Six runners are set to line up in Saturday’s Listed Morphettville Guineas featuring horses from some of Australia’s best stables including Lindsay Park, Tony & Calvin McEvoy and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.
Despite the small field, it looks set to be hot betting race with five of the six runners currently at single figure odds. However in recent history, it hasn’t been a race that’s been kind to the favourites. In the last five editions of the race, three of the last five winners have started at double figure odds with an average winning price of $12.40.
In recent years the boys have just had the upper hand winning three of the last five editions but with yesterday’s scratching of Regardsmaree, there is only one horse flying the flag for the boys which is Grant Young’s Exalted Ambition.
While Exalted Ambition is the $20-1 outsider of the field with the bookies, he is actually the only last start winner in the field and we know that this race has been one the roughies can win. In a six horse race, there would be plenty of punters who could be talked into this $20 chance.
Trainer Tony McEvoy has won the race three times throughout his career. His first win came back in 2001 with Liberty Rose and most recently he won the race with Silvera in 2016. He and his son Calvin will saddle up two runners in the race with fillies Marndarra and Silver Sovereign. The pair finished third and fourth in respectively in their last start behind Regardsmaree and Lady Loire. Interestingly Todd Pannell jumps off Silver Sovereign to ride Marndarra which suggests the filly out of Foxwedge might be the stable’s number one seed.
Lindsay Park’s Lady Loire looks like she’ll start favourite in the race after just missing Regardsmaree at Morphettville last start. Jockey Cory Parish should be filled with confidence after his Balaklava Cup win on Wednesday and would love to take out two Listed features within four days. Their second runner Ruptures is the only maiden in the race and comes across the border from Victoria. She’ll be ridden by 2004 Guineas winning jockey Jason Holder and is a solid chance after running on strongly for second at Geelong last start.
The final filly in the race, Bonvicini belongs to Ciaron Maher & David Eustace and after winning her debut race comfortably she was probably a tad unlucky in her second career start. She’s every chance coming from a strong stable from across the border and is on the quick backup.
- Bonvicini 2. Lady Loire 3. Marndarra 4. Raptures