Saturday Blackbookers - July 3
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings July 3
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Flemington, Murray Bridge and Rosehill cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who caught our eye from Saturday's meetings? (Getty)
Race 1 - Bollinger Boy (third). Confident he's flying this preparation and as he was second-up when dropping from the mile to 1400m, wasn't suited at this fourth run in coming from 1700m to 1600m, but continues to find the line. A winner over 1900m and 2100m via his last two campaigns, the platform is now there to contest those longer journeys.
Race 2 - Wuhan Warrior (third). The trials suggest this two-year-old has plenty of ability and having start two following a failed Listed attempt in March, has produced more on race day this time around despite very ungenerously throughout (perhaps not suited taking a sit?). He'll only improve with racing and is one to keep an eye on as he matures more.
Race 6 - Excellent Dream (second). Wide gate admittedly didn't help although if Brad Rawiller presses the button earlier and tries to cross, this four-year-old likely returns to the winner's stall on Saturday. Having his first start over 1400m following a freshen-up and two unlucky subsequent runs, he's due for some fortune and is ready to win.
Race 4 - Aktolgali (fourth). This gelding from the Robert Hickmott yard caught the eye when winning well at Bendigo at a big price, and looked suited to racing at Flemington on the big flat track. He hit the line super, weaving in and out of traffic, unlucky not to pinch a placing. He is the type of horse that will improve as a three-year-old and one that has the ability to potentially get over a trip.
Race 8 - Lowanna Magic (fourth). This galloper produced a career peak after competing around the 70-78 range. He went around as a $41 chance yet still produced the fifth fastest last 200m of the entire meeting. His rating is still quite low, so he can drop right back to 78 grade in town over the 1200m and off the back of that performance, he is going to prove incredibly hard to beat.
Race 1 - Yeah Yeah Nah (second). Was monster odds first-up when peaking on a wide run late to be defeated by Spinola Bay, who closed well with a second to Zoushine in Race 4. She was held-up briefly in the run home here before balancing up as second to No Name Lane, a galloper with some handy form from his prior prep. Ready to breakthrough over perhaps a shade further.
Race 4 - Yuri Royale (third). Given he won the Maiden win came over 1550m at start two back in February, this lightly raced three-year-old was expected to need the run fresh in this 100k feature over 1200m where he's rattled home from the rear. They thought enough to race him at Listed at start three prior to a spell. Great return and will only improve over further.
Race 7 - Motell (third). A progressive type that produced a good first-up performance and was excellent here second-up, launching from an impossible position at the rear. Motell finished second to subsequent Group Three winner Lord Vladivostock before being tipped out and with a very low rating, should be moving through the lower grades now.
Race 1 - Honeycreeper (fourth). Two-year-old Godolphin filly that was taking on the three-year-old's here following a fresh Provincial victory and although unsuited given the tempo at 1300m, has got home well with the quinella just having turn-of-foot at this trip. Looks as though she will get over 1600m-2000m in time which her breeding supports.
Race 4 - Ibaraki (third). It was a tough program to be sustaining wide runs from the off the speed, with inside lanes being preferred and this gelding was coming off a debut victory at Canterbury, so there's plenty of upside there. Shared good closing sectionals with the winner who is much more experienced and covered less ground.
Race 5 - Catapult (fourth). A super honest five-year-old that never runs a bad race and was desperately unlucky here first-up. While the 1100m was short as he wanted it and after being run off his feet early, Catapult was bolting in the straight, but had nowhere to go, getting into the clear when it was all over. The 1200m Midway on July 17 at Randwick looks ideal.