Highlight Finds

All the runner's below were initially highlighted in our Weekly Reviews as horses to follow after their jump out(s) and before they had accepted to their first up run. We have included our original blackbook comments, along with the jump out accompanying those comments. These runner's were either big winners (~2L+ or $10+ BSP) first up and/or second up and/or have gone on to win high quality races. Please note that this list does not include all the other 50+ winner's that did not win by over ~2L first or second up. All price's quoted are at the Betfair Starting Price (BSP).

SHELBY COBRA - M Moroney

Second Up : 1st by 3.5L ($1.87 BSP)

Third Up : 1st by 1.0L ($3.42 BSP) in a Listed race.

 

Blackbook comments : SHELBY COBRA with probably the best performance despite the slow overall time. The 3yo gelding finished 2nd in Heat 11 (pink) on Sep 11 when slow out, overracing in the middle stages when asked to take a sit but then came wide around the field and easily took over the leaders with the 66-rated Able Engine in a matter of strides before being eased back late. He did much of the same in an Apr 24 jump out behind Miss Bosetti and Ourconi (both subsequent winners) while he didn’t have much room at all when quietly ridden along the rail in a more recent Aug 28 jump out. The $130k purchase looks like he has some talent and the Toronado’s are travelling well.

 

OUTFLANK - M Price & M Kent Jnr

First Up : 1st by 1.8L ($5.33 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : Again, OUTFLANK (yellow) was a top performer at the jump outs and is a must watch first up. In Heat 4 on Sep 28 she took up the lead with recent maiden winner Early Plea (who had a clear fitness edge), where they went on to beat the rest of the field by a good 3-4L with the 85-rated Savaheat in 3rd. They clocked 50.20s over the 900m, the only time under 51s and the clear fastest of the day. Following jump outs on Sep 15, May 5 and Apr 28, she is absolutely flying on the track and if she finds a country maiden, she will win first up.

 

AMURI - T & C McEvoy

Second Up : 1st by 6.2L ($3.78 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : The 3yo Zoustar filly AMURI travelled in restricted room early in Heat 17 on Aug 21 with the jockey restraining her for much of the back straight. She was shuffled back but managed to find some room along the fence in the straight and showed a nice natural turn of speed to come up and take the lead and win. Have no doubt if she was allowed to jump and run she would’ve won by more in better time. Only her first jump out too so encouraging signs early.

 

ALFA ORO (NZ) - M Laurie

First Up : 2nd by 2.0L ($3.05 BSP)

*went on to win his next 5 starts, including 3 metro wins.

 

Blackbook comments : The now 4yo gelding was impressive in his 2yo campaign before suffering an injury, winning a maiden comfortably by 6L and then finishing 2nd to Leonardo Da Hinchi (who went on to win a G2 and contest the G1 Guineas). He had a set of three jump outs on Nov 6 (650m in 32.59s), Nov 20 (750m in 46.92s) and Dec 5 (950m in 54.40s) before a spell and returning for jump outs on Mar 18 (47.84s) and Mar 25 (47.03s). Have a very high opinion of this gelding.

 

SWATS THAT - L & T Corstens

First Up : 2nd by 0.8L ($6.78 BSP) in a Listed race.

Second Up : 1st by 2.0L ($3.65 BSP) in a Group 3.

Third Up : 1st by 0.8L ($3.10 BSP) in a Group 3.

Fourth Up : 2nd by 1.8L ($7.94 BSP) in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

 

Blackbook comments : SWATS THAT is jumping out like a very good filly. She took out Heat 9 on Aug 28 under a very strong hold following on from her Jul 31 and Aug 10 jump outs. Think this is a group class filly and will feature in some very nice races this spring.

 

RAINBIEL - A Chibnall

First Up : 1st by 1.8L ($5.44 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 2.8L ($2.04 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : RAINBIEL went to the line with superior horses in Rubisaki and Kaarchi in Heat 2 on Aug 17. Two placings from two career runs to date, this filly looks to have come back in good order for her 3yo campaign after another quiet Jul 28 jump out.

