Preview and tips for the eight-race metro card at Gawler on Saturday.
The track should be rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.
Felicia (1) was dominant on debut at Morphettville and while there were excuses for some of the beaten brigade, she was ultra impressive. No reason why she can’t go on with it. There rest are unraced but Eclair Breeze (4) was an impressive trial winner on December 10 and the runner-up there (L’il Kontra) has since been impressive on debut. Wary of McEvoy first-starter Outlandos (2) – a 2YO colt by Dissident out of Rocksan – while Lindsay Park debutant Stoney Vista (3) has been kept safe in the market.
Tiara Star (2) left herself with too much work to do first-up but she atoned for that with a strong second-up win over 1200m after getting shuffled back in the run. She rises in grade for this but should have more improvement to come. Provided they don’t walk up front she’ll be hard to hold out. Three-year-old filly Yankee Eyes (6) has been super competitive against her own age group but she rises in weight for this and might be vulnerable late. Miss Cuoco (1) tends to get too far out of her ground but she loves the T/D. Arctic Blaze (8) also enjoys racing on her home track and has minor claims.
Verdict: Tiara Star
Hussybay (1) dug deep last start to rally back and worry Royal Rumble (3) out of it over the Morphettville mile. Neither horse is necessarily suited by the extra 100m here but Royal Rumble has more room to improve fourth-up and he meets Hussybay slightly better at the weights. Savatag (6) drops right down in the weights for this and should have no issues seeing out the 1700m, especially if he enjoys what looks like a fairly soft lead. Strategic Demand (4) also has claims.
Verdict: Royal Rumble
Canford (1) was well backed first-up at Strathalbyn over 1350m and duly ran out an impressive winner (the runner-up has since won). He tends to improve with racing and is a winner in this grade, so there’s no reason he can’t go on with it. Table Of Wisdom (2) won over this T/D second-up for new trainer Dennis O’Leary and has claims again with Raquel Clarke steering. Charossa (3) will find this a lot easier than the BM70 he tackled at Caulfield last time, while Willochra (7) could figure if she copes with the quick back-up.
Verdict: Canford (BEST)
Very hard to go past Vietti (12) who returned with a narrow defeat behind Yulong Star at Morphettville in mid-December. She’ll have benefitted from that and Kah should position her handily from an inside draw. It’s harder to separate the next few. Now And Forever (9) gets down in the weights and might be able to turn the tables on Charmist (5) after finishing 0.2L off him when second-up last start. La Vita (6) can feature if she rediscovers her best form.
There’s reasonable depth to this BM75 and you can make a case for a handful of runners. Kabini (9) got the better of Over And Above two-back and if Toeroek can secure cover in running she looks good value to repeat the feat. Over And Above (3) has won well since and is bound to give a good sight but there’s more depth here and they look likely to run along. Alaskan Jade (5) has come back in terrific order and relishes the T/D (7:3-1-0). Street Life (4) won well in town last Saturday and has performed well on the quick back-up in the past.
The impeccably bred Good Idea (6) – by So You Think out of Oaks winner Faint Perfume – may never realise the heights of his parents but he seems to be going well this prep after scoring effortlessly last start over 2014m at Morphettville. He’ll be fitter again and Caboche should be able to cross, take up a handy position and prove hard to catch. El Desperado (5) has finished in the money at his last 10 starts and can again feature although he’s unproven over the trip. Busker’s Ballad (7) is racing well and will appreciate dropping down in the weights, not to mention the services of Jamie Kah. Eperdument (11) was an eye-catcher last start and looks the value play.
Verdict: Good Idea
Tough way to finish. Triple Deez (3) struggled a bit when up in grade and down in trip last start but he looks better suited here. Worth backing at the $ 10 currently on offer. The Crowther claim (3kg) helps and if she can gain cover in the run he should have something to offer at the finish. Filly Enough Swagger (11) bolted in over this T/D first-up and while she again looms as a key player, there is more depth here and the firmer surface mightn’t suit. Plenty of other chances but Counter Spin (2) should be ready to fire now and Two Odd Sox (7) continues to race well, albeit without winning.
Verdict: Triple Deez (VALUE)