Saturday Blackbookers - November 6
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from November 6
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Eagle Farm, Flemington, Morphettville and Rosehill cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from November 6? (Getty)
Race 4 - Conquered Zone (third): Honest type from the Grant & Alana Williams yard who won two from five last campaign and is building towards a win this prep, backing up his nice return run over the 1300m to close off again in what was otherwise a leader dominated affair over the mile. Handles any conditions and has won over 2000m, so there's plenty of options around.
Race 5 - Vadette De Star (third): Her last 600m of her first-up attempt stacked up well behind group performers and has improved here second-up, recording the fastest last 600m of the day (33.15) when rattling home from the rear. Has drawn out in both attempts this spring, so hasn't been given every chance and maybe looking for 1100m-1200m. She's certainly talented enough.
Race 7 - Pale Rider (third): Surprised $26 (via Sportsbet) is available for this gelding in the WA Guineas, having recorded the best run in this key lead-up event, which he arrived to six weeks between runs after a winning a 1400m maiden good time. It'sarayday (winner) had every favour, whereas Pale Rider just struggled to muster a little early. Should only improve at 1600m.
Race 6 - Tokoriki Lad (second). Ligulate was never going to be beaten, but this gelding was very good along the inside in arguably worse ground than the rest of the field. Not normally a fan of bunched finishes, but this gelding was entitled to finish a little further back rather than finishing right underneath the rest of the field and you could say pulling away on the line. A win is just around the corner.
Race 8 - Tumbler Ridge (fourth). The first three home were in the first four in running, so it is fair to say that this race was dominated from the pace. He was the only galloper to make up ground from so far back in the field, so to finish as close as he did was a very good effort. He is a second-up winner previously and will appreciate a step-up in trip next start, hopefully at Eagle Farm where he was a stakes winner over 1300m last prep.
Race 3 - Lunatic Fringe (second). This mare is flying through the grades and still has plenty of upside. She needs to win some of these off-season city class races across the summer to lift the rating, but a second placing to Alcyone will read well for any staying race she targets next, en-route to some bigger assignments over the autumn and potentially in the spring of next year.
Race 9 - La Bella Costa (fifth). This girl does run honestly down the straight and is a great improver second-up with two wins and a placing from six goes. They will be able to find a race over 1100m or 1200m and hopefully is kept fresh to keep her zest for racing, as we saw last prep that it can drop off when she was a one way from the winner when second-up in Adelaide.
Race 6 - Lake's Folly (fifth): This five-year-old is generally thereabouts and has had no luck on Saturday, stepping to 1400m. Ridden cold and taken to the rails, Ben Price was then searching for runs and held-up until the 200m, was then forced back to the inside and balancing up late, has found the line strongly. The form around his July 30 win is still stacking up well in stronger races.
Race 8 - Annika (tenth): After sticking on fairly fresh, this mare got a second-up kill at Bordertown and with a step up in grade here in a strong BM76, was sent out a big price. Three-wide and chasing throughout just off a strong speed, Annika looked well beaten at the 200m before grinding it out. A drop in grade to the BM64-BM72 range can see her bounce to winning form.
Race 9 - My Mate Sonny (fifth). He always takes a few runs to hit his straps, which was evident via a long prep last time in when showing nothing first and second-up, before recording five wins on the Port Lincoln circuit in a consistent stretch, which culminated in a listed tilt in town. Stuck to the task well very well here despite losing his tag in to the race when Little Rich Boy tired.
Race 6 - Ghostwriter (fourth) & Travest (fifth): We'll highlight both of these first-up performances, with Ghostwriter being held-up late at just start number and was resuming off a long break (Magic Millions prep), while Travest was forced to loop the field and come wide with a big weight, a harder passage at Rosehill. Both runners have low enough ratings to work through the grades this prep.
Race 9 - Kinloch (sixth): Did himself no favours with a tardy getaway, although after threading a run though under Josh Parr, has hit the line strongly, recording the fastest last 600m and 200m of the event. The form is stacking up well around Quantico from the second-up run where he was a little flat, while 1300m-1400m will suit now. The option is there to drop in grade with a rating of only 70.
Race 10 - Media Starguest (eighth): Given he was forced to get back from the wide draw, this gelding was never in winning calculations, although the closing splits were still fair and we're prepared to go more off the return effort, where he continued to surge late despite racing wide. Has a rating of only 69, so a drop back to midweek/Canterbury Friday nights will seem him better placed.
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