TAB Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Oakbank Value Bet - Race 3 No. 6 Unfettered Love
Barring the odd-on favourite Witness Greatness who was still safely held throughout her first racing preparation, there isn't much exposed form in this two-year-old line-up so off two good jump-out wins, it wouldn't be a surprise to see this first starter measure up here.
Prepared by Strathalbyn trained John Macmillan, Unfettered Love led throughout in a February 11 heat on her home deck, holding off Champagne Dream in the process, a galloper who proved too slick for her rivals in a Morphettville debut when winning by a big space on March 6.
With a more recent piece of work (March 15) under her belt, she has the benefit of barrier three over this 1050m dash which allows jockey Sophie Logan to land straight on the speed, as this filly shown good early toe in both jump-out's to date.
The Bath Hotel Maiden/Class One Plate Tips (Race 5)
Oakbank Best Bet - Race 5 No. 1 My Golden Chain
Although they don't have a large team of horses, the training partnership of Dan Clarken & Oopy McGillivray is an astute one, with a winning strike rate of 22% from their last 100 runners which includes a Listed victory last Saturday with Mileva via the Manihi Stakes.
While it is perhaps a shade unconventional having two runs at 1400m and now going straight to 1900m third-up, it does appear as a bit of a set play here (Racing Rewards SA eligible) with the very lightly raced My Golden Chain, who has just been getting back in those recent efforts on the Parks track, a hard circuit to make ground from the rear,
Albeit it was over sprint trips, this gelding showed ability in his first campaign, beating home a useful Montepulciano on debut before breaking the Maiden at start two and back to Maiden/Class 1 company here, is the best horse in this line-up, but just unproven over the journey.
Adelaide Hills Insurance Brokers Benchmark 62 Handicap Tips (Heat 5 Provincial Super Series)(Race 7)
Oakbank Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 7 Shebringzit
Trainer Mick Huxtable generally has a very consistent strike rate and this year has been no different with seven winners at 31% while on Wednesday at Oakbank, he brings two good strong chances, including this three-year-old who is knocking on the door.
By Sebring and out of the dam Passarelle, who is a half-sister to three Stakes winners, Shebringzit is a filly that they've clearly had an opinion of, with a pair of Group Three attempts a two-year-old before returning last spring and recording victories over staying journeys of 2000m and 2200m.
Held-up over the last 100m at Strathalbyn on Wednesday, she should've gone close to winning there, which was a third-up performance following a Stakes tilt and on the seven-day turnaround where she drops 2.5kg for an event that is only a little harder, this looks good placement.