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Morphettville Tips May 25 – Best bets and Saturday racing expert tips

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 23 May 2019
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Morphettville Racecourse is South Australia’s premier race track and hosts up to 70 days of racing action throughout the year.

Located less than 10km from the Adelaide CBD, Morphettville’s race meetings are split between its two tracks; the Morphettville course proper and the Morphettville Parks circuit.

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Morphettville Tips - May 25

ORBOST was outclassed but far from disgraced in the Redelva Stakes second-up where she finished six lengths from Humma Humma and subsequent The Goodwood runner-up Behemoth. The Casino Prince filly then went to Gawler and scored comfortably before heading to Ballarat where she was 3rd on the synthetic track where she didn’t seem to quite run the 1500m trip right out. The drop back to 1300m looks ideal and she maps to get the run of the race for Kayla Crowther whose 2kg claim gets the filly in on the minimum (54kg).
STREET SHEIK is trying to challenge Tom Melbourne and Osborne Bulls for Australia’s best bridesmaid honours, but it’s impossible to go past him in a race like this. Trainer Patrick Payne not only sends the Street Boss gelding across the border, but he also sends stable rider Billy Egan over and they’ll be looking for a win to justify travelling the horse and paying the air fares for Egan. He’s also carried 60kg in all four 2nd placings this campaign and will surely appreciate the drop to 57kg as he reaches peak fitness and drops back from the mile to the 1400m.

Previous Morphetville Tips:

May 18

Race 1 - 12:01pm M&J Chickens National Stakes (1200m)
We backed Absolute Flirt last start and she got the money but I’m against her here and am with the Tony McEvoy-trained BALAABEL. I thought she was outstanding on debut behind Absolute Flirt who was given the perfect run from Ollie and I have real question marks on her stepping up from 1050m to 1200m, six-furlongs looks right on her limit. Balaabel was on debut and took gaps between horses, hitting the line to get within a length of Absolute Flirt, running the eighth-fastest last 800m, 17th-fastest last 600m, 14th-fastest last 400m and 11th-fastest last 200m of a duel Group One meeting. She will only improve with racing and the 1200m looks ideal. I had her priced as the favourite and she looks a good bet to start the program. 
Result (4th)

Race 3 - 1:16pm Dominant Queens Cup (2500m)
I thought the Aaron Purcell-trained INSTIGATOR was finally ready to put his best foot forward in Australia. He has been in my blackbook since his first-up run at Colac and I thought his last start fourth in the Warrnambool Cup (2350m) suggested he is ready to finally show his best. He was backed from $61 into $31 and I thought the run was huge. He was held-up at the 500m, running the fourth-fastest 600m-400m of the race, fifth-fastest 400m-200m of the race and then clearly the fastest last 200m of the race. He has the platform for 2500m and maps to get a perfect run from barrier six with Dean Holland on board. The danger does look to be Nashville Sound, who was truckloaded at The Bool, running around a clear $2.50 favourite in a Benchmark 78. He was held-up slightly at the 400m and the leader Mirimar had skipped away and I didn’t think Nashville Sound was going to be able to get there but he really knuckled down the final 200m to win by a length running away. 
Result (scratched)

May 11

Race 1 - 12:11pm TAB SA Sires' Produce Stakes (Morphettville Parks Track) (1400m)
I’m with the daughter of Epaulette, SHE SHAO FLY in the opening race at Morphettville. She started $4.40 in a Group Two race at Flemington over 1400m and then dropped back to 1050m in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes. She attacked the line, running the fastest last 200m and 400m of the race. I thought her last start effort was terrific in the Group 3 Breeder’s Stakes (1200m). She ran third behind a very progressive two-year-old in Kooweerup. She maps well and the winner of this race has come through the Breeder’s Stakes in both 2017 and 2018. My small concern is, she is sixth-up and doing all this in her first preparation. She got to 1400m third-up at Flemington and went back to 1050m then to 1200m and now back up to 1400m. It’s a messy prep but if she holds her form and condition, I’m confident she wins this.
Result: Won ($3.60)

Race 7 - 4:06pm TAB South Australian Derby (2500m)

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Race 8 - 4:42pm Robert & Fay Gerard SA Sprint Series Final (Benchmark 86 Handicap) (1100m)
The Will Clarken-trained PARSIFAL record a career personal best figure of four-lengths above benchmark first-up at Warrnambool and go on with things here second-up. The four-year-old paraded like a complete moral at The Bool and was backed from $2.80 into as short as $1.90 at the jump. J.Kah rode him like a good thing, sitting outside the leader and he put them away easily, running 9.2 lengths above benchmark for the final 600m, running the fastest last 400m, 600m and 800m of the meeting. He maps perfectly from barrier four and can win again. 
Result: Won ($2.70)

