2021 Manihi Classic Day Preview


The Listed Manihi Classic is the feature on the nine-race program at Morphettville on Saturday. 

You can find our best bets for each and every race right here. 

Race 1 - 12:01pm AEDT

Fleurieu Milk Company Handicap (1100m)

Brother’s Shadow got the better of Karacasu two weeks ago when the pair met over a touch shorter at Morphettville Park. 

Travis Doudle’s lightly-raced two-year-old led all-the-way to win by half a length, a performance he’s certainly capable of repeating carrying the same weight with plenty of fitness on his side. 

Karacasu meets his rival 3.5kg’s better off the weights and should enjoy another lovely run off the speed. He made up big ground in his debut run and can only improve. 

Audrey Girl is capable of an upset after running second at Cranbourne second-up. 

The daughter of Fastnet Rock loves to race on-speed and she should be finishing off strongly again with 3kg’s off her back.

1 Unit Audrey Girl 

Race 2 - 12:41pm AEDT

Terry Howe Printing Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1050m)

Sparkup is a consistent type that has been working up to a win since last October. 

The son of Magnus has found the placings in each of his last four starts, which includes a runner-up to Virtue first-up over a similar distance to start the month. He’s drawn to get the gun run and should take a power of beating. 

Jonquest’s has missed the money only once in four starts since debuting last August. He too returned in great order for third in that same race and will likely give the others something to catch. 

Self Sufficient gets the blinkers on for the first time looking to improve on his last start third at Balaklava over the same trip. He’s done just about everything but win so far and should be doing his best work late. 

2 Units Sparkup

Race 3 - 1:21pm AEDT

Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville May 1st-15th Handicap (1600m)

Bellinger is worth forgiving on his last start over the mile at Moonee Valley where he finished over fourth-lengths behind the winner Air Defence. 

I don’t think the soft track suited him that day, so he should appreciate stepping out on a much firmer surface on Saturday. He won his maiden by an impressive margin two runs back at Sandown and there’s no question he’s capable of seeing out the 1600m with Jamie Mott back on board. 

Crown Mint has just missed out on the money in two starts over this trip, but he did show a real turn of foot last time out to run home late for fourth in the Listed Morphettville Guineas. 

This is obviously much easier for him now and he should be going close with fitness on his side. 

1 Unit E/W Bellinger, 1 Unit Crown Mint

Race 4 - 2:01pm AEDT

Holdfast Insurance Handicap (1050m)

Huffington is a three-time winner over this trip and looks to be one of the main players after drawing a handy inside alley with Alexandra Bryan’s apprentice claim put to good use. 

The daughter of Written Tycoon hasn’t raced at Morphettville before, but she did well to overcome a wide run last time out at Morphettville Park two weeks ago for third over a similar distance. 

Write Enuff is having her third run back from a spell and has won third-up previously. 

She resumed for a very narrow second to Forever Free at The Valley back in February and wasn’t far off at Cranbourne in her latest. She’s found the money in nine of her 14 starts over this distance and is a must-have in multiples. 

Lunar Hero capped off her summer prep with a massive five-length win at Echuca over a similar distance. She resumes from a spell on Saturday and should prove hard to hold out with next to no weight on her back. 

Centrefield hasn’t missed the money in six starts so far and also has claims. 

2 Units Write Enuff

Race 5 - 2:41pm AEDT

White Marquee Handicap (2019m)

The step back in class saw Farooq return to the winner’s circle earlier in the month at Edenhope after running fourth in both the Listed Birthday Cup and the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes last month. 

He’ll carry a whopping 6kg’s extra for his troubles on Saturday, but is still a major played with a pair of wins next to his name over this trip. 

Analytica has been thereabouts this prep and looks to be wanting further after finding the line for second behind Bramfield two weeks ago at Port Lincoln. 

The pair will square off again on Saturday, only Bramfield gets in 2kg’s better off at the weights with Todd Pannell retaining the ride. The daughter of Barbados was enormous last time out from well back in the field, and it’s likely Pannell will look to employ similar tactics. 

2 Units Bramfield 

Race 6 - 3:21pm AEDT

Furphy Handicap (1200m)

Massive field stepping out in what is easily one the most wide-open contest on the program. 

Chosen Blonde is your favourite as the Choisir filly looks to break a long run of recent lacings dating back to last August. 

The three-year-old resumed to finish only 1.5L second to Beau Rossa first-up on the Morphettville Park track two weeks ago. She’s been dealt a tricky draw as she takes on some older horses, but the fact she’s won second-up previously reads well. 

There are plenty of winning chances in this race, but the one I’m keen on at a price is Galcrum.

The six-year-old has been up for a while, but she’s really come to form of late finding the placings in three of her last four starts. 

She’s a two-time winner over this trip and has drawn to get a nice run off the speed. She doesn’t win out of turn, but she is rock-hard fit and can run a race based on recent efforts. 

2 Units E/W Galcrum

Race 7 - 4:01pm AEDT

Listed Manihi Classic (1100m)

This is an excellent edition of the Manihi Classic, and at time of publish, we’re faced with two joint favourites in Lyre and Humma Humma. 

It’s been a long time in between drinks for Lyre, but this does look a very winnable race for her first-up on Saturday. 

The Lonhro mare ran exceptionally well in two starts at this track last Autumn where she finished second to Bella Vella in the Robert Sangster and two lengths third to Trekking in The Goodwood. 

She was equally as consistent during the spring, bookending her campaign with a pair of placings at Group 3 level at Caulfield and Flemington. The extra weight is a query, but she’ll only find this easier. 

Humma Humma has the added luxury of a run under her belt. 

The mare by Denman resumed to finish a length third to Fabergino in the Listed Bob Hoysted Stakes last month after working home strongly from the rear. 

She comes in fresh now with a gap between runs, and like Lyre, has the runs on the board at Morphettville to suggest she’ll be in the finish. 

2 Units Lyre

Race 8 - 4:37pm AEDT

Listed Clare Lindop Stakes (1600m)

Victoria Quay has been charged with an extra 4kg as she looks to improve on her first-up run in the Listed Morphettville Guineas earlier in the month. 

The Dundeel filly failed to overcome a three-wide position that day, and while she does have a win on the board seccond-up, Barend Vorster has a similar job ahead of him here from barrier 12. 

 Ecumenical failed to fire when resuming over a touch shorter three weeks ago. He was always looking for further though, and the fact he finished runner-up to Yes Baby Yes in the Group 2 Fillies Classic at Moonee Valley over this trip is also a huge tick. 

Tough to know what to make of Perfect World. 

She won her maiden by a comfortable three-lengths two runs back, but was no match over this trip at Flemington last time out in Kewney Stakes. This is easier now though, and the light weight of Todd Pannell should see her finishing strongly. 

2 Units Ecumenical 

Race 9 - 5:15pm AEDT

Benchmark 68 Handicap (1600m)

Very tricky race to end the day with $7.00 the field at time of publish. 

Again, there are a host of winning chances here, but I’m with Soaring Eagle after finishing off strongly three runs back to win at Pakenham over this same distance. 

The daughter of Unencumbered has just weakened out of it in her last two starts after racing up on the speed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jamie Mott looks to stalk the leaders here with plenty of pace on offer in the early goings. 

1 Unit Soaring Eagle