Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Monday, 16 August 2021. The runner's highlighted are our #BlackBook runners (the key runners of focus), while those included in the 'other' section of each race are additional runner's that have jumped out well enough to be worth noting. All NSW #BlackBook runners are 'other' runners.
BALLARAT - Race 3
#7 RED HAWK (11) - T & C McEvoy
Of the 2yo’s, RED HAWK was a nice winner of Heat 5 (light blue) in front of INGRATIATING and clocked the fastest 800m heat of the entire meeting! CAPO STRADA closed well in Heat 7 (blue) and was in front past the line with a bit more to give. MT BULLER jumped well but was taken to last and then closed super out wide in Heat 9 (white).
He had a spell, returning as an early 3yo with some very nice jump outs as noted below...
RED HAWK showed a stack of gate speed to lead them in Heat 3 on Jul 16 and then showed a great turn of foot to accelerate away and win by a couple of lengths. One of those horses he accelerated away from was impressive 2yo winner Danny's St Darci. First jump out for this 2yo colt and although it was the slowest time for the day, still a nice bit of work and one to follow.
A $260k purchase at the Inglis Classic Yearling sales, RED HAWK was mentioned after his Jul 16 win despite it being the slowest time of the day. The now-3yo colt showed that speed again to lead from start to finish in Heat 8 on Aug 3 for a big win in the end but this time clocking the second fastest time of the day (past the line he was in front by a long way). He will be leading or at least on speed on debut where we expect him to be very competitive. He looks to have a bit of talented and if he debuts at Ballarat no the synthetic, the McEvoy stable go to another level.
A 3x feature of our reviews and he finally makes his way to the races. McEvoy at Ballarat Synthetic has been on fire and Luke Currie goes for one ride. Looks smart and should just win - keen.
BALLARAT - Race 4
#1 DARING FEELING had the previous maide+6n winner Dream Effort covered in a 600m Pakenham jump out on Jun 24, stepping up to 950m in Heat 13 on Jul 7 where he jumped clearly the best, led and kicked under minimal pressure to win by 2.5L in the second fastest time of the morning. Jason Warren is one of only three owners of this gelding and expect him to lead and be hard to beat in a maiden on debut.
If we’re following Tobaysure, we have to also follow #8 ISLAND EDITION who was 3rd in Heat 4 on Aug 5 and probably just as quietly ridden but finished a bit further back. His Jul 20 jump out when going past Lightsaber was also impressive and he too looks like he was some nice closing speed.
ISLAND EDITION is going to be a good form reference for Tobaysure tomorrow. Think DARING FEELING can run a cheeky race here at a bigger price though, who we expect to lead from barrier 5 and be the one to chase down. ISLAND EDITION is a good chance as well. Keen to back one and save on the other, leaning towards DARING FEELING second up on an E/W basis.
BALLARAT - Race 5
#11 SASSY CHOICE (15) - A Alexander
SASSY CHOICE has been showing some talent without being fully tested. She was 2nd on Jul 16 (red) to some more experienced runners, backing that effort up with another 2nd in Heat 3 on Aug 3 (red) as she stepped up to 1100m. Her late speed here was super impressive, sitting 4-5L off the speed before coming down the middle of the track under no pressure to pretty much all but win. She had a pair of jump outs on Feb 25 and Mar 10, winning the latest before being sent for a spell. Looks ready to go to the races now and be competitive.
Nominated for the Caulfield Guineas so they clearly have an opinion. Comes into barrier 12 after scratchings and looks a good E/W bet here.
BALLARAT - Race 7
#3 CHAMPS D’OR clocked the fastest time of morning with a nice hard held win in Heat 8 on Jul 16. She pulled up with a slow recovery in her last start, a forgive run with her immediately given a spell.
Gets a BM58 first up over 1100m with barrier 1 and a 1.5kg claim to bring him down to 60.5kg. If he runs to his jump outs, hard to beat.