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Morphettville Tips October 28 – best bets for Morphettville on Saturday

  • 3 to 4 best bets for Morphettville each week.
Morphettville racing

Morphettville Racecourse is South Australia’s premier race track and hosts up to 70 days of racing action throughout the year.

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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 - October 28


Check back after Thursday, October 26, to see Saturday's best bets.

Previous Morphettville Tips:


October 21


Race 2 - BARRY SIMPSON HANDICAP - 1400m - 01:41pm

MANUEL goes up 2kg on last week but finds a moderate field and should be suited with just five rivals. The race is totally lacking in early speed, but with Jamie Kah weighing up her options during the run, I expect Manuel to be far too good for these.


Race 6 - YOUNGCARE GRANTS HANDICAP - 1300m - 04:11pm

Just like last campaign, MODEL DRAGON was in need of the first-up run but should be ready to fire second-up. She’ll settle toward the rear but should be finishing best with her trademark turn of foot.


Race 7 - UBET HANDICAP - 1950m - 04:51pm

I’ve been with JIM’S JOURNEY for both runs this campaign where he has finished 3rd in the Balaklava Cup (1600m) and then 2nd in the Tokyo City Cup (1800m). He was a tragedy beaten last start when held up behind the speed, but with a bit more luck getting clear this time, he can bounce back.


October 14


Race 2 - UBET HANDICAP (1100m) 1:46pm

Easy Beast and Tabbing will go quick here and that should allow JACLYN to come across and slot in behind them with the rest of the field lacking early dash. She disappointed first-up following a brilliant barrier trial but then bounced back after a four-week freshen-up with a  3.6-length victory over 904m. Jamie Kah sticks with her and is riding like a woman possessed, and she’ll get the last crack at them in the straight. 

Race 5 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1050m) 3:31pm

NODOUBTABOUTIT just loves this track and trip, and with Chris Caserta claiming 3kg, she only has to carry half a kilo more than last time where she scored at in this grade over 1000m. She should get a soft run from the good gate (3) and looks hard to beat again.

Race 6 - KITTY KAT PASTORAL HANDICAP (1600m) 4:11pm

HUSSYBAY scored a big second-up win last start and should have plenty of improvement to come considering he won when third-up last preparation and then finished 1.5 lengths from the winner in the Adelaide Guineas (1600m) at his next start where he didn’t have the best of luck in the straight. Jamie Kah pilots this one too and has drawn ideally in barrier 5. Only query is the step up to the mile following two runs over 1200m, but he was very strong through the line last time and looked like he wanted longer.

October 7


Race 1 - JAMES BOAG'S PLATE (1000m) 1:11pm

I think the barrier trial results have helped us get a good price here. All bar Patrick Payne’s debutante, Special Design, come through three trials held at Morphettville on September 28. Cotillion went quickest in his heat and defeated Tequila Time (3rd), Our Great Northern won by the biggest margin but was pushed out, while Crockett defeated More Than Exceed (3rd) and Sir Garfield (4th). Crockett came from near last and looked impressive as he put a couple of lengths on his rivals, and if you weren’t watching MORE THAN EXCEED being hard held in the early stages and cantering to the line, you might side with the favourite here. I think More Than Exceed has more to offer and he’s drawn perfectly in barrier 1. He can lead or sit just behind the speed before letting rip in the straight.

Race 5 - SPRING CARNIVAL 21 OCT - 7 NOV HANDICAP (1250m) 3:31pm

A tough first-up win by SWORD OF JUSTICE, as well as a 4.5kg weight drop sees her in with a good chance to record consecutive wins. Another Coldie finished 6th in that Cranbourne race and has franked the form with victory at Geelong on Wednesday so the form looks good. 

Race 6 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1000m) 4:11pm

Lloyd Kennewell says GET THE NOD is the best horse he’s put a saddle on and that’s a big call. I wanted to wait and see what he could do in his first run for more than two years, and although he didn’t win, he passed with flying colours and was only a length away in 5th place. He now meets last start victor Cashed 2.5kg better at the weights, and he’s sure to strip much fitter for the run. If he can take a sit behind the speed and get to the outside in the straight, he should be right in the finish.

