Saturday Blackbookers - July 31
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings July 31
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Moonee Valley, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who caught the eye from Saturday? (Getty)
Race 3 - Fine Romance (second). Was the only debut runner in this field that had multiple winners engaged, including Searchin' Roc's that completed a winning hat-trick. This filly took the shortcuts home from the rear, recording comfortably the fastest last 600m (36.04) of this 1300m event, putting two lengths on third in the process. Bred to be a middle-distance type and this was a terrific first outing.
Race 8 - Gunmetal Grey (second). A very honest mare that has only finished outside the top three once in eight attempts, winning two of those starts in her first campaign. Despite not fully getting through a Heavy 10, the only runner that has beat her home was the hard fit Jedi Mind and the prior form around All Day session (third) is fair. With two wins and a rating of only 64, there's plenty of room to move.
Race 2 - Unamerican (third). He was heavily backed on Saturday, but off a fast tempo just faded late to finish third behind a blackbooker that we had last start. Will likely have another start at this trip or around the distance where he will he much better suited at peak fitness, and can sit on top of the pace, always a great race pattern to have. His prior run in Sydney was also a strong one.
Race 4 - Alpine Edge (first). Although he was the best horse in the race, this colt defied a heavy drift and managed to win with a big weight first-up. Last prep he performed well in the Magic Millions Classic, but now looks ready to target these big Sydney and Melbourne races as a three-year-old. He has a fantastic will to win and has much more improvement to come.
Race 2 - Duchy Of Savoy (fourth). Saturday’s Melbourne card was all about having momentum, so being in clear room was a big advantage and this filly was three back the fence, held up at the 400m and finally out with just 200m left to run. Once clear, she hit the line nicely and may now be looking for a bigger circuit like Sandown or Flemington where she has a lot of time to take cover then peel out
Race 3 - High Emocean (fourth). This mare will get a lot better over 2000m plus, but this first-up run was very encouraging, hitting the line hard over the final 100m. Last prep, she was a city class mare being a winner at Sandown and Caulfield, along with placing at The Valley so there is no doubting the ability moving forward. May just need one more run before she fully hits her straps, however.
Race 8 - Kong (sixth). At only start three and resuming behind a winner that is a genuine Group class sprinter, this wasn't a winning fresh set-up for this four-year-old who crossed the border for Maiden victory at start two before being tipped out, but he's got home well considering. Has always given the impression of a type that will relish seven/eight furlongs and can come back through the grades now.
Race 9 - Noname Lane (second) & Angaston (third). Behind a hard fit sprinter in Extra Mile, the placegetters can now progress over further off solid efforts here. Noname Lane is a strong son of Shamus Award that was only coming off a Maiden win and was tried over further last prep, while Angaston has gone huge, making ground on very testing ground and all four of his wins have come at 1400m.
Race 2 - Commando Hunt (fourth) & Moetta (sixth). We're predicting the form from this to stack up well and two of the unluckier runners were Commando Hunt (crowded/held-up until the 150m before getting home) and it was a similar story for Moetta third-up, a mare that was also luckless second-up when racing wide. The first three home are all above average, which is rare for a Highway.
Race 5 - Epic Dan (sixth). This veteran is flying at the moment, a gelding that was enormous on the July 17 Midway, as the clear pick of the closers despite never being in winning calculations and was again strong here, peeling off the fastest last 200m of the race when finding the line well. Clearly going well enough to wins one of these Midway's - just needs to draw a gate.
Race 9 - Outback Diva (sixth). At 30/1 and with no first-up form, nothing was expected of this mare on resumption over the 1100m here, but it was a nice return, rattling off clearly the fastest closing splits of this 1100m affair. She belted a hand one in Entente via the Canberra Mile over the summer, and in this campaign, the Freedman stable will be hunting a black-type victory with the six-year-old.