Saturday Blackbookers - November 20
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from November 20
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Ballarat, Kembla Grange, Morphettville and Sunshine Coast cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from Saturday? (Getty)
Race 2 - Left The Building (third): Opened as fav off an impressive trial win, but the market was heavily against this colt late in ($2.10 - $3.50). Raced quite greenly throughout, yet still stuck to the task in the run, but just lacked the professionalism of the quinella, who both had race experience. Will improve from the outing and he may be looking for a set of blinkers.
Race 9 - Solaia (second): This mare has class and versatility, resuming over 1200m here, with a 2200m listed win and a victory over 1500m earlier in the year, where she defeated Western Empire and Kissonallforcheeks. Forced to cover ground and chase from a three-wide position off a hot speed, she may well have won with a soft gate, but it was a huge return irrespective.
Race 1 - Lighthouse (first). This mare has a stack of ability and she was still able to win very comfortably over 1400m, when 1200m is going to be more suitable going forward. Keeps posting ratings that are up there with some of our better sprinting mares in the country, so hopefully we see her go out for a spell and return in an Autumn tilt in stronger company.
Race 4 - Way To Go Paula (second). This Stokes-trained mare does have her fair share of ability. She looked to be gone with 600m left to run, scrubbed up heavily before rocketing home to grab second spot. Last prep, she pulled up with issues in a listed event and she was well and truly in the market, so expect a more than competitive performance at her next start, hopefully over 1400m.
Race 2 - Kermatin (seventh): Brave effort to back-up two weeks later off a tough and wide run in the Country Classic. She was initially left flat-footed when the sprint went on here before picking up, but was badly inconvenienced by the eventual runner-up. Has again picked up late despite losing all momentum at a key stage and will make a nice stayer next campaign.
Race 5 - Incredulous Dream (second): Class runner of the race was this Maher & Eustace-trained mare, who was resuming off two fair trials, albeit both pieces of work indicated she'd improve with the run, especially over a little further. Shuffled back to near last off a muddling tempo, her chasing effort into second was terrific and she was spotting 6kg to the winner. Magic Millions path?
Race 9 - Kingsheir (third). Arrived eight weeks between runs and having his first start for Chris Waller. With the ability to drop back to BM78 level, he's stuck on well despite never fully handling the conditions and with last start winners of Lackeen and Zoushack, along with Wheelhouse who was beaten a pimple in a listed race second-up, the form should stack up from looks a strong BM88.
Race 2 - Penwortham (third): Took a month of Sundays to wind up from a rearward position, but got stronger as this contest wore on, only missing second by a stride and was particularly eye-catching past the line. This followed a debut via a 1000m BM62 when beaten just over two lengths and is crying out for 1400m now, en route to potentially competiting over the mile.
Race 4 - Morty (fifth): While the beaten margin was further in a stronger event, it wasn't a dissimilar return to his winter performance at Balaklava when only getting warm late over the 1300m. With a big drop in grade, Morty saluted third-up last prep before a spell and had strong form earlier in the year. Once he gets to 1600m-2000m, he'll make a city class galloper in Adelaide.
Race 1 - Honey Pot (fifth). Was very edgy in the gates and as soon as they opened, then reared and missed the kick which seemingly put pay to her chances in the event, yet she was still within a half length of the winner. Obviously she is going to have to trial up again prior to running, but expect in two starts time to see a win next to her name before she tackles stakes company.
Race 3 - Mocambo (second). In a race that was dominated by those horses forward of midfield, this was an impressive performance from the rear. The winner of the event, Karlstad, is a really progressive, so there is no disgrace when running seconnd. He started $15 in the market and although will need to once again run in this grade, expect to still get an each-way price seeing his SP profile.
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