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bet365 Say from SA: Murray Bridge – Saturday, 25th of May 2024

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Group 3 placegetter Press Down is perfectly placed to make his way back into the winner’s circle at Murray Bridge on Saturday.

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There's no doubt the Peter Hardacre-trained Press Down has returned in career form this campaign, putting together two very strong performances at Group 3 level to begin the campaign he selects himself as this week's bet365 best bet.

The four-year-old ran an absolute belter at long odds when beaten 1.4L by subsequent Group 1 Goodwood winner Benedetta in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes. It comes as no surprise Press Down ran to a new career peak when earning himself the black type placing, running to 111 on the Racing and Sports scale, 12 pounds better than his previous best (99).

Sent around much shorter odds in the Group 3 John Hawkes Stakes (Formerly D C McKay Stakes), the four-year-old wasn't quite able to repeat his first-up effort but was far from disgraced when beaten a tick over 2L, running to his previous peak of 99 on the R&S scale.

The market only has a few twists between Press Down and in-form gelding Delightful Shecky who shoots for his fourth consecutive success. While his form is obviously irresistible, he will need to take another step forward. While he can only beat what's in front of him and he has done that stylishly throughout this prep, the four-year-old's last start and peak rating is 94 on the R&S scale – this leaving him a few lengths to find, obviously even more if we see the very best version of Press Down.

The other obvious danger is Karacasu from the smart R & C Jolly camp. There is no doubting this gelding's share of ability, finishing alongside Press Down two back in the John Hawkes but now meets our gelding 2.5kgs worse. I'm confident he shouldn't be turning the tables on us.

As for the value play we look to the last where Three Rings from the Cody Reardon team holds some interest at the price.

Only finishing a long neck away from race favourite Sachem a fortnight ago, Three Rings now meets the Clarken & O'Shea runner 2kgs better at the weights. It must be noted 2kg claimer Alana Livesey piloting creates the weight swing as she replaces Emily Finnegan.

Admittedly the four-year-old has not saluted in quite some time but his 12-month rating only sits 3 pounds less than the favourite's, 83 and 86 respectively on the R&S scale. At more than double the quote, Three Rings is worth a small investment.

bet365 Say From SA

Best: Race 9 #9 Press Down @ $3.50 with bet365*

Value: Race 10 #1 Three Rings @ $7.50/2.95 with bet365*

*Odds correct at 4pm, 23/5/24


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Sportsbet R N Irwin Stakes (G3)

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Sportsbet R N Irwin Stakes (G3)

Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 10. BENEDETTA (AUS) 4yo M
HELLBENT (AUS) - WHATALOVELYDAY (AUS)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
JASON WARREN
$3
56.5kg
Eales Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: L E Eales), B M Wilson, B K Parker, Plodalong-Shocking (Mgr: P Podbury), D Y D (Mgr: R A Elliott), Mrs M Harding, A J Sultana, Lacy Willows Racing (Mgr: C D Wilson) & Blur Racing Syndicate (Mgr: J A Reece)

Sales Information

2nd 13. CLIMBING STAR (NZ) 4yo M
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - BRYONY (AUS)
LACHLAN NEINDORF
PHILLIP STOKES
$4.6
56.5kg
P Stokes, J Robinson, Qatar Bloodstock Ltd (Mgr: D Redvers), G & C Pastoral Co Pty Ltd (Mgr: V Oldfield), H Sambor, M Burns, P Wells, D Robertson, P McGreal, Mrs A Stokes & B Baker

Sales Information

3rd 8. PRESS DOWN (AUS) 4yo G
PRESS STATEMENT (AUS) - DOWN THE CORRIDOR (AUS)
CALLAN MURRAY
PETER HARDACRE
$51
58.5kg
P J Hardacre, I P Perkins, C L Maynard, J A White, Mrs J R Perkins, C J Winter, J J Munro, G M Hamlyn, C W Wooding, R D Davis, D J Maney, N T Treglown & D C Duff
4th 14. SNAPPED (AUS) 5yo M
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - FRACTURE (AUS)
TODD PANNELL
A & S FREEDMAN
$21
56.5kg

Sales Information

5th 6. KARACASU (AUS) 5yo G
HEADWATER (AUS) - MISS COOPER (AUS)
JAKE TOEROEK
R & C JOLLY
$61
58.5kg

Sales Information

6th 1. KALLOS (AUS) 5yo G
MEDAGLIA D'ORO (USA) - CALLIOPE (AUS)
JASON HOLDER
JAMES CUMMINGS
$6
58.5kg
7th 9. SKEW WIFF (NZ) 4yo M
SAVABEEL (AUS) - STARVOIA (AUS)
LIAM RIORDAN
MARK WALKER
$26
56.5kg

Sales Information

8th 11. HYPOTHETICAL (AUS) 5yo M
PRIDE OF DUBAI (AUS) - FITNA (AUS)
KAYLA CROWTHER
A & S FREEDMAN
$7
56.5kg

Sales Information

9th 5. PICARGO (AUS) 7yo G
OAMARU FORCE (AUS) - BEL FRANC (AUS)
ALANA LIVESEY
RYAN BALFOUR
$151
58.5kg

Sales Information

10th 2. QUEMAN (AUS) 5yo G
MINT LANE (USA) - LANGREEN (AUS)
CRAIG NEWITT
SHANE & CASSIE OXLADE
$9.5
58.5kg
11th 3. ATHELRIC (AUS) 5yo G
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - IDA (AUS)
JACOB OPPERMAN
JAMES CUMMINGS
$41
58.5kg
12th 4. BANK MAUR (AUS) 4yo H
MAURICE (JPN) - BANKSIA (AUS)
MARTIN HARLEY
RICHARD LAMING
$14
58.5kg

Sales Information

13th 7. LONRODEX (AUS) 5yo G
AMBIDEXTER (AUS) - FLASH OF FAITH (AUS)
DOM TOURNEUR
SARAH RUTTEN
$101
58.5kg
14th 12. AITCH TWO OH (AUS) 4yo M
HEADWATER (AUS) - VERY DOGMATIC (NZ)
ZAC SPAIN
R & C JOLLY
$26
56.5kg

Sales Information

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