 

GENERAL BEAU - M Ellerton & S Zahra

First Up : 1st by 2.2L ($2.92 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : The most impressive of the 2yo trials was GENERAL BEAU (orange/white & black sleeves) taking out Heat 2 on Sep 15 up the straight. The 2yo Brazen Beau looked comfortable and was well held in comparison to all the other 2yo’s in either heats. We saw him finish a close 2nd in a Sep 4 jump out as well to suggest that this could be a handy early 2yo…

 

ALOVELYBROWNHORSE - G Eurell

Second Up : 1st by 0.2L ($20.08 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : ALOVELYBROWNHORSE looks like she has a bit of closing speed. The 4yo mare closed well from the back in an Aug 3 jump out on Vancouver Lad (came out and won a MDN) and also in Heat 7 (49.01s) on Aug 17 when ridden with a little bit of urgency to come through the middle and run past Moi Choux. She is a full-sister to the handy metro winner Red Heeler, so she might appreciate some distance but certainly looks like she has some ability.

 

PRETTY ROSSA - M Laurie

First Up : 1st by 2.5L ($8.40 BSP)

Blackbook comments : Loved the win of PRETTY ROSSA in Heat 11 on Sep 2. The flashy filly sat just behind the leaders before coming up the inside in the straight to win, really extending when she was given a reminder to suggest she has some sort of turn of foot. She was a very close 2nd on Aug 12 as well as 6th on Aug 20 at Sandown and if we go back to her first couple of jump outs, she had the Governor Landy covered on May 6. She’s had plenty of education and has put in some nice work to suggest she’ll be competitive early in her career.

 

FOREVER FREE - M Ellerton & S Zahra

First Up : 1st by 0.8L ($2.35 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 0.3L ($3.21 BSP)

Third Up : 1st by 1.1L ($5.77 BSP) in the AAMI Queen Adelaide Stakes (Listed) at Morphetville.

 

Blackbook comments : Thought the most impressive 2yo of the day was this Exceed And Excel filly in Heat 4 (47.96s) on Mar 6. She showed good gate speed to zip to the front early and travelled under a hold to the line when winning by 1-2L. She had the ears pricked today after also jumping out well on Feb 28 (48.11s) when 2nd to Geist who was 3rd in a G2 only 3 weeks earlier. A $300k purchase from the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales, this filly looks above average. 

 

NIGHT RAID - M Price & M Kent Jnr

First Up : 1st by 7.2L ($1.24 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 0.3L ($3.81 BSP) in the $140k Atlantic Jewel (Listed) at Moonee Valley.

 

Blackbook comments : She was fourth on debut at Flemington ($41 SP) to the subsequent Group 3 winner A Beautiful Night, subsequently spelled and now this 3yo filly has returned super to the jump outs. Following on from a Jul 21 win, the 2yo filly won Heat 4 (47.86s) on Jul 28 as well in super time when leading from start to finish. Certainly one to watch first up as a 3yo, expecting her to have spring targets.

 

BLESS HER - S Eden

First Up : 1st by 4.0L ($3.16 BSP)

*went on to win her next 4x races before placing in a Group 3.

Blackbook comments : A nice return from the 3yo daughter of Street Boss in Heat 5 (48.9s) on Apr 14 (green/blue silks). Her first preparation was quite good as she placed 3 times from 4 starts as well as a 4th. She nearly broke maiden status at her second start, finishing 2nd by 0.1L and finishing in front of Megamea. She then ran behind Tycoon Bella and Excelman, what now transpires as good form. Her jump out was solid today, as she made up plenty of ground in the final stages whilst hardly being asked for an effort. If placed in a suitable maiden first up, she will be winning. 

 

SAVANNAH CLOUD (NZ) - P Stokes

First Up : 1st by 5.5L ($2.32 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : Nice return to the jump outs for SAVANNAH CLOUD in Heat 5 on Sep 2 who we highlighted prior to his debut as one to follow into the spring. His first two career runs were super and with the breeding of being by Savabeel (G1 winnner at 2000m) from an O'Reilly mare who was a G3 winner herself over 2400m while holding a nomination for the cox plate, this colt is certainly one we are keen to hopefully go towards a derby.

