The Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival continues on Saturday at Morphettville with the running of the Group 3 Auraria and RN Irwin Stakes.
With Group 1 racing in South Australia right around the corner, now is the perfect time to not only build a bank, but also get a feel for which horses could push towards the Australasian Oaks and the The Goodwood next month.
Our best bets for all nine races on Irwin Stakes Day can be found here.
Race 1 - 12:31pm
Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1050m)
Tricky field to navigate with a handful facing the starter for the first time, but it does look a winnable contest for Desired to resume and put another win on the board.
The McEvoy-trained filly scored her maiden on debut at Marburg last year by a length before going on to run ninth in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.
We haven’t seen her since then, but her recent trial on the Parks track when second last week suggested she’s come up well.
Barend Vorster rode her to that debut win last year and he should have plenty of options to work with from barrier 3.
1 Unit Desired
Race 2 - 1:06pm
Adelaide Racing Carnival Handicap (2500m)
Ourkhani has been a consistent customer this time in work and has also found the money in all three of his starts over this trip.
The five-year-old by Dalakhani was super unlucky not to score over this same distance at Murray Bridge three runs back, before chasing home well for second in his next start on the Parks track behind Exalted Craftsman.
He loves to get back and run on, and barrier 1 should afford Jake Toeroek every opportunity to do just that.
1 Unit Ourkhani
Race 3 - 1:41pm
Furphy Handicap (1050m)
Debt Collector could be over the odds here despite making only two starts during the spring.
He returned a good result for second over the 1200m at Morphettville in October but failed to fire in his next start when eighth in the Listed City Of Marion.
The son of Time Thief will carry 59.5kg in his return to the track, but his fresh record of three wins, four placings speaks for itself.
Barrier 7 should see him doing his best work late. Keen to have something on at the $8.00 quote.
1 Unit E/W Debt Collector
Race 4 - 2:16pm
Quayclean Handicap (1600m)
Mavette made it three wins from his last four starts two weeks ago with a brave performance at Gawler to hold off Saturday’s rival African Awesome to win by a length.
He gets back to the mile now where he’s won twice previously, and although he’ll carry 3kg’s extra, I can’t find any reason why he won’t win.
John Hickmott’s four-year-old has been up for a while, but he’s only improved with racing over the last couple of months. Sairyn Fawke has held the keys to him recently and he should prove hard to run down from the front.
1 Unit Mavette
Race 5 - 2:56pm
Happy 90th Birthday Marj Kettapellar Handicap (1600m)
Happy to have something small on Mushaireb here at the $15.00 quote.
The seven-year-old was far from disgraced when fifth in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes over further back in February in what was also his first run under new trainer Michael Hickmott.
The former Richard Freedman-trained galloper tends to do his best work fresh with two runs on the board, while he’s also found the money in five stats over the mile previously.
Has raced in much tougher company than this in the past and is capable go carrying the top weight victory.
1 Unit E/W Mushaireb
Race 6 - 3:36pm
Redelva Stakes (1100m)
This is a very tough race for the resuming Instant Celebrity, but her work during her maiden prep suggests she’s more than up to it.
The filly by Not A Single Doubt rattled off four consecutive victories after winning on debut over a touch shorter at this track last June.
She rose through the grades with ease to cap off her prep with a third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield, which obviously gives her a class edge over most of these with an eye towards other black-type races later on in the Carnival.
Not surprisingly, she looked in outstanding order during her trial win last week on the Parks track and I’m happy to have her on top.
3 Units Instant Celebrity
Race 7 - 4:16pm
Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m)
Steinem is the short-priced favourite in the first feature of the day and it’s not hard to see why.
The Maher and Eustace four-year-old won on debut last month by close to a length over the 1400m at Pakenham before demolishing his rivals by 3.5L a fortnight ago at Sandown over the mile.
It was clear in both of those runs that she is a star in the making and there’s no question she’ll see out the extra 200m with ease.
Jye McNeil does have some work to do from out wide, but considering she likes to get back and run on anyway, it doesn’t look a huge problem.
2 Units Steinem
Race 8 - 4:51pm
Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes (1100m)
Kemalpasa resumes from a let-up looking to pick up where he left off when third in the Oakleigh Plate to dead heat winners Portland Sky and Celebrity Queen two months ago.
Richard Jolly’s gelding really hasn’t run a bad race since last April and held his own in much tougher races than this during the spring.
The son of Magnus won the Group 2 TAB Stakes and the Kevin Heffernan Stakes last year, while he’s also placed previously third-up from a spell.
After finishing runner-up to a very good horse in Instant Celebrity during last week’s trial on the Parks track, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the one to beat.
3 Units Kemalpasa
Race 9 - 5:30pm
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m)
Deep Dive was impressive two weeks ago gapping his rivals by a length over the same trip at Pakenham.
This is tougher with the likes of Wings Of Pastrami and Dazzling Damsel in the field, but he still looks capable of going on with it back at Morphettville where he’s won previously.
The son of Deep Field was also very competitive two runs back when third over the 1200m at Moonee Valley. He should push forward and give the others something to catch.
2 Units Deep Dive