Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Thursday, 2 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.
CRANBOURNE - Race 3
#11 DIRECT (13) - L Kennewell
Loved the work of DIRECT in his return in Heat 5 on Jul 20 (green). He jumped cleanly but was heavily restrained to the back, with the jockey getting an arm workout throughout the heat. He eventually crept forward to win the heat as it looked like the jockey just couldn’t hold him back any longer. His form reads super now - he was 2nd to Paulele on debut who then won his next start with his prep ending in a 2.5L Group 3 victory. He was then 3rd and only 1.5L off the winner, Home Affairs, while just behind Rocket Tiger with his latest run being in the Group 2 Todman Stakes, finishing 6th but only 3.6L behind the winner Anamoe in a field that including Profiteer, Stay Inside and Remarque. He’s smart and very keen to follow him into the spring, especially down here in VIC.
#2 MISS SOLUCA didn’t have much room throughout her Jul 19 but was travelling just as well as Zerelle and Forgot You (since 3rd BM70). In Heat 14 on Aug 9 she had plenty of room, pushing forward and although being given a bit of a push, she still closed well to finish a narrow 2nd to Six Bells.
DIRECT is third up peaking now after two runs in town, running 2nd first up (defeating Jigsaw and clocking the meeting's fastest L200m) before running 5th and being 2.8L behind Ingratiating and 1.8L behind General Beau (despite being held up from the 400m to 200m)... that form more than stacks up for a Cranbourne maiden. Clear on top pick for us and should just be winning - barrier the only query but should just be too good.
MISS SOLUCA's trial form has Six Bells since running 4th in a MDN and Love Sensation since running 2nd in a BM84 at Moonee Valley. Don't think she's up to the class of DIRECT though - we will save to breakeven at the $15+.
NICE FOR WHAT is really the only one that might give him a challenge but doesn't have the fitness. Jump outs were only fair, but still mindful of her.
Backing DIRECT, especially at the $2.35 on UniBet and with their promotion (below). Saving on MISS SOLUCA to breakeven at $15.
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