Saturday Blackbookers - June 5
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, June 5
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Raging Bull caught the eye behind Cape Breton in the opener from Rosehill. (Getty)
Race 1 - Bollinger Boy (fourth). Following a nice return over the mile as runner-up to the honest and in-form Born To Try, was completely unsuited on Saturday with the drop to seven furlongs second-up, but has got home well from the rear. A middle distance/staying type with a good strike rate and a low rating, this gelding has a nice platform to launch off for the winter months.
Race 8 - Excellent Dream (ninth). Just a poor set-up resuming off a freshen-up where along with being forced to the rear from a wide gate, was spotting weight to the rest of the field. Has still recorded the fastest last 600m despite not getting out until it was all over and won six from 14 going into this, so certainly willing to forgive a run that had more merit than the finishing position indicated.
Race 3 - Macewen (sixth). All momentum was halted at the top of the straight where he had to keep checking off of heels which was not ideal for a horse who does not have a push button turn-of-foot. He loves the Eagle Farm surface and is one that with a drop back in grade, can find his right race. With more luck in the straight, can be the one powering over the top of them late.
Race 4 - Doctor Zous (third). First-up over the short trip was not in his favour, yet he ran really well behind two speedsters. He is a perennial winner with seven victories next to his name and now as he gets up in trip in this grade, is going to be much better suited where he is not burning the candle at both ends. 1200m in Listed or Group Three company, he is one that can make his presence felt.
Race 3 - Chief Altony (fourth). It is fair to say that he was a good thing beaten, struggling to see clear air and always racing in restricted room. He still got within 0.7 from the winner which was an almighty effort on his behalf. The question was going to be how he handled the good track off the back of a dominant heavy win and although he may be short next start based, we now know this gelding handles all conditions
Race 8 - Pioneer River (second). This horse has returned in terrific order after a flashy second placing behind the in-form Curran. He always improves second-up into his campaign, so this is an ominous sign next start, especially if they can find another race down the straight for him where he has run some of his best races. 1200m next start looks the perfect trip for Pioneer River to find the winner’s stall.
Race 2 - Great Diviner (second). The knock was staying at 1000m second-up off a solid return at Murray Bridge and that's proven to be correct, but only just. A son of Shamus Award that has always looked a seven/eight-furlong galloper, his turn-of-foot still nearly got the job done on Saturday when just missing on the line. Progressive type and one that is well worth sticking with.
Race 3 - Lady Bethany (fourth). Was set an enormous task here off an eye-catching return without luck and simply, just had too much to do despite rattling home from an impossible position to grab fourth. The mare just didn't settle and get into rhythm early over the 1250m, so may it be worth another try at 1400m, a distance she won by 10 lengths over in her second Australian start.
Race 1 - Raging Bull (third). On debut over the 1400m off some very quiet trials, this gelding was under pressure a long way out, hitting a big flat spot before picking up strongly in the last 100m and finding the line strongly. By Bull Point and out of a half-sister to two Stakes winners, including a Hobart Cup winner, Raging Bull looks as though he'll get over a trip which that breeding suggests.
Race 4 - Tycoonist (third). This Waller-trained three-year-old was searching for this 1400m trip and on the seven-day turnaround, was very unlucky. Settling towards the rear after jumping from a wide alley, Kathy O'Hara elected to ride for luck and it never came, with Tycoonist flashing home when out at the 100m. Was only third-up and is clearly going well, he gets another chance.
Race 8 - Berdibek (sixth). Given he has been beaten two and a half lengths as a 25/1 chance here second-up, we may well get a price again for this gelding next start. Appeared to be travelling into this 1800m assignment quite well, picking up ground in restricted room before the 100m where he simply had nowhere to go and was under a hold from there. Should've run a place.