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Morphettville Tips January 20 – 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 - January 20


Race 2 - HUGHES LIMOUSINES HANDICAP (1000m) 3:01pm

Sticking with WALLACE STREET who did disappoint first-up but has been freshened and gets blinkers for the first time. He scored a very impressive 3.3-length victory on the Parks circuit on debut and he should be able to lead here from barrier 5 and will prove hard to run down. 

Race 3 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1550m) 3:41pm

I’m extremely keen on JIM’S JOURNEY to get the cash here. He trialled sensationally and came from near last over 1200m and just cruised up to them under a strong hold to score. He trialled brilliantly last campaign and finished a very respectable 3rd in the Balaklava Cup (1600m) and this is considerably easier. He’s won three from seven first-up and has won three and placed three from six at this distance. Anna Jordsjo’s 3kg claim gets him in with just 56kg and he looks a clear standout. 

Race 5 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1300m) 5:01pm

Dean Yendall heads to Adelaide to ride two horses for Darren Weir and FREEHEARTED looks the best of the pair. The progressive daughter of Dylan Thomas won her maiden over 1100m when first-up this time in and then looked most impressive scoring over 1200m last start in BM64 grade. Drawn to get a soft run one out and one back and should be too good form them in the straight. Miss Wahoo looms as the main danger but this is much tougher than her maiden win.

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December 30


Race 1 - Holdfast Insurance Hcp 1600m (1:31pm) 

We start proceedings at Morphettville with a five-horse field with one clear standout to my eye. The Coffey team take BURRUM’S BUZZ west of the border and should go home with a winner. The five-year-old Gelding raced here at Morphettville two starts and was far too good for his rivals, winning impressively despite being baulked for a run at the furlong. He doesn’t like the sting out of the ground and that showed at Ballarat. He got back on a good track last start at Bendigo and jumped out of the ground late to defeat Elite Tiger and Bondeiger. He goes from 1500m to 1600m and drops 1.5kg from that win. He has had eight starts on a good track for four wins and four placings. On paper, this is a tougher race, jumping from a Benchmark 78 to this Benchmark 90 however this is an extremely weak Benchmark 90 race. The Lindsay Park horse Velox is the best horse in the race but even though I’m expecting improvement, I can’t have him on recent form. Burrum’s Buzz should get the box seat run from the inside gate and be too good for these. 

Race 2 - AAMI Benchmark 82 2018m (2:06pm)

This looks the race for PRETTY PUNK. The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas-trained Mare is on the way up whereas her rivals are all six-year-olds and above with the exception of Exalted Traveller. Her first-up effort over 1200m was solid enough before improving drastically second-up, finishing less than two lengths behind Ozi Choice who would go onto win in Open grade at Caulfield in his next start. She stepped straight up to 1950m last start and that big jump in distance was always going to be a small concern. She ran on well into second but the leader I’m A Princess was already off and gone. The 2kg claim from Raquel Clark keeps her at 57kg here and gets in only 3kg off the minimum. She maps perfectly from gate three in the small field of seven. She should settle one out and one back and this looks her race. A special mention to Flow Meter. He hasn’t won for 12 months but he finished a narrow second in the Bordertown Cup last start behind Straight Jacket who has since won a Saturday race at Moonee Valley. One for the quinellas. 

Race 6 -  Medallion Homes (bm70) 1511m (4:41pm)

This looks a match race between EMBECEE LIL and the Darren Weir-trained Gold Blush. Embecee Lil has taken all before her this campaign, winning a Benchmark 56 race at Balaklava before winning a Benchmark 70 at Morphettville and then a Benchmark 75 by almost three lengths. Trainer Ryan Balfour freshened his four-year-old Mare up and she won impressively first-up over 1400m. In a strange training move, she went back to 1250m for her second-up assignment and raced like a horse that needed further as she just plodded into fourth. She jumps up to 1511m here and should be nearing peak fitness. The Anna Jordsjo 3kg claim gets her in with 57.5kg. She should be able to settle back in the field and not be too far off the leaders in the small field. Gold Blush was in the market when she failed at Moonee Valley behind smart horses in Royal Applause and Winkelmann. She can bounce back in a weaker race here, but I can’t go past Embecee Lil up in distance on her home track. 

December 26

Race 2 - HOLDFAST INSURANCE HANDICAP (1600m) 1:41pm

GRUNT went into the blackbook following an impressive barrier trial but to come out and belt his rivals by four length first-up was a little unexpected. He’ll only continue to improve as the distances get longer and he gains fitness. Looks perfectly suited stepping up to the mile second-up and will hard to beat with top local hoop Jason Holder taking the ride. 