 

TYDEUS - L Smith

First Up : 1st by 3.5L ($2.08 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 1.8L ($5.60 BSP)

Blackbook comments : This colt was 2nd to Corner Pocket (since 2nd on debut) in a Jun 3 (yellow) jump out and looked more comfortable in the run. The 3yo looked super when winning Heat 8 on Aug 10 by a huge margin to suggest he is above average. Another nice Lindsey Smith 3yo after also winning a May 27 jump out and going to the line alongside Mystery Shot and Corner Pocket (again) in a May 20 jump out.

 

RINGFORT - M Price & M Kent Jnr

First Up : 1st by 0.8L ($17.00 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : RINGFORT cruised to the win in Heat 5 (50.11s) on Aug 18 and looked very comfortable in doing so, albeit in the slowest time of the day. The 4yo mare was a $100k purchase back in 2018, but has been very disappointing in 3 career runs to date. Only her first jump out this prep so watch for a second one to see if she has returned in better order.

Had her second jump out on Aug 25, finishing 2nd to the 61-rated Black Opal in the second quickest of 9x 800m heats.

 

BELLA NIPOTINA - T Dabernig & B Hayes

First Up : 1st by 2.0L ($28.00 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : This 3yo filly won a jump out on Jun 24 in good time and has backed that up with a big win in Heat 6 (48.31s) on Jul 31. Her time was only 0.01s off the quickest of the day over the big 16x jump outs. She’s a stakes performed 2yo that is still a maiden and looks to be gearing up for a spring prep. 

 

BERMADEZ (NZ) - M Moroney

First Up : 1st by 5.2L ($2.13 BSP)

Blackbook comments : We have been following this gelding since some super jump outs under his breeding Tavistock x Pikea on Dec 27 and especially on Jan 17 (pink silks) where he was slowly away, settling last but powering to and through the line. He was a massive eye-catcher and we have been waiting since. We haven’t seen him for a while until a Jul 24 jump out (pink silks) when going to the line with Hard Landing (since 1st at Moonee Valley) and again did his best work past the line. He is city class.

 

BAROCHA - C Douglas

First Up : 1st by 5.0L ($1.92 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 2.5L ($1.49 BSP)

*since sold to HK.

 

Blackbook comments : This gelding was 2nd to the smart 79-rated Riddle Me That in a Jul 15 jump out over 600m and has now backed that up with a very nice win in Heat 1 (1:06.72s) on Jul 29 over the 1000m this time when running over the top of the very smart Group-1 winner Princess Jenni. The current 3yo gelding was only a $12k purchase from the 2018 Inglis Yearling Sales and based on the jump outs, looks like he’ll make up that value pretty quickly… 

 

GYPSY CHOICE - M Price & M Kent Jnr

First Up : 1st by 3.8L ($2.51 BSP)

Blackbook comments : Very good win by this 3yo filly in Heat 6 (47.24s) on Jul 28, clocking the quickest time of the 7x 800m heats of the morning too. Led them up and travelled super through the line, continuing to extend late. She was disappointing on debut and was spelled straight after to return and be 2nd to Night Raid in that Jul 21 jump out. Very promising jump out here and one to watch after starting $20 on debut and being iffy.

 

JENNI’S RAINBOW - D Brideoake

First Up : 1st by 3.0L ($3.80 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : We identified her as one to watch after finishing well on Jul 8 when she was 2nd to Remastered with Testa Boom behind. This time in, the 2yo More Than Ready Filly took out Heat 5 (58.30s) on Jul 22 quite comfortably to put together two nice synthetic trials in a row and suggest she has some ability. The $75k Inglis Melbourne Premier purchase will be looking for a very late-season 2yo debut on a synthetic track where we will be following.

 

VILLA VILLEKULLA - P Payne

First Up : 1st by 3.5L ($1.60 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : This 4yo gelding all but won on debut when travelling wide and getting overrun by a very fast finishing (and handy) Just Folk (who will measure up too much better races). They had 2L on 3rd and 3.5L on 4th. Run probably took a bit out of him on the Heavy9, has had a freshen up and a nice jump out in Heat 3 on Jul 28 (blue silks) with his trainer Patrick Payne riding and going to the line alongside stablemate 75-rated Mount Kilcoy. He’ll go close second up.

