2018 R N Irwin Stakes Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:31pm

2yo Handicap (1050m)

A small field of eight two-year-olds will contest the opening race on the eight event R N Irwin Stakes Race Day at Morphettville. The top weight Really Swish has been runner up at his last two starts and will strip one of the main chances again coming off a nose second in a 1000m Bendigo 2yo Stakes. The Darren Weir trained More Bricks was fifth in the same race and can expect improvement. The locally trained Dancer’s Kin has been placed at all his three race appearances and has won a barrier trial since running third in the 1200m Magic Millions Adelaide 2yo Classic and will also be among the chances. The Lindsay Park Team will saddle up Mutadaawel who has been placed at his only race start over this course and distance.

2 Units Dancer’s Kin

Race 2 - 1:06pm

F&M Handicap (1200m)

Whispering Brook will appreciate the step back up to 1200m following her last start fourth in the Manihi Classic at Morphettville. The Darren Weir trained mare was a winner two runs over 1200m at The Valley. Manihi Classic winner and runner up Concealer and Sudden Wealth will clash again with Whispering Brook. Mica Lil has quickly found winning form again with a first up victory over the same course and distance as Saturday’s contest.

4 Units Whispering Brook

Race 3 - 1:41pm

BenchMark 75 Handicap (2042m)

The combination of the inside barrier and Linda Meech will give Our Peaky Blinders a great chance to find the winner’s stall again in the BenchMark 75 Handicap. The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained gelding heads to Morphettville on the back of a second over 1600m at Mornington on March 24. The Darren Weir trained Lipstick Lover is chasing a hat trick after wins at Sandown and Morphettville and is certain to be in the mix again. Mr Optimism will need luck from a wide barrier.

2 Units Our Peaky Blinders

Race 4 - 2:16pm

BenchMark 75 Handicap (1600m)

The lightly raced Moghul Empire looks to have a promising career in front of him following his second win from three starts at The Valley on March 16. The Will Clarken trained four year old will contest the 1600m again and is one of the main chances. Locally trained Enki is a winner over the same course and distance as this week’s contest and has a great chance to be among the prizemoney again coming off a last start second over the Morphettville 1600m. Exalted Traveller has been racing consistently but has been handicapped with a wide barrier.

2 Units Enki

Race 5 - 2:56pm

Redelva Stakes (1100m)

Golden Lustre was in front everywhere bar the post last start when second over 1100m at Caulfield and will have to display her good gate speed again if she is to overcome the outside barrier. Holy Blade is working his way up through the grades and is one of Darren Weir’s huge team heading to Morphettville on Saturday. The I Am Invincible colt is the winner of three of his last four starts and gets his chance to claim a hat trick of wins in the Redelva Stakes. Despatch from the Tony McEvoy stable has also shown plenty of ability with two wins from four starts and will race with the tongue tie on for the first time on Saturday.

2 Units Despatch

Race 6 - 3:36pm

R N Irwin Stakes (1100m)

Group 1 winning mares Viddora and Secret Agenda are set to clash in the R N Irwin Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday. The Lloyd Kennewell trained Viddora has the home town advantage and has been installed the favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au. Viddora claimed Group 1 glory with her win in the 1200m Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth over the Summer but was runner up to Secret Agenda in last year’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville. Secret Agenda has had two runs back from a spell for a first up win over 1000m at Flemington followed by a ninth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley. Snitty Kitty is also well performed at Group 1 level with a second to Russian Revolution two starts back in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Caulfield.

3 Units Viddora

Race 7 - 4:16pm

Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m)

The powerful Darren Weir stable has four fillies among the final field for the Schweppervescence Stakes with Sopressa and Think Bleue well fancied in the betting while Pleasuring and Teodora are at double figure odds. The James Cummings trained Harmattan is also in the mix, coming off a last start fourth in the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes over 2000m at Randwick. Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher will also head to Adelaide with his promising filly Inspirante who is the winner of two of her three race starts.

3 Units Harmatten

Race 8 - 4:55pm

BenchMark 70 Handicap (1100m)

A capacity field to end the day with the Lloyd Kennewell trained Via Balciano being installed the favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au in a wide betting race. Via Balciano is first up since running third over 1250m at Morphettville in December and has an inside barrier to help his chances. Split Up has the blinkers on for the first time and is also well fancied in the betting but has to contend with a wide barrier draw. Rock Status is a winner of this course and distance, will move in a couple of spots in the gates when the emergencies come out and apprentice Kayla Crowther’s 3kg claim will bring him right into the race.

3 Units Each Way Rock Status

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