bet365 Say From SA: Murray Bridge – Saturday, 7th October 2023

Analysis and suggested bets for the big 10 race-card at Murray Bridge on Saturday.

It's Gold Cup Day at Murray Bridge on Saturday where we see a competitive 18-horse field engaged to tackle the 1 m Listed contest (Race 9).

Lord Vladivostok sits atop in early betting on the back of his impressive first up rout. The Michael Hickmott-trained Tavistock gelding stunned punters fresh on the Parks surface when making very light work of his rivals, some of whom he again meets.

R & C Jolly's Pudding will be eager to bounce back quickly after an uncharacteristically rearward finish in the Balaklava Cup and with the state's leading hoop Jake Toeroek sticking, he looks one of the live chances.

Another key hope in the race and lines up as this weekend's best value play is fan favourite Hopon Harry from the Andrew Gluyas camp.

The son of Rebel Raider is as honest as they come and rarely finishes far away from the action.

The five-year-old never lied down last start in the Balaklava Cup when only beaten 3L after settling well back in the ruck from an outside barrier.

Getting in well at the weights with the minimum, Hopon Harry is drawn to receive a much better run from his low draw and will be putting himself right in the thick of it if he can reproduce a similar effort to that of his run two back, when beaten a neck at Morphettville over the same journey.

As for the bet365 best of the day, I'm confident Second To Nun can make a bright return and get the job done for us in race three (3).

The sparingly raced four-year-old has run well fresh without winning, catching the eye of all punters first up at a huge quote when resuming in a Bm72 to open her account last campaign.

Recording an impressive win at this track last time there was plenty to like about how she found the line in her sole lead up trial at Strathalbyn when finishing fourth in a bunched finish.

The inside draw can see her settle closer than usual and winning hoop Todd Pannell reuniting is another positive.

Expecting her to prove too hard to hold out in this grade.

bet365 Say From SA

Best: Race 3 #1 Second To Nun @ $3.50*

Value Play: Race 9 #13 Hopon Hary @ $17/4.80*

*Odds correct at 3:00pm on 5/10/23

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