Saturday Blackbookers - October 23
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from October 23
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Doomben, Moonee Valley, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from October 23? (Getty)
Race 1 - Snowdome (second): Smart trial winner coming into this debut was this Neville Parnham colt, who may have been better kicking up to take the lead and rolling along as he did in that Lark Hill heat. Racing greenly throughout and held-up from the 300m to the 100m, not much has gone right for the two-year-old who should take plenty of natural improvement from the run.
Race 6 - The Fugazi (fourth): Arrived here second-up after being outsprinted by the very handy Graceful Girl, who is high in the future market for the Winterbottom. Couldn't reel in the Peters pair, but was the eye-catcher late, sharing the same last 600m of the winner. This gelding can be placed a little softer and is looking for 1400m now, a trip which brought about his last win.
Race 9 - Playing Marika (fifth): Worked hard on a fast tempo first-up did this mare, albeit she was still a little plain and sustained a wide run here second-up, as one of only two runners to break 35 seconds for the last 600m. Two of her last three victories have come over the mile, while the other was at 1800m, so she can build of this seven-furlong effort behind a winner who may be a Railway chance.
Race 6 - Putontheredlight (second). Expect to see this filly winning next start after saluting on debut and backing up that run with with a really nice second. She looked the type who may even be suited over a touch further, where at 1400m she can save that sprint and use it to her advantage over the final furlong, Will be better suited getting to the outside of runners as well.
Race 10 - Gogol (second). This gelding may have had every chance to win the final event, but the winner is a very handy (completed a winning hat-trick here) and the margin between second and third was more than a length, showing he otherwise had the race in his keeping. Will prove more than hard to beat in a similar grade of race next start.
Race 1 - Nobel (third): This two-year-old was very green on debut when three-back on the fence and struggling for clear air, not getting outthe final 100m. Once he found that room, he hit the line really nicely and will be greatly improved from the outing. Noble closed off with the sixth fastest last 200m of the day, so considering he was in restricted room for half of that, is definitely one to watch.
Race 8 - Floating Artist (second). That is two starts in a row where this stayer has been the victim or a poor race shape. Two back he walked in front when not ideally suited in the Coongy Cup, while he had all momentum halted in the Moonee Valley Cup while the winner (Lunar Flare) had already shot clear and had the race won. Rumour is that he backs up in The Hotham this week at Flemington.
Race 2 - Distant Lover (fifth): Travelling well behind the leaders on return was this Phillip Stokes-trained mare, who didn't get much luck in the run home. Still held-up approaching the 200m, Kayla Crowther was forced to find a rails run, which she was chopped out of at 100m, forcing her off heels again. After that, her best work was late and through the line, so there was plenty of merit in the run.
Race 3 - Mona Dream (fifth): Despite lacking the turn-of-foot of a handy quinella, Mona Dream has hit the line strongly when balancing up fresh, giving every indication that she'll get over eight or potentially even 10 furlongs this prep. From a wide gate on the Parks circuit, she looked completely unsuited staying at 1300m and was working in restricted room late. Going well, just needs further now.
Race 4 - Boniface (fifth): While it wasn't a high rating metro event, this gelding has a very low rating and was arriving off a strong second-up victory at Port Lincoln, a jurisdiction he may head back to. In a muddling affair where he was chasing a long way out, the six-year-old has picked up again late, heading off a few that looked to have him covered. Was very honest in a race not run to suit.
Race 3 - Able Willie (third). Although not one to follow in the short term as Chris Waller is understandably tipping him out, this is one to keep an eye on next prep. Racing wide without cover throughout along while never settling in the run, ability has taken him a long way despite doing everything wrong. The debut victory was outstanding and with maturity, this could be a serious galloper.
Race 4 - Media Starguest (third): Pandora Blue had a picnic, while despite spotting that winner 4kg and racing three-wide over 1200m, this four-year-old kept surging late. Media Starguest has no winning form under 1400m, a trip he won over second-up last prep after placing behind a city class Expat. With a rating of only 70 and having won at Canterbury, the upcoming night season looks perfect.
Race 5 - Bergen (third): First-up at 1200m, this six-year-old lacked a turn-of-foot in a sprint home with the likes of Quantico and April Rain engaged, while here over 1400m, was the only survivor of the on-speed brigade, whacking away well for third with the eventual quinella from the rear. A drop to a BM78 over seven- or eight-furlongs next start would see Bergen in a winning set-up.
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