SA Blackbookers and Horses to Follow

Craig Lewis Craig Lewis
  • Blackbookers to catch the eye in South Australia
  • Our latest horses to follow from Adelaide racing
SA horses to follow

Looking for SA horses to follow each Saturday? We pick out the best blackbookers each week from the metropolitan meeting in South Australia.

From winners of feature races to unlucky loses and first-up gallopers outrunning expectations, we select two to four horses each week to add to your black book from Adelaide’s Saturday racing.

Here are our SA horses to follow and put in your blackbook:


The Billionaire
Thrill Kill

The Billionaire
Spin The Reward

Man Of Heart

Track Rating: Good 4
The rail held its true position from the last meeting, and we found a perfect Good 4 surface. There was a South-Westerly of around 25km’s throughout the day on a top of 20c. Upon review, we found the racing to be as fair and even as you’d like.

Rave 1 3yo BM68 (1100m) Time: 1:04.87 Last 604m: 0:33.93
Ben Price kicks off the day with a confident and mature ride aboard Philonize. He’s cuddled Dion Koch’s front-running filly who found another gear into the straight. The others left her to herself early which gave her a chance to relax under Price. No points to the others for thinking in this one.

Race 2 BM76 (2500m) Time: 2:40.60 Last 600m: 0:35.90 (sectional hand-timed)
Good speed throughout saw them string out down the back. Todd Pannell elected to put the even money favorite Slipintothis up onto the speed early. As Santelmo Fuego rolls along, Pannell has parked his horse just outside of its hindquarters.

Not much chopping and changing going on with that good tempo. Native Blue sticks finds the box seat after leading early, sticking on okay at the end. Smiling Assassin received a peach of a ride back of the speed for Justin Potter. He’s finished off well to grab second behind Slipintothis, with Sasun also catching the eye further back in fourth.

Ryan Hurdle increased the tempo aboard Santelmo Fuego down the side, with Pannell keeping him in check. Eventually Slipintothis has gone up to join the leader as we spot the red paint for the 400m split. Still takes until deep into the 200m to pull clear of that inside horse and go on to record a good win. Santelmo Fuego was superbly rated out front by Hurdle whilst racing on the back-up from Monday. Possibly didn’t see the final part of the 2500m trip and held on for third.

Race 3 BM68 (1200m) Time: 1:10.15 Last 604m: 0:35.32 The Billionaire, Thrill Kill 📓
Superb display of sustained speed saw The Billionaire burst to the early lead. He’s dashed clear under Jason Holder, recording a 600m split of 32.24 from between the 1000 – 400m. That initial speed meant the others were flat-out chasing from the start. The Freedman trained galloper then did enough to hold a margin on the line. He’s still only lightly raced with just seven starts plus a Benchmark handicap of 66 coming into this. Impressive early sectionals and would pay to follow through his grades.

Thrill Kill missed the kick and found himself with many lengths to make up. While the early pace was on to help him, he’s not that type of horse. Loved the way he stormed home to grab second, and then continue past the line. Has found himself in the top-two at all three runs back and would think there’s still room for another win somewhere.

Race 4 3yo Listed (1800m) Time: 1:52.29 Last 604m: 0:35.49
Anthony & Sam Freedman take the feature with their running double, as Todd Pannell guides home Cerberus. Pannell’s second winner for the day came as he settles Cerberus 3WNC towards the tail early. No speed on meant being wide wasn’t all that detrimental in the end. He was able to creep with the field packing as Ben Price possibly cuddled the early leader Max Fire for slightly too long. Pannell kept Blackcomb back to his inside the entire, before winning out in the bunched finish.

Video Watch with the Danny O’Brien trained pair, Blackcomb and Man Of Heart. The former missed the kick early, forcing Barend Vorster into an awkward position one-off the fence in the small field. Man Of Heart also didn’t muster early and Jake Toeroek elects to come back to the fence towards the rear. Vorster became stuck following the two outsiders in the market while Pannell kept him covered the entire.

No speed early meant that Toeroek had to just smoke his pipe and wait with Man Of Heart. He’s come off the fence to follow the winner as they pack by the 500m. With Cerberus not showing a huge turn of foot in front of him, Toeroek comes out even wider by the 300m. The race is over by the time Blackcomb gets out and Man Of Heart can get warm. Both horses’ chances were dashed by the slow tempo, and the bunched finish suggest they each should’ve finished closer.

Race 5 BM68 (1050m) Time: 1:00.78 Last 604m: 0:34.15
Ryan Hurdle continues his winning association with the Peter Hardacre stable, bringing Spin The Reward up the middle to score. The speed set by Lohn Ranger was okay, as Gaze Gris pushes up towards his inside. Hurdle finds a spot back of midfield, giving Spin The Reward plenty of room to move. All of Spin The Reward’s wins have come in a similar manner, where he’s able to let down in clear galloping room.

Hello Ladies was superb in stepping up from maiden grade. She’s found herself at the tail early before finishing off stylishly between horses. Call Me Curtis also puts in another eye-catcher out wide. The winner home with the fastest L600m of the day in 33.44 with a time that rates strongly overall.

Race 6 BM68 (1600m) Time: 1:39.04 Last 604m: 0:35.14
Kayla Crowther shows her class with Ride Of The Day aboard the winner, Morialta. There was no speed to be seen on paper, and that’s how it unfolded. Crowther never panicked from her wide gate on the perennial back-marker. Instead, she’s helped Morialta hold a position wide without cover from about midfield.

The expected early leader was Marina, and Anna Jordsjo finds that spot with ease. The Richard & Chantelle Jolly trio appear to have the race at the mercy from that point, with Ourkhani on the leader’s girth. They also had both Biarchi and the race-favorite, Wild Imagination doing the stalking. Wild Imagination settled better this time around, though the slow early speed probably flattered her late. She’s come after the stablemate Biarchi, who looked to have the better of the other Jolly team-mate in Ourkhani.

Just as it appeared favorite punters would be cheering; Crowther arrives deep inside the 100m on Morialta. He’s come as the widest in a line of five across the track to blouse them all late. Gutsy win by Morialta at his first go to the mile, while being superbly handled by Crowther.

Race 7 BM82 (1100m) Time: 1:03.86 Last 604m: 0:34.32
Just when we thought the track might be favoring those running on out wide, the first three turning finished as same. Doesn’t tell the story properly though, with Rock The Ring not allowing Alleboom to cross. They’ve set a good tempo, and Rock The Ring kicks for Barend Vorster on straightening. He’s put a margin on Alleboom who was brave in defeat, just no match for the winner. Our #SABlackbookers horse Tommy Blue got going again along the rail to keep onto third position. Very good run by her, and she’ll be looking for slightly further now.

Race 8 Mares BM72 (1200m) Time: 1:10.57 Last 600m: 0:35.27
Jason Holder produces a gem of a ride aboard Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas stable horse, Another Award. He’s settled her towards the tail of the stringing field that was controlled by Sophie Logan and Damascus Moment. Barend Vorster was the first to set out and chase with Zoushine, and Gary Lo had tagged him with Diamonds. Those two horses fought it out for much of the straight as the early leader began to wobble.

Holder splits the gap under Point Blaze, who didn’t come on, with Another Award sprinting hard. Diamonds gains the upper hand over Zoushine deep inside the 100m; however, the real danger is just arriving. Another Award relishes the step-up in trip with the two runs under her belt, and she finishes best to score.

Race 9 BM60 (1200m) Time: 1:10.67 Last 604m: 0:35.17
Feel good story to end the day as Jason Cannon trains his first winner back from a lengthy break. His small stable has been putting the writing on the wall of late, and Outpost got the job done. After being caught 3WNC, Teagan Voorham allows him to stride out towards the middle on straightening. They’ve come out after the early leader, Alluring Grace who gave a good kick back towards the inner section.

Showing just how well the track held-up during a full-day’s play, Both Outpost and Alluring Grace have the race between themselves. Early speed was good to class, as were the late splits with a 35 second L600m. Thanasi ran well to chase the pair, while it was all honors the winner.


Lord Vladivostok

Regalo Di Gaetano


Track Rating: Good 3
Track upgraded to Good 3 following the running of the first on a perfect Spring Day. Around 20c without a lot of breeze saw some good times run throughout. Rail was also back into the true from the previous 7m with no bias evident. All in all, a great day’s racing.

Race 1 3yo BM66 (1250m) Time: 1:13.61 Last 600m: 0:35.42
Small field of three to contest following three other scratching’s, and this raced turned out to be a good race. Hopon Harry followed up his nice debut run by surprisingly kicking up to hold a position inside of Tavikat. Somewatt Fabulous dropped in for the trail. As the latter looped the field to hit the front inside the 300m, Teagan Voorham found plenty of response out of Hopon Harry. He’s come right away to score, and these three have all registered a sharp time.

Race 2 BM86 (1000m) Time: 0:57.04 Last 600m: 0:33.36
Huffington ran them along at such a gallop that she’s recorded a new career peak. All Banter couldn’t match her strides early, and those two appeared set to fight it out. They’ve come away from the rest, with Huffington digging deep back to the inside after being headed. Meanwhile, Dexalation has sprouted wings from the back. Generally known purely as a wet tracker, he’s gone past All Banter just as that horse had finally got the better of Huffington. Great race, and one that highlighted how well the track was going to play.

Race 3 Maiden (1000m) Time: 0:57.40 Last 600m: 0:00.00
This is another good race run to a sharp time on the firm deck. The first four around the turn were the first four home, this however was indicative of ability rather than any track concerns. We Spiritual Gal lead them at a good clip, before being overrun by Squizzy Mizzy who followed her the whole way. Johnny Thunder also finished off nicely to claim second placing from Spiritual Gal close the line. Race favorite Totally Discreet took a few steps to muster shortly after the start. She was seemingly on the back foot early, and only battled compared to the other three. Still worth forgiving off that fast tempo, and all four can be followed from here.

Race 4 Bm68 (1550m) Time: 1:33.82 Last 600m: 0:35.75
Crown Mint has no doubt given trainers Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle a few headaches during his short career thus far. Surly all is forgiven now, as Crown Mint rushes to another win over this sort of mile distance. Their persistence with him has paid off, and the Richards-Moyle team take the day’s Top Training honors.

The win came about as Apache Star set a fast tempo out in front. He’s given a kick for Kayla Crowther, looking all-over a win by the 150m. Jason Holder had initially settled Crown Mint at the tail, before getting on his bike early to loop the field. Robe Bay was the other horse coming back to the inside, with Paul Gatt riding for luck following another tardy getaway. These three horses have hit the line dead set locked together, with Crown Mint getting the nod over Robe Bay.

Race 5 BM74 (1950m) Time: 2:01.31 Last 600m: 0:00.00 Shebringzit 📓
Punters were teased with some pace early as the favorite, Tinandali rolled forward with Exalted Ambition. Ben Price puts the brakes on with the fav though after the first 300m or so. This allowed Ryan Hurdle a very controlled gallop in front on Exalted Ambition. That also caused Jason Holder to become shuffled back to an awkward position with Star Status.

No real excitement as Hurdle cuddles the tempo, and Exalted Ambition runs out a comfortable winner. Wings Of Pastrami had sat outside his hindquarter for much of it, with the winner coming clear that last 50m. Star Status was out in plenty of time, just didn’t ping the way he had the start previous. We’ll Black Book Shebringzit, who settled at the tail early. Second-up today, and she’s recorded the fastest Last 1200m of the event while finishing in fifth – 4.5L from the winner. She had also peaked inside that Last 200m, as the race tempo brought about her undoing.

Race 6 BM60 (1400m) Time: 1:25.16 Last 600m: 0:34.88
We come into a couple of very slowly run races now, which we’re not as keen to follow out of. The poor tempo wasn’t enough to stop Wylie Ol’ Coyote winning from the back though. Iowa Hawkeye had kicked up inside of Lucky Dog, and these two got away from the rest of them early. They still just walked, and Jacob Opperman brought up his winning double by creeping into it without cover on Wylie Ol’ Coyote. He’s had the last say in a bunched finish where half a length separates five horses. Video Watch here with Jaamint, who was unable to be fully tested for much of the straight by Ben Price.

Race 7 BM86 (1400m) Time: 1:24.47 Last 600m: 0:34.31 Lord Vladivostok 📓
Jeffrey Maund again takes Ride Of The Day for his efforts aboard the winner, Magnetic Edge. No speed in this early, with many of the day’s Top Late Sectionals coming out of this race. Maund has read it best of anyone, allowing his horse to slide with cover early.

Lord Vladivostok goes straight into the Black Book under the big weight first-up here. Jess Eaton just had to stand up and take hold as Highly Decorated fell into her lap from about the 650m. She’s found a way clear by the 300m, however Maund and Magnetic Edge were off and gone with the momentum. Lord Vladivostok picked himself up to run the winner to about a half head, with a gap back to the rest.

There were plenty running on to register the day’s fastest sectional time. That honor however, rests with Regalo Di Gaetano. The signs were there pre-race with Richard & Chantelle Jolly sending him out over the 1400m for a first-up assignment. He’s finished hard over the middle part of the track under Caitlin Jones run 21.96 L400m. Has clearly come back well, just coming into this as a BM88 Rated galloper makes him for us to follow.

Race 8 BM60 (1000m) Time: 0:57.32 Last 600m: 0:33.48
The last two on the card were run along at genuine tempos, and we can follow out of these races. We expected to see Silver Melody bowl along as she did and it was pleasing to see her give a kick too. Anna Jordjso parked Daintree into the stalking role, and they appeared as the only likely danger once the leader had kicked. Jordjso gets into her work with Daintree passing the 300m, and it takes all of the straight to claim Silver Melody. They’ve got the bob in, with Miss Daniel finishing hard for a close-up third.

