Race 1, No. 0
Of the raced brigade Alpha Romeo and Sweet Varden can lead from Gwenhaa. NO.6 NEAPOLITAN has trialled up well at Gawler over 1000m in readiness for this. She was a late scratching last Saturday and Phillip Stokes has elected to kick her off a week later which suggests there are no issues. In debut she was narrowly defeated by the very talented Bullion Wolf on the Morphettville Parks track over 1000m. From the very favourable gate she’ll get the run of the race and be very hard to beat. No.2 Sweet Varden from the Tony McEvoy stable was a very good run on debut after leading at Sandown and being beaten less than a length by her highly talented stablemate Jackson. She must be respected here. No.4 Rancho Relaxo is an extremely well bred son of Street Cry out of the Group 1 winning mare Majestic Music. He is from the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas who trained Majestic Music. The betting must be monitored.
Race 2, No. 0
Hantuchova will push forward with October Dawn and Get in the Bowl. NO. 14 TYPHOON WITNESS on her first two runs looks very hard to beat. On debut she ran second behind Pearl Star in the listed Dequettiville stakes at Morphettville over 1050m before running fourth beaten just over a length by Strykum in the listed Queen Adelaide stakes also over 1050m. She was ultra-impressive in a recent trial at Gawler which suggests she is ready to fire first up. She will be extremely hard to hold out. No.5 Ready Ready Now will get back over this trip over 1250m but I think he can be running on late at good odds. He finished well at Balaklava over 1400m on debut behind a handy horse in Tia. He will appreciate the good speed in the race which will enhance of chances of running on. No.1 Cronauer is on debut after winning a recent trial in good style at Morphettville over 1000m when defeating Space Time. Matthew Neilson is sure to give this son O’Reilly the run of the race and if he runs up to his trial form he’ll be in the finish.
Race 3, No. 0
Auld Burns should lead from Hasta La Thomas. NO.2 CAPODECINA looked home before being grabbed late by the in form Nisos last start on the Morphettville Parks track over 2250m. That form looks very good for this especially after the 2kg claim for Ryan Hurdle. He’ll take beating. No.1 Gladstone has made the trip over from Tasmania from the Scott Brunton yard. Last start he ran fourth in the Group 3 Launceston Cup over 2400m beaten just over three lengths by Up Cups. That form is sure to hold up here. No.8 Lahqa from the powerful David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable finished just over a length behind the highly promising Tally last time out at Moonee Valley in a strong BM 70 for three year olds over 1600m. The step up in distance looks ideal and no doubt he’ll take a lot of beating.
Race 4, No. 0
Override has very good early speed so should lead them up from Highest Note and Baiton. NO.2 EVIL DREAMS is resuming here for the Richard Jolly yard. Last campaign he ran second to the very promising Cool Snitzel at Morphettville over 1050m before ending the preparation on a good note by defeating This Kid Rocks over 1100m in a solid BM 70. From the good barrier, top apprentice Caitlin Jones will give him every chance and Caitlin’s 2kg claim is a big plus. The Darryl Carrison trained No.9 Highest Note is always very competitive in this grade. She will jump and put herself into the race and on her recent form will again take catching. No.8 Shaf finished in a very good BM 70 at Pakenham last start won by Tivaci who subsequently won the Group 3 C S Hayes stakes at Flemington. That form is sure to stack up here and Dean Yendall will no doubt give him every possible hope.
Race 5, No. 0
So Ambitious can take up the running from Dewangsa and Siddle’s Birthday. Paul Rocke has got NO.1 NISOS in career best form winning his last three starts two of which have been on this track. Two starts ago he was too good for Tunes before going on to be too strong late for the handy Capodecina over 2250m. No.6 Prestbury Park has made the trip over from Stawell for Terry and Karina O’Sullivan. Last start he was very strong to the line over 2400m at Bendgigo when defeating Grassini and Tintaglia. From barrier 4 he will do no work in running so look for him to be getting the line strongly. No.4 Dewangsa was very impressive two starts ago at Gawler over 2100m when defeating Gangster’s Run before going on to run third behind Nisos and Capodecina last time. In similar company here he’ll be in the mix.
Race 6, No. 0
Spoilspot and Right Here will push forward from Hurricane Sonny and Force of Three there looks good speed in this. In a very tough race going with NO.13 RIGHT HERE who was a strong winner at Murray Bridge last start over 1200m when she led throughout to defeat Baker’s Dozen by 1.4 lengths. This is a tougher race than last time but I feel she can measure up. No.3 Spoilspot led and finished eight last time out however was only beaten 2.6 lengths by Royal Rumble, who would go around a short priced favourite in this. From the good draw Shayne Cahill will give him the run of the race and if he can produce his best form he is certainly going to be in the finish. No.8 Tuscan Fever was a solid run at Balaklava last time out behind Urban Bourbon over 1200m so if he can reproduce that run he’ll be in the mix.
Race 7, No. 0
Debeersonus can lead from Brinkley Bliss and the Victorian visitor Mihany. Now that NO.2 REDEEM BOUNTY has hit winning form I believe he can go on with it. He sat just behind the pace last start and came on for a very strong win, in the process she defeated the very classy Excited Zelady. If he can reproduce that form, he is sure to be hard to beat especially after the claim for Caitlin Jones. No.10 Mihany looks the main threat following his fourth at Flemington behind King’s Command and Duibio on January 30. The slight freshen up would have done him the world of good and I’m sure he’ll be primed for this. He’ll the run of the race just behind the speed and is going to be mighty hard to beat. No.4 Debeersonus is racing very consistently in similar company to this. He won two starts ago after leading to defeat Redeem Bounty over 1400m, before again leading and finishing fourth behind rival Redeem Bounty on this track. He again will be a top three contender.
Race 8, No. 0
That’s A Slab, Nutherbottlegonski, Loqueteux and On A Dream should all going forward to ensure a solid tempo. Stepping up to 1550m today can see good improvement from NO.9 DROPPED he put in a good first up run over 1250m behind Colonel Custer and Space Time. He would have no doubt derived good improvement from that run fitness wise and if he can get back to the form that saw him beat Colonel Custer last campaign he will be in the finish. No.5 Loqueteux has raced very consistently this preparation finishing in the money at his three starts. Last time out he finished third behind his impressive stable mate Bay Road which in this event is good enough form for him to be highly competitive again. No.1 Colonel Custer is a classy horse who must be respected. The step up in distance will help him no end and he will be on a South Australian derby path so he will need to be running well again in this for him to be a genuine derby contender. The claim for Emily Finnegan is a plus, he is sure to be strong late.
Race 1, No. 0
Leg 1) 1,3,6
Leg 2) 1,3,5,8,13
Leg 3) 2,10
Leg 4) 1,5,9
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