An eight race card has been assembled for Morphettville this Saturday. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out twelve metres from the 1200m-Winning Post; Out eight metres for the remainder.
Race 1. (13:11) Caudo Sangria (70) 1200m
In the corner of 1 Countess Queen (Bet Now: $1.70) for the Price/Kent stable. This filly was in the market fresh at Bendigo when back in the run and was held up at times before Jack Hill eased into clear air and gee she let down with a good turn of foot to win impressively. Think she has plenty of room for improvement, and overall, I don’t think this is an overly strong race.
4 Wings Of Pastrami (Bet Now: $3.50) had trialled up pretty well prior to resuming at Penola in what looked an okay maiden for that level of meeting and she was too good for her rivals, just, after getting back in the run and forced wide on the turn. She should have upside off that, sits off a likely good speed and will be strong late if she gets that ideal set up. Don’t dismiss her.
Interesting that 2 Newbay Flyer (Bet Now: $16.00) was scratched from a thin race at Mount Gambier on Wednesday to be saved for this Saturday race. He ran last Wednesday at Strathalbyn when back, wide with cover, before getting held up on the turn. Got clear, balanced up and worked to the line pretty well behind an in form Magestic Diva. Suied back up in trip and gets the claim for an in form Sophie Logan.
Race 2. (13:51) Aami Youngcare (70) 1538m
A step up in trip should be fine for 4 Angaston (Bet Now: $9.00), who broke his maiden tag over 1400m on Murray Bridge Cup Day where he sat off what looked an okay speed before Holder eased him wider and finished off hard to get the job done. Form out of the maiden prior has been good and he’s racing as if further will suit, so he appeals as a winning chance.
Visually, the win of 2 Calypso Reign (Bet Now: $3.90) was very impressive two weeks ago in winning his maiden at 1200m here, with the blinkers really switching him on. The positive is that he put them away very comfortably. The negative is that the time was significantly slow relative to the meeting, so he needs to improve off that, but no reason to suggest he won’t.
Interesting that 6 Holy Dancer (Bet Now: $11.00) steps up in trip. He has been at 1200m at his past couple, the latest coming two weeks ago here when never really in the hunt behind Xilong, but that horse looks well above average and Holy Dancer did make ground very late. He has speed in the legs, so that will suit him here. I think he could well be a knockout chance.
Race 3. (14:31) Goliath Solar & Elect. (85) 1600m
This looks a lovely race for 4 Secret Blaze (Bet Now: $2.50). The McEvoy team trains this galloper, who resumed over a month back at Geelong where he was back in the ruck and held up at times but got clear and worked to the line well behind Secret Vega. Tick over jumpout to keep him up to the mark and fitter, up to the mile, he finds a really winnable race here I think.
8 Starouz (Bet Now: $3.30) is hard to beat here I suspect for the Price/Kent stable. This gelding ran over 1500m at Moonee Valley on Manikato Night and while she wouldn’t have won, she should have finished much closer behind Cuba, getting no luck on the turn when having something to offer. Depth here clearly not as strong, down in the weights and has good form around him.
A step up in trip should suit 5 Pass The Glass (Bet Now: $7.50) for the Sue Jaensch stable. Both runs back from a spell have come at 1400m, the latest coming on the Parks track last Saturday when a closing fifth to Enki in an eye catching effort. She’s racing as if further will suit, which is what she gets here, and has run okay on the quick turnaround previously. Knockout chance.
Race 4. (15:12) Leconfield & R Hamilton (80) 1800m
The overseas form of 2 Yulong Rising (Bet Now: $4.80) reads just so well and any hint of that produced here, he wins, with form around the likes of Twilight Payment, Southern France and Flag Of Honour, which is Melbourne Cup form references. Has had three Australian runs for the Hayes/Dabernig team, with two on the Synthetic before being tipped out. Resumed on Moe Cup Day when a little unlucky and should have finished a bit closer on a testing track. Firmer footing, upside, Vorster to steer, he’ll do me.
8 Korodon (Bet Now: $5.00) is the unknown. Had a couple of months off prior to racing at this track/distance two weeks ago when leading throughout under Jake Toeroek and he bolted in, defying a late betting drift. That’s clearly been his career best to date, so can he improve off that and will those sort of tactics where he sets up a margin in front, will that work again?
9 Four By Four (Bet Now: $26.00) is a sneaky chance for Richard Laming. He resumed over the mile at Bendigo when back in the run and never really a factor but did make up ground very late in the piece behind Zouy’s Comet. He is a second up winner and up to 1800m, he should prove hard to beat, and the stable don’t have a bad record when bringing them over to SA.