Race 9 BM68 (1550m) Time: 1:33.82 Last 600m: 0:35.75
Ten out of ten ride by Jason Holder to claim a double and close out the day with So You Can. The pair were positive out of the gates early with Candy Dude eventually pushing on to find the front. Castle Of Kings had to do a bit of work also, eventually rolling forward to sit outside the leader. The speed was good without being silly, and clearly So You Can was wanting to go quicker from the box-seat. Teagan Voorham also felt the need to take closer order, sending Perfect Command around them 3WNC.

The field packs as they turn, with Voorham keeping Holder locked away to her inside. Castle Of Kings just gave enough of a kick for Stubby to take a run between him and Candy Dude. So You Can extends strongly enough between them to win, with Echo Boomer getting home well from the back to run second.





Track Rating: Good 4
Rail stayed out to the previous 7m position on the Good 4 track. The South Westerly chopped and changed its strength a bit, starting off at low 20’s before kicking up over 30km’s. Definite advantage to those handy to the speed, and we did see them angle off the fence later in the day.

Race 1 3yo BM68 (1550m) Time: 1:36.69 Last 609m: 0:35.45
Small field led up by Max Fire with A Bit Rattley leaving the pressure off. Ben Price goes for home on the leader as Jessica Eaton peels off his back with Man Of Heart. These two fight out an intriguing battle up the straight, however Price had his rated a treat. Max Fire gets the bob in, with Price booting the first one home for his master, Travis Doudle.

Race 2 BM82 (1550m) Time: 1:35.23 Last 609m: 0:35.16
The money was on Perfect Route to repeat his most recent performance. He wasn’t the best away however, and France’s Boy took up the front-running. They moved along okay considering the limited field size, as Eaton was able to muster up onto the hindquarter of the leader. Sign Of Ussuri appeared to be over racing a touch a couple of lengths off those, around Magnetic Edge back to his inside.

Perfect Route throws down the challenge to France’s Boy by the 300m, and the inside horse responds. Barend Vorster also comes with his run on Sign Of Ussuri and sets upon them inside the furlong. France’s Boy keeps kicking hard inside the 100m, and Perfect Route comes again through the middle. As we so often see, momentum proves king, and Vorster can lift Sign Of Ussuri home a winner. Gutsy effort France’s Boy to hold second. Jury out on Perfect Route – honest and maybe further?

Race 3 3yo Maiden (1000m) Time: 0:58.00 Last 609m: 0:34.21 JAAZEB
#SABlackbookers horse Philonize had impressed in both public trials to date. He’s pinged the lids for Ben Price, while Chasing Stars had done the same out wider under Stacey Metcalfe. These two flew along early, putting at least 4L back to Jaazeb, with a further gap back to the rest. Philonize kept running powerfully to record a sharp overall time, as Chasing Stars called it a day upon straightening. Jaazeb solid into second place, and there’s a win somewhere for him.

Video Watch Grinzinger Prince, a lightly raced visitor with both starts coming on rain-affected tracks. Not suited by those two in front pouring the pressure on early, being left some 8L off the leaders passing the 600m. Big strong type who will appreciate being able to build into his stride on the roomier tracks. He got home well for third, recording about 33.00 L600m (Hand timed).

Race 4 BM76 (2250m) Time: 2:23.43 Last 609m: 0:36.87
He’s Back, the big fella’s back! In undoubtedly the Day’s Top Training Performance, Sue Murphy has brought Hasta La War successfully back to winning form following his tendon injury. He’s had a short prep back in May where he glimpsed at his best form. Hasta La War was now only racing third-up today following two runs at the mile. Murphy had indicated that programming has been an issue, though you wouldn’t know it now.

Teagan Voorham re-partnered with the horse to continue on their winning ways. In what was purely the Ride Of The Day, Voorham and Hasta La War lapped up the pace set by Plaisir. Targeting Jess Eaton who also gave Slipintothis a treat of a ride off the back of the speed, Voorham was able to find a cart into the race. As Slipintothis strikes the lead out in the middle of the track, Hasta La War was already upon him. Looked as though these two might battle it out, then Hasta La War shifts into another gear. He’s come away clearly, with the runner-up also leaving a gap back to the others.

Race 5 BM60 (1000m) Time: 0:58.66 Last 609m: 0:34.88
Gaze Grise gave plenty to cheer about, as Kayla Crowther box-seated with the David Jolly trained favorite. Punters tend to get excited when the Jolly stable has a sharp one going around first-up. The lid had firmly been blown off Gaze Grise’s box in the lead-up, and by now the bookies must be wondering where their next meal is coming from.

Silver Melody set a cracker of a pace as expected. Kayla Crowther racks up one of the easiest winners of her career, popping off the leaders back on straightening and sending the big mare home. Akkacan his usual honest placing from back with cover. Five races down, with five winners coming from top-two in the market.

Race 6 BM86 (1250m) Time: 1:15.22 Last 609m: 0:34.49
Now favorite backers were left with their hearts in the mouths as Extra Time didn’t muster through the early stages. Backed from $2.90 into $1.50, The fans had to watch as Jason Holder shows experience counts in these situations. Savs Finale found a cheap time of it out in front as Noir De Rue finally slides up after being trapped deep through the first 300m or so.

Still no real speed to report for this class, and Holder makes his own way around the small field. Noir De Rue takes over by the 350m as the result looms ominous. Holder starts getting into his work with Extra Time by the 250m though, and the fav responds. In fact he’s coming; there may not have been much in the margin between them all, yet this was a soft win indeed. Classy win from Extra Time, with bigger and better races in the offering.

Race 7 BM68 Mares (1300m) Time: 1:18.45 Last 609m: 0:34.75 MONA DREAM
Ben Price enters the winners circle for the third time on the day, this time by controlling the race on Star Of Uma. With no speed engaged, Price utilizes his 3kg claim in taking the class galloper to the front. They left him alone with Point Blaze sort of in the one-in, one-back a few lengths behind. As Star Of Uma kicks inside the 300m, Point Blaze is the one to come out and do the chasing. There were still some 4L or so to make up though, and Price had stolen the show off that slow speed.

Video Watch with both Mona Dream and Comfort Girl, who ran well first-up here. Mona Dream was able to settle a little closer in the run, and she’s probably also closer to her next win. Comfort Girl has ability, though seems to have been pigeon-holed as a stayer. She got right back early before having to hold-up into the straight. Both mares are only lightly raced with plenty of upside to come. Point Blaze worth sticking with as well, and despite the gaps through the field, we’ll be happy to follow these.

Race 8 BM72 (1000m) Time: 0:57.95 Last 609m: (hand timed 33.90)
Gutsy win by Alleboom to sit outside the leader in Ladies Man, before kicking strongly to outlast them all. He’s not the biggest horse and so we were loath to stick with him under the 60kg’s with todays pressure. They ran quickly as expected, and our hand timing off the video shows that he gave nothing else a chance. Thompson’s Reward ran well back to the inside – his connections must be wondering what it takes to win a race. All honors the winner though, and Price has four!

Race 9 BM68 (1400m) Time: 1:24.27 Last 609m: (hand timed 35.50)
Big field in the last leg of the quaddie, with the bookmaker’s looking for their getout. It’s not really to be as the the first two in the market become the first two across the line. Perhaps some reprive though, as it was the second favorite who got the job done. The winner, Impossible Action came via a perfect ten out of ten ride again from Jake Toeroek. The speed was on courtesy of Azzuro Bianco on top, and the field had strung out.

The race favorite, Morialta was in that back half, with Jacob Opperman getting on his bike early with that horse. Toeroek was left to smoke his pipe throughout, making full use of the inside draw. He had Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s charge rated beautifully the fence, just on the back of the on pacers. They were trucking from a long way out, and Jake angles him into the clear on turning. Impossible Action had balanced up by the 300m, and Toeroek shakes him up. They’ve raced clear as Morialta finally straightens for a challenge, with the race all over. We can stick with the first two across the line, who again left gaps back through to the rest of them.





Track Rating: Good 4
Rail came back into the true from 10m on a cool sort of day that met with some showers early. The first three races on the card had a strong Westerly of around 35km’s to deal with. That dropped from about race 4 to a 20km SW, before dwindling to very little for the rest of the meeting. We saw some true racing run to good speed throughout (Including the 2000m BM72 of Race 6). Winners could come from anywhere, though they didn’t really force the issue from out beyond the middle either.

Race 1 3yo BM66 (1100m) Time: 1:04.72
Karacasu and Hanabi were one-two in the market, with the punters nailing the exacta correctly. Madame Furphy had too much early toe, and Hanabi had to settle for a trailing position behind Magic Max. Karacasu racing first-up today was allowed to find his feet in the small field. Jake Toeroek attempts to stay low to the fence with him upon entering the straight, before having to come out wider. As Hanabi gets to Madame Furphy by the 200m, it becomes clear that Karacasu will race past them all. He goes onto to record a dominant win, with a good space also left between the second and third horses.

Race 2 CL3 (1200m) Time: 1:11.45
Class 3 event which was handicapped as a BM68 race. Thrill Kill shed that rating as he got the job done second-up. Mayan carried 1.5kg above the top-weight, and he’s filled the quinella. Muddling tempo with Got My Thrills leading initially. The field packed as the pace slowed, forcing Barend Vorster to ask Mayan to carry the weight from early on. He’s hit the front out in the middle on turning to give a bit of a kick into the straight. Thrill Kill was always bolting in behind, even as Ryan Hurdle was placed at a disadvantage on him when the pace slackened. He’s got Thrill Kill off the heels of those in front to power through for a solid victory. Mayan game with the big weight into second, and we can follow those two.

Race 3 Maiden (1200m) Time: 1:11.60 BOSSPAN
Good maiden and there’s plenty we’re keen to take note of here. Ballynora justified here short quote when Kayla Crowther brought her out of her stalking position from just behind the speed. Second market elect, Italian Viking had stormed to the front by the 250m, opening a commanding break. Ballynora made the successful chase, with the early season filly chasing down the 4yo in the shadows. Coming with her was Hopon Harry, who followed up his nice debut run behind Hanabi. These three have put a space on the rest and we can follow them.

Of the others, Gordon Richards & Damien Moyle would’ve been pleased with the improved performance of Stratisfaction. Despite not finding a lot of room throughout, Stratisfaction had finished off okay. Nancy May made a surprise city appearance for Mount Gambier trainer, Robert Schultz. Plenty to like about her and we’ll find her at a price somewhere. BOSSPAN is the one who would appear to have the most scope of them all. Jessica Eaton asked him to come back from the wide draw, where he got a bit keen on heels. Finished off strongly, and he’ll win plenty of races well beyond maiden grade for Michael Hickmott.

Race 4 BM68 (1050m) Time: 1:01.53 LARKHAM
Phillip Stokes takes the running double, this time with last start city winner, Huffington. She’d met and dealt with a similar field last time on the Parks Circuit. This time the mare flew the lids for Gary Lo, who let her run through the early part. Larkham had been well backed into favoritism to turn the tables on her second-up. Dom Tourneur seemed keen to press the issue with him early after scooting through to hold the fence. He’s turned for home in front, and it’s that section of the race between 500 – 300m where Lo wins it.

Gary hasn’t reacted to Dom’s urgency, instead riding his own race confidently. These two horses have put a margin on the rest, with Tourneur looking the aggressor by the 300m. Lo doesn’t really go for his mare until passing the 200m. While it takes until the 50m peg to shake Larkham, the result seemed inevitable. There was still plenty of excitement left in the race as Call Me Curtis came thundering out of the ground late. He’s put in a dive at Huffington right on the line to miss.

Larkham just went a bit early while running into a tough form mare at this stage of the prep. He’d peaked well into the furlong, though battled manfully to the 50m. Will pay to forgive, and be on next start in this sort of grade.

Race 5 BM74 (1200m) Time: 1:10.81
Rock The Ring keeps it in the Lindsay Park family, changing hands recently from the Hayes Dynasty to the McEvoy Team. No pace early as Gary Lo on Tommy Blue doesn’t force the issue with Barend Vorster and Rock The Ring. The leader was never in doubt to score as Tommy Blue only held ground at best into the straight. Of the rest, Vongole finished with the equal fasted Last 600m of the day.

After settling at towards the rear, Vongole ran home the widest runner in 33.76. His Last 400m was only marginally behind Echo Boomer at 22.46. Echo Boomer ran 10th of a second quicker that split, locking in second place after holding the box seat early. Vongole was only racing second-up today, usually takes a few to find his best, with a win now looming.

Race 6 BM72 (2000m) Time: 2:04.32
Good to see them run along in this one. They didn’t go silly either, as evident with a few horses close to over racing. Todd Pannell had been trapped early on race favorite, Melody Man, and so continued forward to find the lead. Massive run by that horse in the end to be there fighting out the finish. Clearly a better horse ridden with a smother, Melody Man became very keen in front. Pannell elected not to fight his charge, instead enabling the genuine tempo.

Jeff Maund on the winner, All Hard Wood was the clear pick for Ride of The Day. In a race with plenty of Plan B’s being chosen, All Hard Wood did not begin as well as expected. Instead of getting straight into his mount, Maund finds a spot just on the back of that on-pace division. This in-turn keeps Cranbourne visitor, Tinandali three wide with cover. That horse was also there fighting out much of the finish, and must be followed.

Maund was able to incrementally slide into the race from about the 800m, and on the back of Tinandali. Taking the cart to the top of the straight, Maund asks of All Hard Wood, who wanted to lay under pressure. The two in front of them though had the tougher runs in transit, and the result appeared a foregone conclusion. With All Hard Wood coming on one rein carrying Maund with the whip in the left hand, momentum told out. All Hard Wood a deserved winner over Melody Man and Tinandali, who can both be followed from here.

