BEST BET: RIZSKI (Race 2)
EACH-WAY: LUCKY DOG (Race 6)
VALUE: MAORI MAGIC (Race 4)
RACE 1 - 1:20PM Emmetts Benchmark 58 Handicap (2150 METRES)
PLAISIR followed a good run at Gawler by winning at Murray Bridge last time beating Capricorn Ridge. That's solid form for a race like this and he looks hard to beat. SASUN gets some weight relief and has been racing well running 4th behind Exalted Ambition last start. He is trained here and has won here which are big ticks. SEMINOLES is the value in the small field, he chased home Smiling Assassin last start and that form line is pretty good for a race like this.
SELECTIONS: 2. PLAISIR, 1. Sasun, 4. Seminoles
RACE 2 - 1:55PM Equine Advancement Benchmark 62 Handicap (1050 METRES)
He’s come up even money but still happy to back RIZSKI. This is a big drop class on his last start when placed behind Extra Time at Morphettville and he’s been here and won previously. Barrier two and Todd Pannell are big ticks. GRINZINGER STRASSE is the danger first-up in SA. He’s a last-start Sale winner and has trialled nicely for this. ATTACK THE PIN and SUMMER SHOW will both be up on speed ensuring a good tempo, while GLASS CEILING will appreciate some give in the track. LA PETITE ROUSSE is trained here and SCOTCH ON THE ROCK won at Balaklava three starts.
SELECTIONS: 3. RIZSKI, 4. Grinzinger Strasse, 1. Glass Ceiling
RACE 3 - 2:33PM Xmas Party at the Oakbank Races - Wed 22nd Dec Maiden Plate (1400 METRES)
Tricky race. Travis Doudle’s MAX FIRE had solid market support on debut when 3rd behind Zambrano at Port Augusta. He draws a good gate and I’m happy to have something each-way on him. TRUE AIM ran well at odds behind Starsongari at Gawler last time. She should give a race like this a big shake despite a sticky wide gate. AMBER HAZE has run some handy races and is another who brings Port Augusta form here placed there two starts back. THE MARKLE SPARKLE was runner-up behind So Bene at Murray Bridge four runs back and has a good form line chasing home Apache Star last start with that horse having won in town since. Ryan Balfour’s ANGRY ANT and MAGICAL RIDE have both been here before and draw good barriers.
SELECTIONS: 9. MAX FIRE, 7. Magical Ride, 13. True Aim
RACE 4 - 3:05PM Ecycle Solutions Benchmark 52 Handicap (1900 METRES)
Another race with a few winning chances. MAORI MAGIC has a good record here and comes off a Darwin placing. He should get a nice run from the inside gate and has each-way appeal. LE DUPE is racing well but draws a wide gate and will need some luck here. HAPPY ATOM is going well, and his first-up run was full of merit running 3rd behind Smart Promise at Murray Bridge. CHONCAPE ran a good race at Morphettville two starts back behind Melody Man. MR EPIC gets in well after the claim and PLYMPTON can be thereabouts in this class.
SELECTIONS: 5. MAORI MAGIC, 4. Happy Atom, 2. Le Dupe
RACE 5 - 3:42PM Adelaide Hills Farm Services Benchmark 50 Handicap (1100 METRES)
Nothing went right for FRENCH ROCK at Murray Bridge last week behind Ritorno when he only got clear running late. His form since joining David Jolly has been solid, he gets in well with the claim and can regain winning form. EQUICHUNK is knocking on the door having placed at three of his past four starts and ran OK behind Ranger Frank at Penola on Wednesday. He draws a wide gate but should be thereabouts. GRAVITY has the inside gate and can run well. KITTY DAMOUR is in her second preparation for Grant Young and can give a race like this a shake. DOUG'S JOURNEY was a last-start Port Augusta winner and should get a good run.
SELECTIONS: 1. FRENCH ROCK, 6. Equichunk, 4. Kitty Damour
RACE 6 - 4:12PM Klose's Supermarkets Benchmark 56 Handicap (1100 METRES)
Tricky gate but like the chances of LUCKY DOG who was a winner this track and trip on debut. He caught the eye at Balaklava back in June running 4th behind Hilumiere before a spell and looks a solid each-way play. SHE'S ESTELLE ran well behind Howl, who was impressive at Morphettville on Saturday, and then defeated Hard Ransom, who has won since. That’s solid form lines and she looks a massive chance here. CHEVITE has won two of his past three starts on his home track at Gawler and has Todd Pannell. SIR JOHNSON draws awkwardly but has been placed here and gets in well with the claim.
SELECTIONS: 9. LUCKY DOG, 8. She’s Estelle, 7. Chevite
RACE 7 - 4:45PM Sugar Financial Services Benchmark 54 Handicap (1400 METRES)
Tough end to the day. CANIDAE was a Balaklava winner four starts back and comes off a handy effort up in class behind Lomax at Morphettville. The stable is having a great run and he has solid claims. APPLIED won well at big odds at Murray Bridge back in June and his first-up effort was good closing well behind Fight For Freedom there, he must overcome a wide gate. POLLYANNA was placed at her only start here and is another who has a tricky wide barrier. HAHNDORF is a winner here and draws a nice barrier, he should run a good race. TRANSFERENCE was a good winner at Gawler two starts back beating Understatement and then was OK behind Lomax. RUN ON was runner-up at Alice Springs last start, while IMPULSE DIAVOLO is worth some thought at odds, he is a winner here and draws to get a good run.
SELECTIONS: 2. CANIDAE, 4. Applied, 6. Pollyanna