Mon, Mar 11, 10:10am by Kevin Pitstock
We take a look through the nine race program at Morphettville for their Cup day program on Monday, March 11
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Race 1: Adelaide Casino Handicap (1600m)
The first on Adelaide Cup day has unfortunately been reduced to a small field of fine runners with the Lonhro gelding No 2 The Ruffian coming out on top. An ex-Darley stable runner, the Ruffian has had two runs back from a spell and his last start second should see him more than capable of producing the goods here. Putting in No 4 Oui Si Attitude from the Jon O’Connor stable for seconf after a last start at this track over 1800m. No 1 The Wingman could have been classed as slightly unlucky last start when finishing well behind Dany The Fox at Listed level, while No 7 Serbian Crown is a trifecta and first-four hope.
Race 2: Your Local IGA Handicap (1150m)
The second of the day is a Rating 68+ and a field of seven are set to contest the 1100m sprint. No 5 Almighty Bullet from the John Hyam stable is first up and after a very good campaign last time in, there is no reason that he can’t pull out a good run fresh. Putting in the Richard Jolly-trained No 4 Karacatis in for second after two very good runs back from a spell including a win first up. No 1 Periduki is always there abouts and is a very good sprinter and should not be discounted, especially after an apprentice claim. Going with No 6 Lohengrin to round out the first four.
Race 3: Listed Sportingbet Stakes (1050m)
The first of the stakes races of the day and this one is open to the two-year-old fillies. No 3 Typhoon from the Richard Jolly stable has had two runs to date and was an impressive winner last time in and although is up in class, the Hard Spun filly looks to have ability. No 7 Molto Bella finished third at her only start to eventual Group One Blue Diamond winner Miracles Of Life and on that must rate. No 6 Thiamandi was an impressive five length winner last time out and the daughter of Street Boss has always been highly regarded. Rounding out the first four is No 8 Forever Discreet, a Bernardini filly who finished fourth on debut behind Gamblin’ Guru who contested the G2 Sires’ Produce on Saturday.
Race 4: Magic Millions Adelaide Classic (1200m)
The Magic Millions Adelaide Classic is a race for two-year-olds purchased from the Magic Millions yearling sales and we are putting the Anthony Freedman-trained Charles In Charge on top. A gelding by Myboycharlie, he was an impressive winner on debut and with any improvement should be very hard to beat. No 4 The Voice from the Tony McEvoy yard finished second on debut last campaign and has since been gelded. No 8 Al Farafir from the Sam Kavanagh stable is an interesting runner here as he was given a chance first up but disappointed by Thiamandi who contests the previous race – watch the form and decide accordingly. No 5 Tikitour finished third on debut behind Typhoon who is the top selection in the previous and is one to watch.
Race 5: The Myer Fashion Trophy (1200m)
Race fives sees No 6 Our Mini from the Lloyd Kennewell stable as the top selection in an open race. Placed at both her previous two first up runs, the mare should be good value here. No 8 Cape Fear from the Sam Kavanagh yard is unbeaten in three runs for the stable and looks to be a very good chance here. No 5 Nadaka was disappointing last time out, but with a better draw here should be capable of figuring in the finish. No 10 Orlando’s Bride has travelled over from the Melbourne stable of Russell Cameron and with a good record to date could be the surprise runner.
Race 6: Listed Schweppes C S Hayes Memorial Cup (1600m)
Quite and open field here for the Listed mile contest with No 3 Mourinho from the Peter Gelagotis stable in Melbourne heading over for the race. Second up here after a very good spring campaign, the Oratorio gelding is worth a good each way chance. No 1 Prince Of Capers from the Tony McEvoy yard is open to improvement after three somewhat indifferent performances. No 8 River’s Lane is a Street Cry gelding with his fair share of ability and was a nice winner last time out. No 6 Gold Sand was fourth to Dany The Fox in the Listed Kilmore Cup and on that alone is a chance here.
Race 7: Group Two Adelaide Casino Adelaide Cup (3200m)
The major race of the day, the 3200m G2 Adelaide Cup where we see No 2 Tuscan Fire as the likely favourite and rightfully so after a very good third last time out at Flemington after a dominant display the start before when winning the Mornington Cup. No 5 So You Think was an impressive three length winner last time out and does have two wins over 3000m so the distance should not pose any issues. No 7 Kutchinsky defeated Tuscan Fire last time out and if any improvement, should be counted amongst the leading chances again. No 6 Macedonian is a winner over the 3200m, albeit it in 2010, but is rarely far away and one thing for sure is, he will just keep whacking away!
Race 8: Group Two Cantrebet Classic (1200m)
Group Two contest for the three-year-olds with No 2 Office Bearer on top. Losing his unbeaten tag last start when a short half head second at Listed level, the Peter Moody-trained runner should be winning here and is the best bet of the day. No 10 Shamal Wind had won three in a row before slightly disappointing last start – but it was a big step up to Group One level. Would like to see that she is back to form before declaring here, but I feel this is a clear top two pick. No 11Molto Bene is a talented filly on here day and mixed it with the best of her age and sex during the spring, while No 13 Lonhspresso is the winner of two from four and shows promise and must be included.
Race 9: 7 News Handicap (1050m)
The final race of the day sees the Sam Kavanagh-trained No 1 Alezan Thunder come out on top. In the top three on six occasions from eight starts, the Written Tycoon filly should be too nippy over the 1050m. No 2 Nullarbor Nymph from the Richard Jolly stable has two wins and three places from five starts and should be capable of challenging Alezan Thunder for favouritism. No 3 Wakeel was disappointing last time out after a good run the start prior in stakes company – give another go here. No 9 Excell Shoes comes into this off a barrier trial win and should not be left out.
Best Best Of The Day: Race 8, No 2 Office Bearer 3yo g (Officier x Street ’em Sheila, by Street Cry), trained by Peter Moody.
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