Racing in Adelaide returns to Morphettville Parks this Saturday and while there are no feature races, the depth is pretty good. The weather is fine, the track is soft (7) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
Race One (12:23) : Mercedes-Benz Adelaide Handicap 1000m:
Back Me: 1 Arrow Lane (Bet Now: $5.50) is a veteran of two starts who comes here off the back of a dominant win a tick under two weeks back at Gawler when sitting on speed and showing good dash when asked. Very thin two year old race, and he has the race day form on the board, so I’ll lean with him.
Big Danger: 6 Time Out (Bet Now: $4.60) ran second to Arrow Lane in that Gawler race mentioned above where he sat just off the speed and tried hard but was simply no match in the straight. His form prior was excellent and good enough to beat these.
Roughie: 10 Showpero (Bet Now: $7.00) is a first starter for David Jolly who comes here off the back of a handy trial placing at Strathalbyn when third to Oamaru Lad, beaten just over a length. This isn’t the strongest race going around, and she did look sharp enough in that trial to suggest she’ll be very competitive here.
Race Two (12:58) : Australian Made Handicap 1300m:
Back Me: 4 Alberdini (Bet Now: $11.00) is loving life at the moment for the Macdonald/Gluyas yard. He took on the older horses at Gawler a couple of weeks back and showed great fight on speed to win narrowly but impressively. He can continue the picket fence for sure here.
Big Danger: 2 Beau Rivage (Bet Now: $6.00) drops in grade after finishing down the track behind Faatinah in a Group race three weeks back. That horse went on to run a cracker in the Goodwood last week, so the form reads very well for a race like this, plus he saves his best for the Parks track.
Roughie: 3 Schism (Bet Now: $10.00) resumed over the short course on the course proper a couple of weeks ago and never got into the race behind Heartz Ablaze. She is better than that and the last run of last prep saw her bolt up over 1400m here.
Race Three (13:38) : L’Officiel Australia Handicap (82) 1950m:
Back Me: 8 Burnro (Bet Now: $5.50) was enormous in defeat last time out on the course proper given he was wide no cover throughout yet bolted up the to leaders on the turn, only to give the eventual winner Award Of Merit the perfect drag into the race. He can turn the tables here with better luck.
Big Danger: 5 Creance (Bet Now: $15.00) also comes through the Award Of Merit race and his effort was very good considering he was back in the run and made up good ground late. Interesting that Gatt jumps off Burnro and rides Creance here…make of that what you will.
Roughie: 10 King Cadel (Bet Now: $26.00) is getting on in years, but retains good zest for racing as we saw last start at Gawler with a strong effort from the back to win. Any rain about and he grows an extra four legs, so that would help, but even without that, he is a chance.
Race Four (14:18) : Thomas Farms Kitchen Handicap (70) 1000m:
Back Me: Going for some value in 2 El Prado Gold (Bet Now: $13.00). He ran over 1100m on the course proper a fortnight back and closed off well from near last to run midfield behind in form galloper Shaf, beaten just over five lengths. He does race well on the Parks, and this is a big, big drop in grade and class, so for mine, he is the big improver and can certainly win this.
Big Danger: 5 Super Fun (Bet Now: $3.60) resumed at Ballarat and was impressive in getting the job done there before going to the Warrnambool Carnival where he ran a close up third to Jungle Edge, beaten just under a length. Much better on firmer footing, which is what he gets here, and the stable is just having a fab run in Adelaide at the moment.
Roughie: 1 Ready Sunshine (Bet Now: $8.00) is a talented gelding that resumes for Ryan Balfour. This horse hasn’t raced since finishing down the track in the Oakbank Stakes behind talented mare Scratchy Lass. No trials, but he has a great record on the Parks track and first up last time in at this track/distance was a beauty behind the Stakes performed I Am Gypsy.
Race Five (14:58) : Resourceco Handicap (70) 1550m:
Back Me: 3 Complete Class (Bet Now: $3.50) has been caught wide no cover in both runs this time in, but she has simply been too good for her rivals, the latest being over 1400m here where she spanked the older horses. She is right in the mix here and a definite winning chance.
Big Danger: 1 Justa Hint (Bet Now: $4.80) has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, starting off at Ballarat before showing some good ticker to get the job done at Pakenham. Stable rarely leaves emptyhanded, especially with a horse that has upside and is in winning form.
Roughie: I’m not putting 11 Cobber (Bet Now: $10.00) on top but I will have something on him. He ran in the Adelaide Guineas last time out and worked home again without threatening behind Antelucan. Breeding suggests he’ll handle a wet track and if the breaks go his way, he can definitely win.
Race Six (15:37) : McMahon Services Handicap (75) 1400m:
Back Me: 4 Bradman (Bet Now: $5.50) is bursting to win a race and he finds it here. This horse ran over 1300m here a month back and closed off well behind stablemate Master Sommelier. Not as strong here, he’s in form and this looks his race.
Big Danger: 5 Brinkley Bliss (Bet Now: $7.00) has been given a little freshen up since running midfield behind Rationality over 1200m at Morphettville. Break between runs and up to 1400m is the query, but she does run well on the Parks track.
Roughie: 6 Mullinger Lane (Bet Now: $6.00) ran over this trip on the course proper a fortnight back and tried hard when running a close up fourth to the heavily backed Victory Downs. His record on the Parks track isn’t great but he is well weighted after the claim and will be on speed.
Race Seven (16:16) : A Sheppard Constructions Hcp 1250m:
Back Me: 12 Voodoo Lad (Bet Now: $1.95) looks a good thing if he runs up to his outstanding win during the Warrnambool Carnival where he was backed as if unbeatable and just spanked his rivals. Can only see upside and stable rarely brings them to SA without success.
Big Danger: 10 Shaf (Bet Now: $7.00) is in ripping form at the moment for the Hayes/Dabernig yard. This galloper is coming off a last start win a fortnight back on the course proper when sitting on speed throughout and kicking strongly when challenged. No reason why he can’t continue the good form here.
Roughie: 2 Daytona Grey (Bet Now: $1.00) is the wet tracker here. He won the Manihi (1100m) on a bog track three back and has run well since behind Nostradamus and Super One respectively. Loves racing on the Parks track and only has to overcome the wide gate to be a threat.
Race Eight (16:53) : Seppeltsfield Estate Handicap (70) 1250m:
Back Me: 15 Tapestry Vision (Bet Now: $4.80) looks the way to go here. He ran a beauty last time out at Cranbourne when running a close up fourth to Scapa Cove in what was an excellent effort. Stable have a very good record when bringing horses to SA and this bloke looks very well placed here in what is a competitive race on paper.
Big Danger: 4 Lotion (Bet Now: $5.00) resumes here for the Hayes/Dabernig yard. This gelding hasn’t raced since January when fourth to Zerprise Journey over 2000m on the course proper. Recent trial at Tatura behind Raposo was very good, and he always runs well fresh. Genuine winning chance for mine despite the fact he is better over further.
Roughie: 9 Mister Rockstar (Bet Now: $15.00) has been given a five week freshen up since running poorly first up behind War Thunder. He is a noted wet track horse, so the soft track will be up his alley and if he is anywhere near right, he’ll give this a shake.
BEST BET: Race Seven Number 12 Voodoo Lad
NEXT BEST: Race Six Number 4 Bradman
VALUE: Race Four Number 2 El Prado Gold
Quaddie Tips (Races Five Through To Eight):
Leg One: 1, 3, 4, 11
Leg Two: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Leg Three: 10, 12
Leg Four: 4, 9, 10, 11, 15
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