Saturday Blackbookers - May 8
- We've reviewed all of the city meetings from Saturday, May 8
- The team has assembled their runners to follow from the Ascot, Caulfield, Gold Coast, Gosford and Morphettville cards
- Blackbook runners are included below
Ayrton remained unbeaten at Caulfield on Saturday. (Getty)
Race 2 - Born To Try (second). Went down as a well backed favourite but won't lose any fans. Settled back and never hit her top until the last 100m when rattling off easily the fastest last 600m of the race. 1400m is too sharp for her now which was evident last prep when saluting at a mile before a runner-up over 2000m. A rating of only 66 allows her to be easily placed short term.
Race 4 - Phanta (third). Stuck on well fresh in a leader dominated event and interestingly here, has come back to the six furlongs after resuming at 1400m, which has ultimately been the difference. A lightly raced gelding that beat the handy Dom To Shoot in his September debut last year, so there's obviously ability there. Back to 1400m third-up looks the winning recipe.
Race 6 - Moschard (third). Raced out of his grade a few times last spring, but does look ready to win if the first two runs this campaign are any indication. Ran into an in-form Miss Conteki fresh and staying at 1200m here, lacked the turn-of-foot to go initially with the eventual winner before finding the line strong. Seven furlongs and a better barrier next start would help.
Race 1 - Spinning (third). Although well beaten by favourite Generation and finishing third, this is the one we want to be following. He was better suited first-up in a faster run race, now coming into Saturday finding himself very green with a slow tempo in front. Will only improve into his three-year-old prep and should get over more ground in time.
Race 3 - Lunar Flare (third). She attacked the line beautifully first-up coming home with the race fastest last 600m, 400m and 200m. Is is a nice staying mare in her right grade and excels on rain effected tracks which she will strike over the winter. Once she strikes form she can hold it, so confident that the daughter of Fiorente will be saluting shortly.
Race 8 - Ayrton (first). Everyone will be following this gelding out of Saturday’s meeting after toying with his rivals as the $1.50 favourite. He is on a Stradbroke path and will need to win the Fred Best Classic to get into that Group One. Has untapped ability and the figure he produced second-up last time in showed he is as good if not better than any three-year-old in the country. Genuine star.
Race 5 - Ranch Hand (second). He had a chequered passage at the top of the straight and kicked up on the inside of runners with a furlong to run. Is on the right track towards a race like the JJ Atkins, but the time has now come to put a race away and show punters what he is made of, so has one more chance next start as his run on Saturday was very good in defeat.
Race 8 - Zaaki (first). The Doomben Cup is his for the taking in my eyes, with a push button turn-of-foot and clear class behind him. He never looked like losing from the point of the turn in the Hollindale, with only Fifty Stars and Shared Ambition making any ground on him. Is super genuine and has adapted to Australian racing quickly.
Race 2 - Blondeau (first). It didn't appear the strongest race on paper but the overall time for this 1200m contest has stacked up superbly for the entire Gosford meeting. A Waller-trained gelding that handles all conditions, he's put in a clear personal best on Saturday when bolting first-up. A rating of only 74 means he can comfortably pick off another few this campaign.
Race 5 - Parry Sound (second). Was tracking towards this perfectly third-up and wins if they counted to 10 before making a move albeit it was a positive decision that nearly paid off against Avion Fury who he was spotting 5.5kg to. Ideally needs a firmer track but does seem to handle ground up until about a Soft 6/7. Firmly knocking on the door for win number five.
Race 1 - Pentire's Spirit (sixth). Was never in winning calculations in a leader dominated affair but resuming at big odds over 1200m at just start three, it was a definite pass mark for this three-year-old that should get over more ground and is still a Maiden runner. A drop back in grade second-up with a rise in trip can see him breakthrough.
Race 5 - Lady Pavli Chenko (fifth). Shared the fastest last 800m/600m of this 1200m contest with the winner before rattling off the quickest last 200m with the blinkers being applied following a freshen-up. Developing a poor strike rate but that gives her a very low rating now of just 56. The BM60 (1200m) at Murray Bridge on May 22 looks about perfect for her.
Race 9 - Toff Love (third). Best horse in the race that arguably should've won after being held-up at the top of the straight before being badly checked at the 300m. Has still recorded the fastest last 400m and 200m sectionals of the entire race and was holding his form prior to this, winning strongly at Oakbank before finishing off in a leader dominated on April 17.