Expert tips: Balaklava - 17/04/24

Racing & Sports expert selections.

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RACE 1 - GOTTA GO GURU (9) was denied narrowly of getting off the mark at the latest. Cherry-ripe now and only has to hold her form to be taking this out. KETCHIKAN (3) finds the maiden win elusive but rates highly on best figures. Has run well over this track and trip and is among the key chances. EXALTED BELLE (7) is another that finds it tough to break the ice. Came through a strong form race two back at Strathalbyn but failed to follow it up last time when sent out public elect. Worth one more chance. OUR SWOOSH (4) will be doing his best work late. Keep safe.

RACE 2 - MACSPARK (4) showed plenty of early dash on debut at Clare but couldn't hold on late and was captured close to the line. Is sure to have come on with that run under his belt and is expected to take some stopping. TALKIN' ITALIAN (2) failed to live up to market expectation first up at Oakbank but was far from disgraced in fourth. Is a likely improver second-up and his best form puts him right in this. Crowther sticking is another positive. KALBARRI (3) returns. Showed some positive signs in his first two starts when finding the line nicely without threatening the winner. Strips fitter for a trial placing in readiness. Forward showing anticipated. ALEXEIN (6) also returns and looks best of the rest down in the weights. Respect any market support.

RACE 3 - SIOUX WARRIOR (4) finds it hard to break the ice but it certainly hasn't been without trying. Has run into the minors in his last three and doesn't have to improve much to get the verdict this time. Holder piloting from an inside pillar reads favourably. Leading player. LORD VALEN (3) warmed to his task nicely when resuming at Murray Bridge, getting going late to nab a minor cheque. Improvement to come and will be taking the strongest strides late again from the wide alley. TRELAZE (5) has been thereabouts in his first two starts. Drawn sticky but is among the chances. HEBRINGS CASH (2) next best.

RACE 4 - HOT OFF (4) was denied narrowly of getting off the mark at the latest. Blinkers go on first time and it could well prove the winning touch on the short turnaround. HIGH ON SUGAR (2) stuck on gamely to just miss when resuming at Strathalbyn. Likely improver and doesn't lose a great deal in the saddle with Crowther replacing Toeroek. TRUMPTY DUMPTY (11) is and American Pharoah gelding stepping out on debut for the smart R & C Jolly stable. Anticipate a forward showing off the back of a close trial placing. Toeroek sticking from trial is a big push for his chances but he will need to give a smart steer from the ugly gate. STAR STUDDED BELLE (12) progressed nicely second-up when falling less than a length shy of the winner at Oakbank. Right in the mix with further improvement.

RACE 5 - CHOSEN MISS (5) has gone much better than her last two finishes suggest. Is ticking along and strikes a very suitable assignment back in this grade. Expecting her to take some stitching. ONE SKY ABOVE US (4) hit the line nicely last start at Gawler, only beaten 1.8L back in fifth. Anticipate she will relish the rise in trip on the quick back-up and gets in well at the weights with the 3kg claimer engaged. Can give this a big shake. PLAISIR (3) never got involved last start when always well back. Was far below her best last start and can turn things around sharply over a track and trip he loves. Must take seriously. THINK TANK (1) has been hitting the line nicely this campaign and is building to a peak effort. Pannell sticking is a good push for his chances and he warrants consideration.

RACE 6 - HOOKED ON WEALTH (9) put the writing on the wall last start when closing off strongly into fifth. Raring to go third-up and reunites with leading hoop in Toeroek. Leading player. KING MOYA (7) was well below his best last start but was much better the run before when flashing home to just missing at Morphettville. Rates highly on best figures and is the one to watch for late in the piece. COMMANDING REIGN (3) came through a strong form race at Balaklava two back but struggled to follow it up last time. Cherry-ripe now with the three runs under the belt. In the mix. RODNEY (5) best of the rest.

RACE 7 - NULLIFY (5) progressed nicely at the latest when closing off strongly into the placings at Oakbank. Carries strong form lines and is expected to take plenty of stopping third-up. FIELD THE MOMENT (1) doesn't win out of turn but rarely turns in a poor one. Wasn't far away again last start when filling the frame on the Parks track. Drops in grade and rates a winning chance. HAYAI MESU (6) wasn't far away two back and then produced another solid chase into the placings at Oakbank. Ticking along nicely and doesn't have to improve much more to be featuring. GRINZINGER BURG (3) came through a good form race at Ararat to get the verdict at Stony Creek. Confidence boosting win that puts her in good stead. In the mix.

RACE 8 - ANDREW'S MEMORY (3) lengthened nicely to get the verdict against similar opposition last start. Enjoyed a sharp ratings spike and doesn't have to go any better to be winning again. GARRIRE (14) was a determined winner second-up but is yet to go on with it. Uneaten over this track and trip and gets a key jockey booking in Holder. Right in the mix. TALES OF CONFLICT (18) was an eye-catcher last start at Gawler when flashing home into the placings. Tougher this time but is drawn much kinder. Don't dismiss. SOUTHERN SHOOTER (16) resumes and carries good form here, getting off the mark in dominant fashion when third-up last campaign. Drawn sticky but the booking Tourneur reads favourably. Don't take lightly.