With South Australia being roasted again by a heat-wave this meeting has been shifted into the twilight hours with the first race kicking off at 2.26pm.
The combination of Adelaide’s leading trainer and jockey Tony McEvoy and Jamie Kah combining with Miss Wahoo in Race Five looks one of the better bets on the eight-race card. McEvoy and Kah have been in brilliant form and should again dominate in what is a small field of only seven runners.
Don’t expect any great odds but she should be better than at her last start when she was a $1.40 favourite and won here. The false rail has been shifted back to the true position and the track has been irrigated. The curator expects the track to race as a good 4.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 6 – 2,10 – 3,11 – 4,10
Wide Play: 3,6 – 2,6,9,10 – 1,3,4,11 – 4,6,10,13
BEST BET: R3 – 4. STAR FORTUNE
Next Best Bet: R5 – 6. MISS WAHOO
Best Roughie: R4 – 5. FLOW METER
No1 CHICAGO TYPEWRITER hails from the astute stables of Phillip Stokes and was a good price at $4.20 when claimed a perfect start to his career with a ¾ length win over 1100m at Gawler on December 23. Strikes many newcomers today.
No2 ARTISTOCRTATIC MISS put the score up on the board with a third down the straight 1000m in a Group 3 at Flemington on November 7. Was given a warm up trial over 900m at Murray Bridge on January 9 and looked to have the goods with a soft win.
No6 ENBIHAAR is a filly by leading Victorian sire Magnus sent across to Adelaide to make her debut. She is trained by Team Hayes who is the current premier two-year-old trainers and they have sent over Corey Parish to ride her.
No5 VIVI VALENTINA was having her second start when improved to run a strong second over 1104m in a maiden at Gawler on January 7. The filly is by Exceed And Excel and leading rider Todd Pannell keeps the mount.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 VIVI VALENTINA
No1 MONDO MAGIC is a talented three-year-old who went out on the highest note with an imposing win over 1000m maiden here back in September. Was given a nice warm up for this race when cruising to a comfortable win in a 900m trial at Murray Bridge on January 11.
No4 AVANTI ROSE leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir has sent her across after her impeccable win over 1009m maiden at Yarra Valley on January 9. Weir has an outstanding record with the horses he brings across to Morphettville.
No2 WALLACE STREET will be out to redeem after going down as a $3.80 favourite when running 1050m here on December 9. Made a perfect start to his career with a 3.3 length win here and looks one of the key chances.
No7 THOMPSON’S REWARD posted a fighting win at his last start at this track over 1050m on December 15. He was given a soft trial when running third over 900m at Murray Bridge on January 11.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 THOMPSON’S REWARD
No4 STAR FORTUNE (BEST BET) is a Victorian raider from the Caulfield stables of Clinton McDonald and gets ace Adelaide rider Jamie Kah to steer from gate four. He is on the limit on 54kg and was an imposing winner at Cranbourne four starts ago. Boasts an outstanding record of two wins at three starts at Morphettville. Makes strong claims in a moderate field today.
No1 JIM’S JOURNEY won a 1200m trial at Murray Bridge on January 11. And looms with good prospects.
No2 SCRATCHY LASS is a six-year-old mare racing in a strong vein with successive wins at Gawler and Morphettville.
No5 DANCES ON STARS is on a seven-day back up but finished strongly last start at Gawler over 1712m.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 DANCES ON STARS
No3 EXALTED LIGHTNING has a good record at this track and ran a top second over 2112m at Gawler on January 13 despite blowing out the gate with bookmakers easing from $5.50 to $8. Form has been splendid.
No6 SOMETHING MORE gets Adelaide’s top rider Jamie Kah and will give a good account here on last start over 1705m at Gawler on January 7. The extra distance today should not worry the mare and rate her a good chance.
No2 TUNES did not have the sweetest of runs when finishing fifth over 2112m at Gawler on January 7. He had ran a solid second over 2500m at Morphettville at his prior start and he looms with claims dropping 5kg to 54.5kg here.
No5 FLOW METER (BEST ROUGHIE) with the 2kg claim of apprentice Sairyn Fawke will carry 52kg. Ran a solid third over 1508 at Gawler last start on January 13. The gelding is on a seven-day back up but he has no weight down 2.5kg on his last start.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 FLOW METER
No6 MISS WAHOO (NEXT BEST BET) the combination of jockey Jamie Kah and trainer Tony McEvoy has proven strong and they team up here to stretch this filly’s dominance after she decimated her opposition by 4 lengths over 1050m in a maiden here on December 26. She only goes up a half-kilo to 55kg and is ideally drawn in gate one to spring forward to a good spot. Hopefully she is better than $1.30.
No3 FREEHEARTED Darren Weir has sent top rider Dean Yendall to accompany this last-start Sandown winner.
No2 JOY FLIPPER kicked off the campaign with a flyer to run a strong second and should strip fitter.
No7 ROSEWEDGE hails from the top Melbourne stable of Mick Price and Victorian form is solid.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ROSEWEDGE
No10 TYCOON SOFIE faces a wide open field today and has the visors coming off for the first time. She showed good resolve to run sixth over 1212m at Strathalbyn on January 3. This is her third start back from a spell and makes appeal.
No7 BAKER’S DOZEN has the blinkers coming off again this start. She ran a steady seventh over 1208m at Gawler on January 13 when she was well liked at $4.20. With apprentice Emily Finnegan’s 1.5kg claim will carry only 53.5kg.
No2 INFINITY QUEEN form at this track has been rock solid and am prepared to forgive her last start when finishing sixth over 1208m at Gawler on January 13. She is on the quick seven-day back up but she gets top rider Jason Holder.
No5 WEATHER CHANNEL showed plenty of courage to run a strong fourth over 1104m at Gawler last start on January 7. Has top jockey Jamie Kah to help her overcome the wide gate in 11 and likes this track.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 WEATHER CHANNEL
No3 OAMARU OWL is in an open affair and looks to have claims on good 1.2 length win over 1000m here on December 2. Last start ran a good fourth over 1200m at Gawler on December 23 and has Jason Holder to ride.
No1 MILE HIGH was lifted in class to Listed level when finished a sound eighth down the straight 1000m at Flemington last start on November 7. Had won three and been placed second at four prior attempts.
No11 SWISS DESIGN had to dig deep to post a narrow win over 1050m here two starts ago on December 15. Then ran a solid third over 1050m here on December 30. Has had a three-week break and is fresh.
No10 MERIDIAN STAR posted two smart wins in the country at Victoria this campaign. Last start she met a classy field of fillies and mares, finishing a credible 12th after leading over 1200m at Caulfield on December 26. Drawn well in four.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 MERIDIAN STAR
No10 VICKI’S BOY swooped home from the tail of the field to run a strong second over 1108m at Gawler on January 13. He gets a big weight drop today down 5kg to 55.5kg and has top jockey Jason Holder to steer.
No4 BATTLECAMP showed he was primed for a big assault fresh with a smart win over 900m in a trial at Murray Bridge on January 11. The five-year-old is having his first start for a new trainer and would keep tabs of any betting moves.
No8 MYSTIFIED did lay in down the straight when finishing fifth over 1104m at Gawler on Januay 7. He carried top weight on 59kg that day and gets a significant drop down to 56kg here. Has an excellent record at this track.
No13 PATIENT is a Victorian raider coming here off a clever win over 1200m at Mornington on January 1. He raced away to win by 4 lengths that day when carrying 59.5kg. The five-year-old mare drops to 54kg today.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 PATIENT