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Morphettville Tips June 24 – best bets for Morphettville on Saturday

  • 3 to 4 best bets for Morphettville each week.
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Located less than 10km from the Adelaide CBD, Morphettville’s race meetings are split between its two tracks; the Morphettville course proper and the Morphettville Parks circuit.

See my free weekly Morphettville selections below:

Morphettville Tips - June 24

Race 2 - BGR BUILDING & DESIGN HANDICAP (1200m) 12:28pm

I love the way TENNESSEE RAIDER flashed home late over the unsuitable 1000m trip on debut. She’ll improve over further still, but with blinkers on for the first time, and an extra 200m to work with, she’s a great chance to score at nice odds. 


There is some serious early pace here with Sandhill Flash, Core Breach and Tarco vying for the lead. That will give GUN CASE the ‘gun run’ and if he brings his last start form, he’ll be swooping over the top of them. 

Race 8 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1100m) 4:19pm

OAMARU OWL has had absolutely no luck lately and probably should have won his past two. Two starts back he was charging home after being caught wide and having to go right back, but just as he looked a winning chance he clipped heels and lost the rider. Last start he was caught four deep without cover for the entire trip, got bumped on the bend and came wider, and only just missed the win finishing 2nd to One More Daisy. Drawn wide again but senior hoop Jason Holder goes aboard and ‘stubby’ will give him every chance.

Previous Morphettville Tips:

June 17


Tony McEvoy’s KID FLASH showed enough last campaign to suggest he’s well above average, and he’s also looked quite slick in two recent barrier trials. He defeated Eshtiraak on debut and that galloper went on to win four of his next five, and he then finished four lengths from Tulip before going for a spell. He’s been gelded since last campaign and can race through the grades this time.


FLYING CASINO was disappointing last start but he wasn’t suited dropping back in trip. There was only a length between him and Super Haze two starts back over the same trip, and Super Haze has since won and is the $2.60 favourite for Saturday’s race while Flying Casino is a $26 chance. I’m expecting him to run a big race as this is the stage of his campaign where he usually peaks. 


TROGIR was scratched from Flemington last week because of a stable security breach and trainer Phillip Stokes played it safe and scratched his horses. The fact Stokes was keen to send him to Melbourne suggests he’s flying now, and this trip looks ideal for him.

June 10

Race 4 - UBET HANDICAP (1300m) 1:40pm

Two horses I black booked from the same race two weeks ago now line up in opposition again - the Tony McEvoy-trained I’ll Decide and Bill Bogart’ Swipe Me Right. The latter meets the former 1.5kg better at the weights and is more than double the odds – so no-brainer as to which we choose – right? SWIPE ME RIGHT just needs a good early tempo to be flying at them late, and with some speed out wide, I’m hoping the pace is better than genuine.

Race 6 - STAN COYLE MEMORIAL HANDICAP (1000m) 3:00pm

VICKI’S BOY just improves out of sight second-up and was extremely unlucky first-up this time. He finished 2nd on debut and then won by 4.5 lengths second-up, then next campaign, he finished four lengths off the pace before coming scoring a 1.7 length victory second-up. Barrier 8 is a bit tricky, but with any luck slotting in with cover, he’s the one they have to hold out in the straight.

Race 7 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1250m) 3:40pm

The scratching of Husson Eagle gives COUNTER PULSE his chance to rack up his fifth win from his last seven starts here. He’s won four from six on the Parks circuit and his last start win couldn’t have been more impressive. Clare Lindop will rate him perfectly from barrier 1 and he is at peak fitness.

June 3

Race 1 - NOCELLE HANDICAP (1300m) 11:58am

DON’T DOUBT IT looks well over the odds at $16 and is a great each-way chance. Being by Good Journey, he should appreciate the step up to 1300m, and the way he worked home strongly from the tail last time was very impressive. The $1.95 favourite, Phelps Glory, ran approximately three lengths quicker than Don’t Doubt It at the  track and trip on debut, but he’ll have to carry 2.5kg more and Don’t Doubt It’s slick turn of foot will see him challenging strongly over this trip.

Race 5 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1550m) 2:26pm

Looks a race in two with BELUGA BLUE and Snake Charmer bringing the best form. Snake Charmer goes well up in grade and is unplaced in five second-up attempts which puts a massive query on her. Beluga Blue wasn’t fit enough to finish off a tough 1600m in the RA Lee Stakes, but being third-up as she drops back to 1550m should see her powering through the line. 

