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.
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Morphettville Tips April 1
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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.
Race 2 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES MAIDEN PLATE - 1250m - 12:53pm
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.
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.
Race 7 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP (1000m) 4:48pm
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.
Race 8 - MAC DRINK DRIVING? GROW UP HANDICAP (1400m) 5:23pm
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.
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.
Race 3 - PROJECTION GRAPHICS THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE (1300m) 1:43pm
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.
Race 8 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING HANDICAP (1400m) 4:58pm
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.
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.
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.
Race 3 - UBET ADELAIDE CUP 13TH MARCH HANDICAP (1250m) 1:18pm
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.
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.
Race 7 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE BIRTHDAY CUP (2020m) 4:24pm
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.
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.
Race 2 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1050m) 1:18pm
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.
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.
Race 7 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING RAIN LOVER PLATE (MAIN TRACK) (1800m) 4:23pm
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.
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.
Race 4 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE (1100m) 3:38pm
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.
Race 7 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1800m) 5:37pm
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.
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.
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.
Race 5 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES HANDICAP - 1400m - 04:43pm
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.
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.
Race 4 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRED MOORE HANDICAP (1550m) 2:58pm
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.
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.
Race 5 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1050m) 2:47pm
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.
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.
Race 4 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES HANDICAP - 1600m - 02:23pm
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.
Race 7 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING CHRISTMAS HCP - 1200m - 04:18pm
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.
Race 1 - ADELAIDE GALVANISING THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE - 1300m - 12:38pm
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.
Race 4 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES HANDICAP - 1000m - 02:23pm
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.
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.
Race 8 - I WILL FIND YOU HANDICAP (HEAT STAR OF CHRISTMAS) (1200m) 4:58pm
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.
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.
Race 1 - JAMES BOAGS PREMIUM TWO-YEAR-OLD PLATE (1000m) 12:25pm
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.
Race 3 - GARY RADFORD FAMILY (BROKEN HILL) HANDICAP (1950m) 1:36pm
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.
Race 5 - CONSOLIDATED PLANT & QUARRIES HANDICAP (1400m) 2:47pm
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.
Race 1 - STEADFAST BRECKNOCK INSURANCE BROKERS HANDICAP (1400m) 1:13pm
It’s surprising to see Northern Lass come up shorter than SOMETHING MORE after failing to pass that runner last time. Something More did it tough out wide and had to use some petrol to get outside the leader, while Northern Lass tucked in behind them and had her chance. Admittedly, Northern Lass did overrace when restrained, but Something More was only second-up and should have plenty of upside.
Race 2 - LITTLE HEROES FOUNDATION HANDICAP (2400m) 1:48pm
Tidy Prophet comes back home after two cracking runs in Victoria but will have to carry 59kg and is likely to be giving them a head start and trying to charge home. ROBO COP has worked into some good form at his past two starts, including a win at the track two starts back, and he’ll only carry 51kg after carrying 58kg last start. He’ll be looking to come from the tail of the field also, and with 8kg less, Robo Cop can outsprint the more-credentialed Tidy Prophet.
Race 3 - MY BUTCHER HANDICAP - 1550m - 02:23pm
MAIL IT IN has now scored three very impressive wins from three starts at the track and distance and can win again despite the weight and class rise. Should be at his peak fifth-up from a spell and maps perfectly in the run. Will be charging home in the straight.
Race 1 - SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1050m) 12:28pm
The 2kg claim from Matthew Poon will go a long way to seeing IRISH MINT leading all the way in the opening event. The son of Mint Lane comes to town after two good wins in Port Lincoln, and is likely to try and run them off their legs with fitness on his side.
Race 5 - THE RSL POPPY APPEAL RACEDAY HANDICAP (1050m) 3:10pm
SANDHILL FLASH is another that can lead all the way and looks a special on weights and measures. He was narrowly beaten by Tarco when resuming over 1000m at Murray Bridge and then stepped right up in class when heading to Moonee Valley where he led and punctured on the turn over 1200m at Moonee Valley. He was asked to carry 55kg at The Valley and now drops to 52kg while also dropping back to 1050m. With fitness on his side he can keep going and will prove very hard to run down.
Race 7 - UBET HANDICAP (1600m) 4:40pm
I simply love horses that are fifth-up from a spell over 1600m and haven’t won this campaign but have been running well. That way they don’t cop any extra weight penalties on their way to their main target. ROYAL RUMBLE fits that profile and looks ready to peak on Saturday after making up 13 lengths at Gawler last start. He’s won his only start at the track and distance and will get a suitable dry track.
