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 two metres from the 1000m-Winning Post; True for the remainder.
Race 1. (12:26) Medallion Homes Handicap 1000m
Not sure what to make of the debut win of 2 Little Rich Boy (Bet Now: $4.20) over 900m at Murray Bridge. Visually it was very good, leading throughout and spanking them despite doing a bit wrong in the straight. Time was only a length slower than the benchmark race on the same day so visually good and time backed it up somewhat. You’d like to think there is upside to come.
3 Roccabascerana (Bet Now: $2.20) looks the pick of the unraced brigade. David Jolly trains this Fighting Sun gelding, who trialled here last week and led all the way under Todd Pannell, winning well in okay time relative to the time and did it under a relatively nice hold. Hard to get a gauge on what he beat but visually, he looked pretty good and this race is now lacking depth.
6 Tubby Two Tracks (Bet Now: $13.00) is a Declaration Of War filly on debut for the Chris Bieg stable. This girl has had a couple of trials in readiness for her debut, the latest coming here last week when back in the field and despite being under riding, did make ground to place in a trial which was okay time wise. Think she needs to improve off that to be winning, but one for multiples.
Race 2. (13:01) Winning Edge Presentations Handicap (86) 1250m
Really interesting runner here is 4 Creativity (Bet Now: $1.95), a former Craig Widdison trained mare that is now with Will Clarken. This girl ran on April 13 in the Bel Esprit at Caulfield when near the speed throughout and battling away well in defeat behind Miss Leonidas. Keep saying that Clarken is one of the best in the business at improving a tried horse, so first run for the stable, I’ll be in her corner.
1 Go The Journey (Bet Now: $3.60) is racing in great form at the moment but can’t quite crack it for a win. Just nutted on the line by Artie Dee Two a couple of runs back before racing on the course proper where he copped a serious amount of heat in front and tried hard to kick, which he did to an extent, but just tired late when third to Split Lip. Likeable against this lot.
5 Crown Fontein (Bet Now: $4.00) will take some beating here for John Hickmott. Thought she was very good two back in the Oakbank Stakes behind subsequent Goodwood winner Despatch before going to the Pioneer Sprint at Alice Springs where she was forced to do too much work in the run and was a total forgive. Back home and back on the turf, she’ll be hard to hold out.
Race 3. (13:41) Adelaide Galvanising Handicap 1300m
Think 1300m will really suit the Patrick Payne trained 3 Jay Jay D’Ar (Bet Now: $2.45). Had good specking when resuming over 1200m at Flemington three weeks ago and I thought her effort in defeat was quite good when a close up fourth to the well supported Poised To Strike after getting a fair way back in the run. Think she will be much better placed on a bending track and with natural improvement, will be hard to beat.
6 Orbost (Bet Now: $4.40) is a handy filly for the Will Clarken stable who was impressive when winning two back at Gawler before going to the Ballarat Synthetic where she looked to be bolting outside the speed but as soon as she was asked for the big effort, the wheels were spinning and she didn’t come on at all. Back home and back on the turf, she’s a leading chance.
1 Regal De Gaetano (Bet Now: $8.00) deserves a crack in town for the Jolly camp. Lovely ride from Caitlin Jones got him home last time out at Balaklava, defying a very notable betting drift to dive through nearer the inside and get the job done. He seems to be really improving with racing and last start, ridden quite, he was effective. Might well have been a blessing in disguise.
Race 4. (14:21) Terry Howe Printing Handicap (82) 1950m
She’s hard to trust is 7 Hussy’s Glow (Bet Now: $4.20) but she is yet to run a bad race when coming to Adelaide and I think that can continue here in what does look a very thin race. Two runs at Flemington were okay before going to Caulfield where she got back and didn’t really come on at all behind Remember The Name, who was okay in defeat in the Centaurea last week. This looks a significant drop in depth and if she’s right, she goes close.
8 Lostarc (Bet Now: $4.00) is a Ryan Balfour trained galloper who strung together a couple of decent wins on the bounce before racing over 1800m on the course proper two weeks ago when on speed and fighting on well behind Miss Identified. Somewhat of a drop in depth for this and he was a few weeks between runs last time, so hopefully there is room for improvement.
Slightly back in trip will suit the John Hickmott trained 5 Flow Meter (Bet Now: $26.00). This veteran was good from off the pace two back in the Penola Cup before contesting the Alice Springs Cup last time out where they went warp speed in front and he was off the bit a fair way out, but stuck on really well in defeat. Has run well here in the past and if he can get an economical run, he’ll be around the mark.