Race 7 BM64 Time: 1:37.76 WILD IMAGINATION
Jake Toeroek lands the double in conjunction with the Richard & Chantelle Jolly stable, scoring on Wild Imagination. Give Me Ten had set a genuine tempo with Jaamint to her outside. Toeroek gave them ten out of ten alright, hunting that speed before angling clear by the 300m. With the two leaders weakening, Wild Imagination became the johnny-on-the-spot horse to put this field away. She’s come into this on the back of two runs this prep, and as a BM58 rater. Had all the favors, still loved the way she did everything right. Not convinced she wants a whole lot further, with seven furlongs to a mile seemingly ideal in this grade.

Race 8 Qty Listed (1100m) Time: 1:04.27
We thought Chris Bieg was worthy of Training Performance Of The Day when Free Of Debt broke the drought. Taking out a black-type race now must surely surpass such a feat. To do so by keeping the faith in apprentices, Gary Lo here, is something that should also be lauded. Lo gave the horse a picture-perfect ride too, similar to that he gave Huffington earlier in the day.

In controlling the race from outside the leader, Kemalpasa, Free Of Debt was always in a commanding position. Nothing else wanted to force the issue, allowing the two on top a fairly controlled gallop. They were one-two in turning for home off that easy first few, and as such were feted to fight out the finish. Lo goes for his mount as they pass the 200m peg, and Free Of Debt finds half a length. Kemalpasa is brave though, digging all the way to the end.

The cavalry was chasing from some distance further back, fighting it out for third placing. The successful of which was our Value Bet Selection in Pimm’s Party, who’d settled near last. Teagan Voorham peeled the widest runner, with Pimm’s Part rattling off a 33.76 Last 600m.

Race 9 BM60 (1100m) Time: 1:05.16
One of the hardest acts follow in South Australian racing finally landed on Saturday. Ben Price an absolute peach of a ride sees All In War finally home a winner. Price kept her happy in the three-wide line near the pace with plenty of room to move. Alluring Grace and Aston Rapova were able to cruise along together as they liked on top of that speed. They both gave a kick into the straight and appeared set for battle. Price gets into his work with All In war though, and Ryan Balfour’s mare grabs them both close to the line.

Video Watch on Ranger Frank at the start. He can be his own worst enemy coming out of the starting gate, this time had one cross him as they jumped. Justin Potter probably ended-up further back than intended, and off this slow speed, the positioning was telling. Potter managed to find runs through for the honest gelding, it was always going to be an ask though. These BM60 races in town are tailor made for Ranger Frank, and as we saw with the winner persistence can win out.





Track Rating: Good 4
Beautiful Spring Day again, with mild temps and a South-Westerly of just under 20km’s. We saw a mixture of fast times on the Good 4 surface, with a few other sit/sprint affairs thrown in. Rail out 10m with no apparent track bias, though they did steer clear of the inside section as the day went on.

Race 1 BM78 (2500m) Time: 2:41.12
Small field of five jogged around for the first 1900m of the race before some pace starts to creep into it. All five were in a line across the track in turning for home by the 400m, with Darvin starting to wilt. While He Ekscels stayed low, the other three tracked out to the middle. This wider move became accentuated with Muntham Missile wanting to lay-out onto Reflect The Stars. Lord Gododdin tried hard outside that pair; he did just have enough late. In the end though, favorite backers were cheering as Todd Pannell lifted Reflect The Stars home in the middle.

Race 2 BM82 (1050m) Time: 1:00.26
Caitlin Jones proves the difference between winning or otherwise in a picture-perfect ride aboard Alleboom. They’ve run fast time, yet Jones manages to pinch a furlong out of the machines. With Little Rich Boy not pouring the pressure on while resuming, Jones was able to control the race. Alleboom straightened up in front, still being cuddled by his rider. Conversely, the eventual runner-up, Thompson’s Reward had to get on his bike early. Registering 43.44 Last 800 sees him as one of the days Sectional Stars, with the effort telling over that final 100m. The cool as ride by Jones saw Alleboom respond, as the late challenge was presented.

Race 3 3yo BM64 (1200m) Time: 1:09.94 SOOBMERGED 📓
Good race this, the winner’s pretty smart despite still being raw, and we’re going to want to follow this form. Miss Daniel took luck out of the equation by pouncing on the early lead from the inside gate. She led them up at a reasonable gallop before being beaten not long after straightening. Soobmerged, Meanwhile, had raced fiercely at her hindquarter through the early part. Did drop the bit and race far more tractably from about the 600m and battled gainfully to the line. Soobmerged can put himself into his races early, and will be winning in the very near future.

The swoopers had this race between themselves though. Paul Gatt brings Eagle Hawk Star with a run, and looked the winner at the 250m. Just ran into one better in Manhatten Times, who had tracked from a couple of lengths behind the field. He wanted to lay-in under Jason Holder, while still getting the job done over Eagle Hawk Star. Not sure where the runner-up goes next, being an interstate visitor. Good gap from second to third, and we can respect this field as a whole.

Race 4 BM68 (1600m) Time: 1:38.73
Here’s one where they weren’t out to break records early. Nice ride by Gary Lo on Celestial Illusion, who settled a Length off the clear leader, Lady Highly. Sophie Logan following Lo on Moscow Red was forced to hold and check back inside as Lo just holds up on turning. Meanwhile, Barend Vorster had been stalking with the well-supported Hinchpin. He’s bringing that horse with his run up the middle, and he gets to Celestial Illusion by the 200m. Lo’s early patience ensures a tight battle up the straight between the two, with Hinchpin’s momentum eventually seeing him over the line. Moscow Red battled well for third, with a gap back to Galahad Guru who finished off well second-up.

Race 5 3yo Maiden (1200m) Time: 1:10.41
In typical style with these city maiden races, we saw the field run along again. Certainly a surprise to see the winner, Wheels Of Courage racing so handy to the good speed set by Tavikat. No doubting the horse’s ability though, and the blinkers had done their job in switching him on.

Even though the speed was on, we didn’t really see them make any ground on the leading few. Callan Murray tracks a few off the fence with Tavikat, as Ryan Hurdle brings Wheels Of Courage back to the inside. The race is between these two, with Hurdle riding with some confidence. Murray goes for Tavikat, who was inclined to shift out. The rider then pulls the whip through to the right, and the horse responds by ducking back in. Wheels Of Courage was just far more professional throughout, pulling away for an impressive win. Yowza his usual honest-self, running a handy race into third.

Race 6 BM64 (1800m) Time: 1:50.66
Another walk/sprint amongst horses who hold better ability than that style of racing. We’ll mark the winner, Star Status as a Sectional Star with his 34.04 Last 600m – perhaps with an Asterix however, due to the lack of early speed. Jason Holder tracked up handy on Star Status in pretty much a regulation win over Santelmo Fuego who settled outside the leader.

Racing Base scribe Steve Bennett reported in our popular segment, “Big Bets Post-Mortem,” a sizeable bet of $10k EW on Confusion. The horse never had a hope in Hades with the way the race unfolded. Should ever you feel duded on the punt during a race, spare a thought first for this punter. Horse came out in his usual manner towards the rear of the field, which had started to string-out.

Pace comes out of the race in passing the 1400m, where his fate now becomes sealed. Rider did manage to find the back of Korodon for a cart, before cutting back inside that horse on straightening. With the winner home last 400m in 22.72 (3rd horse 22.84), there was just nothing that was ever going to get Confusion home into the placings. For the record, Confusion’s mid-race urgency telling late – running home in 34.32 and 23.00.

Race 7 BM64 (1050m) Time: 1:00.33 HOWL
Paul Gatt follows up with Ride Of The Day on a horse we can’t find enough superlatives to describe. Howl must be giving his rider plenty of confidence when he legs up, despite the rawness about this horse. Trainer David Jolly has his stable flying, and punters can tap in by following Howl where ever he goes to next. Settling behind the field off the good early tempo set by Silver Melody, Gatt cuts the corner before finding the best part of the track.

As Lohn Ranger gets to Silver Melody by the 250m, Gatt is keeping Howl’s momentum by finding runs on its back. Lohn Ranger bursts to the front inside the furlong, and now the last start winner has a battle on his hands. We can see that Howl is a genuine trier who wants to please, and after a short battle, takes the ascendancy inside the 100m. Overall time was quick, and Howl is serious racehorse with plenty of ability to match. He’s run the day’s fastest last three splits consecutively.

Race 8 BM78 (1200m) Time: 1:08.46
Clearly win of the day by Lombardo, bringing about the first leg of a running double for Kayla Crowther. We’ve have had Lombardo in the Book from a previous prep, and by all means, do keep following the horse. Crowther was just swinging on him coming into the straight by the 350m. Early leader High Cost had dropped off, and Vieira was running a cheeky race, showing that he may be back to his best. Nothing challenging though, and Lombardo just puts a space on them, winning by 5L with plenty in reserve.

Video Watch with the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas stable runner, Extra Time. Drawn off the track, Teagan Voorham had him back further off the pace than what we’re used to seeing with him. Speed was definitely on too which may have helped in the long run. He’s gotten home the best of the rest in a race where good gaps were left throughout. Only second-up today after winning on resumption, and clearly Extra Time has come back extra well.

Race 9 BM60 (1200) Time: 1:09.99
Lovely ride by the ever-consistent Kayla Crowther sees Point Blaze home a winner for trainer Shayne Cahill. Speed was good again, as we do so often see in these lower Benchmark grade city races. Crowther was able to ride the perfect storm, keeping Point Blaze a couple of lengths closer than usual. With the field tracking clear of the inside, she has plenty of room to present by the 300m. Outpost stays low to come with Point Blaze after settling towards the rear, and Jonquest was always prominent. These three form an entertaining battle as Point Blaze in the middle just edges out Jonquest, with Outpost a neck away.

The much-deserved win of Point Blaze not only denied Jason Holder a treble for the day. So it was too for trainers, Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas. The stable takes the Day’s Top Training Performance due to the consistency of their runner’s throughout the card.





Track Rating: Soft 5
Some watering of the track overnight to us push into the Soft 5 range come start time. Strong SW into the high 20kms probably helped to dry that a little from mid-meeting. While the Rail was out to 7m, it seemed to play evenly early on. From about Race 4 they were keeping well off the fence, and the last Three were all On-Pace dominated.

Race 1 BM72 (1000m) Time: 0:58.33 Last 609m: 0:34.84
Some good pace on for the small field, with Spanish Heirloom keen to run. Huffington allows him to go, and does the initial chasing with Larkham to her outside. Gary Lo sits quietly with the Stokes mare as Larkham goes up to join the leader by the 450m. Lo allows Huffington to balance after straightening, and she gets to work in chasing down those leaders. With Smokin Val coming from the rear, it’s Huffington who sprints best to extend her neck on the line and score. Philip Stokes takes the opener courtesy of a patient, well-balanced ride from the 3kg claimer in Gary Lo.

Race 2 Maiden (1000m) Time: 0:58.72 Last 609m: 0:34.90 HANABI, PHILONIZE 📓
They’ve run only about 2.5L slower than then the smart BM72 field in the first. This was a good race, despite the two early season fillies beating the older horse’s home. Haven’t expected to say that with our 3yo’s too often, though maybe just in maiden grade for now. We’ll see. Sectional Star Hanabi was superbly handled by Kayla Crowther, particularly her riding from the 600 – 400m. Trapped deep from the draw, Crowther has her horse come back under her, momentarily finding cover in a crucial part of the race. As Philonize kicks for home from his position of outside the leader, Hanabi begins to extend for Crowther. She’s picked-up the inside horse close to home, with last two splits of 23.32, 11.96.

Race 3 BM72 (1550m) Time: 1:34.86 Last 600m: 0:36.58
Jessica Eaton and Mick Huxtable both continue their love affair of the Morphettville Parks track. They’ve pick-up a double, the first of which coming by way of Perfect route. Sitting outside the leader, Noname Lane on a solid tempo, Perfect route was there to be beaten third-up. He’d had some specking in the market and the money was spot-on.

As Noname Lane succumbed to the pressure on straightening, Perfect Route had to deal with the new challenge coming from Cabinho. Callan Murray noted the Stewards advice from the previous week, taking the run along the fence vacated by Noname Lane. Wings Of Pastrami kept coming late up the middle, while Sign Of Ussuri found the line for third. All honors the winner, Perfect Route though, who continued strongly through the line.

Race 4 BM64 (1400m) Time: 1:25.44 Last 609m: 0:36.52
Not a great deal of speed to report in this, nice to see Crown Mint back into the winner’s stall. Ben Price settled him one-off the fence, and with cover back of midfield. Jeff Maund steadily increases the tempo on early leader, Excelsa and Give Me Ten goes with him on turning. Claudia Lions stays low to the fence with Equal Balance; however, we now see all the action starting to come from out wider.

Ben Price follows Wild Imagination into the straight, before sending Crown Mint past that horse by the furlong. Wild Imagination game to keep chasing, though momentum is king and Price boots Crown Mint home a winner. Small gap back to Perfect Command and Give Me Ten, who had both tracked the speed throughout.

Race 5 BM68 (1950m) Time: 2:03.47 Last 609m: 0:36.28
Race of changing complexion through the early to middle part. Todd Pannell keeps the hot-pot Melody Man out of trouble, one-off and back of midfield. Despite wanting to over-race, Melody Man sweeps up the middle late for an effortless win.

Video Watch on Santelmo Fuego, who was given a lovely run through from Sophie Logan. Allowed to come out of the gates and follow Melody Man early, the speed appeared to drop right out. Logan sends him forward along that back straight, just as Mighty Oasis decides to kick-up and contest the lead with All Hard Wood. This means Logan is able to lob in the one-out, one-back around Native Blue, on an okay tempo.

