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Saturday Blackbookers - February 17

Last updated: 19 Feb 2024
Bets.com.au Staff 19 Feb 2024
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  • We've reviewed the Melbourne & Sydney meetings from February 17
  • The team have assembled their runners to follow from Flemington & Randwick
  • Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Blackbook - Feb 17
Who are the runners to follow from February 17? (Getty)


Race 3 - Reasonable Point (second): She could be a VRC Sires' horse, with that Group 2 contested over 1400m here in three weeks time, although it's still early days for the filly.

Sent out at $15 despite showing promise in her lead-up work, Reasonable Point knuckled on jumping here and after settling at the rear early, she had plenty of work to do.

The daughter of Blue Point got stronger as this 1100m dash wore on, recording easily the fastest last 200m of the race and the winner (Aardvark) did place in a handy affair on debut last spring.
Race 5 - Eternal Flame (fifth): While they might've missed their chance here third-up in a very winnable Group 3, Eternal Flame still has improvement to come as a lightly raced mare.

After a fair return at Listed level over 1200m, a trip which was a tad too sharp at stakes grade, she bounced back at Caulfield in style when winning by four lengths despite a wide run.

Eternal Flame was held-up for much of the run home and although she was seemingly a good thing beaten, a race such as the Matron Stakes in three weeks gives her a chance to atone.
Race 10 - Arran Bay (sixth): There was a change of tactics first-up with Arran Bay, with connections opting for a colder ride fresh and without favours, he's performed well on return.

He did his fair share of chasing from back in the field and while many of his rivals who finished around him enjoyed softer runs in transit, this gelding was wide and without cover.

Arran Bay has gone as well as anything behind the winner and that's with no winning fresh form, however, he has terrific second-up stats and there's two BM84 options here in a fortnight.

Race 5 - Buenos Noches (fourth): Much was made of the ride on the beaten fav and while his settling position was inevitable, Nash left it too late aboard Buenos Noches.

Small field with tearaway leaders can make it tricky on returning back-markers, although in what was effectively another barrier trial, the four-year-old still performed well.

An entire who is still searching for his first Group 1 victory, Buenos Noches will be a leading Newmarket Handicap in a few weeks chance should they return to Melbourne.
Race 7 - Buckaroo (fifth): He's not going to trouble Fangirl at WFA level over 1400m-1600m, especially on drier ground, however, Buckaroo was arguably the run of this outside of the winner.

A Chris Waller-trained import who glimpses via two runs in his first Australian prep last spring, the five-year-old had trialled well in the first of his January hit-outs.

Buckaroo was saved for one run here fresh, having got off heels at the 200m before working through his gears late and he could be one aimed towards a Doncaster Mile this prep.
Race 10 - Time Quest (second): This Matthew Smith-trained gelding arguably should've won another race or two in his first Australian prep last winter, having recorded two wins in that period.

Behind a fit and in-form leader (Thunderlips) who had every favour, Time Quest has produced a cracking fresh run from off the speed, where he only a few strides away.

Although he has a very low rating, a lack of Saturday BM78 races coming up iin Sydney is the query, but a move back to midweek level or another Melbourne visit are genuine options.

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