Saturday Blackbookers - August 7
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from August 7
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Doomben, Flemington, Murray Bridge and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Paulele produced a big first-up effort in Saturday's Rosebud at Randwick. (Getty)
Race 4 - Aberdeen Queen (fourth). This mare been luckless all campaign which included the first-up win at Northam when sitting wide, but class prevailed. Has drawn out in slowly run affairs for most of the preparation, which was again the case on Saturday and once more, has managed to make ground against the pattern (equal-fastest last 600m). Worth another look if she can draw well next start.
Race 6 - Double Spice (fourth), Was wide fresh when sticking on, albeit with cover and in a fast run 1300m second-up, was a little more one-paced with the step up in grade, but still stuck to the task well despite looking beaten a long way out. With a rating of only 66 and given he has only won the two races to date, this gelding can back through the grades at midweek/provincial level.
Race 3 - Contemptuous (2nd). This galloper was heavily backed against the handy Tramonto who was the eventual winner, but If you swap the runs, you get a different result, but either way we can take that Contemptuous has ability and is one to follow next start. The only concern is that there was not much of a gap between first and seventh, albeit the form of the winner shows that this race may be simply better than a Class 3
Race 6 - Dis Dah Wun (second). She found runs along the inside here on resumption and overall just could not get past a horse who looks to have oodles of talent, so there was no disgrace in coming second. Her second-up record reads well and her overall consistency is top notch, so wherever the daughter of Dissident goes next start, we want to be with her.
Race 7 - Durston (fourth). This import was the eye-catching run from the Hosier race where he made up a stack of ground in the straight to finish fourth behind fit rivals. No doubt he will take great improvement from that effort, but it is now a matter of working him through the grades to get the rating up and contest some stronger events over the spring. This was over 2000m, so potentially a 2400m or 2500m open handicap will be his next target.
Race 9 - Mankayan (second). Closing off super behind D’aguilar over the mile. this import was low in the weights thanks to a 2kg claim, but nonetheless he rocketed home hard to finish with the seventh fastest last 200m of the day, showing there is more improvement left in him if he can take the next step up in trip to 2000m. This was only 84 company, but his form from overseas was over much further, so he should only improve from this outing.
Race 5 - Nakheel (second). Still a very lightly raced five-year-old with just eight starts to her name and resuming over the 1200m on Saturday, has flown from the rear, ridden more conservatively than usual. This mare broke her Maiden over 1800m, so this return at 1200m was very encouraging and with a very low rating of 56, she can pick off a few in the lower grades this preparation.
Race 6 - Melody Man (fourth) & Fighter (sixth). Strongly suspect that there was a setback with Melody Man given he was a month between runs and although admittedly down in grade here, has finished off strongly again. Was only third-up and ready to win now, while nothing went right for Fighter who was three-wide and chasing a long way out. He also pulled up lame.
Race 8 - Crown Mint (third). His winning strike rate is becoming a concern, although to be fair, this gelding competed in some slick races (Group placed twice as a two-year-old). Following a disappointing autumn, has really caught the eye here when finishing off strongly for third over 1200m, a trip that is on the short side. Looks a galloper that needs a kill now and can be placed to do so with a 64 rating.
Race 4 - Enduring Night (fifth). Continues to race well does this five-year-old, but with a rating of only 59, she can much be better placed than what she has been of late, and has gone from a midweek 72 to a Saturday 78 to again get home fairly despite being so poorly in at this level. Should be winning Provincial level, although hard fit now, perhaps she's being targeted towards a Midway?
Race 6 - More Prophets (sixth). A classy mare that was well placed resuming at 78 level against her own sex and it was a complete forgive for a runner that does need momentum and galloping room, two things she wasn't afforded here off a slow tempo. Would've been better served with a wider draw, as we did see Eight Diamonds go close, a rival that kept More Prophets in a pocket at a key stage.
Race 8 - Paulele (first) and Remarque (third). We saw some classy three-year-old's lay claims for spring features. At 1.01.98 for the 1100m with a 33.09 last 600m, they have flown in the Rosebud with Paulele the impressive winner and Remarque a very unlucky third, a superbly bred colt that should've gone close to winning. The latter will be more effective over seven and eight furlongs in time.