If you’re looking to kick on after the Cup with some winners heading into Oaks Day, then Port Lincoln has some gems for us build a bank. AVORA SUN (R4 No. 2) never gave them look-in here three weeks ago, leading all the way to post a and a half length win in maiden company. She was very heavily backed despite opening up at $1.45 and never gave backers any concern, and the overall time wasn’t bad given the soft conditions. She has drawn well to jump and run again tomorrow shouldn’t have any problems running out the 1200m back onto dry ground. There are few jockeys in better form in South Australia at the moment than Raquel Clark and she should steer this filly to victory.
We’ll stick with Raquel two races later when VICTOR VICTOR (R6 No. 3) lines up in the Bm72. He was a touch disappointing as odds-on fave here three weeks ago when he probably found 1200m a little too far in the soft conditions. He still battled on okay into second spot behind Hank’s Nephew, but his previous run gives us a great pointer to his chances tomorrow. He carried the 60kg to an impressive win over 1000m and he will be suited by the drop back to five furlongs. He should get a nice trail behind the leaders from the good draw and will take a power of beating.
Splitting those two good things is DEXTER YOU DEVIL (R5 No. 2) who is getting fitter with three runs under his belt off a very long break and is working up to a win. He stuck on well to be beaten just over length in similar class last time and is better suited back around this journey. When last in work he notched up a hat-trick including a win over city runner Tabbing and despite only two place divvies is a good each way bet. — Greg Spletter