Barend Vorster, to her inside, aggressively searches for clear running past the 600m. He’s shifting Logan off the fence to get out from behind the leader, whether she likes it or not. Sophie holds her line initially, then comes off to search for the run outside of All Hard Wood on straightening. With no run presenting for Native Blue, Vorster twice shifts out, making heavy contact with Santelmo Fuego. Logan again holds her rightful running, unfortunately All Hard Wood lays back out in front of her. She’s forced to take hold, and Santelmo Fuego was unable to be fully tested from about the 350m to the winning post.

Race 6 BM82 (1300m) Time: 1:18.09 Last 609m: 0:35.17
Reigning John Letts Medalist Jessica Eaton shows her class once again as a horse-woman, with clear Ride Of The Day aboard Ecumenical. The pattern by now has well and truly emerged to favor horses coming from up the middle. There was just no speed to report, leading to Gary Lo allowing Magna Bella to stride around the lamp-lighter, One More Jack early on.

While Magna Bella became exposed from a long way out, Eaton was biding her time three pairs back on Ecumenical. Mick Huxtable’s big grey mare was proving to be a little bit of a handful, turning for home on the wrong leg. Jess just had to help her through her stride (which changed about three times to the 100m). This had allowed Magnetic Edge to cut into the margin from the back. Really though, this win was bigger then what the form guide will read. Eaton has brought Ecumenical with one run as the widest horse, and she’ll win plenty more this prep.

Race 7 BM60 Time: 1:35.72 Last 609m: 0:37.36 APACHE STAR 📓
Good win again from Apache Star, who transferred his form from the bigger Gifford Hill track. Kayla Crowther’s double also brings about the Day’s Top Training Performance, when Apache Star lands Phillip Stokes a treble. In a display of sustained speed, we see the pattern start to shift again, this time towards those on-speed. Not unusual for a firming Parks track. Crowther has taken him to the front, with the rest not making any impression. They don’t often take out a race in town straight after breaking their maiden, and Apache Star is one for the Book.

Race 8 BM60 (1000m) Time: 0:59.39 Last 609m: 0:35.50
Well, if the track is starting to walk quicker now, this race doesn’t show it on the clock. Again, pretty-well on-speed dominated, which may have made the times from Race 2 even more impressive. Aquamoss set out to lead by around 3L, and Barend Vorster settles the winner, Aston Rapova in the next group with cover. He sends the big gelding from Finniss Lodge out after the leader, and soon has his measure. Staying right out to the middle, Aston Rapova races well clear. Akkacan does Akkacan thigs getting into second, while La Petite Rouse followed-up on her good jump out/trial form in filling the other minor.

Race 9 BM68 (1250m) Time: 1:15.46 Last 609m: 0:34.81
Here she is, the horse very quickly becoming the darling of South Australian Racing in Enchantingly. The big chestnut mare under the care of Scott Westover has very quickly taken over the hearts of SA racing fans. She’s bounced straight to the front for Todd Pannell, and amazingly, the other’s just let her be! Very easy watch for favorite backers, and as we all dare to dream, Enchantingly romps to an effortless 7.5L victory. A trip interstate beckons.



Track Rating: Soft 5
A bit windy with the North-Westerly blowing around 30km’s and cool temps into the high-teens. The Rail was 4m, and the track had dried out pretty well for the last meeting of Winter. In a sign of what we expect to come, horses found it hard to make ground out wider.

For those playing at home, these times that we’re reading perhaps don’t look anything flash on a Soft 5 track. Sure, we usually do expect faster times than one-minute kilometer races for instance. I would still pay heed to that strong breeze which is pretty much greeting them head-on the entire.

Race 1 3yo BM66 (1000m) Time: 0:59.98 Last 605m: 0:35.46
We expected they might run along, and run they did. Qeeyady bounced best to lead, and Madam Furphy was ridden up to get the pressure on. Comfortable win for Knightstown in a bread-and-butter ride for Ryan Hurdle in the one-out, one-back. Knightstown had ambled up to those leaders early into the straight before Hurdle winds him up to go on by at the furlong.

Stewards were quick to fire in the banter towards Callan Murray, re- his ride on Miss Daniel. Taking up the box-seat roll in his first ride since touching down on South Australian soil, Murray then committed to finding his running outside of the leaders on turning. His intentions were impeded by the winner traveling to his outside, plus those in front not going anywhere. Stewards felt that he should’ve stayed hard to the rail, and found the run that later presented to the inside of Qeeyady. Welcome to SA Callan, and we’ll highlight his ride in the last as one for the Apprentice’s Academy.

Race 2 F & M BM68 (1400m) Time: 1:26.16 Last 605m: 0:35.92
Didn’t take long for Ben Price to find his city legs. One meeting on from claiming his ticket, the apprentice lands on Moscow Red for visiting trainer, Henry Dwyer. In almost a carbon copy of the opening race, the winner found the one-out, one-back position. It was little Jaamint, who was back from a let-up setting that even tempo, and she found a bit into the straight as well. Moscow Red took all of the straight to nab her, and they left a gap back to Hilumiere, who ran home up the middle. Her 23.46 – 11.76 Last two splits defied the days pattern, and denotes Hilumiere as the Sectional Star.

Race 3 BM76 (2250m) Time: 2:27.25 Last 605m: 0:35.63
Where there’s one there’s more, and the riding confidence of young Ben Price is sky-high at the moment. Exalted Ambition initially jumps best for the second week running, and Price allows him to stride early. He eventually allows Jeff Maund to take up the front running on Classy Joe by the mile, as the speed becomes more akin to something of a walk. Exalted Ambition almost immediately pops off the fence to sit at the leader’s hindquarter, and with not much else happening, puts paid to them on turning. Aberlady home well for second, not much else to report in a very lackluster affair.

Race 4 BM68 (1400m) Time: 1:25.30 Last 605m: 0:36.16
Here we go again with the one-out, one-back winner. Jeff Maund found very-much close to that positioning with the winner, Magnetic Edge. Domination put on some early speed with Angaston and Clap in tow. It seemed for a moment as though that trio would form a break-away group, with the rest headed by Magnetic Edge. Instead, Jason Holder was able to steady Domination, allowing that group to pinch a furlong. This in-turn meant that Magnetic Edge had cover, rather than being left the task of taking the rest of the field up to that trio.

Improved performance by Angaston today, as he wrested the lead into the straight, before sticking on gamely. Kong had ranged up to him back along that inner section deep into the furlong, just peaked on his effort. Magnetic Edge kept grinding to score second-up, and will only be further improved for the run. Eye-catcher from Hinchpin, with Barend Vorster finding runs from the back into the straight. He’s had the last crack at the winner, dived and missed.

Race 5 4yo+ (1000m) Time: 0:59.36 Last 605m: 0:34.49 ANOTHER AWARD 📓
Field being slow through the early part probably played into the hands of Jason Holder on the winner, Magic Phantom. Here we see the winner come from the one-in, one-back – all so far from a similar strike zone. Stubby wasn’t waiting to see if the leader, El Magnificence would shift off the rail; he was off the fence by the 600m, and outside the lead pair by the 400m.

Magic Phantom broke through for a deserved win in a bunched finish. We’ll Black Book Another Award off her first-up run here. Never found a clear crack at them, and typically holds her form second-up. Nobody would’ve missed her run either.

Race 6 BM72 (1250m) Time: 1:15.05 Last 605m: 0:35.94
Former West Australian Tommy Blue made it a winning debut in his new home state. Actually, there was cause for celebration with plenty of firsts happening as a result. The newly formed training partnership of Gary Searle, wife Nicole, and their daughter, Brianna Callanan broke through for their first metro success. Also, Gary Lo found the winners stall for the first time since touching back down in Adelaide. Strong win too, and this horse will only get better.

The fast tempo was ensured as the expected leader, Oamaru Owl kept up a searching run to find the lead. This suited Lo and Tommy Blue, who seemed content in having a horse to follow. They’ve taken over at the top of the straight, and despite being a little wayward, Tommy Blue continued to build strongly. Runner-up Vongole had every chance, just got sick of chasing. So You Can sound first-up, sitting on that good speed, and Lake’s Folly got home well. Good race, sharp time and pay to follow these.

Race 7 Listed WFA (1400m) Time: 1:24.32 Last 605m: 0:35.86 SECOND SLIP 📓
Love this horse Second Slip, he’s just beautiful to watch. High cruising speed, second-up over a trip he’s yet to place at, and he just demolishes them! Top Training Performance of the day right there by Will Clarken, and the stable is flying! Todd Pannell took him straight to the front, and he seemingly just cruised along before giving that kick.

As a punter, I had erred on the side of caution at the price, wondering if he might need another before tackling this trip. Well, no more erring with this horse now, we’ll be hoping the stable heads straight to the Balaklava Cup over the mile. That race is typically won by horses with a benchmark handicap rating of high 90’s, or low 100. Coming into today, Second Slip carried a BM rating of 85. His win here should see him up around that mark. A further win at Balaklava would surely see him into a race such as the Toorak Hcp at Caulfield a fortnight later. As punters, we’ll Black Book him for both.

Video Watch on a newcomer to SA racing. Millicent trainer Dean Saxon is rarely far away from a handy horse, and he has acquired the former Queenslander, Seasar. Racing first-up for more than twelve-months, Seasar cost himself with a tardy getaway. Settling at the tail early, he chased the field gamely into the straight before finishing off strongly. His work the last furlong was particularly impressive, and he may well have finished into the placings with a better start.

Race 8 BM60 (1550m) 1:36.45 Last 605m: 0:35.98
Now we finally see a winner from the back, and this was a terrific win by Lomax. Wearing the silks of master trainer Brian Mueller, Justin riding for Bruce Potter had Lomax well back off an even tempo. As Celestial Illusion gave a good kick by the top of the straight, Lomax was circling ominously. With the former still fighting strongly along the preferred inside section, Lomax defies the pattern up the middle. He’s hit the front 75m out from home in strong performance. Celestial Illusion also solid in holding second, with a gap back to the reliable Tibetan.

Race 9 BM82 (1000m) Time 1:01.84 Last 605m: 0:36.28
The rain comes tumbling down as the runners load for the last. Gary Lo finished with a double, when he kept Free Of Debt well off the fence, and up on the speed. Conversely, Alleboom was leading hard up against the plastic – and he didn’t drift off the fence on straightening either. These two fight an entertaining battle up the straight, with the race-fitness of Free Of Debt proving the difference. He’s out-gunned the inside horse to take the photo, leaving a gap to Aadelad who enjoyed the changing conditions. Mum’s My Hero also got home notably for fourth.

It proved to be a colorful South Aussie debut race day for Callan Murray. He’s copped a seemingly premeditated bump from the Stewards for his ride in the first. He later also found himself 3WNC in a staying race devoid of pace, before finishing out of the placings on a drifting favorite in the feature race.

Now in the last, we see the star-studded young hoops’ true colours shine through. Settling Great Diviner in his favored roll towards the rear, Callan calls upon the gelding to make ground along that preferred inner section.

With the horse in front of him rolling about, the path for Great Diviner becomes momentarily blocked. Racing inside the last furlong, and with little to be gained, Murray keeps his horse’s momentum going and the pair finish as an eye-catcher into sixth placing.

There has been a long-running narrative from the Stewards in regards to Jockey’s riding their mounts out to the finish. Instead of dropping his hands inside that last 100m, Murray finds the space for his horse to finish off, and there would be no surprise if Great Diviner wrote his name into the Black Books of many a punter.

Our racing administrators would’ve no doubt left the track knowing their message may finally be sinking in. Surely they’ll be sending a copy of the replay off to the Apprentices Academy, suggesting this to be the standard to uphold. It’s not the same as flogging a horse with no momentum over that final 50m. It’s about trying to achieve the best possible placing on a horse, whilst also being seen to be doing so. Should Murray continue to bring that same desire to the races, then he’ll soon be the one on top doing all the hip and shouldering.



Track Rating: Soft 6
As Winter warms into Spring, we saw mild conditions that were perfect for racing. The North-Westerly was again blowing in the low-mid teens on a drying track. Rail out to 7m, and we saw the riders wanting to track away from the fence from early on. The racing pattern of the last few weeks seemed to change again, as the leaders and on-pacer’s held sway. Suspect we’ll see more of the same as the seasons change, which will have a bearing on which runners we Black Book.

Race 1 2MWLY (1100m) Time: 1:05.97 Last 609m: 0:35.48
The opener sees Jake Toeroek with the Richard & Chantelle Jolly combination land the first leg of an early double. Free Of debt jumped cleanly, then unlike last start, refused to come back underneath Sophie Logan as Spanish Heirloom drove through. These two clamped some speed on, leaving a gap to Miss Jane and Extra Mile. The latter pair reel the first two in on turning, with Extra Mile seemingly traveling best. Just didn’t have the sharp sprint in his legs, and Dom Tourneur drove through the inner section with Rizski. Miss Jane and Extra Mile warm to task up the middle though, with Extra Mile doing enough on the mare’s outside to take the photo.

Race 2 BM72 (1200m) Time: 1:12.48 Last 609m: 0:35.17
Welcome back to the saddle Teagan Voorham! Teagan’s first ride back from a long-term injury resulted in a winner, thanks to her picture-perfect ride on Extra Time. Vieira took up the early running on resumption, and there was no speed to report as Gigglon left him alone. Voorham box-seats third the rail in the Macdonald-Gluyas colours. She pokes her horse between the leading pair by the 400m, before Vieira gives a kick on straightening. He’s stuck on gamely the fence, though with Voorham riding confidently, it was always evident that Extra Time would salute. He’s come away late, as Aiguilette kept coming on strongly to finish into second.

