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 11th November 2017

REVEILLE

“finished powerfully to run second for trainer Dan Morton, after hanging inwards. The superbly-bred High Chaparral four-year-old was no match for her winning stablemate Roganella over 1600m on Saturday. However, Reveille appears assured of more wins. She was spelled after displaying top form at Ascot last autumn. The bay has now raced four times since resuming. She has a smart career tally of three wins and four seconds from nine starts.” – Ernie Manning

GLIMMER GIRL

“Was coming off a 35-day freshen and returned to form, coming from near the tail to clock a race-fastest last 600-metre time. Capable short-course mare when right and she looks ready to win again in her next two starts.” – Thoroheads

UNIVERSAL MOON

“resumed without a trial and put in a very nice first up performance to finish a half-length second – the daughter of Universal Ruler has won second up and will be a serious contender next start – follow.” – Chris Blackwell

VITAL DANCER

“Set a very strong tempo at his first outing in 28 days and it was no surprise to see him fade late stretching out to 1400 metres for the first time. Wouldn’t be surprised to see trainer Brett Pope bypass the WA Guineas and head towards the 1200-metre Placid Ark Stakes on the same day, and if they head in that direction then this fellow is a serious contender.” – Thoroheads

IHTSAHYMN

“fought on gamely to finish a close third after being trapped wide in the Ascot Gold Cup won by Gatting. Abundant dash is retained by Ihtsahymn, four seasons after he was WA’s star three-year-old. The gelding, with earnings of more than $1 million, has won four group races. On Saturday, he was having only his second race since early September and he should be fitter at his next appearance. Cannot not be underrated in carnival events.” – Ernie Manning

BRUTUS MAXIMUS

“the Fastnet Rock 3yo started a despised 70 to 1 pop before producing an eye catching late charge from last to scrabble home into fifth position – there is a lot of upside to this fellow and considering it was only his second career start, one can’t help up think we’ll be seeing a bit more of this one.” – Chris Blackwell

BOLLYWOOD BLITZ

“Eye-catching effort in the Ascot Gold Cup and this Coolgardie Cup winner is a pretty smart customer. Went to the line with plenty left in the tank, so he certainly shouldn’t have the edge off him for when he steps out next. Follow.” – Thoroheads

FRIARESQUE

“ran an eye-catching fourth after being dropped out from his wide barrier in the 1200m race won by Gunnago. There’s little doubt Friaresque would have finished closer if he had not been held up for a clear space near the 350m. The Vaughn Sigley-trained Blackfriars four-year-old, who was racing for the first time since August, looks ready to show form he exhibited in Belmont Park victories last winter. Primed to record his first Ascot win.” – Ernie Manning

“enormous run from last to secure fourth – the Blackfriars stallion looks well ahead of schedule this preparation and we expect it to win in the next two starts – watch for a step up to 1400m.” – Chris Blackwell

“A horse we have plenty of time for, FRIARESQUE was super first up in a fast 1200-metre event, coming from last in running for a fast-finishing fourth. Comfortably clocked the fastest last 600-metre time and looks set for another successful campaign.” – Thoroheads

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