Saturday Blackbookers - September 11
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from September 11
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Doomben, Flemington, Kembla Grange and Morphettville cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Will Anamoe go unbeaten this spring? (Getty)
Race 5 - Devine Beast (second). Continues to run well without winning does this mare and has recorded the fastest last 600m of the entire Belmont program when coming from well of the speed to finish behind the odds-on fav that was superbly rated up front by Pike. Wasn't suited staying 1000m here, but she's flying and with a good gate over 1100-1200m next start, she should be hard to beat in the right race.
Race 9 - Em Tee Aye (third). Competed well at stakes level and against handy older opposition from his late two to late three-year-old campaigns, tested over middle distance trips that he may not have run out. Enormous here on return over 1200m when racing wide throughout and providing the perfect tow into it for the eventual winner who he was spotting 3.5kg to. Beat the handy Dom To Shoot second-up last spring.
Race 6 - Reloaded (fourth). This gelding looks just about ready to peak after a solid run in strong company, finishing just under a length from the well backed Ballistic Boy. He has to come from near enough to last which was going to be an ask against some fit horses, but now third-up and hopefully up in trip once again, we are going to see the best from this talented son of Snitzel.
Race 8 - Soxagon (fourth). There was market support for other runners around the horse as he was the one that was always going to take improvement from this first-up outing. He hit the line beautifully and although he is the type that may have to head interstate at some stage to tackle some better races, he showed last prep that he can be competitive in that listed to group three class.
Race 5 - Cherry Tortoni (second). The flashy chestnut was enormous first-up and looks in for a big preparation with some group one mile goals in mind. He seems to perform at his best over the Flemington mile so a race at the end of the spring such as the Cantala Stakes looks right up his alley where he may just explode third or fourth-up. Expect him to kick on to a race such as the Toorak Handicap before heading back to headquarters.
Race 6 - Mystic Journey (second). Betty is back in style after arguably the best run of the day in the Let’s Elope Stakes on Saturday. She was four and five wide with no cover for the entire journey, yet still attacked the line showing that at her best she realistically was the best horse in the race. An Empire Rose Stakes looks her goal for the prep, but a race like the Stocks Stakes looks her for the keeping as a lead up option.
Race 4 - Catapult (seventh). Unlucky in two runs to start the prep, this gelding was building towards a win and was then a little disappointing, putting in two sub-par efforts before a little freshen-up. With no intent until it was all over, he's run the best closing figures outside the quinella and has found the line well. The blinkers went back on here and given he's been beaten at 20/1 via his last two outings, we'll get a good price next time.
Race 5 - Arnaquer (fourth). The Champagne Stakes came a little too soon in the autumn, however, he did show class as a two-year-old, with a really nice effort against the pattern in the Dulcify Stakes behind Converge. Appearing more dour now as a more mature colt, he still should've gone close here (held-up from the 400m to the 300m) when launching late, recording easily the fastest last 600m of the race. The Spring Champion Stakes looks an ideal target.
Race 8 - Anamoe (first). Off just the one soft trial and a slight setback, the market was happy to take this Godolphin colt on first-up, but he simply just proved too classy, despite having a stack of improvement still to come. The most exciting three-year-old in the country, not only does both the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas look his for the taking, but Anamoe could well be the biggest threat to Zaaki and Verry Elleegant in the Cox Plate.
Race 4 - Galahad Guru (fourth). Although he might not quite get to the level he promised early, as still a lightly raced stayer with a low rating, this gelding building similarly to his last prep where he got stronger as that wore on. Was 1200m to 1600m second-up here and sustained a good run from off the speed, with the first three home being better suited ay the mile. Might just need one more before he gets to 2000m.
Race 9 - Impossible Action (fourth). Has improved out to 1200m second-up, coming out of the same first-up race as the winner Point Blaze, who was competitive at listed level over the carnival. Has found the line well on Saturday and should get 1400m this time in, while the bonus of running well in, but not winning some handy three-year-old races last prep sees him with a very low rating of 58, so he should be winning a few this prep.