Saturday Blackbookers - May 1
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, May 1
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Eagle Farm, Hawkesbury, Morphettville and Sandown cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Hawkesbury winner Luncies looks capable of progressing further this campaign. (Getty)
Race 5 - Beret (second). Easily could've prevailed in another one or two races this campaign, including this event but again has been the victim of a wide barrier. She was five weeks between runs and staying at 1800m when rattling home from the rear. With a kinder draw next start, this mare gets another chance.
Race 6 - Nerodio (second). Defeated by Miss Conteki again, a mare that has now won seven of eight and she got the charmed run through on this occasion whereas Nerodio had to come around them (swap the runs/swap the result). All six of her victories have come at Belmont, with their season beginning on May 22.
Race 9 - Arnie's Boy (sixth). Has gone around at huge odds here third-up but has again found line well, getting a passage through late from the rear where he was particularly strong after the line. Winning strike rate isn't flash but has some strong prior form and is looking for a mile now, a trip which has brought about his last two wins.
Race 4 - Georgie's Pride (first). This filly defied a late drift to make it five wins from six starts this campaign, not only beating the well supported favourite but winning very comfortably. She has shown that good ground is very much to her liking, but having won in soft condtions, this gives her another advantage going forward. Deserves a chance at something stronger.
Race 8 - Trekking (fifth). While he did not live up to market expectations, what we know is that he always improves second-up and is well on track for his next task. Another thing to note is the track was very sticky, so although it raced as a soft six, it was deteriorating very fast. Back to dry ground, I am confident that we are going to see him back to his best.
Race 1 - Achira (third). Was very honest on her Canterbury debut despite finding the 1200m a little short and has improved here at 1400m against stronger company. She's bred to get over a little further and up to a mile along with a drop to Maiden company can see her breakthrough next start.
Race 4 - Luncies (first). While he didn't exactly defeat a great field, the Kris Lees-trained import relished the rise to 1800m in his second Australian outing when taking the gap and nailing Savoury over the concluding stages. A winner over 2400m in Europe, he can progress further this campaign.
Race 9 - Opacity (eighth). A galloper that has no fresh form but should've finished closer here. Held-up an in restricted room for much of the run home, he won second and third-up last autumn/winter before a disappointing spring. Likely to around at good odds again given his $17 starting price here.
Race 1 - Silent Theory (second). No match for See You In Spring over the 1050m dash but the winner had race experience and tactical speed with this circuit rewarding the on-pace runners early. Strong late despite never being in winning calculations and step up to 1200m via the National Stakes on May 15 looks a logical progression.
Race 2 - Hasta La War - (fourth). Ultimately, was just one run short and given he was 1200m-1600m second-up off a 14 months spell, adds further merit to this performance. Ridden quiet and still spotting them plenty of ground at the 100m, launched late to only be defeated half a length. Recorded easily the fastest last 600m of the race (33.89).
Race 5 - Shop Til I Drop (second). Another runner second-up off a long spell (18 months) but hasn't gone backwards, recording another second placing staying at the mile and was unlucky here with the eventual inside passage not opening until the 100m. The Centaurea Stakes over 2000m on May 15 looks the perfect third-up assignment.
Race 8 - Approach Discreet (third). Again, he has improved second-up and now looks a betting prospect third-up as his form has shown in the past. He hit the front very early in the straight on Saturday and although they did get away from him late, will only improve up in trip and third-up into his prep. Stick with him, especially over further now.
Race 9 - Rose Quartz (ninth). She was very slow to begin which ended any chance she had to win the race. Most horses just held their ground in this event, but this filly was the one right out wide that was hitting the line well, sitting at least eight lengths off of them on the bend. With the race experience and back in grade, she is one who may be missed in the early markets.