XXXX Gold Streaky Bay Community Hotel Cup (Final Bill Holland Series) 1800 metres
EVERY year you seem to get a trainer who has a good run in the cups campaigns across the Peninsula, and this year it has been Angela Forster who has done well.
Her charge Primal Instinct should see her comfortably home not only in the cup at Streaky Bay on Saturday, but also as the leading trainer in this year's Bill Holland Series.
Whilst Forster has two nominated in the cup, Primal Instinct's fourth in the Port Lincoln and Kimba cup were good runs and should hold up here.
Tressette for Annette Morrison has been an outstanding dirt track runner having recently come second in the Broken Hill Cup, which he also won last year, and should figure in the finish.
The Byron Cozmanis trained Foreshore Mak was handy in the Kimba Cup on Sunday and could do well here.
Tips: Primal Instinct, Tressette, Foreshore Mak.
Lincoln Estates Wines 0 - 68 Handicap 1400 metres
This is quite an interesting field and depending on jockey availability, should be one of the largest fields of the day.
There are two outstanding last start winners on dirt tracks in this race, Komovi for Simon Drewitt who comfortably won at Ceduna over this distance two weeks ago and Sombre for Gary Searle, who also comfortably won at Broken Hill on the same day and over the same distance.
I am leaning towards Komovi as he has better provincial form leading up to his comfortable win, but perhaps Gary Searle has found a winning formula with Sombre?
There was nothing between Value as for Graham Baccus and Strawpedo for Shylie Williams on Sunday but will tip Value As for third simply because that's the way the coin fell.
Tips: Komovi, Sombre, Value As.
Letcher & Moroney Accountants 0 - 68 1000 metres
One of the absolute highlights of the last Ceduna races was hearing Tereza Kropoj barrack Northside Star home for a well-deserved win.
Kropoj has carefully targeted a dirt track campaign with her horses and if Northside Star comes home again we are looking forward to another round of "sheer delight".
Des Courtney's Hezafraar came second behind Northside Star and has sound form on the dirt.
His run at Port Lincoln on Sunday was no disgrace and he should go close again.
It is great to see Robbie Cope back again on the Far West Coast, and his charge The Headliner may only be a class one, but it gets points for consistency and deserves a breakthrough here.
Tip: Northside Star, Heezafraar, The Headliner.
Streaky Bay Meat Services / Bill Butterfields Farms 0 - 58 1800 metres
Voodoo Black Magic seriously put in a magic run for Julie Branford at Port Lincoln on Sunday and given its second over this distance at Lock a month ago, it should be right on the money here and perhaps even heading towards the Penong Cup.
Very difficult to pick after that, but have given the nod to the Kylie McKerlie trained Ally the Great, who seems to be working up to her pet distance three starts after an 18-week break.
She did pick one up over this distance in Port Augusta last year and McKerlie has done well with her horses on this track in the past.
Tarvon for John Dunn had the pleasure of watching Moon Devil disappear into the distance in the Ceduna and Thevenard cups but outside of the favourite there is no real form for the rest here so he has a chance for the minors.
Tips: Voodoo Black Magic, Ally the Great, Tarvon.
Streaky Bay Racing Club's Valued Sponsors 0 - 58 1200 metres
There are massive nominations for this race and it does make it tricky to pick as they all won't get a start.
Have gone for the Trenowden trained Costly Argument as its win at Ceduna last start was gutsy and it may finally be getting close to what it is believed to be capable of.
Harley's Mate for John Dunn made up some good distance on Sunday for a fourth and he also had a crack on the dirt at Lock a month ago with another credible run, so he looks good here as well.
Miss Bellarae for Byron Cozmanis put in a gutsy effort to break her maiden on Sunday and looks to be an on pace type who just may relish the firmer going here and could be in it when it counts.
Tips: Costly Argument, Harley's Mate, Miss Bellarae.
Chas McEvoy Memorial Sabois Maiden Plate 1000 metres
After being continually frustrated at picking up a much deserved maiden in Port Lincoln, Liz Faust must surely think she will finally break through with Froese at Streaky Bay.
Froese has picked up a number of placings recently at Port Lincoln, and should start a clear favourite.
The Get Go for John Dunn has also been knocking on the door and appears the main danger after recent placings including Ceduna and Lock as well as Port Lincoln.
I have gone for Gary Searle's Stravinska for the other minor placing even though she hasn't placed in her nine starts.
Apart from her recent flop at Broken Hill, her two starts before that in the provincials were credible and it appears she does like to lead.
Tips: Froese, The Get Go, Stravinska.