Fri, May 4, 4:51pm by Staff Writer
Feature racing is at Morphettville this Saturday – the first of three consecutive weeks of G1 action in South Australia. This week, the rail is in the true and the track will be in the good range.
The Group 1 Sangster Stakes (1200m) is a set weights and penalties for fillies and mares with a field of 18 accepted for the race.
Secret Agenda ($12) is going for back-to-back wins in the race after beating Viddora ($4.35) and I Am A Star last year. Last year – where she drew barrier 16 – she came into this race off a win in the G2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, where this year – drawn barrier 14 – she’s off a last start third in the Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville. Her stable mate Pedrena ($23) is building a good record with five wins and three seconds from her ten career starts and she was a last start G3 winner during the Flemington carnival of the spring.
Viddora is the favourite for the race and she’s drawn barrier one. A winner of eight from 25 with a further eight minors she’s had three wins – including a G1 Winterbottom (1200m) – and six seconds from her last ten starts, with her only other run in that sequence being when fourth in the G1 Manikato (1200m) – beaten by 2L.
Dainty Tess ($12) won the Irwin Stakes and she’s looking to make it three straight this campaign after a win at Ascot when first-up. Quilista ($6) has drawn barrier two and she’s looking for her fourth straight victory with stable mate Whispering Brook ($13) a winner of two from three this campaign.
The Hayes/Dabernig yard have four in the race with Catchy ($9.50) returning to form with a last start G2 win during the Randwick carnival. Miss Gunpowder ($35) was a strong Bendigo Gold Bracelet (1400m) winner at her most recent run. Formality ($13) resumes from a spell while Tulip ($34) has been given no favours drawing widest in gate 18.
Super Cash ($7) is first-up and is a winner of five from six when fresh while Shoals ($15) has only missed the place once in her nine starts with two of her six wins being at G1 level.
A field of 15 will tackle the G1 SA Oaks (2000m) with Chris Waller saddling up race favourite Savacool ($5) as he looks for consecutive wins in the race after Egg Tart took this race out last year. Savacool was an impressive last start winner at Caulfield over 1600m, with three wins and three seconds from her six career starts. Velocita ($19) beat Savacool two starts back and she also lines up here for Waller.
Darren Weir saddles up three runners with Sopressa ($5) equal favourite – and she too was ultra-impressive when taking out the G3 Aurarua (1800m) by over 4L. Think Bleue ($7) has won four of her past five but drawn widest in barrier 15 while Pleasuring ($16) is in good form with three wins from her last five runs.
Aloisia ($7) has somewhat struggled for form this preparation but she was a G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) winner last spring. Bring Me Roses ($13) only has the one career victory but she did run second in the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) and fourth in the G1 ATC Oaks (2400m) with stable mate Temple of Bel ($11) also given some hope according to the markets in what’s a fairly open race.
Suggested Bet: Punters might still be feeling sick about Viridine’s ($3.95, race 4, number 1) last run at Randwick where he didn’t get clear air down the straight but hopefully they can make up for it here. He was good in the G1 Galaxy (1100m) before that behind In Her Time and English, and a repeat of that form will see him be very competitive here. He’s drawn wide in barrier 11 but hopefully Kerrin McEvoy can overcome that.
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