Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse is host to two spring Black-Types this Saturday including the WH Wylie Handicap 2016 where Peter Gelagotis saddles-up the firming favourite Illustrious Lad.
Due to run as Morphettville Race 6 at 3:53pm (local), this year’s $100,000 Listed W H Wylie Handicap (1100m) features a final field of 10 sprinters.
Jumping from a gun barrier three draw in the quality handicap carrying 56kg is the Gelagotis-trained five-year-old from Moe Illustrious Lad.
The Victorian raider comes off a last start win at the track over 1200m in a Benchmark 90 carrying 57.5kg and so is down in weights in his first stakes run since taking out a Listed sprint down the Flemington straight in July last year.
Three back the son of I Am Invincible also won at Morphettville Parks so is well accustomed to South Australian racing and has Anthony Darmanin retaining the ride on the current $2.70 favourite (backed in from $3) through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Two rivals occupy the equal second line of WH Wylie Handicap betting with the 58kg top weight Diamond Oasis ($5) in the outside barrier (10) and Shaf ($5) in gate four on 55.5kg.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir saddles-up Lonhro six-year-old Diamond Oasis in the race, the gelding out to improve on a last start seventh to Redzel at Caulfield from August 27 in the Group 3 The Heath (1100m).
He goes up two kilos from his weight in that race and is yet to run in Adelaide giving him a number of challenges this weekend.
Shaf meanwhile drops back in weight after carrying 57kg for a second last (12th) at Moonee Valley on August 20, the Wanted gelding prepared locally by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.
He is undefeated at the track winning both his previous Morphettville runs and is a specialist at the distance with four wins and a third from five 1100m runs to date.
The other single-figure chance at $5.50 is the in-form Lope De Capio drawn ideally in barrier two as the Strathalbyn-trained four-year-old chases a third consecutive win.
Prepared by Wayne Francis & Glen Kent, the four-year-old comes off back-to-back 1000m wins at Morphettville Parks and drops notably from 59kg last start to the 55.5kg minimum on Saturday with Jamie Kah retaining her association.
Lope De Capio is joined in the WH Wylie Handicap field by stablemate War Thunder drawn the rails in barrier one, the War Pas gelding also boasting plenty of experience at the track (5-3-0-1) and distance (7-3-2-0).
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