Saturday Blackbookers - March 19
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from March 19
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from Ascot, Flemington, Gold Coast, Morphettville Parks and Rosehill
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from March 19? (Getty)
Race 4 - Staralign (third): Was up against many fit and in-form rivals, so the form should hold up from this, while he was giving 2kg to the winner, who was sharper at 1200m. A galloper that's tactically versatile and better suited around 1400m-1600m, Staralign has picked up again late, to be only a stride off grabbing second on the post. Nice return.
Race 9 - Sunsphere (third): Ultimately just lacked some of Pale Rider's class, with Sunsphere giving the winner (and Derby contender) a tow into proceedings, albeit he was still holding the chasing brigade at bay and this was his first 1800m attempt. Was building well in two prior efforts and with a very low rating, they may well come back to the midweeks.
Race 6 - I’m Thunderstruck (second): Off what was such a slow tempo in the All-Star Mile, this gelding had change-up speed, going from a 12.13 800m-600m split to 11.16 600m-400m split, almost a five-length turn around. Doubting he ever beats Zaaki given the way the race was run, but he gets closer if drawn off the fence, where he would be making a charging run.
Race 7 - Milford (fifth): Although Cherry Tortoni was the ‘eye-catcher’, his negative racing pattern leaves him in these position more often than not. Milford sat last in a race dominated on the speed, before sweeping wide and checking over heels and running hard at them very late. Looks to have come back a 10x better horse than where he was at last campaign.
Race 1 - Euro Belle (third): With a clear passage this mare probably wins, but she had to check over heels late, where she lost all momentum and had to regather in the final 25m. She had been racing against some handy types prior to this, so placed in a another race at a similar level to this (Class 3), then she gets her opportunity to record win number four.
Race 3 - Tesarc (second): This seven-year-old has seen plenty in his 51 career starts, but he looks to be racing with great heart as showed us again on Saturday. Racing on the speed, he held off Indian Dreamer to the line who looked to have him on toast, while it was only a back marker who pegged him back late. The form around Tamilaide reads well for this grade.
Race 2 - Unlaced (fourth): Although still well beaten, this meeting had a big bias towards on-speed runners, so there were flattering margins. Unlaced raced keenly and struggled to corner yet picked from the rear in the last 100m when finally balancing up. He generally settles on the speed and has a very good second-up record, so respecting next start.
Race 4 - Pudding (first): While he had favours from the box-seat, he still put them away with ease and there's still a lot of improvement to come with this three-year-old. Resuming at just start three, Pudding is still quite raw and is bred to get much further, being by Tavistock and out of a Zabeel mare, so the change up speed at 1250m was impressive.
Race 1 - Stellar Performer (fourth): Won a handy BM64 on return and makes it back-to-back wins here had she drawn better. Snagged back from a wide draw, she was spotting them a big margin and while never in winning calculations, pinched runs to motor home and record the fastest last 600m of the race. 1600m third-up suits, perhaps back at the midweeks.
Race 7 - Private Eye (fifth): This will be a one of the main Doncaster Mile form references, while back, then briefly held-up in a sprint home, he was the most unsuited in this event. First-up, Private Eye was the only one making ground in the Canterbury Stakes, a Group 1 that also produced the Coolmore Classic winner. Will be much better suited at Randwick.
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