BEST BET: THRILL KILL (Race 6)
EACH-WAY: TEXAN WINDSTORM (Race 2)
VALUE: PEACE LILY (Race 5)
RACE 1 - 1:20PM Coopers Brewery Benchmark 68 Handicap (2100 METRES)
Small field but looks a very competitive race. CLEVER MAN was a beaten favourite at Naracoorte last time out but his overall form in SA has been solid. He was an easy at Murray Bridge winner four runs back and will take some beating. Victorian raider ARKTIKA KLASSE has won two of his past three. He led throughout to win at Coleraine last time and maps well with the Ben Price claim. BEAR ARMS didn’t do a lot last time out but drops back in class and impossible to overlook her impressive win on a heavy track at Morphettville three starts ago. HASTA LA FIORENTE races well here and is dropping in class on recent efforts.
SELECTIONS: 3. CLEVER MAN, 2. Arktika Klase, 4. Bear Arms
RACE 2 - 1:55PM Finns Fine Foods Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
Looks a nice race for former New South Wales galloper TEXAN WINDSTORM on debut for John Macmillan. He’s been placed at three of five starts the latest at Scone behind Summer Glow. He draws out but will take beating. Michael Hickmott has two chances here. SMART ACE was placed at Gawler behind Brother’s Shadow on debut and can improve in a race like this. Stablemate STASIA was sent out favourite when 8th behind Attack The Pin last start. NED’S JOURNEY is on debut for Michael O’Leary but was slow to leave the gates in a Millicent jump-out recently. Keep an eye on the market. The Jaensch pair of LOVE TO LOVE and THE EGYPTIAN QUEEN are worth some thought here.
SELECTIONS: 4. TEXAN WINDSTORM, 10. Smart Ace, 2. Ned’s Journey
RACE 3 - 2:30PM L & S Fencing Contractors Maiden Plate (1300 METRES)
This maiden looks perfect for AMMO AMOR on the pack of three placings at Bordertown, Balaklava and Gawler where he was runner-up behind stablemate The Partisan last start. Wide gate is a slight concern but he’s the clear top pick. DALE’S ROCKET was good running 2nd behind Attack The Pin at Naracoorte first-up from a spell and draws a good barrier. LIME SPIDER draws wide and is mixing form but is capable in this class. MELISSA KATE ran well behind Scenic Ghost at Bordertown in July. RAMBLER GAMBLER trialled OK ahead of his debut for new trainer Shayne Cahill.
SELECTIONS: 1. AMMO AMOR, 2. Dale’s Rocket, 5. Lime Spider
RACE 4 - 3:05PM TAB Benchmark 54 Handicap (1100 METRES)
RANGER FRANK looks well placed from the good draw. He has form around some handy types running 2nd to Morialta at Balaklava three starts back before being placed behind Clap at Morphettville. This is sharp drop in class on last time behind Yulong Code at Murray Bridge and he looks hard to beat. SITTING BULL needs a scratching to take his place but if he does, he’s a big danger. He ran 2nd behind by Rusty Halo at Murray Bridge before a handy effort behind So Say Angel at Gawler. COMRADE BILL defeated Scenic Host at Naracoorte four starts back and this is a drop in class on last time behind Naleigh at Morphettville. DEFORCE was a winner at Bordertown five starts back and races well here. RICHED was OK at a big price running 4th behind Wild Tycoon at Gawler last time.
SELECTIONS: 1. RANGER FRANK, 12. Sitting Bull, 2. Comrade Bill
RACE 5 - 3:40PM The Midfield Group Benchmark 54 Handicap (1700 METRES)
PEACE LILY had some specking and ran well on debut for Daryl Dodson running 4th behind Prince Of Fences at Naracoorte. This is an even field, and he looks worth an each-way ticket. AMERICAN TROUBLE comes off a good win over Red Roof at Murray Bridge but meets the runner-up 4kg worse at the weights. LOOSE LIP LLOYD led when 2nd in the raced won by Saduka last time and was placed at Bordertown behind Keysor three starts back. RED ROOF chased home American Trouble two starts and comes off an OK when he settled back behind Castle Of Kings who dominated up on speed. HALO’S QUEST was OK behind Saduka at Naracoorte last start.
SELECTIONS: 11. PEACE LILY, 1. American Trouble, 8. Loose Lip Lloyd
RACE 6 - 4:15PM Adrian Thomas Industrial Benchmark 68 Handicap (1100 METRES)
THRILL KILL ticks a lot of boxes for a race like this. He’s been in the money at six of eight starts and was well back when runner-up behind Star Of Uma at Morphettville two starts back. He again had good market support when 7th behind Exalted Fire at Murray Bridge but has found a very winnable race. BLACK SYRAH had one run back from a spell and was too good for This Kid Rocks in May but draws well and is sure to give this a big shake even with the claim. GIGGLON could be a big improver here with the claim back in class on recent efforts, the latest behind Extra Time at Morphettville last start. ACTION IN CAIRNS is in great form and chasing three wins on end. Likewise, THE RAVEN comes here racing well winning consecutive races at Port Augusta before being placed there last time.
SELECTIONS: 5. THRILL KILL, 2. Black Syrah, 11. Gigglon
RACE 7 - 4:50PM Digiorgio Family Wines Benchmark 58 Handicap (Heat of NJT Series) (1400 METRES)
KEYSOR has been racing well and made ground behind Getouttheway at Gawler last time. He put together back-to-back wins earlier this campaign at Bordertown and Gawler and draws a perfect gate and gets the claim. BOOMER BEACH has a good record having been in the money at 14 of 29 starts and was a Balaklava winner last November. Should be primed for this after two runs back from a spell, the latest running 3rd behind Scenic Host at Naracoorte. SADUKA was a Naracoorte winner beating Loose Lip Lloyd last time out and must be given some thought here. MADAME MISCHIEF has been tested in much better company chasing home Beau Rossa at Sandown in Arpil but draws poorly and needs to lift on recent efforts. MISS MOSH has won three of six starts here and should run well.
SELECTIONS: 5. KEYSOR,4. Boomer Beach, 9. Saduka