Fleurieu Milk Company Handicap Tips (Race 2)
Morphettville Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 2 Thrill Kill
Despite being narrowly edged out by Gigglon at Penola on September 8 as a well-supported favourite, it was a good fresh effort and not only was that winner fitter and dropping out of some handy Metro races, he also had the suck run on the fence.
Thrill Kill is a winner over the track/trip, taking out a maiden over the 1200m on Boxing Day, a much better victory than what the margin suggests as he went hard from the start, along with a rival who was beaten seven lengths, so was entitled to be run down.
Following that with a 64 win in Victoria and recording two Adelaide placings along with a third over the Bool' carnival, this gelding clearly has ability and well placed at Class 3 level where he'll settle handy, the winkers now go for this second-up attempt.
Terry Howe Printing Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Morphettville Best Bet - Race 3 No. 12 Ballynora
Over the 1050m at Morphettville on debut behind Generation (subsequent Melbourne winner/Group Three placed), she rattled off the fastest last 800m/600m/400m and 200m splits of that April 17 event in a slashing display before a listed tilt a fortnight later.
Behind the speedy See You In Spring who dictated affairs before sprinting for home, Ballynora wasn't as dynamic, although still made some inroads from the rear with Phillip Stokes tipping her out after that and she arrives here off a brilliant trial win.
In good time at Murray Bridge on August 27 (third quickest heat of the morning), this three-year-old stalked Magic Max (Melbourne winner) before sprinting straight past him late under hold and resuming at 1200m, there's intent to breakthrough first-up.
Schild Estate Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Morphettville Value Bet - Race 6 No. 7 Galahad Guru
Although this gelding might not quite get to the level he promised early, as still a lightly raced stayer with a low rating, is more than capable of picking off these types of events in Adelaide, being much more suited by the rise to 2000m now.
Galahad Guru was 1200m to 1600m second-up last Saturday, sustaining a good run from off the speed, with the first three home being better suited ay the mile and although he may need this, straight to the 10 furlongs suggests he could be more forward this time in.
He has a little weight swing on Hinchpin from that September 11 event, the second favourite here who hasn't been tested past 1600m and while the in-form Melody Man is clearly the one to beat, the favourite faces some slightly stiffer opposition now.
Karin Bradbrook Happy 50th Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Morphettville Roughie - Race 7 No. 1 Exalted Fire
In-form/hard fit Grant Young gallopers that drop in grade are always worth respecting and this gelding falls into that camp, coming back to a Benchmark 64 after somewhat of a plain effort in BM76 level on August 28 over the 2250m (he was $5 there).
Given three of his four career wins have come over the mile along with a recent placing at BM74 level behind Classy Joe and Motell at 1800m, the 1600m-1800m range looks about the sweet spot for Exalted Fire who gets important relief courtesy of the 3kg Ben Price claim.
The favourite Castle Of Kings found a terrible Maiden at Gawler to break the duck, so it's not much of a race and with this four-year-old being competitive in better company this year, he's good value, especially when looking at two of his last three SP's in higher grade.