Lincoln Moore's Balaklava Cup preview

Race by race preview by Lincoln Moore.

Racecourse : Balaklava.
Racecourse : Balaklava. Picture: BalaklavaRC

BEST BET: MORIALTA (Race 7)

EACH-WAY: WINNING PARTNER (Race 8)

VALUE: GHETTO (Race 6)

 RACE 1 - 11:35AM Haulmark Three-Year-Old Benchmark 62 Handicap (1400 METRES)

PILOT'S BOULEVARD was well in the market behind Another Free Glass here two starts back before being placed behind Transference at Gawler when he just peaked on his run late. Back in trip he gets his chance. KYASHI was taken to Quorn to win his maiden last time, this is obviously a big step up in class, but he must be respected. ABIT RATTLEY is an improving type who made good ground behind Castle Of Kings last time. THE MAP showed improvement at her second trial behind Shalwesee at Murray Bridge last time.

SELECTIONS: 3. PILOT'S BOULEVARD, 1. Kyashi, 4. Abit Rattley

 RACE 2 - 12:10PM Atlas Event & Party Hire Maiden Plate (2200 METRES)

DOROTHY ROSE was good first-up from a break making good ground behind Understatement at Murray Bridge. This race is lacking depth and she gets her chance from a good barrier. CONQUEST OF TEARS should have won here three starts back and was OK behind Ironical at Murray Bridge last time. WICKED WEEKEND also comes out or the Understatement race at Murray Bridge and has been placed at five of 15 starts. RIGHT TURN has Port Augusta form, SARADAWN draws the inside.

SELECTIONS: 4. DOROTHY ROSE, 3.Conquest Of Tears, 7. Wicked Weekend

 RACE 3 - 12:45PM Taylors Wines Maiden Plate (1050 METRES)

SOLSYSTEM was OK on debut when beaten 4.3 lengths behind The Partisan at Gawler. He draws a perfect gate and the stable have a good record here. KUNGKA MARU resumed and was far from disgraced behind Beau Rossa in the Lightning Stakes. He was OK behind Spin The Reward second-up and then placed behind Hanabi last time. WE WILL REMEMBER trialled well before running 2nd behind Spinola Bay at Murray Bridge back in June and was again solidly supported behind Turfitt at Morphettville last time. Stablemate ROYAL GISELLE has improved in all three trials running 2nd behind Ultimate Addiction last time. ULTIMATE ADDICTION won two trials before running 2nd behind So Say Angel at Morphettville and battled last time behind Hanabi. LEANNA BELLE was placed twice before being backed to run favourite behind She's Estelle last time at Gawler. CHARM SLINGA was OK on debut in March when 6th beaten 3.5 lengths behind Champagne Dreams at Morphettville. TEXAN WINDSTORM has placed at three of five starts in NSW is on debut for John MacMillan. CROSS CREEK is another for NSW galloper making her SA debut, this one with Chris Bieg.

SELECTIONS: 2. SOLSYSTEM, 8. Kungka Maru, 4. We Will Remember

 RACE 4 - 1:20PM TAB Benchmark 54 Handicap (1050 METRES)

HARD RANSOM was good first-up from spell here behind She's Estelle before going to Port Augusta and winning impressively. He draws out but has the claim and should be in the finish. A BIT RACEY ran well first-up from a break when 4th behind Aston Rapova at Morphettville. She draws out but has the benefit of a claim and should be in the finish. EL MAGNIFICENCE was good when 2nd behind French Rock here three starts back and led when beaten 1.4 lengths behind Magic Phantom last time. EDUCATE is on debut for the Frew stable and was an Albury winner four starts back. ZOUSTORM has been around the mark.

SELECTIONS: 1. HARD RANSOM, 3. A Bit Racey, 6. El Magnificence

 RACE 5 - 1:55PM Adelaide Galvanising Industries Maiden Plate (1600 METRES)

CASSOWARY was runner-up here behind My Khalifa three starts back and was good again hitting the line strongly behind Apache Star. She draws out but gets her chance here. MAKE IT A DOUBLE was placed here two starts back behind Sicilian Witness and was OK behind Castle Of Kings last time. HARRY HOT PANTS has been placed at his past two at Naracoorte and Gawler. LIME SPIDER battled on OK when 4th behind Ammo Amor at Penola last time. GWAIHIR had specking on debut behind American Trouble at Murray Bridge. KHESHIG was placed at Gawler three starts back.