Race 8 - UBET HANDICAP (1400m) 4:23pm

GALAXY GAZER usually takes a few runs to find his best form, and his last start win was quite impressive. Gets in with 1kg less after the claim and will appreciate more sting out of the ground for his fourth-up assignment. 

May 27

Race 4 - AUSTRALIAN MADE HANDICAP (1950m) 1:43pm

I black booked TIDY PROPHET from Morphettville last week and she’s not only found a suitable race, but she’s drawn perfectly in barrier 3 and gets in on the minimum weight (54kg) after Emily Finnegan’s claim. She generally peaks around her fifth and sixth run in each campaign and comes into Saturday’s assignment fifth-up off on the quick back-up. Will be working home strongly.

Race 5 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1250m) 2:22pm

This is the race for BENZ and he really does look like the best of the day. He was unlucky in the Euclase Stakes (1200m) two runs back and then was caught four deep early last time and had to use a bit of petrol to get across and lead before being tackled late and battling on for 2nd place. He gets in 3kg under the minimum with Anna Jordsjo’s 3kg claim and he’s undefeated in three runs on the Parks circuit.

Race 8 - MERCEDES-BENZ ADELAIDE HANDICAP - 1400m - 04:22pm

DOUBLE POCKETS will go close with any luck from the wide gate. He hit the lead in the straight at Mount Gambier over 1550m and was run down by Woolsthorpe Store who has since franked the form with a win in the Casterton Cup (2000m). The drop back in trip looks ideal and he should be at peak fitness fifth-up from a spell.

May 20

Race 2 - NATIONAL STAKES - 1200m - 01:05pm

A Queen Adelaide Stakes rematch looms for 1st placed Indian Thunder, 2nd placed It’s A Myth and 3rd placed MINTHA who I think looks best suited and represents the best value. Mintha was charging home between runners and got knocked from the inside and outside but was unsuccessful in a protest against both 1st and 2nd. Being by Redoute’s Choice and out of the Encosta de Lago mare Hades, she’s much better suited stepping up to 1200m now and the stable have some big spring plans for this filly after Saturday’s race. They are looking at a mile and beyond during the spring so 1200m really does look perfect for now. The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Booker must also be respected as he has reportedly come on in leaps and bounds since his debut win.

Race 3 - MITTYS PORT ADELAIDE CUP - 2500m - 01:45pm

HIGH CHURCH was simply stunning in the Warrnambool Cup (2350m) on a Heavy track so there will be no concern with him running 2500m here on Saturday. If he’s right, he wins this for fun.

Race 6 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES R A LEE STAKES - 1600m - 03:45pm

I know the Weir camp are really keen on the chances of BURNING FRONT which is really no surprise seeing he’s won six of his past seven starts. His only loss in that period was when he overraced in the Golden Mile at Bendigo and was beaten 1.3 lengths by Observational carrying 6.5kg less, Jacquinot Bay with 5kg less and War Legend with 6.5kg less. With the exception of Beluga Blue (53.5kg) and Kaniana (54.5kg) all of Saturday’s rivals carry 55kg or more while Burning Front has top weight of 57.5kg – looks a weighted certainty on previous form.

May 13


Firstly, this race is to be run on the Parks circuit which suits front-runners better. SEE ME ROLLIN’ is a front-runner and Shane Oxlade has this son of Good Journey absolutely flying this campaign. He drops back in trip from a last start win over 1498m, and from barrier 5, he can scoot across and give them something to catch with just 52kg on his back after the claim. A great each-way chance at big odds. 


Taking a punt on MY SNIP in a very open race. The three-year-old Snippetson gelding was only 1.4 lengths 4th behind Posh Journey, Nodoubtaboutit and Nasdex when first-up over this track and trip. He then tried to lead all the way over 1400m but didn’t run out the trip, and dropping back 1250m wasn’t much better when sitting outside the leader. But a month freshen-up followed by an impressive barrier trial has me keen. He sped away to lead the quickest 1000m barrier trial of the morning but was run down late by Reconnect who was given a good hit-out. My Snip on the other hand only cruised to the line and looked to have plenty more to offer. He can lead from barrier 14 and run a massive race.


STRATEGIC DEMAND is unbeaten in four starts at the track, and I really liked the way he knuckled down late to grab 3rd place when resuming over 1000m on the Parks circuit. He has three wins from five second-up attempts and should be hitting the line strongly over the slightly longer 1100m trip. The wide gate will be the tricky part, but if jockey Clare Lindop can slot him in with cover somewhere, he’ll appreciate the drier track this week and fly home.

