Saturday Blackbookers - May 15
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, May 15
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Doomben, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Exoboom was brave in the Inglis Guineas at Rosehill on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 2 - Pale Rider (fifth). Was spotting race experience to the first four home and three of those are winners. Never in winning calculations here given the slow tempo but was the only runner making any inroads from off the speed, holding a safe margin on Disengo (sixth). A drop back to Maiden company and/or a step up in trip will suit.
Race 5 - Grateful Girl (second). There was early money for her, however, she was a notable drifter late ($2.60-$3.50) and despite catching the eye from an impossible position, found the 1100m too sharp on resumption. Had recorded back-to-back wins prior to a spell, both of those victories at 1200m. Can work through the grades this winter.
Race 9 - Nerodio (second). They were a little too negative early which resulted in this gelding being forced to sustain a wide run and still looked winner, but the charmed run through for Son Of Bacchus with 3.5kg less ultimately proved the difference. Arguably should've won second-up as well and all six of his victories have come at Belmont.
Race 5 – Prince Of Boom (first). This was an electric win from a horse going forward, likely to start as one of the favourites in the JJ Atkins and deservedly so. Has a huge turn-of-foot which was displayed on debut at the Sunshine Coast and it only looks to have gotten bigger. Will only improve as a three-year-old.
Race 7 – The Harrovian (third). The pride of Queensland is in for a big prep after his flashing light third placing in the Doomben 10,000. We know he is much more efficient over 1400m/1600m, looking to have come back super after his Melbourne Autumn campaign. A live Stradbroke Handicap chance.
Race 7 – Grand Pope (sixth). Looked the winner with a furlong left, but was very keen in the run and will only improve with more racing under the belt. Flemington suits his style as well where he can build into his races, but even though his run on Saturday looked as if he peaked and his run came to an end, he would have gone much closer had he settled earlier.
Race 9 – Pearl Bandit (fourth). It was a big class rise for this galloper, and being only beaten by just under a length will hold him in good stead going forward. He arguably finishes a little closer if he was out at the top of the straight rather than being caught behind runners, but overall it was a good run and one that may slip under the guards of bookies early next start.
Race 1 - Manzala (second). Has looked the winner in the run home and only was denied by Canford late, an in-form and much fitter rival, but only second-up off a long spell, this five-year-old has a really solid base now. There's plenty of room to move with a rating of only 71 and did salute over 2500m last winter. Should be able to pinch a race or two this prep.
Race 7 - Hasta La War (seventh). Would've been better suited contesting the opener over 2000m at benchmark level, however, has the perfect platform to launch off now for the upcoming winter. Recorded a slick last 600m second-up and looked much more dour here staying at the mile, hitting a big flat spot before coming again in the last 100m.
Race 4 - Key (sixth). On Australian debut and although well held at cricket score odds, recorded the second fastest last 600m of this 1100m listed event, a trip that's obviously too sharp. Following a three-length debut victory in New Zealand, she followed that with placings at 1400m and then 1600m, the latter being at Group Three level. Just needs further.
Race 5 - Exoboom (third). The Hawkesbury Guineas winner had to settle for third, but certainly lost no admirers, sticking to the task well despite racing wide throughout and with any luck in running, he wins this. Holds a Stradbroke nomination where $34 (@ bet365) is available in the futures markets, a feature that come a little soon, but they should head north irrespective.
Race 9 - Zing (third). Might have made this interesting had she drawn a gate, given this mare does have the ability to settle closer, but she's still rattled home, recording the fastest last 600m and 200m of this event. Zing will get to a mile, a distance that saw her record a runner-up before a third-up win last prep. A rating of only 74 should see her pick up a 78 this time in.