Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Sunday, 25 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.
SALE - Race 5
#5 RED HOT NICC (8) - P Stokes
RED HOT NICC looks to have come back in really good order. He was quietly ridden in a Jun 24 jump out when 2nd but has then demolished the field in Heat 8 on Jul 7, winning by 7L in the third fastest time of the day and only 0.15s off the quickest. He was extremely hard held until the bend and then he opened up as he was revved up, showing he had a bit on this lot. He started $3.20 on debut but had bilateral shin soreness, so forgive that run and look for him to return now in better order.
Super by #11 BON’S A PEARLA but she seems to have a habit of being slowly away. She was away terribly back on Dec 7 and was then put away. She returned in Heat 6 on Jul 5 where she was away slowly (not as bad as previously) to sit at the rear of the field but was way too speedy throughout as she weaved through to take the lead and win well in the end considering her start. Want to see another bit of work and her improve that start.
SALE - Race 9
#8 KURNELL won Heat 2 on Jun 28 in the fastest 990m time of the morning. As expected, he led from start to finish here which is the same as his racing pattern. Only really want to be following him into a 1000m BM64 (especially a BM58 with a claim) first up - any longer (distance wise) will test him. Can win and most likely at a nice ($10+) price.
Barrier 19 of 20 here... that's now three terrible barriers. He might have to run though due to the race-free week next week. Going to be a tough ask.
WARRACKNABEAL - Race 2
#2 BIXILON went straight to the front in Heat 5 on Jun 18 and bolted in, winning by a big margin in a very slick time (only 0.03s off the fastest of the day). He didn’t have his blinkers on in his Jun 11 jump out, finishing 4th to Skiddaw, but certainly had them on here. Last preparation he resumed at Flemington without the blinkers before they went on for his next two runs that saw him finish a 0.4L 3rd and a 2.4L 4th to Sensationalisation in his latest where 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th have all won since. He has some nice form on the board now and a pair of nice jump outs to go with it, he can break his maiden early this prep.
Heavily backed first up as a gelding into $1.80, but didn't run up to the price. Can't sack off one bad run but now has 6 runs for only 2 placings and has barrier 16 here.
The time was slow, but #5 LADY SILVAIR travelled on the bridal throughout Heat 9 on Jul 12 and hit the line well. She was very unlucky on debut when 3rd and then was a forgive second up when she knuckled badly at the start and never got into it. Given a 4-week freshen up, she looks to be back in good order.
WARRACKNABEAL - Race 3
#4 GUANABA GIRL (6) - D Reid
GUANABA GIRL wow. In Heat 17 on Jul 6 or the new stable, the 6yo mare sat behind the speed with not much room to move until finding a gap along the fence at the top of the straight where she exploded to the front and put up lengths on the field under minimal jockey pressure. Considering she had a 94-week spell, her Jun 16 trial was a nice bit of work when 2nd. She might be able to finally break the maiden…
Worth a small bet at the odds.
WARRACKNABEAL - Race 9
#2 PALACIO MUSICO was 2nd in Heat 17 behind Monetizing, resuming for his new stable with Belinda Dunn in impressive fashion. He was away well but ridden cold to settle last, before showing a super turn of foot when asked by the jockey and then being eased up before the line. He easily could’ve won this if allowed and it was a very quick trial. Expect a BM64 first up.
GOSFORD - Race 2
#3 TOCOMAH (9) - Garry Frazer
Jun 15 (Hawkesbury) - SUPER - 4.4L win in the clear quickest 800m time of the morning (and quickest L600m so wasn’t tiring…) - wasn’t away the best but mustered some speed to lead the whole way and kick late under minimal jockey pressure.
-- has had another jump out in between runs --
Jul 19 (Hawkesbury) - easily the fastest time of the morning and easily the fastest L600m - did have race fitness though having been 2nd on debut on Jun 29, don’t like that he was a $2 favourite beaten that day but he beat 3rd by 4L and the winner was $1.70 next start and ran 2nd in a CL1.
Don't really want to take the odds on price in early markets. Wait and see here.
GOSFORD - Race 3
#7 WARMTH (4) - Peter & Paul Snowden
Jul 9 (Randwick (Soft7)) - jumped from out (very) wide, pushed forward to cross and lead alongside Big Parade with those two going to the line together with a big 4L gap to 3rd - very good trial considering Big Parade is a well performed leader, good trial form - well bred 3yo filly being out of Ultimate Fever making her a half-sister to Sprightly Lass - big watch.
Jul 19 (Hawkesbury) - nice win in nice time again to back up previous trial - travelling well.
Hard to beat. Sam Clipperton sticks after riding in the trials.