A nine race card has been assembled for the Parks track on Saturday at Morphettville, but keep in mind that the feature race, the Manihi Classic (1100m) will be run on the course proper. The weather is overcast, the track is good (4) and the rail is out eight metres from the 1000m-Winning Post; Out five metres for the remainder.
Race One (13:08) : Adelaide Galvanising Handicap 1300m:
Back Me: 1 Danger Deal (Bet Now: $1.65) is a four start maiden, but he is showing really good promise for the Macdonald/Gluyas team. He comes through the Magic Millions on Adelaide Cup Day where he worked home strongly but had to settle for second to the above average filly Undoubtable Miss. The 1300m looks perfect for this son of Rebel Raider and he just wins I think.
Big Danger: 3 Angel’s Wish (Bet Now: $5.00) debuted in a two year old maiden over 1000m here a fortnight back off the back of a nice trial win and I thought she was quite good late in the piece behind Split Lip after getting back in the run. Extra trip looks ideal and despite some nice types engaged here, I think she can measure up and acquit herself well.
Long Shot: 2 Malzoom (Bet Now: $7.00) is a well bred Hayes/Dabernig youngster that hasn’t really set the world on fire in two runs back from a spell, but the small field here will aid his chances. He resumed at the Valley and did nothing, and perhaps didn’t handle the track, when finishing down the track behind Explosive Witness. Will be interesting to see what he does here.
Race Two (13:43) : UBET SA Derby Day May 13 Handicap (75) 1300m:
Back Me: 4 Model Dragon (Bet Now: $1.90) looks one of the better bets on the program. Classy mare for Phillip Stokes that resumed on Adelaide Cup Day and just appeared to have too much to do in a slowly run race when fifth To Tycoon Queen. Hopefully with a more genuine tempo here, as well as the run under the belt, she can go on with it.
Big Danger: 3 Elzette (Bet Now: $4.00) is the very interesting runner here. Mount Gambier visitor who ran on her home track last time out where she started Winx odds and justified that short quote with an all the way win. Clearly her toughest test to date here, but maps well, hard fit and is in super form. Just needs that soft lead to go close.
Long Shot: 2 Goose Green (Bet Now: $9.00) is a mare that is low flying at the moment for the Paula Trenwirth yard. She has won three on the bounce, the latest coming on Mildura Cup Day where she took on some handy types and won quite impressively. Stack of speed drawn inside her, which is the query, but if she gets cover, she’s right in this.
Race Three (14:18) : Darley Goodwood May 20 Handicap (64) 1250m:
Back Me: 11 Arleigh (Bet Now: $3.00) has been given a decent let up since racing over 1050m on the course proper where she sat off the pace and couldn’t come on due to the slow tempo in front of her. She is much better than that, and I think the break between runs should do her the world of good. Despite taking on the older horses, she finds a very winnable race here.
Big Danger: 13 Sacred Seal (Bet Now: $5.50) had confident market support when racing over 1200m at Balaklava last Wednesday and gee I thought he was dominant to the line, aided by a lovely ride from Tourneur, beating proven city performer Wingards Mark. Stable is having a good run in town and this bloke looks ready for it.
Long Shot: 5 Enzo The Barber (Bet Now: $7.50) looks a key contender here. Consistent type for the Kennewell yard who ran over this track/distance two weeks ago where he had the lovely run just off the pace and tried hard but couldn’t quite reel in Let’s Tango. Bit more depth here, but he can figure in the finish for sure off that effort.
Race Four (14:58) : MAC Drink Driving? GROW UP Handicap (70) 1400m:
Back Me: 3 Roselli Sting (Bet Now: $4.40) just picks himself here I think. Was a suspect at the 1400m when racing here a fortnight back but a lovely ride from Matty Neilson saw the gelding see it out strongly. With a similar steer here, I think he will take a power of beating.
Big Danger: 4 Ask Me How I Know (Bet Now: $4.80) is a talented mare who comes here off the back of a poor effort on Adelaide Cup Day where she sat on speed and couldn’t find at all when finishing down the track behind Counter Pulse. Clearly not as much depth here and should get up the front end without doing much work.
Long Shot: 6 Dazzling Lilly (Bet Now: $19.00) is a Port Lincoln visitor for Jackie Stoetzer who ran on her home track last time out over 1200m where she got back in the run but finished off quite nicely late in the piece behind proven city performer Debeersonus. The rise to 1400m looks ideal for her, draws the inside and gets the claim for Zac Spain.
Race Five (15:38) : Access Hardware Pty Ltd Handicap (90) 1950m:
Back Me: 7 Spanish Halo (Bet Now: $7.50) might be ten years of age, but he still retains some good zest for racing, as we two weeks back over 1950m here where he got back in the run and came wide on the turn but savaged the line late to get the job done. He should eat up the trip here, and now he has that winning feeling, he can go right on with it.
