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Harness racing blackbookers February 8-14 - Three horses to follow from WA harness racing

Trent Orwin in Harness 15 Feb 2017
  • Three horses to add to the blackbook from the past week's harness racing action
Gloucester Park harness racing (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

There was plenty of quality harness racing in WA over the past week and here are three horses to follow and add to the blackbook for future meetings.

Three placegetters have made the blackbook this week and they have varying levels of talent. One of them is a classy three-year-old while another is a low-class four-year-old racing in maiden events. 

Sarah Goody – 2nd at Gloucester Park on February 10

The Kevin Keys-trained filly Sarah Goody has continued to improve from her two to three-year-old season and her effort on Friday night was very good in the Group 2 Daintys Daughter Classic (2130m). 

She broke stride in the early stages which led to her racing five back on the markers. She then moved 1 out 3 back and received clear-running at the 125m mark as she charged home into second place behind Maczaffair. 

The winner is the state’s top filly at this stage but Sarah Goody can match her with a barrier draw advantage. 

She possesses good gate speed and looks a horse to follow this season as she heads towards the WA Oaks. 

Major Spoilt – 2nd at Collie on February 12

Collie hosted their first meeting of the season and the Chris Beckett-trained four-year-old gelding Major Spoilt was brave running second behind Telham Lane in the King Coal Cup (2700m). 

Galloping away and losing around 12m, Major Spoilt settled 1 out 4 back which is a very difficult position to overcome around the 644m circuit. He made a three-wide move with about 850m left to travel and ran past all bar the winner in the final circuit to finish 6.7m away. 

Expect him to be very competitive against the same opposition because he rarely misses a place with 27 starts producing nine wins and 13 minor placings.

Truleylucky – 3rd at Pinjarra on February 13

Time to throw one into the blackbook from out of nowhere in the form of the Heather Herbert-trained four-year-old mare Truleylucky. 

Racing in an R0 event at Pinjarra over 2185m (R0 is the same as a maiden for thoroughbred readers), Truleylucky raced 1 out 2 back before driver Gary Herbert navigated the mare behind the leader Henreys Heart who got a stitch in the concluding stages. 

Waiting for the sprint lane, Truleylucky finished strongly to run a narrow third behind Im Robyn and Stir It Up but should have won the race in my opinion as she seemingly had momentum that was stopped by the struggling leader at the top of the home straight. 

This isn’t your traditional blackbook horse because the mare will be reliant on facing very easy opposition in R0-grade but she should be decent odds most starts. Beware that she doesn’t have much (if any) gate speed so drawing barrier one is likely to mean she is bailed away on the pegs but she has been good at her past two starts. 

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