Saturday Blackbookers - August 28
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from August 28
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Doomben, Kembla Grange and Morphettville cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Signora Nera was an impressive first-up winner at Kembla Grange on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 7 - Red Hot Tip (second). Has bumped into Brave Dream twice to start this prep, firstly spotting her 5kg on August 14 when held-up at a key stage and 2.5kg here where he lacked the turn-of-foot second-up at a mile, but continued to find the line. Still a very lightly raced five-year-old who was a listed winner as a three-year-old over 2200m, this gelding is looking for further now.
Race 8 - Media Baron (fourth). Resuming at WFA level over 1300m, the 40/1 starting price suggested the son of Written Tycoon would need the run, but outside the winner, has produced the performance of this feature in recording the fastest last 600m, a great effort considering a sprinter in Samizdat also got home. Might be still a run short unless they go straight to the mile second-up.
Race 9 - Moschard (fifth). Becoming a hard horse to place with a rating of 80, however the seven-year-old continues to race consistently, picking up where he left off after good freshen-up and running into a very progressive Kaptain Kaos in the process. Should've finished closer (working home in restricted room) and despite the weights, persevering in this class would be the right move short term.
Race 3 - Good And Proper (third). It was a great return to the races from this mare who really attacked the line, finishing with the race fastest last furlongs from the 1200m to 200m. She is a mare who seems to always be in form as her record suggests and this prep seems to be no different. Has won second-up and important to note, is unbeaten when third-up, so is one to follow soon.
Race 8 - Aegon (fourth). It was a great return from this Kiwi who will take great benefit from his first-up run and will improve up to the mile this prep. Word has been that he may go back to New Zealand, but if he stays in Australia, these upcoming Group One Handicaps at Caulfield where he would get down in the weights look right up his alley.
Race 7 - Glorious Ruby (third). We blackbooked her last start, unaware that she was going to race in this class, but this filly is running out of her skin and will win one back in grade much sooner than later. She gave a kick and could not hold off a late charge from classy gallopers Startantes and Alpine Edge, but held off the favourite Prince Of Boom who is a Group Two winner.
Race 9 - Angus The Black (fifth). This gelding is clearly looking for more ground after closing off super behind impressive winner Catesby. Wet tracks are what this horse has performed best on over his career, but off the back of a great run at 78 level, there is room for him to now drop back in grade with a rating of only 71. Worth a try over the mile.
Race 3 - Signora Nera (first). This Chris Waller-trained mare has absolutely bolted in here fresh after being thereabouts throughout the autumn and winter, having clearly improved off that. Off an 11.07 400m to the 200m sectional and a final furlong of 11.18, she smashed the clock for this program and on figures, should be a coming Stakes winner in the spring.
Race 4 - Mankayan (third). Was eye-catching on his Australian debut at Flemington in a harder race and likely prevails here if the button was pressed a little earlier, A winner over 2400m in Europe and placed over 2800m, the scope is there to get over more ground with this long striding gelding who should be easily the best horse from this event in time.
Race 9 -On The Lead (fifth). Was the run of the race outside the winner, sharing a similar last 200m to the classy Andermatt who will be Stakes class, but the poor start proved costly. Likely to improve further on firmer ground and with a rating of 74, he should be able to pick off at least a Benchmark event or two, bringing some decent form his three-year-old season.
Race 1 - Miss Daniel (second). A smart debut winner at Balaklava was this filly who should've made it two from two in the opener at Morpettville. Drawing gate one in the small field proved costly and it was a smart move by Ryan Hurdle on the winner, keeping Miss Daniel in a pocket, who had to retreat before launching late, where she was only two strides off saluting.
Race 4 - Angaston (fifth). Terrific first-up over 1200m before a little one-paced staying at that trip on August 14, Angaston isn't far off a return to the winner's stall, finding no favours here third-up over 1400m, working early to land outside the leader Domination, who was beaten more than 12 lengths. Was still the sole survivor of the on-speed brigade and is worth another chance.
Race 6 - Another Award (sixth). She looked the obvious on paper in this BM64, a half-sister to Group winning stable mate Tequila Time who brought some nice form lines herself, but unfortunately nothing has gone right here first-up. Well ridden by Teagan Voorham to be there to strike on the turn, the run simply didn't come with the mare bolting, but under lock and key in the straight.