Racing returns to Morphettville after a four-day break. Usually there are obvious winners at this track but this Saturday there is nothing that punches you in the eye!
No real bankers there early and must wait until late in the card to find the best bets.
The rail will be at five metres from the 1200m to the Winning Post and at three metres for the rest of the course. The false rail was at the same position on Tuesday. The weather is a bit sketchy but should be clear with a big drop in temperatures forecast.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1 – 1,3 – 2, 4
Wide Play: 1,3,5 – 1,3,5,6 – 2,9 – 4,6,9
BEST BET: R7 – 2. CALL ME CURTIS
Next Best Bet: R8 – 4. SWISS DESIGN
Best Roughie: R5 – 5. ACE ATTACK
No4 BURRUM’S BUZZ has the score on the board with two wins at Morphettville and Bendigo at past three starts. Latest he dug deep to clip Elite Tiger in a tight go over 1500m at Bendigo on December 17. He was backed from $13 into $10 that day.
No2 ROYAL REQUEST form on the oil track at Darwin has been outstanding with a hat-trick. He deserves his crack at showtime racing with his last-start 3 length win in the Darwin Cup (2000m) back in August. Has had two trials so he is ready.
No3 KIRONA was an outstanding winner over 1550m here three starts ago in November. Latest ran a fair seventh over 1700m here on December 23. He is on the quick back up but gets top jockey Joe Bowditch replacing a 3kg apprentice.
No1 VELOX has the blinkers going back on and can improve on last start 11th over 1400m at Caulfield on December 16. That was first-up from a long spell and has a far superior record second up. Keep watch.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 KIRONA
No2 EXALTED LIGHTNING faces only five in opposition. Looks a good chance with two fighting wins at Morphettville and Gawler. Latest was at Gawler when striding to a 1.3 length win over 2100m as a $3.20 favourite.
No1 PRETTY PUNK Looks to have the hoof on the till with a good second to I’m A Princess over 1950m here on December 16. Was well backed at $3 that day and with apprentice Raquel Clark’s 2kg claim will carry 57kg.
No5 FLOW METER drove hard to the line when running a close second over 2000m in the Bordertown Cup on December 10. Apprentice Sairyn Fawke’s 2kg claim reduces his weight to only 54kg, which is down 2kg on his last start.
No4 TENERE faces a short back up of seven days but this is a small field. Latest ran a fair seventh over 1700m here last Saturday. Stable jockey Dominic Tourneur is the rider and is down from 58kg to 56.5kg here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 EXALTED LIGHTNING
No8 FOIE GRAS hails from the leading yard of Tony McEvoy and she looks to have her hoof on the till. Victorian rider Harry Coffey rides after her second over 1206m maiden against fillies and mares at Gawler on December 9.
No7 BOOM TUNE with the claim of apprentice Sairyn Fawke will carry a mere 53.5kg and at sole start showed promise with a good second over 1050m here on December 15. Was backed from $8.50 into $7.50 and looms here.
No1 BAJAN ran a solid fourth over 1200m maiden here on December 15. That was his fifth start and was closing on the money. Has again drawn well in gate seven and Paul Gatt keeps the ride. Second-up here and should be fitter.
No3 EL DESPERADO has the blinkers going on for his first start in 20 weeks. He was given a trial where he ran a soft sixth over 1000m here on December 7. He has had plenty of time to be pumped up further and well drawn in two.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 EL DESPERADO
No5 KATHY’S SPIRIT showed abundant spirit at debut when coasting to a .75 length victory over 1000m 2yo maiden at Donald on June 19. Was put away in mothballs by Darren Weir and is reproduced here. Harry Coffey is over to ride.
No6 AVANTI ROSE is the stablemate to Kathy’s Spirit and with the 3kg claim will carry 53kg. Was backed into a $3.50 favourite when running third over 1000m at Moe first up on December 15. Can improve.
No1 WHITE KAPS the 3kg claim help alleviate the weight down to 56kg. Was backed at long odds when finishing second over 1050m here on December 9. Has been as consistent as clockwork and is racing over pet distance.
No7 FLYING KRUPT exploded to a brilliant win over 1050m maiden here last start on December 15. That was first up from a 19-week spell and drops 1.5kg to 56kg and stable jockey Dominic Tourneur steers again. Serious thought.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 FLYING KRUPT
No1 SPY DECODER kept on working well to the line when finishing fourth over 1700m at Gawler on December 23. He is down in class today but pays the price with his weight up 3kg to 59kg. Jason Holder rides again and nice alley in four.
No4 OUR MALLEE HOFF won at Swan Hill four starts ago. Latest ran a close fifth in a class field over 1600m at Moonee Valley on December 15. Faces easier opposition in a nine-horse field here and Harry Coffey rides for his father.
No3 LIGHT ‘N’ FIRE was a clever winner two starts ago at Bendigo. Top Victorian trainer Darren Weir has booked local 3kg boy to reduce his impost down to 55.5kg. Good effort to run third over 1400m here on December 16.
No5 ACE ATTACK (BEST ROUGHIE) won over 1800m at this track four starts ago. Latest he ran a solid third over 1600m here on December 9. Top jockey Clare Lindop replaces a 2kg claiming apprentice and is can cross from wide gate in eight.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 LIGHT ‘N’ FIRE
No3 GOLD BLUSH is part of the arsenal from top Victorian trainer Darren Weir on the attack today. Was never on the track when finishing eighth over 1600m against her own sex at Moonee Valley on December 15. She drops 3kg with the claim of the apprentice today to 55kg and she loves this distance with two starts for a win and a third. Looks to have strong claims.
No1 EMBECEE LIL has been an ultra-consistent performer on this track. Latest she ran a close seventh when forced to bullock through the field over 1400m here on December 16. The booking of a 3kg apprentice reduces her impost to 57.5kg.
No6 TAHNEE TIARA burst through for a flawless win over 1400m against her own sex at Warrnambool on December 12. She cruised to a 1.75 length win when carrying 57kg. With Raquel Clark’s 2kg claim carries 52kg here.
No5 SCARLETT FOX quickened fast to coast to a brilliant win over 1362m at Strathalbyn on December 20. She drops weight today down 3kg to 56kg and stable jockey Dominic Tourneur keeps the ride from barrier four.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 SCARLETT FOX
No2 CALL ME CURTIS (BEST BET) has been excelling on this track and landed in peak form with a strong win over 1250m here on December 16. He carried 58kg with Justin Huxtable’s claim that day. Huxtable will ride again and his 3kg claim reduces his weight down to a mild 55kg. Appears nicely weighted and is ideally drawn in five.
No8 IT’S BEEN A BATTLE was powering home late last start here and would keep most safe.
No9 SAWAIKI flew home to score a great first-up win here. Can repeat.
No4 REDENTES EDGE was not wanted in the betting at $21 but upstaged his highly rated fancies.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 REDENTES EDGE
No4 SWISS DESIGN (NEXT BEST BET) hit the line hard to score a narrow but imposing first-up win over 1050m here on December 15. With the 3kg claim of apprentice Justin Huxtable he will carry 56kg, which is the same weight again. He is from the leading yard of Lloyd Kennewell and looks one of the better bets on the day with two fighting wins at his past three starts.
No6 MIDNIGHT STORM won his maiden at this track and has a rock solid first-up record.
No9 OGUNDE gave nothing else a chance on a bog track last start at Murray Bridge. Is on 54kg with the claim.
No8 BETALYK capped last campaign on the highest note with a win at Murray Bridge. Each-way player.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 BETALYK