Exciting times at Morphettville this week, as all races on course today will carry a minimum stake prizemoney of $100,000. With the boost in prizemoney, a strong eight race card of racing has been assembled with an increased level of interstate representation.
One of the better bets on the program appears to be Pretty Glass in Race Four. From the strong South East stable of Sue Jaensch, Pretty Glass will be aiming to build on her impressive record of five wins from nine starts.
In form Morphettville trainer Will Clarken has multiple acceptors and his stable is coming off a feature double at Morphettville last weekend. His runners are sure to attract plenty of attention with punters on the day. Of these, I don’t mind the value each way in #10 Stolen Away in Race 5 and #8 Handsome Return in Race 7.
Welcome to week 1 of PPA Saturday selections. No longer will you be a Morphetville mug bettor. It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and we’re all outta gum. Let’s have a look.
MorphetvilleTrack: Good 4Weather: 21 with a heavy shower of $50’
Mcevoy trained lass who comes back from a race with much tougher opposition than she faces here. Will be up on speed and will take a good one to poke the nose infront come the finish line. I’d like to see her a little closer to $2.50 but with a boost and a positive attitude what could possibly go wrong?? Saving #3 Miss Iano.
Sticky gate but posseses good early speed, if he can get the lead he should be winning. If he can’t cross, rip the ticket up.
Favourite -Valac looks very hard to beat, but don’t be surprised to see this fella in the finish at $20/1
It’s here. It’s really here.
The Festival of Racing is about to kick off and we welcome back our $100k minimum purse across the carnival this weekend at Morphettville.
110 horses set to start in 8 great races. It’s going to be a punters paradise over the next couple months and old ‘Postman’ Pat Malone is going to be delivering you all the mail straight from the horse’s mouth.
It’s got to be South African Superstar Barend Vorster.
He’s arrived in our great country and ridden nine winner from twenty starts, all for his boss, the one and only Tony McEvoy.
Without one word of a lie, he’d have to have the strongest book of rides in the country on Saturday as he saddles up seven rides for T. McEvoy.
Vorster will ride: Troodles, Set to Sparkle, Light the Waves, the Stakes placed Crockett and Aristocratic Miss, Be My Star and East Indiaman.
Punters will appreciate just how good a book of rides that is and if you’re looking for a little special, I’d be leaning towards his ride in the Get Out Stakes. East Indiaman was less than a length off Group 1 winner Amphitrite in the Spring and has been agonisingly close to a win across the border in his last few starts.
The man is seriously hot. When you are striking at 45% over the last month and riding for one of the best trainers in the country punters should be loading up on him come Saturday. Add to that he’s saluted for three wins at Morphettville and who can forget that peach of a ride to win the Group 1 Newmarket aboard Sunlight.
No, it’s not the race of the day just because it’s named after my favourite breakfast spread. It’s the race of the day because there are chances a plenty! Here’s a few of the ones I like the look of.
Exalted Adam: Comes out of the Listed Matrice Stakes on Cup day and carries a whopping 61.5kg even after Georgina Cartwright's 2kg claim. Grant Young has a huge opinion of this horse and if he can handle the weight he’s a class above these.
Easy Beast: A bit of a hot and cold horse but he’s basically having a month off between runs to keep himself fresh. Has won in Adelaide before and would not surpise if he bobs up for nice win here on Saturday.
Pretty Glass: The Sue Jaensch stable hardly misses and her mare is a damn talented one. Has only missed the quinella once in nine starts and looks like she could be one to watch late in the carnival.
Won Ball: Find me a better name for a gelding and I’ll eat my mailbag. Always respect the Gelagotis boys when they bring a horse to town. Can run too.
Going Gaga: Young Michael Hickmott is building a nice team of horses up at the Bridge and one of his more talented runners returns on Saturday. Loves the track and gets a lovely claim from Chelsea Macfarlane.
Crockett: Seen a few good horses in his young career. Has had a great since Spring and would not surprise one bit to see him jag one first up ahead of a big Autumn.
Pale Ale: How good is it? Delicious drop but also a horse that always gives a good effort. More importantly flies fresh. Beers on me if it wins.
Just a horse you’d love to own. Only missed a placing twice in her twelve start career and was fantastic in a higher grade last start where she ran second to the classy Despatch. He was due to run favourite in last week’s Listed Manihi before he was a naughty boy at the barriers and got himself scratched. On that form, I’m backing in Jake Toeroek to get the chocolates on one of my favourite horses.
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