Saturday Blackbookers - May 22
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, May 22
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Doomben, Flemington, Murray bridge and Rosehill cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Stockman caught the eye late in Saturday's Lord Mayors Cup. (Getty)
Race 5 - Comes A Time (fourth). Consistent gelding that was very competitive throughout last year in some handy races and can't buy a trick this preparation, being caught three-wide yet again, but has stuck on well considering. There's a few to follow from this event although the beaten favourite, Bright Diamond will likely be well found again. Comes A Time is going well, just needs a pinch of luck.
Race 6 - Ginger Baker (fifth). Was cricket score odds on this resumption, but it was a strong return, ridden cold from a wide gate before rattling of comfortably the fastest last 600m of the race (33.73). A lightly raced three-year-old who broke the Maiden second-up in December over 1400m before a narrow defeat at Bunbury, he's improving and one that is perhaps a little underrated.
Race 9 - Aberdeen Queen (fourth). Class got her home first-up at Northam despite carrying 60kg and sustaining a wide run while a poor gate was the only factor that stopped her going back-to-back on Saturday. Was the only runner in the last to break 34 seconds for the last 600m (33.97) and that was from a wide run. Unlucky at Group level in summer and can bounce back quickly third-up.
Race 4 - Our Playboy (sixth). He arguably should've won, always checking off heels down the straight only to be beaten one and three-quarter lengths. We know 1100m-1200m is his hitting range where he can let rip and show his turn-of-foot when given clear room. Expect this three-year-old too feature again, assuming he does not travel back down to Victoria.
Race 5 - Paradee (third). This mare was very good sticking on given the strong speed, where she was 2000m back to 1600m off a 2.5 month break. Next start she will likely run over the mile again and we know that she is back in-form based off such a positive run. She is a fourth place getter in the Australian Cup, so we know she is up to the top level in whatever she runs in.
Race 3 - Mangani (eighth). This son of Tarzino was good through the line first-up over 1400m, clocking the fastest last 200m of the race. Next prep is when we really want to be following into a race like the VRC Derby where he is bred to end up. In what was a race where we saw a tight finish, this is the horse who I feel can be targeted towards more races over his preferable distance range of 2000m+.
Race 7 - French Moon (third). It was a decent effort over 10 furloings and this galloper will get even further after clocking the third fastest last 600m and 200m of the race. He is a grinder, but does have the talent to toy with our current 78–84 staying gallopers as a late three-year-old and into his four-year-old season.
Race 8 - Aramayo (fourth). This was a big run first-up over a trip well short of his best. He had trialled up well and held his ground on the line. He may be vulnerable second-up and put in a flat one, but over a mile and up to 2000m is going to be hit hitting range as we go further into the winter. In the hands of Chris Waller, third-up is when we want to be with this galloper.
Race 4 - Lady Bethany (tenth). The market wanted nothing to do with this resuming mare ($4.60-$6.50) and given the finishing position, is perhaps one that will go under the guard next start. Kept in a pocket at key stages in the run home, she's last and still switching off heels at the 100m before launching late. Big effort and she defeated a useful sprinter in Trip second-up last campaign.
Race 6 - Great Diviner (fifth). Caught the eye with an enormous debut victory on the Morphettville Parks circuit back in February and was tipped out following just an even effort at start two. Eased right backed early from a wide draw despite jumping well, he was just there to get back and hit the line first-up, which he did in restricted room. Only improves off this and should get to a mile in time.
Race 1 - Monterey Star (third). This gelding obviously has his fair share of ability and hasn't missed a step off a massive setback of nearly two and a half years after breaking his Maiden at start three in December 2018. It was a big return when racing quite keenly first-up before a second-up victory and with cover/better draw, he wins this quite comfortably.
Race 7 - Stockman (fourth). Into what is now his fourth racing preparation, this stayer still has plenty of upside and has been building well this preparation, despite somewhat of a flat third-up effort in the Wyong Cup. At 35.16, has recorded comfortably the fastest last 600m of the Lord Mayors Cup, finding the line well off a good tempo. Tracking perfectly towards the Winter Cup (2400m) on June 5.
Race 9 - Approach Discreet (third). Could easily work La Grisa (fourth) into the Blackbookers, however, coming into winter where this gelding will hopefully find wetter surfaces, he is bursting to win a race now. Was enormous first-up at Caulfield before an honest effort at Sandown and now has this 1800m effort under the belt. Looking for 2000m-2400m now.