Saturday Blackbookers - July 10
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings July 10
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Doomben, Gawler and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Harpo Marx was an impressive winner at Randwick on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 2 - The Velvet Queen (third). Well-bred first starter (full-sister to dual Group winner The Velvet King) and following two good trials, has had zero luck here, racing three-wide throughout and was still arguably the strongest on the line. The overall time stacked up very well for two-year-old class and she's put three lengths on fourth.
Race 4 - Zaratite (second). Beaten as an odds-on favourite, but certainly lost no admirers given he was second-up at 1650m off nearly a two-year spell and has put nearly eight lengths on the next runner home. Was runner-up the start prior to a subsequent Group winner and now ready to tackle longer tips, he can string a few together.
Race 7 - Lonehand Larry (third). At 35.13, he's recorded easily the fastest last 600m of this event and overall, it was one of fastest closing splits of the program. Returning off a decent freshen-up since a fourth-place finish in May, this gelding balanced up late as the pick of the closers behind an all the way winner. Looking for 1200m next start.
Race 4 - Zesty Belle (second). This mare was super first-up after trialling up nicel. The best time to catch her is first and second-up from a spell, so off such a good run first-up we want to be sticking with her for her next assignment. She had the second fastest last 800m/600m/400m and 200m of the entire day, so is clearly flying.
Race 9 - Jumbo Ozaki (second). It was a messy watchas he was buried away three-back on the fence, while approaching the turn all he could see was rump, halting all momentum. He got going late again but the eventual winner King Magnus already had the race shot to pieces. Should be winning next start with a little more luck in running.
Race 8 - Ziemba (third). Was well supported in the market, but just found himself way too far back in the run with some tearaway leaders in the race. His work to the line over the final 100m was super impressive, so it is safe to say that as long as this run has not taken the stuffing out of him, he is going to be very competitive in a slower run race next start.
Race 9 - Kingston’s Here (third). We placed him in this file last start and this time he was only beaten narrowly by a Doomben specialist and a horse who was competitive in stakes company prior to this. There is going to be a race of similar quality over the coming weeks where we are not going see horses dropping from stakes grade seeing the carnival is over, which gives hime a chance.
Race 2 - The Partisan (second). While wary that a 150/1 chance swooped to win, this gelding has had zero luck in two runs this campaign. After a brave effort when flushed three-wide throughout on return at Morphettville, he's again been asked to cover extra ground on Saturday and was brave once more in the finish. Ready to win.
Race 4 - Taunting (first). Michael Hickmott looks to have a really nice horse on his hands with this colt who following a debut where little went right, has put together back-to-back victories, both by decent margins. Given this was a two-year-old race and still the fastest 1100m event on the program bodes well for Taunting going forward.
Race 6 - The Big Goodbye (second). A consistent three-year-old that was up in grade off a fresh victory and while the losing margin was still two lengths, it's a different result if you swap barriers/runs with the winner. With nothing taking him into the race, he's performed well chasing from the rear and he can bounce back third-up with a better map.
Race 3 - Dream Runner (fourth). Very talented galloper from the Keith Dryden stable who saluted in a strong Class 2 last winter (safely held Brutality) and off a long spell, is building in this preparation nicely, finding the line well here second-up over the seven furlongs. Needs 1600m now and will perhaps even stretch out to ten furlongs later.
Race 5 - Harp Marx (first). Consistent import who is improving with every start and on the seven-day back-up, has given his rivals a galloping lesson, smashing the clock in the process (come home around five and a half lengths faster - last 600m than the next fastest). Too good for off-season company, we'll see him in better races over the spring.
Race 6 - Lancaster Bomber (second). They were all comprehensively out-ridden by Brock Ryan on the winner and after spotting Perigord much too big a start, this gelding has rattled off easily the best closing splits of the race. This followed a good return behind Malkovich (subsequent Melbourne winner) and he does look ready to peak.