Darren Weir’s smart young colt Rageese is the one to beat at Morphettville Parks on Saturday according to the bookies who have him as the odds-on favourite in HC Nitschke 2016 betting.
One of the key support races on the Chairman’s Stakes Day program, this year’s $100,000 Listed H C Nitschke Stakes (1400m) originally drew a final field of 14 three-year-olds.
Three early scratchings – American Star (14), Andrioli (9), Scrum (11) – have left a line-up of 11 youngsters in the mix for the set weights plus penalties showdown.
Leading the updated HC Nitschke Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $1.80 for the win is Street Cry colt Rageese who has the second outside alley to overcome.
Brad Rawiller rides the Group 1 performed galloper who comes off a Sandown-Hillside win over 1300m from April 9 when carrying 60kg.
He drops down to 56kg this weekend and has the class to beat these, proven by runs like his Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) third to the since retired Press Statement and his fifth to the same galloper in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) last spring.
Following Rageese in the HC Nitschke Stakes betting markets this Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival are three other single figure hopes including Serenade ($5).
Another Melbourne visitor this Star Witness filly is nicely-bred and trained by Michael Moroney at Flemington.
She is also a last start winner having taken out a 1200m fillies and mares’ Benchmark 70 at Ballarat a fortnight back, form she’s out to repeat against her own age in a tougher class on Saturday.
The early market mover backed in from $6.50 to $5.50 is the in-form Beautiful Flyer drawn a treat in barrier four with Joe Bowditch to ride the Len Jarvis-trained daughter of Solo Flyer.
She is prepared at Murray Bridge and has winning form at Morphettville, but is as yet untested over the distance.
Beautiful Flyer has won twice and placed second twice in her four runs this time in however so is in excellent form as she is stretched out over the 1400m here.
The last of the hopes under $10 for the win at $9.50 is then Catch A Fire, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sebring filly coming off a credible third to Saturday’s favourite Rageese at Sandown.
She has won one of her three previous 1400m runs when proving her ability at Caulfield in late February beating home Mossin’ Around in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m), form she’s looking to return to on the weekend.
At more generous odds but not without claims for an upset in Morphettville Parks Race 6 at 3:33pm (local) is Dane Thunder ($17).
Cranbourne horseman Shane Bottomley prepares the Dane Shadow gelding who hasn’t finished out of the money all campaign.
This is his maiden Adelaide assignment that he tackles after a second to Lahqa over 1500m at Sandown from earlier in the month.
See below for the full HC Nitschke Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and latest Fixed Win odds provided by our preferred online sportsbook Ladbrokes.com.au!