Saturday Blackbookers - July 17
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings July 17
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Super Effort was strong behind Fastconi at Randwick on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 3 - Our Danni (third). Showed she was starting to mature at the back-end of her summer campaign when bolting in on December 30 and was tough going back-to-back on January 2, racing three-wide throughout, but prevailing when stepping up in grade. Has recorded the fastest last 600m of this 1000m event after being beaten for speed early and balancing up late. Only improves off this.
Race 9 - Picture Perfect (fourth). Never came up over two runs via short summer campaign, but given plenty of time and following a June 28 trial win, has produced a strong return on Saturday, rattling off clearly the quickest last 600m of this 1400m affair when diving through late from the rear. Barring his debut, all winning form from this gelding have come over 1800m plus trips.
Race 6 - London Banker (second). Huge considering that he was not in the right part of the track, yet still fought hard to the line only to be beaten by one that was coming down the outside in the better ground. Prior to that effort, he had some nice form around Getyourgreyon and Smart Meteor which is solid off-season form. Will get 2000m and is ready to win.
Race 8 - Bundyandcoke (fourth). Given this gelding is much more effective on a wet track, the way he found the line here on a Good 4 was a positive. Is undefeated on heavy ground so if he can strike a meeting where we find a heavy track, based off of that performance, they will not be getting near him as he is certainly city class when the rain arrives.
Race 1 - Aktolgali (second). Perhaps the top seed for the Victoria Derby at the moment, looking the type that is going to keep improving as he gets up in trip and into his three-year-old season. He was hitting the line well over his last furlong and although lacks a turn-of-foot, he can grind really well. Once he steps out to 2000m and more in a genuinely run race, we will know how good he is.
Race 5 - Messerschmitt (eleventh). This gelding had zero luck from the 400m and llooked as if he had something in the locker as well, when the sprint went on he was not left flat footed, still travelling on the bit with nowhere to go. The key is keeping him to the straight and finding cover, where you can save him for that one dash. Always needs that shade of luck, but will go around at big odds win next start.
Race 2 - Motell (third). A very progressive type that produced a good first-up performance and after an excellent second-up outing, has again found the line strongly here, stepping to1550m. Motell finished second to subsequent Group Three winner Lord Vladivostock before being tipped out and both wins last time in did come very deep into that preparation. Has the perfect platform now.
Race 3 - Aadelad (third). Proved the fresh effort at 30/1 was no fluke when saluting second-up with a rise in grade and they've stayed down in the weights by contesting an 82 on Saturday, receiving some interference in the run home, but he picked up again late. With a rating of only 70, the option is there to contest much easier races than this and he could well be tried over a shade further now.
Race 8 - Frankie Pinot (second). He was a strong first-up winner over 1200m and stepping up to a suitable seven furlongs along with a rise in grade, this talented four-year-old should've gone back-to-back here, but was forced up the rails late after losing momentum earlier in the run home. Lightly raced and handles all surfaces, he's more than capable of bouncing back third-up.
Race 3 - Super Effort (second). May have made this interesting had he drawn a gate, but irrespective, it was a great second-up effort by this gelding, coming from a Newcastle Maiden win. Joining the Ryan & Alexiou yard after showing promise, but not winning in his first two campaigns. Has only got off heels at the 100m before storming home late behind a fit winner that had all the favours.
Race 4 - Unamerican (fourth). Still quite a lightly raced stayer who returned with a nice effort at Warwick Farm and with a flatter second-up performance, has shown he's back on track, even if it is for something easier given he's a 65 rater competing in a Saturday 78. Shouldn't have any trouble at 2000m and is one to keep an eye on back to midweek or even Provincial level.
Race 10 - Handspun (third). Easily the pick of the off-speed runners behind the in-form winner, Our Bellagio Miss was this returning Godolphin mare, a five-year-old that was plain in two summer efforts, but was mostly consistent prior to that and she does have the ability to handle wet or good ground. She found the line strongly late and over six to seven furlongs, is far more effective.