Race 1 - 12:26pm
Magic Millions Adelaide Handicap (1200m)
There is a lot of hype around Deep Force and he will go into this clash as a dominant favourite. He did look the goods when he led from start to finish at Murray Bridge on debut and there is clearly upside there. I can’t get him anywhere near as short as his current price, but I don’t want to bet against him either.
Race 2 - 1:01pm
Burke Urban Handicap (1200m)
The market suggests that this is a race in two between Magic Sunset and Magna Bella and that does seem to be the case. I can’t really separate the two and it is Magna Bella that does represent a touch of value at the current price of $2.70. Magna Bella returned to the races with a more than credible effort in the Lightning Stakes and this is a genuine drop in quality. The 1200 metres is a slight query, but she will have every possible chance from barrier one with Jason Holder in the saddle.
2.5 Units Magna Bella
Race 3 - 1:36pm
Wicks Estate Handicap (2000m)
This is one of the most open races of the day and there are a host of winning chances. Good Idea was gallant in defeat over 2400 metres at Morphettville last start and I think that the drop in trip back to 2000 metres suits. There is no fitter horse in this field and Justin Huxtable will be able to roll forward on him in the early stages. He will give his rivals something to catch.
1.5 Units Good Idea
Race 4 - 2:16pm
Hurley’s Arkaba Hotel Handicap (1600m)
Marina could hardly have been more impressive when he led from start to finish to win at Morphettville last start and there is no reason that he can’t make it two wins on the trot. He comfortably beat Polar Vortex in that contest and he came out and won at Morphettville last weekend. All of his best form has come over the mile and he makes his own luck right on the speed.
2 Units Marina
Race 5 - 2:56pm
Marshall & Brougham Construction Handicap (1400m)
Going Gaga produced a career best performance to win at Morphettville last start and he goes into this clash as a deserving favourite. The way that he put away his rivals last start was particularly impressive and he really does have an excellent turn-of-foot on his day. Todd Pannell will be able to give him the run of the race just behind the leaders and he will prove tough to hold out for his rivals late.
3 Units Going Gaga
Race 6 - 3:36pm
Spry Civil Construction Handicap (1000m)
I think that Experimentation is a better galloper than his current record suggests and he is well-placed to make a winning return to the races this afternoon. He showed his quality when he scored a classy win at Morphettville in October last year and he is capable of a high-rating performance on his day. It has been a while between race starts, but he has trialed nicely at Murray Bridge ahead of his return to the races and I think that the 1000 metres is ideal for him.
2 Units Experimentation
Race 7 - 4:16pm
Carlton Draught Handicap (1200m)
The Difference was another one of the Tony McEvoy-trained horses that was incredibly impressive at Murray Bridge last start. He clearly has a great deal to learn and he did do a lot wrong in the run, but there is still a huge amount of upside. There has already been another winner come out of that contest and I’m not sure that this race is much tougher. I expect him to make it two wins from as many starts and it will be interesting to see how far he gets this campaign.
5 Units The Difference
Race 8 - 4:55pm
TAB Handicap (1400m)
This is a tricky way to finish the day for punters. Vahash is another one of Tony McEvoy’s last start Murray Bridge winners and there is no doubt that he does have more upside than the rest of this field. He has drawn wide here and he will need a touch of luck in running, but Barend Vorster has shown that he is happy to let horses sit wide as long as they are travelling in a comfortable rhythm. This is definitely a tougher assignment than his debut win, but there is talent there and the rest of this field do look to have reached their level.
2.5 Units Vahash