Saturday Blackbookers - June 26
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, June 26
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Morphettville and Rosehill cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from Saturday? (Getty)
Race 3 - Aberdeen Queen (fourth). Keeps finding her way into this file and deservedly so as this mare continues peeling off the fastest closing sectionals which she did again on Saturday despite the big weight. While unlucky in her two efforts after the fresh victory, this more so was down to a rather poor ride given the good draw. She's due.
Race 6 - Costa Del Santo (fifth). Was cricket score odds for this 1300m resumption off a 12-month spell and he's gone enormous. After a tardy getaway, this gelding has sustained a big run from the rear, recording easily the fastest last 600m of the race and was spotting weight to every rival. Will get over seven and eight furlongs while he was a second-up winner last campaign.
Race 9 - Peppijack (fifth). This veteran was super consistent last preparation and was terrific here second-up without luck. Three-wide the trip for this 1400m attempt, he's stuck on gamely and considering the run, had no right to be within two lengths of the winner. Perhaps a drop in grade with a claiming apprentice engaged third-up could be the winning move.
Race 5 – I’m Thunderstruck (third). Was no hope as soon as he was slow away and was tucked away on the inside. If you were not a leader, there was only one fast lane on the track where you could make up ground which is what the eventual winner Divine Diosa found. He smacked into Eau Chaude on the bend leaving him unbalanced when straightening, so did a great job to make up as much ground as he did. Well worth another chance.
Race 7 – Right You Are (fourth). Another runner who made up ground down the outside where you did not want to be. He is still very raw and green, but has a lot of talent once he gets out to a mile plus. He was only first-up as well so there is plenty still in the locker, but we just need to be wary second-up as he was very flat last prep. If he can continue to improve, expect another good run next start before a win is on the card third and fourth-up once he gets out to a longer trip at a track like Flemington.
Race 3 – Kingston’s Here (second). His best is still probably a prep away as he does things wrong, looking the winner on the bend before Garoppolo peeled off his back, but I loved the way that he did not give up the fight and raced all the way to the line, streeting third which is a sign of a nice horse. He's a city class horse, but it is just a matter of teaching him to nail his get-away from the gates and find a position in running
Race 9 – Doctor Zous (seventh). Confused about the placement of this gelding second-up in a race that is packed with proper Group Two horses such as Away Game, Exhilarates, Bella Nipotina and King Of Hastings. He was super first-up in the Lightning at listed level and looked to be wanting every bit of the 1200m second-up, but not in that grade. He's clearly flying, just needs to be placed a little softer.
Race 5 - Sky Hero (fourth). Started short in his debut for Will Clarken, but had no luck when throughout that 1400m attempt and ridden colder second-up, was allowed to finish off here, balancing up strongly late albeit he was never in winning calculations. A winner over 2000m in Victoria and with a very rating, he can work start working through the lower grades over a little more ground.
Race 8 - Frankie Pinot (first). He looked the only runner in the field with any upside and that's exactly how it played out for Frankie Pinot. Barend Vorster pinched runs from the rear to get up late over six furlongs, a trip that is as short as he wants and with no real push at 10/1 along with those tactics, it appears he was likely going to improve off this effort. Nice horse.
Race 4 - Our Intrigue (fourth). Chris Waller saddled up five of the nine runners in this field and going forward this winter, Our Intrigue is the one with the most improvement. Making her stable debut and going straight to 1800m off a five-week let-up, there was late money for this mare. Held-up briefly in the run home, she didn't have the turn-of-foot to threaten when out, but picked up again late.
Race 7 - Commander Bell (fifth). Although out of his grade in a strong 88 and poorly weighted off a mark of 70, this gelding has recorded a slick last 200m off 11.45, sustaining a wide run from the rear in a performance that followed back-to-back victories at Provincial level. Clearly in good touch and back to 78 or better yet, a 72 over a similar trip can see him bounce back a winner.
Race 8 - Amoretti (fifth). At 33.80, he's recorded easily the fastest last 600m of this seven-furlong event and that same sectional has stacked up well for the program (third fastest of the day). Was resuming off a good freshen-up and only had the two autumn starts with a winning hat-trick recorded over the summer. Nice run from an awkward position and they can drop to 72 grade with his rating.