May 6

Race 1 - MAC DRINK DRIVING? GROW UP HANDICAP (1600m) 12:09pm

Phillip Stokes has handed Joao Moreira a nice ride to kick off his day at Morphettville and I’m keen on MODEL DRAGON to get us off to a good start. The drop back in trip last time didn’t suit her but she still nearly got the prize, but stepping up from 1200m to 1600m this time will see her charging home for the ‘Magic Man.’

Race 2 - CARBINE CLUB HANDICAP (2010m) 12:44pm

SECOND BULLET should pack too much power for the locals and he looks primed for a big run. His first-up four-length victory was brilliant and then he appeared a little flat second-up but was still only 2.4 length from Boom Time. He wasn’t fit enough in the Lord Reims (2600m) but was given a four-week let-up before trialling and then running a good 2nd two weeks later in the Easter Cup (2000m). Should be peaking now over a suitable trip and Damien Oliver can steer him to victory.

Race 4 - D C MCKAY STAKES (1100m) 2:04pm

Little Bassett is racing in career best form but the 58kg might see him struggle this time, especially seeing RELDAS meets him 4kg better off after finishing 2nd to him last time. With a freshen-up and a soft trial heading into this, Reldas looks hard to beat from barrier 2 and represents great each-way value.

April 22

Race 1 - SCHWEPPES OAKS 6TH MAY HANDICAP (1050m) 12:28pm

Keen to have a crack at the beautifully-bred MINTHA from the Tony McEvoy stable. The daughter of Redoute’s Choice really knuckled down to catch a tearaway leader in her recent trial, and it was that speed and determination that will see her work through the grades. She gets a good weight pull on horses with exposed form, and she just needs a bit of luck from the wide gate.

Race 2 - ATA CELEBRATES 50 YEARS HANDICAP (1100m) 1:03pm

SANDRELLI was good enough to run down Benz in recent barrier trial, and with a good win to her name and a quick freshen-up, she’s the one to beat. She gets in nicely at the weights with just 54.5kg, and Jamie Kah can give her the gun run from barrier 5.

Race 4 - SUZIE REYNOLDS HANDICAP (1200m) 2:13pm

It’s interesting to see Phillip Stokes has dropped MODEL DRAGON back in trip, but who am I to second guess the astute trainer. She scored a good win for us last start, and with a fair bit of early speed on, she’ll be charging home in the straight.

April 8

Race 1 - UBET SA DERBY 13TH MAY HANDICAP (1050m) 12:38pm

I black booked KRONOS from the Cranbourne barrier trials on Monday where he ran good time and started to pull away from his rivals over the concluding stages without being asked for a supreme effort. The son of Helmet represents good value in an open race and can get us off to a good start for the day.


FREEZE OVER look like the best of the day after posting a massive debut win at Sandown over 1000m. She didn’t jump the best but quickly sped over to lead before kicking strongly and being eased up at the 50m mark to win by 3.5 lengths. She ran 56.00 which was quicker than Nasdex ran (56.66) in the BM70 later in the day.

Race 3 - GRAEME CONRON HANDICAP (1600m) 1:53pm

EXCITES ZELADY got the cash for us last time and the 3kg claim puts him right in this. He should get the gun run from barrier 3 and is ready to peak fourth-up from a spell.

April 1

Race 2 - UBET SA DERBY 13TH MAY HANDICAP (1300m) 1:13pm

MODEL DRAGON was far better than her first-up 5th placing suggests. The slow tempo was completely against her, and after dismounting, jockey Dom Tourneur told trainer Phillip Stokes “better for the run and better for further.” She gets an extra 100m on Saturday and is sure to strip fitter for the effort. Some good early speed from a few in this race will give her every chance to swoop home. Best of the day!


The Ryan Balfour-trained MARCO POLO did it tough last Saturday and just peaked on his run when challenging for the win. If he wasn’t caught three deep without cover, he would have gone much closer. That was after a 28-day break, and on the quick-back-up, he can run a big race with 2kg less in the same grade.


ROCK STATUS has won two from three first-up and had excuses when first-up last campaign. He was the standout performer in the quickest heat of the barrier trial on Strathalbyn, and other black bookers from that meeting have subsequently won. Should get a nice run behind a hot speed and can finish best with a bit of luck in the straight.

