Morphettville is the place to be this Saturday for the running of the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes! The weight-for-age classic for fillies and mares is an excellent opportunity to claim Black-Type for those who missed out during the Melbourne and Sydney autumn carnivals. The Queen Adelaide Stakes, the Queen Of The South Stakes, and the Tobin Bronze Stakes ensure Saturday’s meeting will be held in front of a capacity crowd!
#4 Foxy Frida
Foxy Frida savaged the line last start at Bendigo to get the chocolates in a nail-biting finish. The Foxwedge mare narrowly missed this event last year, and from barrier four, she looks tough to beat on Saturday. Her record at the distance must be respected, and she traditionally runs well second-up from a spell. Billy Egan has a winning association with the Andrew Noblet trained five-year-old, and with even luck in transit, I expect her to figure in the finish.
My Whisper can figure despite drawing off the track. The Frankel mare blew her chances at the barriers first up, and she looks better placed stepping out to the mile. Her best form reads exceptionally well for this event, and if she doesn’t drift too far back from the wide alley, she can make her presence felt late.
Belle Plaisir looks over the odds. The Proisir had excuses fresh, and she has been competitive previously against some quality mares. She can roll forward from the perfect inside draw, and if she can control the tempo throughout, she may prove hard to run down. Her winning record is the primary concern.
Suggested Bet: Foxy Frida @ $4.60
Morphettville Race 7
#1 Bella Nipotina
Bella Nipotina is ready to claim another Group 1 event. The talented Pride Of Dubai mare attacked the line in the inaugural running of The Quokka last month, and she meets easier opposition here. From a middle gate, Ben Melham can sit midfield with cover, and if she is presented at the right time, she can put the race away at the furlong. Her record in the city of churches is the only deterrent.
September Run is having another consistent preparation. Her run fresh in The Lightning behind Coolangatta was impressive, and she looked luckless in The Newmarket and William Reid. She will drift back from the wide gate, and if she can find clean air, she will loom when the whips are cracking. Her ability to find trouble in transit is the primary concern.
Passive Aggressive looks dangerous, jumping from the perfect inside barrier. The Fastnet Rock mare beat an all-star field fresh, and she can bounce back here after a flat second-up performance on a bottomless surface. Her record at the distance must be respected, and I expect her to produce a peak run for the campaign on Saturday.
Suggested Bet: Bella Nipotina @ $3.90
Morphettville Race 8
#6 Shuffle Dancer
Shuffle Dancer can win here after a little freshen-up. The I Am Invincible filly was a revelation during the summer and early autumn, and she raced extremely well at Group 2 level. Her recent jumpout leading into this event was impressive, and I expect her to be fully wound up for a tilt at this level. The record at the distance is the primary concern.
She Dances will start favourite after a breakthrough campaign. The Street Boss filly doesn’t know how to run a bad race, and she looks poised to strike on Saturday, jumping from barrier two. She deserves her shot at this level, and the money will continue to come for the Peter Moody trained three-year-old if the track continues to deteriorate.
Wee Nessy is knocking on the door! The Snitzel filly has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at her last three outings, and she will get her chance to break through from the ideal inside barrier. She has been well-specked since the markets opened.
Suggested Bet: Shuffle Dancer @ $7.00
Morphettville Race 9
#4 Atlantis Tycoon
Atlantis Tycoon has been luckless this preparation. The Written Tycoon gelding looks ideally placed jumping from barrier two, and I expect him to stalk the leaders throughout. If he can rail like a greyhound on straightening, he will like the winner at the furlong. If you have a live ticket with his name on it, hold your breath for the last 50m!
Lope De Wolf deserves his shot at this race after a consistent campaign. The Lope De Vega gelding comes into all winning conversations after the 3kg apprentice claim, and he should get all the favours in transit jumping from barrier four. His winning record is the primary concern.
Charlesfort is racing in great spirit. The Fastnet Rock gelding won impressively fresh at Clare, and he was game in defeat second-up at the track and distance. If he can jump and find the front from the awkward barrier, he can lead them a merry dance and control the tempo. The class rise is his biggest obstacle.
Suggested Bet: Atlantis Tycoon @ $6.50