Sugar Financial Services / SABOIS C,G,& E Maiden Plate Tips (Race 2)
Oakbank Best Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Morphett Road
Set to return in his second racing preparation is this gelding that was big drifter in the betting prior to his debut in July last year ($6.50-$12.00) and after he was a little tardy away, passed just the one runner in that small field and was tipped out as a result.
Trained and bred by Ken Sweeney, Morphett Road has been given plenty of time to mature and has looked well up to the mark in his recent jump-out's, leading throughout to score easily on December 29 before being shaded late on January 5 at Morphettville, but was under a hold throughout.
With the blinkers going on following those workouts for race day and jumping from a low draw where he carries just 53.5kg courtesy of the Stacey Metcalfe claim, he can produce fresh over 1050m in what's a weak Maiden.
C U @ Oakbank Easter Week 2021 / SABOIS F&M Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Oakbank Next Best Bet - Race 3 No. 5 Cassandra Isabel
Although she was well beaten into third via her August 26 debut last year, they all ran into the handy Smokin' Val there, a galloper that finished that campaign with a runner-up finish down the Flemington straight and, in the process, beat a subsequent Listed winner in La Mexicana.
Cassandra Isabel did manage to get the better of General Mint on that occasion, who has since won in town and the daughter of Zebedee has had two nice jump-out's in preparation for this return, where she was held together on December 17 in a blanket finish prior to her next outing on December 30.
From a wider draw, she was eased out of the early speed battle in that last showing before rounding them up and putting a decent margin on them late, so the versatility is there and with that second strong effort under the belt, this filly does look ready to roll first-up.
Ecycle Solutions Benchmark 62 Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Oakbank Value Bet - Race 6 No. 1 Impulse Diavolo
While this veteran doesn't win out turn, he has an excellent top three strike rate from his 58-start career to date and consistently performs above what the market expects of him, mainly versus stronger company to what he finds here.
Barring the performance two starts back at Bordertown where he was ridden a little upside down from a low draw, the nine-year-old has been ticking over quite well and bounced back from that with a two-length defeat on New Year's Day, making good ground in the run home.
Three gallopers from that performed last Saturday at Murray Bridge, including two that were thereabouts in a Benchmark 72, which reads well for this and with Impulse Diavolo looking to come with one late run under Eran Boyd, he's a good each-way chance, having only missed the quinella once from five attempts over the 1400m at Oakbank.