March 25

Race 1 - UBET SA DERBY 13TH MAY HANDICAP (1000m) 12:18pm

It will take a very smart galloper to beat SPIRITUAL GIRL over 1000m first-up after a brilliant barrier trial signalled she is flying. Jamie Kah will rate her perfectly in front and kick strongly to hold the challengers at bay.


TOGIR really surprised me with a cracking first-up run, and the way he hits the line suggests the step up in trip will suit. His trial compared to the runner-up was very ordinary so he obviously took a stack of improvement from the trial to his first-up run. If he improves again, which he should with Phillip Stokes’ training style, he’s the one to beat from barrier 4 with Dom Touneur in the saddle. 

Race 8 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP - 1550m - 04:48pm

EXCITES ZELADY finished 4th behind Burning Front and Dances On Stars last start but can turn the tables on the latter of that pair who lines up on Saturday. Dances On Stars is rock-hard-fit while Excites Zelady was stepping up to 1600m at his second run. He has three wins to his name when third-up, and from a good gate, he’ll lob in right behind the speed and prove hard to hold out. Won his only start at the track and trip in a BM90 with this weight so looks well placed on Saturday.

March 18 

Race 3 - DARLEY GOODWOOD 20TH MAY HANDICAP (1950m) 2:03pm

FLYING PARIS is a good 2000m horse and should be at his absolute peak now. He looked home last time but was nabbed on the line by a horse carrying 6.5kg less. Drops slightly in trip, drops 4.5kg for going up in class and looks very hard to beat.


MULDER did a great job to fight back against a fit Wicked Affair last start. He’s drawn to get a perfect run behind the lead, and with that run under his belt, he can go on with the job and make it three from three.


ÉCLAIR ATTACK drops in grade and is rock-hard-fit after a barrier trial and three good runs. He was a touch unlucky last time behind a very impressive winner, but with the run of the race behind the speed, he’ll be ready to break through now.

March 11

Race 2 - MO BARRY 85TH BIRTHDAY MAIDEN PLATE (1000m) 1:03pm

Two equal favourites here with MILE HIGH and Trogir around the $3.50 quote. I really wasn’t impressed by the barrier trial of Trogir where he was put under pressure but faded in the straight to finish 4th in a time of 1:04.03 Mile High trialled on the same day and was a clear standout when running around six lengths quicker 1:03.03 and doing under a strong hold. On that performance, Mile High is the best bet of the day.


The unraced DUTY FREE finished 2nd to Mile High in that barrier trial, and although he was under pressure to get near Mile High, they beat the rest by four lengths and the extra trip for Duty Free looks suitable. At massive odds, he’s worth having an each-way crack at in an open race.


TIPPERARY LIL looks way over the odds at $18 each-way. The daughter of Blevic ran a cracking race in the Australia Day Cup (1406m) when charging home for 2nd place behind Sheez On Top. Go The Journey and Woakwine have since franked the form of that race with next starts wins, and with some good early speed anticipated, Tipperary Lil will be storming home.

March 4

Race 1 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1050m) 12:23pm

It could be a favourites day at Morphettville on Saturday and the first of them is NASDEX in the opening event. Ciaron Maher has him absolutely flying and he was most impressive last start defeating With A Bit Of Dash. From the inside gate, he can lead all the way or take a sit behind the leader if something takes him on.

Race 2 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1600m) 12:58pm

The second of the good things comes up in Race 2 where the Tony McEvoy-trained SILVERA is second-up from a spell. He chased home Hey Doc in the CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) but finished four lengths away. This is much easier and the step up to 1600m is ideal. Last campaign he went from a first-up maiden win over 1400m and then took out the Morphettville Guineas over this track and distance. He’ll be getting home hard and looks like the best of the day in a small field.

Race 4 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP - 1200m - 02:08pm

WITH A BIT OF DASH trialled sensationally and then bumped into a smart interstate visitor when finishing runner-up to Nasdex. She has previously failed to place first-up but has won second-up, so the fact she went so well fresh this time suggests she’ll go even better over 1200m at her second run this campaign. 

February 25

Race 2 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1400m) 12:43pm

Fox Hall should set the speed here and prove hard to run down but ZALMONA has the fitness edge and that will be crucial in the final stages of this 1400m contest. On breeding and racing style, the step up to 1400m looks ideal for this son of Good Journey, and if he can secure the run of the race behind Fox Hall, with a 2kg claim for Matthew Poon, he looks primed for victory at his fifth run from a spell. 


