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Morphettville Racing Tips for 30.7.2021 - Back the Kiwi runners

  • Two Kiwi runners feature in our tips
  • A heavy track is expected in South Australia
  • Fill your pockets before the weekend
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Eight races feature on the Morphettville program this Friday. (Getty)

Morphettville Racing Tips for 30.7.2021 - Back the Kiwi runners

There are no midweek Victorian meetings this week, so we turn out attention to the eight-race at Morphettville in South Australia. We have four of our best bets available, including two former Kiwi runners that could have an immediate impact across the ditch.
  • Race 2 1:20pm AEST – No. 11 Coyote
  • Race 5 3:05pm AEST – No. 5 Heroic Chief
  • Race 6 3:40pm AEST – No. 3 Preakness
  • Race 7 4:20pm AEST – No. 6 Star of Uma

Race 2 1:20pm AEST – No. 11 Coyote

The former New Zealand runner looks like an excellent bet at Morphettville on Friday. He is a two-year-old gelding that comes off a third placing behind On the Bubbles, which has subsequently won at Group 1 level. It’s a hot form race for maiden racing and trainer Michael Hickmott has had a lot of success with runners from the Andrew Campbell stable in New Zealand.

Carrying a light weight of 55.5kg is ideal and he only needs a touch of luck from a wide barrier. We expect jockey Jessica Eaton to ride him positively over 1250m and he could position at the front of the field. We expect the current odds of $3.10 to firm considerably on race day and he could start at around $2.40. Put Coyote clearly on top of selections.

Race 5 3:05pm AEST – No. 5 Heroic Chief

Looking to cap off consecutive placings is Heroic Chief. The Levi Kavanagh-trained three-year-old finished second on debut at Werribee before running third behind Compardy at Kyneton. There is plenty to like about those efforts and Victorian form often stacks up nicely in Adelaide. The son of Rubick has since run second in a recent jumpout at Flemington behind Isaurian, so that’s open-class form.

Drawing barrier four is ideal and jockey Jason Holder should be able to track the speed and pull out for a winning run in the straight. His odds have drifted slightly after opening at $3.80, but punters now get better value and we’re expecting tote support on race day.

Race 6 3:40pm AEST – No. 3 Preakness

Preakness is another former Kiwi runner for trainer Michael Hickmott. The three-year-old came to Australia last year and finished second at Sale before heading back to New Zealand and running fifth at New Plymouth behind some smart types. The son of Darci Brahma owns a win and a placing from four starts, so he has made a nice start to his career and his win at Otaki is an excellent form guide.

It might have come in 2019, but Preakness beat some classy types, including Opalescence by a half-length. It came in open company and that bodes well for this level of racing. We’re not surprised to see his odds firm for this contest and he should be able to jump well from barrier 12 and find a handy position.

Race 7 4:20pm AEST – No. 6 Star of Uma

Star of Uma is the quality runner of the field and we expect her odds to firm considerably on race day. The Team McEvoy-trained three-year-old owns three wins and four placings from just nine starts, so she hasn’t done much wrong to date. Her most recent effort at Flemington is better than it looked as she has the ability to bounce back against much easier opposition.

She has yet to finish worse than second from three attempts at Morphettville and she has winning form on wet tracks, so the soggy conditions won’t be an issue. $2.90 is a value price, so it’s worth locking in those odds.


Our four best bets for Morphettville on Friday:

Best Bet: Coyote Race 2 @210 at Sportsbet - 5 Units
Best Bet: Heroic Chief Race 5 @290 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Preakness Race 6 @300 at Sportsbet - 3 Units
Best Bet: Star of Uma Race 7 @190 at BlueBet - 2 Units

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