Group l racing continues at Morphettville this Saturday where it is SA Derby, also keeping in mind that the first three races will be run on the Parks track. The weather is fine, the track is good (4) and the rail is out two metres from the 1200m-Winning Post; True for the remainder.
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Race 1. (12:10) Accolade Wines (bm62) 1000m
On speed/fence is the spot to be on the Parks track so with that in mind, 1 Great Leveller (Bet Now: $4.20) on top. This handy three year old was on speed throughout when bolting up last Wednesday at Balaklava, where he was dominant and ran sharp time. Gets in well after the claim for Will Price and he’ll take running down.
2 Star Of Uma (Bet Now: $2.00) is a quality filly for the McEvoy camp that resumes. This girl hasn’t raced since the Spring where she placed in a strong edition of the Twilight Glow. Thought her trial earlier in April was okay, but a subsequent jumpout win at Camperdown suggests she’s right on track for a god return.
4 Champagne Affair (Bet Now: $10.00) looks much better suited at this level. Well and truly was a throw at the stumps in the Nitschke two weeks ago where she found the class a bit rich behind Incredulous Dream. Much better placed in a race like this, does no work from the draw and can run a much improved race.
Race 2. (12:45) Sth Aust. Sires' Produce 1400m
10 Biscayne Bay (Bet Now: $4.20) doesn’t have the best of racing patterns but she has a good engine under the hood I feel. Comes through the Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington where she was back near last in the run and charged home, just missing out on picking up Three Kings. If she can sit closer in the run, she’ll take beating.
1 Three Kings (Bet Now: $3.00) is starting to put it together now. Jury was out earlier in the career, but he was an impressive winner at Ballarat, before repeating the dose at Flemington when given a lovely steer by Currie, driving through late between runners to get up and win. Hard to beat against these.
12 Princess Raffles (Bet Now: $17.00) looks like she will eat up the 1400m. Ran two weeks ago in the Breeders Stakes on the course proper here and worked home with real purpose from the back when fourth to Cloudy. I just hope she can sit closer in the run and if that eventuates, she’ll become the one to beat.
Race 3. (13:20) P Elberg Funerals Final (bm82) 1400m
I just have to be with 6 Going Gaga (Bet Now: $5.50). Mick Kluske has this guy absolutely flying it seems like. Resumed during the Oakbank Carnival where he led throughout and gee he was dominant from the front, giving his rivals a spanking. Loses nothing with Lane taking over, likes the Parks track and I think he only runs well from the front.
10 Born To Play (Bet Now: $10.00) is a Team McEvoy trained mare that is starting to become frustrating from a punters perspective but she does have tlent. Ran here two weeks ago where I thought Vorster gave her a peach. Problem was Lane aboard the eventual winner, Mister Yu Shu, gave it a better ride and was too good. Tricky draw, but good speed in front, so she’ll get her chance.
12 He’s A Balter (Bet Now: $4.80) looks the map horse. Has been getting a fair way back in the run since joining Will Clarken but hasn’t really had a decent barrier to use. That all changes here with gate one, so I suspect there will be a positive steer aboard this guy and from there, he gets run of the race and is hard to beat.
Race 4. (13:55) Happy B'day M Larecki (bm82) 1200m
I think if 1 Octane (Bet Now: $17.00) is anywhere near his best, he spanks these. The question is, is he anywhere near his best? His two runs back from a spell have been somewhat plain, but they have come in races far stronger than what he faces here. That, and with the claim for Kelly, he just wins of he finds anything of his old form.
3 Too Good Too Hard (Bet Now: $5.00) should be suited up to 1200m. Resumed two weeks ago on the Parks track over 1000m where she was back near last in the run and couldn’t come on behind Streetcar Stranger. Her best efforts have come at 1200m and she gets that trip here, so she can bounce back.
8 Secret Vega (Bet Now: $26.00) can sneak a first four spot. Will Clarken trained gelding that resumed at this track/distance three weeks ago where he got back in the run and while he was never a winning threat, far from disgraced I thought behind Deep Dive. Three of his five career wins have come second up, so he’s a market watch.
Race 5. (14:30) Weslo Security (bm64) 1050m
If 7 Appalachian (Bet Now: $2.70) is within range on the turn, I think he has the change up speed and finale to beat these. He has been excellent int two runs back from a break from a spell. Latest run came over 1100m here four weeks ago when a real eye catcher from the back behind Lunar Hero. Tick over trial was a lovely piece of work and he finds a winnable race.
5 Button Express (Bet Now: $3.70) is a Danny O’Brien trained mare that resumes. This girl hasn’t raced since November 13 at the Valley under the lights when closing off nicely late from off the speed behind The Commoner. Is a winner first up, has jumped out well leading and overall the depth here is thin.
