BlackBook - Sunday, 9 January 2022

Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Sunday, 9 January 2022. 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.


WARRNAMBOOL - Race 1

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We’ve previously had an opinion of #1 AMALFI SPRITZ before his last preparation. He was lame first up and coughing before finishing a close 0.6L 4th second up. He was given more time and now gelded, resuming in Heat 6 on Nov 23 with a quiet but nice bit of work. He’s one to keep an eye on into another jump out - him resuming gelded is a big gear change.

This is exactly what we wanted to see from #1 AMALFI SPRITZ in his second jump out to really give us confidence he’s come back in good order as a gelding. He had a quiet bit of work on Nov 22 alongside subsequent winner Kyokushin, but his win in Heat 7 on Dec 1 was a very impressive bit of work to suggest he’s come back super. He pretty much led from start to finish and was easily able to put a couple lengths on the field when given some slight pushes in the straight before being eased down late. He’s talented, he just needs to put it together on race day now and this looks like the prep he’ll do it. Keen to follow.


WARRNAMBOOL - Race 3

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#6 FINANCE CHOICE has been costly in his three career starts so far, beaten by 0.1L on debut before finishing 4th at $1.55 and then a disappointing 6th prior to a spell. Now with Tom Dabernig following the split from Lindsay Park, the now 3yo gelding returned to win Heat 6 on Dec 21 in the clear fastest 800m time of the morning in a nice bit of work. He’s a half-brother Group 1 sprinter Indian Pacific, being by Extreme Choice so there is no doubt about the talent in the family. Keeping an eye on him, especially into another jump out and then into a country maide