BEST BET: MY MATE SONNY (Race 1)
EACH-WAY TIAMAT (Race 3)
VALUE: WIFE FREE ZONE (Race 6)
RACE 1 - 12:35PM Lincoln Window Tint Benchmark 80 Handicap (Heat 5 Riziz Series) (1000 METRES)
MY MATE SONNY has missed a placed just once in 11 starts here, he trialled smartly for his return and must be given plenty of thought despite having never placed first-up. RUBY’S REWARD has a great record with five from 12 this track and trip but is winless has never placed in five first-up runs. Likewise, stablemate MIDNIGHT BRAWLER has never fired first-up, but he’s won three of seven here. BRYAN’S BABE trialled well before a good effort first-up from a spell behind Justica here. ISA SECRET came out of the same race and was slow to get going, wide on the turn but still ran through the line well. MESSERSCHMITT was another who followed a good trial with a handy effort behind Fallow on debut for his new stable. MIRTHDALE draws the inside and has won fresh.
SELECTIONS: 1. MY MATE SONNY, 3. Ruby’s Reward, 5. Messerschmitt
RACE 2 - 1:10PM Great Northern Original Maiden Handicap (1000 METRES)
SMART ACE makes his debut here and gets his chance to break through after three useful efforts, the latest running 3rd behind Rodeo at Gawler. He draws a nice gate and is the one to beat. I GOT STRINGS was game here first-up when he led and was only reeled in late by Artful Libby, he gets the claim and should run well. BLOOMIN’ JOHNNEY ran well behind Valaroc at big odds here last time and must be respected. MR MAVAHEEDY won a trial before a solid effort first-up behind Valaroc. ZARAFSHAN was good here behind Artful Libby first-up. VANCOUVER VELVET is a former local who showed ability before having one run in Victoria and is now back in SA with Brian Holtham.
SELECTIONS: 10. SMART ACE, 5. I Got Strings, 1. Bloomin’ Johnney
RACE 3 - 1:45PM Xtreme Kites & Paddle Maiden Plate (1250 METRES)
TIAMAT was only fair in two trials and blew in the market before catching the eye on debut behind Wife Free Zone. She draws a tricky barrier butthe 1250m looks ideal and a repeat effort will take some beating here. ROCK STORM didn’t do a lot in his first five starts but I liked his trial at Morphettville last week behind Casandra Isabel, the wide draw the main concern. ZYCLONIC was good behind Valaroc first-up and maps to get the perfect run from barrier four. OUR JOURNEYMAN had a perfect run when nailed on the line by Wife Free Zone here last time. He draws a tricky gate but has claims. JOURNEY TO RIO was plain on face value when she led and had every possible chance in the race won by Wife Free Zone, she draws wide but can bounce back.
SELECTIONS: 11. TIAMAT, 14. Rock Storm, 12. Zyclonic
RACE 4 - 2:20PM JP Cabinets Benchmark 62 Handicap (Heat 2 Happy Trails Series) (1210 METRES)
SPANISH HEIRLOOM was well backed but beaten at $1.80 at Mindarie-Halidon last time. Her previous behind Huffington was very good, she draws to lead, has won twice here, and looks the testing material. ARTFUL AMBITION was $7 into $3.70 first-up behind Fallow and should have finished closer when she was squeezed up for a run in the straight. TANNER was good at his local debut behind Fallow. MR WHITACRE ran well behind Bon Pegasus at Gawler at his SA debut before leading up behind Point Blaze at Morphettville last time.
SELECTIONS: 2. SPANISH HEIRLOOM, 7. Artful Ambition, 3. Tanner
RACE 5 - 2:55PM AVIS Port Lincoln Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000 METRES)
FALLOW was perfectly ridden to score here first-up from a break. He has a big weight, but this isn’t any stronger and he will certainly take some beating again. LI’L PIPER has ability and defeated Winning Weather at Morphettville back in December. She has trialled OK for her return but does raw a sticky gate. FREE WILMA is first-up for the Dunn/Bishop stable here and was a Balaklava winner four starts back. She was sent out a $2.45 favourite there last time but disappointing behind Fighting Mclaren. SCARY GO ROUND was OK behind Justica when a touch wayward in the straight.
SELECTIONS: 1. FALLOW, 3. Li’l Piper, 7. Free Wilma
RACE 6 - 3:30PM Local Liquid Class One Handicap (1210 METRES)
COMPARDY is a former Victorian from the Ellerton/Zahra stable who looked pretty forward winning a trial here nicely by 10 lengths. The blinkers go on and he can take some beating despite a wide gate. ARTFUL LIBBY was good here last time when she was caught wide but still good enough to run past rivals in the straight. WIFE FREE ZONE was an impressive winner here first-up from a break coming from a mile back to run down Our Journeyman. CONFINEMENT has plenty of ability and wasn’t far away in a recent trial. ANJAH was a winner here in January, ran well behind Summer Show at Oakbank and maps well from barrier four.
SELECTIONS: 1. COMPARDY, 5. Artful Libby, 3. Wife Free Zone
RACE 7 - 4:10PM Eco Clean Rating 0 - 58 Handicap (1350 METRES)
AXECAPITAL is a former Victorian who comes off an impressive Morphettville trial win where he safely held the smart Karacasu and Calypso Reign. He draws barrier three, wears blinkers for the first time and looks set for this. He’s the one to beat. ANGEL’S WISH comes off a good win here last time when ridden perfectly coming from a long way back between runners to beat Swing It Sister. BONIFACE was good making ground behind Miss Catastrophi here last time. ONWARD has been racing well and led when only grabbed late by Raise An Army last time.
SELECTIONS: 1. AXECAPITAL, 5. Angel’s Wish, 3. Boniface
RACE 8 - 4:50PM Lincoln Sand Supplies Rating 0 - 58 Handicap (1350 METRES)
SIR JOHNSON was good behind El Magnificence at Balaklava last time out. He has been placed here previously and gets in well with the claim. MISTA KNOWITALL made good ground to run 2nd behind Miss Catastrophi here first-up and maps well from barrier four. GIVEPEACE A CHANCE got tired late behind Raise An Army here last time.
SELECTIONS: 1. SIR JOHNSON, 8.Mista Knowitall, 2. Givepeace A Chance
RACE 9 - 5:30PM Tunarama Coachlines Benchmark 54 Handicap (1000 METRES)
KIROSHIMA loomed like the winner when he just peaked on his run finishing 3rd behind Angel’s Wish last start. He was a Roxby winner previous and back in trip from good draw suits. EFFORTKAT can run a race here. She was a Murray Bridge winner back in June and has the blinkers off from an outside draw. ARTFULABEERS was OK first-up from a spell behind Miss Catastrophi and wears winkers for the first time from a good barrier. THE MASTER trialled well behind Isa Secret and has been placed fresh. LICORICE BULLET has been placed at five of 13 starts here and is worth some thought from a handy gate.
SELECTIONS: 6. KIROSHIMA, 4. Effortkat, 8. Artfulabeers