Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Sunday, 3 October 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. Our figures and benchmark ratings are from PuntingForm.
BENDIGO - Race 2
#8 SPIRIT OF GAYLARD (9) - M Freedman
Had a note to keep an eye on SPIRIT OF GAYLARD following a May 11 jump out where he dropped back to last and closed very well despite having minimal room. He was never asked for an effort there and looked as if he could’ve exploded. Given a bit more time, he returned to finish 2nd in Heat 9 on Sep 7 over 800m where he sat midfield in behind the leaders before peeling off the fence in the straight and closing well again. The 3yo colt looks to have a really nice action and having finished 5th on debut at Flemington back as a 2yo, he might have some talent we’re yet to fully see yet. Love how he moves.
Big fan of SPIRIT OF GAYLARD, even more so his huge win in Heat 10 on Sep 21 over the 1000m. He was away well but elected to drop to the clear back of the field and take a sit. He was then given a push in the straight and would’ve made up close to 8L or so to come over the top of the leaders and win in slick time. This was a massive win. Super keen to follow him first up, he’s a talented colt.
BENDIGO - Race 3
#2 THINK JADE (6) - S Nichols
THINK JADE was the pick of Heat 18 on Sep 13. Beaten for speed early as he dropped back to a clear last, he came down the outside alongside Office Jim under minimal pressure and didn’t look out of place alongsid