Race 3 Maiden (1200m) Time: 1:12.49 Last 609m: 0:35.18 CASTLE OF KINGS📓
Castle Of Kings jumps best from out wide in the big field, before coming back under Todd Pannell. They can’t slot in anywhere, so Pannell sends him forward to set the pace. Similarly, Hardtoexplain was also sharply away closer to the rail. Jake Toeroek attempted to restrain the galloper, only to have him a bit keen on the bridle.

In the winning move, Toeroek angles him off the rail early, and goes up to sit outside of Castle Of Kings. They were one/two in the market, and they kept the race between themselves. Hardtoexplain had the sweeter run early, and probably didn’t do as many things wrong through the early part. As these two moved away from the others, it appeared evident that he would get the better of his rival. He’s edged way from Castle Of Kings late, with the runner-up also leaving a gap of some 7L back to the rest.

Race 4 BM68 (2025m) Time: 2:09.31 Last 609m: 0:36.19
Murray Bridge trainer Grant Young must’ve headed to the track with some confidence around Exalted Ambition. He looked good, and did race as though he was feeling his oats. The horse wanted to get on with it off an inside draw, though Ryan Hurdle had him reined in early. The speed being on throughout certainly helped his chances, as Exalted Ambition ended up just at the back of those on-pacers.

All Hard Wood was allowed to stride along in front, and Smiling Assassin moved to join him on turning for home. Hurdle poked his horses’ head between that pair, with Exalted Ambition getting the better of Smiling Assassin by the 100m. In a sign as to how the track was playing, the early pace-setter All Hard Wood kept on for third.

Race 5 NMW (1050m) Time: 1:03.35 Last 609m: 0:35.52
The winners are coming with some regularity now for Stacey Metcalfe, and she was of one mind with Lohn Ranger. In a positive ride, she urged Lohn Ranger to the front out of the gates, and wasn’t taking no for an answer from her rivals. She had a handful of horse as Old Time Rock attempted to mount a challenge by the 400. Metcalfe shakes her horse up approaching the 300m, and they were off and gone with the prize. This was a Non-Metrop event which rated as a BM69 from the top, and the overall time was good off a reasonable tempo. The John Macmillan stable is finding some form of late, and Lohn Ranger can be followed with confidence.

Video Watch on Point Blaze, who rounded them up from the back and charged up the middle late. We’re not going with a Sectional Star today, just that he got home in sharp time and is one to watch. We’ll also Highlight Old Time Rock again as we did last week. Had there been a Stewards Report available before that Saturday’s Review, we most certainly would’ve chosen different wording for the Video Watch.

We use this file where we can still highlight horses who either ran well or were perhaps a forgive run. We don’t quite want to Black Book them (or in today’s case, highlight Point Blaze as a Sectional Star). Race start on the 30/7 saw Old Time Rock lead at an even tempo over 1000m, kick clear and look all-over a winner. Instead, he knocked-up by the 100m to miss out on the placings.

Last week; Old Time Rock had missed the kick and was hunted through by his rider to sit behind the leaders. The horse appeared to travel a little better underneath her on this occasion, and off a slower early speed. Unfortunately, those couple in front didn’t take them anywhere, and the rider was forced to take hold and wait. With no runs opening up, and despite the rider’s intentions to peel wider, we could not know how Old Time Rock would’ve let down. Previous run has us leaning to that he probably doesn’t sprint sharply. Today’s effort affirms that belief.

This week; Old Time Rock finds a new rider and a similar race tempo of three runs a go. He raced fiercely after being asked to come back off the early leader, before responding somewhat when asked on turning. That response was short-lived, not only did he knock-up badly inside that last furlong, Old Time Rock has again missed the placings. Not sure what to do with this horse; perhaps a gear change such as a brow-band, as he is going up at the start, and from there his rhythm is way out. Still, this is why we sometimes do not comit to backing a horse next start, based on what we think we see during one race only.

Race 6 BM78 (1600m) Soft 6 Time: 1:39.86 Last 609m: 0:36.59
We’re starting to get close to open class, and Noname Lane made the step-up in grade well. The BM64 rated galloper was taken straight to the front by Kayla Crowther, setting a genuine speed. Jake Toeroek had to move to Plan C with Hasta La War, who couldn’t get in from the gate. The good run down the back at the mile start allows Jake to have him up outside the leader. Hasta La War possibly didn’t appreciate the early rhythm, and didn’t finish off while first-up.

As Crowther had Noname Lane traveling strongly into the straight, Barend Vorster was plotting a path for Seiners Express. He became held-up on the leaders heels by the 250m, though was clear and balanced in just passing the 200m peg. The visitor from Ballarat had plenty of time to pick the leader up, just found Noname Lane too strong under the urgings of Crowther.

Race 7 BM60 (1600m) Time: 1:40.77 Last 609m: 0:36.90 ANOTHER FREE GLASS📓
Todd Pannell puts on a masterclass for Ride Of The Day on the short-priced Melody Man. Punters had been keen on this horse at his past few, even over the shorter distances. This time fourth-up and out to a mile, Pannell made sure the horse was to return a winner for Jake Stephens. Racing more forward today, Melody Man traveled sweetly at the back of that on-pace division. With the field strung-out early, any speed came out of it down the side. The split for the three furlongs each from the 1200m shows the leaders slow to just quicker than 13 seconds consecutively.

Not happy with the midrace slowing of tempo, Emily Finnegan sets Another Free Glass a light from the back. They go up to join Mr Epic out in front, on a track playing towards the on-pacers. Pannell steadily followed along the fence with Melody Man, and was right alongside Another Free Glass as they straightened. The pair had dropped off Mr Epic and were set to do battle up the strait of Morphettville. Both race-fitness and class saw Melody Man gain the upper-hand inside the furlong, before he accelerated strongly through the line. Another Free Glass stuck on well while racing second-up, comfortably holding Choncape, who was the third horse home.

Race 8 BM68 (1050m) Time: 1:03.34 Last 609m 0:35.85
Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas become the second Morphettville training partnership of the day to land a double. They do so as former stable apprentice Jason Holder dismisses the track pattern to record a very soft win aboard Pimm’s Party. Mutinous had gone up to apply some pressure early to the leader in Huffington, which played into the hands of Holder. He allows his big-striding mare some more rein by the 450m, and she circled the field ominously. Just behind them earlier was the lightly-raced visitor, Heroic Chief, who looked in some bother under Todd Pannell. He was only finding stride as Pimm’s Party was getting to her rivals by the 300m. She swept on by inside the furlong, with Heroic Chief doing his best work late, finishing into second.

Race 9 BM60 (1200m) Time: 1:12.89 Last 609m: 0:35.88
Enchantingly proves a popular winner in the last, as former Alice Springs trainer Scott Westover finishes with the Day’s Top Training Performance. Enchantingly wrote her name into the #SABlackbookers file first-up last prep with a runner-up performance on the Parks Track. Westover gave her one more, and she went close again, being tipped out late by the low-flying Icecrusher.

Given the two trials in readiness, including the latest a sharp performance with the blinkers, and Enchantingly was ready. The camp had accepted for a similar race at Gawler on the Wednesday prior, though had wisely chosen not to burn a Metro win at the Provincials.

She cruised under a good hold in front for Todd Pannell, and never looked likely to be beaten. Thought the former NSW runner in Whitchety Grub moved well in the Dare To Dream colours for new trainer Travis Doudle. No match into third, though worth keeping her name under your hat. Jonquest perhaps raced a touch closer from the gate than Holder would’ve liked, and he was good into second. All honors the winner though, and Terry Hann will be scribing the name Enchantingly onto the photo.



Track Rating: Soft 7
We got the upgrade retrospective to race 1, and as the track dried out it became apparent that the inner lanes were the place to be. The rail was 4m, and the North-Westerly was only blowing up to 15km’s, so we did have ideal conditions considering the winter season. Still, tempos to the day weren’t overly fast, and yet the sweet-spot appeared to be just off-pace and with cover. Leaders found it hard going once again at HQ.

Race 1 3yo BM66 (1200m) Time: 1:14.15
No speed as to be expected in the small field through the early part. Hanabi led off the inside with the odds-on pop Keep Reading to her girth. Bleriot had mustered behind them somewhat after going up at the start, and My Khalifa had settled around her. She’s pretty handy Keep Reading, though certainly not bomb-proof. Did enough to get over Hanabi, who was inclined to over-race. My Khalifa mathematically no chance off that tempo, and finished well-enough to follow.

Race 2 BM72 (1050m) Time: 1:03.92
Video Watch here on Old Time Rock who was slowly away off that inside gate. The expected leader was seemingly trucking in behind them on turning, just had nowhere to go. If there was anything there to give, we won’t know. Alleboom found the front easily enough from Viduka, with these two just going along comfortably. Jason Holder lands the first leg of his treble, settling Winning Weather one-off just behind those. He’s nursed the mare most of the way up the straight, bursting to the front inside the 150m. Akkacan ran his usual honest race into second, as Lakhani Rose ran on late up the middle for third.

Race 3 BM78 (2500m) Time: 2:46.25
Dominic Tourneur shows once again why he’s one of the premier staying riders in the state, with Ride Of The Day on Muntham Missile. Beach God finds an easy lead as Mahis Angel just let him be. Tourneur finds himself midfield and one-off, covering last start winner Bear Arms, whilst following Exalted Ambition.

With any speed coming out of the race further by those on top, Exalted Ambition starts to creep closer by the 1200m. This is perfect for Muntham Missile who was in some danger of over-racing, and Tourneur allows him to slide with the field.

Pace starts to come into it by the 800m, as Exalted Ambition continues forward 3WNC and Mahis Angel takes off inside him by the 600m. With those two doing the heavy lifting, Muntham Missile becomes Johnny-On-The-Spot with a cart into the race. Tourneur takes Muntham Missile to the front passing the 300m, and establishes the winning break. Sasun brave to keep chasing into second, with Bear Arms back to the inside for third.

Maiden (1050m) Time: 1:04.49 ULTIMATE ADDICTION, WHEELS OF COURAGE 📓
Strong maiden and happy to black book a couple out of this. Firstly though, we see a rare Jason Holder-Ryan Balfour partnership, and it became a winning one. Holder found cover just off the pace, before nursing So Say Angel for much of the straight. He shakes her up by the 200m and she bursts clear for an impressive victory. Liked the runs of both ULTIMATE ADDICTION and WHEELS OF COURAGE. They’ve both trialed well coming into this prep, and it was nice to see them perform on race day. They were taken back at the start by their riders to run on late, and both also layed out to the worse part of the track. Ultimate Addiction also finishes as the Day’s Sectional Star, with Last three splits of 35.88 – 23.88 – 11.96.

Race 5 BM74 (1800m) Time: 1:54.50
The ever-reliable Jeff Maund parks Classy Joe into that sweet-spot of midfield with cover the fence. He was always trucking off that good speed set by Campobasso, and just needed an out. Jason Holder meanwhile had given our Bet Selection, Motell another gun-ride in stalking those just off the speed early. He brings him into the race on the bend as Sophie Logan sends Frances Boy past the tiring leaders. Maund follows her through, and forces his gap by nudging out from under Exalted Fire. The 7yo sprints sharply through the opening as they pass the 250m, and puts a margin on them. Motell seemed to hit a flat-spot out wide, only to keep grinding after the winner late. They’re just not running on from out there, and cover, plus the inside running proves a premium for Classy Joe.

Race 6 G3 (1200m) Time: 1:13.24
The Group 3 Spring Stakes gave us everything! Firstly, the unknown of where Will Clarken would send his up-and-coming former Kiwi in Second Slip. With his typical un-canny sense, Clarken’s call to keep the horse in Melbourne proved a successful one. Will we see that horse back here for a Balaklava Cup? Then of course came the late scratching of Dalasan as he became loose earlier in the day, reportedly taking some skin off. Be interesting to see if the Macdonald-Gluyas Camp can keep him ticking over, as the Leon Macdonald Stakes must be on his radar first-up.

The two-horse war between dual G1 winner Behemoth and Clarken’s new season 4yo Beau Rossa lived up to all it promised. With the market firmly in the corner of the former, Todd Pannell allows Beau Rossa to stride to an early lead. Kayla Crowther was up to task, asking Behemoth to roll along and keep Beau Rossa in their sights.

Pannell urges Beau Rossa to quicken by the 450m, and the big fella can’t go with the sharper sprinter. Crowther helps Behemoth into his work though, and the pair start to grind back after the leader. Coming harder inside the 200m, one wondered what Beau Rossa had left. He shifts out sharply under Pannell, who was riding for his 1000th career winner. The shift was enough, as Beau Rossa denied the G1 champ, only to hand the trophy over in the steward’s room afterwards. What a season opener, and bring on the rest of the Spring!

Race 7 BM64 (1200m) Time: 1:13.80
We’ve gone six races without mentioning the gun-apprentice, Jacob Opperman. Young fella may need to buy a new watch if he’s to keep up with some of the senior riders already featured. Still, better late than never, and that’s how he arrived to win the seventh on Picargo. With a clear plan to find cover and ride for luck, he found himself at the tail without a great deal of pace upfront. Still, as the field packed, he was close enough, and the whiz-kid worked his magic from there. Todd Pannell had sat outside the early leader on Noname Lame, and win number 1000 beckoned. Opperman threads every needle known to racing in a ten out of ten ride, and Picargo dashes through them like a good horse. He grabs Noname Lane in the shadows of the post for an impressive victory, leaving a gap back to Specialism. The win of Picargo capped the Day’s Top Training Performance with Ryan Balfour, completing the double.

Race 8 NMW-(LY???) (1514m) Time: 1:36.26
Now Jason Holder completes his treble, winning on Turfitt as the highest rating horse in the race. As Turfitt was the only Metro-Winner in a Non-Metrop race, we probably should’ve all been on this. Anyway, Holder sums it up perfectly again, having Turfitt just off pace and with cover around Canidae. The speed set by Black Cheval was genuine, and #SABlackbookers horse, Tibetan was honest in doing the chasing for his second placing. Mitch Aitken forged him to the front of the strung-out field in passing the 300m. The calvary came late with Tibetan denying all-comers, until Turfitt burst through late to claim a narrow win. Bunched finish in a race that was run to good time.

