Saturday Blackbookers - August 21
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from August 21
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Moonee Valley, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Private Eye looks set for a big spring following an impressive first-up win on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 3 - Temptacion (fifth). Was always going to improve whatever she did here first-up with 61.5kg and although on class was expected to finish closer, she didn't quite pick up initially on the wet track, warming up late when it was all over. Her prior form from her late three-year-old season was superb and second-up on firmer ground, she can be a big improver over a little more ground.
Race 7 - Gunmetal Grey (sixth). Despite not fully getting through a Heavy 10, the only runner that has beat her home second-up was the hard fit Jedi Mind and the prior form around All Day session (third) is fair. Only beaten a length here after being shuffled back to an impossible position early and is clearly in need of firmer ground, while she can also be placed softer with a low rating.
Race 8 - Cockyjoy (fourth). Arguably the one of day was the return effort from this six-year-old, who has comfortably recorded the fastest last 600m of the program when sustaining a wide run off a muddling tempo with nothing taking her into it. A versatile mare that can compete from 1000m to 1400m, there's slightly softer options out there, albeit she would've gone close on Saturday from a good gate.
Race 5 - Mccovey Bay (fourth). Didn't have the best of luck and although has his chance to really attack the line, was caught switching over heels when momentum was needed to be built. He is becoming a costly conveyance for punters, but is a horse who just needs things to go his way and he will be winning more races. Try him again once more into next start and with even luck, then we will know whether he really wants to be Saturday class or not.
Race 6 - Finsceal (fourth). This was a galloper that was well-backed and closed off super, beaten by the dogged Release The Beans. What he did though was come from a long way back and look as if up to a mile next start is when we want to be with him, as he was seemingly at his top for the entire journey, Maybe with a slight step back in class/up in trip and we will see a horse in the winner’s stall.
Race 7 - Grand Promenade (second). Off the back of a brutal speed, Grand Promenade was the one chasing and dropping back in distance fresh, so this was not exactly his ideal scenario with a fit Valley specialist coming off of his back. Watch out next start once he goes up in trip and likely to Flemington, whether that be in The Bart Cummings or another 2500m handicap. What he also showed was that he gets around Moonee Valley very well, giving him every chance to also tackle the Moonee Valley Cup.
Race 9 - Skyman (second). A race run at a slower tempo would have left Skyman as the winner, but the fact that he showed he can use a turn-of-foot off a fast run race says that he'll wbe around the mark second and third-up. The worry with him next start is coming off a fast run race which could have taken it’s toll first-up, while he could also be one to springboard off of that and derive a lot from the run.
Race 1 - Magna Bella (fourth). A much more effective galloper when able to position up closer from a better gate, this mare was ridden cold with 59.5kg fresh, spotting 4.5kg - 5.5kg to the first three home over 1100m, a trip that is a little on the sharp side. While never in winning calculations, she's balanced up nicely over the last 50m. The betting drift suggested she'd need the run and should only improve off this.
Race 5 - Point Blaze (third). Talented and progressive mare from the Shayne Cahill yard that broke the Maiden four runs into her second racing preparation, before an eye-catching run at Listed level over 1400m, a trip that should end up being perfect for her deeper into the spring. Admittedly a weak race, but she was hard to miss late and she can work through the lower grades this time in.
Race 7 - Melody Man (first). Although this was clearly a peak performance for the preparation, there's no reason the son of Fiorente can't progress more, especially over further. A dominant Maiden winner over 1800m 12 months ago who showed on Saturday that he can settle handier, Melody Man is still very lightly raced and there's a 1950m BM68 with his name on it via the September 4 meeting.
Race 3 - Majella (fourth). Won second-up, but the racing gods were against her on Saturday, with the mare held-up for the majority of the run home. She did win fourth-up in December and arguably should've prevailed here, so despite missing in her one 1800m attempt to date, Majella is going better this time around and the Midway option on September 4 suits.
Race 7 - Private Eye (first). A four-year-old that's still on an upwards spiral, Private Eye looks about the perfect Epsom horse (October 2), a feature he may well contest deeper into the spring before a potential Golden Eagle (October 30 berth). A gelding that still had the class to roll genuine sprinters here at 1200m, that's a good sign for potentially a big spring.
Race 9 - Forbidden Love (fourth). Had the best closing sectionals outside the winner, a mare that is a 1400m Group One winner, so understandably was outsprinted at 1100m, but hit the line strongly in a great return. While seven furlongs is ideal, she's won two of her last three 1200m attempts, the miss being a third at Group level. Looks a perfect contender for 'The Invitation' on October 23.