Saturday Blackbookers - September 4
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from September 4
- The team have assembled their runners to follow from the Belmont, Eagle Farm, Moonee Valley, Morphettville and Randwick cards
- Saturday Blackbook runners are included below
Who caught the eye from Saturday? (Getty)
Race 7 - Born To Try (fourth). Rider missed the boat when Sowar (second) made his move, forcing this mare to retreat and although still technically had her chance, she doesn't have a press button turn-of-foot and the first two home were off and gone. The prior run off a freshen-up was good without luck and she won a stronger race back in June. Gets another chance.
Race 8 - Charleton Eddie (second). Didn't handle a heavy track fresh and although arguably should've won this, the 1000m dashes are a little sharp for him now. Was held-up until the 100m, working home in a tight passage from there and will be much better suited to 1200m where he can balance up earlier/potentially lead in the right race. Consistent sprinter and ready to win.
Race 9 - Solid Azza (fourth). Times stacked up well for the program (about four lengths faster than the Jolly Beggar Stakes), so this could well be a handy form race with so many of these runners early in their preps. At 33.66, Solid Azza has recorded the fastest last 600m of the whole program, resuming at 1000m off a decent spell and his last three wins have all come at 1200m.
Race 3 - Nyami (second). A tendency to lay in cost this gelding a win on Saturday against Adelase who is in flying form. That should stand up with the top three runners home spacing the rest of the field, so confident that maybe up in trip and a gear change (possibly a near side blinker) could be the key to making this five-year-old.
Race 5 - Le Palmier (second). He was always going to be vulnerable against Je Suis Belle second-up after that runner has come off a big win at the same track and trip the start prior. Now third-up into the prep, racing a similar grade next start and potentially could be the trick to getting his rating up and taking him through the grades.
Race 6 - Mac ‘N’ Cheese (fourth). We want to be following this filly up to 1400m next start and into the Thousand Guineas over the mile. She did not handle the circuit at Moonee Valley nor the 1200m, but once she balanced up with 100m to go she hit the line super. To a bigger track next start, she will account for herself well.
Race 9 - Djukon (fifth). Forget this six-year-old even ran around as he was strung up in traffic for the entire race. Most will look through his from and also see that Djukon is best once out to a mile and a half, so the fact that he should have arguably won fresh over the mile shows the lightly raced import has come back a treat.
Race 1 - Smokin' Val (second). The fav hasn't landed, but she should be shortly, albeit is likely to be well in the market again. Back towards the rear and chasing in a spaced-out little field, she was exactly where you don't want to be on the Parks circuit yet was only a stride off winning. Plenty of options on the September 18 card available where she'll be better suited on the main track.
Race 6 - Magna Bella (third). Returned well on August 21 when spotting weight to the first three home and has had no luck here with the rise in trip, racing three-wide throughout and working, but was still the best survivor of the on-speed brigade. Arguably wins here with a soft gate, but has prevailed deeper into prior preps and is clearly going well. Worth sticking with for now.
Race 7 - Nakheel (third). While she's getting costly, with a very low rating of 57 and clearly as a mare that's looking for more ground, she should find her race shortly. Following a good first-up run at 1200m in a BM68, they were a little soft on Nakheel second-up at a mile and remaining at a similar trip, here, has picked herself up late after being one-paced when the sprint went on.
Race 2 - Shaik (second). Resuming off a somewhat plain effort on June 12, punters wanted nothing to do with this mare, but she's produced an excellent run, recording one of the fastest last 200m splits of the day when finishing behind Selburose, who was hard fit and had a birthday from a good map here. Her last win came at 1400m back in January and needs at least 1200m next start.
Race 4 - Tony Be (sixth). On debut for Waller was this ex-Kiwi galloper that won twice over a mile and was competitive at Group level (over 2000m). Suspect there was a slight setback (trialled well twice in July, next hit out was six weeks later) and despite finding the 1300m too sharp, was strong through the line late. With a rating of only 72, he can work through the grades quickly over more ground.
Race 9 - Grand Rumore (fifth). Given how bad the last lead-up trial was, it was no surprise to see this mare drift on resumption, although it was hard to be impressed with the run, making good inroads late in the piece over the 1200m. Kris Lees can leave plenty in the locker early in their preps and she was brilliant in her two Australian runs back in the autumn. Looking for 1400m and can only improve.