Eight races will be run and won on the Parks track at Morphettville this Saturday. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out five metres from the 1000m-Winning Post; Out three metres for the remainder.
Race 1. (13:56) MyPunter.com Handicap 1000m
If he handles the trip over and runs up to the recent jumpout, 4 The Executioner (Bet Now: $2.45) should be winning this. Son of More Than Ready on debut for the Busuttin/Young stable who comes here off the back of a very sharp Cranbourne jumpout win on February 11 when on speed before being clicked up and he bolted clear for an impressive win. Depth here looks rather in terms of the locals.
7 Utzon (Bet Now: $2.80) looks the only serious threat. The Maher/Eustace team trains this filly, who was hard in the market when having her first start in the Debutant in the Spring and nothing went right for her behind Champagne Boom in a total forgive. Been given a good break and the two jumpouts at Caulfield have been okay without jumping up and down. Market will be the guide.
1 Dawn Salute (Bet Now: $9.00) is a Hussonet gelding on debut for the David Jolly camp. This bloke trialled over 900m at Murray Bridge last Friday and looked to move well when second to impressive winner Eight Over Eight. Sat on speed, wasn’t really asked for much behind the all the way winner. Would need to improve off that IMO to beat the Victorians, but gets the claim and gate one.
Race 2. (14:31) 13CABS Handicap (90) 1550m
Looks a perfect race for the Busuttin/Young trained 1 Our Peaky Blinders (Bet Now: $1.95). Jumped out well at Cranbourne and I expected a forward race from him first up at Caulfield and that is what happened with an encouraging third to Heptagon, with Streets Of Avalon franking that form last Saturday. Second up at 1550m, at this level, he does look really well placed.
Back in trip the niggle for 5 Mista Holyfield (Bet Now: $10.00) but he’s racing in near career best form at the moment. Brilliant win two back at Murray Bridge over the mile before going to the Naracoorte Cup where he looked the winner for a few strides but Pass The Glass proved too good on the day. 2000m probably saw him out so I like him back to 1550m, he’s hard fit and in form.
2 Mihany (Bet Now: $12.00) has had a few runs now for Dean Saxon and he should just about be ready to show his best. Just forget he went around on the course proper two weeks ago. Wide no cover on speed and was a beaten horse on the turn behind Morvada. He races best when allowed to roll along in front so if that can eventuate here, he’ll give a sight I’m sure.
Race 3. (15:06) Steve Ellis's 40th Handicap (82) 2400m
The ‘Fawke Lift’ has been riding in super form of late and I think he can lift another one home in the shape of 5 Henry The Dolphin (Bet Now: $13.00). I thought his run behind Olympic Academy was full of merit. The winner was ridden superbly by Raquel Clark and rightfully kicked away, while this bloke was out the back behind scrubbers. Got to the outside and worked home well late. I think each way, you can’t go wrong backing him.
1 Olympic Academy (Bet Now: $1.65) is the benchmark stayer in SA at this level and will be hard to beat again no doubt. Raquel Clark rode such a positive race on the horse two weeks ago, settling back before peeling out and going around the field to lead and from there, it was painless if you were on, with the horse winning by seven lengths but the margin could have been far greater. Creeping up in the weights, but is just so reliable.
I want to give 2 Azurite (Bet Now: $5.50) another look. He was terrible behind Olympic Academy here two weeks back. I was on him and Zac Spain looked to give him every chance but Olympic Academy gave him a cold on the turn and Azurite spat the dummy out. Now with Michael Hickmott, a new training regime, new surroundings…could it spark him into positive form?
Race 4. (15:41) Hit107 Handicap (75) 1250m
Looked a promising race off the noms but final field, it’s thin. Very thin. I think the significant drop in depth will suit the Brent Stanley trained 2 Lucky Fish (Bet Now: $3.90), who ran under the lights at the Valley last time and was outclassed behind a Stakes class horse in Greyworm. Stable rarely gets it wrong when they bring them over to Adelaide, likely lands on speed and the claim for Cartwright is a big tick.
7 Diapason (Bet Now: $4.50) is a Will Clarken trained mare resuming. This mare hasn’t been sighted since October 6 over the 1550m here when running an absolute shocker in behind Adatto, beaten 11 lengths. She’s a hard horse to catch but can certainly beat these if right. No trials leading in, so market/yard will be the guide, but always have to be on guard with this stable.
Great to see 4 Sagaab (Bet Now: $51.00) back at the races. This bloke hasn’t been sighted for ten months since racing over 2400m here when a tired horse behind Chequered Flag. No trials leading into his return and 1250m is clearly short of his best, but how often do you see these stayers first up from a long break run a cheeky race fresh. I’d include him in multiples just in case.
