Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: International Racing: Friday 08 May 2020 – Port Augusta

International Racing: Friday 08 May 2020 – Port Augusta

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A small eight-race programme is scheduled for Port Augusta on Friday. There are a few short-priced favourites on the day and they all look hard to oppose. The best bet comes in Race 2 in the form of PHANTOM DATE who has produced three good runs since returning from a 51-week break. He does not meet the strongest field this afternoon and should take a power of beating. 


Best Bet: PHANTOM DATE (Race 2)
Value Bet: MISS ELEGANCE (Race 8)

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T
Conditions
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
1
04:40
1396m – Maiden Special Weight
7
3
4
1
6
2
05:15
1200m – Benchmark 68
1
2
3
5
6
3
05:50
1200m – Maiden Special Weight
3
9
8
2
6
4
06:25
1100m – Benchmark 54
3
12
7
4
11
5
07:00
1100m – Benchmark 54
6
9
7
2
3
6
07:35
1867m – Benchmark 62
1
3
2
4
7
7
08:10
1396m – Benchmark 62
5
7
4
8
1
8
08:45
1600m – Benchmark 54
7
3
4
2
10

Race 1
VEGAN is a filly taking on the males. She produced a promising debut when finishing third over 1100m at Penola, three weeks ago. She should have finished closer to the winner that day as she was crowded at the 600m mark. It must be noted that the form of that race has been franked. The daughter of Purrealist would have come on with the experience under her belt and with the natural improvement that is expected, she should be the one they all have to beat. PERUVIAN EXPRESS is still a maiden after eleven runs, but he was touched off in his last start over 1100m at Bordertown. Apprentice jockey Dylan Caboche who was aboard him last time, retains the ride and if repeating that run, he should pose a threat to the top selection.

Race 2
PHANTOM DATE has produced three good runs since being given a 51-week break. He runs well over today’s distance with a record of three wins and a third-place finish from eight outings. Justin Potter knows the son of Esperero well as he has won three times and finished third twice from nine starts. The combination does not take on the strongest opposition today and should find themselves in the winner’s enclosure. NO PAROLE was in need of his last start over 1100m at Gawler. He loves racing on this course having won twice and finishing second once from four outings. Eran Boyd gets along well with the son of Star Witness and they should be right there in the run down to the finishing post.

Race 3
OLIVE GROVE’S last two starts after returning from a 14-week break have been good. He stayed on well to finish third in his last start over this distance at Gawler. The son of Denman is having his peak run this afternoon and should be cherry-ripe. Sairyn Fawke who finished second aboard him in his penultimate start, steps back into the saddle today and the combination should be the ones to beat. MISSED ME produced some fair form before being given a lengthy 51-week break. She has her first run for her new trainer and if settled into her new surroundings well, the daughter of Good Journey may be the one to throw out the biggest challenge to the top selection.

Race 4
WHEN STARS ALIGN produced some good form before being given a well-deserved 35-week break. He loves racing on this course having won once and finished second twice from three starts. The drop in trip should not pose an issue to the son of Zoustar and he may be the one they all have to beat, if fit and well. BOTTLE AND BIRD has not finished too far off the winner in recent outings. She gets along well with apprentice Sophie Logan who has ridden her six times for a win, two seconds and a third-place finish. The daughter of Pluck is having her first run for her new conditioner and if settled into her new surroundings, she should be right there in the run down to the finishing post.

Race 5
ANTRIM’S SECRET has not finished too far off the winner in her last four starts. She was heavily backed in her last start at Bordertown when finishing third, half a length behind the winner. She has finished second once and third twice from four attempts over this distance. The daughter of Akeed Moofeed makes her course debut this afternoon and if suited to the track, should be tough to beat. It is encouraging that jockey Justin Potter has taken the ride. SOUR CREAM finished 5.1 lengths behind the top selection in her last start. She is much better than that outing and if repeating her run on 29 March when winning over six furlongs at Bordertown, she should be right there in the run down to the finishing post.

Race 6
FULTON STREET ran a good race when finishing third over 1500m at Gawler in his last start. He moved up like a winner that day, but was outgunned in the final 75m. It must be noted that the form of that race has been franked. The son of Street Cry is unbeaten in two starts over this course and distance and will be looking to keep that record intact today. SPIEGEL GROVE was in need of his last outing when returning from a 16-week break. He runs well on this track having won three times, finishing second once and third once from eight outings. Should the top selection fluff his lines, he may be the one to pick up the pieces.

Race 7
This is an open contest and caution is advised. The narrow first selection is JAAMINT who has shown good signs of returning to best form in her last two starts over six furlongs. She turned for home four wide in her last start and ran on strongly at the business end. The daughter of Mint Lane makes her course debut this afternoon and if suited to the track, she should be the one they all have to beat today. ARCTIC BLAZE’S last three starts have been fair. The daughter of Face Value placed in her only attempt on this course and on best form shown, she should be the one to throw out the biggest challenge to the top selection.

Race 8
MISS ELEGANCE is the value bet on today’s card. She is much better than her last start at Gawler suggests. She ran a very good race in her penultimate start when finishing second over nine furlongs at Clare. 3kg claiming apprentice Margaret Collett knows her well and if putting her best foot forward, she should find herself in the winner’s enclosure. TEXAS MILLER’S last start when finishing third over 1500m at Gawler was good. He is unbeaten in his only start on this course. The blinkers get re-fitted this afternoon and if these have the desired effect, he should give the top selection a good run for her money in the fight to the finishing post. 

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