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Lincoln Moore's Balaklava punt preview: 17th April 2024

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Racecourse : Balaklava.
Racecourse : Balaklava. Picture: BalaklavaRC

RACE 1 - 12:45PM Sportsbet Make It Look Easy Maiden Plate (2200 METRES)

GOTTA GO GURU is a lightly-raced filly who was 3rd behind On The Scent at Murray Bridge two runs back and then $2.30 out to $3 when runner-up behind Wannschmack there last time. She gets right out in trip here and looks hard to beat. KETCHIKAN has been placed at his past three, he's a 21-start maiden but should be thereabouts again. RIOLI VIEW was a $41 chance when beaten 4 lengths behind Wannaschmack at Murray Bridge.

SELECTIONS: 9 GOTTA GO GURU, 3 Ketchikan, 5 Rioli View, 4 Our Swish
PLAY: Keen on GOTTA GO GURU but very short at the $1.40.

RACE 2 - 1:20PM My Butcher Maiden Plate (1050 METRES)

KALBARRI was a $2.70 favourite when 5th behind A Samurai Mind at Murray Bridge two runs back before jumping a $3.10 favourite when beaten 9 lengths when last of 11 at Gawler. He's been back to the trials and draws a nice barrier. TALKIN' ITALIAN was $3.10 into $2.60 favourite at Murray Bridge two starts back before being beaten 2.1 lengths behind Episodic at Oakbank last time. He draws a nice barrier and should give this a shake. MACSPARK was a drifter in betting when he led and was only beaten 0.7 lengths behind Bona Fide Star at Clare on debut. TAKING OMAHA is a 2yo on debut for the Andrew Gluyas stable and was beaten 3.3 lengths in a Murray Bridge trial.

SELECTIONS: 3 KALBARRI, 2 Talkin' Italian, 4 Macspark, 11 Taking Omaha

RACE 3 - 1:55PM Sportsbet Jockey Watch Maiden Plate (1050 METRES)

SIOUX WARRIOR has been placed at five of nine starts, the latest when first-up from a break when beaten 1.1 lengths behind Volcanic Express at Murray Bridge. He draws a nice gate and Jason Holder goes on. LORD VALEN has been placed at his past thee, the latest first-up when beaten a length in the Volcanic Express at Murray Bridge. He draws out but should be fighting out the finish again. TRELAZE was placed at Mt Gambier on debut and then beaten 2.1 lengths in 4th in the same race. HEBRINGS CASH was OK when beaten 2.2 lengths in 5th behind Stokomo here on debut. MEGASUN in on debut for the Searle/Callanan stable and was OK beaten 1.4 lengths behind The Back Page in an Oakbank trial. DREAMS FULFILLED is a 2yo on debut for Andrew Gluyas and has the two trials under his belt, likewise stablemate GOLDRUSH GURU who has trialled twice and beaten 3.7 lengths behind Fussy As at Murray Bridge.

SELECTIONS: 4 SIOUX WARRIOR, 3 Lord Valen, 5 Trelaze, 2 Hebrings Cash

RACE 4 - 2:30PM Trevor Sampson Balaklava Maiden Plate (1300 METRES)

TRUMPTY DUMPTY is on debut for the Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable and has trialled well for his debut running 2nd behind Vexatious Dancer, who was huge in the Redelva on Saturday, in a Murray Bridge trial. MORRIS MINOR showed ability last campaign and was a drifter first-up from a spell when he made ground beaten 3.6 lengths behind Pure Bliss at Oakbank. HIGH ON SUGAR ran well first-up from a spell when 2nd behind Aggressive Bee at Strathalbyn. HOT OFF has been placed at five of eight starts, the latest when 3rd behind Pandarus at Gawler. The blinkers go on for the first time here. STAR VALOUR made good ground debut when beaten 0.9 lengths behind Bona Fide Star at Clare. MADAM MILLY has been runner-up in two of three starts the latest behind The Last Dance at Murray Bridge.
GABBATRON was well beaten on debut when 9.5 lengths behind Into The Light at Strathalbyn. She draws out.

