Saturday Blackbookers - October 2
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from October 2
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Doomben, Flemington, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from October 2? (Getty)
Race 1 - Mishani Persuasion (fifth). This gelding was a drunken sailor in the straight, almost looking as if he lost his footing around the bend, but he picked himself up well late and attacked the line to finish less than three lengths from the winner (which did not look possible around the bend). The race experience is going to do him the world of good and now a drop back in grade to a provincial maiden would suit.
Race 8 - Pizonie (fourth). Loved the way that this gelding hit the line and his work past the post, looking as if he may be looking for 1100m next start. He started as a $21 chance in the event, so he was not given much hope, but the form out of the race is expected to hold up with the likes of Le Palmier looking very progressive. Back in grade and up in trip can see him return to the winner’s stall.
Race 3 - Stalking (fourth). This filly was eye-catching late, where she was ducking and weaving, looking every bit of a VRC Oaks filly. Expect to see her in the Ethereal, MV Vase or Wakeful over 2000m which she will lap up, and looks even better over the 2500m of the Oaks. She may just need a confidence boosting win in one of these races to beat the likes of Barb Raider.
Race 6 - Mystic Journey (third). She gave the likes of Instant Celebrity wind burn as she stormed home into third spot to finish a length from fellow Tasmanian Still A Star. Is ready for the mile now which she will get in the Empire Rose Stakes, and over this trip we know she can settle that pair or two closer which would see her within striking distance on the bend, rather than having too much work to do over the final 200m.
Race 5 - Shebringzit (fifth). Off just an even first-up effort, there was interesting betting move for this mare going straight to the 1950m second-up. While she was beaten 4.5 lengths in the finish, the daughter of Sebring was completely unsuited, settling last in a muddling affair where she couldn't sprint, but still got home okay under the circumstances. Punters have just gone one run early.
Race 7 - Ragalo Di Gaetano (fourth). A galloper that generally gets stronger deeper into his preps, he at least runs third here on return had he drawn a gate as he forced to some last and loop the field, whereas the first three home had much softer runs in transit. Won second-up last spring before a third in the Murray Bridge Cup, a feature he looks well placed to contest again off this effort.
Race 8 - Valuable Witness (fifth). Won on debut in April before a spell and hasn't had the best of luck at start two on Saturday, remaining at the 1000m, a trip that may just be a little sharp for this three-year-old now. Was tracking into this well from just off midfield, but couldn't get the gap between the 300m and 200m which has proven costly. Nice resumption and 1100m-1200m now would suit.
Race 1 - Saquon (ninth). Following a first-up flop, was ridden cold from a wide draw and looking for gaps in the straight, but was on heels for the last 150m and despite not being suited at this trip, should've finished closer. All three of his career wins have come on wet tracks and the last two of those were over 1350m, so simply needs further and perhaps something a little easier with his low rating.
Race 4 - Olympic Gaze (sixth). Similar scenario to the Paul Perry horse mentioned above, i.e gone well, but just poorly placed as a (59 rater in a BM88), albeit has still got home well, building on his solid second-up effort. A winner over 2300m deeper into his last prep, this four-year-old is clearly in need of a trip and holds a 2000m nom for this Saturday in a BM78, which will suit more than this.
Race 8 - Icebath (ninth). They can't buy a trick with this mare, who has found a rare Sydney spring that's been dry for this noted mudlark, who improves lengths on the wet, but has still been performing well and nothing has gone right here. Held-up from the 400m to the 100m, it's a bitter pill for connections swallow with the winner coming around them. Her day will come, especially ff the rain hits.