Black bookers from last Saturday’s Australian Guineas meeting at Flemington.

Black Booker #1

Platoon (Race 3)

A tough watch for those who backed WA galloper Platoon on Saturday.  His race was run at a very moderate tempo and he found himself in an awful spot back close to last and in between runners.  He was still giving the winner, Morvada – who controlled the speed – 5-6 lengths at the 200m so he has done really well to close late and run third beaten less than 2 lengths.  Keen to back him up in trip next start.

Black Booker #2

Beltoro (Race 7)

Beltoro is technically still in his first racing preparation so he has done a terrific job to progress from a Bendigo maiden on November 26 to running sixth in a Group 1 in late February.  He was suited by the strong tempo on Saturday but has still done a really good job to finish strongly after being held up for a stride or two.  He is a progressive colt.

Black Booker #3 & #4

Capriccio (Race 8)

Think there are two horses we can follow out of the Inglis Dash.

The first is the race winner Capriccio who resumed off a 180 day spell.  This lightly raced daughter of I Am Invincible charged home over the top of Group 2 placed filly, Bella Nipotina to score by .75 of a length.  A great first up run and at only start number 4 she will take a stack of improvement both from a race fitness and experience point of view.

Lord Olympus (Race 8)

The second is Lord Olympus.  Horses that were drawn towards the outside rail in the straight races had a significant advantage on Saturday.  The wider you got, the better the ground was, so Lord Olympus’ effort to charge home on the inside of runners here first up was full of merit.  Follow him.