2018 Port Adelaide Guineas Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:36pm

BenchMark 90 Handicap (2030m)

Silent Warrior is the winner of his last two starts and looks set to make it a hat trick of wins in the first race at Morphettville on Saturday. Trainer Stuart Gower and leading jockey Jamie Kah teamed up with Silent Warrior for a win at Morphettville and a win in the Stawell Cup over 2000m. Ceylon is dropping back in grade after finishing fourth in the Group 3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill a fortnight ago. We’re So Lucky has finished second at her last two starts at Yarra Valley and Oakbank and will be around the minor prizemoney again.

4 Units Silent Warrior

Race 2 - 1:11pm

BenchMark 70 Handicap (1200m)

Over Exposure has the form on the board with a second and a win from his last two starts but has to negotiate a wide barrier which could prove difficult. Melbourne filly Fox Swift was racing against tougher opposition during the 2017 Spring Carnival and looks better suited in this grade. Debt Collector has a second and two wins from three races and is coming back to town following a win over 1200m at Strathalbyn. Danger Deal will be fitter for one run back from a spell when third at Morphettville Parks and has the services of top local jockey Clare Lindop.

3 Units Each Way Danger Deal

Race 3 - 1:46pm

2yo Fillies Stakes (1050m)

Music Bay was an impressive winner on debut at Morphettville Parks and the Phillip Stokes trained filly will be hard to beat again in the Dequetteville Stakes. Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher will head to Morphettville with Yulong Monoceros who is also a last start winner at The Valley over 1000m. Let Me Sleep On It has finished second three times from four race start and co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have put the blinkers on the Manhattan Rain filly following her last start second over 1000m at Sandown.

3 Units Each Way Let Me Sleep On It

Race 4 - 2:26pm

BenchMark 82 Handicap (1200m)

Handsome Thief has been installed the favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au following his win over 1200m at Caulfield but the Darren Weir trained five year old will have to overcome a wide barrier and a weight increase if he is to make it back to back wins. Manuel is resuming from a spell and had some good form last campaign with wins at Geelong and at Morphettville over the same course and distance as this week’s contest. The Tony McEvoy trained Manuel has the advantage of a light weight and has run second in a recent Gawler barrier trial in preparation for his return. The Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas trained Waging War is better known as a middle distance competitor but the four year old was able to score a surprise first up win at $51 over 1250m on the Morphettville Parks track so a repeat performance at long odds again wouldn’t surprise. El Sicario was a winner at Morphettville two starts back and returns to Adelaide following a second over 1200m at Caulfield two weeks ago.

3 Units El Sicario

Race 5 - 3:06pm

BenchMark 90 Handicap (1600m)

Tatoosh is racing in outstanding form with wins from his last three starts but remains on the minimum as he climbs up in class. The Will Clarken trained five year old will have to overcome a wide barrier if he is to keep his winning run going. The Darren Weir stable will saddle up two runners, the top weight Grand Dreamer and the former Western Australian trained Tradesman. Grand Dreamer is having his first run back since winning the 2200m Ballarat Cup in November while Tradesman will need plenty of luck after drawing the outside barrier. Hussybay and Captain Duffy have drawn the two inside gates and both have strong Morphettville form.

3 Units Captain Duffy

Race 6 - 3:46pm

BenchMark 82 Handicap (1050m)

Desert Lashes had mixed form during the Spring Carnival in tougher races and will be having her first run back since finishing sixth in a Listed race at Morphettville in December. The Shayne Cahill trained mare has a good first up record and is a three times winner over the same course and distance as Saturday’s race. One More Daisy is also a three times winner over the Morphettville 1050m course and is one of the main chances again coming off a last start win over 1100m at the track. Our Gladiator is down in the weights and has good recent form with two wins and a second from her last three starts. Mystified has been placed twice in recent Morphettville Parks barrier trials since finishing second over 1200m at The Valley in February but has to overcome a wide barrier.

2 Units One More Daisy

Race 7 - 4:26pm

Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m)

Trainer Darren Weir holds the key here with two of his three runners highly fancied in the betting for the Port Adelaide Guineas with Ladbrokes,com.au. Leicester has been installed as the favourite following his last start second over 1800m at Sandown. Civil Disobedience has travelled plenty of kilometres recently and after winning the Tasmanian Derby (2200m) went to New Zealand and finished seventh in the 2400m NZ Derby at Ellerslie. Weir’s third runner Mujaadil is at double figure odds and is coming off a last start fifth over 1600m at Morphettville. Spring Choice is the winner of his last two starts at Geelong and Mornington and has the advantage of the inside barrier. High ‘N’ Dry is stepping up in class following his maiden win at Sandown and local hope Skilful Steps can’t go as bad as he went last start.

4 Units Leicester

Race 8 - 5:05pm

BenchMark 70 Handicap (1200m)

A tough race to finish off the day with Ladbrokes.com.au’s market showing $4.80 the field. The Will Clarken trained Cosmic Lights has been installed the favourite and is resuming from a spell after not having raced since third over 1600m at Morphettville in November. The seven year old has a good first up record and has drawn a nice barrier. Steel Of Madrid is also prominent in the betting and will find this a lot easier than his last start fourth in a BenchMark 80 Handicap at Flemington. Comfortable and Exalted Adam both have fair recent form but both have drawn extremely wide barriers.

2 Units Steel Of Madrid

*All times are ACST.