Morphettville racecourse is arguably one of the top tracks in Australia and a favourite for the punters.
The venue first saw racing in 1875 thanks to well known politician and landowner Sir John Morphett, who the track is named after.
There are two tracks, 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.
Morphettville is home to the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC), who have been around since 1856.
Stats You Need To Know
From the jockeys in the last 12 months it has been Jamie Kah that has been leading the way with an impressive win rate of 19.23% from 130 starts. Victor Wong is travelling well in second, boasting a 13.21% strike rate.
For the trainers your best bet at the moment is the great Darren Weir with a 23% win rate from 107 starts, while Tony McEvoy is sitting at 21% from 105 starts.
Finding An Edge
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 the regular punters out there who are 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 shelf 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 shelf tracks in Australia. Every horse usually gets its chance there & there haven’t been any major issues with track bias during their 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?
Looking at statistics that show the distribution of winners for each ‘Position In Run’ at Morphettville for each distance, nothing obvious stands out, which supports my theory that the track usually plays fairly.
In regards to targeting the right sort of runner (pace wise) at Morphettville, 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.
Are there any jockeys or trainers that you really like at Morphettville and why?
This is a pretty obvious one, but Jamie Kah just has lengths on her opposition in SA. She is the most significant trainer or jockey factor at Morphettville or any other track in SA in my opinion.
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 & there often is none at Morphettville, so rather than worrying too much about map position, just trust in your horse quality, or whatever other advantage you have. And trust in Jamie Kah, because she almost always puts her horse in the right spot!