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EXPERT RACING TIPS: MORPHETTVILLE

MORPHETTVILLE TIPS | OVERVIEW | 23RD FEBRUARY

Rail: +8m 1200m-W/Post; +5m Remainder. Sectional 610m (Dual Track Meeting) | Weather: Fine 21 | Track: Good 4

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Lachlan Mosley

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BACK (WIN) – 3. Sir Sway for 1 unit

Going to chase some value with SIR SWAY. Didn’t have a great deal of luck when blocked for a run in the straight but boxed on well for 2.7L 3rd behind an impressive KALASEC. Now meets that horse 3.5kg better at the weights and the blinkers go on.

Lachlan Mosley

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BACK (PLACE) – 3. Sir Sway for 2 units

Going to chase some value with SIR SWAY. Didn’t have a great deal of luck when blocked for a run in the straight but boxed on well for 2.7L 3rd behind an impressive KALASEC. Now meets that horse 3.5kg better at the weights and the blinkers go on.

Lachlan Mosley

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LAY (WIN) – 3. In Her Stride for 1 unit

Has had plenty of jump outs for this first up run. Form last prep was pretty plain to be fair. Has a tricky draw and has placed only twice on Good tracks in 9 attempts.

RACE 1 | SELECTIONS

2. Flossing
3. Pool Pony
1. Conquerer
5. Pearl Adios

FLOSSING returns from a break where he failed in the Coleraine Cup. Then sent for a spell. Comes here off an excellent trial win and first up form reads well.

POOL PONY is racing in career best form this prep with 3 wins in a row followed by a close 2nd behind an in-form I’M A DEXSTAR. He goes well here. Draws well and is building a good record with Jake Toereok aboard.

CONQUERER ran a really nice 3rd at Flemington behind the red hot JUNGLE JIM two back before finding BM84 level vs JIMMYSASTAR a bit too much last time out. This is easier and the Hayes boys place them well over here.

Betting Strategy

No bet race.

RACE 2 | SELECTIONS

3. Marimenko
1. Jenkins
8. Jackand
4. West Cliff

Pretty ordinary one. MARIMENKO is racing well since joining the Richard & Chantelle Jolly team and has started hard in the market on all occasions. He just grinded home over the 1500m last start so he’s probably looking for this longer trip now.

JENKINS got home well for 4th last weekend when best work was through the line. Draws for a soft run here and extra trip may suit. Pannell sticks the ride.

JACKAND comes across from Victoria after a 2nd at BM58 level. This is a step up in grade but there’s no world beaters in this and is proven over the distance.

WEST CLIFF was a surprise winner at odds last start when he beat a couple of decent horses at BM64 level. No reason why he can’t win again.

Betting Strategy

No bet race.

RACE 3 | SELECTIONS

3. Sir Sway
2. Another House
1. Kalasec
4. Stokomo

Very even affair. Going to chase some value with SIR SWAY. Didn’t have a great deal of luck when blocked for a run in the straight but boxed on well for 2.7L 3rd behind an impressive KALASEC. Now meets that horse 3.5kg better at the weights and the blinkers go on.

ANOTHER HOUSE has a fair bit of ability and looked good at a recent trial. Never missed a place at the track.

KALASEC has always had above average ability but hasdn’t been racing well until a form reversal when ridden cold and came with a big finish. Im sure they will ride it the same this time. Up in weight but the talent is there.

STOKOMO was a narrow MDN winner on debut. Steps up another level here but does look progressive.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 3. Sir Sway for 1 unit

Going to chase some value with SIR SWAY. Didn’t have a great deal of luck when blocked for a run in the straight but boxed on well for 2.7L 3rd behind an impressive KALASEC. Now meets that horse 3.5kg better at the weights and the blinkers go on.

BACK (PLACE) – 3. Sir Sway for 2 units

Going to chase some value with SIR SWAY. Didn’t have a great deal of luck when blocked for a run in the straight but boxed on well for 2.7L 3rd behind an impressive KALASEC. Now meets that horse 3.5kg better at the weights and the blinkers go on.

RACE 4 | SELECTIONS

5. Outsider
1. Miss Muccini
4. Smiling From Above
2. She’s Greysful

Liked the stable debut from OUTSIDER for the Clarken and Oshea yard. She was a heavily backed favourite and although she didn’t win her closing 3rd was full of merit. Will be fitter for the effort. Has placed 2nd up in the past and regular stable jockey goes back on.

MISS MUCCINI was a dominant winner first up in a strong BM56 race at Oakbank. She’s always shown above average ability. Draws well and gets in with the claim for the in-form Maggie Collett. Can win again.

