On the day that sees the curtain come down on the mighty mare Winx’s wonderful career at Randwick in Sydney, the corresponding race meeting at Morphettville is an outstanding program with five Black Type races to be staged.
The eight race program at Morphettville kicks off with the Listed AAMI Dequetteville Stakes for the two year old fillies with the Matt Cumani prepared Lady Naturaliste expected to run favourite.
Biggest fields for the day are the Listed Dominant Port Adelaide Guineas and Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes. Both events are for three year olds to be run over 1800 metres and have drawn final fields of nineteen runners. These races find horses looking to push their claims for the Group 1 Oaks and Derby coming up in the month of May.
The two other feature races on the day are both sprints and I like the chances of I’ll Have A Bit in the Group 3 Hughes Limousines R N Irwin Stakes and Behemoth in the Terry Howe Printing Redelva Stakes.
I’ll Have A Bit last appeared in Adelaide in May last year running a mighty third in The Goodwood behind Australia’s gun sprinter Santa Ana Lane.
Behemoth has not raced since winning brilliantly at Moonee Valley in December last year but has trialled in outstanding fashion recently at Strathalbyn in preparation for his return.
Away from the main races on the card, the Tony McEvoy trained Scottish Rogue appears very hard to beat in Race Three.
Race 3 No 9 Scottish RogueRace 6 No 8 I’ll Have A BitRace 8 No 3 Behemoth
Things are heating up! Ripper card tomorrow, there are plenty of highly talented interstate gallopers making the trek from the east, and Morphy will showcase some of our best local talent to see how they match up!
Track: Good 4Weather: 25 Sunny
Doesn’t seem to be a lot of speed in the race. #6 Easy Beast will lead, and we should sit second. There isn’t a lot of speed in the race which suits us, as our only query is getting the 1200. If we get it Soft up front then the race sets up perfect for us to get the day off to a flyer.
In great form this prep 2 wins from 3 starts. Excuses last time out and looks a lot more suited here than last run at the dreaded Valley. Huge show.
I won’t sugar coat this, Debt Collector and Gytrash do look clear standouts in this race. However, with a muddled tempo or some excuses in running for either of the pair, Midnight can bob up at a big each way price!
Get down to the track for what will be an action packed day for the average punter. In Pro we Trust.
This time of year I’m working harder than my mates from Australia Post at Christmas to keep my ear to the ground for all kinds of whispers around the traps. If this weekend at Headquarters doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know what will. Five Stakes races, all with huge bearings on the Oaks, Derby, Sangster & Goodwood - I’m like a kid in a candy shop right now.
You know the old saying, you have to be two steps ahead of your enemy? Well I love bringing down a bookie more than anyone and in racing, knowledge is power. This Saturday we see the lead up races for the SA Oaks and the SA Derby. Now for those smart cookies of you who like to lock in some early prices, this weekend has a huge say on who can or can’t win the Group 1 features coming up.
For this week: three of the last four winners of the Auraria came out of the Laelia Stakes. Only six of the nineteen runners in the Auraria are following that pattern so keep them in your calculations for Saturday.
For the Oaks: the last eight winners of the Auraria all went on the contest the SA Oaks. The last three years have seen two Oaks runners up and one winner. So watch this race closely and secure yourself an early price ahead of the Oaks in May.
For this week: in the Guineas over the last ten years, no horse has finished worse than fourth in their previous start and there have been five last start winners.
For the weeks ahead: seven of the ten winners of the Guineas have gone onto contest the Chairman’s Stakes. Six of those ran Top Three and three of those won it. Howard Be Thy Name even went on to complete the Guineas, Chairman's, Derby treble back in 2016.
Having a look at the card for Saturday has me absolutely licking my lips. Yes there is plenty of money to be made but just have a look at the quality of not only the horses but also the hoops who are in town.
Days like this always unearth a future star. Last year a horse called Fundamentalist only arrived in town with a Mornington maiden victory to her name. Fast forward twelve months and that horse has not only won the Listed Dequetteville Stakes, she now has five Group 1 placings on her CV and $685k in her skyrocket.
There are also a plethora of quality jockeys in action on Saturday. Not only do we have our own gun local riders like Raquel Clark, Todd Pannell, Jason Holder and the new bloke on the block, Barend Vorster. We welcome 22 time Group 1 winner Dwayne Dunn, Harry Coffey, Jye McNeil and the guy I’m most excited about, Beau Mertens.
Mertens has a ripping book of rides on Saturday led by the John McArdle pair of Humma Humma and I’ll Have A Bit. Add in rides from Kent and McEvoy and you have a bloke who is well worth a nibble in the Jockey Challenge.
It would be hugely remiss of me if I didn’t give a shout out to our old punters pal, Jamie Kah. The kid is absolutely flying across in Melbourne and while I’m sad she left us here in SA it’s great to see her finally with a Group 1 win to her name. She’s going that well that only four jockeys in the country have more Group 1 rides than her on Saturday. She has three rides at Royal Randwick; all Group 1’s in the Coolmore, Sydney Cup and the Queen Elizabeth. What’s more exciting is that she’s teaming up with her old mate Harlem as they try and upset the great mare Winx in the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday. Now I don’t really want the wonder mare to be beaten but if I allow anyone to do it, it’s our girl Jamie!
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