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BlackBook - Saturday, 10 July 2021

Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Saturday, 10 July 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.


#8 RONIN (9) - M Price & M Kent Jnr

Worth following the winner of Heat 7 on Apr 20, RONIN being solely owned by Mick Price, which is something you don’t see often. He is a half-brother to Valiant Dream, who raced over in Sha Tin.

Thought RONIN put in another nice bit of work, winning Heat 1 on Jun 8 (pink) following on from his Apr 20 trial win ahead of Missed The Mark (since 4th by 4.6L in a MDN). As mentioned previously, this 3yo gelding is solely owned by Mick Price. He jumped okay, quickly getting into stride out wide where he then cruised up to the leaders before hitting the front under his own steam, never asked for an effort. Only really recent Flemington winner Romancer was making ground on him late. Want to follow him into his debut as a late 3yo.

Has opened $4.80 on TAB. Very good price to find out how he goes, taking that as an E/W bet.



#9 DUTY DYNASTY is the younger half-brother of the 3yo Group 1 star Hungry Heart and was the easily the pick of those jumping out at Cranbourne. In his first jump out, the 2yo Snitzel colt cruised to an easy win in Heat 3 on May 31 (green) while clocking the fastest 800m heat of the morning in the process. He jumped beautifully, took up the lead along the rail and then kicked away upon straightening to win easily. The jockey even had a look over the shoulder with 100m or so left. A very impressive showing and he had a bit left in the tank.

We said we were very keen to keep an eye out for another jump out for the half-brother to Indian Pacific, #10 FINANCE CHOICE did his credentials no harm when finishing 2nd to a pushed Gulf Of Aden in Heat 2 on May 28 (yellow), the fastest heat of the day. The gelding showed good gate speed and was under a strong hold as he pushed to the front. He was given a very slight push by the jockey at the top of the straight before the jockey let him cruise to the line. Probably would’ve liked to see him a respond a bit more but he wasn’t fully asked so it is hard to gauge and any other heat on the day he would’ve won. Looks to be a nice mover.

Going to be a nice race between the well bred DUTY DYNASTY (half-brother of Hungry Heart) and the well bred FINANCE CHOICE (half-brother of Indian Pacific).

Prior to his debut, we thought DUTY DYNASTY would be competing in Saturday races, just didn't think it would be Pakenham Synthetic Saturday races. He was well backed but was just beaten, finishing 2nd with a 2L+ gap to 3rd - sticks at 1000m now and will be improved 2nd up.

FINANCE CHOICE ran into Darceandermill (who then won again) on debut before knuckling really badly second up (nearly losing the rider) when backed into $1.55. He did well to finish 4th that day...

GERTANIE has had 2x 2nd's this prep and expect her to be in it again. She sticks at 1000m, third up and gets 2kg off her back now with C Gaudrey taking the ride - one at a price.

Expect one of those three to win - hard to split. Probably have FINANCE CHOICE on top with DUTY DYNASTY a very close second. GERTANIE worth a saver to breakeven.



#7 MELODEON was super in Heat 6 on Jun 25, the clear pick of the jump outs as she cruised to the line out wide over 1000m. She handled the Heavy track with easy and had Gundown covered pretty easily here. After a quiet Jun 16 trial over 850m (also on the Heavy), she looks ready to resume.



#14 RECKONING sat in behind the speed before getting a gap very late and exploding through to put a space on them past the line in Heat 7 on Jul 2. This was a really nice bit of work but it was done in the slowest time for the day.


#9 SIR CRACKLE (12) - Bjorn Baker

Jun 18 (Rosehill) - first jump out back - big 5.25L win in average time for the day - worth watching.

Jul 2 (Canterbury H10) - again, very impressive with a 3L win (11L to 3rd) in very nice time for the day (only 2 of the 15x 890-900m trials were sub 57s, this being one of them) - this trial, got pressured and sat 2nd in the run but was too strong late - expecting a nice debut.

Jason Collett rode in all three trials, sticking here for the debut.


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