Winners go head to head

CLASH: Five last start winners will clash in the benchmark 64 over 1390 metres on Sunday. Caption in story.
CLASH: Five last start winners will clash in the benchmark 64 over 1390 metres on Sunday. Caption in story.

Emoji has been beaten by less than half a length in his past three starts over the longer trips.

However a change of luck will see him winning the benchmark 80 race over 1750 metres at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday.

The Julie Branford trained six-year-old strikes a race where he can dictate from the front and is the best bet of the day.

Umaluka was able to gun down Emoji late at their most recent clash and is the obvious danger.

Neva Doubt Us and Hard At It are more than capable of winning a race of this nature.

Benchmark 64 1390m

Five last start winners clash in this race including proven performers Burnro and Hetuka Zarsho who are multiple winners here this season.

No bold predictions until acceptances.

Seeing the barrier draw and speed maps will give an indication of who is going to get the right run in the most open race of the day.

Lady Conquistador looks capable of working her way through the grades on her last start win.

Benchmark 64 1210m

Mr Liberty hit the line well to score first up and the extra trip looks in his favor here. Stick with him.

There was not much between Mirthdale and Ash Road when they last clashed, both can feature if the breaks go their way.

Ticket To Paris and Kingson are the other chances.

Class 2 1210m 

Storm Voyager looks extremely well placed to continue her winning ways.

Bare Witness is the value in the race, he folded late after trying to go with Nitro Magic in his first look at the track.

This looks like a much easier assignment and with a more economical run in transit he can cause an upset at double-figure odds. 

Oblique Line is a becoming a bit of a tease but can run into the placings again. 

Benchmark 56 1750m

Another tricky race with the winner well hidden.

Crazy Culprit might be the way to go back to 1750 metres.

His run over this trip in November, when beaten less than a length behind Galaxy Falls and Vintage Grove, reads well for this.

The Mick White trained five-year-old will make his own luck on speed and looks a solid each-way punt.

Artful Monty, Kaapow and Hand To Hand are also worth thought.

Benchmark 56 1000m

The mail is that Classy Jack will accept with the big weight for John Hickmott.

He blows these away on his best form which has seen him amass over $338,000 in career prizemoney.

He can mix his form a little however and first look at the track is always a concern.

Social Media seems to have found her right level of racing in this district.

Rosie Louise and Ruby’s Reward are costly to follow but can feature with the right luck.

Maiden 1210m

Faith In Grace looks a good thing on-form but punters did get burnt last start at an odds-on quote with this runner.  Tipping: yes, backing at odds-on: no.

Mandala is the one most likely to cause the upset here. He was not disgraced on debut and should continue to improve with experience.

Final fields and race starting times will be declared on Thursday.

Pictured: Penultimate Star, ridden by Dylan Caboche, is one of a host of chances nominated in the Benchmark 64 race over 1390 metres.