Into The Black Book – Ascot

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The OzRace Team comment on the ones to follow from the Saturday meeting at ASCOT

Saturday 2nd December 2017

LUKE’S GOLD

“Smart customer who ran well first up behind smart customers La Mouline and Royal Star. Sigley stable just starting to his their straps again and this fellow looks set for another profitable campaign.” – Thoroheads

SHE’S GOT MERIT

“finished fast to run a close second in the Crystal Slipper Stakes after being buffeted.  The Nick Cox-trained Demerit two-year-old was having only her second race and is sure to benefit considerably from the experience. She’s Got Merit showed promise in Lark Hill trials and then ran an eye-catching at her race debut last month. She is from a Blackfriars mare and seems certain to appreciate being stepped up in distance. Appears one to follow.” – Ernie Manning

“has improved at every outing and the Demerit filly produced the run of the race in the Crystal Slipper Stakes to storm into second from a wide draw – looks to have a bright future and should benefit from stepping out over further – stays under firm notice.” – Chris Blackwell

GEE BOSS

“Sharp four-year-old on-pacer who was brave first up behind The River and Cuanzo. Is a little limited with his distance range, however, trainer Michael Lane will no doubt continue to place him to advantage and he’ll be hard to beat in whatever he lines up in next start.” – Thoroheads

ROYAL STAR

“rare judgement error from the Wizard (William Pike) who was forced to restrain a handful of horse at the 200 before coming again late – would have been a very close result had he got a rails run and I certainly wouldn’t be giving up on this combination yet.” – Chris Blackwell

PENALTY POINT

“This fellow was big in a race with plenty of hard luck stories and would have gone very close to winning with clear galloping room in the straight. Has returned to racing in top form and is a horse worth following wherever he steps out next.” – Thoroheads

RUSSIAN RIVER

“stormed home from last in a field of 14 and finished third when tackling the Regional Championship (1200m). The gelding, prepared at Capel by Bruce Watkins, had been placed in Northam and Bunbury events recently. He now looks ready for a switch back to city racing. A win and three places have nee recorded from his five Ascot appearances. Watkins maintains a high strike rate with his small team and has developed gallopers into quality race candidates.” – Ernie Manning

“enormous run from last to career home into third in the Regional Championship Final – the former NSW based US Ranger 6yo has been ultra-consistent since its move west and should only improve as it steps up in distance – a must follow.” – Chris Blackwell

SOLAR SKY

“was suited by a step to 2100m after recently competing between 1600m and 1800m. He made up considerable ground to run third in a handicap on Saturday and could develop into a provincial cups hope for trainer Martin Allan. The lightly-raced bay won over 1600m at Ascot in October. He followed up with a third over 1600m and a fourth in Not Again Ken’s 1800m race last month. Look capable of more success in support races during the Ascot carnival.” – Ernie Manning

DARK MUSKET

Former topliner whose been in the wilderness for some time now, however, his fourth-up effort here suggests he could be back on track. Ran on well after getting a long way back and if Graeme Ballantyne can keep him happy and healthy, then this fellow’s capable of picking up one of these metro middle-distance handicaps soon.” – Thoroheads

 

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