Preview & Best Bets – Morphettville Saturday 24 June
Our form expert provides Morphettville tips for today’s horse racing at Morphettville Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 7 No. 1 DECLARED – ($4.40)
Good to see some vintage David Jolly training and placement as he prepares DECLARED to run at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday. He’s been happy to utilise the apprentice claims while accepting Declared for races below his benchmark class. Caitlin Munro rode the 3yo a treat while claiming 4 kg in running down Jimmy’s Edge while resuming. Declared uncharacteristically missed the kick second-up at Murray Bridge. Rochelle Milnes found clear air on straightening to out-muscle Zufasta and The Great Baby to the line. Jolly has since given his charge a barrier trial before finding the right race in town for Declared. Talented stable apprentice Sophie Logan takes the ride, and she will ensure a good early run into the race.
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Race 8 No. 5 BIG SHAQ – ($5)
Training duo Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas sent BIG SHAQ around second-up at Gawler Racecourse over 1100 metres. Their charge showed improvement on his first-up performance at Balaklava where he tracked the speed before closing off late. Jason Holder followed most of the field at Gawler with Big Shaq before getting out to the right part of the track. The pair raced past a handy field for a convincing win on the heavy track. The horse still did plenty wrong in the run, including almost causing his own fall by laying-in down towards the 250m. Big Shaq now gets his chance to test his mettle in town, and we believe he’ll be suited over 1200m on the outer track.
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Race 9 No. 13 MALINONG CLUB – ($6.80)
MALINONG CLUB proved to be a hard watch in the straight for those who backed her at Murray Bridge last start. Rising star Rochelle Milnes took 3 kg off the mare’s back as Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray brought Manilong Club back to Provincial grade. The prep seemed a good set-up as Manilong Club is a proven second-up performer with most of her recent racing being done in town. We were happy to watch as Gifford Hill can be a testing track and we believed that Manilong Club will improve on whatever she did. Milnes gave her a peach of a ride into the race. Unfortunately she just became stuck behind horses going nowhere in the straight. Manilong Club could not be asked for an effort which may prove a blessing in disguise for connections with the rewards on offer in town.