Instant Celebrity will resume in the Redelva Stakes. Photo: Jenny Barnes

2021 Irwin Stakes Day Tips & Preview

Group 1 racing is just around the corner in Adelaide and excitement kicks up another gear at Morphettville on Irwin Stakes Day.

Three races will be contested under black type conditions, but all nine represent intriguing betting prospects, and you can find my complete 2021 RN Irwin Stakes Day tips below.

Adelaide Galvanising Handicap (1050m) – 12:31pm AEST
No Bet

There’s virtually no form to divulge ahead of the first on Irwin Stakes Day and at publish, the debutant Generation is our race favourite.

I’m happy to stay out and watch with a view towards something later in the season.

Adelaide Racing Carnival May 1st-15th Handicap (2500m) – 1:06pm AEST
No. 2 Sandbanks

Sandbanks only just missed at Oakbank last time out and can go one better in the second at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Michael Hickmott-trained gelding returned some nice efforts this prep when under the care of Lindsay Smith and was unlucky not to win in his first appearance for the Murray Bridge horseman a couple of weeks ago.

The rise in trip looks as though it will suit, and I am happy to give him another chance.

Furphy Handicap (1050m) – 1:41pm AEST
No. 7 Hypersonic

Hypersonic will take winning form into the contest and looks well placed to record another.

The Team McEvoy-trained gelding clearly needed the run when he finished down the order here when resuming, but his second-up effort over 1000m probably couldn’t have been more impressive.

Fitter third-up and under similar conditions, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

Quayclean Handicap (1600m) – 2:16pm AEST
No. 8 African Awesome

African Awesome has returned to the races in competitive form this time and looms as a winning chance in the fourth on Irwin Stakes Day.

The Fiorente gelding ran home well to finish second, beaten half a length at Strathalbyn when resuming and he was last seen repeating that effort and result at Gawler.

He’s another horse that looks ready to peak third-up and a mile is ideal.

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Happy 90th Birthday Marj Kettapellar Handicap (1600m) – 2:56pm AEST
No. 2 Mushaireb

Mushaireb doesn’t win out of turn, but he has continued to improve with each start recently and I’m confident he can run well on Saturday, at a nice price ($15 at publish).

The Invincible Spirit gelding finished fourth in Listed company at Warwick Farm on Australia Day and was last seen finishing fifth in the Listed Lord Reims Stakes in February.

He tends to race well fresh, and this is a drop in class from what he has been contesting.

Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) – 3:36pm AEST
No. 1 Instant Celebrity

Instant Celebrity hasn’t been seen at the races since October, but she was outstanding during her debut prep and she can make a winning return in the Redelva Stakes.

The Not A Single Doubt filly won each of her first four starts in spring, including the Group 2 Tranquil Star Stakes and was last seen filling the minors behind Odeum in the Thousand Guineas.

She returned a lovely trial on the Parks course here last week and looks ready to go.

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Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) – 4:16pm AEST
No. 7 Steinem

Steinem puts an unbeaten record on the line in the Auraria Stakes and looks the runner to beat again.

The Frankel filly stamped herself as one to watch when breaking her maiden on debut at Pakenham, but truly hinted at her ability when utterly dominating her rivals in BM64 company at Sandown last time.

She harbours plenty of upside, getting out in trip looks ideal and she is my best bet on the program.

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Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) – 4:51pm AEST
No. 6 Octane

This is an outstanding edition of the Irwin Stakes with several winning chances, but I’m going to have something on Octane each-way.

Octane has returned plenty of outstanding efforts since making his debut, and he stacked up in some good sprints in Victoria during the spring.

He clearly needed the run when he tailed off to finish eighth over 1000m at Caulfield when resuming, but he tends to enjoy sharp improvement into his second-up run, and the $15 available at publish looks a touch of overs.

Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) – 5:30pm AEST
No. 3 Deep Dive

Deep Dive will take winning form into the last on Irwin Stakes Day and can continue his rise through the grades.

The Deep Field gelding filled the minors at each of his first two back this time, and comfortably saluted in BM70 company last time out.

He is drawn ideally, has a class edge over most of these rivals and can win again.