The Adelaide Autumn kicks off the mark today with three feature races – the Redelva, Irwin and Schweppervescence stakes – on an eight-race card.
So plenty of black type racing to consume punters with the former Group 2 Karrakatta Plate winner Whispering Brook looking to set punters up with a bank for the day in the second race.
Whispering Brook commenced her campaign for her new trainer Darren Weir on a high romping home in the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 16. She had her debut at Morphettville when running a game fourth when backed into a $1.65 favourite to Concealer in the listed Manihi (1100m) on April 7. The two mares will face-off again today, over 1200m, in the fillies and mares’ handicap.
However, the extra 100m will suit Whispering Brook well and she meets her foe on superior weights – meeting Concealer 1.5kg better for going down narrowly at her first Adelaide start.
The track is rated perfectly as a Good 4 and the false rail will be at 11 metres from the 1200m to the winning post and at seven metres for the remainder. The day will be overcast but fine with a top of 29C.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 2 – 7 – 1,3 – 2,8
Wide Play: 2,3,4,9 – 7,8,9 – 1,3,5,6 – 2,8,11,14
BEST BET: R2 – 2. Whispering Brook
Next Best Bet: R4 – 8. Moghul Empire
Best Roughie: R6 – 9. Dainty Tess
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No3 Dancer’s Kin showed plenty of pace to win a trial over 1000m here convincingly gapping the second horse by 1.8 lengths on April 5. Chris Caserta picks up the ride and his 2kg claim drops his weight to 55.5kg.
No1 Really Swish is a Victorian raider with strong claims. Has been on the hop with successive seconds here and at Bendigo last start. Ran a top second in the Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on April 7. Carries 59kg here.
No2 More Bricks was making ground out wide to run fifth in the Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on April 7. He had clawed to a narrow win at his debut at his home track at Warrnambool at his debut and sure to figure.
No5 Mutadaawel Team Hayes has put winkers on this filly following her debut where she ran as a $2.30 favourite before finishing 1050m here back in December. She is first-up today and Victorian rider Harry Coffey is on top.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 More Bricks
No2 Whispering Brook (BEST BET) is a former star Perth juvenile who has continued to exceed under the care of Darren Weir, winning the Listed Abell (1200m) first up at Moonee Valley on March 16 first-up. Then ran a close fourth in the Listed Manihi (1100m) here on April 7. Has the tongue-tie going back on and looks a top bet against her own sex in this race.
No1 Concealer comes into this race with a smart win here in the Listed Manihi. Will be a worthy foe.
No5 Mica Lil has been racing with stealth against her own sex and rates with chances today.
No3 Sudden Wealth ran a top first-up second in the Manihi and should get be in the finish.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Sudden Wealth
No10 Lipstick Lover faces a most competitive field today but cannot fault form with successive wins here and at Sandown. Was slammed into a $2 before rising strongly to score by 2.4 lengths over 1800m here on April 7.
No3 Our Peaky Blinders went down as a well backed $2.25 favourite when running second in a head-bobbing climax over 1600m at Morninton on March 24. From an astute stable and Linda Meech is across from Victoria to ride.
No7 Ace Attack has been the most consistent of consistent gallopers. Latest he ran a top third in the Oakbank Cup (2150m) on March 31. He looks to have a fair weight but has drawn wide in 12.
No8 Bertwhistle spreadeagled his rivals when coasting to an easy win of the Country Cup (1900m) at Oakbank on March 31. With the 3kg claim has only 53kg to carry today.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Bertwhistle
No8 Moghul Empire (NEXT BEST BET) has faultless form with two strong wins at Gawler and Moonee Valley to his credit. Latest he was slammed into a $1.75 favourite and trounced his rivals by 2.75 lengths over 1600m at the Valley on March 16.Winning local rider Jake Toeroek goes back on board for today’s assault and he drops 4kg to 55kg. Looks suited very much on the weight scale.
No10 Tarantino has been a model of consistency and the blinkers come off for the first time here.
No4 Enki has a soft draw in gate two and has been right in the thick of the action here at past four starts.
No6 Von Costa Glass pay to forgive his last-start flop here. His prior form was worthy of rating highly today.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Von Costa Glass
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
No9 Dainty Tess (BEST ROUGHIE) is a short-course specialist and has Adelaide’s top jockey Jamie Kah to ride at her debut here. Trainer Dan Morton travelled Scenic Blast around the world so coming to Adelaide from Perth is a picnic with this last-start winner.
No7 Viddora is the home-town favourite and the one to beat notching her first Group 1 in the Winterbottom (1200m) at Ascot on December 2 before winning MM Sprint on the Gold Coast on January 9. Trialled very well.
No8 Snitty Kitty is a classy daughter of Snitzel who ran a brave second in the Group 1 Oakleigh (1100m) at Caulfield two starts ago. Latest ran a top fourth in the Group 1 Galaxy at Randwick on March 24.
No6 Secret Agenda is a Group 1 winning mare resuming from a four-week break after running a top fourth in the Group 1 William Reid (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 23. Top chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Dainty Tess
No1 Think Bleue has won at three of past four starts and other start ran second. Comes here off a fighting second in the Group 3 Alexandra (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 24. Top chance.
No3 Blue Morpho is one of the local hopes to repel the invaders. Has been in excellent form with a last-start Listed 1600m win here on April 7. She has finished inside the money at all of her past five starts.
No6 Harmattan comes out of a strong Sydney Group 3 where finished on the heels of the winner when fourth in the Adrain Knox (2000m) at Randwick on April 7. Top Adelaide rider Dom Tourneur rides.
No5 Pandemonium found Blue Morpho too good when runner up in listed 1600m race here on April 7. The Sydney raider did win well at Canterbury two starts ago in a clockwise direction. Will be improved.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Pandemonium
No8 Via Balciano has had two barrier trials to prepare for this where he was not punished finishing a comfortable third over 1000m here on April 5 at his latest hit out. Has an unblemished record fresh.
No9 Midnight Storm ran a grand race first-up to go within an inch of winning over 1200m here last Saturday. He is on the quick back up but has Raquel Clark’s 2kg claim to reduce his handicap to 55.5kg.
No2 Evil Dreams has been given a three week break to freshen up after disappointing eighth over 1100m at Oakbank on March 31. Chris Caserta’s 2kg claim drops his weight to a comfortable 58kg.
No14 Split Lip has the blinkers going on for the first time and the tongue tie coming off for the first time. Was first when running a good third over 1050m here on April 7. Barrier 14 does hurt a bit.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Evil Dreams