South Coast Marine & Caravan Upholstery Maiden Plate Tips (Race 3)
Strathalbyn Value Bet - Race 3 No. 9 Too Late
Speculative, but on a tough card to find any real value and some bad betting races with suspect short favourites in thin fields, this filly on debut is at least a price in a field where most of the exposed form is quite poor.
A three-year-old from a speedy family, Too Late was seen showing really sharp early speed to lead in a jump out at Murray Bridge on May 6 and travelled kindly up front before being well looked after over the concluding stages.
Great Diviner won that heat and he's a galloper that I have plenty of time for (was good first-up on Saturday) while with the benefit of barrier two on Wednesday, she can give a sight in an event with a decent tail to it.
Fleurieu Milk Company Fillies and Mares 0-58 Handicap Tips (Race 6)
Strathalbyn Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 5 The Publikin
With no wins from six first-up attempts to date, it was no surprise to see this mare peak on her fresh effort over the last 100m at Gawler on April 5, but with four top two finishes from five second-up runs, was expected to improve on April 21.
While she wouldn't have won irrespective on that occasion, The Publikin was inconvenienced by that winner at a key stage in the run home and wasn't suited racing in restricted room on that bigger track, a circuit where it's always an advantage to have momentum.
Following a second-up victory last campaign, the daughter of Bel Esprit competed in stronger city events and last autumn, won in this grade at Strathalbyn, carrying one kilo more versus some stiffer opposition than she finds here.
Northpoint Fleurieu 0-64 Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Strathalbyn Best Bet - Race 7 No. 10
This three-year-old from the powerful Phillip Stokes stable broke her Maiden first-up in December before recording a hat-trick of placings at Metropolitan level and was tipped out following her February 13 attempt on the Parks circuit.
By Smart Missile and out of a half-sister to a Group Two winner in Champagne Harmony, Mrs Mourinho had trialled up well prior to her resumption at Murray Bridge, rattling home from nowhere to grab fourth from an impossible position at the rear.
Although she generally needs that bit of luck with her racing pattern, settling her in another postcode early isn't the answer and with a senior hoop taking the engagement now, can bounce back over a track and trip that delivered her first triumph.