Race 9 BM60 1100m Time: 1:08.10 KONG,STRIKE THE NIGHT📓
Todd Pannell proves persistence pays off in racing as career winner number 1000 comes by way of Naleigh. The dual state double for Will Clarken lands as Pannell finds that sweet-Spot just off the pace with cover. Speed set by Lofty tycoon was good, and we liked the return of STRIKE THE NIGHT, who may have been exposed to them slightly too soon. She gave us a sight first-up off a solid trial around Second Slip, and will pay to follow. Opperman was hoping for more of the same with Balfour stable horse, KONG who got a mile back off the hot-speed. He picked runs the fence with that galloper, just without as much luck.

We finally saw all the action come out wider though, as Pannell boots Naleigh home up the middle with momentum. Big run from Rizski, who’s prone to doing that sort of thing from time to time. He’s come from even wider to make it interesting on the line, just falling short of the winner. Bunched finish in a BM60, still believe there’s plenty of upside to the two named earlier, and happy to follow.



Track Rating: Soft 5
Ideal conditions for racing on the Soft 5 track in which they kicked up a bit from early on. Rail was True for the main part and with the slight Southerly, there didn’t seem too much bias anywhere. That said, it was a different Gifford Hill track this meet, with horses finding it hard to loop from the back. Lanes 2 – 5 seemed to race best, and as usual, leaders found the going tough again.

Race 1 BM76 (1000m) Time: 0:58.13 Last 600m: 0:34.39
Race perfectly summed up from the onset by Sophie Logan on Free Of Debt who jumped best. When both Huffington and Celtic Blast kicked up either side of her, Sophie took hold and Free Of Debt responded kindly. Traveling comfortably inside the 400m, Logan gives him some more leather and he slips clear. She doesn’t really go for him until inside the 200m, and her work then was all about keeping his mind on the job. Brimarvi Vehero always handy, finishing second. Free Of Debt brings up the Day’s Top Training Performance as Chris Bieg’s patience and faith became repaid.

Race 2 BM68 (2000m) Time: 2:04.68 Last 600m: 0:36.72
Lackluster race with the winner Under Oath finishing off the comfortable run afforded to him by rider Mitch Aitken. Under the 62kg’s, Under Oath traveled a Length off the leader and even-money elect, Stan The Caddy. Aitken allowed that horse to do its own thing in front rather than trying to pressure him with their own big weight. With nothing much else doing, Under Oath goes to the leader by the top of the straight and continues to grind on to score. Don’t Waiver the only horse to make any ground, running second in a very one-paced affair across the board.

Race 3 BM86 (1400m) Time: 1:24.06 Last 600m: 0:35.87
Jason Holder lands the first of leg of a running double, settling Left Hand Man just on the speed. Holder had him cruising up to them by the 250m as early race leaders, Sky Punch and Struck By folded. Goes for him inside the furlong, and Left Hand Man bursts clear for a comfortable win. Marathon Man had followed the winner into the run, just no match in running second.

Race 4 Maiden (1200m) Time: 1:11.76 Last 600m: 0:36.33
Jason Holder ten out of ten again, this time with the Macdonald-Gluyas trained Manhattan Times. Coming from midfield the rail, following the even-money favorite Castle Of Kings into the run. Always trucking from a long way out, Manhattan Times goes to Castle Of Kings inside the 100m. The win was far more comfortable than the margin suggests, and we can follow both of these going forward.

Race 5 BM68 F & M (1200m) Time: 1:12.69 Last 600m: 0:36.25
Eran Boyd accepted the call for the late pick-up ride on Wurlie’s Lastchance. Bordertown trainer Lindsey Cadzow would be left with no complaints as in true Boyd style, she finds cover to split the gap late and score. Not bad for a 100/1 shot with only one placing to his name from four other first-up attempts. Wurlie’s Lastchance had raced well at the track previously though, and horses who race well here keep racing well here.

Race 6 BM60 (1600m) Time: 1:38.59 Last 600m: 0:36.87
Both Ryan Hurdle and Anna Jordjso caught the rest napping in what were clearly the Rides Of The Day. No frills, no fuss either of them as Mr Epic jumps well for Hurdle and Jordjso follows him on Marina. Casual first furlong or so and with nothing challenging, Hurdle allows his horse to stride a bit more. Not to be left standing, Jordjso follows him and we have two fit horses bowling along clear of the rest. Not sure what they were doing, especially as we know by now it was hard to loop and come up the middle. Marina goes to Mr Epic by the 200m, with the rest still some 4+ Lengths away. Marina may have been the better horse, both riders however had rated their mounts to perfection. Love Venus eventually splits the pair into second, while Melody Man goes into the Video Watch behind them.

Race 7 BM60 (1000m) Time: 0:59.02 Last 600m: 0:34.72
This race was very much dominated by those on speed, and we do see that in the times to some degree. Just Kappy racing on the seven-day back-up led from the front with Rusty Halo peeling off his back int the straight. Lohn Ranger always raced handy and these three were there deep into the straight. Caithlin Jones always seemed to feel in control on Rusty Halo, and she shakes him up to sprint best inside the 200m. Bunched finish with Akkacan finding runs between horses, and Sitting Bull grinding home up the middle. The Bill Bogarts is enjoying a purple patch at the moment, and we think there’s more from the stable to come.

Race 8 BM68 Time: 1:11.02 Last 600m: 0:35.35 CROWN MINT 📓
Dinga rolls to the early lead without crossing Pale Ale who eventually moves up to join him. Paul Gatt a lovely steer on the odds-on elect Yulong Code for visiting trainer Peter Moody. Initially settling just behind the on-pacers, Gatt moves early with that inane sense of his. Holding his cover into the straight behind Spin The Reward who was always wide, Yulong Code was just traveling. Still green though, and Gatt was on one reign with him as he went to Smart Alick who had taken over back to his inside. This was a better win than the margin suggests, and Yulong Code will be better around a bend. We’ll Black Book Crown Mint who was on resumption over the mile today. Looked a far more mature horse as he nicely by the tail of the field. Loved the way he wound-up on the big track late from a mile back, and importantly, the focus the horse had shown.

Race 9 BM64 Time: 1:25.14 Last 600m: 0:00.00 FIGHT FOR FREEDOM 📓
Great to see #SABlackbooker and Bet Selection Morialta blouse them from up the middle late. Jacob Opperman terrific as usual, keeping his horse balanced while keeping momentum going forward. They didn’t go overly hard early and yet the Day’s Sectional Star in Morialta was able to loop from behind for a runaway win. We’ve hand timed Morialta off the pegs at 34.34 – 21.65 -10.45 Last three splits. We’ll also Black Book another of Bill Bogarts runners here in Fight For Freedom. Not necessarily disadvantageous to be wide as he was at Gifford Hill. He just stuck on well for a horse who we don’t believe is quite city class. He’s also better over slightly further and with some chop out of the ground. Fight For Freedom has come to hand rather quickly this prep, and there’s at least a provincial win for him soon.

HORSES TO FOLLOW FROM MORPHETTVILLE Parks July 30, and Morphettvile July 31

Morphettville Parks 30/7

Going Gaga
Scenic Host

Track Rating: Soft 7

Race 3 BM72 (1400m) GOING GAGA📓
Black booker of last prep Going Gaga is low flying this time in with 3 wins from six starts. It’s about time we refreshed his name amongst our notes, and he comes off a forgive run on his favored Parks Circuit on Friday. Just caught behind them off the slow speed in the small field and had nowhere to go once they sprinted. The winner Zoist controlled the tempo from outside the leader to break the race open, while runner-up Greetings Ned had also kicked. Going Gaga ran home well for third once clear, as still comes in with a BM Rating he can win off.

Race 4 BM60 (1000m) JUST KAPPY📓
Master trainer has the now 10yo Just Kappy back and racing a treat. Second-up today and Just Kappy led to give a good kick deep into the straight. He had a wall of horses chasing, with Star Of Manhattan the one to come out and score. Stuck on strongly back to the fence for fourth, beaten just under 1L. Typically races well into his prep and the early signs a re promising.

Race 5 3yo BM62 (1000m) Scenic Host📓
We backed Scenic Host as she landed the coin on a Heavy 9 track at Bordertown over 1100m. Had her in our Bet Selections for the original meeting set down for last Saturday, also over 1100m on a Heavy. Weren’t keen when the meeting was moved to the Parks 1000m with the track only rated as a Soft 7. Raced back in a compact field that lacked pace from the top. She was left behind as they sprinted before making very good ground over that last furlong. Nice type who’ll win more races down the track.

Race 6 BM60 (1250m) Morialta 📓
Morialta is one that we backed at a price to score midweek at Balaklava. We weren’t so keen back at Morphettville on a bottomless track for the first time over the 1200m. Happy to have made him one of our Bet Selections on the transferred meeting, and the big unit didn’t let us down. Missed the money, however, should’ve gone close to winning. Got back as he does, just had to try and loop on the Parks which is not ideal. Caught up in a bumping dual as he straightened, before flattening out along the inferior part of the track. Look for him on the roomier tracks, and over slightly further.

Morphettville 31/7


Chosen Blonde

Track Rating Heavy 10

Race 3 BM62 (1500m) Clap📓
New to the Richard & Chantelle Jolly is Clap who put two wins together on resumption. He came over here to lead all the way in a good win over 1250m on the Parks track. Jumped to the 1500m here and tried to do the same. The Brumby came off his back with the sweet run to record the day’s fastest sectionals and score. Clap was brave against the pattern of the day under the 62kg’s and can land again soon. We’ll ideally look for him to come back slightly in trip too.

Race 4 BM68 (1100m) Chosen Blonde📓
She’s given her handler’s a few problems along the way has Chosen Blonde. Still good to see that she may have turned the corner with a gutsy on speed performance ion a handy field. Chosen Blonde is another who attempted to lead from start to finish, and on this occasion, the rider also looked for better ground out in the middle. We backed Wotuwant who we’ve got an opinion of, he came off the filly’s back to the look the winner. Specialism had been ridden a treat further back in the field and ad shown ability at his previous race start. She finished handy enough to those while still eligible for CL1 races, and can be winning again soon.

Race 8 2 & 3yo SW+P Listed (1050m) Maha📓
Maha had come into this as one of the more highly credential gallopers. Slugged ten rating points for her victory on the dead Soft 7 surface at Gawler about three weeks ago does make her hard to place into the book. Still, this was a good field as always for Listed Class, and she was clearly never comfortable. Always wide and without cover, Maha was also over racing badly. The winner Beau Rossa was given the absolute Ride Of The Day from Todd Pannell to score, and Maha whacked away okay. Would think she gets put away for now, and Maha is one to follow on the better tracks next prep.



Track Rating: Heavy 8
South-Westerly kicking off at over 40Km’s for the early races and still blowing high 20’s later in the day. The rail was true on the Heavy 8, and with all things considered, we had some good racing on a fair surface. There were plenty of surprises once again for the punters, no real shock results though. Still not a day that we’re keen to follow a lot out of, we’ll dig a bit deeper to find those Black Booker’s.

Race 1 BM64 (1000m) Time: 1:00.25 Last 600m: 0:36.25
Favorite punters landed the first blow as Kayla Crowther controlled proceedings on Lombardo from the get-go. He opened more than $3 in early markets to be crunched deep into the red come start time. First-up today, it was a matter of could he lead all the way into that stiff 40km head-wind. Crowther had cuddled him for as long as possible into the straight, before proving too strong for Wotuwant. Solid effort the winner, and we do already have the runner-up unto the Black Book. Note overall time plus the splits, and compare with seasoned sprinters in Race 3. Respect the form out of this BM64 race.

Race 2 BM68 (1550m) Time: 1:37.42 Last 600m: 0:37.41
Punters then lurched into another Crowther mount, as Jaamint also opened above the $3 to be crunched into odds-on. Unfortunately for us, our Best Bet on Wednesday night proved to be of no value come correct weight on Saturday. They ran along okay enough, with Turn Table taking up the front-running and the resuming Allusion covering up Jaamint. A pair further back was Dominus, with Todd Pannell desperately try to get him to drop his head. With tempo just okay, Pannell pulls the winning move in allowing Dominus his own way. They stride forward and eventually strike the lead by the 600m, opening a margin in the process. The others were all just one-batting in the chase, as Dominus went onto a 5L win, leaving three horses in the photo for second.

Race 3 BM82 (1000m) Time: 1:00.11 Last 600m: 0:36.21
Celtic Blast jumped best to quickly find the lead with Heavenly Bridges. Holder kept Star Hills one-off around Sir Kalahad, which also holds Barend Vorster three-wide with Aadelad following Free Of Debt. Tourneur wanted cover and found it on the back of Aadelad, while Thompson’s Reward and Octane settled towards the rear. With Heavenly Bridges under pressure, Holder maintains his run close to the fence, peeling of Celtic Blast into the straight. Tourneur searches for a split to the inside of Aadelad, and it gets a bit rough as those two come with their runs together. Video Watch out wider on Thompson’s Reward, who looked likely to run into the placings before knocking-up sharply. Meanwhile, Holder punches Star Hills clear to score in what we felt was the clear Ride Of The Day.

