“The best credentialled horse in the field.”
Race 8, 1200m
What has been a successful Adelaide carnival concludes this week with all eyes on the state’s most renowned feature event, which has a handy recent honour roll.
The Price/Kent combination would be celebrating after Jungle Magnate claimed the Derby last weekend and they have the chance to complete another raid here with their talented colt Extreme Warrior (5.00), who resumed with an impressive win in the Bel Esprit Stakes late last month.
He receives weight off most of these under race conditions and will again be partnered by Jamie Kah, who is chasing a first win in this race.
Topweight Behemoth (8.50) carries 59kgs and is the best credentialled horse in the field, the multiple Group 1 winner looking to improve upon his seventh placed finish here 12 months ago.
Slowly away in the McKay Stakes, he ran into a fair bit of rump in the straight but hit the line with plenty of purpose once he got clear to be beaten barely more than a length under 62kgs.
The likes of Trekking and Santa Ana Lane have won here under similar imposts in recent times and Kayla Crowther will be chock full of confidence after bringing up the seasonal ton over the weekend.
He’s my tip to take this out with what would be a popular local victory.
Savatoxl (9.50) comes out of the same race and is back to defend his crown with the McEvoy training partnership hoping to sign off in style prior to the cessation of their training base in the Barossa Valley.
Perennially underrated, he had excuses due to the thumps when trounced first-up in the Discovery but rebounded to run Free of Debt (41.00) close last time out and is a definite play for the exotics.
Regardsmaree (21.00) is racing well and has been aimed at this having landed the Anniversary Vase at Sandown last month while fellow McEvoy runner Frankie Pinot (26.00) doesn’t know how to run a bad race and looks a lively outsider off his Wangoom result.
My Tip: Behemoth (8.50) (win)
Race 7, 2000m
Up north, the Annabel Neasham-trained Zaaki (1.30) will have fond memories of his last trip to Doomben with the WFA star responsible for one of the outstanding performances of the previous calendar year when winning this race by seven lengths.
He wasn’t at his best in the heavy going on the Gold Coast but still had enough in hand to win and will go around deep in the red again, although the prospect of similar conditions at least gives some of the vanquished brigade from the Hollindale encouragement.
Huetor (14.00, 3.80) enjoyed a fruitful debut preparation over the summer and is an emerging stayer of some note.
Fourth on the Gold Coast, he should be improved by the hit-out and quotes around the 2.30 mark for him to run a Place might offer some value.