SMILING FROM ABOVE looked a weighted certainty last start and didn’t let the punters down with a dominant victory. She’s another that’s shown above average ability. Draws well here.

SHE’S GREYSFUL was won well first up but was a bit disappointing as favourite last start when the race shape didn’t suit. Forgive that.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 5. Outsider for 2 units

Liked the stable debut from OUTSIDER for the Clarken and Oshea yard. She was a heavily backed favourite and although she didn’t win her closing 3rd was full of merit. Will be fitter for the effort. Has placed 2nd up in the past and regular stable jockey goes back on.

LAY (WIN) – 3. In Her Stride for 1 unit

Has had plenty of jump outs for this first up run. Form last prep was pretty plain to be fair. Has a tricky draw and has placed only twice on Good tracks in 9 attempts.

RACE 5 | SELECTIONS

12. Palm Of Jumeira
2. Duchess Of Sussex
4. Mind Shift
6. Ad Astra

No bet race. Very hard one to figure out with some limited race day form and horses unseen at the trials. If you are desperate for a bet perhaps watch late betting moves but I don’t like getting involved in juvenile racing.

Betting Strategy

No bet race.

RACE 6 | SELECTIONS

5. Lord Morton
12. Jilladora
1. El Salto
6. Willaston

LORD MORTON ran 7th in a BM56 at Oakbank last start but the race had depth and the horse rocketed home from the tail when it was all over. Up in grade but drops weight and gets Kayla Crowther back aboard.

JILLADORA returns from a break and ran very well fresh last campaign. Had a few luckless runs before a break. Draws well here.

EL SALTO carried a whopping 63.5kg here and was still too good stays in the same grade a week later and drops 1kg with the 3kg claim. Can win again.

WILLASTON worked home very strongly last start for a close up 5th. He goes well at this track/distance and draws for a soft run. Flies under the radar.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 5. Lord Morton for 1 unit

LORD MORTON ran 7th in a BM56 at Oakbank last start but the race had depth and the horse rocketed home from the tail when it was all over. Up in grade but drops weight and gets Kayla Crowther back aboard.

BACK (PLACE) – 5. Lord Morton for 1 unit

LORD MORTON ran 7th in a BM56 at Oakbank last start but the race had depth and the horse rocketed home from the tail when it was all over. Up in grade but drops weight and gets Kayla Crowther back aboard.

RACE 7 | SELECTIONS

11. The Map
2. Hasta La War
3. Grand Promenade
14. Unusual Pearl

THE MAP couldn’t have returned in any better form with a dominant first up victory in-front of some very smart gallopers. Will be fitter for that run and goes great at this track. Building a good record with Lachy Neindorf in the saddle and is on a path towards the Adelaide Cup.

HASTA LA WAR is the best horse in the race that has narrowly missed out on Melbourne Cup runs the past two years. Returned from a break in great fashion with a 3rd behind THE MAP and now meets the horse 3.5kg better at the weights.

GRAND PROMENADE looks the likely leader and will prove hard to gun down. There’s a couple of roughies in this that like to go forward too so might not get it all his own way. Sure to be in the finish though.

UNUSUAL PEARL is a lightly race mare who is working through the grades nicely. Looking for hattrick of wins. Races well on good surfaces and looks a light-weight hope.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 11. The Map for 2 units

THE MAP couldn’t have returned in any better form with a dominant first up victory in-front of some very smart gallopers. Will be fitter for that run and goes great at this track. Building a good record with Lachy Neindorf in the saddle and is on a path towards the Adelaide Cup.

BACK (WIN) – 2. Hasta La War for 1 unit

HASTA LA WAR is the best horse in the race that has narrowly missed out on Melbourne Cup runs the past two years. Returned from a break in great fashion with a 3rd behind THE MAP and now meets the horse 3.5kg better at the weights.

RACE 8 | SELECTIONS

11. Grinzinger Prince
12. Miss Icelandic
15. Turf Decision
5. My Khalifa

Great listed race this. 10+ genuine chances. Going with GRINZINGER PRINCE on the 54kg minimum. Ran the race of his life when 3rd in the Listed Durbridge Stakes. Drops 4.5kg in weight and draws for a suck run.

MISS ICELANDIC is a lightly raced mare who has won 5 from 10 starts and 3 in a row. This is her biggest test to date but looks a stakes level horse. Draws nicely and will look the winner at some stage in the stage.

MY KHALIFA has above average ability. Returns from a spell and put in a huge performance when a narrow 2nd fresh last prep. If they go too quickly in-front then he can be over the top of the late.