Race 5. (15:01) ATA Handicap (75) 1400m
Looks a good race for 2 Handsome Return (Bet Now: $3.80). This bloke hasn’t raced for three weeks since racing over 2000m here where he looked to have every chance under Jamie Kah but for mine, he didn’t run the ten furlongs. Back severely in trip in the space of three weeks, but did look sharp in a trial win last week, and the big ticks are the claim and an inside gate.
Back to 1400m should suit the Mick Price trained 6 See Me Exceed (Bet Now: $3.60). Tested her at blacktype level last time out in the Queen Of The South and the mile and class found her out. That form was franked well and truly in the Centaurea, so tick there, back to 1400m a big tick and a significant drop in depth a further tick, so there is plenty to like about her.
7 Beautiful Flyer (Bet Now: $8.50) is a Len Jarvis trained mare on the seven day back up after racing over 1200m on the course proper last Saturday where she got well back in the run but loved the way she closed off behind Extreme Thrill, beaten just under a length. That was her first run in a few weeks, so she has room to improve and doesn’t have the worst of records on the Parks track.
Race 6. (15:41) TAB Handicap (64) 1550m
Sue Jaensch doesn’t bring them to town unless they measure up so in a thin race, I’ll go with the horse with upside, 8 Looking Around (Bet Now: $9.00), who is second up here. Resumed at Donald where he was never really in the hunt but found the line pretty well in defeat behind Grand Bernini. Reckon he’ll be better suited over further, but has upside and gets in well after the claim for Huxtable.
The drop in depth will really suit the Levi Kavanagh trained 13 Smart Stiletto (Bet Now: $8.50), who ran at the midweeks at Sandown last time where she got back and never threatened in what looked a decent raced for the fairer sex won by Vanuatu. Back on firmer footing should help her cause, she gets a sweet draw and as stated, I don’t think this race has serious depth.
6 Canford (Bet Now: $10.00) is a son of Canford Cliffs for Ryan Balfour who resumed over the mile at Balaklava and despite the form guide saying he ran fifth, he should have finished much closer. Got badly held up when full of running and was unlucky behind Indrabeel, who placed in the Centaurea last Saturday, so that form reads well. Just slightly back in trip the only niggle.
Race 7. (16:21) Holdfast Insurance Handicap (75) 1000m
Taking a chance on the Gary Searle trained 4 Hello Gorgeous (Bet Now: $3.90). She was four/five wide with cover when resuming over 1050m at Balaklava before Stubby peeled her wider on the turn and she put them away rather quickly for a dominant resumption. Trainer did say pre race there was a stack of upside left condition wise, so with that in mind, I think she’ll take some beating here.
Back to 1000m is a little concern with 3 Illumicon (Bet Now: $2.00) but no denying he’s the best horse in the race by a mile. Ran over 1100m on the course proper two weeks back where he just got too far back in the run, set an impossible task, but had to love the way he savaged the line late. Don’t think he’ll be as far back this time around…does he want 1200m now instead of back to 1000m? Time will tell.
6 Dennis (Bet Now: $16.00) is a former Darren Weir trained gelding having his first run for Adam McCabe. This horse did show a bit of promise when trained by Weir, winning a couple of races and generally being around the mark. 1000m is short of his best, but haven’t minded the way he has looked in recent Cranbourne jumpouts and a win certainly wouldn’t shock.
Race 8. (17:00) NJTappeal.com.au Handicap (70) 1250m
Going with 12 Misscino (Bet Now: $7.00), a former Darren Weir mare having her first run for Will Clarken, and we know the record he has with tried horses and improving them. Her best form is over a tad further, but has had a trial and jumpout in readiness for her resumption and while she hasn’t been extended, she has looked quite good in each hit out. Happy to be on her first up despite a tricky draw.
2 Charossa (Bet Now: $3.70) is a Myboycharlie gelding for Gordon Richards that resumes. This bloke hasn’t been sighted since March 1 at Port Lincoln when running third in the Port Lincoln Cup after getting every chance in the run from Stubby. Been given a good break and was given a hard hit out in winning his trial here last week. Can sprint well fresh also so interesting to see what he does.
10 Marina (Bet Now: $17.00) is a John Hickmott trained galloper who is likely heading towards the Darwin Carnival. He was a perennial tease right throughout his Spring/Summer prep, threatening to do something positive but just continually running honestly without winning. Can’t find a recent jumpout and is better suited over further, but I’d chuck him in multiples because stable is going well at the moment.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Three Number 3 Jay Jay D’Ar
NEXT BEST: Race Five Number 2 Handsome Return
LONG SHOT: Race Six Number 8 Looking Around
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 2
Leg Two: 4, 6, 8, 13
Leg Three: 3, 4, 6, 8, 9
Leg Four: 2, 8, 10, 12
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