36° South Beef Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 4 No. 6 Night Passage
This four-year-old failed in her one and only attempt past ten furlongs, which is the knock although she did race quite keenly on that occasion in an effort that was a little bad to be true, as the performances either side of that flop have been very consistent.
Via her last two outings, both over 1800m, Night Passage has given the impression that she's searching for a trip and prior to the last start effort at Sandown when grinding home for fourth, the January 30 contest at Morphettville was a stronger one and through Tibetan who she had a length on, we can tie that through a lot of these key threats.
The form through the winner of that contest (Medieval Miss) has stood up quite well with that runner placing in the Listed Birthday Cup at her next outing behind Declares War, who then completed a winning hat-trick in last Sunday's Wangaratta Cup.
Adelaide Galvanising Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Mr Raikkonen
A lightly raced colt who admittedly has his quirks but now third-up into his second racing preparation, we're getting $4+ for what is the most talented galloper in this field and he has been building towards a peak run this campaign.
The first-up effort over the 1200m at Moonee Valley was excellent when coming from the rear and despite being held-up at a key stage. motored late to just miss third on the line and while the second-up performance looked a little plain to the eye, the closing sectionals were quite good in what turned into a muddling affair, which he just couldn't ping off.
At just number two last winter, Mr Raikkonen made a subsequent Melbourne city winner in Our Chevalier look ordinary in a big Maiden win, albeit on a wet track but he is showing that same turn-of-foot on dry ground and if they more positive here from a good draw, then he's found a very winnable race.
RDC Partners Handicap (Race 9)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 9 No. 2 Chucky
While this gelding has been frustrating for punters in recent times, he was competing off a very long spell last campaign and was unlucky not win at least two of the three attempts in Saturday 58 grade, which isn't dissimilar to this.
Chucky did have a lot in his favour via a weak race first-up, but with 60kg and being a type that does generally need the run fresh, his condition just gave out late then was sent out as a $5 chance second-up with improvement expected, and failed miserably behind the dominant Larkham who he meets again.
That runner is the favourite and clearly the one to beat off that last run, but there is a lot of speed drawn inside of him here and one that can get home off a hot tempo is Chucky, who did pull up lame in that last clash, so there were excuses and he won't know himself with just 56.5kg after the claim.