TURF DECISION is long odds but does have ability. Just keeps stepping slowly and losing all chance. Will appreciate a genuine tempo as the horse couldn’t get into things off a muddler last start. Could surprise.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 11. Grizinger Prince for 1 unit

Great listed race this. 10+ genuine chances. Going with GRINZINGER PRINCE on the 54kg minimum. Ran the race of his life when 3rd in the Listed Durbridge Stakes. Drops 4.5kg in weight and draws for a suck run.

BACK (WIN) – 12. Miss Icelandic for 1.5 units

MISS ICELANDIC is a lightly raced mare who has won 5 from 10 starts and 3 in a row. This is her biggest test to date but looks a stakes level horse. Draws nicely and will look the winner at some stage in the stage.

BACK (WIN) – 15. Turf Decisions for 0.5 units

TURF DECISION is long odds but does have ability. Just keeps stepping slowly and losing all chance. Will appreciate a genuine tempo as the horse couldn’t get into things off a muddler last start. Could surprise.

BACK (WIN) – 5. My Khalifa for 0.5 units

MY KHALIFA has above average ability. Returns from a spell and put in a huge performance when a narrow 2nd fresh last prep. If they go too quickly in-front then he can be over the top of the late.

RACE 9 | SELECTIONS

9. Fanmalia
15. Wally West
1. Anjopin
12. Struck Gold

FANMALIA has been desperately unlucky the past two starts. Got well back and blocked but rocketed home for 2nd last start. Goes well with Teagan Voorham in the saddle and will appreciate some speed on here. Deserves a win.

WALLY WEST is a big strong RICH ENUFF gelding who does a bit wrong in the run and doesn’t like to be crowded by other horses. Just couldn’t reel in the leaders last start but still ran well. Should appreciate the wider barrier here to stay out of trouble.

ANJOPIN returns from a break and has a great turn of foot when right. Draws well, gets weight off with the claim and has a great record at this track/dist.

STRUCK GOLD failed as hot favourite fresh at Geelong but did pull up with a slow recovery. Can probably forgive that and is 1/1 2nd up.

Betting Strategy

BACK (WIN) – 9. Fanmalia for 1 unit

FANMALIA has been desperately unlucky the past two starts. Got well back and blocked but rocketed home for 2nd last start. Goes well with Teagan Voorham in the saddle and will appreciate some speed on here. Deserves a win.

BACK (PLACE) – 9. Fanmalia for 1 unit

FANMALIA has been desperately unlucky the past two starts. Got well back and blocked but rocketed home for 2nd last start. Goes well with Teagan Voorham in the saddle and will appreciate some speed on here. Deserves a win.

MORPHETTVILLE TIPS | RACECOURSE

Summary

Morphettville is South Australia’s premier racetrack, located on the outskirts of Adelaide’s city centre. The South Australian Jockey Club’s two racetracks host fixtures all year round, but its premium meetings fall in April and May during the Adelaide Racing Carnival. Our team of South Australian experts bring you their Morphettville race tips all year round, with an even sharper focus on the feature meetings over the winter months. Head to the Betfair Hub for the inside track on Morphettville racing. 

Fast Facts

  • Morphettville was the first race club anywhere in the world to utilise a retractable winning post with hydraulics, which enables the SAJC to minimise the damage to both tracks by alternating the running of races. 
  • The wetlands area in the middle of the racecourse, which covers 3.5 hectares and is used to irrigate both racetracks, was constructed in 2002 at a cost of $2.4 million.

Key Events         

Morphettville hosts four Group 1 meetings during the Adelaide Racing Carnival, starting with the Australasian Oaks and culminating in The Goodwood. With the Robert Sangster Stakes and the South Australian Derby in between, our tipsters bring you their Morphettville best bets over four consecutive weeks of Group 1 action. 

Track Profile 

The course proper at Morphettville is a long, flat course with a circumference of 2,307 metres. The track has a width of 32 metres, with wide sweeping turns and a four per cent camber. The second track, commonly known locally as “The Parks”, was officially opened in June 2009. The track has a circumference of 2,100 metres and is 25 metres wide, with a five per cent camber on the turns. A chute running through the centre of the course between the 850 and 1,550-metre marks allows for 1250, 1300 and 1400-metre starts. With an intimate knowledge of how both tracks play, you can rely on Betfair’s experts for the best Morphettville tips.  

History

The first race meeting on what is today known as Morphettville was conducted on 3 January, 1876. Since the closure of the racetracks at Victoria Park (2008) and Cheltenham Park (2009), race meetings in Adelaide have only been conducted at Morphettville.   

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