The Parks track at Morphettville is where Adelaide racing takes place this Saturday. The weather is overcast, the track is good (4) and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.
Race 1. (12:41) Luke Williams' Bucks Plate 1000m
4 Inciter (Bet Now: $3.90) for me. Daughter of Fighting Sun for Tony McEvoy who looked the part in winning a trial on September 13 by seven lengths. Jumped on speed, did everything right and when Jamie Kah asked for the effort, she dashed and put them away. Looks a lovely type and confident she runs well here on debut.
1 Fanaar (Bet Now: $2.70) is a son of Stratum having his first start for the Hayes/Dabernig team. He jumped out down the Flemington straight last week and to my eye he looked pretty good when on speed and not under much pressure. I think the good lead here is that stable rider Jake Duffy elects to steer this bloke.
5 Troodes (Bet Now: $2.80) is a Star Witness filly for Tony McEvoy having her first start. She trialled last week over 800m here and looked impressive to my eye. Led all the way and won quite well in good time without being extended by Jamie Kah. Did everything right too so appears well educated for her first race.
Race 2. (13:16) Holdfast Insurance Handicap (86) 1950m
Quite keen on 5 Calibration (Bet Now: $3.40). Darren Weir trains this import, who kicked off his second Australian prep at Cranbourne where he was a drifter in betting but gee he was a real eye catcher, working home with purpose to just miss out on the win when beaten a lip by Melba’s Maestro. He’ll take beating here up in trip.
2 Snitzepeg (Bet Now: $1.40) has been in work a fair while for Darren Weir but is racing quite well at the moment. He ran over 1800m at Caulfield last time where he settled just off the speed and tried quite hard in defeat I think when third to Al Galayel. The trip is a query but should love the drop in grade for mine.
3 Waking Moment (Bet Now: $10.00) runs third…that’s all you can say really. Had her first run for the Weir camp over the Cranbourne mile in the Melba’s Maestro race mentioned above and was okay without being great. Will be improved up in trip…can she win? I highly doubt it, but small field and roughies…you know what happens.
Race 3. (13:51) Terry Howe Printing Handicap (70) 1250m
2 In Heart’s Wake (Bet Now: $2.60) is 2/2 to start the prep for Tony McEvoy. Resumed with a decent maiden at Geelong, a race which has produced a few winners. He then raced over 1300m here three weeks ago where he was on speed and despite getting the staggers late, he fell in. Back to 1250m, fresh, looks ideal.
6 Ice Ghost (Bet Now: $7.00) is a Bradbury’s Luck gelding resuming for the Gordon Richard steam. Had three runs in the Winter and while he didn’t win, I thought he ran well enough in defeat each time. Been given a decent break and I thought his trial win, to the eye, was quite sharp. Keen to see what he does here fresh.
5 Vegapine (Bet Now: $10.00) is a Darren Weir trained filly who produced a barnstorming finish to win the maiden two back at Kilmore before going to Ballarat where she was a heavily backed fav and after getting back in the run, she didn’t come on at all and was most disappointing. Perhaps a softer tempo will help her cause.
Race 4. (14:31) Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (82) 1000m
5 Nodoubtaboutit (Bet Now: $3.70) clearly for me but it’s last chance. Overall, she has been a big flop this time in, constantly in the market and continually running below par. Been freshened up, the blinkers are off and she was one of the better triallers of the morning here last Thursday. Should get the run of the race off a hot speed and have last look.
6 Atlantica (Bet Now: $4.40) is a Jim Smith trained mare who is too good to dismiss off a flat resumption. She just copped too much pressure in front and rightfully folded up late. Impressive trial winner leading up to that so happy to forgive that. Her chances will hinge on what pressure she will get on speed. If she can lead or get on speed without doing too much work, she’s right in the game.
7 Ogunde (Bet Now: $41.00) is a veteran for Ryan Balfour who bounced back to winning form over 1000m at Naracoorte last time where he led all the way on a wet track and halfway down the straight and usually he would turn it up but he showed really good fight late when challenged and clung on to win. He’ll lead and give a sight. Can he win? No, unless there is clear bias.
Race 5. (15:11) Metal-Link/Normus Homes Handicap (70) 2250m
Want to give 2 Wolfendale (Bet Now: $18.00) a look. Darren Weir trains this four year old and to be fair, he has done little to nothing in both runs, but I think to be fair, each start he has been ridden as if it’s been a barrier trial. He finds a weak race, fitter, getting to an ideal trip and perhaps the trip away could spark him back to life.
3 Johnny Vinko (Bet Now: $2.50) took an eternity to win another race but it finally came around last time over 1700m at Sale. He chased hard all the way down the Sale and eventually nabbed Ripplebrook on the peg, and that horse is certainly no camel. Good record beyond 2000m and should have plenty of upside.
