1:13 PM (AEST) Saturday February 18 at Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide
The $100,000 Birthday Cup will be the feature event when horse racing returns to Adelaide’s Morphettville racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
Race 1 – Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1050 metres)
Race 2 – James Boag’s Premium Maiden Plate (1050 metres)
Race 3 – Schweppes Two-Year-Old Plate (1050 metres)
Race 4 – UBET Adelaide Cup 13th March 2017 Handicap (2020 metres)
Race 5 – Penang Turf Club Trophy (1600 metres)
Race 6 – Timmy G Fringe 2017 Handicap (1200 metres)
Race 7 – Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup (2020 metres)
Race 8 – George Zervos handicap (1600 metres)
Race 9 – MAC: Stop Drug Driving Handicap (1100 metres)
Race 7 – Holdfast Insurance Birthday Cup – Despite this race having been robbed of one of its marquee horses in Letmedowngently, who has been scratched, this should still prove to be an exciting and tight race. Saturday Affair will start as favourite, having improved in betting, coming in from $6 to $3.20. She’s won both of her last two races, which were also at this track over similar distances. Mail It In has been placing strongly for several months now and has been very close to winning every race. Instead he’s had just 1 win, 4 second places and a third place. Ran a narrow second in his last start to Letmedowngently who has been scratched from this. The next four best in betting have all firmed in price on the back of consistently strong results. Jim’s Journey is in from $7 to $4.20; Extra Zero in from $13 to $7.50; Ustinov’s Fury has come in a long way from $19 to $8.50 and Chestnut Charlie is in from $17 to $10. These rides all have genuine claims for the win here.
Betting: Saturday Affair $3.20; Mail It In $3.30; Jim’s Journey $4.20; Extra Zero $7.50; Ustinov’s Fury $8.50; Chestnut Charlie $10.00.