 

SHOTMAKER - M Price & M Kent Jnr
First Up : 1st by 2.2L ($1.41 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : This 3yo is still a maiden having competed in some very handy races including being only 4L off the Group 1 Blue Diamond in 2019. Following his Blue Diamond campaign, he was 2.4L off Super Seth in a Group 3 before being 1.4L off a Listed race and then failing in the Group 3 Guineas prelude. He’s been given a really good spell of 10 months, with the key gear change being that he is now a gelding. In his first jump out back he took out Heat 1 (48.94s) on Jul 7 against some handy horses and considering the stable obviously had a very high opinion of him as a colt, we would expect them to continue racing him in some nice races. He is still a maiden though, so hopefully we see him in a maiden first up before going onto more races in town.

 

JUST FOLK - J Julius

First Up : 1st by 0.2L ($22.57 BSP)

*since won a bm64 third up.

 

Blackbook comments : Winning Heat 7 (1:02.59s) on Jun 30 (light blue silks) over 1000m was this un-raced 3yo gelding. After being ridden out the back on Jun 4 before finishing in the placings on Jun 16, the son of Magnus stepped up to the 1000m and looked comfortable when winning under minimal jockey pressure. While there was only two 1000m heats, his time was quicker than far superior runners in Heat 6 to suggest he might have some ability. He’s a good looking horse, keep an eye out for him on debut.

 

A PINCH OF LUCK - M Laurie

First Up : 1st by 6.0L ($2.63 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : Liked the way this 2yo filly extended late and put a space on the field in Heat 4 (57.82s) on Jul 8 in the blue silks. She’s been jumping out against the older horses with this being her third jump out this preparation. They include a 4th on Jun 17 and then a 2nd on Jun 24 where she went to the line with the 74-rated Tall Lady. The $30k daughter of Shamus Award has certainly shown enough at the jump outs to suggest she’ll be competitive first up, hopefully on a synthetic track.

 

MASTER MONTARO - R Laming

First Up : 1st by 3.5L ($3.50 BSP)

Second Up : 1st by 3.0L ($1.67 BSP)

*since sold to HK.

 

Blackbook comments : We first blackbooked this 3yo gelding back before the spring from his Aug 26, Sep 9, Sep 23, Nov 18 and Dec 2 jump outs. The 3yo son of Toronado has been given time and it looks to have done him well where he finished 2nd in Heat 1 over 800m clocking 47.4s on Mar 10 (white silks). He was pushed in the jump out but will take big improvement, as it is his first jump out this preparation. The overall time was significantly faster than the others on the day, so it suggests that he has some sort of ability. He hasn’t had a start yet so there’s plenty to look forward to! 

 

KNOWLES - J Warren

First Up : 1st by 2.2L ($3.46 BSP)

Blackbook comments : The 3yo filly was super impressive in her last run behind Moldova before her spell, running a nice last 200m split. This filly jumped out over 800m in Heat 5 on Sep 9 and was quite impressive. She was hard held and looked to find the line with ease. The best part about her is she’s still a maiden and should be winning first up. After her other impressive jump out on Aug 28 over 600m where she sat 3L behind the leader in last spot but really hit her straps towards the end, overtaking the field and finishing nicely to be in front past the line under minimal riding. Very impressive.

 

LATENIGHTTOUGHGUY - K Hann

First Up : 1st by 4.2L ($2.28 BSP)

*since sold to HK.

 

Blackbook comments : In the quickest of 12x 800m heats, this unraced 3yo Written Tycoon colt showed a ton of speed to win Heat 12 (44.93s) on Mar 3 over 800m by 6L under hands and heels. This jump out win was no fluke, having won jump outs on Jan 21 (900m – 50.24s) and Feb 14 (800m - 49.3s) in similar fashion. He is a half- brother to the stakes placed gelding, Beerz With Clint. Expect him to lead on debut so if he draws a good barrier, he’ll certainly be the one to be on. 

 

BELLARINE BEAUTY - L & T Corstens

First Up : 1st by 2.3L ($2.28 BSP)

Blackbook comments : A nice win in Heat 7 (49.12s) on Feb 21 by this 3yo filly who looks like she has returned in very good order. Her form from her last run when 6th at Ballarat has good form lines now with 1st since winning a LR race and 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th all breaking their maidens since. She also jumped out on Feb 7 (49.95s) just behind PEIDRA (3.5L off a G3 first up) when gapping 3rd. Expect her to break her maiden early this prep. 

