Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Sunday, 5 September 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.
CASTERTON - Race 1
Very nice jump out return for #1 ATOMIC GOLD having had previous jump outs under his breeding. The 4yo gelding clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning in a win in Heat 9 on Aug 11, getting a nice run up along the fence after sitting just off the pace. It was quite arrogant in the end, with the jockey looking over his shoulder to see where everyone was before easing down late. Keen to see another bit of work to get a really good gauge on how he’s travelling.
Thought #7 RAGING MONKEY moved alright when 2nd in Heat 4 on Aug 18. The 6yo went to the line with the 72-rated Faithful Diamond having finished 3rd to Mista Razzledazzle (since 4th BM64) and Croc Lurkin' (since 5th in a MDN). Not a stack of confidence, but moved well here and maybe one at big odds.
ATOMIC GOLD beat home Watch Hill in his first jump out, with that runner since running 4th in a MDN.
Ratings wise, BLOOMIN' CRAFT brings the best last start figure while RAGING MONKEY brings the next best - having had that jump out in between, expect him to go well here.
Both look to be E/W chances, but not a stack of confidence to be outlaying too much on this race. SHOCKING HABIT is a huge danger and her debut rated alright too.
GEELONG - Race 1
#1 BEACHHAVEN was super in his first jump out for Maddie Raymond, leading all the way in Heat 14 on Aug 11 as he went to the line with the 4yo Abandiman. Clocked a nice time in the process too, so a must watch into another jump out as he’ll certainly need to improve on his previous form when with Chris Waller.
OURLINK and BEACHHAVEN bring in the best last start figures from the same race, but BEACHHAVEN was very unlucky and arguably should've won, only going down by 2.6L. Think he's a good E/W bet here.
GEELONG - Race 3
#13 TOFFEE STREET has put in some nice efforts now, albeit not up against much. Took out Heat 1 on Aug 18 over the 1000m on the Geelong Synthetic, to follow up her massive Jul 21 600m win and Aug 4 2nd over 1000m. Debuted in a hot race behind Dosh and wasn’t up to it and then was 2nd by a nose to Anatolia. One to keep in mind first up this prep in a country maiden.
COMMANDS THE FIELD a very impressive winner of Heat 10 on Aug 9 in the second fastest time of the morning, with #14 XTRA GEAR in 2nd, a previous feature after finishing 2nd to Generation on Jul 12. One to keep in mind ahead of her debut.
XTRA GEAR would've won any other maiden on debut, just ran into the really smart Invincible Caviar and we've seen Treporti run well since. That race rated really well and is the clear best last start figure. Peak benchmark wise over the last 2 years, TOFFEE STREET brings in the best, while XTRA GEAR's debut rates the second best...
The query will be on whether he handles the track, but if he does then XTRA GEAR is the clear one to beat. Saving on TOFFEE STREET.
GEELONG - Race 4
#9 HYDERABAD (19) - A & S Freedman
HYDERABAD looks as though he’s a nice mover and is one to follow after his 2nd in Heat 5 on Jul 9. Only this gelding’s first jump out after a pair of jump outs in March earlier this year. On the watch list.
On the watch list after a Jul 9 jump out, now HYDERABAD is a must follow on debut as the 2yo gelding just cruised to the line behind the winner (talented 3yo Invincible Jet) in Heat 18 on Jul 23 as they clocked a slick time, the second fastest of the day. He was a $560k purchase and looks to move with class. Nice gelding.
Was hoping he got scratched because of the barrier, coming into 11 after scratchings.
GOLDEN MONKEY looks like the one to beat (and is going to be hard to beat), bringing in the clear best last start figure and best peak figures as well as race fitness on a few of these.
Track is another query along with the poor barrier - HYDERABAD can win, but looks more like an E/W play.
GEELONG - Race 7
#7 MELODEON is travelling well - she was 2.3L off a BM78 at Caulfield (when held up for a run) first up before being 2.9L off a BM70 at Moonee Valley when coming from last and clocking the races fastest L800m/600m/400m and then pulling up with a slow recovery at Flemington. Given a freshen, she returned to take out Heat 2 on Aug 31 with ease and would love to see her pop up in a country BM70 rather than in town.
Blinkers go on for the first time and actually has some nice figures from previous runs this preparation. Keen to play him for a small E/W in this race, looks a good price.
SHA TIN - Race 6
#6 NERVOUS WITNESS (10) - D Hayes (Z Purton)
BILL’S KICK with a wow jump out. The 3yo gelding went straight to the front in Heat 7 on Jan 14 and won as easy as you like, clocking 50.87s. He defeated Yes Sir by 5L who was 2nd and 1st in his first two career runs and now resumes as a gelding. Only his first jump out back and it was very impressive. Definitely follow this gelding, hard to jump out better.
This gelding was known in Australia as BILL'S KICK and trained by R Hickmott. Subsequently sold to Hong Kong, he has been re-named NERVOUS WITNESS and makes his race debut here.
His jump outs in Australia were super, he would've won some races here no doubt and looked to have a stack of talent.
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