Saturday Blackbookers - December 18
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from December 18
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Gawler and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from December 18? (Getty)
Race 2 - Lorentinio (sixth): This veteran continues to race well without luck, forced to cover ground on the speed once more in a three-wide position, which produced a similar result to the third-up attempt when defeated just over three lengths. Is crying out to win one of these 1400m events, just needs to draw a gate next time as he's much more effective when leading.
Race 6 - Solid Azza (seventh): Does need that pinch of luck with her racing pattern, although with a rating only 66, she'll find easier races than this over the summer. Was the only runner to break 34 seconds for the last 600m, the second fastest belonging to Tri For Us, who is dual stakes-placed. Only first-up here and should be able to pinch one or two in town this prep.
Race 7 - Oceanzara (seventh): Started at 100/1 as a 61-rater looking for some black-type and despite the big starting price, should've at least snuck a top three finish, as she was buried away until the 100m and still found the line. Only a maiden winner in July and saluted over the mile in September, so there's plenty of scope to work through the lower grades.
Race 2 - Zoukina (second): Arguably wins with a tad more luck, not exactly seeing clear air until the final furlong where the eventual winner had already pinched a break. There was a big gap back to fourth, which is a positive sign and being a no metro wins race, she is still eligible for one of these next start. Expect a bold performance in a similar race second-up.
Race 7 - Far Too Easy (second). Was a great second placing in the Gold Edition as he heads towards the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. Was buffeted around from horses to both his inside and outside for the entire straight and never raced in clear galloping room, yet still attacked the line in the final 50m signalling he wants 1400m. The build-up has been faultless.
Race 6 - Open Minded (third): Was a big improver second-up off a strong race at Morphettville, sitting on the pace and really sticking on late after doing some hard work early. Third-up is when he is going to be primed to strike and we saw that when he won last prep, he was able to string a few together, holding his form until the end of the campaign.
Race 8 - Somerset Maugham (fourth): Checked on the bend and really had to pick up in between horses to finish as close as he did. We know he is at his best at 1800m, so expecting him to find another suitable race around the New Year period at this track, where he does run his best races or in SA where he has won multiple times. Just needs further now.
Race 3 - Journey To Petra (third): A stylish 1200m maiden winner on debut before a let-up, he wasn't as well-placed staying at this trip and spotting 3kg to a hard-fit Got The Style, with the winner and fav also enjoying a soft run, whereas Journey To Petra was beaten for speed this time. Not much depth to this affair, albeit he's likely the biggest improver from the race.
Race 7 - Ye Hella (fourth): Producing one of the eye-catching runs of the Gawler meeting was this resuming four-year-old, who wasn't expected to figure first-up at 1100m, with both wins having come over 1400m. Tanja's Dream proved much too slick over this trip. a sprinter that won a stronger race over the winter, but this gelding does look set for a good prep.
Race 4 - Holy Reign (third): The winner was superbly placed back to a Midway, especially versus this returning six-year-old, who has no winning fresh form. Aided by a strong speed, which allowed to get home from the rear, but was still clearing out from the rest of the field. Has good second-up stats and the 1300m BM72 on New Year's Day suits.
Race 8 - Purple Sector (second). Spotted significant weight to the winner - Oscar Zulu, who never went around a horse and the third-placed Dream Circle, a rival on the 54kg minimum and one that was third-up off two listed tilts. A stakes-class galloper at his best, this was a strong return effort from Purple Sector, who'll find his right range at around 1600m-2000m.
Race 10 - Van Giz (second). At 33.66, this mare has recorded the fastest last 600m of the program, sustaining a wide run from last, whereas The Bopper got the split, a stakes-class sprinter in a BM78. Outside the winner, Van Giz was still the strongest on the line and she did win deep into her last campaign on heavy ground. Versatile and handles all conditions.
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