Say from SA: Morphettville - 10th December 2022

Fine but cloudy weather in the lead-up, and a hot sunny day for racing at Morphettville as black-type returns to the card where we're looking to Barend Vorster to shine.

We're back on the main course at Morphettville on Saturday as Christmas comes early with the Listed Christmas Handicap over 1200 metres.

Struck By meets Manhattan Times in the feature and the former might just have the edge.

Struck By found one better in the Gytrash Final on November 16 but stayed on strongly enough to the line to suggest there is more to come.

Goes into this with the ear muffs on during the race for the first time, and with four wins and three placings in nine starts here including two wins and as many placings over the distance, he'll be right at home.

Earlier in the card, Barend Vorster teams up with the Blanch training combination with Validated in the 3yo maiden in Race 4.

Barend's best figures across his last 100 rides come along with this stable.

In eight starters they've had five winners and a placing for a positive return on investment of $2.52.

Not bad!

Validated comes here off a third placing on debut on the Parks track on softer ground on November 19.

Got back that day and worked home well enough to get among the money.

The winner of that race, Wakanjeja, won impressively enough so there may be something to come out of that race.

The call of the Vorster/Blanch is strong enough not to be overlooked, however.

Let's also stick with Barend in the second race, a BM82 over 1 1⁄8 m where he partners Morty.

Morty is up there in the weights with 59-kilos but the pairing is two-for-two and Morty was a winner at Listed level here two starts back.

Worth throwing him in if you're looking for something extra.


BEST BET: Race 8 8 - Struck By at $4

ALSO BACKING: Race 4 9 – Validated at $5

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