Saturday Blackbookers - July 24
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings July 24
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Doomben and Rosehill cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Zou Dancer returned strongly on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 1 - He's A Sizzler (second). Was simply just beaten for speed early in this 1000m dash, but was the clear eye-catcher when balancing up late, rattling off easiest the fastest last 600m of the race. A rising three-year-old at just start number three here and returning from a spell, it's clear that he'll thrive over more ground which his breeding also suggests (his dam won over 2100m).
Race 4 - Zaratite (second). Beaten second-up from a long spell, it was expected that Zaratite would return to the winner's stall here over the staying trip which clearly should've been the case. Held up for the majority of the run home, Pike has attempted to take the narrowest of runs in the last 100m and was only beaten a pimple on the line. Should've won this by panels.
Race 7 - Notorious One (third). This gelding isn't exactly a straight forward galloper, however, if the Gangemi yard can iron out those flaws (settled much better first-up with Johnston-Porter aboard), he could well be Stakes class runner. The fresh win was superb and with almost everything going wrong here, has still managed to get home without ever balancing up. Quirky, but plenty of talent there.
Race 3 - Swear She’s Perfect (fifth). It was a case of what could have been for this filly after copping a monster check when straightening up, halting all momentum, albeit she may not have won anyway. There was market support, so there was some expectation around her running a nice race, and now going into her three-year-old prep, can be placed ideally back in maiden grade and work through the grades.
Race 9 - Zou Dancer (fourth). A great return from this filly over an unsuitable trip, sticking on well in a race where there were rivals who just had had a sharper dash. We know that when she gets to Flemington over seven furlongs or more is when we see the best from her (dominant Vanity winner last prep/beaten two lengths in the Australian Guineas). She is right on track to be competitive in an Empire Rose later in the spring.
Race 8 - Red Bloom (third). She is just in a rich vein of form at the moment and loving racing which is what we love to see from mares. I would take confidence that if back at Ipswich, she is a banker, but her next start in general she can be competitive as the market will not rate her away from her favourite track. You will get an each-way price.
Race 9 - Roman Aureus (second). He is knocking on the door for a win, but has not had the best of luck in running and arguably wins with just that extra bit of luck. That is now three seconds in a row and beaten by smart horses, there is no doubting this gallopers's position in this grade, so just needs to find that one race where he strikes nothing but luck and he will be saluting.
Race 2 - Dream Runner (second) & Zoo Station (sixth). Happy to forgive both the favourites in Saturday's Highway with Dream Runner very brave (wide throughout, forced for home early and laid in late when tiring) and Zoo Station luckless (a little slow way, saw nothing but backsides before flashing late). Both runners going very well and neither had any favours on Saturday.
Race 6 - Hasstobegood (fourth). Four-year-old having her first start for Joe Pride and had she drawn a barrier here, it would've made it interesting (shared similar lcosing splits to the winner/equal best last 600m). A mare that was able to win a 1400m BM70 by four lengths back in January, she'll clearly relish the step to that trip second-up. Placed multiple times at Stakes level back in New Zealand.
Race 9 - Rule The World (sixth). There was good money late for this gelding ($18-$11) who was having his first start for trainer Mack Griffith (ex-Waterhouse & Bott) and despite finishing sixth of eight, has recording the fastest last 600m of this six-furlong affair, where he was only beaten two lengths on the line. He saluted at 1400m second-up last campaign, so certainly worth noting where he goes next.