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Lincoln Moore's Balaklava Preview


FOX GEM (Race 6)



RACE 1 - 12:10PM Exide Batteries Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)

CLOSED VAULT jumped favourite when 7th behind Kova at Murray Bridge on debut. ROC THE WOLF was 6th in the same race and was specked at odds early before easing again in early betting. STELLA NOTATION is having her first start for Ryan Balfour and wasn’t asked to do a lot in a recent Morphettville jump out. I’m keeping her safe from a good gate. GLACIER GREY is first-up for Aaron Bain, has trialled well and draws a nice barrier. BIG MAN AT NIGHT is a on debut for Michael Hickmott and was well beaten in a Murray Bridge trial behind Queman.

SELECTIONS: 3 CLOSED VAULT, 10 Stella Notation, 4 Glacier Grey, 2 Big Man At Night
PLAY: Something on STELLA NOTATION each-way and GLACIER GREY at odds.


RACE 2 - 12:45PM Mid North Tyres Maiden Plate (1400 METRES)

RED ROOF finds a winnable race here placed at two of four starts here, she is a 20-start maiden but comes off a good effort when 3rd behind Miss Kermie at Murray Bridge ad looks the one to beat for an in-form Todd Pannell. MAGICLANE was placed here behind Blue Luna two runs back and then ran OK beaten 4.9 len behind Alpine Flyer at Gawler. She draws out but looks well placed. STAY AT HOME was only beaten 2.3 len behind Hansom Man at here last time and must be respected. THE UNFORTUNATE has been specked at odds.

SELECTIONS: 9 RED ROOF, 11 Magiclane, 3 Stay At Home, 12 The Unfortunate
PLAY: Happy to stay out.


RACE 3 - 1:20PM Balaklava Cup 14th September Maiden Plate (1400 METRES)

STADIUM OF LIGHT has had the two trials finishing 2nd and 4th both at Murray Bridge. He draws a wide gate, but Michael Hickmott goes for the blinkers on debut. He should take some beating. LADY DE LUNE has some solid exposed form placed behind Segal on debut at Murray Bridge before two OK efforts behind Tupoleu (who has won again since in stronger company) and Miss Kermie since. TEA RAV is another who was placed at Morphettville back in November behind Journey To Petra, draws an inside gate and the Stuart Gower horses are going well.

SELECTIONS: 6 STADIUM OF LIGHT, 10 Lady De Lune, 9 Tea Rav, 11 Marsyus
PLAY: Staying out here.


RACE 4 - 1:55PM The Eyre Peninsula Advocate Maiden Plate (1050 METRES)

COURAGEOUS HEARTS has been placed at four of 11 starts and was runner-up behind One More Grady at Oakbank back in April. He had form around the likes of Magic Max last preparation and should give a race like this a shake. SAVILLE made good ground to run 3rd behind Wild Tycoon here last May. He resumes on the back of a good Morphettville trial behind The Partisan and should run well from a good barrier. FOREXTRA was well beaten on debut as favourite at Bordertown and only battled first-up behind Kova at Murray Bridge. She can be an improver. NOT A SINGLE BID was in the market at his local debut. FIELD OF STEEL was OK when 4th behind Kova at Murray Bridge last time.

SELECTIONS: 3 COURAGEOUS HEARTS, 2 Saville, 10 Forextra, 4 Field Of Steel


RACE 5 - 2:30PM The Plains Producer Benchmark 62 Handicap (2200 METRES)

DIXIE WHISTLER is flying chasing three wins on end and was too good for American Trouble at Gawler last time. She draws a good barrier and it’s hard to not stick with a mare in form. AZZUREOUS is the danger. He comes off a solid effort behind Grinzinger Star in the Port Augusta Cup last time and is a winner his only start this track and trip. TRUMPSTA draws the inside gate and he’s been working towards a win taking ground off Perfect Illusion last time who has won again since. HALLAROSTE is a horse who likes to race on speed and was too good for American Trouble last time out.

SELECTIONS: 3 DIXIE WHISTLER, 2 Azzureous, 1 Trumpsta, 5 Hallaroste
PLAY: AZZUREOUS is getting out to an attractive price.


RACE 6 - 3:05PM K Brereton Showcase Jewellers Class One Handicap (1300 METRES)

FOX GEM ran well first-up from a spell when 4th behind the smart Chicago Storm. He was a Morphettville winner back in January and should be hard to beat here. SADLER’S SONG has form around some handy types and chased home Alpine Flyer at Gawler last time. She looks a danger. BALCREST BELLE has a handy record here but needs to improve on last time when well beaten behind Venusian. He draws a middle gate and has Jason Holder. CELESTIAL ILLUSION is lightly-raced ex-Stokes horse with a handy record and has trialled OK for his first run for Liz Faust. MAKE IT A DOUBLE had been around the mark before going to Clare to break his maiden back in April.

SELECTIONS: 2 FOX GEM, 6 Sadler’s Song, 5 Balcrest Belle, 1 Celestial Illusion
PLAY: Backing FOX GEM.


RACE 7 - 3:40PM Beachy's Terminus Hotel, Balaklava Benchmark 54 Handicap (1050 METRES)

FIELDS OF ATHENRY is lightly-raced and was a Strathalbyn winner back in November. She resumed with a handy effort working home late behind Magic Phantom at Murray Bridge. She’s a horse with upside and looks the one to beat. LAMOREE will find this a drop in class than her past two behind Jabali Ridge and Calla Dream. She draws a nice gate and is going to be right in the finish here. DASKULYA has the ability to figure in a race like this, CROWNED KING is another can run a race here, he was placed in city last time in an strips fitter. CHEVITE gets in OK after the claim.

SELECTIONS: 5 FIELDS OF ATHENRY, 6 Lamoree, 7 Daskulya, 1 Crowned King


RACE 8 - 4:15PM Des Ross Benchmark 54 Handicap (1600 METRES)

WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN made good ground from a long way back behind Venusian at Murray Bridge last time and jumps to the mile here. CANIDAE was favourite at Bordertown behind Enzed Beer last start. SIRMAZE is a winner here and was runner-up behind Go Ballistic at Gawler last time. He has a nice gate and should run well. FIAMETTE was a good winner two starts back, then OK last time and draws the inside barrier. MORE SHOTS was runner-up here behind Dancing Stream four starts back.

SELECTIONS: 4 WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN, 3 Canidae, 11 Sirmaze, 6 Fiamette
PLAY: Backing WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN each-way.

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