In our new weekly fixture BLACK BOOKED, we’ll take a look at the top five horses that were Black Booked by Sportsbet punters in the previous weekend’s racing. You don’t have to look hard to find someone trying to tell you about a good thing – but this way you can get a good look at what fellow punters are keeping tabs on without anyone’s opinion getting in the way.
5. Shocking Luck
Rough Habit Plate, 2000m, Doomben
Kicking things off this week is Kiwi galloper Shocking Luck. The three-year-old gelding put in a cracking shift as he kicked clear of the field with 250m to go, scoring by almost three lengths ahead of race favourites Order Again and the Chris Waller-trained Veladero. It was an impressive turn of foot and the Steven Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained galloper will now look ahead to the Group 3 Grand Prix stakes at Eagle Farm on May 27, before a likely tilt at the Queensland Derby where he his currently $4.60 favourite before noms.
Hygain, 1600m, Ballarat
A storming finish attracted the admiration of punters at Ballarat after the Darren Weir-trained gelding came from last and widest at the turn to salute by half a length. That made it two wins from two career starts for the three-year-old who looks to have the ability to race at a much higher level.
3. Tycoon Dancer
Chef’s Hat Plate, 1100m, Caulfield
A cracking debut from this two-year-old colt from the Hayes/Dabernig yard, who looks set for a bright future after finishing over the top of race favourite Easy Beast to score by half a length. David hayes was certainly impressed with the run, stating of Tycoon Dancer that ‘of his colt winners this year, he’d be my favourite’. That’s certainly high praise indeed, and punters were inclined to agree as they snapped the colt up in their Balck Books. Tycoon Dancer will now hit the paddock before a tilt at Spring.
Mac Drink Driving Grow Up, 1050m, Morphettville
It’s no surprise that Mulder takes out second spot this week after the Michael Hickmott-trained gelding made it four wins from four career starts at Morphettville on Saturday. The three-year-old kicked clear at the top of the straight to win by a length ahead of Samara Dancer and Sacred Sham. His immediate future is still up in the air as the Foxwedge colt is still currently up for sale by Hickmott. We can only assume that price has gone up after Mulder’s exploits on the weekend.
Doomben 10,000, 1200m, Doomben
No surprises this week as Redzel takes out top spot after a great win to score his first ever Group 1 victory in the Doomben 10,000. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained four year old is in a rich vein of form, having finished inside the top two in his last five starts. After flying out of the gates, the gelding led them a merry dance, leading the whole way before surviving a late drive to the line from Counterattack to score by half a length. He’ll now head to the paddock before a Spring campaign in Melbourne.
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