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Lincoln Moore's Oakbank Preview




ST JUST (Race 5)




MUFFLA (Race 1) and CHRYSOS (Race 2) to win.


RACE 1 - 1:40PM Magain Real Estate Maiden / Class 1 Plate (2150 METRES)

MUFFLA has had his chance in recent starts but draws a nice gate again. He’s not going to find a more winnable race, but not sure I would dive in at the short price in early markets. FERGO’S BOYS was beaten 2.6 lengths here behind Don’t Dismiss two starts back before a good effort behind an in-form Shock Alert at Bordertown. He gets his chance here. GIMME A REASON was good behind Jaamint over 1550m at Morphettville on the Parks two starts back and then OK behind Ichibansan. AQUILIFER improved out in trip at a price last time.

SELECTIONS: 3 MUFFLA, 1 Fergo’s Boys, 2 Gimme A Reason, 9 Aquilifer

PLAY: Happy to watch on.


RACE 2 - 2:15PM Equine Advancement Maiden Plate (1400 METRES)

CHRYSOS has been placed his past three, the latest beaten two lengths behind Indy Magic at Strathalbyn. He gets blinkers again and the inside gate so he should be fighting out the finish. SMART ACE was again thereabouts beaten just 1.2 lengths at Bordertown when she finished off strong behind Maracourt. She draws out but gets the claim and is going to break through soon enough. SHE’S FULL OF IT ran OK behind Starlite Valley at Morphettville last time and draws a nice barrier. STARLOCKET finished off well behind Disagreeable Miss here last time at big odds. ZARATSU had specking on debut when beaten 8.3 lengths behind Miss Miduki.

SELECTIONS: 2 CHRYSOS, 12 Smart Ace, 11 She’s Full of It, 13 Starlocket

PLAY: CHRYSOS the one but the inside gate a concern.


RACE 3 - 2:50PM Harcourts Maiden Plate (1050 METRES)

LAMOREE has shown ability and was runner-up behind Effortkat at Murray Bridge three starts back and has been freshened since she was beaten 3.4 lengths behind Emerald Court at Morphettville on the Parks in November. She draws out but should give this a shake. CASSANDRA ISABEL has been placed at eight of her 12 starts and is bursting to win a race. She was a touch disappointing behind Miss Miduki at Morphettville last time but has trialled since behind I Am Bene and draws a middle gate. REVUE finished 4th in that same I Am Bene trial at Strathalbyn and that looks a solid pointer. TEQUILA SUNSET comes out of the same trial. MIAMI STYLE is on debut for Garret Lynch and was well beaten in a trial here but Todd Pannell rides.

SELECTIONS: 11 LAMOREE, 6 Revue, 7 Cassandra Isabel, 13 Tequila Sunset

PLAY: CASSANDRA ISABEL could be the each-way play at the price.


RACE 4 - 3:25PM Adelaide Hills Farm Services Fillies & Mares Benchmark 58 Handicap (1050 METRES)

STARSPANGLED SAGA ran well first-up behind Champagne Dreams before a top effort behind Fighting Mclaren at Morphettville, the winner doing so again since. She draws out but makes her own luck and won a trial here in November. SALBRIS is the watch a former Queenslander on debut for Scott Westover. She has a win and two placings from her nine starts and has jumped out OK ahead of her SA debut. THE TRANCE FACTOR was good coming from back in the field to run down Hibbity Dibbity here last time out. She draws a middle gate and is going to be fighting out the finish. CONCONI was well backed and travelled well to the turn before tiring late behind Geandge at Strathalbyn when first-up back in SA. She draws to lead and must be respected. VALLEY OF DARKNESS was runner-up behind Sea Witness here last time when specked at a price and she must be respected.

SELECTIONS: 3 STARSPANGLED SAGA, 1 Salbris, 2 The Trance Factor, 6 Conconi

PLAY: THE TRANCE FACTOR is well over the odds at $11.


RACE 5 - 4:00PM Neutrog Benchmark 54 Handicap (1100 METRES)

ST JUST draws wide but has been good in two runs since returning. She won well at Gawler two starts back and ran on well behind Bill The Boxer at Morphettville last time. That’s good form for a race like this. POLLYANNA was a good winner here three starts back and was narrowly beaten behind Dexter Dutton last time. She draws out but looks right in this. TURF TAPPER is tough to catch but has been placed here previously and was a Penola winner before getting back behind Deforce at Bordertown last time. DEXTER DUTTON was a good winner here before running 5th at Strathalbyn last time behind Equichunk. CAPTAIN BRIDGES ran well at his first run back from a NT campaign when 4th behind Brobak at Naracoorte. LORD VARYS was placed behind Sea Witness here last start.

SELECTIONS: 3 ST JUST, 8 Pollyanna, 6 Turf Tapper, 4 Dexter Dutton

PLAY: Happy backing ST JUST each-way.


RACE 6 - 4:35PM Klose's Foodland Benchmark 54 Handicap (1900 METRES)

CYBER INTERVENTION draws out but has been good running 3rd at his past two behind Harbouring and then Star Lyric at Strathalbyn. He likes to roll forward and take luck out of the equation and should be in the mix. MAVETTE jumped favourite and led when he was run down by Don’t Dismiss here last time. He draws the inside and is going to make his presence felt again. PLYMPTON was his winner here over the 2150m trip on the same day and then chased home Don’t Dismiss at Strathalbyn at his next outing. ARMAMENT is capable in a race like this and drops back in class after chasing home Ichibansan at Morphettville last time. CITY BEATS was placed at his only start here.

SELECTIONS: 4 CYBER INTERVENTION, 1 Mavette, 2 Plympton, 5 Armament

PLAY: CYBER INTERVENTION looks ready to win.


RACE 7 - 5:10PM Emmetts Benchmark 62 Handicap (1400 METRES)

VANCITY GEM looks well suited in a race like this, she was only beaten 3.4 lengths behind Spectacle at Murray Bridge last time and that’s a solid pointer for a race like this. She gets the blinkers again. CANIDAE was well backed to win here two starts back beat Alphaeus before running down the track behind Out Destrier at Murray Bridge last time. He draws out but is sure to be in the mix. ANOTHER FREE GLASS is a progressive 4yo fitter for a good first-up run beaten 3.2 lengths behind Spectacle at Morphettville. He draws a sticky gate but looks well placed here. A FIGHTING FURY is a former Victorian on debut for Brett Campbell and comes off a good run at Hamilton when 2nd behind Pentire’s Spirit. He was a Coleraine winner over a mile four runs back and draws a nice barrier with the Ben Price claim. SKY CALL was OK at debut for Will Clarken behind Shellshocked at Morphettville and should be in the frame. ZIP AKEED is knocking on the door and stuck on well behind Yuri Royale at Strathalbyn last time. She has drawn a tricky barrier but must be respected. CROWLEY’S CREEK is back from a Darwin campaign and was a winner last time out when favourite. He’s drawn poorly but the stable is going well. ORDER IS RESTORED was good running 2nd behind Tradewind at Morphettville last month and has been to the trials since. SPY COLONEL ran OK at his local debut behind Canidae here.

SELECTIONS: 10 VANCITY GEM, 2 Another Free Glass, 1 A Fighting Fury

PLAY: Looks VANCITY GEM’S race, but happy to have something on A FIGHTING FURY and ANOTHER FREE GLASS at the odds.

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