SELECTIONS: 14. CASSOWARY, 7. Make It A Double, 3. Harry Hot Pants

 RACE 6 - 2:30PM Clare Valley Toyota Mares Benchmark 58 Handicap (Heat 3 Viddora Series) (1300 METRES)

Tricky race on paper. SCARLET RIVER was good first-up form a spell beating Pivotal Force. She gets in well after the claim and wasn't far away at her only start here. HILUMIERE races well here and was good behind Moscow Red at Morphettville last time. STRIKE THE NIGHT was good behind Naleigh at Morphettville two starts. GHETTO should get a good run from an inside gate. REGAL DOMAIN was a winner here three starts back, while stablemate MISS ELEGANCE comes off a Streaky Bay win. GO BOO BOO is now with Emma Hubbard and wasn't beaten far in a recent Murray Bridge trial.

SELECTIONS: 1. SCARLET RIVER, 2. Hilumiere, 3. Strike The Night

 RACE 7 - 3:05PM Coopers Benchmark 64 Handicap (1200 METRES)

Good race. MORIALTA is a horse showing plenty of promise and is unbeaten in two starts here. He was super at Murray Bridge last time out when he came from a long way back to win by 3.4 lengths. He'll settle back but be the horse finishing hard late in a race that looks to have genuine tempo with DOMINATION sure to roll forward. SO SAY ANGEL is showing promise she was good behind Spin The Reward on debut back in March and has come back winning at Morphettville and Gawler. She draws a good gate. ARAY OF SUNSHINE is going well and will in a race shortly. She made ground behind an impressive Enchantingly last time and should get a nice run with the weight relief. ANGASTON is racing well and maps to get a good run from the barrier. TURN TABLE is the watch horse on debut for Will Clarken. He was a Gawler maiden winner back in June and has ability.

SELECTIONS: 2. MORIALTA, 5. Aray Of Sunshine, 7. So Say Angel

 RACE 8 - 3:40PM TQCSI Balaklava Cup (1600 METRES)

Good edition of the Cup and the barrier draw has really made things interesting. If SECOND SLIP had drawn inside barrier four, he'd probably be a $2.20 chance, but he still should be able to come across from his wide gate and land a handy spot. RITRATTO will be the horse pressing forward with him from wide and his form since returning has been good. He was solid behind Second Slip in the Leon Macdonald Stakes last time and he gets to his pet distance. The leader is likely to be Darwin Cup winner HIGHLY DECORATED who is chasing eight wins on end and will no doubt take some running down from an inside barrier. WINNING PARTNER is the horse I'm keen to back each-way at the price. He was very good at Moonee Valley two starts back behind Viral and was getting through the line OK again last time. If the speed is on, he can certainly be fighting out the finish. EXTREME THRILL is over the odds coming off a very good effort behind Second Slip and gets a big drop in the weight here. WINGS OF PASTRAMI has been placed at her past three the latest behind Perfect Route at Morphettville on the Parks. JAGUARY is a winner this track and trip while the McEvoy pair of SIGN OF USSURI and MEEHNI can both figure if they get a start.

SELECTIONS: 6. WINNING PARTNER, 2. Second Slip, 5. Ritratto

 RACE 9 - 4:15PM Agfert Entires & Geldings Benchmark 58 Handicap (1300 METRES)

SILVER ON RED was brilliant here two starts back before running 5th behind Rusty Halo at Murray Bridge last time. He should get a nice run in transit, out to 1300m probably sees him looking for cover and he should be hard to beat. EQUAL BALANCE is going well and was placed here two starts back before a good run behind Crown Mint at Morphettville last time, while stablemate TABLE OF WISDOM draws wide but was good first-up from spell behind Getouttheway at Gawler. He's back in trip but has won here previously. FIGHT FOR FREEDOM races well here and was well backed to win at Murray Bridge last time. CHANNING is a former Victorian who was placed at Sale last time and is now with Travis Doudle. ABERAMA GOLD has ability.

SELECTIONS: 1. SILVER ON RED, 2. Equal Balance, 8. Table Of Wisdom


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