Morphettville Tips – best bets for Morphettville on Saturday

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


Race 2 - 1:01PM GEOFF SMITH HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
HUSSY’S GLOW has that strong form through the Miss Gunpowder race and has subsequently worked home strongly to finish 3rd behind Special Diva and Bellaria. Patrick Payne has an outstanding record when bringing horses to Morphettville, and with this mare getting down in the weights at peak fitness, she’s the one they must beat. 


Race 5 - 2:51PM SANDRON HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
SHOWPERO looks like a weighted certainty here. I’m not convinced she’s a genuine 1100m horse so to get within four lengths of Voodoo Lad when he ran such blistering sectionals was quite an effort. She carried 56.5kg in the Sir John Monash and now gets in with 53kg – she should be getting in with 51kg but Lucinda Doodt weights in at 53kg and can’t take her full 3kg allowance here. Dropping back to 1000m with peak fitness on her side at a track she has three wins and two placing from five starts, she’s the one to beat. 


Race 7 - 4:11PM HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY DALE HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Tony McEvoy’s DOMINATION was ultra-impressive winning by 5.5 lengths at Balaklava first-up this preparation, and he can take the next step. The son of All Too Hard didn’t know how to race in his first start so forget that run even though it was a respectable 5th placing at Ballarat. Following a 29-week break he got some head gear and went to the synthetic track at Pakenham where he looked a certainty beaten. He was gelded and had a lengthy break before his dominant return, and I’m expecting him to be too good here. 


July 28


Race 1 - 12:16PM HEINEKEN 3 HANDICAP (1050 METRES)
I’m really keen on the chances of GYTRASH following his 1000m barrier trial at Morphettville last week. He ran slightly quicker trial time than Magic Millions winner and Golden Slipper 3rd placegetter Sunlight who lines up in the Lightning Stakes on Saturday. But it’s not just the trial time that impressed but the way he went about it and how easy he did it. I’d be expecting some strong support for Darren Weir’s Invincible Fille and the Tony McEvoy-trained Lake District Girl who also trialled well at Morphettville on the same day, but this 1050m trip looks ideal for Gytrash, as does the 2kg claim from Anna Jordsjo.
Result (1st - $4.20)

Race 2 - 12:51PM MEDALLION HOMES HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
I’m expecting Miss Siska and Red Choux’s to command most of the market support, but LITTLE AKIE looks perfectly placed and can surprise here. His last win was in the 2016 Balaklava Cup (1600m) – so there is no doubting his class when right. But I think the thing he has been lacking over the past couple of years was a good break. In November, he was sent for a spell and enjoyed 29 weeks off before returning on June 11 with a 2nd placing over 1400m. He was flat second-up and had four weeks between runs, and it’s his last start that was most encouraging. After settling just behind the speed, he drifted back and then got shuffled back to last as they swung for home. While Exalted Adam was winding up down the outside, Little Akie was still getting off heels but was doing his best work late when clear. The step up to 1600m is perfect now, and he can run a cheeky race here and upset the fancied pair. 
Result (3rd)

Race 8 - 4:40PM LEE MINUZZO'S 50TH BIRTHDAY HANDICAP (1050 METRES)
Following a very impressive barrier trial, NODOUBTABOUTIT went to Gawler and had little luck from the wide gate. After copping a bump as they left the gates, she was a distant last as they settled. She had to come five wide without cover for the entire bend, and just as she loomed to win, she peaked at the 50m mark after a tough run and was beaten a length. With expected improvement from that run, and the drop back to 1050m, she looks hard to beat with a likely soft run in transit.
Result (3rd)

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July 21


Race 2 - 12:46PM HAPPY 80TH KEVIN ALSOP HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
There has been strong support for SAVATAG with that galloper firming from $6 to $3.20 with CrownBet and $8 to $4.20 with Ladbrokes within an hour of markets opening. He’s won his past two first-up runs and won both his first two runs for Will Clarken before trying to lead all the way over 1800m in a strong BM84 at Caulfield where he weakened in the straight. Exalted Adam has been running good times and looms as main danger, while Darren Weir’s seem to be lacking a turn of foot at the end of their races. Savatag was highly in the mix but with a wave of money pouring in for him, he must be flying and ready to produce another big first-up run.
Result (unplaced)


Race 4 - 1:56PM TERRY HOWE PRINTING HANDICAP (1250 METRES)
I think there were a few excuses for HOLY FREEZE last start and I’m expecting him to bounce back here. He was an impressive winner over 1200m at Ballarat on a Heavy track and then went to Sandown where it looked like he felt the Good 3 track and didn’t want to stretch out. On top of his poor action in the straight, he was caught three wide without cover and still battled well in a tougher BM78. Fourth-up from a spell, he should be at peak fitness, and from a good gate with a more forgiving surface, he should have no excuses. 
Result (4th)


Race 8 - 4:35PM ZOE AREZINA HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
It’s Time For Magic put in a good run last start and looks well suited here, but it’s a concern that Jamie Kah jumps off to ride the Tony McEvoy-trained TAN TAT TRUSTING. Obviously she has a good association with McEvoy, but Kah still opts for other trainer’s mounts on a regular basis and her decision making is second to none. Tan Tat Trusting travelled wide when first-up at Ballarat but still scored by three lengths – expected improvement makes him the one to beat. 
Result (2nd)


