Saturday Blackbookers - October 9
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from October 9
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Caulfield, Eagle Farm, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who are the runners to follow from October 9? (Getty)
Race 4 - Brave Angel (seventh): This mare still has a relatively low rating as a listed winner last season as a three-year-old and has resumed over the mile on Saturday, recording the fast last 600m of the race, coming from last in what was otherwise a leader dominated affair. Both wins have come second-up, the last of those at 1800m, so certainly respecting wherever she goes next.
Race 9 - Arcadia Grace (seventh): Bob Peters had two smart winners on the program via Graceful Girl and Secret Plan, although don't be surprised if this beaten filly turns out to be the best of them. A smart debut winner, she didn't look as suited staying at 1000m with a huge class rise, albeit has never really got a crack them in the run home. Not beaten far considering and worth sticking with.
Race 7 - Nudge (third): Given her average first-up record, Nudge now brings herself right into the equation for her spring assignments, recording the third fastest last 200m of the entire day coming from last. She is always a big improver second-up and especially third-up, so based off the way she attacked the line so early on in the prep, another stakes a win is just around the corner.
Race 8 - Forgot You (6th): He is well and truly on track for the VRC Derby, so well done to anyone who jumped aboard the train early. He was out the back on the back of Anamoe, and although could not go with the eventual winner on the bend, his work through the line was fantastic, so next start into the Moonee Valley Vase and into the Derby looks the perfect Derby prep for him.
Race 3 - Spanish Angels (third): Considering was won by a horse on the pace and the runner-up had the camp behind, this filly hit the line nicely in behind taking some good late ground off of the leader. She looks a type that is going to get over further, so an 1100m or 1200m assignment would be right up her alley in two-year-old company next start as she just lacks the early pace at 1000m.
Race 9 - She Za Boss (third): Her return was simply fantastic, especially her work over the final 100m where she made up around three lengths. She is a winner and place getter from five second-up starts, so can hit some good form at this stage of the prep, and now a likely step up in trip to seven furlongs would give her a great chance of grabbing another victory.
Race 1 - Ballynora (third): Had some nice form in two runs over her first prep and following a maiden win at 1200m, was completely unsuited dropping to 1100m second-up where in a small field, raced keenly off the speed behind a leader and eventual winner that does look handy. A faster run 1200m and then potentially seven furlongs is what this three-year-old is looking for.
Race 3 - Thrill Kill (second): Uncharacteristically slow away third-up was this gelding who was a strong second-up winner and had he got the soft run in transit which he got on September 18, Thrill Kill would've beaten the well supported favourite, but just had too much to do from an impossible position. This was the first time he had an apprentice engaged, so perhaps look for a senior hoop next start.
Race 8 - Indian Gazelle (seventh): This four-year-old who had excuses first-up when racing wide at Gawler in a brave defeat and ridden more conservatively on Saturday (as she was second-up), has again finished off the race strongly, albeit never in winning calculations. She did win a strong maiden at start two before being tipped out and a drop in grade to 60-64 level would be perfect now.
Race 1 - Mikado (sixth): Has been racing on the fresh side his last two runs and has no luck in either attempt, three-wide on both occasions, spending plenty of petrol in the first 800m of this event just to cross and lead. Only tired late and although would've won with a decent gate, there's an 1800m Highway on October 23 which should suit, especially if some rain comes.
Race 6 - Kiku (third): Went well without luck fresh, not getting clear until the 150m and was only hitting top gear at the 50m, while she didn't have any more fortunes here, held-up from the 400m to the 250m, whereas the winner was building throughout her gears without any obstruction. Was a group winner third-up in the autumn on a wet track, so wouldn't be jumping off her yet.
Race 9 - Tricky Gal (second): Such a consistent mare from the Matty Smith stable, that's recorded her seventh black-type placing here on return. Was impressive on the clock as the only runner to break 33 seconds in this event (32.91) and has recorded the fastest last 200m of the whole meeting (11.08). Would've won here with a better gate and does deserve a victory in one of these mares' features.