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Horses To Follow - The top 10 Blackbookers from the Melbourne Spring Carnival

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 14 Nov 2017
  • Who are the horses to follow as we head to the remainder of 2017 and into 2018?
Merchant Navy flew home to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day

There was no shortage of action over the course of the Melbourne spring carnival and the meetings at Caulfield, Moonee Valley and Flemington provided a number of horses to follow in the coming weeks and into 2018. 

We have picked out 10 to mark down for the blackbook. 

Petition (4yo Mare- Anthony Freedman)
Anthony Freedman galloper that was unlucky not to score a win this preparation. Came from well back on a day that suited the leaders on Caulfield Cup day to finish 4th behind Global Glamour in the Tristarc Stakes (1400m), just behind the subsequent Group 1 winner Shillelagh. 

Merchant Navy (3yo Colt - Aaron Purcell)
One of the most impressive winners of the spring carnival, weaving a passage to take out the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) in brilliant fashion. The only blip on his record thus far is an unplaced performance in Sydney in the Golden Rose (1400m). Look out for this boy in the autumn. 

Naantali (3yo Filly- Aaron Purcell)
Aaron Purcell galloper that ran a narrow 2nd to the flying Our Crown Mistress on Caulfield Cup day, despite racing greenly. That was at just her second career start and she has since been put in cotton wool with a view to the autumn. 

Vengeur Masque (6yo Gelding- Michael Moroney)
Claimed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on the final day of the Flemington carnival and was desperately unlucky not to gain a start in the Melbourne Cup, finishing a narrow 2nd in the Lexus Stakes (2500m). Was 25th in the order of entry for the race that stops the nation and missed a birth, despite the scratching of Who Shot Thebarman. In astute hands and may get his chance next year. 

Tamasa (3yo Colt- Darren Weir)
The unlucky runner in the final event of Stakes day, missing out behind Kentucky Breeze in the Hilton (1400m). Pushes on towards the Sandown Guineas (1600m) and regardless of the outcome of that race, he appears to be one for the autumn. 

In Her Time (5yo Mare- Benjamin Smith)
Just missed out in the Manikato Stakes (1200m) and was scratched from the Darley Classic (1200m). Unlucky not to gain a start in the Everest (1200m) earlier on. Super consistent and expect her to break through for a Group 1 win next year. 

Fastnet Tempest (5yo Gelding- David & B Hayes & T Dabernig)
Import that claimed victory on Emirates Stakes day. Will be transferred to the Lindsay Park team and always interesting to see how these types go at their second campaign down under. Look out for him in the Melbourne autumn. 

The Taj Mahal (4yo Horse- Robert Hickmott)
Lloyd Williams import that struggled in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m) before an encouraging run in the Emirates (2000m), finishing 4th to Tosen Stardom. Lines up in the Zipping Classic (2400m) and may not be ready to knock over the likes of Almandin but is only young and should be an improver for the stable in the autumn. 

Pinot (3yo Filly- Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott)
Always wary of following the Derby and Oaks winners but the fillies of past years have a better subsequent record compared to the colts and geldings. Pinot claimed what appeared to be a decent version of the Oaks this year and the beautifully bred daughter of Pierro looks to have a massive future. 

Eckstein (4yo Mare- Kurt Goldman)
The Goulburn galloper would have won the Myer Classic (1600m) in another stride and was unlucky in the Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington before that. Look for her against the mares again next year.

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