Big Danger: 2 Flow Meter (Bet Now: $6.50) is a gelding who is racing in super form at the moment. He ran over this track/distance last time out where he was given a peach by Fawke and it really deserved the win but he was just no match late for Angelology. No horse of that class here, so he gets his chance to bounce back into the winners list.
Long Shot: 9 Spiritof Endeavour (Bet Now: $8.50) looks a key threat here. Ran over the mile on Adelaide Cup Day and stuck on very well I thought when third to Beau Rivage. Was an alarming drifter in the market there so he defied that and ran well in defeat. Good record on the Parks track and has to be respected here despite the query of the rise to 1950m.
Race Six (16:18) : Henry Brown’s 96th Birthday Handicap (70) 1000m:
Back Me: 11 Arizona Wildcat (Bet Now: $4.20) is a speed demon that is back for the Kennewell after a fruitful Summer prep that saw her capable of measuring up to blacktype during Carnival time. Strung together a few wins by sitting on pace and that is what will happen here. Just depends how much pressure he cops.
Big Danger: 10 Rock Status (Bet Now: $5.50) is probably the best horse in the race, but it’s just hard to know where he is at given how sparingly raced he is. Obviously has problems, but once he is right and puts it all together, he’s very talented. Strathalbyn trial was okay leading in and he is another that will get back and launch late.
Long Shot: 7 Snip Of Magic (Bet Now: $21.00) is a tough on speed sprinter for the Grant Young camp who comes here with a different form line next to his name. He ran in the Outback Sprint at Broken Hill and won there by a narrow margin, but did run very good time. Lindop rides the horse very well, and she has options from the gate.
Race Seven (16:58) : Schweppes Oaks Day May 6 Handicap
Back Me: 4 Game Of War (Bet Now: $4.60) had late market support at a price when resuming over 1200m on Adelaide Cup Day and he closed off hard late in the piece when a narrow second to Fully Stoked. Can only improve off that here, draws the inside gate, Neilson steers, upside…looks the clear horse to beat.
Big Danger: 2 So You Too (Bet Now: $3.90) is a talented three year that is second up here for the MacDonald/Gluyas team. Resumed over 1200m on Adelaide Cup Day and finished off quite strongly late behind Fully Stoked. Extra trip looks ideal and with the run under the belt, he should be better off.
Long Shot: 7 Just A Bigger Dash (Bet Now: $10.00) also comes through the Fully Stoked race on Adelaide Cup Day where he was completely unwanted in betting but ran a beauty to run a close up fourth. Not sure he will get as close here, but he has to be respected given he was only first up that day. Knockout hope.
Race Eight (17:38) : Happy 50th Anniversary Pam & Leon Handicap (90) 1400m:
Back Me: 8 Here To There (Bet Now: $4.60) looks ready to win now third up from a break. This seven year old has had two runs back from a break, both times attempting to lead all the way. Ran second to Atlantic City fresh before going to the St Pats Cup at Geelong where he was grabbed right on the peg by The New Boy. Maps well here, Kah steers…ticks alot of boxes.
Big Danger: 4 Royal Rumble (Bet Now: $4.80) was unwanted in betting when resuming in the Matrice on Adelaide Cup Day but despite that market drift he ran an absolute beauty when fourth to Casino Wizard. This looks more his level and with the run under the belt, he should prove hard to beat here.
Long Shot: 2 Dances On Stars (Bet Now: $13.00) is on the quick back up after racing here last Saturday where it was just a complete mess if you were on him. He just got too far back in the run in a race dominated by those nearer the tempo. If he can sit closer in the run here like we know he can, he will be a threat for sure.
Race Nine (18:14) : Manihi Classic 1100m:
Back Me: 2 Sooboog (Bet Now: $6.00) for me here in a really tricky event. He resumes here for Darren Weir after a pretty solid Autumn/Winter prep, highlighted by a dominant win in the Auries Star down the Flemington straight. Not the greatest of first up records, but he has class and is has been kept on ice for the Adelaide carnival. Happy to be with him.
Big Danger: 8 Viddora (Bet Now: $3.10) is a ripping mare that is first up here for the Kennewell. She was a star during the Spring/Summer, constantly running very good races at a high level, with the prep ending with a close second to Target In Sight in the Magic Millions Sprint. No trials, but is a dynamo when produced fresh.
Long Shot: 10 Scratchy Lass (Bet Now: $51.00) can be a hard mare to catch at times but there is no doubt she is up to this grade if she brought her best form. Comes through the Matrice on Adelaide Cup Day where she did too much work from the gate and dropped out. She’s much better than that, and if she can get a soft ride here with cover, she is capable of ambushing late.
BEST BET: Race Eight Number 8 Here To There
NEXT BEST: Race One Number 1 Danger Deal
VALUE: Race Five Number 7 Spanish Halo
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11
Leg Two: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Leg Three: 8
Leg Four: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10
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