Horses to Follow – Saturday 25th November 2017
The best horse in the yard from Sydney - who was the only galloper to break 33s for the last 600m joins our black book this week, along with a well-backed resumer looking for 1600m from Ballarat.
Last Week’s Black Book Runners:
Mornington – Rosehill Race 3: 4th ($4.60F):
Came up short in betting and ran below its SP to finishing 4.6L off the winner in 4th. Stayed at the 1800m and looking to be pulling hard in the run. Looking to forgive and be on next start up in trip with a better fitness base. Hope there’s similar speed in the race.
Just Dreaming – Rosehill Race 6: 2nd ($4.20):
Beaten a nostril after blowing like a gale in betting. Didn’t get control in the lead back in trip and was overcome by Invinzabeel who showed more fight than she has ever done in her career. Still very keen on following her around Rosehill.
Scales of Justice - Ascot Race 8: 12th ($12):
Absolutely friendless in betting, opening a $7 equal favourite and jumping at $12. Ran accordingly into 12th, being beaten 4.5L never looking a threat. Seemingly still has the feet issues with the hoof pads on first time. Didn’t look as well in the yard as he did in Melbourne, struggling to see him be competitive in G1 company at 2000m next time in. Forgetting.
God’s In Him – Goulburn Race 7: 2nd ($6):
Got a nice run in behind the leader on the rails. Held-up ever so slightly in the straight when looking for an out. Possibly cost him victory given the extremely short margin (0.29L). Not sure where to from here; often performing better fresh and over the mile. Giving another before dropping off.
This Week’s Black Book Runners:
Secret Trail – Rosehill Race 8: 4th ($15):
The 5YO Denman Mare was resuming for Team Snowden on the weekend on the back of two good trials. She was the best looker in the yard from the entire Rosehill meeting and only looks to improve with racing into the Summer months.
She settled right back in 8th on the back of a strong tempo set by all-the-way winner Don’t Tease Me ($20) and rocketed home to be beaten under 1L. Second place getter Bon Amis ($2.30F) also settled far closer to the speed in third. Most impressively, she was the only runner for the day to break the 33s threshold for the final 600m section.
Where to Next? 1100-1200m BM80-85. Would be very hard to hold out in Fillies and Mares.
Soho Ruby – Ballarat Race 1: 3rd ($5.50):
Jumped from barrier 6 and settled last in the small field of 9. She was yet to pass a runner prior to the 400m mark but let down powerfully once hooked to the very outside to run within a length of the winner Brugal Reward ($8.50) who also came from the back. No surprise, she clocked the fastest last 600m (35.96s), 400m (23.36s) and 200m (11.84s) of the race.
This Kavanagh galloper was smashed late in betting, despite resuming over 1200m – a distance well short of her best. This is suggesting strongly she’s returned in good order and has plenty of improvement left in the yard. Keen to see her stepping up in trip to her pet 1600m distance.