Our Finding An Edge At The Track series looks at some of Australia’s best racetracks and asks our pro punters for any tips when betting on them. Today, we check out Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide.
Adelaide’s metro racetrack, Morphettville Racecourse first saw racing in 1875. This was thanks to well known politician and landowner Sir John Morphett, who the track is named after. Morphettville is home to the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC), who have been around since 1856.
There are two tracks at Morphettville, with ‘The Parks’ opened in 2009 to complement the course proper.
The track itself is known to be both open and fair, with wide turns giving all runners a chance.
Finding An Edge at Morphettville Racecourse
Former Champion Bets SA racing analyst Aaron Barby regularly bets into meetings at Morphettville and is a big fan of the track. We asked him for a few tips for punters wanting to improve their chances at the course:
Are there any nuances to Morphettville that you notice in your analysis?
Well I’m not a track walker, I’m just a video watcher, but from what I’ve seen when reviewing meetings there & trying to identify any track bias, more often that not I think the Morphettville main track plays pretty fairly, at least early.
Although it is very common for the winners of the later races to come down the middle of the track in the straight, as the inside section suffers from wear & tear as the day goes on.
Morphettville seems to have a reputation as one of the top tracks in Australia given its open layout. What are your thoughts on the track?
I think it would be pretty fair to regard Morphettville as one of the top tracks in Australia. Every horse usually gets its chance there & there haven’t been any major issues with track bias during carnival time in recent memory. Horses tend to steer away from the fence looking for better ground on the last day. But this is understandable after three Saturdays of racing in a row.
What sort of runner (pace wise) is most suited and why?
I look at statistics that show the distribution of winners for each ‘position in run’ at Morphettville. Nothing obvious stands out. This supports my theory that the track usually plays fairly.
I’d just consider the map scenario for each particular race & use the same old tricks you would for any track, like favouring on-pace runners in sprint races.
What sort of an impact does the weather have at Morphettville?
North / north-westerly winds, when significant, can advantage horses with cover in the run, especially in the chute races (1050m & 1200m) because they are running right into it from the start.
When strong westerly/south westerly winds are blowing, horses on the rail in the chute races (1050m & 1200m) are disadvantaged because they are giving those outside them cover & this becomes a headwind in the straight, so it can be harder to make ground.
Are there any times of the year that are best for betting at Morphettville?
I prefer outside of carnival time, which is the majority of the year, when it is mostly just the locals & you don’t have to try line up as many different form lines.
What tips would you give for your average punter at Morphettville?
Predicting bias is difficult and there often is none at Morphettville. Don’t worry too much about map position. Just trust in your horse’s quality, or whatever other advantage you have.
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