Saturday Blackbookers - January 1
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from January 1
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Doomben, Flemington, Murray Bridge and Randwick-Kensington cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Purple Sector was strong again on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 7 - Deputano (fourth): First-up since June and drifting out to 30/1 at the jump, not much was expected of this mare on return, but she's produced a cracker, coming from the rear with a strong effort after over-racing a little early. A winner over 2000m and with a rating of 67, she's in for a good prep off this 1600m effort.
Race 10 - Vital Blast (fourth): Although rather well exposed with 36 starts, he'll find more suitable races than this second-up tilt and may have made it interesting had he drawn a gate. Had excuses first-up and this was a strong chase in quite a handy race. A little drop in grade and over a shade further now would suit.
Race 7 - Miss Hipstar (third): Didn't handle the heavy 10 conditions, but she toughed it out to the line behind Tiger Heart, who is a mudlark. She kept making ground, so a step up in trip next start looks ideal as long as this run has not flattened her. Hopefully she gets back to some firmer ground and we can get a better gauge.
Race 9 - Nudge (third): This was a flashing light run by this classy five-year-old and frankly will be one of the mares to beat in her Magic Millions race in a fortnight’s time. Darting through along the inside and did not have the clearest of passages early in the straight, so there is a lot of merit to her run heading into next start.
Race 4 - Sharp Response (second): Has been underrated since the day he won on debut at bolter's odds, but has proven himself time and time again as city class galloper. Split Clemenceau and Squid Game here, who both look potential stakes class horses, so this just tells us the improvement that he had made since the spell.
Race 5 - Somerset Maugham (second): We blackbooked him after his run two back at Flemington and again now, just praying that he steps up to 1800m next start. The gelding is low-flying and in some ripping form, while we have seen previously that when he strikes form he does hold it. Expect a win next start if placed right.
Race 6 - Kung Fu Fighting (third): It was a clever ride by Oppermann aboard the winner, who went early off a muddling tempo, but this will be the best horse from the race, A last stride 1400m debut winner the start prior, he's only got warm here late off an unsuitable tempo and has 2000m+ written all over him.
Race 9 - Belle Of Yorkes (fourth): Lacked the turn-of-foot of the impressive Lianne at 1200m, with the winner coming off her back, although this filly was strong late, working through her gears nicely over the final furlong. She won a 100k sprint at only start two, but clearly needs 1400m-1600m now, distances she'll step to soon.
Race 4 - Key Largo (fifth): Admittedly not doing himself any favours at the barriers, which he can be a little hit or miss from, but is bursting to win a race. After a pair of seconds to start the prep, has found nothing but backsides in the run home here before a narrow gap presented and has launched when it was all over.
Race 6 - Purple Sector (second): Found this file after a super return effort and wouldn't be jumping off after this strong second-up showing. Race fitness and spotting 4kg to Kirwan's Lane was the difference, but has continued to whack away. Interestingly holds a nom for the January Cup (2000m) at Rosehill this Saturday.
Race 7 - Van Giz (third): Was terrific first-up behind a smart winner and while Van Giz has run into another handy winner, she should've finished closer. Dragonstone had clean air throughout, whereas this mare had to wait until the 200m and then go. The 1100m BM78 against her own sex on January 15, looks ideal third-up.
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