Saturday Blackbookers - September 25
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from September 25
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Morphettville, Rosehill, Sandown and Toowoomba cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Head Of State and Profondo clashed in the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 5 - Kissonallforcheeks (second): With no public trials and drift, there were a few signs that this dual listed winner was going to need the run here although it's a taken a fit and in-form All Day Session to come off her back and beat her in the last stride, a rival she was spotting 3.5kg to. They were clearing out from the rest and with bigger fish to fry later this prep, she'll only improve off this.
Race 9 - Avalon Bay (seventh): Won first-up at 1400m and staying in the same grade/trip on Saturday, wasn't as suited as he was forced to loop the field and although visually wasn't a standout, his last 600m was only bettered by the winner. Still a lightly raced six-year-old, he brought almost no second-up form into this and won over 1600m+ last year, a trip that he's looking for now.
Race 3 - Philonize (first): After just peaking late fresh in a handy maiden, she's taken good improvement, leading throughout here for a comfortable win in good time for maiden class (around four lengths faster than the BM60 and comparable to the BM72). Given she was taken on up front by the outsider of the field, a runner who was beaten nearly 17 lengths, adds further merit to thIs run.
Race 7 - Mona Dream (third): It would pay to ignore the BM68 rating of this race as the winner is listed placed and the runner-up was very competitive at that level over the Adelaide Carnival. Despite lacking the turn-of-foot of those two, Mona Dream has hit the line strongly when balancing up late, giving every indication that she'll get over eight or potentially even 10 furlongs this prep.
Race 6: Reloaded (third): Went a long way to removing the non-winners with back-to-back victories over the Brisbane Carnival and now getting warm again off a freshen-up, arguably should've won this (blocked for a key run at the 200m before having to switch back to the inside). Not a Group 1 galloper, but events like the The Star Mile on Everest Day then potentially The Gong are both nice options.
Race 9: Profondo (second): Following a more tradesman-like effort on debut, the $1.9 million colt would've gone back-to-back here if jockey Robbie Dolan hadn't given him a crack with the left, which forced the three-year-old to veer in aggressively, hence costing him the race. Was travelling like the winner prior to that and with a little improvement, the Spring Champion Stakes is his to lose.
Race 10: Kiku (sixth): She quickly worked through the grades over her second and third campaigns, bringing up a group victory over the autumn when storming home. The trial leading into this return indicated she'd need the run, but has performed well without luck, not getting clear until the 150m and was only hitting top gear at the 50m. Only improves off this and is a little more effective on a wet track.
Race 3 - Prix De Turn (second). This was an incredible debut from the Matthew Brown debutant, facing rivals who not only have won races but are borderline stakes class. What this three-year-old has in his favour is that he can go back to maiden grade and pinch a country race or a Moonee Valley night meeting races, building his confidence to go through the grades. The race experience will do him the world of good, so expect a winning performance second-up.
Race 4 - Zouzarella (second). On first impression most would be disappointed with the even money favourite, but post-race it was made public that the filly was not screwed down for this effort and will be peaking in the Thousand Guineas. She has always looked a miler and we know that team Freedman are a Grand Final partnership, meaning the best is seen from their horses on the Group One days. She will be heavily backed and unless the Flight Stakes winner comes down, she will start favourite.
Race 5 - Bulloo (first). It was an impressive win from Bulloo who showed an almighty turn-of-foot,looking the winner with 400m to go and putting to bed Keefy who is in-form. She has won three of her six starts and placed in another two, and while we do not know exactly how strong the Queensland form is, the manner in which was this filly won was has really caught the eye.
Race 6 - Factory Warrior (fifth). There is an asterisk next to this blackbook which is only to back at Toowoomba. It is clear this gelding loves his home track which another great run, stepping right up in grade to 80 company here, and although had been tackling stronger races by name, the form was only average. Can potentially find something a little easier on the night circuit.