BEST BET: HI SMOKEY (Race 9)
EACH-WAY: ARCTIC BLAZE (Race 8)
VALUE: BETTER (Race 4)
RACE 1 - 12:10PM Terrace Function Centre Class Two Handicap (2100 METRES)
Two main chances here, both three-year-olds capable of measuring up in some better races over the next few weeks. EXALTED FIRE was good winning at Balaklava, before he led and was run down in city class behind Royal Mile last time. He’ll make his own luck, be close to the speed and looks hard to beat. MR POCKET was very good making ground first-up from a spell, but looked a touch disappointing on face value at Strathalbyn last time. He has upside and must be respected in very good hands. MY GOLDEN CHAIN didn’t shirk the task at Oakbank behind Miss Hedy last Wednesday and must be given some thought, WITCHACHAR STAR was an upset winner last time at big odds, as was MISS HEDY.
SELECTIONS: EXALTED FIRE, Mr Pocket, My Golden Chain
RACE 2 - 12:45PM Kingsford Hotel Maiden Plate (1500 METRES)
COURTLEE STAR is a high-priced yearling who had a jump-out at Flemington in the middle of last year and was well beaten. The blinkers go on for her debut and she wouldn’t have to be a star to handle these. The fact she’s $3.80 in a field of six would be a concern. MUG’S GAME was runner-up at Clare two runs back and should measure-up in a race like this. CASTILLA is making her SA debut and has been placed at three of 10 starts. WHOSEZOU ran OK on debut and could improve here, while PROMESA D’ORO is another who could improve.
SELECTIONS: COURTLEE STAR, Mug’s Game, Castilla
RACE 3 - 1:20PM Sanders Fodder Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
POINT BLAZE has been bursting to break through and deserves to be a long odds-on favourite here after scratchings. She has been placed at two of her past three in city class and was only beaten 4.2 lengths behind Struck By in between. She maps perfectly and should be winning. SHE’S STYLISH has been OK in both runs and will find this a drop in class. She’s poorly drawn but won’t be far away. CELTIC VALOUR resumes and was racing well enough to figure here. The blinkers are off first-up. ARTFUL LIBBY was good in two runs at Port Lincoln before a nice effort at big odds at Morphettville last time behind Spin The Reward. HOLY GANGES brings some handy Victorian form here and was placed at Benalla two runs back. SHE’S POETIC is another former Victorian who was placed at Warrnambool twice earlier in the year.
SELECTIONS: POINT BLAZE, She’s Stylish, Celtic Valour
RACE 4 - 1:55PM Adelaide Plains Bloodstock Fillies & Mares Benchmark 62 Handicap (1100 METRES)
ANNIKA has won three and placed five of 16 starts. She made good ground behind Ranger Cee Jay at Strathalbyn last time and was a winner on the Parks track three runs back. She’s gets in well with the claim and looks well placed. FABULOUS FLIPPER was very good up in class two runs back running second behind Appalachian before starting favourite and looking to have every chance on her home track at Strathalbyn last time. She’ll be right in the thick of the action from the gate and is a dual winner here. BETTER is racing well and looks over the odds here. A BIT RACEY was very good winning her maiden last time and is a filly with some upside. KHANI STAR has won three races here and should be thereabouts.
SELECTIONS: ANNIKA, Fabulous Flipper, Better
RACE 5 - 2:30PM Holdfast Insurance Benchmark 62 Handicap (Heat 7 Provincial Super Series) (1700 METRES)
DOES IT has been racing well and is bursting to break through. He was placed in city class behind Monraaj last time and has trialled well since. He draws well and the blinkers go on, so this does look his chance. CALL ME SHAMUS is a clear danger. He was a Morphettville winner three starts back and found himself a long way back before getting home strongly behind Oh Mo last time. He maps perfectly from barrier two with the claim for Jacob Opperman. AFRICAN AWESOME was a very good run last time and should appreciate getting out even further here. MANHATTAN GANGSTER comes out of the Port Lincoln Cup and was only beaten three lengths behind Dexter You Devil last time. DIAMOND TYCOON has a good record here and MAVETTE won two on end before chasing home Neodium last time.
SELECTIONS: DOES IT, Call Me Shamus, African Awesome
RACE 6 - 3:10PM GJ Civil Class Two Handicap (1100 METRES)
Keen here on GREAT LEVELLER, who raced in some handy company last time in work, chasing home the likes of Mileva and Quietly Discreet. He defeated subsequent city winner Beau Rossa in a recent Morphettville trial and is sure to take some beating first-up. NEW ROMAN was a good winner at Murray Bridge and then led when beaten by Hypersonic last time. He has an inside gate and must be respected. Stablemate MISS CARBONI was a winner here two runs back but draws wide. DEEVINE was runner-up behind Alleboom at Morphettville four runs back and has trialled up well for his return. CONFINEMENT came from a long way off the speed to win at Port Lincoln last time. SECRET WAR was good winning first-up from a spell and must be respected here on his home track.
SELECTIONS: GREAT LEVELLER, New Roman, Secret War
RACE 7 - 3:50PM Coopers Brewery Barossa Cup (Heat 6 Autumn Series) (1500 METRES)
NEODIUM is flying and was able to overcome a tricky wide gate to defeat Bar Gem at Morphettville last time. He’s chasing his fifth win from his past six starts and is a clear top pick. SADENTE has a good record and was too good at Murray Bridge, beating Persian Empire, before a very good run behind Angaston at Morphettville on the Parks track. She is drawn to get a lovely run and is the danger if the favourite has to work too hard. KALAMON has a handy record and was runner-up behind Regal Domain at Balaklava last time. He should get a good run from an inside gate. GALCRUM comes off a big win at Morphettville last time and has won four races here.
SELECTIONS: NEODIUM, Sadente, Galcrum
RACE 8 - 4:30PM Coopers Brewery Benchmark 54 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Scratchings have made a mess of this race. Can entertain ARCTIC BLAZE each-way at the $7 from barrier two with Jess Eaton riding. She has three wins and nine placings from her 27 starts on her home track and is sure to be thereabouts. RUSTYDUSTYSUNSHINE is another trained on track and was good here two back behind Miss Carboni, before leading up when 11th behind Justica in city class at Murray Bridge last time. WHEN STARS ALIGN ran well at his first three starts back here in SA and will find this easier than chasing home Neodium last time. SHOPSTER beat a couple of handy types winning her maiden here two runs back. ZUME FORWARD can mix form but is capable with the right run, while BAD MOON RISING draws a nice barrier.
SELECTIONS: ARCTIC BLAZE, Rustydustysunshine, When Stars Align
RACE 9 - 5:10PM TAB Benchmark 54 Handicap (1200 METRES)
HI SMOKEY looked in trouble before lifting to win at Naracoorte two runs back and then led when run down late by Better last time. He looks the leader from barrier two and is going to take some beating here. SWEET DISTRACTION was good when leading throughout to beat Gogolf Guru last time and looks well placed in a race like this. RICHED would be right in this on his effort four starts back when fourth behind Quietly Discreet in stronger grade in town, but was only fair last time out at Balaklava. ULTIMATE VIEW comes off a Strathalbyn maiden win at odds and must be considered.
AVORA SUN has been placed at three of five starts here and was sent out favourite at Port Lincoln two runs back.
SELECTIONS: HI SMOKEY, Sweet Distraction, Riched
IMAGE: Better (race 4) is Lincoln Moore's best value bet on today's Gawler card.