BEST BET: DOMINATION (Race 5)
EACH-WAY: ROCKATANSKY (Race 7)
VALUE: ILLUSION DATE (Race 3)
RACE 1 - 12:35PM D&G Tyres Benchmark 72 Handicap (1867 METRES)
Small field but interesting little race. GRINZINGER STAR has found some form since coming here winning well first-up before running 3rd behind Connermara Rose in the Cup. Slight concern back in distance but he looks hard to beat. The best version of ANALYTICA would be winning here. He was an Oakbank winner five starts back but his recent form is only fair but in better company, GALAXY FALLS was good behind Connermara Rose in the Cup last time and SIZZLING BULLET has claims on a good run in the Hawker Cup behind Fulton Street three starts back.
SELECTIONS: GRINZINGER STAR, Analytica, Galaxy Falls
RACE 2 - 1:15PM Mick Hammill Transport & Melrose Holiday Units Maiden Handicap (1200 METRES)
Looks the perfect opportunity for JAKAZONE to break through having placed at Gawler three starts back and then beat home all but Smart Promise at Balaklava last time. He’s another dropping back in distance but his form is good enough to win this. ARABIAN DAWN was placed at Balaklava three starts back behind Tanja’s Dream and that is a good form line for a race like this, YANKEE PRINCESS chased home Whiskey ‘N’ Women last time out and wears blinkers for the first time. IKARA wasn’t far away here last time and can be in the finish.
SELECTIONS: JAKAZONE, Arabian Dawn, Yankee Princess
RACE 3 - 1:55PM Ranges Country Clothing Fodder & Saddlery Maiden Plate (1498 METRES)
JUSTEDEE comes off a good run behind Smart Promise at Balaklava and has been bursting to break his maiden status. He’s had chances but this does look a prime chance to break through. ILLUSION DATE is another knocking on the door and has placed at four of seven starts here. KID KINGDOM was runner-up behind Charging Fire here last and must be given some thought, REGAL TRIUMPH and SLIPPED UP can both figure.
SELECTIONS: JUSTEDEE, Illusion Date, Regal Triumph
RACE 4 - 2:35PM Port Augusta Isuzu Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600 METRES)
I’M KENNY has been well found in early markets on a good win here two starts back. He’ll make his own luck from a good barrier and looks well placed. DESIDERO has a good record here, was a winner over Nostrovia three starts back who has run well since and he also drawn to be handy to the speed. GUEST LIST was runner-up behind Nostrovia last time and does have a very good record here. He will probably settle back but be strong late. DUKE OF CHRISTOPHE ran OK behind Perfect Command last time, TIZA is another coming out of the Nostrovia race and has some appeal, the best of BELLOMO would be right in the finish and he ran OK behind The Raven last start.
SELECTIONS: I’M KENNY, Guest List, Desidero
RACE 5 - 3:15PM Peter Kittle Flying Doctor Cup Benchmark 62 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Hard to see why DOMINATION can’t win again after he carried plenty of weight to lead throughout last time. He loves to run rivals off their legs and looks a big show at making it three wins on end. TIME WARRIOR has won two of three starts here and battled on well behind Domination last time and did win his previous two. NORDIC LASS scored first-up on the dirt and can measure-up despite the rise in class here, BRAZILLIANT chased home the The Raven last start and was a winner here previously.
SELECTIONS: DOMINATION, Time Warrior, Nordic Lass
RACE 6 - 3:50PM MJ Geldart Designer Jeweller Benchmark 54 Handicap (1396 METRES)
Wide open race here and not many that aren’t without a winning hope. INDIAN MO ran a good race chasing home Rialtor three starts back but draws awkwardly. He has had solid market support in early betting. BIGNOTA looks suited on the strength of a good Gawler run earlier this campaign. SPENCER GULF is another who has a good form line for this chasing home Hilumiere last time who won in town yesterday. CHUCKLES was a Port Lincoln winner back in February and can be thereabouts in a race like this. YOU ES MARSHAL chased home Betta Eddie at Murray Bridge last time out and that form should be OK for this.
SELECTIONS: INDIAN MO, Bignota, Spencer Gulf
RACE 7 - 4:20PM Rossigns & Multi Print Benchmark 54 Handicap (1100 METRES)
ROCKATANSKY is a winner at his only start here back last July and hasn’t been seen since trialling at Gawler back in January. He’s lightly raced but looks each-way appeal. A THOUSAND DEGREES has been placed at two of three starts since winning here in May. He draws a perfect barrier a should be fighting out the finish. CASE CLOSED was with Will Clarken in SA originally and won at Albury two starts back. OUR TREASURE TROVE was a Clare winner three starts back while KIROSHIMA ran well at a price chasing home Domination here last time.
SELECTIONS: ROCKATANSKY, A Thousand Degrees, Kiroshima