With partly-cloudy weather predicted for the end of the week in Adelaide, the Morphettville track should race well with the rail at the True position. A Good3 or Good4 track is expected following last Monday’s bumper Adelaide Cup meeting.
The powerful McEvoy and Stokes stables look to be the ones to follow. Both have several excellent chances across the meeting with McEvoy’s best hopes being Shrouded In Mist and Boxed On Collins for a Quinella result in Race 5, and Despatch who looks close to a ‘good thing’ in the last. Stokes’ best of the day looks to be the ultra-consistent It’s A Myth in Race 2.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 7 – 1,7,14 – 4 – 5
Wide Play: 2,4,6,7 – 1,7,8,9,12,14 – 4,5,7,10 – 2,5,9,10
BEST BET: R8 – 4. MOGHUL EMPIRE
Next Best Bet: R1 – 3. SILENT WARRIOR
Best Roughie: R2 – 11. BIG CALL
No3 SILENT WARRIOR (NEXT BEST BET) Improved by two solid runs just behind the placings this campaign and should relish the step up in distance third-up. Won 1700m Gawler Maiden Oct. 11 and Morphettville Parks 1950m BM70 in previous campaign and this looks an ideal target for him with Jason Holder in the saddle.
No1 SAGAAB Has been right in the finish of four runs since beating Art Music 1712m Gawler BM60 60.5kg Good4 Jan. 21. Hit the lead momentarily before being swamped by Lieder 2004m this track Good4 54kg last Monday. Chance on the quick back-up.
No5 SANDISON Has a win and two placings from only three starts and will be in the finish again. Battled back strongly when 0.7 length second Bendethera 1550m Morphettville Parks Maiden 58kg Good4 Feb. 14 then sprinted away for 3 length win over Ticket To Texas 1700m Gawler Maiden 58kg Feb. 28.
No6 SEEK TO DESTROY Place prospects look best on recent form. Plugging 4.4 length seventh Searaven 2100m Gawler BM64 last start Feb. 28.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 SAGAAB
No13 IT’S A MYTH Placed at five of her six starts and deserves a change of luck. Was having her first run for nearly a year when trapped deep and pushed wide on the track turning when solid half-length second M’lady 1000m Maiden Morphettville Parks Good4 55kg last Saturday. Backing up quickly so she must have come through the run well. Drawn better this week.
No6 COPPERGATE Coming off a 55-week break and has been trialing well for his return. Came from midfield on debut when strong 2 length second Jukebox 1200m Inglis Premier Caulfield Good3 57kg Feb. 4 2017, then caught wide when 5 length seventh Eshtiiraak 1300m Sandown Super Bovis 2Yrs two weeks later. Strong first-up showing is expected.
No11 BIG CALL (BEST ROUGHIE) Has been placed at Doomben, Scone and Cessnock from only seven starts and worthy of consideration here. No luck when seventh Our Winnie 1400m Scone Maiden Soft 5 Dec. 30 then led but over-run final 200m when 2len third White Boots 1570m Cessnock Class 1 Jan. 9. Dropping back to Maiden grade here and claims 2kg for apprentice Clark.
No8 SASKO Just behind the placegetters at only two runs in Balaklava Maidens over 1600m last September. Has the benefit of a recent trial and while he’s probably looking for more ground, he could be a knock-out chance first-up with Huxtable’s 3kg claim.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 BIG CALL
No11 MUSIC BAY Unraced filly by the proven 2-year-old sire Choisir. Has shown plenty of dash winning two trials in the lead-up to this and is from the powerful Philip Stokes stable with Dom Tourneur in the saddle to give her every hope of winning from the wide draw.
No3 GOROKAN EXPRESS From the proven juvenile stable of Hayes-Dabernig and would have been given plenty of education in preparation for this. Well-bred youngster by sensational new sire Spirit of Boom, out of the Queensland Guineas winner Express Air. Drawn wide but should be kept under notice.
No6 SECRET VEGA By the same sire as sprint star Vega Magic and showing good promise in recent trials. Drawn ideally in barrier one and should be given every chance to make an impressive debut.
No15 REALLY SWISH Midfield throughout on debut when 4len sixth Run Naan 1000m Maryibyrnong Plate Flemington Nov. 11. Tipped out for a spell straight away and should return a much stronger individual this campaign. Will be better for the race experience.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 GOROKAN EXPRESS
No1 EXPERIMENTATION Had good form in last campaign, including 1200m Pakenham 3YO Maiden win Sept 5 and close second Muraaqeb 1200m Moonee Valley 3YO Plate Sept. 29. Showed up in recent trial and will make his presence felt here.
No7 VAHANA Created a big impression at only start when she proved too strong for Rushwa and Cruising 1050m Morphettville 3YO Maiden Good4 55.5kg Oct. 28. Bound to be further improved with race experience and drawn perfectly to take up a forward position. Hard to beat.
No9 BEAUTIFUL BEE Showing promise. Settled handy before taking over at 100m and too good for Zarpoya 1000m Yarra Valley Maiden 54.5kg Good4 Feb. 10 then battled away for 3.25 length seventh Oscietra 1000m Ballarat BM64 Feb. 25. Nicely-placed in this company and perfectly drawn.
No3 JAYEFFKAY Hasn’t started since winning double at Naracoorte 1000m Soft 6 June 18 and Murray Bridge 1006m Soft 5 July 5. Improving with every run and fitted for this by a recent barrier trial. Keep safe.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 JAYEFFKAY
No6 SHROUDED IN MIST Streaked away from Indian Mo 1600m Morphettville Maiden Good3 54.5kg Dec. 15 then had a tough run when 11th Cavalero Flemington 1700m BM70 Jan. 1. Nice and fresh for this and has a tongue tie applied for the first-up run. Nicely placed.
