Bryan's Babe headlines Port Lincoln races opener

WIN A BUCK: The Byron Cozamanis trained Sanbuck is expected to run well in the Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1000 meters at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday. Photo: supplied
WIN A BUCK: The Byron Cozamanis trained Sanbuck is expected to run well in the Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1000 meters at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday. Photo: supplied

Bryan's Babe can put a mortgage on the Horse of The Year title with victory in the first race at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday.

The Trevor Montgomerie trained mare has relished racing here at Port Lincoln this season having won four of her five starts at the track.

The last start victory over speedy mare Centrefield was full of merit and she will be mighty hard to hold off late again in the Benchmark 74 event over 1350m.

Kingson looks suited dropping in weight and could get his own way at the top. Tips: 1-5-3

RACE 2: Maiden 1210m

The John Dunn and Krystal Bishop trained Crowned King is still learning the caper but has shown a glimpses of ability. The fact he will more than likely be in the back half of the field and have to circle them is the worry.

Strip Club, I Got Strings and Terelli have been costly over the journey but get a chance to reward their loyal owners here. Tips: 2-10-11

RACE 3: Maiden 1210m

Utah Joe looks well placed by trainer Grant Kluske after sound recent placings at Gawler and Oakbank. From the good barrier he can sit just off the speed and is expected to be winning.

Saint Olga is a visitor with good speed that looks the logical danger given the way the track is playing at present. Tips: 6-9-11

RACE 4: Maiden 1750m

Alpha Raider was good on debut at Naracoorte and Heather Lehmann would not be making the long trip here for a holiday. Opposition look limited and clearly the one to beat but you would still want the odds to be right before investing first look at the track. A Midnight Shadow expected to provide the most resistance. Tips: 3-9-11

RACE 5: Benchmark 58 1750m

Fearless Al gets to the 1750 for the first time this preparation and looks the class runner but you can make a case for Gottabitton with the favours in transit again and Hayzelle who showed good signs last start in her first look at the staying trip.

The winner will come from these three. Tips: 1-5-2

RACE 6: Benchmark 58 1750m

Taking the punt that the Mick White trained Crazy Culprit might be able to run them into the ground as we saw last start. Step up in trip is the query.

Shinseki, Lady Conquistador are all in the mix and include Relaxed in your multiples. Tips: 5-3-8

RACE 7: Benchmark 58 1000m

Handy 58 field over the sprint trip. Expecting a hot tempo with Maiden Grace and Mr Whitacre to show up early.

Sanbuck maps to get a nice run in transit just behind the speed and can win again . Expect Wotuwant to be hitting the line hard late. Tips: 3-5-8

RACE 8:Benchmark 64 1250m

Hard to ignore the run of Artful Ambition last start, after bombing the start he flew home for third behind two very hand horses in Bryans Babe and Centrefield. This event looks much easier and with even luck is the clear top pick.

Riverside Rock may well be able to take up a much more prominent role early here and could be the big improver. Don't let him sneak under your guard at odds. Tips: 1-3-4

RACE 9: Benchmark 54 1210m

Tough race to finish the day. Looking for value leads to Troubled Times, handy maiden winner three starts back then wasn't disgraced behind Amani Farasi when doing work on speed at latest. Winter Harbour.

City Jet and I'm Oh So Pretty also worth thought. Tips: 9-7-2

The first race starts at 12:25pm and entry to the track is free.