4 Igitur (Bet Now: $11.00) is probably the pick of the locals. Ran over the 1950m here a fortnight where he did a bit of work on speed but looked to travel well. Fought hard all the way in the straight to go down under a length in fourth spot behind an in form galloper in Dollar Dollar Bill. Think up in trip will suit and is a knockout chance.
Race 6. (15:51) Steffo's Bucks Handicap (70) 1300m
I’ll take a chance on 1 Embecee Lil (Bet Now: $5.50). I think rising her in trip/class was the wrong move by Ryan Balfour and it saw the mare run some disappointing races, including last time in the Balaklava Cup. Significant drop in grade and for mine she’s thrown in at the weights after the claim for Jack Martin. If she’s right, she wins.
3 Any Given Glass (Bet Now: $23.00) is a Sue Jaensch trained mare who has had two runs back from a spell. Just missed out on the win first up at Naracoorte before going to Penola where Fawke gave her a peach, saving ground nearer the inside and just finishing best. Should only improve off that and is a key threat.
7 Milord (Bet Now: $9.50) is a Darren Weir trained gelding who has been racing very well this time in, albeit on the Geelong Synthetic and I’m very wary of having confidence in that form being translated to turf. In saying that, this isn’t the strongest race going around and the stable wouldn’t bring him over unless he was a genuine winning chance.
Race 7. (16:31) UBET Handicap (70) 1300m
5 Montaser (Bet Now: $2.00) is a well bred son of O’Reilly resuming for the Busuttin/Young team. This bloke hasn’t raced since March 2 over the mile at Moonee Valley where getting back and finishing off okay late behind Peruggia, but was found to be lame post race. Impressive first up on debut last time in and a recent jump out was pretty good.
7 Cool Maverick (Bet Now: $10.00) is an absolute beauty for Ryan Balfour and he’s racing so well at the moment. Surprised most with an all the way over 1200m on the course proper two back before racing over the 1250m here last Saturday when second to Mr Hamilton. Tricky draw, but hard fit and in form.
4 Going Gaga (Bet Now: $4.50) is a son of Street Boss resuming Michael Hickmott. Good horse who is a proper city class horse at his best and stable don’t mind setting one up for a fresh assault. Good first up record and looked quite good to my eye behind Captain Punch first off, albeit beaten 10 lengths, but looked to travel well and was much the same next time. Definite winning chance.
Race 8. (17:11) Mo Barry Handicap (90) 1400m
8 Holy Command (Bet Now: $2.90) looks the one to beat. He rises a fair bit in depth/grade after racing at this track/distance last Saturday where he looked a moral on paper and it seemed rivals jockeys thought the same. Got a very soft lead and after 200m, he was never getting beat. Won’t get it as easy, but hard fit and in form.
1 Tatoosh (Bet Now: $4.00) is a Will Clarken trained galloper who comes through the Balaklava Cup where I thought Finnegan gave the horse every chance near the speed and loomed large to beat Temps Voleur, but that horse just packed too many punches on speed. I think back to 1400m suits and he is 2/3 on the Parks track.
There’s been early market support for 5 Mubakkir (Bet Now: $12.00) and not surprised. Hasn’t raced since finishing midfield at Morphettville behind Princess Of Queens where he couldn’t get involved at all. Been given the freshen up and he went like a jet in a 1250m trial win here last week. Don’t be surprised if he runs a positive race at odds.
Race 9. (17:51) Mypunter.com Handicap (75) 1550m
14 With A Bit Of Dash (Bet Now: $6.50) for me. Chris Bieg has his team going really well at the moment and this mare is one of his horses that is in form. Ran over the mile on the course proper last time where she was well backed and under a lovely steer from Georgina Cartwright, she proved far too good. Just has to translate that to the Parks track now.
12 Adatto (Bet Now: $4.40) is three weeks between runs for Michael Hickmott since racing over 1400m here where he had a beaut sit just off the pace and battled on very well to try and go with Awake in Grinzig but that horse had the momentum and just proved too good. Up to 1550m looks ideal and should be fitter.
11 Galaxy Gazer (Bet Now: $18.00) ran third to With A Bit Of Dash in the race mentioned above and I thought his run was a beauty. He was wide most of the way, did a power of work on speed, yet stuck on well to run third, beaten just under three lengths. Has a good record on the Parks track and could easily bounce back.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Four Number 5 Nodoubtaboutit
NEXT BEST: Race Seven Number 5 Montaser
LONG SHOT: Race Five Number 2 Wolfendale
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 1, 3, 6, 7
Leg Two: 5
Leg Three: 1, 4, 5, 8
Leg Four: 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
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