Race 4 0-62 (1250m) Time: 1:16.99 Last 600m: 0:36.82
New to the Richard & Chantelle Jolly Stable, Clap found the rail to lead under Jake Toeroek. Obi pretty much left him alone, opting instead to hover outside his hindquarter for most of it. They didn’t appear to be going overly hard, yet there weren’t many over racing from behind them. Perhaps telling was Ranger Frank, who raced handy enough, and registering as one of our day’s Sectional Stars. He loomed as a threat deep into the straight with his 22.40 – 12.60 Last 2 furlongs. Clap however, kept pulling out enough to deny Obi. One-two, and five in the run filled the placings, with only Equal Balance making any sort of ground otherwise.

Race 5 2yo SW+P LISTED (1400m) Time: 1:27.06 Last 600m: 0:37.58 MAC ’N’ CHEESE 📓
We can note the times on the day, and we’ll see that all the 1400m races were all run within a couple of lengths of each other. This also includes the 600m splits, plus we also note the replays show most horses raced tractably throughout. On a day where it’s not easy to judge tempo, these seem as good as markers as any to suggest the racing was consistent throughout the day. Considering that horses could win from anywhere, we can also believe race tempos to have been true.

On this occasion, Tonneofgrit found the early lead in a bunched field for Jason Holder. This was a race where the youngsters were doing it a bit harder on the bridle. Barend Vorster elects an early race move with Mac ‘N’ Cheese, as he slides into the race without cover early from the back. Tonneofgrit gives them the slip upon straightening, looking all over a winner. Vorster kept at Mac ‘N’ Cheese though, and the big striding filly came hard enough to pick-up the leader and score. Strong win on an unsuitable tight track, and can prove competitive with maturity in better races over more ground.

Race 6 BM60 (1400m) Time: 1:27.41 Last 600m: 0:37.72
One of the day’s surprise results came as Claudia Lions swoops down the outside late to score on Hilumiere. The mare always threatened with city-winning ability so it was a well-deserved win for Strathalbyn trainer Greg Lesnikowski. The real surprise for punters seemed more so in how the Parks Track had been playing, with winners from everywhere. Despite the strong breeze, the inner circuit again played well with a bit of juice in the ground. Victorian visitor Refreshed found a clear lead, and seemingly rated a treat by Todd Pannell. They were home for all money along that inside section, except for Lions and Hilumiere getting to him by the 50m. Any thoughts as to where the better ground may be must be allayed by Turfitt finishing up the middle for third.

Race 7 BM72 (1950m) Time: 2:05.76 Last 600m: 0:37.67
Open betting race with Stan The Caddy and Nudge Bar sharing favoritism at close to 5/1 in the old. It was Todd Pannell on the latter stalking Kayla Crother and Stan The Caddy throughout. Campobasso found the fence behind them early too. These three find a little break on the others on turning as Nudge Bar puts it to the leader. Finally gains the clear upper hand by the furlong as Stan The Caddy has had enough, and Campobasso can’t close the margin. Classy Joe finished well for second, as did Love And Peace out wider into fourth.

Race 8 BM76 (1400m) Time: 1:27.22 Last 600m: 0:37.40
Mick Kluske takes out the day’s Top Training Performance as Going Gaga reverses the form of his previous two runs. Jeez the Murray Bridge horseman is having a lot of fun with the horse this prep. Going Gaga had put two wins together early, and now comes back to his pet track and distance to prevail again. Settling last early in the small but handy field, Crowther drives home her double in a tight go. Three horses have crossed the line together, including Reynolds in the middle who was trapped 3WNC the entire. Not as bad a thing as that perhaps sounds, with the Heavy track and strong winds blowing up the straight. Still not ideal when racing first-up from a break. Barend Vorster gave Frankie Pinot a treat back the fence with cover. He drove through late too, making it interesting in a three-way finish. Proof again of how well the Morphetville Parks track plays in the winter.

Race 9 BM68 3yo (1300m) Time: 1:20.42 Last 600m: 0:37.15 ZOIST 📓
Todd Pannell had been putting on a clinic all day, his well-deserved treble comes in the last aboard Great Diviner. The win sees Pannell once again shore things up with Jess Eaton as the pair share the lead at the top of the Metro Jockeys Premiership table. The fact that both Pannell and Eaton are each on 62 wins is testament to the strong season both riders are enjoying. They’re both just three wins shy of Pannell’s total in claiming the premiership last year – amazing efforts! Great Diviner had settled about fourth and one-off with cover early. Following him, though 3WNC was the filly Zoist who was racing while second-up. They make their runs together, however perhaps the quieter run told, plus Great Diviner was also fourth-up. Pannell asks of his mount, and those pull out all stops to fend off the desperate challenge of Barend Vorster and Zoist.

Similar to a few weeks back where we had to dig deep to find our Black Bookers, were going to be target specific with Zoist as well. There appears limited options for her over the coming three weeks. Perhaps a BM68 over the mile at the end of the season, or the BM62 1500m. She’s not a big filly so weight may be an issue, not the certain the mile is the path the stable will take either. The McEvoy Camp are a real threat to the Hickmott team of taking out this year’s metro training premiership. They may still prefer to wait for Gifford Hill on the 7TH of August. Weight could still be a concern; she does still get into the BM64 1400m with 61kg (assuming she picked a point for today’s placing). That’s three weeks away and hopefully the interstate Covid situation has relaxed, paving the way for a claiming apprentice. We know the stable performs particularly well at Murray Bridge. Zoist is a three-time 1400m winner and won’t likely find another BM64 in the near future. Let’s set our alarm for the 7th of August and hopefully back Zoist home the winner of that BM64 1400m event.



Track Rating: Soft 6 Downgraded to Soft 7 from Race 5 
Cold day again, and while we didn’t see a lot of rain late in the week, the morning fog ensured plenty of moisture. Track became Downgraded from a 5 overnight to a 6 come race morning. From Race 5 onwards, we were officially racing on a Soft 7. Rail True, and a North-Easterly blowing around the mid-teens. Hard against the fence was the only place to be, extra points to be awarded for anything making ground further out.

Race 1 BM68 F&M (1200m)
It’s Kind Of Magic and Jyoti came off last start placings on the Ballarat Synthetic to roll forward into the first couple here. Jess Eaton controls proceedings at a very leisurely gallop, keeping all horses within their comfort zone with none over-racing. The leader cruises away for a comfortable win, ensuring Eaton now moves two clear of Todd Pannell on the metro jockey’s premiership ladder. All In War an interesting dual with Jyoti, takes out second place from inside that horse. Race finished around 4L slower than the boy’s division in Race 6, which was run after the downgrade.

Race 2 3yo Maiden (1100m)
First starter May’s West rolled forward at a good tempo under Stacey Metcalfe and was there to be beaten. She retained that inner section of turf the entire, and perhaps this proved vital in her close-up third placing. The Partisan lobbed 3WNC handy to the speed, pretty much in no man’s land as the day will go on to show. He looked the winner, except for the peach of a ride Karl Zechner afforded Alex Stra’s De Thorn. Zechner had settled around midfield the fence, before coming off and hunting about four off in search of clear galloping room. Just as The Partisan gets the better of May’s West into the shadows, De Thorn at cricket score odds arrives in time. For breeder/trainer Alex Stra, De Thorn brought about his first city winner since Natural Disaster in early 2014. They finished with an overall time of around 7L slower than the 2yo’s in Race 4, so we’ll keep our powder dry in terms of finding a black booker.

Race 3 BM76 (1500m)
Punters find another blowout result, this time with 25/1 shot Flying Pierro tipping out the fancied Icecrusher. We’ll note the winner found an area around three off the fence, while Icecrusher had made her run from around four-five horses out. Peloton had found a casual lead early, with the stablemate Unlaced up outside his girth. Those two disapointed in the run, and Kayla Crowther had angled off around them with Flying Pierro on turning. Barend Vorster follows the winner for much of it, was just forced a little further out on the track. Those two make their runs together, with Icecrusher unable to make inroads into that Length or so margin.

Race 4 2yo BM62 (1100m) KEEP READING 📓
Good 2yo race run in some solid time, we’ll follow the runner-up here as the winner goes onto bigger things. Taunting and Keep Reading were both well-supported in the market, and were one-two on straightening. Jess Eaton and Michael Hickmott both land another blow, moving further clear in their respective metro-premiership races as Taunting raced clear late. Big gaps back through the rest of the field as Keep Reading tried hard, nearly 3L away and leaving similar back to the third horse.

Race 5 3yo BM62 (1100m)
Track officially downgraded post-race and we saw Mutinous continue the good form of the Travis Doudle yard. He’d rolled forward to lead unchallenged under Paul Gatt, before kicking clear to score by over 3.5L. Video Watch on Spin The Reward who was racing first-up. Melissa cuddles him early, then moves into the race 4WNC with the horse in front taking her nowhere. Just got out into those wider lanes and also peaked on his run from about 100m out. Not a noted fresh horse, and we’ll keep Spin The Reward under notice.

Race 6 BM68 C, G&E (1200m) THE BIG GOODBYE 📓
Stacey Metcalfe chalks up her first winner as a senior rider, steering Smart Alick home for Karen Byrnes. Metcalfe had box-seated third the fence off the good tempo set by Diesel N Dust, and also Kayseri. Kayseri dropped-off early, with Smart Alick putting paid to Diesel N Dust inside the 200m. Of the others, Lakes Folley loomed dangerously with Eaton finding her path blocked from a vital stage into the straight. The Big Goodbye circled from well back to come on into second placing with an unimpeded run. Speed on up front undoubtedly helped him to buck the day’s trend, yet it was good to see the 3yo perform at a higher level.

Race 7 2MWLY (1100m)
Mahas became just the second favorite to salute on the card when Barend Vorster dug her up to retain the inside. She clearly led over what looked to be a quick field on paper, and gave a kick inside the 300m. Those in the trailing line the fence included Extreme Thrill, with Toff Love following him. Those two finished second and fourth respectively, with Extra Mile splitting them for third placing from one-off. Forget those such as Street Life and Mum’s My Hero who tried to get warm up the middle, just wasn’t happening out there today.

Race 8 BM60 (1500m)
What a training effort this has been with Jaamint for Murray Bridge trainer Garret Lynch! She’s won five times for the stable from twenty race starts since he took over her training in April last year. Jaamint has gone from battling it out along the West-Coast, with wins at both Port Lincoln and Port Augusta to now putting two on end in town. The race was set-up with Jaamint showing plenty of early toe out of the gates. With the pattern of inside leaderish well-established by now, there were a few willing to take her on. Cannot Be Serious kept searching around her, while Kayla Crowther showed the presence of mind to allow both Lil Hank and Harbouring to kick through inside her. With those three pouring the pressure on, Crowther had Jaamint as happy and following the hot speed. Trucking with a handful of horse by the 500m, she allows Jaamint a little more rein and the mare responds. She’s hit the front by straightening to go on and record probably the softest win on the day.

Race 9 BM76 (2100m)
Following Kayla Crowther’s stellar ride to seal her double in the previous, Paul Gatt answers with Ride Of The Day in the last. Gatt joins both Crowther and Jess Eaton with a double as he drives Mahis Angel clear along the inside section to score. The win also ensured a training double once again for trainer Travis Doudle. Gatt found the fence early, tucking in behind Exalted Beast as they went out of the straight the first time. Melissa Julius allows race favorite Not Usual Glorious to stride to the lead, holding out Lord Bouzeron to her outside. Dr Dependable lobs in for the trail, and with Gatt allowed to do as he pleases, follows closely behind on Mahis Angel. Julius and Eaton go for home a long way out on the two leaders, and with nothing much else doing, Mahis Angel begins the chase from about the 600m. As Not Usual Glorious and Lord Bouzeron shift out to four and five off on turning, Gatt is gifted the dream run through. He punches Mahis Angel clear, and as the story told all day, winners kept coming along the rail as they left gaps back to the rest.



Track Rating: Soft 5
Freezing day with temps just over 10c and a strong South-Westerly blowing at close to 30km’s. Rail 6m seem to work better than last couple of meetings, when it had been into true from 8m out. Probably best up the middle, though we think the contributing factor was that breeze. Gifford Hill played mostly as a swoopers track, yet early-mid race tempo had played to normality throughout the day.

Race 1 3yo Maiden (1000m)
Noname Lane proved a class above in grinding away for strong win inside that last 100m. The race unfolded with Todd Pannell happy to sit 5WNC on him first-up with the speed just okay. Dom Tourneur takes Maconni up to early race leader, Quandoquandoquando, and asks of him to the 300m. Video Watch She’s Estelle, with Caitlin Jones holding her line inside of Pannell and Noname Lane earlier. With Gifted Miss coming back onto her, and Yowsa to her inside taking the clear run, Jones had a handful of horse with nowhere to go. She’s Estelle eventually clips heels to go down on her nose to play no further part in a forgive run. Noname Lane takes all of the straight to wind-up, winning with plenty of authority.

Race 2 Open 2yo (1200m)
Morphettville trainer Jon O’Connor picks up the first of the RacingSA Rewards races, courtesy of a patient Karl Zechner ride. Zechner had settled Belle Of Yorkes towards the rear early off the good pace. Brazen Boy found his early toe again, and was immediately taken on in front by Roxy Blue. They went along, and Zechner allows Jason Holder on Jaazeb to bring him into it. Belle Of Yorkes swoops late to score over Jaazeb, who raced very greenly up the straight. They’ve pretty much come away from the others, with Witness Greatness the only other to break away from the rest. Jaazeb can be further improved around a bend, and with some head-gear. Not sure about the strength of this race going forward though.

