Adelaide’s leading trainer Tony McEvoy and ace rider Jamie Kah look to have a dominant hand on today’s eight-race card at Morphettville.
The pair has forged a lethal combination and they look set to close the feature meeting on a high with Manuel running in the eighth race. The four-year-old son of Commands made an impressive start to his campaign with a strong but narrow win over 1200m here on April 14. Jamie Kah will again ride, but he was penalized 2.5kg for the win and will carry 57kg. The barrier in two will counter the weight increase.
Manuel has won four times and been placed three times from 13 starts.
The false rail will be at the two-metre position from the 1000m to the winning post. From section 603 it will be at three metres. The weather is expected to be fine and the track curator is tipping horses to race on a Good 4 (Thursday).
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 3,4 – 5,8 – 4 - 6
Wide Play: 3,4,7 – 5,8,9 – 1,3,4 – 3,6,16
BEST BET: R8 – 6. Manuel
Next Best Bet: R6 – 5. Steel Frost
Best Roughie: R2 – 7. Ascendance
No2 Chequered Flag showed his opposition a clean pair of heels when cruising to an easy win over 2030m here on April 14. He had a soft trial where he ran third over 2400m at Warrnambool on April 24 and ace jockey Damian Lane rides.
No1 Falago is the stablemate to Chequered Flag and gives Darren Weir a strong hand. Weir has followed a similar path giving the gelding two trials over 2400m on the hurdle track at Cranbourne and Warrnambool. Keep safe.
No5 Ashlee Marie was highly fancied when dropped out to run last over 2150m in the Oakbank Cup on March 31. Previous Victorian form was far superior and with Ace Melbourne rider Dwayne Dunn booked worth respect.
No4 We’re So Lucky has been most consistent without winning. Last start ran a solid fourth over 2030m here on April 14. He is again on the limit on 54kg and meets the winner Chequered Flag 3kg better for being beaten 6 lengths.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 We’re So Lucky
No4 Azazel with two trials under his belt will be primed for a first-up showing. Has a remarkable record fresh of two wins and a second at three starts. Top jockey Jamie Kah rides for Adelaide’s top trainer Tony McEvoy.
No5 Removal has the blinkers going back after a fair first up fifth over 1000m at Cranbourne on April 13. Has a superior second-up record and gets the bonus of hot Melbourne jockey Damian Lane.
No6 Invisible Girl has won twice and been placed twice at six starts at this track. She ran a solid seventh in a 1000m trial here on March 13. Has had heaps of time to improve further in fitness and rates as one of the better chances.
No7 Ascendance (BEST ROUGHIE) was a fighting winner over 1100m at Oakbank before running home well after suffering interference to finish fourth over 1050m here on April 14. Stays on the same weight on 54kg and has top rider Jason Holder.
No8 Fundamentalist from the top Victorian stable of Team Hayes and has built a foreboding record of two wins and a second at three starts. Won a Listed race here last start on April 14 at her debut at this track.
SCRATCHED - No9 Zizzis is the Magic Millions (Adelaide) for Victorian trainer Paddy Payne. Payne gave her a soft trial over 990m at Cranbourne where she ran fifth on April 23. Billy Egan goes back on and is well suited here.
No1 Tequila Time capped his campaign for this event with a brilliant win over 1100m here on April 7. The son of Stratum is flying high posting two top wins at his two starts this campaign. Winning jockey Clare Lindop rides.
No7 Krone won the Listed Cinderella Stakes (1200m) here on March 3 before going to Flemington where she ran a fighting second in a Group 3 over 1200m on March 17. Damian Lane goes on and she is yet to miss a cheque at four starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Krone
No12 Set To Sparkle should shine here on her tenacious victory over 1400m here on November 25. The four-year-old mare has won and been placed twice at three starts at this track and she is unbeaten when fresh. Top trainer Tony McEvoy has removed the blinkers for this race.
No1 Reincarnate has the tongue control bit coming off for the first time. Last start ran a good fifth over 1400m at Sandown on April 18. Was placed second at sole start at Morphettville and with the 3kg claim will carry 58.5kg.
No7 Cosmic Lights has the blinkers being removed following a good first-up sixth over 1200m here on April 14. Had to weave between runners that day and gets senior rider Joe Toeroek to ride from gate two.
No3 Miss Identified was a fighting winner over 1400m here two starts ago. Resumed from a four-week break when finishing a luckless 13th over 1200m here on April 14. Chan’s 3kg claim reduces her weight to 57.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Miss Identified
No4 Over Exposure is attempting to claim a hat-trick today after very good wins over 1250m and 1200m here over the past month. Trainer Tony McEvoy and rider Jamie Kah has a formidable strike-rate together.
No3 Peaceful State will command strong respect as is down in grade on last start 13th in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 10. The blinkers are coming off the three-year-old and he was runner-up in the Australian Guineas.
No8 Vinland Has competed at Group 1 level in the past and is worthy of noting here on his last-start sixth over 1200m here on April 14. That was fresh from a six-week spell and ace Melbourne rider Dwayne Dunn rides.
No10 Platinum Angel has won twice and been placed twice at her seven starts. Earned her chance in this feature with her nail-biting win over 1400m at Sandown on April 18. She drops 3.5kg and gets ace rider Damian Lane.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Platinum Angel
No5 Steel Frost (NEXT BEST BET) has been in sensational form at this track and comes into this race from a strong fourth in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on March 31. Todd Pannell rode him to win the Listed Marion (1200m) here last campaign. He has a far superior second-up performance to fresh and looks a very good bet with Pannell back in the saddle.
No8 Schism shapes up very well for this challenge on his last-start second placing at Bendigo.
SCRATCHED - No13 Éclair Calling was doing his best work at the finish first-up here on April 14. Better second-up.
No9 Fox Hall showed he was tuned for this with a good second in an 850m trial at Tatura on April 17.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Fox Hall
No4 Leicester looks to have strong claims here on his last-start fourth over 1800m in the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas here on April 14. Has been an ultra-consistent three-year-old and top Victorian trainer Darren Weir has Damian Lane to ride here.
No1 Civil Disobedience is the stablemate to Leicester and gives trainer Darren Weir a strong hand. Fought hard to run fifth in the Port Adelaide Guineas here last start on April 14. He is the main danger.
No3 Greycliffe showed a heap of fighting ability when finishing second in the Port Adelaide Guineas (1600m) here on April 14. That was second-up from a spell and gets ace Melbourne rider Dwayne Dunn to guide today at his rematch.
No7 High ‘N’ Dry was winding up strongly at the finish to blast into third place in the Port Adelaide Guineas (1600m) here on April 14. The top Melbourne yard has booked Andrew Mallyon to replace Zac Spain.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 High 'N' Dry
No6 Manuel (BEST BET) can keep the ball flying high after starting his campaign on a high note with a dashing win over 1200m here on April 14. He jumps from 54kg to 57kg but top trainer Tony McEvoy has booked Adelaide’s best rider Jamie Kah again. The four-year-old son of Commands is flying and pay to stick today.
No3 Hussybay she has filled the minor end of the trifecta at her two starts back from a spell.
No5 Blue Tycoon was flying high before last start flop at Bendigo. Dwayne Dunn rides and would respect.
No13 Beautiful Flyer had to dig deep before winning at big odds here last start. Worth watching.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Blue Tycoon