BEST BET: BARACONI (Race 3)
EACH-WAY: EQUA (Race 2)
VALUE: YULE MY HERO (Race 6)
RACE 1 - 2:05PM G&J Civil – Road to the Jericho Cup Heat BM 75 Hcp (Heat 6 Skybeau Series) (3340 METRES)
MATAS looks the horse to beat in the small field. She was too good over the 3000m last time and shouldn’t be too worried by getting out further again, GOLDEN FLAG stuck to his task well behind Cuban Fighter at Warrnambool over 3100m last time and draws a good gate. IRONICAL won his maiden over 2050m at Strathalbyn three starts back and is probably the next pick. ZOURKHAN could improve but has plenty of weight.
SELECTIONS: MATAS, Golden Flag, Ironical
RACE 2 - 2:40PM Matrix Solar Solutions / SABOIS Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
OOLONG GAZE has been placed at six of 16 starts and was narrowly beaten here two starts back before a good effort behind Star Of Uma in town. That’s good form for this and he get his chance. CAPRICORN RIDGE chased home Riched and So You Can at is first two starts before a good run when 2nd to Mr Wolf at Murray Bridge back in June. He draws a good gate. EQUA trialled OK at Gawler behind Siyaadeh (who runs at Morphettville on Saturday) and looks some value at $12 in early tab.com.au markets. WONGABELLE has been placed at three of six, two of those at Hamilton last year. She can measure-up in a race like this.
SELECTIONS: EQUA, Oolong Gaze, Capricorn Ridge
RACE 3 - 3:15PM Trimboli Services / SABOIS Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
BARACONI was placed at her first two behind Mileva and Daniyak which is a good form a race like this. She went to town and was run off her feet by Theresabearinthere and was then spelled after she was beaten 10 lengths behind Riched at Balaklava. This does look a nice race for her. AFTER YOU led and stuck on well behind Kumo Sun here last time out. He draws wide but will again be in the mix. ARCTIC FLORA has been placed at six of 13 starts here and was again doing her best work behind Kumo Son last time. She stays at 1100m but is going to win a race like this soon. VONDEXTER ran in some handy races last campaign and wasn’t asked to do a lot in a recent jump-out.
SELECTIONS: BARACONI, Arctic Flora, After You
RACE 4 - 3:50PM Gawler Caravan Park / SABOIS Maiden Plate (1500 METRES)
Some nice types down the bottom. GAZE GRISE has looked pretty good in both runs back from a spell. She made ground behind an impressive Star Of Uma at Morphettville before backing that up with another handy effort behind Extra Time last week. She draws out but should really like getting out to the mile being by Puissance De Lune and this looks a winnable race. Danger is VANCOUVER VELVET who has been runner-up behind Quietly Discreet and Deep Speed at his past two in town. Against that’s very good form for this and these two look the clear top two. MUSTARI ran well behind Frankie Pinot at Morphettville on debut before chasing home Halogen at Murray Bridge. He draws a lovely gate and is sure to be in the mix late, stablemate MIRKWOOD FOREST is over from Victoria and was placed at Pakenham four starts back.
SELECTIONS: GAZE GRISE, Vancouver Velvet, Mustari
RACE 5 - 4:25PM Coopers Brewery Benchmark 58 Handicap (1700 METRES)
The top four in the weights should fight this out on exposed form. FRANKEL STAR is a winner this track and trip. He finished third behind GETOUTTHEWAY at Murray Bridge last time but does get a slight pull in the weights. GETOUTTHEWAY stepped up in class behind Ritratto last time in town, this looks more to his liking. RAPID RAISER got a long way back and made ground behind Skilled Bunch at Murray Bridge, getting out from the 1400m to 1700m looks ideal and he was a winner here four starts back. DON’T DISMISS was a beaten favourite here last time but did get through heavy ground to win here four starts back and she draws a nice gate.
SELECTIONS: FRANKEL STAR, Rapid Raiser, Don’t Dismiss
Race 6 - 5:00PM Fuse Recruitment Class One Handicap (1200 METRES)
TULLY’S GOLD was a winner this track and trip back in May and ran well first-up from a spell behind Party Hack at Morphettville. NATURE DEEL had good backing but was plain on face value behind Vietti at Murray Bridge back in early September. Here trials had been OK and she’s been freshened for this and looks over the odds on her best form. YULE ME HERO is another who looks some each-way value. She’s lightly-raced, was a Morphettville winner as a 2yo and ran 4th behind Forever Free in the Queen Adelaide. Her latest effort behind Mileva was OK for a race like this, but she’s poorly drawn. HANKSTAR was sent out favourite at Morphettville last time behind Party Hack. He has been placed here and gets some weight relief with the claim. MOTELL ran well first-up from a break at Morphettville and he gets the blinkers again here and was a Balaklava winner back in March. KISHSTAR won well at Murray Bridge two starts back and was sent out favourite when disappointing at Port Lincoln last week, stablemate TOSCA ROCKS was a winner here, over further, back in June and is first-up.