Race 5. (16:00) Furphy (bm70) 1200m
8 Coronel (Bet Now: $2.90) has done a pretty good job in three runs for Will Clarken. Won the first start for the new stable at Strathalbyn before bumping into More Than Exceed on the Parks track. He then raced on the course proper two weeks ago and worked home strongly from off the pace to run second to Jentico. If he can sit closer in the run, he’ll be hard to beat.
5 Exalted Trail (Bet Now: $5.00) is on the seven day back up after racing over 1250m on the Parks track last Saturday where I thought he had every chance and to the eye, he was disappointing behind Danger Deal. The run prior was a beauty and off that, he would go close to beating these…but consistency and winning isn’t his strong suit, so you’d want a decent price, around the $7 mark.
I reckon 9 Stryke In Style (Bet Now: $8.50) is going well but his racing pattern is letting him down. Has drawn an inside gate at his past couple, potentially able to sit closer in the run, but he hasn’t taken advantage and has just got too far back out of his ground. He’s going good I think, remains down in the weights and once again draws well. Hard to beat given he draws next to Coronel.
Race 6. (16:47) David Loy Memorial (bm66) 1600m
4 Miss Brixton (Bet Now: $3.10) is a progressive mare for the McEvoy team that’s won her past two. Put them away impressively to win two back at Balaklava before going to Murray Bridge where she was asked to chase from a fair way out and surged hard late to get the win right on the peg. She’s racing well and this does look a winnable city race. In her corner.
2 Star Status (Bet Now: $3.00) has to be rated as a leading chance. He comes here off the back of winning last Friday on Gawler Cup Day when on speed before taking the front in the straight and despite being strongly challenged late, he showed good ticker in the straight and on the line was just edging clear. Has upside to come and gets run of the race from gate one.
A step up in trip looks ideal for the Grant Young trained mare 7 Exalted Dee (Bet Now: $11.00), who has been up forever it seems but is racing so well. She ran over 1400m on Murray Bridge Cup Day when back in the run, with cover, before peeling very wide on the turn and letting down hard to get up near the peg and win. Up to the mile suits and should prove hard to hold out on current form.
Race 7. (17:27) Riziz Sprint Final (bm75) 1100m
If there’s improvement in 3 Octane (Bet Now: $1.65), or he at least holds his form, he looks the winner. Has had two runs for the Stokes team and has won them both. Gave them a lesson first up at Murray Bridge before racing here two weeks ago, where there was $3.50+ bet earlier in the week. He started odds on and won like an odds on pop. He’s progressive and can go right on with it.
11 Burning The Clock (Bet Now: $4.80) is a son of Akeed Mofeed for Will Clarken that had trialled well leading into his resumption over 1050m on the course proper three weeks back when he was given a nice run just off the speed and was there to win when presented, but couldn’t quite finish it off when third to Shamino. He’ll come on from that and is a live threat.
4 Shamino (Bet Now: $6.00) is a threat for me. He had been trialling up a storm, so was really surprise double figures was offered last start. He was a heavily backed fav and under a lovely steer from Kayla Crowther, proved too good, just, for I Am. He was first up there and looked ready to go fresh, so it’ll be interesting to see if there is second up syndrome or that he’ll come on from that outing. Hoping it’s the latter.
Race 8. (18:05) Metal-link (bm85) 1200m
He’s a hard horse to catch in terms of betting, but gee looks to have come back well has 8 Debt Collector (Bet Now: $2.60). He resumed in the feature sprint on Murray Bridge Cup Day and safe to say he should have won. Just had no luck at all in the straight when bolting and it was a bit of an ugly watch if you were on. Better luck this time around, up to 1200m, he’s hard to beat.
Have to give 9 Aiguilette (Bet Now: $3.20) another chance. He won his first two runs for the prep in good style before going to 1400m at Caulfield when wide no cover for the trip and couldn’t finish it off behind Harbour Views, who was so impressive last Wednesday at Geelong, so that form clearly reads well and the recent Strathalbyn jumpout was more than encouraging.
1 Go The Journey (Bet Now: $14.00) has been a ripper for a few seasons for the Jolly camp. He resumed in the feature sprint on Murray Bridge Cup Day where he got the suck run in behind the speed and when he got the split, he looked dangerous, but first up, he just ran out of condition late. Has a really good second up record as well as solid stats at the track.
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