Morphettville - Race 1 No. 1 Taken Off ($2.20)
Randwick - Race 6 No. 6 Adelong ($1.95)
Moonee Valley - Race 6 No. 1 Hard Landing ($3.70)
Doomben - Race 8 No. 3 Mr Marbellouz ($5)
Randwick - Race 8 No. 16 Minted ($5.50)
Total combined odds $436.50
Read the reasons for our selections:
Morphettville - Race 1 No. 1 Taken Off
Our best bet at Morphettville was a dual winner from three starts in his first racing preparation and is resuming off an excellent piece of work in his most recent trial.
By Toorak Toff and out of a half-sister a group two-winning mare in Villa Verde, Taken Off unleashed a powerful burst down the outside to record a comfortable victory on debut over the 1050 metres here in October 2019 and rounded out that campaign with another victory.
Although third in his Balaklava heat on August 6, he's gone to the line in the worst part of the track with Ambidazzle (placed behind the smart Game Keeper before being spelled) along with Mayan (listed placed) and to the eye, Taken Off was the strongest of three.
Barrier eight means jockey Kayla Crowther can keep him out of trouble early and providing the soft going is no problem, he looks well placed to return a winner in what isn't a strong opener.
Randwick - Race 6 No. 6 Adelong
Whilst we were hoping for a better price (may drift closer to the jump), it's still hard to find many chinks her armour ahead of her first tilt at stakes-level this Saturday in the Group Three Toy Show Stakes.
Trainer Brad Widdup has done a superb job with this daughter of Medaglia d'oro to date in just bringing her through the lower grades early before a hat-trick of Saturday wins in May and June with a big victory over Inanup last time out, who's subsequently secured back-to-back wins.
Her versatility has been on show where she's been able to sprint off good and slow tempos, handles any surface and is continually impressing on the clock which includes a card fastest last 600m on May 30 when competing in the last event on a worn Heavy 8 surface.
The August 11 trial was excellent and with just 53.5kg to carry in a rather moderate mares line-up, Adelong should take a power of beating at Randwick as the best bet on Winx Stakes day.
Moonee Valley - Race 6 No. 1 Hard Landing
With race fitness on his side, I am confident he will get the job done at $4 which does look overs.
Rathlin is suspect over 1200m, especially with no race fitness, Flying Award will be back and running on hard and Pioneer River looks ever bit a 1400m horse, while Alborado looks a future miler.
Hard landing however is a natual on pace runner and should find himself outside Zipping Boy who looks the natural leader.
There is a chance he may get trapped three-wide if Rathlin kicks up, but over 1200m, they will want to save him.
If he find the spot outside the leader on a comfortable tempo, he looks the horse to beat.
Doomben - Race 8 No. 3 Mr Marbellouz
After 420 days off the scene, the Kevin Kemp trained speedster returned in outstanding order first-up to be nutted on the line by Just Orm and Niccanova.
A front-runner with a ‘catch me if you can’ attitude, the seven-year-old boasts and outstanding record at Doomben with five wins and four placings from ten starts.
Leading for 1049 of the 1050m first-up, jockey Maddy Wishart spoke of how well he had returned, with a lack of race fitness over the final 50m the reason for his loss.
Drawn to cross and lead from barrier eleven, Mr Marbellouz can give a great sight at nice odds as the best bet at Doomben on Saturday.
Randwick - Race 8 No. 16 Minted
He made our blackbook file after missing the start and getting home strongly in the worst part of the track for third on the July 25 Rosehill program.
Minted hasn't given us any reason to jump off him yet in what was another admirable performance following that on August 8 with a wide gate working against him as he had to settle at the rear with the odds-on favourite and eventual winner Tailleur being rated to perfection up front.
This gelding was asked to sprint and make up a good margin against the pattern of the race and at 35 seconds, recorded the second fastest last 600m for the entire August 8 meeting and whilst up in grade here, he plummets in the weights with just 52kg on his back.
I do find it interesting that they've elected to skip what looked a very winnable Benchmark 78 in the last but he's mostly up against opposition who are all early in their campaigns and fit with a good draw this time around, there's plenty to like.