WITH A BIT OF DASH trialled sensationally and then bumped into a smart interstate visitor when finishing runner-up to Nasdex. She has previously failed to place first-up but has won second-up, so the fact she went so well fresh this time suggests she’ll go even better over 1250m at her second run this campaign. The slower early pace should let her settle into her rhythm just behind the speed before unleashing in the straight.

Race 9 - MAC: STOP DRUG DRIVING HANDICAP (1250m) 5:08pm

BAKER’S DOZEN improved out of sight when second-up last campaign, and if she does that again, they won’t get near her. She only just ran out of steam first-up from a spell, and with natural improvement from the perfect barrier, she’s the best of the day.

February 18

Race 4 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH 2017 HANDICAP (2020m) 2:28pm

OPTIMIZE just had an off day last time and can bounce back in an easier race. Three of his four wins have come at this track, and with little pace in the race, he can lead or sit outside Barge And Charge before kicking clear in the straight.


European-import GOLDSTREAM scored his first Australian win under the guidance of Darren Weir last start, and he looks harder to beat this time. He did it tough last time when being forced to work to the lead, but from barrier 3 on Saturday, he should enjoy a soft run behind the leaders. At his peak now and should be too good for them.

Race 8 - GEORGE ZERVOS HANDICAP (1600m) 5:03pm

I’m surprised the Lindsay Park camp haven’t stepped BARJEEL up to beyond 1600m yet but who am I to second guess them. I love the way he ran through the line beating Vantaggio last start, and that galloper has since franked the form with a 2.3-length win at Sandown.

February 11

Race 1 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (2050m) 12:43pm

There’s not a lot of value in taking a $1.50 favourite but it’s hard to see anything beating SATURDAY AFFAIR. She still has upside, and absolutely belted them last start. She’s drawn to get the run of the race just off the speed, and although this is tougher, the drop in weight and big winning margin last start has justified the short price.


I’ll have something on WAR THUNDER at nice odds after he trialled so well, but I think CALIANCO is the one to beat. After 280 days off the scene, she was always going need a couple of runs to get up to race fitness, and considering she meets the favourite 2.5kg better off, she can turn the tables. She shouldn’t get caught wide this time from a good gate and I expect her to be hitting the line strongly.

Race 5 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH 2017 HANDICAP (1600m) 3:03pm

TENERE was inconvenienced early in the race last start and that put her off her game a bit. The run was still good to finish 2nd Jim’s Journey, and with three runs under her belt now, she looks ready to run a strong 1600m. Sheez On Top is likely to spear across from the outside and take on Woakwine and That's A Slab, and that should give Tenere every chance to run on.

February 4

Race 3 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1000m) 1:53pm

YULONG YONGXING has been in the money in all four career starts and was brave when winning first-up this campaign. He won first-up last preparation and then had no luck when caught wide without cover at his second run – so second-up improvement is expected this time. Darren Weir doesn’t send them over the border without a big hope, and Dean Yendall also makes the trip over which is a big push. 

Race 5 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH 2017 HANDICAP (1400m) 3:03pm

The Robert Smerdon-trained LET’S GO TO RIO is improving with each start and broke for an impressive win last time. He’s been kept up to the mark with a solid trial win in which he cruised down the outside of the track to win over a couple of promising youngsters – did it very easy. From barrier 1 with the in-form Poon Train (Matthew Poon) claiming 2kg, he’ll be hard to hold out.


Ignore some form guides when they tell you OPTIMIZE hasn’t won on this track – although the majority of the meeting is on the Parks circuit, this race is held on the main track and he has won three from seven there. I’ve been with the Richard Jolly-prepared son of Dubleo all campaign since he trialled sensationally and last start he delivered with a win over Cyclone Thomas and Saturday Affair when leading all the way over 1600m with 58kg. He stopped the clock at 1:35.88 last start while the favourite for Saturday’s race, Jim’s Journey, won on the same day in 1:35.95. Jim’s Journey was only first-up but three of his seven wins have come first-up, while Optimize is still a run or two short of his peak but will strip fitter this time and drops 4kg. At quadruple the odds ($15), he looks a smart each-way bet.

January 28

Race 3 - UBET HANDICAP (1200m) 2:58pm

Chivalry was scratched from Caulfield on Australia Day and now lines up here but there is one that is absolutely flying and should just be winning. STRATEGIC DEMAND has in stellar form since joining the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas stable and has racked up three wins in a row this campaign. His times indicate he’s still on the up, and if he can go a bit quicker this time with less weight, they won’t get near him. 