Race 1 - MELBOURNE PARKVIEW HOTEL HANDICAP - 1250m - 12:38pm
I’m taking on the top two in the market, Najmaat and Mr Markou, and going with POSH JOURNEY. Najmaat has contested tougher races previously but was disappointing last time with 54kg in this grade and now goes up 3kg – bookmakers need to respect Adelaide form a bit more. Mr Markou was terrible when stepping up in trip after a first-up win last campaign and I’m concerned he could do the same this time. Posh Journey meets Bullion Wolf and Neapolitan better at the weights after beating them last start, is ready to peak third-up and will drop into the box seat from barrier 1. Value looks great.
Race 2 - UBET HANDICAP (1300m) 1:18pm
LORD ASPEN gets in this BM90 with 2.5kg less than the Durbridge Stakes (1200m) where he finished a narrow 2nd to Cavaloce. He should improve with that run under his belt and will be looking to come across and sit outside of Pepper The Pin before challenging late. He won his only start at the track and has won and placed in both second-up runs.
Race 8 - MAC DRINK DRIVING? GROW UP HANDICAP (1300m) 5:38pm
One of my barrier trial blackbookers, CALL ME CURTIS, was extremely unlucky last start and can atone for his defeat on Saturday. He’s undefeated in two second-up runs, and with a bit more luck, he can win this convincingly.
Race 2 - QUAYCLEAN HANDICAP (1950m) 1:28pm
Darren Weir’s SHAMKIYR may have just needed the run last time when the import failed to run on after enjoying a soft run. Ciaron Maher’s Name The Day is the main danger but hasn’t won from seven attempts on a Good track and will find a Good track on Saturday. Shamkiyr is also in the same boat on a Good track but has more upside and can turn the tables.
Race 4 - UBET HANDICAP (1400m) 2:38pm
SOMETHING MORE had absolutely no luck when first-up from a spell and won second-up last campaign. The daughter of Onemorenomore sat three wide without cover for the entire trip and kept closing on those that enjoyed a softer run which suggests the step up to 1400m is what she is looking for. There’s not a lot of pace in the race and jockey Jason Holder will be looking to take a forward position and kick for home early.
Race 8 - MAC DRINK DRIVING? GROW UP HANDICAP (1400m) 5:18pm
Really keen on MAIL IT IN here despite the wide barrier being a major obstacle. This son of Reset improves out of sight when third-up from a spell, and in each previous third-up run, he has gone up in grade and ran far better than his second-up run in weaker grade. On Saturday, he drops in grade from his last start and gets in well at the weights with the in-form Matthew Poon taking over. He has never missed a place in five starts at the track and if he has any luck from the barrier, he’ll be charging home in the straight.
Race 1 - AKEED MOFEED @ GOLDIN FARMS HANDICAP - 2500m - 01:03pm
When Darren Weir sends stayers to Adelaide it pays to get on them and this in no different with ANGEL’S TOUCH. She made up a lot of ground from last position at her most recent start and was outgunned late but can bounce back with the lighter weight.
Race 5 - AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY EVENT HANDICAP - 1800m - 03:23pm
I don’t think DREADLOCK gave 100 percent when he should have last time and the stable are backing him up and applying blinkers for the first time which really enforces my first thoughts. He’s out of a Zabeel mare and Zabeels are notorious for improving out of sight with blinkers. Extra trip will suit and he can bounce back with fitness on his side.
Race 8 - MAC DRINK DRIVING? GROW UP HANDICAP - 1100m - 05:27pm
CALL ME CURTIS was most impressive in a recent trial and goes well fresh. Blinkers come off and Zac Spain’s 2kg claim will help, but this one was absolutely cruising in the barrier trial and should have something to offer when he straightens. Martine is the danger from the good gate and an Exacta with the pair may prove quite profitable.
Race 2 - MELBOURNE CUP LIVE RACING @ MORPHETTVILLE HANDICAP (1200m) 1:43pm
Clare Lindop has ridden PEPPER THE PIN and stablemate Mail It In at both their previous starts and has stuck with Pepper which looks like a good push for the in-form son of Good Journey. He was an impressive winner last start on a Soft track but will give a better kick back on top of the ground. The track was rated a Soft 6 on Thursday morning but with sunny mid 20s predicted for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a Good track is a near certainty. Grey Street has great form and will be charging home with a light weight but I think Pepper can hold on.
Race 4 - HUGHES CHAUFFEURED LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1600m) 2:53pm
DREADLOCK was one run short when stepping up to 1600m at his second-up run last time, and he can go one better on Saturday. Slight step up in class won’t bother him but the 2kg drop in weight will be an advantage as stable rider Damien Thornton goes aboard.
Race 7 - HILL SMITH STAKES (1800m) 4:48pm
The Tony McEvoy-trained SILVERA was my top pick in the UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington last Sunday but he was scratched from barrier 19 and now lines up at Morphettville where he won his last start. He wound up very strong late over 1600m and will be perfectly suited stepping up to this trip. He should get a soft run from the good gate and can make it three from three.
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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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