Race 5. (16:21) Adelaide Cup March 11 Handicap (82) 1000m
This looks the perfect set up for the Peter Blanch trained 3 Zalmona (Bet Now: $3.30). Fresh, 1000m, sits off a fast speed, has last say. He hasn’t raced for four weeks since racing over the 1250m here where he was given every chance in the run and he looked home but was nabbed right on the peg by Stellar Collision. 1250m sees him out, so back to 1000m and sitting off a good tempo looks ideal.
8 Quiddick (Bet Now: $8.00) is a talented daughter of Equiano resuming for the David Tootell stable. This mare had a really good Spring prep, highlighted by the last run of last prep when winning impressively over the 1050m on the course proper. She’s got a good overall record and does seem to race very well on the fresh side, plus the Murray Bridge trial looked more than encouraging.
2 Cashed (Bet Now: $20.00) could be a knockout chance at odds. Ryan Balfour trains this bloke, who is getting on in years but does tend to save his best for the Parks track. He hasn’t raced since December 29 when midfield at the Valley behind Ashlor, who ran well at Group l level the start prior so the form reads well. Normally needs a run, but has a touch of class on his side.
Race 6. (17:01) Schweppes Handicap (75) 1400m
6 Moghul Empire (Bet Now: $4.50) will do me. Will Clarken trains this talented five year old, who has a good overall record. He hasn’t raced since September 22 when getting back and failing to fire at all behind Cool Maverick on a track where those on speed were advantaged. Murray Bridge trial looked very good behind Broadway And First and 1400m first up tells me he’s ready to go.
4 Danger Deal (Bet Now: $5.00) is becoming a rather costly conveyance for punters so I couldn’t back him to win, but he has to be rated as a danger. Ran over 1200m on the course proper a fortnight ago and for mine he had his chance. Yes, was held up, but he got clear air in enough time. Just didn’t attack the line and whacked away for third. Perhaps 1400m will suit?
I think back to 1400m will suit the Gordon Richards trained 5 Enki (Bet Now: $12.00). Ran over 1550m here a fortnight ago where he was near the speed all the way and fought on well but was held on the line by impressive winner Light The Waves. I reckon he’s going well and a win isn’t far away. Is it here? If he gets things to suit near the speed, he could run a bold race.
Race 7. (17:41) Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (70) 1400m
I like that 7 So We Are (Bet Now: $5.50) is on the seven day back up for Phillip Stokes. Gee she was massive on the course proper last Saturday, sitting four/five wide for the last 600m or so and only going down a length in fourth behind Kenyan Wonder but probably runs second had the horse not wanted to lay in. She’s quirky but looks above average and happy to butter up.
1 Kemalpasa (Bet Now: $2.40) is a hard fit/in form galloper for the Jolly camp who is on the seven day back up after racing on the course proper last Saturday where he was a little unlucky not to finish closer but was no chance of beating the impressive Kenyan Wonder. Back to a relatively thin race here, likes the Parks track and is well in after the claim for Caitlin Jones.
5 Dreamed (Bet Now: $7.00) is a Dream Ahead filly for Ryan Balfour who was relatively unwanted in betting when debuting in a maiden here three weeks ago over 1250m and for the first few strides, the market got it right as she looked disinterested and void of race day speed, but the last 500m or so was excellent. Presented to the outside, picked up and drew clear of her rivals. Off that, 1400m should be fine and the stable is going well with their younger gallopers.
Race 8. (18:20) Winning Edge Presentations Handicap (64) 1400m
I want to be with 12 Behave (Bet Now: $2.25) for Will Clarken. Resumed over 1200m a fortnight ago on the course proper where the market said she’d improve with the run and that’s what it looked like in the end. She was held up for a couple of strides but was there to dash but she just whacked away. Goes much better second up and out to 1400m appears to be an ideal recipe.
5 Flop (Bet Now: $4.80) is a Gordon Richards trained mare who is on the seven day back up after racing on the course proper last Saturday where she looked disinterested for the most part and was never really in the hunt behind Just Kappy. Interesting that Stubby said post race that the mare wants further, so she steps up to 1400m straight away. Interesting to see how she goes.
Fascinating runner is 10 Days Go By (Bet Now: $16.00), who is first up for the Barry Brook stable after formerly being with Aaron Purcell. Showed good promise when racing in Victoria, winning her maiden impressively at Cranbourne before running okay in a couple of handy benchmark races. I think Oakbank and the jumps is when you’ll see the best of her, but the recent Murray Bridge trial wasn’t too bad to the eye.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Two Number 1 Our Peaky Blinders
NEXT BEST: Race One Number 4 The Executioner
LONG SHOT: Race Three Number 5 Henry The Dolphin
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 2, 3, 7, 8
Leg Two: 1, 4, 5, 6
Leg Three: 7
Leg Four: 1, 4, 5, 10, 12
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