Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Tuesday, 20 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.
BALLARAT - Race 2
#2 MCLELLAN went to the line with the smart Dirty Thoughts in Heat 1 on Jul 2. He only had the one start as a gelding, finishing 5th behind the likes of subsequent winners Hai Sun and I Am Mamwaazel. This was an encouraging return and we want to follow him into another jump out before resuming.
#8 MASHRABIYA we can follow as well from Heat 5 on Jul 2 (blue), her work past the line in this heat was super. She’s had 3 career starts in NSW for 3x 2nd’s at prices of $1.55, $1.55 and $2.10 - really only want to follow her if she’s better than odds on.
BALLARAT - Race 7
#8 ROCK THE BOWLER did it as easy as you like, winning Heat 4 on Jul 7 over the 1100m by 3L and clocking 1:06.40s which was 2.3s quicker than the only over 1100m on the day and above our average. All 3 of his career wins have come on Synthetic tracks (6: 3-0-0) with 2 of those coming first up (5: 2-0-0) and the other second up - hoping to see a 1400-1500m BM58 (even a BM64) on a Synthetic track when he returns.
A Synthetic BM58 is exactly what we wanted first up. All 3 of his career wins have come on Synthetic tracks (6 : 3-0-0), while he's good at the track (3 : 2-0-0) and first up (5 : 2-0-0). Comes into barrier 11 after scratchings and gets down to 59kg after the claim, which is the minimum weight. Good E/W bet.
BALLARAT - Race 9
#8 NAVAL ENVOY bolts in Heat 1 on Jul 7, clocking ~59.7s (hand-timed) for the 1000m here which backs up his Jun 23 win by a big margin as well. He’s handled the synthetic really well in these jump outs and we’ll be looking for a BM64 first up for him.