RACE 1 - 1:40PM Atlas Event & Party Hire Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
WITCHEL is a former New South Wales mare now with Sam Burford. He jumped out at Strathalbyn on Jan 15 and wasn’t knocked around in third spot. He’s in clever hands and keep an eye on betting. He looks over in the early markets. LUCY DIAMONDS was runner-up at Clare last time and wears the winkers here. Her run here behind Munster at big odds was good for a race like this. ZIPADEE trialled well before a handy first-u effort when 4th behind Unassailable at Oakbank. She’ll roll forward ad give them something to chase. LA FEMME has been placed at three of 11 and is first-up in SA for former Alice Spring trainer Scott Westover. VIRAGO MISS was sent out favourite at Port Lincoln last time and can improve here on her home track. ANGRY ANT has had two recent jump outs but probably needs to improve here although this isn’t a strong race.
SELECTIONS: WITCHEL, Lucy Diamonds, Zipadee
RACE 2 - 2:15PM Haulmark Trailers Benchmark 54 Handicap (1100 METRES)
JUSTA JILLAROO was placed here back in March and won her maiden at Bordertown over 1000m. She hasn’t raced since chasing home Be My Star in a $100k race at Morphettville in May but has two jump outs in the space of a week for her return and looks forward enough to give this a big shake. ZEGRESTO was a Murray Bridge winner three starts back and come off a handy effort beaten 3 len behind Three Tears there last time which is strong form for a race like this. LIBERTY POWER is an on pacer who has been racing really well. He won at Oakbank three starts back and has been runner-up his past two, the latest behind Summer Show at Oakbank. He’ll be right in the mix from a good gate. The query would be the 1100m. SECRET CHARGE had specking at a price when he finished over the top of rivals to win at Oakbank and he can continue on with it here. DEXTER DUTTON is a former New South Wales horse who wasn’t far away beaten 3.5 len at Clare last time and draws a good gate with Shayne Cahill to ride.
SELECTIONS: JUSTA JILLAROO, Zegresto, Liberty Power
RACE 3 - 2:50PM Adelaide Galvanising Industries Maiden Plate (1500 METRES)
AMBER HAZE has been placed in seven of 10 starts and should appreciate getting out to 1500m. She finished off strong behind Bon Pegasus last time, draws a good gate and won’t find too many better chances to break her maiden status. Stablemate GOGOLF GURU was runner-up behind Chose Blonde at Morphettville back in August and finished off well behind Bolt By last time and should also appreciate the extra trip. CALL ME ARCHER raced well last campaign and was backed into favourite when 5th beaten 3.6 len behind Better Eddie at Oakbank last time. ANOTHER WHINE looks an improver in this sort of class. RIVER has been placed at seven of 17 starts and was sent out favourite at Clare last time. ABANDONED hasn’t done much in five starts but gets the blinkers for the first time.
SELECTIONS: AMBER HAZE, Gogolf Guru, Call Me Archer
RACE 4 - 3:25PM TQCSI Class 2 Handicap (1200 METRES)
SIBERIAN ROUTE was good winning at Strathlbyn first-up before getting a long way back in a leader dominated race last time. This is a big drop in class and he draws the inside gate. Stablemate GLORY GAME could be the danger despite being unplaced in two starts here but he defeated Picargo at Balaklava four runs back and did hit the line well at Oakbank last time over 1100m. DOUBLE BLUE stuck on well first-up bat Oakbank behind Secret charge and will clearly take benefit from the run. She was a good Morphettville winner back in August beating The Olympian and should measure up especially with the claim. She looks overs in early markets. CENTRE SCOOTA was runner-up behind Issara here back in April and should be ready to fire third-up from a spell. GEANDGE was $4.60 into $2.70 at Nhill two starts back and wasn’t beaten far at Kangaroo Island last weekend. NOSTROVIA wasn’t knocked around in a recent Morphettville jump-out and keep an eye on betting.
SELECTIONS: SIBERIAN ROUTE, Glory Game, Centre Scoota
RACE 5 - 4:00PM Coopers Brewery Fillies & Mares Benchmark 62 Handicap (1500 METRES)
ICECRUSHER has been placed at both runs here and was very good behind Exalted Lauretta at Murray Bridge three starts back and did make ground in a leader dominated Saturday race last time won by La Richesse. She does have plenty of weight but also some upside. ISSARA is racing very well and led throughout to defeat Galcrum here in Saturday grade last time out. She draws out but gets in really well via the claim for Angus Chung and is sure to take beating. CROWN HARMONIUM won her only start this track and trip and was back to her best winning at Oakbank last time. She draws well and looks well placed. LEONARDA has been racing well winning at Port Lincoln before being well back to start favourite when runner-up behind Paulo Prince there last time. MINNAMOSA was a Strathalbyn winner two starts back before a good run behind Rising Thunder last time. BUT BEAUTIFUL is racing well winning her past two at $21 at both Penola and Donald. MISS ELEGANCE has bene placed at two of six starts here and could improve.
SELECTIONS: ICECRUSHER, Issara, Crown Harmonium
RACE 6 - 4:35PM Taylors Wines Colts, Geldings & Entires Benchmark 62 Handicap (1500 METRES)
Pretty keen on CALL ME SHAMUS who was impressive coming off the speed to win first-up at Morphettville. He got back when beaten 3.4 len behind Second Slip at Murray Bridge last time but that form has stood up in Melbourne since and he draws the inside. EXALTED TRAVELLER led and stuck to his task well behind May Be Fate last time. That form was franked at the weekend and he has strong appeal despite the big weight as he’ll make his won luck early. XINGYUM was a winner here in August and wasn’t far away last time behind Pindaric at Murray Bridge. This is a drop in class. THE PUGILIST was a good Strathalbyn winner before he was well beaten at Murray Bridge. The stable have taken the blinkers off. TABLE OF WISDOM has a great record here with four wins from five starts, has the blinkers again and can run a cheeky race fresh.
SELECTIONS: CALL ME SHAMUS, Exalted Traveller, The Pugilist
RACE 7 - 5:10PM BMD Benchmark 54 Handicap (1500 METRES)
ANCIENT HISTORY has been knocking on the door and was good behind Pindaric at Murray Bridge two starts back before a solid effort behind Issara last time. He draws a good gate and gets his chance but is short enough in the market early on. ENLIST wasn’t beaten far behind Trumpsta at Murray Bridge last time and has a win and placing from two starts here. BIRD OF WAR made ground behind Carbone at Strathalbyn last time and can run a good race in this sort of class. COBBER’S MATE and MAVETTE are also in the mix.
SELECTIONS: ANCIENT HISTORY, Enlist, Bird Of War