This is a bit of a lottery race but the Lindsay Park Racing-prepared TAQAAREED looks a likely improver and is drawn to get the run of the race. The daughter of Sepoy showed good early speed on debut before going for a break, so with time to mature and blinkers on for the first time, you would assume she’ll be up on the pace from barrier 3. A few of the other top hopes have sticky barriers and may need some luck, and at nice odds, Taqaareed is worth a punt.


SATURDAY AFFAIR went well finishing 2nd at his first run for the new stable and was unlucky last time. He was blocked for a run behind Optimize but going again to collect 3rd prize. Trainer Will Clarken is backing him up a week later which seems an odd move this early in his campaign – he must be chomping at the bit and ready to run a big one.

January 21

Race 3 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP - 1600m - 02:23pm

OPTIMIZE was one run short last time as he was ridden on the speed. I think he’s a better horse ridden off the pace but it looks like they are going to revert to old tactics and send him forward again this campaign. Regardless, he’s ready to win now and goes better on this track than the Parks circuit. 

Race 5 - UBET HANDICAP - 1600m - 03:38pm

This should be fought out by Phillip Stokes’ pair FINKE and Tenere with the former getting the upper hand. His last win over the in-form Mail It In was very impressive and he now drops 3.5kg at his fourth run from a spell. Peak fitness and light weight give him a great chance to go back-back-back.

Race 8 - MAC: STOP DRUG DRIVING HANDICAP - 1100m - 05:38pm

Tony McEvoy’s GO ARRIVEDERCI goes well first-up and has trialled well leading into this.  He defeated Riziz and Sir Charleston, and that form has been franked. Riziz has since finished 3rd in a BM90, while Sir Charleston won first-up at Morphettville Parks on Wednesday. Trial form is strong, and although he’s drawn awkwardly in barrier 12, he is well placed with just 55.5kg in a BM64.

January 14

Race 4 - UBET HANDICAP - 1000m - 04:03pm

RIZIZ is the class runner and gets in well at the weight with the 3kg claim. He was tuned up for this with a good barrier trial hit-out and with the blinkers back on from an inside gate, he’ll be hard to beat.


Regular readers would know I’ve tipped JET EXPRESS at his past three runs and we have gone close at the last two – missing by less than a head each time. At his fifth run from a spell, he is guaranteed to be at peak fitness. He steps up to 1400m for the first time and maybe this is what he needs. He gets in with just 53kg and it’s one of those where you just have to stick with him or be left kicking yourself when he gets up at nice each-way odds. Fingers crossed he breaks through as he really deserves it.

Race 7 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP - 1550m - 05:50pm

MAIL IT IN had excuses last time and couldn’t be racing much better this campaign. He has a brilliant record at the track and is yet to miss the top two placings in eight starts at the distance. Gets in well at the weights with the claim and can win again.

January 7

Race 3 - UBET HANDICAP (1250m) 2:23pm

With CAVALOCE’s brilliant record at the track, she’s a clear standout following last Sunday’s fast-finishing 2nd placing behind Odyssey Moon at Flemington. This is easier and although she’s giving some of Saturday’s rivals some weight, she can outsprint them in the straight.


I was all over Tenere last start but she’s failed to win in 10 starts at the track and is unplaced in seven second-up runs so I reluctantly have to jump ship and hope she saves her best for another day. Mullinger Lane will be hard to beat but is creeping up in weight and looks vulnerable. OPTIMIZE is the one I want to be on here. She didn’t have any luck first-up over a totally unsuitable trip, but she’ll improve out of sight here and will be working home strongly over a longer trip.

Race 7 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1000m) 4:58pm

MARTINE belted them first-up last campaign and gets in with a featherweight on Saturday. Interesting to not Tony McEvoy hasn’t given her a trial this time, and I’m guessing that’s because she is already forward enough and doesn’t need it. Expect her to just jump and run and keep going.

December 31

Race 4 - UBET THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE (1200m) 2:11pm

Why wouldn’t you give JET EXPRESS one more chance when he looks perfectly suited? He loomed up and looked the winner last start and I’m not sure if he didn’t want to go past the winner or he just peaked on his run. At his fourth run from a spell, he’ll be at peak fitness and the drop back to 1200m will see him strong through the line.


I know IRISH MINT is going up in class here, but he is running quicker time than his rivals this campaign, and with only half a kilo more than last time, he’ll go close again. He’s fifth-up from a spell and couldn’t be any fitter to run a strong 1050m.

