BEST BET: BIARCHI (Race 6)
EACH-WAY: BOLT I AM (Race 4)
VALUE: VINDEX (Race 7)
RACE 1 - 12:05PM Murray Bridge Club Three-Year-Old Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200 METRES)
COOL MAGNUM comes out of a strong race in town, beaten just 2.3 lengths in the Listed Nitschke Stakes. His previous behind Casino Seventeen was very good for this and he’s the one to beat with a repeat effort. GREEN OPINIONS has had the two trials for this and stable rider Jake Toeroek opts for him over stablemate LUTZ, who ran OK in two starts last campaign against horses with ability. He’s trialled well behind Mr Tee Kay. BETTA EDDIE was well beaten at Group 3 level behind last time out and his effort behind Casino Seventeen prior was OK. SHOWUSYOURMOTOR was good up in class behind Ecumenical in the Clare Lindop Stakes two start, while YULE MY HERO has ability and must be given some thought here second-up from a break.
SELECTIONS: COOL MAGNUM, Green Opinions, Lutz
RACE 2 - 12:40PM Riverscape Food & Wine Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1000 METRES)
RUNAMIGO was with Peter Moody and ran well on debut at Warrnambool behind Literary Magnate who then went to Caulfield and was runner-up in a hot race worth $950,000. That’s solid form for this. I liked the trial of YOUR OUTATOUCH against the older horses at Naracoorte and he’s on debut for Jamie Opperman. RODEO appeared primed for this with a good Morphettville jump-out. Gordon Richards has three debutants. They include ALASKAN STORM, who wasn’t knocked around in her first jump-out before winning her most recent. Stablemate MAGIC MAX looked good winning a recent Morphettville jump-out, while the third of the Richards trio, CHASING STARS, showed good speed in two recent Morphettville jump-outs. The market is going to be the best guide. Gary Searle’s pair of first-starters both jumped out okay: DANCING STREAM wasn’t asked to do a lot, while FREEDOM DAY wasn’t far away on the same day. MADAME FURPHY wasn’t knocked around in its jump out, while BAMYAN BUDDAH was placed in a Strathalbyn trial and has won a Murray Bridge jump-out.
SELECTIONS: RUNAMIGO, Your Outatouch, Alaskan Storm
RACE 3 - 1:15PM Happy 60th Donnie Amess Distance Maiden Plate (1800 METRES)
The blinkers go on VICTORY BANDIT here and this looks her chance to break through. Her form has been solid against some good three-year-olds before she was beaten by Briabella last time. CELTIC VALOUR looks the danger here, getting out in trip. He got to the line well behind She’s Stylish at Gawler. He draws wide but that might not be a bad thing. SMART PROMISE was runner-up in the same race at big odds and must be respected. GIMME A REASON draws a gate and hasn’t been far away in two runs since joining Kirsten Mooney. PENONG is worth some thought in a race like this.
SELECTIONS: VICTORY BANDIT, Celtic Valour, Smart Promise
RACE 4 - 1:55PM 2021 National Apprentice Race Series Benchmark 68 Handicap (Heat of National Apprentice Series) (1400 METRES)
BOLT I AM will find this easier than last time, chasing home Tubby Two Tracks at Gawler. He draws out but gets in well and can finish over the top of rivals. The speed could come from stablemate FULTON STREET, who was back to his best at Port Augusta last time and is sure to give them something to chase back in trip here. SKILLFUL STEPS has a good record and gets into this race well. He was racing over a touch further before a spell but must be given some thought. ICE GHOST draws well and has a claim, but he hasn’t been missed in the market. DR DEE DEE is more than capable in a race like this, while FIRE THUNDER should get a nice run here.
SELECTIONS: BOLT I AM, Dr Dee Dee, Fulton Street
RACE 5 - 2:30PM Magic Millions Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
A race with plenty of chances. PARISIENNE MONDE jumped out nicely and showed improvement behind Free Of Sin at Strathalbyn last time. The stable is in-form and she’ll make her own luck from a good gate. GOGOLF GURU comes out of the same race, running second behind Free Of Sin, and will get her chance from a good draw. NORDIC LASS chased home Miss Mucinni here three starts back and is another who will get a nice run from a middle gate. GHETTO was badly held-up at Balaklava and could be an improver. CASSANDRA ISABEL ran well behind Mr Tee Kay at Morphettville last time but draws wide. SELLIX is still a maiden.
SELECTIONS: PARISIENNE MONDE, Gogolf Guru, Ghetto
RACE 6 - 3:10PM Beachy's Mannum Hotel Benchmark 58 Handicap (Apprentice Riders Only) (2000 METRES)
Looks the perfect race for Biarchi. She tackled the Oaks at Flemington in the spring and I thought her run in the Clare Lindop Stakes was good before an even effort in a hot field last time. She’s got more upside than most of these and looks the one to beat. EXALTED BEAST looked to have his chance at Naracoorte on Sunday but draws a gate and will make his own luck. WITCHACHAR STAR has been racing well over this sort of trip but draws wide. JUST ROLLING wasn’t far away at Naracoorte on Sunday, while PERSIAN EMPIRE is the next pick.
SELECTIONS: BIARCHI, Exalted Beast, Just Rolling
RACE 7 - 3:40PM Carlton Draught Benchmark 54 Handicap (1200 METRES)
I thought SEVEN LETTERS would take beating here after having only fair luck late behind Gaze Grise here first-up. He is a winner second-up. VINDEX has a good record here and looks over the odds for his first-up win at Balaklava. He’ll be in the finish. BARACUS draws to be right on speed and chased home Thanasi at Naracoorte last start. BULLET KID has won his past two, maps to be handy to the speed and must be respected. ZUME FORWARD draws the inside and is capable.
SELECTIONS: SEVEN LETTERS, Vindex, Baracus
RACE 8 - 4:10PM FibreTrack Benchmark 54 Handicap (1600 METRES)
Keen on GRAFTON AVENUE here. His Oakbank win was very good and he chased home the in-form Echo Boomer last time. He gets in well after a claim and I expected him to be favourite. HOLY SANGRIA won well at Strathalbyn last start and should again be in the finish from a good barrier. CRYPTO CURRENCY draws wide but was good last time out and is solid in the market. NEAR MAGIC has won two of four starts here and maps well from barrier four. POWER GLEN ran well at a price behind Holy Sangria at Strathalbyn. Stablemate NOSTROVIA was OK behind My Golden Chain at Strathalbyn last time and is back in trip here, while ST JUST ran OK at its SA debut and is a winner second-up.
SELECTIONS: GRAFTON AVENUE, Holy Sangria, Near Magic
IMAGE: Bolt I Am is Lincoln Moore’s best each-way hope at Murray Bridge today.