With Peter Neall
(photos Helen Neall)
A double for Gary Searle and Peter A. Jones leading in a winner were the local training highlights at the Gawler Racecourse last Wednesday, while hoops Matthew Nielson, Clare Lindop and Justin Potter rode six of the eight winners, which added up to a good days racing under bright summer skies at the Summer Holiday Race Day.
With the aid of apprentice Scott Westover, trainer Gary Searle brought up the first leg of his double, and the first local victory for 2014, when Wild Run was the four-length winner of the 1100m Sanders Bros Grain & Fodder Maiden Plate.
On the pace all the way, Wild Run, the $1.80 favourite, may have one more start in the provincials before being tried in city company.
Patiently ridden by Westover, Wild Run beat the John O’Loughlin-prepared, Wayne Kerford-guided Jessie’s Own ($3), with Champagne Kris ($71) another four lengths away third for Todd Pannell and Kerrie McAnulty, and Clint Binnie.
Searle led in his second winner for the day when Noble Romp won the Sportsbet.com.au 0-62 Handicap of 1700m.
Bringing up a double for Lindop, Noble Romp ($6) was well placed and will now be aimed at the Kangaroo Island Cup of 1800m on February 18, and then possibly go on to tackle the Port Lincoln Cup, which will run over 1700m on March 7.
Putting a margin of two-and-a-half lengths between himself and his rivals, Noble Romp defeated the Peter G. Jones-mentored and apprentice Jordon Frew-ridden Trenchtown ($21), with Umaluka, the $5 favourite, another half-neck away third for Kym Buick and Libby Hopwood.
Jockey Darren Evans scored his first success since relocating to SA from Queensland when he guided Real Fantasy to a win in the 1200m Kingsford Hotel 0-58 Handicap.
A birthday present for owner Chris Martin, the locally trained Peter A. Jones runner Real Fantasy ($5) overcame a wide barrier to settle well, and quickly got to the front before going on to put a margin of three-and-a-quarter lengths between the second placegetter Defamatory ($13) for Gary Searle and Adrian Patterson, giving the Gawler track the quinella.
Real Fantasy will have his next start in a similar type event at Gawler next Wednesday.
Carmen Over Baby ($5) was another head away filling the minor placing for Sam Burford and Jake Toeroek.
The well-credentialed duo of trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Matthew Neilson got down to business when Derwent won the opening event, the 1500m Jacob’s Creek Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate.
Beginning well before seemingly losing interest on the home turn, Derwent, the $1.60 favourite, came with a late run over the concluding stages to put a margin of one-and-three-quarter lengths between himself and the Ron Stokes-prepared, Adrian Patterson-guided You and Me $26.
After showing speed in the early stages, Walka Country Mile ($2.10) was a further half-head away third for Phillip Stokes and Dom Tourneur.
Matthew Neilson brought up an early double when he guided Biscayne Blue ($3.60) to a win in The Terrace Function Centre Class 2 Handicap, which was contested over 1500m.
Prepared by Strathalbyn-based trainer Peter Moody, Biscayne Blue settled well before drifting back to a midfield position but was able to muster enough speed to go on to win. Moody said the mare will now go for a spell.
Biscayne Blue put a margin of one-and-three-quarter lengths between herself and the one time leader, the Kevin and Heather Frew-prepared, Libby Hopwood-ridden Nehru ($10).
Whitten’s Brew, the $1.90 favourite, was a further half-length away third for Tony McEvoy and Dom Tourneur.
Young Murray Bridge trainer Sam Burford tasted success when The Wise Man was the three-quarters-of-a-length winner of the 1100m Gawler South Bakery Maiden Plate.
Guided to victory by Lindop, giving her the first leg of a double, The Wise Man ($5) came from a midfield position to beat the David and Ryan Balfour-prepared, Todd Pannell-ridden Ptolemy ($2.80), with the top-weight Chilliconi ($5.50) another one-and-a-quarter lengths away third for Dion Koch and Jason Holder.
Jockey Justin Potter landed the first leg of a race-to-race double when he guided Set In Stone to a three-quarters-of-a-length win in the Jarvis Isuzu 0-62 Handicap,over 1100m.
Mentored at Strathalbyn by Shane Oxlade and not having raced since August last year, Set In Stone ($3.50) came from well back and defeated the Sam Burford-trained, apprentice Jake Toeroek-ridden Frilly Skurt ($14).
The Karen Brynes-prepared, Jordan Frew-ridden Zaamission ($5.50) was a further length away filling the minor placing.
The Stacy Kotz-trained Wyara Miss gave jockey Potter his double when she was the one-and-a-quarter length winner of the 1200m Coopers Fillies &Mares 0-68 Handicap.
On the pace throughout, Wyara Miss, the $4 equal favourite with the fourth placegetter Kooda Dawn, beat the Bill Bogarts-trained, Amy Herrmann-ridden Twilight Dancer ($7), with Glenariff ($6) another long-neck away third for the combination of Darren Egan and Shayne Cahill.
The next meeting of the GBJC will be Wednesday, January 22.