Saturday Blackbookers - June 19
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, June 19
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Flemington, Ipswich, Murray Bridge and Rosehill cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Berdibek was strong for second behind Stockman on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 4 - Dunbar (second). A lightly race Bob Peters-owned three-year-old who was unbeaten from his first two starts last winter, including a victory over subsequent Listed winner, Chantorque. Didn't quite come up in the spring, but backed the good trial with a second here to Sunnysilk, sustaining a wide run behind a fit 1000m specialist. Suspect he'll be more effective at 1200m/1400m and this is a nice platform to launch off.
Race 6 - Excellent Dream (third). Comfortably accounted for similar opposition back in March before a freshen-up and had excuses despite running good closing splits when returning on June 5. Had little luck here, racing three-wide throughout, but was still sticking on late as the pick of the on-speed grade and was spotting decent weight to first, second and fourth. Gets another chance of he can draw a gate next start.
Race 3 - Toff Love (sixth). This galloper was rather unlucky behind Express Pass, just held up for a run right at the time when the winner was able to knuckle down and build his revs. Once Toff Love was out of the pocket, Jamie Kah was able to get stuck into work abord the gelding, but it was all too late as the bird had flown, but I was very impressed with the manner in which he attacked the line with all other horses at their top. Another 1000m-1100m race in metro Melbourne would not be out of his league.
Race 7 - Sir Davy (ninth). Hard to believe that a 9th place getter was unlucky not to win a race by lengths. He simply had rump all in front of him as it was a wall of horse attacking the line in the Creswick. There was nothing John Allen could do aboard Sir Davy who looks to have a lot of ability, and although his win would have well and truly boosted his rating, we can take confidence that he should have won.
Race 4 - Red Bloom (fifth). It can be hard to win races when you are over-racing and sitting three and four-wide with no cover for the entire trip, but this girl almost kept her perfect Ipswich record in-tact finishing just under two lengths from the winner. Had this been at any other course, she likely gets beaten five or six lengths, but there is something about this track that she loves. Whenever you see this girl in at this track, and this track only, make sure you are on board as she has the ability to find another level.
Race 9 - Euro Belle (fifth). This mare ran out of her skin in The Gai Waterhouse as a $41 chance, coming out of a sixth placing in benchmark 85 grade. She only needs to drop back a grade or two and find another race where she is racing her own sex and she will be mighty competitive again. Her benchmark form around Dr Why Not reads well for those types of races, so if Euro Belle can bring this run to benchmark level next start in her own sex, then she is one that could fly under the radar.
Race 8 - Santlemo Fuego (ninth). On the seven-day turnaround after holding his ground in a leader dominated race on June 12, there was late money for this gelding at a big price despite a little step up in class, along with going from 1250m to a mile. Made some inroads from the rear and although he was well held, look for the Grant Young stable to drop him in class soon. His Victorian form suggests he should be winning races for the new yard.
Race 9 - Motell (third). A middle distance/staying type and similar to his prior fresh attempts, has produced another good first-up performance, this time behind a handy Great Diviner, a galloper that was ready to win here third-up. Motell finished second to subsequent Group Three winner Lord Vladivostock before being tipped out and with a rating of only 63, is one that should be able to progress further this winter.
Race 6 - Matowatakpe (sixth). Always takes a few runs to hit his straps does this Bjorn Baker-trained gelding, who was good fresh and off this second-up performance where he's recorded easily the fastest last 600m and 200m of the race, he doesn't look far away. Was competing on Saturday at BM78 level with a rating of only 69, so the option is there to come back to 72 grade, which may even be at midweek level.
Race 7 - Berdibek (second). Was in this file following a luckless second-up performance and although not completely at home on a Heavy 8, especially against the hard-fit Stockman who relishes these conditions, Berdibek was clearing out from the rest of the field (fastest last 600m/400m of this McKell Cup). With many stayers well exposed in coming into July, this grey is perhaps one looking to peak for a Caloundra or Grafton Cup?
Race 9 - Harpo Marx (fifth). After not having a whole lot of luck over his first six starts in Australia, this import started to strike in his second preparation, recording three wins from his last half a dozen outings in the summer and placed in the other attempts. 1500m is much too sharp for Harpo Marx (hasn't won below 2000m), but he was hard to miss late on return. Can still be placed at Benchmark level in the winter where we'll get a better gauge on his ceiling.