SELECTIONS: 11 TRUMPTY DUMPTY, 1 Morris Minor, 2 High On Sugar, 4 Hot Off

RACE 5 - 3:05PM Taylors Wines Rating 0 - 58 Handicap (2200 METRES)

THINK TANK is a lightly-raced 3yo who was 4th behind Air Assault in the Hill Smith Stakes last campaign and looks ready to win after consecutive placings behind Tembu Boy at Murray Bridge and then an OK third behind Wolf Prince at Oakbank. He was beaten 10.2 lengths last time but this is a winnable race. CHOSEN MISS has been racing well winning at Strathalbyn three starts back and comes off a solid effort when beaten 1.4 lengths behind Bond Street Beau on the Parks. She looks perfectly placed here. Stablemate ONE SKY ABOVE US was a Clare winner four runs back and beaten 1.8 lengths behind Sirmaze at Gawler last time. PRINCE TIKEA was 2nd at Bordertown four runs back but needs to improve on last time when beaten 7.8 lengths behind Chosen Miss.

SELECTIONS: 1 THINK TANK, 5 Chosen Miss, 4 One Sky Above Us, 2 Prince Tikea
PLAY: Backing THINK TANK each-way.

RACE 6 - 3:40PM Adelaide Galvanising Industries Rating 0 - 56 Handicap (1050 METRES)

HATEECH has two wins from four starts here and was OK beaten 5.5 lengths behind Redwinelover at Gawler last time. She draws a good gate and the blinkers go on again. HOOKED ON WEALTH was placed at Murray Bridge behind Startide two runs back and then good again when beaten 1.7 lengths behind Egyptian Tycoon last time there. He draws out but should give this a shake. KING MOYA has been in the money at four of nine starts and was runner-up at Morphettville two runs back behind Misludi. He resumes and should run well. BROADWAY LANE has been placed in both runs here, the latest behind Costless back in November. ABAN was a Strathalbyn winner four runs back and draws a nice barrier. HARBOURING has been in the money at seven of his 10 starts here. RODNEY was a Clare winner three starts back and is a winner here.

SELECTIONS: 13 HATEECH, 9 Hooked On Wealth, 7 King Moya, 2 Broadway Lane
PLAY: Something on HATEECH at the $8.

RACE 7 - 4:15PM Coopers Brewery Fillies & Mares Rating 0 - 62 Handicap (Heat of Provincial Pathways Series) (1400 METRES)

SUPER ALANA has two wins from her four starts here and was a dominant 3.2 length winner over Tres Belle last time. She draws out but gets the claim. FIELD THE MOMENT was placed at Moonee Valley in February and was $3.10 into $2.80 on the Parks last time when 3rd behind 1.4 lengths behind Rubini. NULLIFY was good when 2nd behind Andrew's Memory at Oakbank last time and she looks suited from a middle gate. HAYAI MESU was 3rd in the Andrew Memory race at Oakbank beaten 1.3 lengths and runner-up at Strathalbyn behind Final Chance prior. GRINZINGER BURG is a former Victorian now with the McKerlie/Hornhardt stable who has won two of her past four, the latest at Stoney Creek. HOT FLUSH was placed at Clare before winning at Mt Gambier last time out at big odds and draws the inside.

SELECTIONS: 2 SUPER ALANA, 1 Field The Moment, 5 Nullify, 6 Hayai Mesu

RACE 8 - 4:50PM TQCSI Colts, Geldings & Entires Rating 0 - 62 Handicap (Heat of Provincial Pathways Series) (1400 METRES)

FOX GEM has been placed at all three runs here and resumed with an OK effort beaten 3.7 lengths behind Jilladora at Murray Bridge. Both his wins have come second-up and he draw a perfect barrier.
ANDREW'S MEMORY was solid in the market when a length Oakbank winner last time out beating Nulify. MIDNIGHT RUSH is an improver here after he was slow to leave the gates when well beaten last time. He has form in better races. SOUTHERN SHOOTER won his maiden here three starts back and has been favourite at both runs since. THE LAST DANCE was narrowly beaten here last September and was well found from $4.40 into $3.40 before winning her maiden last time beating Madam Milly at Murray Bridge. SCAMSTER debuts for Cody Reardon and was a Cranbourne winner back in September. The Richards/Moyle pair of GARRIRE and TALES OF CONFLICT can run well.

SELECTIONS: 11 FOX GEM, 3 Andrew's Memory, 6 Midnight Rush, 16 Southern Shooter
PLAY: Something on FOX GEM each-way who looks well over the odds at $15.


VALUE - FOX GEM (Race 8)

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