BEST BET: 11. FIAMETTE (Race 1)
EACH-WAY: 3. CARAK (Race 5)
VALUE: 1. ARMAMENT (Race 4)
RACE 1 - 12:05PM TAB Maiden Plate (1506 METRES)
FIAMETTE has been ready to win in maiden grade for a while and finds a very winnable race here. She comes up short but has form around Short Stories and Super Looka which looks good enough to be winning here. Danger is SOUMAH who ran well behind Funckia at Murray Bridge last time and that is solid enough form. IF YOU LEAVE ran well behind Goliotus at Bordertown last time and has been placed on a heavy track. PANKRATOVA battled away behind Lomax at Gawler on debut for Shayne Cahill and can measure-up here. ARCEEDEE trialled up OK but didn’t fire on debut and can improve.
SELECTIONS: 11. FIAMETTE, 4. Soumah, 9. If You Leave
RACE 2 – 12.40PM Gawler Carnival of Cups Maiden Plate (1200 METRES)
GO BUNDLE ran well finishing runner-up behind Lomax at Gawler two starts back and gets the blinkers. Phillip Stokes has two leading chances. MISTY TRAILS was placed behind Lady Simone on debut and was then OK behind Royal Obsession. Her latest was only fair but is in the right stable to improve sharply. OUR TIGERSUN was backed to run favourite at Pakenham and in the market at Tatura last time. He looks a danger here at his SA debut. CHEH CHEH CHARLEE is bursting to win a race and the stable is ticking along well.
SELECTIONS: 4. GO BUNDLE, 11. Misty Trails, 6. Our Tigersun
RACE 3 - 1:15PM Xmas Party at the Races – Sat 18 Dec Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1100 METRES)
Former Victorian KILLER BLONDE didn’t do a lot at Moe on debut but has won a recent Morphettville trial and is sure to be in the mix here. MAY’S WEST ran OK here behind De Thorn last time and draws a gate to be fighting out the finish here. WANDERING EYE chased home an impressive subsequent city winner in Mutinous and was OK at Bordertown behind Teesha last time.
SELECTIONS: 7. KILLER BLONDE, 8. May’s West, 4. Wandering Eye
RACE 4 - 1:50PM Terrace Function Centre Maiden/Class One Plate (2112 METRES)
GOLIOTUS is the horse with upside here. He was a winner on a heavy track at Bordertown last time and the step up in journey should be ideal. He’s taking on the older horses, but most of these have had plenty of chances and he looks the one to beat. The Sue and Jason Jaensch pair of IRONICAL and NATIVE BLUE both draw well and should be thereabouts. NATIVE BLUE is coming off a good Warracknabeal win last time out and that looks good form for a race like this. ARMAMENT could be an improver, he raced well last time in work and the stable was back in winning form at Morphettville on the weekend. SMILING ASSASSIN is more than up to winning a race like this and was OK behind Lutz at Balaklava two starts back. He battled away behind a dominant winner Clever Man last week but has raced well here in the past.
SELECTIONS: 7. GOLIOTUS, 4. Native Blue, 1. Armament
RACE 5 - 2:30PM Coopers Brewery Benchmark 62 Handicap (1706 METRES)
Looking for the horses who will really get through the heavy ground as the day progresses and CARAK ticks all the boxes. He was a touch disappointing last time up in class behind Icecrusher but his best is right up to winning a race like this. He looks big odds after scratchings. CALL ME DEXTER loves it here on his home track. He was a good winner over Carbone three starts back. He draws out but that won’t be an issue, he is untried on a heavy track. TURN TABLE was a winner here three starts back and OK behind Dominus last time. He should be around the mark. DON’T DISMISS loves it here with three wins from five starts, he was placed at his other two and will find this a better option than last time behind Jaamint. BATTLE BLITZ is a progressive type, notsure how well he’ll handle the heavy but he draws to get a good run.
SELECTIONS: 3. CARAK, 5. Call Me Dexter, 8. Turn Table
RACE 6 - 3:05PM Gawler Club Memberships- due now! Benchmark 54 Handicap (1100 METRES)
Local CHEVITE has won three of seven here on his home track, has been placed on a heavy track and comes off a good win over Olive Grove. He gets the services of Todd Pannell and comes up short enough but does look the winner. RUSTYDUSTYSUNSHINE was good behind French Rock at Balaklava first-up from a spell and races well here. TINNY BAR BLUE is another local resuming and was placed twice at Port Lincoln last campaign. ARCTIC BLAZE races well here and was runner-up behind Shopster three starts back. ASTON RAPOVA had good specking at Strathalbyn before a break and is a winner here.
SELECTIONS: 4. CHEVITE, 11. Rustydustysunshine, 12. Tinny Bar Blue
RACE 7 - 3:45PM Gawler Equine Pool BM56 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Good betting race. BOOMER BEACH races well fresh and hasn’t been seen since tackling a feature at Morphettville. He was a Balaklava winner previously. The stable has a great record and presenting their horses fresh and he can certainly win this. EQUAL BALANCE has been racing well and was placed behind Munster two starts back before racing up in class beind Clap at Morphettville last time. FIGHT FOR FREEDOM is one from one on a heavy track and ran well when 3rd behind Spears last time at Murray Bridge. BRUTAL POWER could be a watch. He didn’t fire up in the NT but had a handy Victorian record in his first campaign under the care of Mike Moroney and is in good hands with local horseman Gary Searle. LA RAPIDE has ability and can improve here. NOTICE ME is a former Victorian now with Darren Magro.
SELECTIONS: 1. BOOMER BEACH, 3. Equal Balance, 7. Fight For Freedom
RACE 8 - 4:15PM Holdfast Insurance Benchmark 54 Handicap (1506 METRES)
KEYSOR returned to winning form at Bordertown last time and does have a handy record here. His heavy track record is good, he draws out which should be ideal late in the day. CALL ME ARCHER was well backed behind Whiskey ‘N’ Women at Murray Bridge last time out and is unbeaten here. ROYAL BOWER had specking and ran OK first-up in SA behind Spears at Murray Bridge. He has a win and three placings on heavy tracks. LOOSE LIP LLOYD is a winner on heavy going and ran well behind Keysor at Bordertown last time.
SELECTIONS: 1. KEYSOR, 2. Call Me Archer, 10. Royal Bower