Accolade Wines Handicap Tips (Race 2)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Tread Softly
Crossing the border for start number three is this filly from the Ben & JD Hayes yard, a daughter of Nicconi who was an impressive winner at Kyneton on debut when steaming home from just off the speed.
The time for that 1100m Maiden stacked up quite well for the class and she defeated Clean Machine in the process, a three-year-old who broke through via her next outing and she had some strong form lines from her prior two campaigns.
Tread Softly had excuses when held-up from the 500m to the 200m as a beaten favourite at Pakenham, but back on the turf and with a wide draw where she can build momentum, this is better placement back against her age group where she plummets in the weights.
Cancer Council SA Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Roughie - Race 6 No. 3 Von Costa Glass
After securing a second-up win in August prior to a fifth-place finish in town, this veteran was set some decent asks with a hat-trick of appearances at Listed level and was quite competitive in the last of those efforts with a two-length defeat on October 31 before been given a freshen-up.
The nine-year-old's last Metropolitan victory came on the January 9 card at Murray Bridge and given Von Costa Glass was held-up until the last furlong, it was a huge victory under the circumstances from what is a very capable galloper on his day.
He can put in the odd shocker, which was evident last Saturday, however, his prior form was strong enough to measure up here and he also has a history of backing up well, while the wide draw on this wet track may be an advantage.
TAB Handicap Tips (Race 8)
Morphettville Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 4 Frankie Pinot
While this lightly raced four-year-old gives every indication that he could well be a very effective middle-distance galloper in time, he's proven to be very versatile to date, placing over 1100m dashes early before breaking his Maiden at start four over six furlongs.
That win did come over the Morphettville 1200m last September and in what will be a much more testing trip on Saturday with the conditions, Frankie Pinot went back-to-back at Geelong third-up, ploughing through a Heavy 9 with 62kg on his back.
Arriving here off a soft trial win at Ballarat, the son of Your Song will improve off whatever he does Saturday, but as the runner with probably the most upside in this field, he's each-way odds in what is a race with little depth.
Irish Race Day at Morphettville - Saturday August 14 Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 9 No. 1 He's Exclusive
With 24 winners at a very impressive strike rate of 22% in 2021, gun trainer Will Clarken always has to be respected, especially when combining with his main hoop Todd Pannell, who is in a tight tussle currently with Jessica Eaton for the Adelaide Metropolitan Jockey title.
He's Exclusive was backed as if unbeatable in his Australian debut at Murray Bridge and he disappointed, with the post-race veterinary examination revealing him to be suffering atrial fibrillation, so there were definite excuses for that flop.
Sent back to the trials and winning his Balaklava heat in second gear on June 22, it's also worth noting that Pannell felt the gelding didn't appreciate the good surface on June 13 and the ex-Kiwi won't have that trouble this Saturday on what is currently a Heavy 8.