May 4

Race 2 - 12:46PM TRIPLE M HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
I was keen to find HUSSYBAY here third-up with Jamie Kah aboard but was weary with A Shin Rook and Balf’s Choice in the race. And while the market supports A Shin Rook, I was glad to see the figures point to Hussybay. He was impressive last start winning over 1400m, and while it looked as if he may have peaked with 20m to go, the blinkers go back on so maybe it was a concentration thing one he hit the front. A Shin Rook got the soft run last time and scored while Balf’s Choice was back in 5th, and that pair went 3.8 and 2.1 lengths above benchmark respectively. Guizot was 2nd in that race and has franked the form with a win at Warrnambool on Wednesday so the form stands up. Hussybay ran the best race he has for quite some time and went 4.8 lengths above benchmark when defeating Flying Krupt who had placed her two previous runs in Melbourne. I’d be surprised if the winner came outside of this trio, but with Kah flying and Hussybay set to improve with blinkers back on, he’s the way to play. 
Result: 4th

Race 3 - 1:26PM D C MCKAY STAKES (1100 METRES)
I simply love Daniel Bowman’s lightly-raced Time Thief mare WORKING FROM HOME as she’s a real fighter. And more importantly, she always performs second-up which is why I’ll be following her second-up here. Bowman scratched her from her home track (Warrnambool) during the week in preference for this Stakes race to get her some black type, so she much be going well. She just missed out on a Stakes victory second-up in the Alinghi Stakes (1100m) last campaign when 2nd behind the flying From Within who had won three in a row prior to that. First-up this campaign, she was forced to sit three and four wide without cover as Dollar For Dollar led and stayed off the rail, and when Haunted came off her back after a soft run, he was always going to be the one to beat. I’m hoping Petrelle tries to take a sit behind Working From Home which could push Haunted three pairs back on the fence. If Working From Home can control this race, she’ll prove hard to get past in the straight. 
Result: Unplaced

This is a very tough race as I’m a massive fan of Gytrash and am keen to see Terbium try and make it five from five, but I can’t go past BEHEMOTH who is literally that. He’s a giant son of All Too Hard and needs room to wind up which is why I think he’s drawn ideally in gate 14. In my opinion, he outperformed Cool Passion and Sunlight in a barrier trial at Gawler and his first-up effort when 2nd to Humma Humma was fantastic. Craig Williams rode him to a most impressive victory at Moonee Valley when second-up last campaign, and Williams goes back aboard now. 
Result: Unplaced

April 27

Race 2 - 12:56PM TAB HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Tony McEvoy’s Rothesay filly, LASSITER, looked very smart beating Tofane on debut and that galloper was a good thing beaten behind Graceful Storm and Thrillster at Caulfield last Saturday. Lassiter had to settle well back from the wide gate as Luke Currie tried to find cover, and despite being wide throughout, she produced a sizzling turn of foot in the straight and clocked the fastest final 800m of the entire meeting (45.28). 
Result (scratched)

Murray Bridge-based horseman Stuart Padman has been extremely patient with his Time Thief gelding, DEBT COLLECTOR, and he looks set to reap the rewards this campaign. His previous best effort was when finishing 2.5 lengths from Peaceful State in the Listed Nitschke Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks when third-up after two 1200m runs. Previously, his benchmark performances have decreased when resuming over 1200m but increased when resuming over a shorter trip which suggests the 1200m first-up flattens him a bit. This time in, Padman picked out a 1050m event for Debt Collector to contest first-up, and despite covering plenty of ground on the bend he posted a new PB coming home 7.1 lengths above class benchmark when finishing 3rd to Gytrash. The step up to 1300m looks absolutely perfect second-up, and I think we’ll see the best of this horse on Saturday. 
Result (3rd)

One of my favourite South Australian gallopers is GYTRASH – he’s just so honest and extremely gifted. His first-up win over 1050m this time rated nine lengths above his first-up win last campaign over the same trip on an inferior track that was probably worth two to four lengths. Second-up last time in he was beaten by Golden Halo, but that was after an extended break. He then went to Caulfield, missed the start hopelessly and was narrowly defeated by Written By. I’m confident he’s the best sprinter in this race, Jamie Kah goes aboard and he’ll be hard to hold out. 
Result (1st - $2.25)

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