Been a long time since 2 Arrow Lane (Bet Now: $71.00) has found himself in a race like this. He is normally in higher rating sprints but his downhill form slide sees him in a 64. Three weeks between runs since a solid effort her, closing off okay late in the piece behind Brimarvi Vehero. One for multiples.
Race 6. (15:10) Furphy Prov. Series Final-bm75 1800m
8 Monteferrante (Bet Now: $11.00) isn’t the most reliable horse going around but I think this will be a proper 1800m test and she is a stayer, so I expect her to be stronger than most late. Ran over 2000m at Naracoorte last time out. Got back in the run and not entirely sure she was comfortable on the tight track but liked her finale behind the in form Cuban Toonite. Like her back at Morphettville and is hard to beat.
7 Reynolds (Bet Now: $2.45) has done little wrong since arriving to Australia from Hong Kong. Won his first two starts for the Hickmott camp in such impressive fashion. Then went to Murray Bridge when on speed and I thought had his chance when bloused late by Sadente. Is the 1800m a query? I’ll bank on the stable getting it right.
14 Comfort Girl (Bet Now: $35.00) is a progressive filly for Shayne Cahill that commands respect. Ran over 1700m at Gawler on Anzac Day where she spotted them a decent start and was there to win. Just couldn’t quite sustain the run and had to settle for a close up third. Racing well and is hard to beat.
Race 7. (15:50) South Australian Derby 2500m
Trainers often say they are a creature of habit, so I like the back up for 15 Personal (Bet Now: $4.40). Market didn’t really want a bar of her last Saturday in the Oaks but she was very strong at the end, just missing out on the win when second to Media Award. This is a seven day back and she did win the VRC Oaks off a five day back up, so I think she can only run well here.
1 Explosive Jack (Bet Now: $3.90) has the runs on the board against most of these given he is the ATC Derby winner and it’s very rare you see that particular Derby winner go on to race for the rest of the season, so I do find it interesting he comes here, but the stable pretty much said after the race that was the plan. He’s a proven stayer that will prove hard to beat.
The only horse I want from the Chairmans is 6 Deepstrike (Bet Now: $5.50). He should have gone close to winning. Mick Dee just had no luck on him at any stage and with clear air, I think he just about wins. Two wins prior suggested he was an ideal SA Derby candidate and won’t be dismissing him here.
Race 8. (16:30) Adelaide Guineas 1600m
8 Agreeable (Bet Now: $4.50) deserves another chance. Team Freedman trained filly that ran two weeks ago in the Nitschke on the Parks track. Given she was back, on that track, she pretty much had no hope, so I thought she did a really good job to finish as close as she did. Up to the mile, bigger track…I think she only runs well.
1 Cherry Tortoni… (Bet Now: $2.25) this is a strange prep. Freshened up since an ordinary edition of the Tulloch, where he was no hope given the track pattern. The race rated ordinary, but Young Werther almost franked the form in the Derby. Tick over trial was good, but you know what you will get with him. He’ll be back last and needing luck. But, he has class.
10 Spooning (Bet Now: $15.00) could be a sneaky Oaks filly for the Price/Kent team. Not sure she beat much fresh at Pakenham, but she was very impressive to the line in getting the job done and Froggy post race wasn’t shy in declaring what he thought of her ability. Bred to eat up this and further, so keen to see how she goes.
Race 9. (17:05) Terry Howe Printing Final-bm82 1100m
6 Soul Obsession (Bet Now: $4.80) looks the safe option in the get out. Team Freedman trained filly that resumed on the Parks track two weeks ago. Had a suck run behind the speed before getting an inside split, but I don’t think she wanted to take the narrow gap and had to settle for a third. She’ll come on from that and gets in very well after the claim.
7 Extra Mile (Bet Now: $12.00) has his share of talent. Notable drifter late in betting when resuming at Gawler on Anzac Day but nobody told the horse that. He sat off a fast speed before edging into clear air and he let down strongly to wear them down and score a top win. You’d like to think there is improvement off that and he’ll get another solid tempo to sit off and launch late.
4 Lancaster Sound (Bet Now: $20.00) is a beauty for Sue Murphy that puts himself into the race and tries hard. Strong win fresh at Bordertown before going to Naracoorte where he had to dig in to get the win but he lifted late and got up in the final couple of strides. Proven city performer and comes to town again in a purple patch.
Best Bets & Quaddie Tips
BEST BET: Race Five Number 7 Appalachian
NEXT BEST: Race Six Number 8 Monteferrante
LONG SHOT: Race Three Number 6 Going Gaga
Quaddie Tips (Races Six Through To Nine):
Leg One: 7, 8
Leg Two: 1, 3, 4, 6, 15
Leg Three: 1, 8, 10, 12
Leg Four: 1, 4, 6, 7
$50 Investment = 31.25% of the dividend if successful
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