Border Ag / SABOIS Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Bordertown Value Bet - Race 3 No. 9 Just Chemistry
She's clearly had her fair share of problems having debuted as a five-year-old in February 2020, when well in the market but was soundly beaten and sent for a spell as a result of that failure.
The daughter of Snippetson was a big drifter on resumption at Oakbank ($15-$26) but it was a nice return over the 1100m there, where after being shuffled back as a result of a wide gate, caught the eye late when making plenty of ground from the rear for an eventual fourth-placed finish.
Overall, that Maiden was completed in just under two lengths off the Benchmark race over that trip and Just Chemistry is better suited by the rise to 1300m where from barrier one, she can settle much closer and with any improvement off that fresh effort, is in the each-way mix here.
Woolshed Inn Benchmark 54 Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Bordertown Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 2 Vegan
Although this lightly raced mare from the Travis Doudle yard is still a work in progress, she's a potentially a Saturday class horse in Adelaide if it comes together, which is more than we can say for her opposition here in what's a very weak race.
Following a runner-up finish to The Raven at Naracoorte fresh, who franked that with a Morphettville Benchmark 58 victory at his next attempt over a Four Of A Kind (winner last Saturday at Gawler), she suffered some inconvenience second-up prior to her November 14 tilt when well backed late ($12.00-$9.50) but was beaten a long way out.
There were excuses in that defeat, however, with the four-year-old pulling up lame and with a December 29 jump-out win at Morphettville since that flop, Vegan appears little too classy for this field if she's sound, even if the 1000m is a little on the short side.
Bordertown Pumps Benchmark 58 Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Bordertown Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Pewter
Naracoorte trainer Sue Murphy prepares this honest seven-year-old who has seemingly been up forever but courtesy of a few little freshen-ups along the way, he managed to stay super competitive throughout 2020 and does look superbly placed on Wednesday with a big drop in grade.
The son of More Than Ready has been a little unlucky not to have prevailed again since his October 21 triumph, where he ran into a freakish effort from Black Syrah (went straight to town and won again) and could've taken out any of his last three attempts when finding the line well each time, but has just been a little unsuited in transit.
All the way back to a Benchmark 58 here, he gets some relief with the 2kg claim of Jamie Opperman who can slot in at least midfield from gate four ahead of the second favourite Bubblewrap, who he put more than five lengths via their last clash and Pewter actually meets him one kilo better off at the weights from that contest.