Adelaide Galvanising Industries Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Gawler Value Bet - Race 3 No. 4 Call Me Archer
This son of Ambidexter has shown glimpses of potential over five career runs to date but via the sprint journeys, has struggled to balance up and let down as he's been run off his feet early, so we'll get a better gauge on him with the step up to 1500m.
Prior to the January 21 return at Oakbank where he was supported into favouritism, Call Me Archer had run into handy opposition throughout his earlier four outings and we can draw a line through the favourite Gogolf Guru via their August 1 clash, with this gelding being far less suited off the speed in a leader dominated affair.
The blinkers have now been applied and from a low draw of four, we're looking for jockey Ryan Hurdle to be more positive aboard this gelding early and with the tempo of this longer trip likely to suit, he can let down within striking distance.
TQCSI Class 2 Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Gawler Best Bet - Race 4 No. 1 Siberian Route
Following a debut romp at Strathalbyn, this four-year-old from the powerful Tony & Calvin McEvoy yard was sent out as a $2.50 favourite when attempting a Benchmark 60 at Murray Bridge but was the first runner beaten, coming off the bit a long way out in a big defeat.
It did look far too bad to be true and the post-race report backed that up with Siberian Route pulling up lame, so even though he belted very little in that prior victory, we have to forgive him for one bad run (with genuine excuses) and they've now put the blinkers on.
A son of Hinchinbrook and out of a dual stakes-winning dam in Russian Caravan, he was far from the complete package in that first win, so there's plenty improvement to come and with his only logical threat in Glory Game drawn out and likely spotting them a start, he should be able to bounce back here if right.
BMD Benchmark 54 Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Gawler Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 6 Ancient History
It's admittedly a very weak event to end the February 3 program from Gawler, however, this veteran is the only runner with any real recent form or consistency to speak of in the field and back to a low rating midweek event, has found his right race.
A full brother to a dual Group One winner in Victor Lundum, Ancient History is light years away from the French success of his younger sibling but has done a fair job since moving from the Godolphin operation, with four wins for trainer Dean Saxon and won't see a better opportunity to record another then right here.
After a pair of seconds to Meadows Young Buck (only narrowly beaten in a Benchmark 82 following that), the son of Sharmadal has been very honest via his last two outings when coming back in grade to Benchmark 60 level, but this is much easier again and with a cleaner getaway, is the one to beat.