Schweppes Maiden Plate Tips (Race 1)
Balaklava Best Bet - Race 1 No. 10 Gaze Grise
Trainer Will Clarken clearly had an early opinion of this girl early, having her debut in the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes last autumn where despite finishing last and then spelled as a result, she was supported at a big price ($20.00 - $13.00).
While she was able to show glimpses of potential in her second racing preparation, Gaze Grise wasn't able to put it together and following a fourth-place finish in the $100,000 Rebel Raider Series Final when defeating dual city winners Quietly Discreet and Allezboom, was beaten in the last stride when dropping back to Maiden company.
That November 5 event has produced multiple winners including L'il Piper who won a Benchmark 66 in town two starts later and off a nice jump out followed by a dominant trial victory on March 11, she should be a stronger filly now as a later three-year-old, a time where many of the Puissance de lune progeny begin to flourish.
Taylors Wines Benchmark 54 Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Balaklava Value Bet - Race 6 No. 7 Huayu Rainbow
It's a very weak race and if the money does come for this returning four-year-old, it'll add further confidence being on debut for trainer Will Clarken, a yard that can land a good plunge, especially with new acquisitions.
By Dissident and of the dam Fumble, who was a Group Three winning sprinter, Huayu Rainbow started her career with the McEvoy camp, winning strongly at start number two before going to the Sam Kavanagh stable in New South Wales, where her two poor outings followed an ordinary trial, the last failure being on a Heavy 10.
With a few gear changes including the addition of blinkers, she won a jump out on February 23 before a public trial on March 11 at Oakbank where after taking up the lead in a strong heat, was looked after late by jockey Mitchell Aitken who stays aboard for race day.
mybutcher OBE Organic Beef Benchmark 62 Handicap (Heat 3 Provincial Super Series) Tips (Race 7)
Balaklava Roughie - Race 7 No. 3 Plaisir
The John Hickmott stable can get them home at a price while fitting the mould of many of his gallopers that get stronger deeper into their preparations is this seven-year-old who now has four runs under his belt and is on the seven day turnaround from last Wednesday.
Plaisir was clearly in need of the run first-up in quite a strong Benchmark 64 at Morphettville but has improved in three subsequent performances, holding his ground twice before last week's attempt, where he did get home quite well but found the 1400m a little short.
Given his last two victories coming over staying journey's when based in New South Wales, the step up to a mile this Wednesday is a positive and back to a Benchmark 62, this is the weakest grade he's faced since crossing to the new yard.