trip that is too short, although with a better barrier he would've made it interesting. Hard to miss late after being eased back and beaten for speed a little early.
Race 6 - Born To Try (third). Admittedly becoming a little harder to place now with a rating of 75, but she simply doesn't run a bad race and over any distance at a mile or further, this mare warrants respect. Was effectively first-up here (around seven weeks between runs) following a 2200m win in June and in a leader dominated race, was the only runner making impression from off the speed.
Race 6 - Mr Mozart (fourth). It was a big run from this son of Snitzel, clearly looking for more ground the 1100m on Saturday. It took three quality horses to beat him, all of which are better suited over the sprint trips while he is going to improve possibly out to 1400m-1600m. Last prep, he raced the likes of Saif and Coverge, the latter coming on to be a group one winner in the winter, so he has serious form around him.
Race 7 - Najmaty (fourth). She was a major pain pre-race, not wanting to load and was very edgy in the mounting yard, so did herself no favours before the jump. Najmaty landed last on the fence in the running and had to keep coming over heels to find some clear air, but once she did, boy did she hit the line. Ran the eighth fastest last 200m of the day, meaning she should be able to get over 1200m comfortably next start.
Race 8 - Superstorm (fourth). It was a big run from the 2020 Australian Guineas runner-up, where he looks as if third-up is when we may want to be on board. He ran the fourth fastest last 400m of the day in 22.31, super time first-up. Be wary second-up that a flat one could be produced or still a run short, but third-up he looks ready to pounce, which could well be in a race like the Turnbull Stakes.
Race 1 - Glorious Ruby (second). She was very good on a day where you had to be on the pace, settling well behind the speed and was caught chasing from the 600m where it was going to be impossible to make up the ground to go on and win the race. Loved her work over the last 100m where she attacked the line, and although couldn't win, Glorious Ruby did not give up the chase.
Race 6 - Jetski (fourth). This galloper was the hidden gem of this event, beaten by 2.5 lengths, but he came from well back in the field down the outside which was simply not the place you wanted to be on the day. The leader, Dusty Tycoon won the race, but for Jetski to finish as close as he did was enormous ans was dlearly the run of the race.
Race 1 - Philipsburg (ninth). Held-up from the 400m to the 200m, it was a messy watch for favourite backers in the Highway, albeit when the narrowest of gaps briefly appeared, he perhaps wasn't travelling well enough anyway, with no momentum prior to that the key reason. The fresh effort prior to that was very good and he had some decent form last time in. Happy to forgive this performance.
Race 4 - Island Bay Boy (fifth). It was a big step up in grade for this four-year-old who was resuming after plying his trade well on the country circuit and although wouldn't have beaten King Of Sparta irrespective, the winner had a saloon passage through whereas this gelding was three-wide. Could well be city class in time, but perhaps a Provincial 64 would see him back to the winner's stall second-up.
Race 7 - Cepheus (fourth). An OTI import that has feature spring nominations in Melbourne (Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate), he had trialled up superbly ahead of this Australian debut where although couldn't land the chocolates, recorded the fastest last 600m of this seven-furlong event which was ultimately a little sharp. Great run and should only improve as the distances increase.
Race 4 - Star Status (fourth). Consistent middle-distance galloper that was five weeks between runs when plugging away over the mile here on July and ridden colder on Saturday, has finished off strongly, stepping up to a more suitable 1800m journey. Can certainly come down in grade with a rating of only 64 and is much more effective on drier ground. Holds a nomination (2025m) for this Saturday.
Race 7 - Noname Lane (second). Found this file second-up when sticking on well following a Maiden win and has lost no admirers with a stronger performance, holding off all rivals barring Picargo who was very well ridden and had a sharper turn-of-foot at six furlongs. Keen to see the son of Shamus Award rolling along over more ground and he interestingly holds two 1600m nominations for August 21.
Race 9 - Kong (fifth). Progressive galloper that won a Maiden over 1200m when crossing the border for start two in the autumn and following a decent return in the Lightning Stakes, has got home well here despite being unsuited drawing gate one and getting back. Liked the way he balanced up late over 1100m and is giving every impression this campaign that 1400m-1600m will be ideal.