Group 1 racing continues at Morphettville this Saturday and a host of talented three-year-old stayers will be in action.
The South Australian Derby may be the feature race, but there is plenty of interest right across the card.
We have analysed every single race and our 2021 South Australian Derby tips can be found below.
Race 1 – 12:10pm AEDT – Accolade Wines Handicap (Morph Parks Track), (1000m)
Star Of Uma is a classy filly that has recorded two wins from her three race starts.
Her best form does give her a genuine class edge over the rest of this field and she still has the scope to improve.
Barrier six is perfect and she is deserving of her status as a clear favourite.
Race 2 – 12:45pm AEDT – Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (Morph Parks Track), (1400m)
Cloudy showed a nice turn-of-foot to win the Breeders Stakes last start and a repeat of that effort would make her tough to beat.
The Frosted filly has improved each time that she has been seen at the races and the step-up to 1400 metres is ideal for her.
The $5.50 currently available is a great price and she can continue her winning ways.
Race 3 – 1:20pm AEDT – Autumn Series Final (Morph Parks Track), (1400m)
This is an incredibly open race and you can make a case for just about every single horse in this field.
May Be Fate is racing consistently and there is no reason why he won’t be in the finish once again.
Barrier 11 isn’t ideal and he will need some luck in running, but he is still good value at his current quote.
Race 4 – 1:55pm AEDT – Happy Birthday Michael Larecki Handicap (1200m)
Midnight Storm is a very consistent galloper and he finds himself in a winnable contest at Morphettville this afternoon.
I like the fact that he makes his own luck right on the speed and Jason Holder should be able to find the front comfortably in the early stages of this race.
Race 5 – 2:30pm AEDT – Weslo Security Handicap (1050m)
On a day full of tough betting races, this might be the toughest of the lot.
It has been a long time between race wins for Lady Pavli Chenko, but her best form would be more than good enough to win this contest.
She has drawn nicely in barrier six and Michael Walker in the saddle is a positive in such an open race.
Race 6 – 3:10pm AEDT – Provincial Super Series Final (1800m)
The stable of Michael Hickmott has been absolutely flying in recent months and he has the chance to claim another big race win with Reynolds.
Reynolds has scored two wins from his three race starts and he was unlucky when he was beaten as a short-priced favourite at Murray Bridge last start.
He is well-placed to return to winning form and is deserving of his status as a clear favourite.
Race 7 – 3:50pm AEDT – Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m)
This is an interesting edition of the South Australian Derby and I do think that it could end up being a race in two between Explosive Jack and Liquero.
There is no doubt that Liquero is the value runner.
He has recorded four wins from his five race starts and he holds a race win over Explosive Jack after knocking him off in the Bendigo St Leger.
Liquero went on to win at Caulfield last start and the horse that he beat, Through Irish Eyes, went on to win the VRC St Leger.
2500 metres is ideal for him and he will make his own luck right on the speed.
He will have a clear head start over Explosive Jack in the run and that could prove to be the difference.
$5 is a great price and I don’t expect it to last.
Race 8 – 4:30pm AEDT – Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m)
Cherry Tortoni will return to the races in the Adelaide Guineas and he has opened as a dominant favourite.
There is no doubt that he is the class horse in this field, but it is tough to get him as short as his current price.
Barrier nine means that he will settle in the second half of the field and his racing pattern means that he always needs luck in running.
I don’t want to bet against him, but I can’t dive in at the current price either.
Race 9 – 5:05pm AEDT – SA Sprint Series Final (1100m)
Streetcar Stranger could hardly have been more impressive over 1000 metres last start and a repeat of that effort would make him very tough to beat.
He has never won over 1100 metres in the past, but he has been thereabouts and he does look to have gone to another level this campaign.
Barrier three is perfect for him and he will prove very tough to beat.