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Fleurieu Milk Company Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 4 No. 4 Star Status
This consistent middle-distance galloper was five weeks between runs when plugging away over the mile here on July 31 and ridden colder last Saturday, has finished off strongly, stepping up to a more suitable 1800m journey.
With a rating of only 64, the option was there for Star Status to come down in grade which the Macdonald & Gluyas camp have elected to do here, along with getting over an extra furlong which suits as does getting back the services of Jason 'Stubby' Holder.
He has won off the seven-day turnaround before, which was over this track/trip in a stronger grade to what he faces on Saturday with the big query here being the track conditions at Morphettville, as this gelding won't want any downgrades on the current Soft 6 reading.
36° South Beef Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Morphettville Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Bones
Following a nice first-up victory at 64 level at Coleraine on August 5, this looks very good placement by trainer Mitchell Freedman, crossing the border with this lightly raced five-year-old for a race that does lack depth.
Going straight from Maiden grade to 64 level isn't easy, especially in Victoria and that's exactly what Bones did late in the 2020 autumn and although he couldn't salute again in his second campaign, the son of Eurozone was stil competitve in Melbourne on four occasions.
Smart 2kg claimer Jamie Opperman takes the reins for this second-up assignment and aside from Point Blaze, a mare that's probably a little classier, but resumes and will get over further, I'm struggling to find any other genuine threats in this line up.
Furphy Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 6 No. 2 Hasta La War
Astute Naracoorte trainer Sue Murphy doesn't bring them to town for a laugh and she's accepted for the August 21 program with two runners which includes Hasta La War, a gelding that's had his issues, but is a very talented galloper when right.
A consistent six-year-old that's recorded six wins and four seconds from just the 14 starts to date, he won four in a row over late 2019/early 2020 before being narrowly rolled as an odds-on favourite at Listed level, and was then off the scene for 14 months.
His short autumn campaign was outstanding, finding the 1200m too sharp in a nice return before jumping straight to a mile and peeling off some slick closing splits on May 1, while given the resumption is at 1600m this time, I doubt they're here for a holiday.
Rex Brennan Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 7 No. 4 Melody Man
Now with three runs under the belt this winter and given he should strip a lot fitter from the August 7 outing where the son of Fiorente was a month between runs (setback?), this is well and truly D-Day in what's a very weak race overall.
Melody Man dropped back to this grade in that latest attempt after beating home Motell second-up, a useful middle-distance galloper who bolted in to defeat Frankie Pinot two starts later, superb form lines for this contest where he gets Todd Pannell back on.
Tibetan is honest and finds a much easier benchmark to what he's been contesting this year, but the second favourite is very one-paced, so providing this Jake Stephens-trained gelding gets even luck in transit, he's got the turn-of-foot to put this lot away late.