Saturday Blackbookers - September 18
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from September 18
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Caulfield, Gold Coast, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
High Supremacy caught the eye with a big return win at Randwick. (Getty)
Race 6 - Indigo Blue (fourth). Defeated a handy one in Dom To Shoot when bringing up her only victory did this daughter of Blackfriars who was then very competitive at stakes level in her three-year-old season. Rightfully coming back through the grades now, but has had no luck here on return, racing wide throughout, although stuck on fairly. The two lead-up trials were good and she can bounce off this.
Race 9 - Solid Azza (seventh). Put in a monster effort first-up when running some very slick closing splits and although was visually disappointing here, that may have just flattened her staying at 1000m, while she also has no second-up form. The strike rate is good overall and up to 1200m next start, a trip which her last three wins have come over, she can improve, especially on firmer going.
Race 2 - Ocean Beyond (fourth). It was the sickest of sick beats for this four-year-old who was caught up behind the speed and had a whole lot to give, but just went to the line untouched, yet still was only one length from finishing with the fourth fastest last 200m of the entire meeting. The son of Ocean Park is already a stakes winner so he should be able to find his way into some good races throughout the spring.
Race 8 - I’m Thunderstruck (third). The Toorak Handicap looks his race to lose after a fantastic effort in the Rupert Clarke where he was last with 400m to go and copped a massive check as they straightened up. He rocketed to the line, coming home with the latest last 1200m of the entire meeting in what was a high rating Group One. Will once again get in on the minimum and now that he should already have been a Group One winner, looks incredibly suited to be taking that event out.
Race 1 - Ruuca (third). The Edmonds-trained gelding was solid from the back in the faster of the two 1100m races. He did not have the clearest of passages from the 600m to the 400m, but did build through his gears nicely as they straightened up to really hit the line hard. Ruuca had come out of a strong race at Doomben at the start prior, so although he is a little hard to place with a rating of 76, he does look due.
Race 8 - Mr So And So (fourth). The winner, Morethannumberone, is a very good horse, so the form from this should stack up nicely. He took the lead and kept fighting, holding off challengers coming down the middle of the track (which was some better ground at this stage) to grip on for fourth. He just bumped into a few handy types, but back to midweek level, is going well enough to pinch something a little easier.
Race 3 - Hopon Harry (third). The Macdonald & Gluyas stable have a very nice three-year-old on their hands here with this son of Rebel Raider, who will only improve as the distances increase. There was good money for him on debut when finding the 1000m much too sharp, but has improved again here at 1200m, making good ground behind Ballynora who brought good form from her last prep.
Race 4 - Indian Gazelle (fifth). She's talented, although still a work in progress is this four-year-old who had excuses first-up when racing wide at Gawler in a brave defeat and ridden more conservatively on Saturday, has finished off the race strongly, albeit never in winning calculations. She did win a strong maiden at start two before being tipped out and is seemingly looking for 1200m now.
Race 8 - Pimm's Party (third). Was thrown in the deep end here at listed grade was this daughter of Street Boss, a mare that bolted in first-up in a BM68 and with the first two home in Free Of Debt and Kemalpasa duelling up front, has come the widest and from the rear to place, going past some handy rivals in the process. At mares' level, she could well pick up a black-type win over the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Race 4 - High Supremacy (first). Don't let the gun ride in a BM78 fool you, this is a genuine stakes class galloper who may be ready to take that step in the spring, or be aimed at a Golden Eagle. Didn't stay at 2000m when on a QLD Derby path last prep, but was unlucky in some prior runs and has smashed the clock here with a race fastest last 600m of 34.19 (over three lengths faster than the next quickest).
Race 5 - Aramayo (third). Has been on somewhat of a strange journey has this gelding, an ex-Godolphin galloper who looked a Derby riunner before being sold to Singapore. Now back in Australia, he's backed up a nice return behind Zaaki to produce easily the run of this race, spotting weight to the eventual quinella who both had every favour. He could well be Chris Waller's leading Epsom contender.
Race 9 - Montefilia (second). This dual Group One winner has rocketed into favouritism for the Metropolitan off the back of this eye-catching run from off the speed behind She's Ideel, who had the gun run throughout. Yet to prove herself past 2000m in her three-year-old season, we'll find out on October 2 whether she can now run out that trip as a more seasoned and stronger mare now.