Colin Young Memorial Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate Tips (Race 2)
Balaklava Value Bet - Race 2 No. 9 Calla Dream
Although well beaten, the daughter of Dream Ahead worked home well behind subsequent Listed winner Mac 'N' Cheese in a June 28 jump out and was much more prominent in her most recent hit out, where the first three skipped away over the 800m at Murray Bridge.
Calla Dream is one of right first starters to have accepted for this 1100m event, a filly prepared by the new Murray Bridge training partnership of Roy Daniel & Trish Stanbury and both jump outs indicate they've got something to work with here.
Barring the favourite, there isn't much in the way of exposed form in this line up and early in the Balaklava program where the inside can hold up before chopping out later in the day, they can make use of barrier two early.
Cup Wednesday 15th September Maiden Plate Tips (Race 4)
Balaklava Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 4 Nirek's Lad
Coming back to Maiden level following a very competitive effort on debut in a Class 1 here on July 28, this gelding from the Ryan Balfour yard should find this 1400m assignment much easier and he didn't have the best of luck in that first race day attempt.
A galloper that did show some early speed when ridden out to win a Morphettville jump out on July 6, Nirek's Lad was a little tardy away a fortnight ago and was under pressure a long way out, looking no chance of figuring at the top of the straight.
After taking the shortcuts under Dom Tourneur, the four-year-old gradually got closer and looking at least a chance to run a drum, got caught on heels over the last 100m which meant he wasn't able to be tested late, while for start two, the winkers now go on.
The Plains Producer Benchmark 54 Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Balaklava Best Bet - Race 9 No. 8 Harbouring
This six-year-old fits the mould of many Grant Young recruits, i.e. they seemingly do nothing for a short stretch, but turn it around when they're hard fit and many of them are able to hold form deep into their preparations, which this gelding is.
He faces a similar event to the one contested via the July 28 program here at Balaklava, where he was heavily supported and duly saluted, looking the winner a long way out despite spotting them a start as he was the only one travelling in the fast lane.
Harbouring only goes up two kilos and despite racing over 1200m now, it will be a testing six furlongs, while this yard do love adopting a quick back-up, with this gelding getting home late at Port Augusta last Friday over the 1100m.