36° South Beef Handicap Tips (Race 3)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 3 No. 6 Zoist
Great Diviner is a galloper I've got plenty of time for, a Will Clarken-trained gelding that is racing at Moonee Valley on Saturday after back-to-back wins in South Australia, and this three-year-old arguably should've beaten him on July 17.
After recording win number three at just start six on a Soft 7 at Murray Bridge which followed a freshen-up, Zoist started favourite in that most recent outing and was set a task from the beginning, forced to sustain a wide run which ultimately proved costly
He and Great Diviner did clear out from the rest of the field, while given the son of Zoustar was a month between runs, there should be still some improvement there and in this small field that lacks speed, we're looking for Barend Vorster to take the early initiative.
GH Mumm Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 4 No. 5 Sitting Bull
Given both career wins have come first-up, the freshen-up for this lightly raced four-year-old following a brave third on June 26 could well be the key move here by trainer Sam Burford, with the blinkers also going on for the first time.
Sitting Bull is a galloper that has always shown a high cruising speed, but a short sprint, so the decision to ride him a little cold via his last two outings has been a puzzling move and hopefully that key gear change can bring about more early intent.
The son of Moshe won first-up at Balaklava for us and has placed in three of four subsequent attempts, including a last start third on a Heavy 9 where although well held, he was working home in the worst going and still put a length and a half on the next runner home.
The Junction Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Morialta
After showing some promise over his first racing preparation, Morialta rattled home late via that return run on April 28 where although the 1050m was as short as he wanted, that winning time stacked up quite well for Maiden class.
While he was a little flat second-up at Murray Bridge, the Benchmark 58 contest he competed in on June 30 was nice little drop in grade and with the blinkers on, he stormed home late to salute as one of our best bets on that program.
With that key gear change in effect for this three-year-old who still has plenty of improvement to come, he retains the services of Kayla Crowther who is the perfect match he's best ridden cold and coming home with one run, which is her bread and butter.