A nine race card is set down for decision on Saturday afternoon at Morphettville, with the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes the featured event. With a perfect summer’s day forecast we should see an upgrade from a Good 4 to a Good 3 early on in the card. With the rail out 11m from the 1200m to the winning post it will certainly be no disadvantage to be up on speed throughout the day.
The at Morphettville is set to jump at 12:21pm ACDT.
Best Bet: Ritratto
On a day where it looks to be advantageous up on speed it is hard to go past one of the best front-running gallopers in South Australia in Ritratto. The Michael Hickmott trained Ritratto was a dominant winner over this track and distance on February 6, and will be looking to go 3/3 over the mile at Morphettville on Saturday. With Jessica Eaton retaining the ride, the pair rate highly with Eaton currently 3 wins from 3 rides aboard the gelding and in a small field of seven here in the opening event the pair should be able to dictate terms from out in front throughout the race. He has won five of his last six runs and looks a good bet early on the Morphettville card on Saturday with a barrier to box performance.
From one Michael Hickmott and Jessica Eaton combination to another. Echoes In Eternity was accepted into the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night, but was subsequently scratched and saved for this BM68 on Saturday. Having returned in fine form this preparation with two wins from as many starts he looks hard to go past as he pushes for three wins on the bounce. With Eaton’s 1.5kg claim, look for the pair to settle up on speed just off the leader’s heels and when asked for an effort the filly should have enough class behind her to put this field to bed quickly.
The former Patrick Payne trained Echo Boomer is having his first start for new trainer Ryan Balfour on Saturday as he pushes to claim back to back victories for the first time in his career. Stacey Metcalfe hops on the back of the mare for the first time, and with her 3kg allowance expect her to use barrier one to her advantage throughout the running. Having finished no worse than fourth from five runs this campaign expect a bold showing in the first leg of the quaddie at a nice price.