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July 14


Race 2 - 12:41PM Darley Handicap (1050 METRES)
I just don’t think they will be able to catch LE POMME DE PIN here. And while this is a very handy field of youngsters which includes three interstate visitors and four local hopes, Lloyd Kennewell’s daughter of I Am Invincible really has that x-factor. She looked home on debut but was claimed on the line by Long Leaf who really franked the form. Her Magic Millions win at Ballarat was outstanding, but she overdid it in the Wyong Magic Millions and went for a spell. Her Murray Bridge trial was disappointing, but she turned that around with an impressive trial performance at Morphettville. She’s being set for the Lightning Stakes in two weeks’ time and should be winning this if hey are to push ahead. 
Result (scratched)

Race 3 - 1:16PM Kevern Klemich Grand National Hurdle (Parks Track)(Over the Rainbow) (3500 METRES)
In four hurdle starts this campaign, COUGAR EXPRESS has won three and was narrowly defeated by Kothu Rotti who subsequently franked the form with a win on the flat and an absolute thrashing of his hurdle rivals last start. Cougar Express endured a ding-dong battle with Patrick Payne’s emerging hurdler, Sir Lopez, last start and got the desired result while beating home the rest by nearly seven lengths. He’s proven over this trip, has a will to win and is near faultless over the jumps. Stick with him. 
Result (4th)

Race 6 - 3:11PM Hualalai at Ducatoon Park Handicap (1050 METRES)
BELWAZI is a dual acceptor but I really hope she takes the Morphettville option instead of Caulfield. If the Caulfield race was over this distance instead of 1200m, I would have tipped Belwazi to beat Rillito who was super impressive last start. Belwazi may get the extra trip, but it’s an unknown, and I’d be far more confident backing her over 1050m. The form out of her last two races has held up, and despite the wide gate, she looks hard to beat. 
Result (unplaced)

June 30


Race 2 - 12:36PM UBET Two-Years-Old Plate (For Sabois Fully Qualified Horses Only) (1100 METRES)
I’m willing to take a punt on the Tony McEvoy-trained VIETTI following a very impressive barrier trial over 1000m at Morphettville. The daughter of I Am Invincible was never let out of second gear by Jamie Kah who sticks with the filly on debut. She settled just off the speed and went on to win the heat by four lengths, and she was travelling so well, she must have a good sprint on her. Phillip Stokes’ filly, Assertive Play, was an impressive last start winner but cops a penalty for it and has drawn awkwardly.
Result (4th)

Race 3 - 1:11PM Four time G1 winner Sepoy Standing at Darley in Victoria Handicap (1800 METRES)
Going for a race-to-race double for McEvoy and Kah with the impeccably-bred DIVANATION who is by All Too Hard and out of the champion mare Makybe Diva. I tipped this filly on debut following an encouraging barrier trial, and she did everything right and scored accordingly. She should take plenty of improvement both fitness and experience wise, and Kah will give her every chance to finish over the top of them. 
Result (2nd)

Race 4 - 1:46PM Irish Race Day - 1st September at Morphettville BM70 Handicap (1050 METRES)
The Philip Stokes-prepared NODOUBTABOUTIT was a clear standout at the latest Morphettville barrier trials where she defeated It’s Time For Magic who goes around in the last race and is having her first start for Will Clarken after coming from the Chris Waller stable. The trial time was quick, Nodoubtaboutit has a great fresh record, and the form around It’s Time For Magic is strong with that mare winning a BM75 at Warwick Farm two starts back before an unlucky 1.7-length effort behind Princess Posh at Rosehill last start. Both horses performed well in the trial but considering It’s Time For Magic had race fitness on her side, Nodoubtaboutit was the best trial to my eye. 
Result (scratched)

June 23


Race 1 - 11:56AM Irish Race Day -1st September at Morphettville Hurdle (3200 METRES)
I’m not a massive fan of tipping in hurdle races but this does look a two-horse war, and we can line the form up to some extent. Sir Lopez was an impressive last start winner at his hurdle debut, but the time was slow. He defeated Beyond Thankful by 16 lengths at level weights, yet COUGAR EXPRESS defeated that galloper by 19 lengths last start when carrying 5kg more and in much quicker time on an inferior-rated track. That’s good enough for me to suggest Cougar Express is clearly the one to beat.
Result (1st - $2.90)

Race 2 - 12:31PM M&J Chickens Handicap (1250 METRES)
POISED TO STRIKE was unlucky not to get the win on debut after being caught wide throughout and getting knocked around a bit. Despite the tough run, he was still taking late ground off Unfair Dismissal who he now meets 2kg better at the weights and has the benefit of race experience. There is some genuine early speed which should see Poised To Strike settle behind them with cover, while Darren Weir’s Social Spin will need some luck getting in or may have to go back to the tail and could struggle to pick them up.
Result (1st - $2.80)


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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