Saturday Blackbookers - October 16
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from October 16
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Roots was luckless behind Fangirl in Saturday's Reginald Allen Quality during Everest Day at Royal Randwick. (Getty)
Race 5 - Outback Jack (fifth): A progressive stayer on return here was this four-year-old, a galloper that wasn't beaten far behind the smart Western Empire prior to a spell. With a big weight, wide draw and pulling early due to a muddling affair, this wasn't a winning set-up which the late betting drift suggested, but he's still stuck on quite well behind what looks a handy winner.
Race 6 - Triple Missile (first): A much-anticipated runner heading into the meeting was Triple Missile, who had won three of his first four starts and well backed, has produced one of the eye-cathing runs of the card, getting home in similar time to Elite Street (Group 1 winner). He has a similar profile to last year's Winterbottom winner, i.e. a four-year-old that can quickly work through the grades.
Race 9 - My Fair Balentine (seventh): This mare always takes a few runs to hit her straps, hence the massive SP here, but this was a nice starting point for a galloper that will find something easier deeper into the prep. A dual winner over 1600m last summer, her closing splits were more than respectable when getting home from the rear. Look for her third-up at 1600m with a drop in grade.
Race 8 - Never Talk (third): She may be hard to place, but performed well on rain affected ground which was the difference between her Sydney performances and this third placing. Never Talk seems to excel with a bit of give in the ground, as she proved coming home with the fastest last 400m and second fastest last 200m of the entire day. The bigger surrounds of Flemington will suit.
Race 10 - Curran (third): The market found him here, crunched in from $7 to $4 near the jump. He was giving the speed roughly four or five lengths coming to the bend and while you have class horses like Malkovich and Oxley Road rolling along, you are unlikely to catch them especially when it was hard to make up that ground. 1200m at Flemington next start will be a better set-up.
Race 4 - Better Get Set (second): It was a really encouraging run by the second favourite in the event who looked to have her chance to make up the ground on the winner, but she raced down the majority of the straight with her head to one side which is what has ultimately cost her the race. In the final 50m she straightened up and attacked the line to just go under. Look for a little gear change next time.
Race 6 - Tokoriki Lad (second): In a race that was dominated by those closer to the speed, this gelding from the Gollan yard closed off strongly down the outside, coming from second last on the bend. He did have momentum built out wide, but it was a race where there was very little position change from start to finish, so automatically he is the eye-catcher making up so much ground.
Race 4 - Royal Mile (fifth): Inclined to respect the starting price and big move first-up for this talented gelding, a dual stakes winner over the Adelaide Carnival who got caught three-wide trip, which understandably took away his dash here against genuine sprinters. Despite looking a spent force on the turn, he's still whacked away, beaten under two lengths on the line. Only improves off this.
Race 7 - Storm Voyager (third): Had she drawn a gate, this mare arguably would've won here second-up. Following an even return, the six-year-old has done all of the donkey work in this attempt, sitting three-wide on a good speed, providing a perfect tow into it for the eventual winner, while the runner-up did no work on the rails. Third-up with a better barrier, she'll go close in this grade.
Race 9 - Exalted Ruth (third): Resuming off a 12-month break and with two big defeats via her prior two fresh runs, nothing was expected of Exalted Ruth, yet has whacked away well, with the winner getting every favour and the saloon run through late. Her last win was over Sign Of Ussuri in a BM72, so clearly has the scope to be contesting stronger races and at 68, her rating is manageable.
Race 4 - Roots (second): Fangirl was holding her late in the piece irrespective, however, with the eventual winner getting the miracle run from the 300m and the stablemate held-up until the 150m. Roots probably wins if you swap the runs. Forced to settle back and then search for luck in the straight, this filly was only having her second start and had won on debut, so there's plenty to work with.
Race 8 - Sky Lab (second): Suited stepping to the 2000m, Sky Lab was a victim of circumstances with the small field, as with a bigger line-up and any sniff of a decent tempo, he goes very close. Yonkers and Bargain have been well beaten, the two runners that settled in front of Sky Lab, whereas first, third and fourth were the first three on settling, so it was enormous effort from this gelding.
Race 10 - Golly I'm Lucky (third). Having no luck at present is this seven-year-old and again nothing has gone right via this attempt, with Golly I'm Lucky held-up from 400m to the 150m, bursting through late to be only a few strides off grabbing second. While he's clearly good enough at BM78 level, with a rating of 68, the option is there to comfortably drop back to a BM72 and get a kill.
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