Please see below for our #BlackBook runner comments for Tuesday, 21 December 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.
GEELONG - Race 2
A maiden win can’t be far for #8 HER EMPIRE, closing well late to finish 2nd in Heat 2 on Dec 10 after trailing the leaders throughout and peeling off their backs late. The 3yo filly is coming off an 11-week let up after finishing 2.3L off stablemate Seradess in a Group 3 and just behind the likes of Decent Raine, which is form that will stack up in pretty much any maiden if that is the way she goes when she resumes.
KIATA was super quick when winning Heat 1 on Nov 30, clocking the quickest time of the morning by 2s but she does have the benefit of two runs under her belt this preparation. The 2nd horse across the line was the 98-rated Deep Image, but quiet on the inside just in behind Kiata was the 3-start maiden #10 POPPET who certainly didn’t look out of place. She just followed Kiata throughout and cruised to the line in only her first jump out back. If she was in any other jump out she wins comfortably… big watch on her.
Geelong - Race 2
If HER EMPIRE runs to any of her last five career runs, then she is going to be very very hard to beat. Of those runs, the worst rating is +3.4, where the best career peak of anyone in this race is +4.9 (PAPER DRAGON). Only had the one jump out but she's c