Springfield Farm Maiden Plate Tips (Race 2)
Strathalbyn Best Bet - Race 2 No. 7 Witchel
Set to have her second South Australian start on Wednesday is this new acquisition for the Sam Burford stable, an ex-Queensland and New South Wales based runner who was good first-up for the new yard and finds a Maiden on Wednesday that is no harder.
The four-year-old started as a well-supported second favourite ($4.20-$3.40) in that February 3 event from Gawler where she settled outside the early leader and despite looking as though she'd be well held at the top of the straight, went with the winner in the run to the line and they were clearing out from the rest.
Her nearest threats in the market are La Femme, who Witchel had four lengths on in that same race and Miss Amanap, a rival that should find this a lot easier back to Provincial level albeit she was beaten more than 11 lengths on debut.
South Coast Marine and Caravan Upholstery Benchmark 62 Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Strathalbyn Value Bet - Race 5 No. 1 Mount Madeira
Formerly under the care of the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young was this sont of Redwood who was never in contention over this track and trip via his first run for the David Jolly yard, but with the blinkers going on, we saw much improved effort at Gawler on December 19 when back in trip.
Mount Madeira was racing in restricted room throughout the run home in that 1500m contest which as a result, never allowed him to find any momentum but found the line fairly for third and has continued to race well in her last two outings, including a big finish in the Strathalbyn Cup when fifth behind Eperdument.
That winner was runner-up at Listed level last Saturday and while this gelding is right up in the weights now, the trade-off is that he now gets a very accomplished senior hoop in Todd Pannell taking over, which could very well prove the difference.
Goolwa Hotel Benchmark 58 Handicap Tips (Race 8)
Strathalbyn Next Best Bet - Race 8 No. 5 Miss Artier
The last on this Wednesday's South Australian card is quite strong for a Provincial 58 but off a forgivable Morphettville performance where she was completely unsuited, this daughter of Ambidexter can bounce back.
We always have to respect any local gallopers on what is somewhat of a unique circuit and all three career wins for Miss Artier have come at Strathalbyn, including a first-up win over 1100m where she pounced off a strong speed under Ryan Hurdle who has been aboard for her last two victories, and he takes back the reins.
With no second-up form, this five-year-old settled at the rear in that last start attempt and, in a race where the first four out of the gates all finished in top four positions, she was beaten under two and a half lengths while with better speed engaged here, we'll be able to see her finish off stronger.