SELECTIONS: TULLY’S GOLD, Yule My Hero, Nature Deel
RACE 7 - 5:30PM Adelaide Plains Bloodstock Evanston Sprint BM 62 Hcp (Ht 7 Riziz Series) (Ht 3 Sir Prancelot Series) (1100 METRES)
Liked the run of TWO ODD SOX first-up from a break making good ground behind Party Hack at Morphettville. He is a winner here, draws a nice gate and has the services of Jason Holder. TWICE FORGOTTEN is racing well winning two of his past three at Murray Bridge and has form around Trip and Vindex which is solid for this class. CRYPTO CURRENCY was a winner here over 1500m back in June and has stuck on well behind Carlaluisa and TWICE FORGOTTEN his past two. MASTERATI led and was only reeled in late behind General Mint in town last time out and he can run a bold race on speed. WOUNDED SOLIDER has been up a long time but won two races on the Parks track through July/August and his best would certainly be in the mix here. GALCRUM has four wins and five placings from 16 starts here and likes this trip. READY SUNSHINE is a winner this track and trip and made good ground at Cranbourne last time. HANEDA is fitter, THE PUBLIKAN is a winner here and nicely drawn, stablemates ANTRIM’S SECRET and RUSTYDUSTYSUNSHINE race well here on their home track.
SELECTIONS: TWO ODD SOX, Twice Forgotten, Masterati
Race 8 - 6:00PM Kingsford Hotel Benchmark 54 Handicap (Heat 5 Happy Trails Series) (1500 METRES)
BOOMER BEACH gets a run and draws the car park but will take some beating on consecutive 2nd’s here in August/September. He got a mile back when he was specked at Morphettville two starts back and was never in the race at Strathalbyn last time. The other emergency SHEZA LITTLE POSH also has claims on a very good run behind Vancity Gem at Morphettville last time and she has form around the in-form Trip. MAXIMUM HUSTLE was a winner this track and trip last preparation and was placed in a Gawler trial recently. COOL FONZY goes well here and wasn’t beaten far first-up from a spell behind Twice Forgotten at Murray Bridge. RISING THUNDER has had 10 trainers in his 17-start career and was placed twice here for Travis Doudle last year, He ran well two starts back in town. MASTER OF ZERPRISE is first-up and likely to want further, TATTIES led throughout here over 1700m last time out KEYSOR has been placed at his past three and the Kristi Evans team is going well.
SELECTIONS: BOOMER BEACH, Cool Fonzy, Sheza Little Posh
RACE 9 - 6:30PM 2020 Holdfast Insurance Gawler Cup (1500 METRES)
Scratchings have ravaged the top of this race leaving all runners on the minimum. BLOW TORCH defeated Territory Titan at Morphettville two starts back before chasing home stablemate Winning Partner in the Balaklava Cup. That was a lot stronger than this, the winner has won since, the only question is a tricky inside gate but if he can hold his spot he looks hard to beat. PEARL BANDIT has been flying and was a winner over 1500m at Morphettville four starts back before stepping up to the mile at beating Meehni. He got back and made ground on a red hot leaders track on the Parks last time out. He’s the horse with upside and the one I’m tipping. TUBBY TWO TRACKS is another drawn a sticky gate but comes out of the Balaklava Cup and has won two of her past four over a similar trip in town. EXTREME THRILL won well at nice odds on the Parks track at Morphettville before a good run behind Ritratto last time. He’s back in trip but nicely drawn. ARAY OF SUNSHINE would be in this race up to her ears on her best. She should have won in town two back and was ridden on speed last time. L’AMARYBELLE was well tried at a price and won easily here first-up from a spell. It’s a big step up in class but she has won five of 11 starts here. Not sure she should be $61 despite the class rise. EXALTED TRAVELLER has been placed at four of his past five in pretty handy races and is another who has appeal from a good barrier.
SELECTIONS: PEARL BANDIT, Blow Torch, Tubby Two Tracks