Saturday Blackbookers - January 8
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from January 8
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Caulfield, Gawler, Gold Coast and Rosehill cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from January 8? (Getty)
Race 3 - The Velvet Queen (fifth): This well-bred filly hasn't had luck all prep and could easily be unbeaten from four starts. After having excuses when off speed in a muddling affair on December 18, not enough initiative was used from the lower draw here, where she was continually shuffled to a wide and rearward position.
Race 6 - Classic Rogue (fifth): Searching for his first city win on Saturday was this Steve Wolfe-trained galloper, arriving off back-to-back Albany victories. Surprised questions were asked post-race by the stewards, as they were forced to ride for luck from a sticky gate and the gaps/right run just simply never eventuated.
Race 5 - Takumi (sixth): Luckless is how you sum up this gelding’s performance, yet was only beaten four lengths for a horse who needs momentum to run his best races. He has been racing well all prep without getting the results on the board, but a win is looking close for this son if Mastercraftsmen, likely at Caulfield where his record reads well.
Race 9 - Little Stevie (fourth): Although the chute start makes it easier to jump and race wide from a wider gate, she was the only runner in this event to do that without cover. Beaten less than a length, the wide trip ultimately cost her the race, yet she was quite brave in defeat, still attacking the line. Little Steview is in for a good prep.
Race 3 - I Am Bene (first): This well-bred debutante was heavily backed off a nice trial, where although this mightn't have been the strongest maiden, the time stacked well for the class and for a first-starter, it was hard not be impressed with way she negotiated traffic, then let down so professionally. She looks very smart.
Race 7 - Blah Blah Blah (third): Was clearly in need of the gallop first-up when also caught in the wrong part of track at Morphettville and has improved second-up with the step up in distance, despite racing three-wide throughout in a leader dominated affair. Lightly raced and with a low rating, there's certainly easier options around.
Race 2 - Penasquito (fourth): A little hidden gem here at $41, this gelding’s effort was more than admirable, really hitting the line sweetly in his final half furlong. He jumped sharply in class for this event after racing average second-up in a BM75 second-up, but off the back of this effort, he may just be looking for seven furlongs now.
Race 3 - Stupendo (second): Looks half a chance for this week’s Magic Millions if the stable elects to run him. He raced three-wide for the trip and bumped in the straight, yet still kept coming at the line, which is a good sign for any two-year-old. His debut victory was tough and the 2yo Classic might be more open than we think.
Race 4 - Rebel Bro (third): Was building into the prep quite well before a plain third-up showing, with the blinkers applied here as a result. Although admittedly right down in the weights, he's stuck to the task well after racing wide, kicking back to grab third. A drop in grade to a provincial BM64 could see him record win number four.
Race 5 - Yiyi (second): Improved out of sight last prep and tipped out after a 2000m BM78 win with a big weight, has resumed with a strong effort, finding the line well behind Kingsheir, who had a much softer run and Yiyi was spotting 6.5kg to that winner. Handles any ground and will get to 2000m, so there's plenty more to come.
Race 10 - Bring The Ransom (third): Was freshened-up off a plain December return and clearly in need of 1400m now, has bounced back with a strong second-up showing. Wasn't well weighted as a mare versus the eventual quinella, but there was merit to the run, sticking on out wide despite Ranges and Garibaldi threatening.
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