Docair Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Balaklava Best Bet - Race 3 No. 3 Blah Blah Blah
This three-year-old is closing in on a breakthrough victory if his second start was any indication, with this gelding narrowly defeated on June 5 at Morphettville by Short Stories, who placed at BM68 level at Morphettville on Saturday.
Short Stories was defeated by Winning Weather, now a four-time Metropolitan winner while from that June 5 contest, Turfitt and Turn Table both prevailed in their next attempts, two runners that were held in that prior 1300m event.
Blah Blah Blah is now back to midweek level after two Saturday tilts and with Ryan Balfour's main rider Dom Tourneur now taking the reins, he should only have to hold his current form to be the one to beat here.
Terminus Hotel Balaklava Benchmark 58 Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Balaklava Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 2 Morialta
While he was a little flat second-up at Murray Bridge, this Benchmark 58 contest is easier and off what was an eye-catching first victory at Balaklava, I'm willing to give this three-year-old another look, with the blinkers now going on.
After showing some promise over his first racing preparation, Morialta rattled home late via that return run on April 28 where although the 1050m was as short as he wanted, that winning time stacked up quite well for Maiden class.
Four winners have been produced from that event including Lomax who bolted in at Gawler on June 16 and given trainer Stuart Padman has spaced his last four runs out, the five-week gap here is clearly by design while he has that aforementioned gear change.
Shane Allen Plumbing Benchmark 54 Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Balaklava Value Bet - Race 7 No. 6 Harbouring
Many of these Grant Young runners can be a very slow burn and having improved out of sight via his last two outings, this is arguably the most winnable assignment Harbouring has faced for this yard.
An ex-NSW runner that recorded three wins when campaigning for Rodney Northam, this five-year-old was seemingly going nowhere in South Australia prior to the June 2 effort at Gawler when well backed at a price and getting home strongly for sixth.
He's backed that up with a runner-up over the 1700m on June 16 and as a galloper who has always looked a little suspect past a mile, hard fit and back to seven furlongs could be the right recipe on Wednesday in a race that has no standouts.