Saturday Blackbookers - December 11
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from December 11
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from December 11? (Getty)
Race 1 - Lacevinsky (second): Was cleverly kept in a pocket by Patrick Carbery on the eventual winner, while the well supported fav couldn't build momentum at a key stage, with Queen Of Soul off and gone with a 4kg pull in the weights. This gelding still picked up late and grabbed second on the line. Racing very consistently and was only fourth-up here.
Race 2 - Rockin' Rupert (third): Blundered on jumping and laid-out in the straight when bumping another runner, yet has still stuck on bravely, only going down by half a length in the finish to He's A Sizzler, who was always going to chime in off a good tempo. Won on debut the start prior when leading throughout in good time. Worth sticking with.
Race 6 - Crescent City (third): Found the 1200m much too short on resumption did this son of Fiorente, who was the first horse off the bit in this 1400m contest, yet picked up again nicely over the final furlong. Was a winner over a mile in the winter before a 2000m runner-up finish at listed level. Those are the distances that he's clearly looking for.
Race 5 - Palaisipan (second): It was a great effort from this mare to at least semi-stick with Apache Chase in The Gateway, who frankly had classes on his rivals. Comfortably beat fourth and the rest of the field, yet still with a low rating of 82 (it will likely jump a tad after Saturday’s performance), she can come right back in grade and get back to her winning ways.
Race 8 - Garibaldi (first): Pure arrogance from this talented Gillan gelding who really appreciates the 1200m and the Eagle Farm course. We know once this galloper gets a win on the board for a prep, he can string a few together as he showed this time last year and looks to have taken the necessary improvement this time around to tackle some tougher company next start.
Race 8 - Mr Cancun (second): Wow, is how you would describe the run from this five-year-old gelding, absolutely rocketing from the back late to just miss Five Kingdom. He was coming off a three-week freshen up and back 300m in trip, and although he looks as if he may be looking for an extended trip, Should be able to work the grades now.
Race 9 - Kentucky Casanova (third): Back around a bend will suit a lot better, where he can show a kick as he did at Sandown two starts back, but his run on Saturday was more than credible behind a horse who is a proven straight track performer. A track like Caulfield and racing in this BM70 company will see him fly through the grades quickly as there is no doubt he is city class.
Race 6 - Crowned Monarch (sixth): Off a freshen-up and drop in trip, this mare was heavily supported with the blinkers going on here, but was completely undone by the race shape, with the trifecta all being the first three runners out on settling. Still beaten four lengths, although was the only one making any impression from back in the field. Forgive.
Race 7 - Angaston (sixth): Generally, rakes a few runs to hit his straps and with all of his winning form at 1400m, was expected to need the run, resuming over 1100m. Looked to have plenty to offer from the 300m to the 200m, but couldn't thread an outside passage and switching back to the inside, was then caught on heels late. Nice return without luck.
Race 8 - Farooq (fourth): Has now recorded two excellent 1200m runs at listed level to start his prep has this strapping son of Frankel, who is much more effective over longer distances, as was evident last campaign when taking out a few country cups across the border. Despite being a six-year-old, is improving and could well strike at 1400m-1600m third-up.
Race 6 - Incredulous Dream (fourth): She certainly looked one-paced in the run home, albeit that was also the case second-up last prep, which followed a first-up win and fresh return at Kembla when spotting 6kg to Queen Bellissimo was terrific. Did bounce back with a third-up win over 1400m at listed level in that last campaign. Prepared to forgive this effort.
Race 7 - Snapdancer (second): While she ultimately trialled again, this mare still missed a run first-up, with connections opting to scratch her on a Heavy 10 and she hadn't raced since February, so her fitness understandably gave out late here. The winner caused an upset, but Snapdancer still held a safe margin on third. Nice return and she should only improve off it.
Race 9 - Mubariz (fourth): Without any first-up form, he went well fresh in the Festival Stakes and finding an easier option second-up, has had excuses in the run. Tom Sherry was forced to go wide and early, with Zegalo initially not taking him into the race, who picked up again shortly after. First two home (especially) had much softer runs. Worth another chance.
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