Saturday Blackbookers - May 29
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, May 29
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Adelaide Ace produced a strong effort at Caulfield on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 4 - Devoted Star (second). In a race that was otherwise dominated by the on-speed runners, this lightly raced Bob Peters has come from last, sustaining a wide run to go within a stride of grabbing Comes A Time, a hard fit sprinter that was fourth-up and on the seven-day turnaround. With a low rating and as a winner over 1200m, there's plenty of options for her this winter.
Race 5 - Born To Try (second). A bombproof mare from the Lindsey Smith stable that was excellent without luck first-up before carrying weight to victory on May 22, she was stepping from 1600m to 2100m on the seven-day back-up and should've finished closer to Blackwater Bay, a progressive winner, but she was caught on heels at a key stage. Still has upside.
Race 9 - Eeyore Wayz (third). Admittedly it was somewhat of a messy race although it was hard not to be impressed with the return of this gelding who was strong late, especially after the line. Three of his four wins have come at Belmont which were recorded last winter in what was a long second racing preparation and was competitive at Group level later that campaign (October).
Race 5 - Adelaide Ace (second). Was again very good to the line when finishing second behind Biometric. Second-up and third-up is when we see him hit his straps with two wins from three starts. He was a little off the boil last prep but looks to have come back at his best and around the seven-furlong range is where I believe we will see him blossom. Another 84 over 1400m looks his to lose next start.
Race 7 - Riot And Rose (won). This is a very good filly going forward who dominated a smart field at Caulfield. She looked in a little bother at the 400m but showed a great turn-of-foot to put the face to bed with 200m to go. She looks a type that could even get over a little fitter, possibly 2000m. Looking towards the spring, she is the filly to watch and possibly a horse who could well be competitive in an Empire Rose.
Race 6 - Port Louis (third). Appears as the one to beat in the JJ Atkins. He looks a huge talent going forward and is going to lap up the mile. He was backed for a fortune in the Champagne Stakes two starts back and was a slight drifter on Saturday, but really caught the eye through the line. A better barrier and a closer settling position, he arguably wins and asserts his favouritism for the Group One next start.
Race 8 - Victorem (fifth). This was a nice little trial from this horse heading towards the Stradbroke. He didn’t have heaps of galloping room and although the winner Vega One looked a lot stronger, this horse was building very well over his final 100m. The 1400m is going to suit ideally and over this extra trip, he can turn the tables on Vega One.
Race 1 - Bleriot (fourth). Showed ability in a first racing preparation that culminated in a win on Boxing Day and has picked up right she left off, without many favours in the run. A filly that is bred to get over more ground. Bleriot was the only one of the first five home in this event that had to cover ground, but still managed to find the line as well as any of her rivals.
Race 5 - Enchantingly (second). A ex-Chris Waller-trained runner that has having her first start for new trainer, Scott Westover and will be winning races shortly in South Australia if this return was any indication. A mare that will get over more ground and a four-year-old with a very low rating, she stuck well on well behind a leader that dictated proceedings perfectly.
Race 9 - Magic Phantom (third). This gelding is holding his form and following a midweek victory second-up at Balaklava, arguably should've gone back-to-back on Saturday. Held-up for most of run home and then forced back to the inside where he's finally got clear, charging home into third. A winner over 1200m last August, that's the trip he's searching for now.
Race 7 - Criminal Code (third). Interestingly was specked at long odds prior to this return over 1300m, a trip that is too sharp and after being eased back early from a wide gate, looked no chance of figuring given where he settled. The inside did admittedly open up, so he could make ground, recording the fastest late splits for third. Great return and will get over 1600m+.
Race 8 - Brutality (third). Came out of a nice form race second-up via The Coast, a strong event that did produce a subsequent Group winner in Nudge. The 1600m back to 1400m was ultimately his undoing on Saturday, but he was the clear eye-catcher, balancing up strongly late after spotting them a start. Back to a mile and ideally on a wetter surface, he'll take some beating next time.
Race 9 - Belluci Babe (third). Heavily supported into favouritism in the last was this mare, who although didn't reward a good betting move, has recorded the fastest last 600m (32.80) of the entire program when getting home for third. Behind two speedsters, the set-up didn't suit at 1100m here and she was the only runner making any ground. Perhaps worth a try at 1200m?