 

CHIPPEWA SQUARE (NZ) - C Maher & D Eustace

First Up : 1st by 6.0L ($2.74 BSP)

*since sold to HK.

 

Blackbook comments : The half-brother to Savannahlander (NZ) took out Heat 2 on Mar 31 in the quickest time of the 3x 1100m jump outs, 1:06.68s. He showed some nice gate speed to cross and take the lead along the rail and win by a good margin. He jumped out quietly behind subsequent winner Lord Kensington on Feb 20 and looks ready to debut. 

 

MOI CHOUX (NZ) - R Laming 

First Up : 1st by 3.5L ($2.23 BSP)

Blackbook comments : Another nice jump out from this 3yo son of Jimmy Choux (NZ) from Moirai in Heat 7 on Oct 28. He was well held throughout the event and looked strong through the line. Blackbooked after his Oct 14 next to Zoumanor and Aug 26 jump outs too. Keep an eye on! 

 

ROTATOR - L Smith

First Up : 1st by 3.2L ($1.51 BSP)

Blackbook comments : We hand-timed this 3yo Not A Single Doubt filly’s jump out for 46s in Heat 7 on Feb 6 where she won by a big margin. She resumes for the new stable (previously C Waller) and comes down to Melbourne and judging from this jump out, we don’t expect her to be a maiden for long. 

 

OCULAR - S Eden

First Up : 1st by 2.8L ($3.00 BSP)

Blackbook comments : That’s now 3 good jump outs from this 3yo Written Tycoon gelding being on Oct 28 (49.6s) behind Ironore Gine (since 1st MDN by 2L), Nov 18 (48.0s) after settling on the heels of Hard Press (2YO HCP winner) and today in Heat 13 (51.3s) in the rain. Super keen for him to make his debut if placed well. 

 

CLIFFS OF BELAURA - J McArdle

First Up : 1st by 3.2L ($4.60 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : Another nice jump out in Heat 4 on Oct 30 by the 2yo Filly by Canford Cliffs (IRE) from Belaura following on from her Oct 23 jump out where she was slow out of the gates but more than made up for it as she came wide around the turn and rounded the field up with ease to just miss in 2nd. In today’s heat she settled well to the back of the field and was being restrained for majority of the race when over-racing. Was given a push around the bend and made up some good ground. She's one to watch for her debut. 

 

DRATINI - C Alderson

Second Up : 1st by 3.2L ($19.15 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : The clear stand out performer of the jump outs was this 4yo son of ALL TOO HARD, winning Heat 12 by well over 10L in 1:01.0s, the fastest of the 1000m heats. Following from his Dec 23 and Dec 30 jump outs, he’s ready to make his Australian debut and give it an almighty shake. He’s only 57 rated, given his poor NZ form (8 starts for 1 win), so a BM58 is a possibility. Regardless, follow him into his debut.

 

LOVIN' LAUGHS - M Sell

First Up : 1st by 4.25L ($3.50 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : LOVIN’ LAUGHS won a Bendigo jump out Mar 19 nicely but hasn’t been since since. Returning in Heat 4 on Oct 5 (red), the un-raced 4yo gelding again looked impressive winning. He sat on the outside of the leader, was given a push a couple of times in the straight and responded each time by edging forward. It looked to be a nice time for the day too, with the 800m being ran in 49.5s (hand-timed). Watching for a second jump out.

 

MOUNT MITTY - B Stanley

First Up : 1st by 4.0L ($4.78 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : MOUNT MITTY a very impressive winner of Heat 3 on Oct 26 (white) over the 900m following on from a quiet Oct 14 jump out. The 4yo gelding had the 63-rated Boss Coni covered easily in this heat and it certainly won’t surprise to see him go on with it after an impressive second career prep that resulted in two wins from the four starts. Expect a BM64 first up.

 

STOICAL - P & P Snowden

First Up : 1st by 3.3L ($2.58 BSP)

 

Blackbook comments : Potentially gelded, STOICAL showed his talent to lead and win along the fence in Heat 10 on Oct 22 (red/white). He was under a strong hold for much of the heat and looked strong through the line. Only his first jump out so certainly keeping a close eye on him.