ZOFFALA (Race 2)
OH MO (Race 5)
WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN (Race 6)
SOMEWATT FABULOUS (Race 7)
RACE 1 - 11:52AM In Memory of Caitlin Forrest Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
ICE SYMPHONY was a nice run on debut making good ground behind Eros, the jump to 1200m looks ideal and he can give this a shake. INTREPID EAGLE is a watch on debut for the McEvoy stable and did enough winning a Burrumbeet jump-out to suggest he can run a big race here on debut. Will Clarken has two runners. Todd Pannell goes with INDEPENDENT GEORGE a son of Headwater who was down the track on debut while Kayla Crowther rides HIT THE SLOPES.
SELECTIONS: 4 ICE SYMPHONY, 6 Intrepid Eagle, 5 Independent George, 3 Hit The Slopes
PLAY: Happy to back ICE SYMPHONY here on the bigger track out in trip.
RACE 2 - 12:27PM Adelaide Event Catering Handicap (2500 METRES)
ZOFFALA was impressive here two starts back coming from back in the field to run down rivals and that form has stacked up well since. LORD BOUZERON is bursting to win a race and gets his chance here after chasing home Perfect Illusion last start. He draws wide but gets the claim. SMILING ASSASSIN got back and made late ground in the same race, the jump from 2250 to 2500m suits his chance. STERN IDOL has looked like a star spacing rivals at his past two over the jumps. He’s in the Maher/Eustace yard but was beaten at Swan Hill on the flat three starts back.
SELECTIONS: 3 ZOFFALA, 1 Lord Bouzeron, 2 Smiling Assassin, 9 Lutz
PLAY: Keen on ZOFFALA here.
RACE 3 - 1:02PM Spry Civil Construction Handicap (1000 METRES)
HIDDEN LEGEND was good in his first two runs for Will Clarken before a break. Hard not to be impressed by his recent Balaklava trial win when he won by 7.5 len and draws a gate to win a big race fresh. QUIETLY DISCREET is the danger, she was very good first-up for her new stable beating subsequent winner Zarace on the Parks. She draws well. AADELAD has been good since resuming beating Alleboom first-up and then pulled ground of Spanish Heirloom. He did win his only start here. ARKHAM KNIGHT was second in the Hidden Legend trial, he does race well fresh and Todd Pannell rides. THOMPSON’S REWARD resumes he doesn’t run too many bad races and must be respected. STAR HILLS was good here two starts back behind Calypso Reign.
SELECTIONS: 4 HIDDEN LEGEND, 8 Quietly Discreet, 4 Aadelad, 5 Arkham Knight
PLAY: Happy to back HIDDEN LEGEND a the $4.60.
RACE 4 - 1:37PM Northpoint Murraylands Handicap (1600 METRES)
ALPINE FLYER is a promising horse who has won 3 of 6, including his past couple. He draws a good gate and should take some beating again. BIG SUE was a winner here two starts back before a good run behind Set To Prophet. He’s lightly-race with a great record and must be respected. BOLT BY was a soft winner over Rising Legend last time. He draws out and has been in the money at 4 of 5 starts here. BOOKMAN was a good winner over Yuri Royale on the Parks last time he draws out but must be respected. YURI ROYALE has been runner-up his past two and must be respected.
SELECTIONS: 8 ALPINE FLYER, 4 Big Sue, 3 Bolt By, 5 Bookman
PLAY: Staying with ALPINE FLYER each-way.
RACE 5 - 2:17PM Marshall & Brougham Handicap (1400 METRES)
OH MO was back along the inside when he dived late to beat Kong on the Parks track. His first-up run was very good, is winless in seven starts here and draws out but looks hard to beat again. SO SAY ANGEL is a good mare who won smartly here back in class two starts back before chasing home Zoulah on the Parks. She draws the inside gate but will take beating if she runs here in preference to Melbourne. RECKONING comes off a good Sandown run when he finished hard to run 2nd, his overall record is solid, and he looks a threat in a race like this with the help of a claim. UNLACED led throughout to win on the Parks two starts back and comes off a good effort running 2nd behind Cashin’ Chex.