Race 7 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1200m) 4:02pm

BOGGOMS only just ran out of condition two starts back when runner-up to Battle Brewing, but then as expected, he came out and scored a 2.3-length win over that galloper last start. He goes up 2.5kg for the win but the slight drop back in trip will negate the extra weight. There’s a fair bit of speed here and if Dom Tourneur can get a nice trail behind the speed from barrier 5, Boggoms is the horse to beat.

December 26

Race 3 - UBET HANDICAP - 2500m - 01:48pm

At first glance, this looks like a battle between last start winners TUNES and Flying Casino. The latter was a very impressive four-length winner and was found to be lame while Tunes narrowly defeated Darren Weir’s Shikarpour. The pair ran near identical times last start but with one key difference – Tunes travelled 100m more – on that basis, he’s the one to beat.


Having a crack at IT’S A TOFF who is stepping up in class here. He was an impressive maiden winner two starts back and then didn’t have lot of luck when going up to BM60 grade with 2kg extra where he got dragged back through the field. Trainer David Jolly is stepping him up in grade again and he wouldn’t be doing that unless he thought the son of Domesday was up to it. Drops 4kg and should be further improved with his second run over the mile.


I like Tarco but I’m not convinced the step up to 1200m suits, and he did disappoint by an inch when I thought he was a near certainty last time. Going with the Phillip Stokes-prepared FINKE who was fantastic at his first run for the new stable. He just got too far back and had to do too much work without having the fitness base to allow it. He’s trialled nicely since and drops 5kg from his last run. 

December 17


I blackbooked JET EXPRESS from the barrier trials at Morphettville Parks on Monday. He’s improved with each of his two runs this campaign, and after a quick freshen-up, he looked the best he has yet at the trials. The stable have a good opinion of him and he looks ready to justify that opinion on Saturday.

Race 3 - UBET HANDICAP - 1250m - 01:48pm

This looms as a contest between Battle Brewing and BOGGOMS, and the fact the former has failed to break through in six runs at the track and the latter has won his only start there gives him an automatic advantage. Battle Brewing won last time they met while Boggoms finished 3rd, but that was at level weights and Boggoms now has a 2kg advantage and a better barrier. 


TARCO looks like the best bet of the day from anywhere around the country. He finished 2.2 lengths 4th behind Redzel, Terravista and Hellbent in the Mumm Stakes (1000m) at Flemington and then found the 1050m a tad too long when racing off a 23-day break. Another 21 days between runs will see him fresh enough to sprint quickly at the finish, while being fifth-up from a spell should have him at peak fitness. He can lead this field comfortably and give a big kick.

December 10

Race 2 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (2500m) 1:13pm

Darren Weir’s SHIKARPOUR comes to SA with some great form in Melbourne having won two and finished 2nd in two of his past four starts. Has fitness and class on his side and gets in with a good weight. Distance may be the only query but he’s worth the risk at a generous price.

Race 7 - CITY OF MARION STAKES (1200m) 4:18pm

CAVALOCE has drawn poorly here but gets in extremely well compared to the favourite Lord Aspen. She defeated him two starts back and now meets him 3kg better at the weights. Both have raced at Flemington at their past starts, and while Lord Aspen won in a time of 1:23.31, Cavaloce finished 2.4 lengths off the pace in a time of 1:22.99. Cavaloce drops 1.5kg on that last run and Lord Aspen goes up 3.5kg. On weights and times, Cavaloce represents better value than the favourite and she should be charging home late.


Sticking with CALL ME CURTIS as he’s been racing in great form but seemingly running out of puff in the final few strides. He should be at peak fitness at his fourth run this campaign and the drop back to 1200m will see him strong to the line. The wide barrier is the main concern but if he can get in with cover, he should be right in the finish.

December 3

Race 4 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1250m) 2:11pm

Former Northern Territory-based galloper FINKE is having his first start for Phillip Stokes and we won’t see odds like this for him again if he wins. Although he did nothing in Adelaide before heading north and winning eight in a row before a 3rd placing in the Darwin Cup (2000m) he did look very impressive in a recent barrier trial at Strathalbyn. He led comfortably and cantered to the line to take 2nd place, and jockey Dom Tourneur even had time to casually bend down and adjust his stirrup in the run to the line. Finke had plenty left in the tank and could be ready to run a big race.

Race 5 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1000m) 2:47pm

ITZ INVINCIBLE has won all three this preparation and although the handicapper is catching up with him, he should still have some slight improvement to come and can lead all the way again. He ran 3.5 seconds quicker than the only other 1000m race on the day last time and just seems to keep lifting when challenged. 

