Black bookers from last Saturday’s Lightning Stakes meeting at Flemington.

Black Booker #1

Gimmie Par (Race 2)

Gimmie Par is the daughter of Black Caviar’s full sister Naturalle and there was some money around to say that she was ready to run a race on debut.  From the outside barrier, Jye McNeil did a good job to find the back of race favourite Ingratiating, who is also one of the fancies for this weeks Blue Diamond Stakes.  That horse was able to establish a race winning break on her when they sprinted but once she got her mind on the job she was taking ground off him late to be only beaten half a length with a further 2.5 length gap back to third.  She looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

Black Booker #2

Zou Dancer (Race 5)

This daughter of Zoustar notched up her third career win at start number five.  She settled outside a strong speed – set by roughie Longduan – with some quality fillies, including VRC Oaks winner Personal getting more economical trips behind her.  Throw in the fact she was seven weeks between runs and it looked like she could be vulnerable at the top of the straight.  Instead she exploded -putting a 4.8 length gap in her rivals.  She’s an exciting filly and can test the boys in the Australian Guinea’s in two weeks time.

Black Booker #3

September Run (Race 8)

September Run was unbeaten at Flemington (3/3) heading into Saturday and whilst she failed to make it four wins from as many starts – she lost no admirers.  The Coolmore Stud Stakes winner was beaten for early speed but her last 100m of the race was outstanding.  She made up many lengths and was only beaten half a length in the end – a huge flashing light.  She is going to be mighty hard to beat over 1200m in the Newmarket in a few weeks time.

Black Booker #4

Zakat (Race 9)

Zakat – like so many before him – looked all at sea at his first attempt at racing down the Flemington straight.  He never went straight, and given this, I thought his effort to finish second to track specialist I’m Telling Ya was full of merit.  He had trialed up well prior and I think we can follow him next start back around a bend.