September 30


Race 1 - GOOD LUCK ADELAIDE CROWS HANDICAP - 1600m - 12:52pm

GLAM GURU looks like the best bet on the programme following her ultra-impressive last start win. I was hoping they would lead with her last time as she seems like a genuine front-running type that will just keep attacking the line – they did and she pulled away for a five length win. Stepping up to 1600m I can’t see anything taking her on in the small field, and from there, Clare Lindop can control the tempo and go on to score another big win. 

Race 3 - NICKI EGERTON MEMORIAL HANDICAP - 1200m - 02:02pm

I don’t like the rise in grade for the favourite Hussbay who has been unplaced in both second-up runs. COUNTER SPIN however drops back from a BM90 to this BM75 and looks extremely hard to beat with Raquel Clark’s 2kg claim. He can sit a bit closer from the good gate, and last time he was in this grade he finished an unlucky 2nd to the talented Arkham Knight.

Race 5 - TOKYO CITY CUP - 1800m - 03:22pm

JIM’S JOURNEY meets Balf’s Choice and Brown Ben better at the weights after working home well to finish 3rd behind that pair when first-up in the Balaklava Cup (1600m). The step up in trip suits and he loves this track having claimed five wins and four placings from 19 starts. Darren Weir’s Articus looms as a danger to the locals but he’s been disappointing this campaign and I’d prefer for him to show something first before rating him a top chance.

September 23


Race 1 - SCHWEPPES THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE (1000m) 12:46pm

The drop back in trip suits SHARING SECRETS whose 1050m times are comparable with the favourite, Mondo Magic. The son of Testa Rossa was unlucky in two runs over 1050m earlier this campaign before seeming not running out the 1250m last time. Clare Lindop will need to put in one of her best from the tricky gate, but she’ the woman to do it and can bring this one home for an overdue win.

Race 5 - UBET HANDICAP (1250m) 3:16pm

Sticking with SO SKILLED who was slightly disappointing last time but may have just lost interest when held up and lost momentum early in the straight. His peak performance last campaign was when third-up, so further improvement can be expected on Saturday as he drops back slightly in grade and only carries 1.5kg more. EMBECEE LIL ($18) is one for the multiples following an unlucky run last time. 

Race 6 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1550m) 3:56pm

Gee BLACK SHEEP looks hard to beat in this with no weight on his back. He sat wide without cover last time over 1600m and carried 58.5kg and now goes up slightly in class but only has to carry 51kg. He does his best work on Good ground and should get that on Saturday with some warm weather in Adelaide leading up to Saturday.

September 16


Race 1 - SPRING CARNIVAL 21 OCT - 7 NOV HANDICAP (1250m) 12:46pm

Darren Weir’s Handsome Thief looks hard to beat here but I’m keen on a local that is open to plenty of improvement. Nipperkin has won three in a row and scored impressively again last start in a time of 1:14.210. She now goes up 2.5kg, while SO SKILLED drops 2.5kg from his first-up 5th placing behind Counter Spin on the same day Nipperkin won. Counter Spin ran much quicker time, and although So Skilled was five lengths back, he still ran slightly quicker than Nipperkin when stopping the clock at 1:14.020. This lightly-raced four-year-old finished 3rd in a maiden on debut but then scored a win over Mica Be The One at his next start in a BM70. He had one more run – for another BM70 win – and was then put away before resuming this campaign. He’s a horse with ability and I’m expecting a big second-up spike performance. 

Race 2 - UBET HANDICAP (1300m) 1:21pm

Sticking with GLAM GURU who won in good time last start and looks far better suited stepping up to 1300m. She wasn’t the best to begin but showed good early speed to be sitting right behind the leader in the 1100m race. There isn’t a lot of early speed here and she may be able to lead which may be more suitable seeing she got to the front early last start and really stretched her neck out to keep attacking the line. With that confidence boosting win and a more suitable trip, she should be winning again.

Race 3 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1950m) 1:56pm

LUCKY PADDY went into the black book following an eye-catching 4th placing behind Jaminzah at Flemington over 1700m but he was disappointing last time when a beaten favourite over 2000m. Not sure if 2000m was beyond him or he just didn’t get it at his first attempt, but he has performed well over 1800m – and at Group 2 level behind Alpine Eagle – and the slight drop back in trip might see him run it out. He’s the class runner in the field and is worth a chance at decent odds. 


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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

EXACTA: An exacta is exactly the same as a quinella. However, you must successfully predict the 1st and 2nd placegetters in the correct order

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.

Alternatively, follow our quick links below to learn more about the various types of horse racing bets.


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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