SELECTIONS: 4 OH MO, 7 So Say Angel, 2 Reckoning, 8 Unlaced
PLAY: Happy to stay with OH MO each-way in a race with few a chances.
RACE 6 - 2:57PM Fred Vella Tyre & Crash Repairs Handicap (1800 METRES)
RAPID RAISER looked home when he was nailed on the line at Mildura behind Petruchio. He’s a three-time winner here and should be fighting out the finish. DIRT ON HARRY was a Warracknabeal winner two starts back and was OK on the synthetic at Ballarat last time. He draws well and gets a claim. HALIFAX ROAD draws a nice barrier, is a winner here and gets Todd Pannell. WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN can run well at odds and finished off well last time, he races well on his home deck. LOMAX is chasing three on end, this looks a touch harder, and he draws out but just be respected. EXALTED RUTH has a good record and is first-up for Garret Lynch here. ALL HARD WOOD has been around the mark and can run well.
SELECTIONS: 4 RAPID RAISER, 1 Dirt On Harry, 7 Halifax Road, 10 Whiskey ‘N’ Women
PLAY: Something on WHISKEY ‘N’ WOMEN at odds.
RACE 7 - 3:37PM Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1000 METRES)
TAUNTING is a big watch here first-up from injury. He’s a boom youngster who won two of his first three starts and hasn’t raced since chasing home Extreme Flight at Caulfield back in September. He draws well and is only going to improve. SOMEWATT FABULOUS could be the danger first-up from the carnival. She comes out of the Redelva and Nitschke Stakes, has won a recent trial and her fresh record is very sound. WOTUWANT was a winner here three starts back and comes off a good effort behind a smart one in Pindaric last time. He draws a middle gate and should be right in the finish. ELITE LEGACY has a good record and comes off a handy Sandown run. He draws a nice barrier and must be given plenty of thought. Stablemate GLACIUS comes off a Gawler maiden win.
SELECTIONS: 3 TAUNTING, 9 Somewatt Fabulous, 2 Wotuwant, 1 Elite Legacy
PLAY: Happy to back SOMEWATT FABULOUS each-way at the odds.
RACE 8 - 4:12PM Carlton Draught Handicap (1400 METRES)
Each-way odds the field and for good reason. CROWNED MONARCH has ability and was only fair first-up before a good run behind Tupoleu last time. He draws out but Barend Vorster goes on. MY KHALIFA finished 4th in the same race and is knocking on the door in similar races. NIGHT HUSSLER finished off well behind Maid In Milan last time and draws a middle gate. MAXIUMUM VELOCTY is a last-start Wodonga winner who draws well and gets some weight relief. RUN AND TELL was solid on speed when 2nd behind Tupoleu last time. AFRICAN AWESOME mixes form but does race well here. CELESTIAL ILLUSION was OK first-up for his new stable. SUNNY GREEN can bob up at big odds.
SELECTIONS: 11 CROWNED MONARCH, 13 My Khalifa, 10 Night Hussler, 2 Maximum Velocity
PLAY: Not an easy race and backing NIGHT HUSSLER the place.
RACE 9 - 4:50PM In Memory of Simone Montgomerie & Melanie Tyndall Handicap (1200 METRES)
ROSE TYCOON won easily on the synthetic at Ballarat three starts back and made good ground from the back behind Heywood at Bendigo last time. The blinkers go on here and she looks the horse to beat. FOX GEM looks the danger, he’s a nice horse who defied the pattern to win with something in reserve last time and is going to be hard to beat from a good gate despite the weight. FIELDS OF ATHENRY can improve she was OK at Balaklava last time behind Hey Michael. CLASSY KENNY doesn’t run many bad races and was 3rd behind Short Stories last time. BARBALINE was a good winner two starts back before leading and getting grabbed late behind Maid In Milan last time. He has a middle gate and is worth some thought. SMART CHARGE ran well at massive odds last time. GRANDMA GAIL can run well fresh.
SELECTIONS: 9 ROSE TYCOON, 2 Fox Gem, 13 Fields Of Athenry, 3 Classy Kenny
PLAY: Happy to stay with FOX GEM each-way.