Race 3 BM78 (1200m) STREET TOUGH 📓
The race to become crowned as Metro Premier took another turn as Jessica Eaton answers the earlier win of Todd Pannell. Eaton keeps him at arm’s length with one clear winner, as she scores on the Michael Hickmott stable runner, Pindaric. Exalted Maxine would’ve welcomed seeing the winning post a shade closer to the starting stalls this time. She led at a good enough clip, with Todd Pannell remaining in close attendance on La Richesse. Eaton allowed the big unit, Pindaric plenty of space first-up, just stalking the pair from a few off the fence. La Richesse was gone quickly on straightening, as Eaton allows more rein for Pindaric to chase Exalted Maxine. Still a little wayward, Pindaric keeps his unbeaten record intact, denying the late finish of both Aiguilette, and Street Tough. Nobody has missed the run of Street Tough, not sure that he was happy inside of horses early. Aiguilette takes the split from outside of him at the 300m, leaving Jacob Opperman to come off the fence and circle as the widest by the 200m.

Race 4 Open 3yo (1200m) MONTIGN 📓
It’s Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s turn to remind all that they’re still in the race for the Metro Trainers Crown. Barend Vorster with Ride Of The Day on Zoushine (first-up) seals the next of the RacingSA Rewards races. Rialtor had pinged the lids as expected, injecting plenty of pace into the 3yo division. The surprise packet somewhat came from the stablemate, Montign settling handy to a good speed over the sharp journey. She’s hit a flat-spot top of the straight, only to come on again between horses late. She looks better suited over slightly further, and we’ll follow as to where they go next. Vorster found cover back of the speed with Zoushine, covering Spinola Bay to his inside. He gets to the outside of Struck By on straightening; then in a lesson of patience, doesn’t blaze away in gunning for home. Big open track exposed to the elements; he just works the little filly into her rhythm up the straight. Doesn’t really go for her until approaching the 150m as the leader Kerioth shows signs of weakening. Spinola Bay finishes late for the minors with Yuri Royale.

Race 5 BM60 (1600m)
Big BM60 field that we not inclined to want to follow out of. Nice ride by Kayla Crowther on the winner, She’s A Karaka of the David Jolly yard. She stayed out of trouble by settling towards the rear, then gradually building out wide into the race. Back towards her inside, Jess Eaton had been looking for runs on Big Darryl, just had Free Of Sin not taking her deep enough into it. Big Darryl put in an eye-catcher late. Turn Table ran well again from his wide draw, and Canidae picked runs from well back. Jake Toeroek gives Singleton Park every possible, that horse will have plenty of admirers after hitting the line late. Probably best to be forgiving of those on top of the speed – Wild Colonial Boy, Lobster Noodles and Exalted Fire all found a day where you had to come from behind.

Race 6 BM64 (1000m) WOTUWANT 📓
Todd Pannell again draws level with Eaton in the Metropolitan Jockey’s race. Importantly too, Pannell records another special milestone as He’s A Balter provides him with 100 winners for the season. It was vintage Pannell at his best on the Clarken runner. This was one of the quicker races to benchmark on the day, with Bellarine Beauty attempting to cross from her wide draw. Just Kappy had kicked-up inside her, and along with Damascus Moment plus Raven’s Blaze, ensured a solid tempo. Wotuwant, who was superbly handled by Paul Gatt at an SP of 80-1, is one we’ll follow. Gatt settles him back of midfield second-up, produces him with a clean run into the straight to fill third position. He was just no match for either Harpuna, or He’s A Balter who came rushing past him by the 150m. Still came with them for about another 100m, before peaking on his effort about 50m out. The patience of Pannell once again wins out, as He’s A Balter scores with the momentum over Harpuna.

Race 7 BM64 (1400m) MOTELL 📓
We progressively start to see early race tempo’s drop off from here. Jessica Eaton controls the race to her liking with Cannot Be Serious, with nothing wanting to press the issue. Melissa Julius guides Just Folk with a treat just in behind them, holds-up marginally top of the straight. She puts the race to bed once balanced-up after finding clear running to the 200m. Melody Man is already into the Black Book, he was superb in rushing home late again. So to was the day’s Sectional Star, Motell. Neither horse was suited by the lack of early tempo as they stayed to the 1400m second-up. In particular, Motell’s 23.37 – 10.85 Last 400m/200m shows him to be ready to win again soon.

Race 8 BM72 (1800m)
There may not of been a lot separating this field in the margin at the end of this race, however, that’s probably due to the lack of early speed. Happy to follow from here, and we’ll put a Video Watch on Lord Gododdin from the Dean Saxon yard. This horse had won a BM80 over 1800m at Eagle Farm at the end of last prep before making his way to the Millicent stables of Saxon. Nice to see him finish much closer here. Didn’t find a lot of room between horses, not sure how quickly he would’ve let down anyway. He is still eligible for easier though and we don’t want to let Lord Gododdin get under our guard. The winner, Irish Butterfly stalked the leader, Stan The Caddy early. It was a grinding win for the visitor under Mitch Aitken. He managed to hold out Hasta La Fiorente who closed well. Celtic Valour was massive from the back late. Showed no speed early, Tourneur allowed him to build his rhythm and they reeled off some good late splits. He’s another we can follow back in class.

Race 9 BM60 (1200m)
All eyes are glued to the track for the last with scores locked away between Eaton and Pannell. Pannell on the hot-pot 2yo Bleriot, as trainer Will Clarken eyes a treble. Eaton to steer Hickmott stable horse Munster, also well in the market on their home track. Packed field for the sprint journey as Celtic Rebel takes it up in a leisurely gallop under Barend Vorster. Bleriot handy off gate two, and Eaton not far off outside them all with Munster. As they turn and approach the 400m, Pannell looms ominously with the 2yo. They’re getting well off the rail now though, and Jess is in the mood for another victory. She’s allowed Munster plenty of room, and the big fella starts to come with his run. With the whip in the left, Eaton urges Munster past Bleriot inside the 200m. The pair grind away inside that last 50m for a tough win, as Bleriot is just overwhelmed late by a wall of horses. Michael Hickmott and Will Clarken were left to share the training honors, which is perhaps fitting as they’re two two stables who are starting to hit top gear again.



Track Rating: Heavy 8, Downgrade to Heavy 9 From Race 6 Onwards
Cold, windy day covered in the light showers, with that North-Westerly making things uncomfortable. Typical Winters’ racing as we saw the first couple of winners remain low to the inside. The sweet-spot appeared to be about 4-5 horses off, though cover throughout was the main winning factor. The rail was out 8m for our first meeting back to HQ following six-week break. There had been some trials and jump outs at the track during that time off.

Race 1 2yo Maiden (1100m)
A lot of unknowns here with mainly first-starters competing. Taunting had the race experience under the belt, and proved the form of that Madam Furphy race here. Without that same mad speed that was on during his debut event, Taunting appeared to be comfortable up on the pace. Strike Eagle had burnt through to take up the initial front running, with Eaton content to hand-up to Vorster. She sends Taunting to him early enough into the straight, and they put a couple on the rest. Comfortable win, and the Hickmott-Eaton team move clear in their respective Metro Premiership races.

Race 2 3yo BM68 (1200m)
Ride Of The day comes up early in the card as Jason Holder ensures Winning Weather’s victory. Approaching the first furlong we see Lady Simone follow Tanja’s Dream over to the rail. In doing so, Lady Simone, while initially two Lengths clear of Japery, finishes her shift only 1.5L clear. Japery overreacts for a stride, and shifts in onto Winning Weather to his inside. Holder keeps both his line, and also Japery out into that three-wide position in order to remain off the fence himself. Fall On A Star had pushed forward, providing cover for Campbell Rawiller on Japery not long after. With that horse not going well enough to take Japery into the race, Rawiller comes around her four-wide on turning. Sensing the move, Holder comes off the back of Lady Simone to force Rawiller even wider. He’s cut between Japery and Fall On A Star with minimal fuss, bringing his horse into the race on straightening. In true Holder style, he just cuddles Winning Weather for another 100m or so before shaking her up inside the 250m. The Macdonald-Gulyas filly proving too strong in the end for the fast-finishing Short Stories, with Japery into third.

Race 3 3yo Maiden (1200m)
There was a bit of confidence around The Partisan following the promising trial win prior to return. Punters may have felt they had the cash too, as Jeff Maund settled him just on the initial speed. Jericho Beach set the early tempo, and The Partisan went on past him inside the 250m. Watching all this was that man again, Jason Holder – this time on the Gordon Richards trained Turfitt. Turfitt was always well in the market, and those who stuck were left cheering as Holder swoops late. Turfitt scores by around a Length, while The Partisan left some 4L back to the rest. Interesting to note the overall time was only 1L slower than the earlier BM68 won by Winning Weather. Early tempo from both races were very similar.

Race 4 BM78 (1050m)
Barend Vorster brings up the first of his winning double as he guides SA Blackbook horse Aadelad home. Celtic Blast had led the field a merry-dance first-up, kicking clear into the straight. Great Leveller was the Johnny-on-the-spot horse, and he did the chasing under Karl Zechner. Meanwhile, Vorster brings Aadelad with his run, and the race-favorite Larimer Street goes with him. Great Leveller gets to a tiring Celtic Blast by the 100m, then is immediately set upon by Aadelad. Larimer Street’s run had ended as Jake Toeroek comes rushing out wider on Extra Mile. Aadelad wins it by about a half-Length over Extra Mile, with similar back to Great Leveller. Extra Mile’s sustained 47.12 Last 800m sees him as the day’s Sectional Star.

Race 5 BM60 (1526m)
This was a peach of a ride by Kayla Crowther to score on the bonny little mare Jaamint. She drew favorably, and Crowther made sure of it from the get-go in parking Jaamint right on the speed. They rated well in front with My Boy Birmingham rolling along for Jacob Opperman. Zechner was content to sit on his hindquarter with Campobasso. This gave Crowther the box-seat off a tempo that gave all their chance. She’s peeled out on straightening, and Jaamint races past the tiring leaders. Sophie Logan had also given first emergency Canidae every possible, just better than midfield initially. She also brought him into the race on turning, the horse just couldn’t quite sprint as sharply as Jaamint. With the race broken open a furlong out, Jaamint proved to be an easy watch for followers. Carbone did get home well from the back for third behind Canidae in an eye-catching run.

Race 6 BM78 (2032m)
This seemed a two-horse race on paper between Lord Bouzeron and Not Usual Glorious. At close to $4 the field, this made it reasonably clear-cut for punters happy to make some cash. We chose to target this race for a Best Bet, sticking with the race fitness of our SA Blackbooker in Lord Bouzeron. Lord Bouzeron had been running his races at a fast tempo, and Eaton ensured similar again here. Enter the day’s Top Training Performance of Travis Doudle with the winner Not Usual Glorious. Only third-up today, Doudle had prepared the former Kiwi to win over a mile earlier in the campaign while fresh. Not Usual Glorious then repeated that dose when racing second-up over 1950m. Here we are now on a deep Heavy 9, and up against a hard-fit racehorse who was taking him along on a searching run. Not Usual Glorious then complements the high-class training performance by Doudle with a high-class win in sharp time.

Race 7 BM68 (1600m) TIBETAN 📓
Icecrusher makes it two wins on end, following another patient ride from Jacob Opperman. Tempo from the leader, Misool in front didn’t appear all that fast on top. We have just downgraded to a Heavy 9, so we’re not going to be overly picky on times going forward. Tibetan was the first to come off the bit by the 600m, with Mitch Aitken hard at work on him. Dropping back to a clear-last, Tibetan wasn’t looking too hot for his backers. Conversely however, Icecrusher was travelling sweetly for Opperman to his inside. Todd Pannell seemed to feel Crypto Currency was going well enough underneath him, so sends him to a clear lead prior to the 400m. Pannell turns for home in around that 3-4 wide line, and Crypto Currency gives a kick. Opperman had angled Icecrusher off the fence, and picks his runs though a tiring field. Meanwhile, Tibetan has worked into the bridle for Aitken, and they commence their run as the widest on straightening. The mile on a Heavy track proves no worries for Icecrusher as we see that electric turn of foot once more. She mows down Crypto Currency, coming away for a stylish win. Tibetan had peaked on his long run, finishing into third placing.

Race 8 BM68 (1200m) KAYSERI 📓
Kayseri showed he holds no fears for the Heavy track’s as he pings to an early lead from out wide. Both Concrete and Ringfort hunt through, leaving Toeroek and Kayseri in the three-wide trailing line. As the other two feel the pinch, Toeroek tracks wide to clear-out early into the straight. Barend Vorster completes his double, winning on Frankie Pinot. Well back early with Lake’s Folly who was ridden by Jess Eaton, Vorster hunts away the fence early. Eaton made all the right moves to keep Lake’s Folly’s momentum up between horses, and these two set out after Kayseri. In the end it was Frankie Pinot who was able to sustain the sprint, and he won by nearly a Length over a brave Kayseri. Lake’s Folly a couple further back into third placing.

Race 9 BM60 (1050m)
Richard And Chantelle Jolly wait until the last to collect what seems like their weekly winner’s cheque these days. Campbell Rawiller also proved patience to be a virtue, as he nursed The Big Goodbye around midfield early. Pace was set by Sea Witness despite his tardy get away, and He’s Exclusive was not far away. As per the pattern for most of the day, those on top of the speed seemed to hoist a white flag quickly enough. Stacey Metcalfe had made a habit of landing the get-out prior to her break, and she was on the mission again. She rode Lohn Ranger a treat in that spot around fifth, just on/off the speed with cover. The winner came around outside her, as Metcalfe cut back to that middle part of the track on turning. That’s where the winners had been coming from, yet Rawiller had full momentum up on the Big Goodbye. Those two had poked the head in front, however Metcalfe was not to be denied with Lohn Ranger. Those two horses come away for an enthralling battle in the last, as Lohn Ranger regains the lead inside the 100m. As they hit the line though, the clear margin was in favor of the outside horse, The Big Goodbye. Video Watch The Publikin, whose races have been well-spaced this time in. She got back early before getting on the long searching run without a back to follow. Nothing really made meaningful ground out there all day, and she ground on well enough to follow into next start.



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