The Adelaide Autumn Carnival is kicking up along the rail and today’s meeting hosts some of the gallopers we will be see contesting the feature races, which start later this month and climax next month.
We see track specialist Desert Lashes (Race Six) return today in preparation for the richer races on offer at the Carnival.
With a record of eight wins and two placings at her 13 starts, connections will be hoping the four-year-old will measure up to the sprint and female features on offer.
Punters can fill their pockets for the big day of racing on Silent Warrior (Race One) who is chasing a third straight win over 2030m after victories over 1950m and 2000m at Morphettville and Stawell.
The false rail will be at the eight-metre position from the 800m to the winning post and at five metres for the remainder of the track. The track is currently rated as a Good 4 (Thursday) and with fine, but cooler weather forecast that should stand.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 4,7 – 2,5 – 6 – 3,18
Wide Play: 4,7,8,12 – 2,5,8 – 1,4,6 – 3,8,9,18
BEST BET: R1 – 3. Silent Warrior
Next Best Bet: R6 – 2. Desert Lashes
Best Roughie: R3 – 10. Black Champagne
No3 Silent Warrior (BEST BET) has been racing on a tidal wave of success netting successive wins at Morphettville and Stawell at past two starts. Latest careered away to a 3-length win over 2000m in the Stawell Cup on April 1. Top Adelaide hoop Jamie Kah retains the ride today on the son of Fastnet Rock, who is again on the limit on 54kg. Punters can use as a banker to build a bank.
No2 Ceylon is a Victorian raider who has collected three wins from five starts this campaign.
No6 Chequered Flag ran well in a 2400m Cranbourne trial on April 5. Racing in form.
SCRATCHED - No1 Velox is also entered at Caulfield today but if does start here should be respected.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Chequered Flag
No3 Over Exposure will have top Adelaide Jamie Kah to steer again and can land consecutive wins after racing away to a 1.75 length win over 1250m here on March 24. He does go up 2kg to 59.5kg and must overcome gate 13. Rates highly.
No7 Debt Collector has been racing in tip top form with consecutive wins over 1100m and 1200m at Strahhalbyn. Latest dug deep to claw to a .4 length win over 1200m on March 28. He drops a half-kilo to 57.5kg and top rider Shayne Cahill is back on top.
No9 Counterplay is a talented three-year-old filly who showed she was primed for a top effort fresh when running second over 1000m here on April 5. She has an outstanding record of a win and two seconds at three starts fresh.
No2 Broadband has shown good form at three trials in the warm up to resuming here. Latest he claimed a half-length win over 1000m here on April 5. Carries 57.5kg with the 2kg claim of David Caboche.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Braodband
No10 Black Champagne (BEST ROUGHIE) kicked off his career on a major high with a 5.9 length win over 900m at Murray Bridge on February 9. She then ran a good fourth in the listed Cinderella (1050m) here on March 3. Top jockey Jason Holder rides.
No3 Music Bay kicked off career on a high note with a brilliant win over 1000m here on March 17. She was plunged into a $2.30 favourite. She showed she was primed for this with an easy win over 1000m in a trial here on April 5.
No6 Fundamentalist is a well-bred filly who was a smart winner over 1200m in a fillies’ maiden at Mornington on March 24. She is prepared by Team Hayes and popular jockey Harry Coffey is booked to ride.
No2 Double Denman was a good winner here on February 17 before finishing a sound ninth in the Magic Millions (1200m) here on March 12. With ace rider Jamie Kah to ride for Tony McEvoy would keep safe.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Fundamentalist
No3 Handsome Thief is also entered for Caulfield today where he is hotly fancied. The Irish-bred five-year-old won easily by 2.75 length over 1200m at Caulfield on March 31. He does go up 2.5kg to 59.5kg here. Great chance.
No13 Manuel hails from the leading stable of Tony McEvoy and was gelded while out spelling. The four-year-old underlined he was ready for a comeback with a strong second over 1000m in a trial at Gawler on March 8.
No4 El Sicario scored a brilliant win here before going to Caulfield, where he again ran well to finish second to handsome Thief over 1200m on March 31. Hails from a leading Victorian yard and has Joe Bowditch to ride.
No7 Nipperkin won over 1000m here three starts ago. He ran a solid second in the listed Oakbank Stakes (1100m) on March 31. Carries 56kg today but has a wide alley to negotiate jumping from 13.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Nipperkin
No4 Tradesman is a former Perth galloper who showed he was on track for a win with a strong fourth over 1400m in the Echuca Cup on March 11. That was his first start for new trainer Darren Weir and Shayne Cahill is to ride.
No12 Tatoosh is racing on a tidal wave with three consecutive wins at Morphettville (2) and Oakbank. Latest carried 51.5kg when running away to a 2.5 length win over 1400m at Oakbank on March 31. Jamie Kah rides on 54kg.
No7 Captain Duffy Pounced hard to grab a last stride win over 1550m here on March 24. Top jockey Dominic Tourneur is to ride on 56kg – which is a half-kilo less than he carried last start. Keep safe.
No1 Grand Dreamer is a stablemate to Tradesman. Is having his first start for Darren Weir after Robert Smerdon retired following charges over alleged doping of horses. He went out on a high with a win in the Ballarat Cup.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Grand Dreamer
No2 Desert Lashes (NEXT BEST BET) is a track specialist making her comeback from an 18-week spell. She had a warm up trial where she ran a solid third over 1000m here on April 5. Has a fantastic record fresh with a scoreboard of four starts for three wins and a second. Georgina Cartwright’s 3kg claim reduces her weight to a comfortable 57kg. Has the pace to cross from eight and looks a good bet.
No8 Mystified had two trials to have fit for resumption and has a handy record fresh with a win and a second at four starts.
No5 Our Gladiator has been in sensational form in Victoria with two wins and a second at past three starts.
No3 One More Daisy showed she was ready for her return with a third over 1000m in a trial here on April 5.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Our Gladiator
No6 Leicester scored an outstanding win over 1800m at Sandown on March 28, living up to his price at $1.45. Top Victorian trainer Darren Weir has booked top Adelaide rider Shayne Cahill to ride.
No4 Spring Choice is chasing a hat-trick after posting brilliant wins over 1300m and 1600m at Geelong and Mornington last month. He has not missed a placing at past five starts. Rates highly.
No1 Civil Disobedience is a stablemate to Leicester and can figure here. Had a horror run before finishing seventh over 2400m in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on March 3. He is the Tasmanian Derby champion.
No7 Greycliffe with the addition of blinkers can improve on last start fourth over 1600m at Ballarat on March 27. Top Victorian rider Linda Meech comes across the border to ride.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 GREYCLIFFE
No18 Éclair Calling is lightly raced and looks to have a bright future on two wins and a third at four starts. Was warmed up for this with as third in a 100m trial here on April 5. Todd Pannell rides from a wide gate (18).
No3 Cosmic Lights is also entered to run at Caulfield today. Goes very well fresh with a record of three wins from five starts when fresh. Was given an easy trial when sixth over 1000m trial here on March 22.
No8 Comfortable is a Foxwedge four-year-old who kicked off his career on a big high with a clever win over 1300m maiden at Wyong on April 24, 2017. Ace Adelaide rider Jamie Kah is riding which is a bonus.
No9 Exalted Adam drops down in class on last Saturday when ran seventh in the Listed Manihi Stakes (1100m) here. Kept chasing right to the line and was a good effort. Keep safe.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Comfortable