Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville May 1st-15th Handicap Tips (Race 3)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 3 No. 7 Royal Mile
Lee Creek looks to have a nice galloper on his hands here with Royal Mile, a three-year-old that is still quite raw but has stack of improvement to come and deserves his chance in town now following a Naracoorte victory over older rivals on March 10
A half-brother to Blazing Rebel who didn't break his Maiden until stepping up past 10 furlongs, the son of Danerich is sharper than his sibling, however, does look as though he'll prosper over a mile or even a shade further in time, so the step from 1430m to a mile is a positive.
Following a first-up Maiden victory over 1000m at Naracoorte, this big striding gelding was luckless second-up at Penola but bounced back with that brave last start win and while barrier one is a slight knock, gun apprentice Jamie Opperman is building good association with this gelding, having been aboard for all five career starts.
White Marquee Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Farooq
Admittedly they can take their turns in these Adelaide staying races but with rivals having either Port Lincoln form, which is always questionable in town, or others that are just coming out of weak races, this five-year-old who is career best form, does look the obvious.
By Frankel and out of the dam Rostova, a Group One winning sprinter, Farooq has put together a very consistent record since joining the Sue Murphy stable, recording five wins since returning off a lengthy lay-off early last year, including a last start victory in the Edehope Cup which followed a fourth-place finish Group Three Lord Reims Stakes.
He bolted in via a slightly stronger Benchmark 78 four starts back at Murray Bridge, a race that has produced multiple city winners and being such a big and hulking type, I wouldn't be put off by the 60kg as he is a proven weight carrier while as a runner that needs galloping room, barrier nine can also be seen as a positive.
Clare Lindop Stakes Tips (Race 8)
Morphettville Roughie - Race 8 No. 8 Biarchi
Off her spring form where she looked like being anything this autumn, Victoria Quay is the best filly in this Listed affair by a long way, so certainly respect any betting moves the McEvoy runner who was a notable betting drifter first-up in the Morphettville Guineas, where she was a little plain in a fast run event (they may ride her colder here?).
Outside of her, it does appear quite open race despite the market not missing a few recent Victorian Maiden winners that are crossing the border, some of which do look quite progressive but are certainly short enough on a lack of strong exposed form overall.
At a big each-way price, it does have us conceding a top three hope to Biarchi, a daughter of Free Eagle that will get over more ground but having recorded back-to-back victories in her first campaign, she's certainly no slouch and in the recent second-up effort on the Parks circuit over 1400m, she found the line well.