No3 BOX ON COLLINS Has been gelded since last-start third to Savaheat and Glam Guru 1800m Listed Hill Smith Stakes Morphettville Oct. 14. Placed in two trials in preparation for this and he is bound to make his presence felt.
No4 ANCIENT ECHOES Could not have been more impressive first-up when he streeted Low Level Flying 1200m Swan Hill Maiden 58kg March 2. Placed at three of five starts and looks like a very capable galloper on the rise. He is by So You Think, so the extra distance should suit.
No5 REVLIS Had consistent provincial form before doing his best work at the finish in beating Aladina 1300m Stawell Maiden Good4 55kg Feb. 28. Still racing greenly so he is a likely improver.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 ANCIENT ECHOES
No7 TYCOON SOFIE Racing in great heart and should figure in the finish again. Freshened before beating Rowdy Richard 1400m Morphettville Parks BM64 Good4 56.5kg Feb 10 then just pipped by Savatag same trip BM75 54kg two weeks later. Will be near the money.
No2 DANCES ON STARS Tough old campaigner who is racing consistently and has to be considered. Finished fast for 0.8len second to Daktari 1600m Morphettville BM75 59kg Mar. 3 then came again for 3-length third Savatag, Battlecamp 1600m here last Monday.
No4 MISS IDENTIFIED Not far away in four runs since beating Embecee Lil 1400m Morphettville Parks BM75 Nov. 4. Came from last for 2 length third Mazurek, Alaskan Jade 1200m Mares BM80 here Mar. 3. Commands respect.
No6 IAMTHEKEY Provincial form is first-rate and drops 9kg on last start win Naracoorte BM60 Mar. 4. Chasing a winning hat-trick here and cannot be left out of calculations.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 IAMTHEKEY
No14 LET ‘EM HOWL Put the writing on the wall when she jumped awkwardly but still managed a courageous 3.85 length fifth to Scoliaro 1200m Moonee Valley BM64 54.5kg Good3 Mar. 2. Runner-up at Mornington twice from four previous runs. Looks well placed in this with Jason Holder on top.
No1 COMFORTABLE Created a good impression at first SA run by easily accounting for Amative 1100m Gawler Class2 58kg Mar. 7 at first run for 19 weeks. Produced a win and two thirds at Wyong from previous four starts. Improving type who will strip fitter for this.
No7 LOVE CLUB Chasing a hat-trick following wins over Man of Iron 1200m Strathalbyn 1200m Maiden 57kg Feb. 4 and 1.3 length win over Belzelady 1200m Balaklava Class1 58.5kg Good4 Feb. 25. Lightly-raced gelding with plenty of upside and claims 2kg here.
No8 OUTINTHESTREET Form dropped off slightly after a winning double at Gawler 1100m Maiden Dec. 29 and 1108m BM64 Jan. 21. Meets Comfortable 3.5kg better for 5 length fourth that horse 1100m Gawler Class2 Mar. 7. Racing in winkers for the first time here so could improve.
VALUE RUNNER: No14 LET ‘EM HOWL
No4 MOGHUL EMPIRE (BEST BET) Improved from his debut second to Eldesperado 1712m Gawler Maiden 58kg Jan. 21 with a barnstorming 8 length win over Sweet Kaiser 1500m Gawler Maiden 58kg Good4 Mar. 7. Has plenty of ability and looks the one to beat.
No5 SILENT ICE Racing in great form and rates highly here. Placed last four starts since winning Gawler 1200m Class1 57kg Nov. 29. Chased home Calisto Girl 1250m Morphettville Parks BM64 57kg Feb. 24 then battling 1.7 length second Pretosa 1200m Gawler Class2 58kg Mar. 7.
No7 REAP THE BENEFIT Getting near a win and should be at his peak fourth-up. Ran 1.7 length third Love Club 1000m Morphettville Parks Class1 58.5kg Feb. 25 then ran on well for 1.1 length second Iconoclasm 1300m Morphettville Parks BM64 56.5kg last Saturday.
No10 LYNCH MOB Has a win and five placings from only nine starts and a good first-up showing is on the cards from good barrier. Worked home solidly for 1.75 length second Severn Road 1900m Geelong Synthetic BM64 58.5kg Sept. 22 then had mucus post-race after finishing last Ascot Red 2200m Ballarat Oct. 5. Won his Maiden at Mildura over this distance.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 LYNCH MOB
No5 DESPATCH Showed plenty of potential in last campaign and has been gelded during his spell. Showed plenty of fight to win on debut 1000m Ballarat MM Clockwise Nov. 19/2016 then gritty 4 length third Ours To Keep, Snitzkraft 1110m Doomben Listed Phelan Ready Dec. 17/2016. Coming off a long break but has won two trials to fit him for this. Excellent first-up prospect.
No9 AKKACAN Got to the line really well first-up for 41 weeks when neck second Evil Dreams 1050m here BM70 Mar. 3. Four wins and 10 placings from 24 starts suggest he has a strong chance again. Will strip fitter.
No10 AADELAD Runner-up at Gawler three of last five starts before a spell and has each-way claims again. Beaten 1.2-len by Amative 1100m Gawler Class2 55kg Oct. 29 then overcame a slow getaway to get within a neck of Dornoch 1206m Gawler Class1 59.5kg Good3 Nov. 9.
No2 REDENTES EDGE Was racing in career-best form before a spell and looks a value bet first-up. Led throughout from Barood 1250m Morphettville Parks BM75 Good4 53.5kg Dec. 16 before game third It’s Been A Battle 1200m BM75 here 55.5kg Dec. 30.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 REDENTES EDGE