Taken Off (Morphettville Race 6 No. 1)
This four-year-old Toorak Toff gelding trained by Phillip Stokes has won three of his five starts. He resumed after 37 weeks for 2.3 lengths 4th over 1100m at Morphettville where he came from last and worked home as the widest runner, then he was steadily improving when badly held up and drove very hard when clear to win by 0.1 length over 1000m at Morphettville Parks on 5 September. Returning after a 13 week break he should go well fresh and be very hard to beat.
Star Status (Morphettville Race 7 No. 7):
This five-year-old Medaglia D’Oro gelding came clear in the final 250m and won by 2.1 lengths over 1950m at Morphettville Parks on 7 November. Next start he was sent out as favourite at the same track and distance but weakened out over the final 200m to finish 0.3, 3.5 lengths 3rd on 25 November. He carries 4kg less here and looks a nice each-way bet.
Harpuna (Morphettville Race 5 No. 3):
This four-year-old Kuroshio gelding trained by Peter Hardacre at Mount Gambier is the early favourite in this BM 64 Handicap over 1200m. He worked home solidly behind an all the way winner for 2 lengths 2nd over 1000m at Morphettville Parks on 24 October, then sped to the lead but was run down over the last 50m for 0.75 lengths 2nd over 1200m at Moonee Valley on 20 November. He will run well but there is no value at the short price.
1 Designer Chef
3 Miss Jane
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The rail is in the true position. Bullock has been riding in terrific form and comes up with a strong card again. He looks the jockey to follow on a card full of favourites that are hard to beat. Best Bet Sardonyx (Scone Race 2 No.3 ) A key scratching comes out and leaves Sardonyx very hard to beat. Maps well, Bullock steers and gets the right race here. Hard to beat at goods still. $2.90 Best Each Way
Our Newcastle tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The rail is in 5 metres. Heavy conditions expected so looking towards runners that are proven on wet tracks. Best Bet Dale (Newcastle Race 6 No. 2) No prizes for finding this runner but put in a solid effort on debut and drops miles in grade. In smartly at the weights here and with no jockey booked yet does look very hard to hold out in this thin maiden. $1.40 l
Our Nowra Tips for Monday's meeting. Key Comments The track is in the heavy range. The rail is true. Best Bet Deni Gal (Nowra Race 7 No. 4) None of these win out of turn but Deni Gal has good claims with a superb record at the track and a good record with Guymer steering. He has won twice from 6 goes aboard which is a very good sign given the horse is 3 wins from 22 starts. Hard to beat and maps
Our Sha Tin Horse Racing Tips for Sunday's meeting. Key Comments There is a 10-race program and the rail is in the A+3 position. The feature is the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup (race 7). The track should be Good with good weather forecast, and the first race is at 1 pm Hong Kong time which is 4 pm AEDT. Best Bet Gorgeous Win (Sha Tin Race 9 No. 3) Gorgeous Win has 2 wins and 2 places from his 4