Race 3 - MEDALLION HOMES HANDICAP (1200m) 2:16pm

Sticking with WALLACE STREET who was a bit disappointing first-up finishing 3rd behind Kabini and White Kaps but can improve off that run. Gets in with 2.5kg less with Victor Wong taking the ride and claiming 3kg, and without a lot of early speed here, he can dictate terms out in front and go on to score.

Race 4 - FRANK FRANKENFELD MAIDEN PLATE (1050m) 2:51pm

One of the most impressive barrier trials I’ve seen in some time was by the Lloyd Kennewell-trained SHUCK. If the daughter of Snitzel brings that trial form to the races, nothing will beat her. Barrier 9 is a bit tricky but Joe Bowditch is riding in great form and will give her every chance.

December 16

Race 2 - HAPPY 60TH DARRYL JERICHO HANDICAP (1250m) 1:51pm

An interesting race with Embecee Lil and Via Balciano looking to fight it out. I don’t like the fact Embecee Lil is dropping back in trip, and although the extra trip should suit Via Balciano who finished powerfully over 1100m last start, he has nothing but speed on his sire and dam’s side so the 1250m could find him out. With just 53.5kg from the inside gate, I can’t help but stick with EMBECEE LIL who has a brilliant turn of foot and is shooting for her fifth win this campaign. 


Race 6 - JAMES BOAG'S PREMIUM HANDICAP (1000m) 4:21pm

CALL ME HANDSOME looks like the best at Morphettville all day. He has brilliant early speed and has drawn inside Irish Mint who looks like the only speedster to possibly challenge for the lead. He finished 3rd when first-up over 1000m at Sandown Hillside in a time of 56.630, and if can improve slightly on that, I can’t see anything getting near him with 1kg less on his back and Dean Yendall to ride. 


Race 8 - THE JUNCTION HANDICAP (HEAT OF STAR OF CHRISTMAS SERIES) (1250m) 5:40pm

Sticking with BAKER’S DOZEN who has been unlucky in both runs this time in and has subsequently finished 2nd when given a very soft barrier trial at Morphettville. Todd Pannell goes on this time – replacing apprentice riders – and from barrier she can balance up three pairs back on the outside and finally get a clear crack at them and claim victory. 


December 9


Race 3 - O'LEARY WALKER WINES HANDICAP (1600m) 2:21pm

HUSSY BAY is aiming for five in a row and gets in well at the weights with the 3kg claim. In his past four starts, he’s shown great versatility leading or sitting just off the pace while he’s also won from 1200m to 1950m which clearly shows his class and will to win. He maps to sit in the first two here and will dig in for the fight when asked.


Race 5 - SIDEWOOD ESTATE HANDICAP (1050m) 3:41pm

I’m extremely keen on the Richard Jolly-trained WALLACE STREET who resumed from a spell following a very impressive barrier trial. The son of Written Tycoon debuted at Morphettville with a dominant 3.3-length victory over 1000m on a Soft track, and judging by his trial, he’ll go two from two.


Race 7 - CITY OF MARION STAKES - 1200m - 05:01pm

Another one from the recent barrier trials but this one has the runs on the board this campaign and will be extremely hard to beat. The Will Clarken-trained STEEL FROST won two races at Morphettville before another two at Caulfield but then had no luck in the Sale Cup (1600m). He’s trialled enormously and should be finishing best from the good gate.


December 2


Race 2 - PRIDAL SERVICES THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN PLATE (1300m) 1:46pm

Sticking with MADE IN RUSSIA who has had excuses in two starts and finds a winnable race here. The son of Street Cry overraced behind a slow tempo and couldn’t make up ground on the in-form Lady Of Crebilly when finishing 2nd on debut. He then stepped up to 1400m and copped a heavy bump as they jumped before heading up to sit outside the leader where he was run down late. Drop back to 1300m third-up should see him perform to his best, and with Jamie Kah in the saddle, he’ll get every chance from barrier 2 with the blinkers off. 


Race 5 - THE BLACK DODDY HANDICAP (1950m) 3:41pm

GET THE PICTURE looms as a big threat fifth-up from a spell as he drops 5kg on his last run at Moonee Valley. Two starts back he peaked late over 2040m and then got too far back and was hitting the line strongly over the same trip. Bigger track suits and he’ll be getting home hard. 


Race 8 - THE JUNCTION HANDICAP (HEAT OF THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS) (1400m) 5:38pm

EMBECEE LIL was scratched last Saturday and now tackles what looks a slightly weaker event. She was being tested at 1400m for the first time last start when she just peaked late and I’d expect her to come on from that. 

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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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