Terry Howe Printing Handicap Tips (Race 1)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 1 No. 6 Aten
This mare won easily over the 1200m first-up Morphettville before crossing the border and contesting a pair of Benchmark 70's in Melbourne (good on December 16 then a little plain at Caulfield on Boxing Day although did draw poorly).
Attempting the seven furlongs via her latest outing at Murray Bridge on January 16, Aten was only beaten just over two and a half lengths on the line although visually it wasn't great, but there were excuses in the post-race with this four-year-old pulling up lame.
The daughter Fighting Sun was a well-supported favourite via that last start event in which the first two home were subsequent winners, and now back to 1200m along with a soft draw in a small field with no speed, she's found a set-up that should suit.
TAB Long May We Play Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 4 Motell
This gelding has been a work in progress for trainer John O'Connor and after a long drought following a smart win at start two, has improved with racing and found form, winning two of his last three outings, including a January 23 victory when stepping up in grade.
By Uncle Mo and out of the dam Tell Someone, a winner over 2200m, Motell is bred to handle the distance rise this Saturday and gave every indication in that last performance that he shouldn't have any trouble running it out, albeit the rise in the weights is a knock.
From that Gawler field, it's hard to see Ourkhani or Roselli Sting turning the tables on this four-year-old as he was pulling away late and with his other threats coming out of weaker company, I'm willing to trust that recent Benchmark 72 form for this contest.
Furphy Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 9 No. 1 Pindaric
By Fastnet Rock and out of a stakes-winning mare in Champagne Cath, Pindaric recorded back-to-back victories in his first campaign, saluting as our value selection at Balaklava then was freshened-up and sent to Morphettville for start two.
He didn't exactly have the favours in the September 12 victory over the 1200m when still looking a little green and racing three-wide throughout that journey, but still managed to pull away from them late for a comfortable margin on the line, things you just don't see all that often with such inexperienced gallopers.
The four-year-old faces a stiffer challenge on Saturday following the Murray Bridge triumph on January 16, where he was still doing a little wrong late in the piece but is still on an upwards spiral and has found another winnable event to keep the picket fence going.