Race 6 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1400m) 3:22pm

BEAU RIVAGE was unlucky not to gone much closer last time after being held up for most of the straight and then charging home when clear. He’s ready to peak fifth-up from a spell and should get the last crack at them in what appears to be a slightly weaker race. 

November 19


I’ve been waiting for this one to step out on race day and I’m keen to load up. The Phillip Stokes-trained ÉCLAIR SUNSHINE has trialled brilliantly on two occasions and although he finished 2nd to Vinland in the last trial, Éclair Sunshine was far more impressive. Vinland has since finished 5th in the Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) at Sandown on Zipping Classic Day. Mighty Mick and Sharp Diamond were a long way back in that trial, and Stokes other runner, My Three Sons, was an expensive purchase ($170,000) but stable rider Dom Tourneur is with Éclair Sunshine. The only other runner in the small five-horse field is Carusmatic and she was 10 lengths from Invincible Star in the Ottawa Stakes (1000m). They paid a lot for Éclair Sunshine ($290,000) and he can earn a small piece of that back on debut.

Race 2 - WOLF BLASS & ASSOCIATES HANDICAP (1250m) 1:01pm

POSH JOURNEY has scored a couple of good wins for us now and I’m not dropping off yet. He’s right at his peak now and only goes up 1.5kg from his last start win at the track and trip. Box seats in barrier 3 and goes bang again.


ROYAL RUMBLE let us down last time but had excuses after missing the start and struggling against the clear on-pace bias. The run was huge and he now drops in class and only goes up 1kg. One For Max has no option but to burn across from the wide barrier and I’m hoping that sets up enough speed for Royal Rumble to charge home. The last time he stepped out to this trip was when finishing 2nd to Howard Be Thy Name who was in career best form and won the Group 1 SA Derby at his next start. That form is too strong for a BM82 and I’m confident this one will be winning given equal luck.


MODEL DRAGON didn’t have much luck at Flemington in a much stronger race, and maybe she didn’t get the 1700m trip either. I love the fact Stokes has dropped her back to 1400m, and with just 54kg, she’ll be charging home on her preferred Good track.

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What Bets To Place at Morphettville Races

There are a number of ways to bet on horse racing this weekend from a standard win or place bet to quadrellas and multibets. 

SINGLE: The most common bet. The single bet involves betting on your selection to win, place, or both (each-way). If betting each-way (see our guide for what an each-way bet is), the stake is doubled as you are betting on your selection to win, and also to place.

QUINELLA: A Quinella bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least three or more runners. To win a Quinella, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in any order

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TRIFECTA: A Trifecta bet is available on every thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a Trifecta, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in a given race. 

FIRST4: A First4 bet is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race provided there are at least four or more runners. To win a First4, you must successfully predict the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placegetters in a given race. 

MYSTERY BET: A Mystery Bet takes the guess work out of picking a Trifecta and is generated by the betting agency’s computer. The computer system will randomly select three runners and if they fill the placings you win the Trifecta. 

QUADDIE: A Quaddie bet, or Quadrella bet as it is fully known, is available on most thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings. A quaddie is betting on the winners of four nominated races, which are typically the last four races of any meeting, and is a very popular bet. 

MULTIBET: Multibets offer a great way to secure big winning returns on your bets as you combine various bets into one, and are proving to be an extremely popular way to bet. A multibet combines any number of bets from two to 25 into one single bet and dramatically increases the odds. 

PATENT BET: A Patent bet is similar to a three-leg multibet but is made up of seven separate bets: three singles, three doubles and a trio. Where a multibet requires all selections to win for a return, a patent bet will yield a return from just one winner.

ALL-IN BETTING: All-In betting involves a bookmaker offering fixed odds on selected feature races prior to the declaration of the final field. All-In betting on the Melbourne Cup, for example, is available for the better part of 12 months leading into the event. The risk with All-In Betting is that you will not receive your stake back if your horse is scratched.

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Morphettville Race Track Description

Morphettville’s race meetings are split between its two tracks; the Morphettville course proper and the Morphettville Parks circuit.

The Parks was official opened in June 2009 and being the inside circuit it has a smaller diameter and is narrower than the course proper.

Since the track's resurfacing in 2002, it has been rated as the best racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere. 

With its wide and open course, Morphettville remains one of the fairest circuits for horses to race on.

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