Gawler Race Report
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By Peter Neall
[Photos Helen Neall and GF]
Gawler trainer Gary Searle kept his winning strike rate intact when he prepared his third winner over two meetings, while fellow local mentor Darren Magro chimed in for a single win at the Gawler Racecourse last Wednesday.
Jockeys Simon Price and Libby Hopwood added their touch to the day with a double.
Searle was the first local mentor to claim success when his charge Circle Of Trust won The Bunyip Class 2 Handicap, which was contested over 1505m.
Giving jockey Hopwood the first leg of her double, the $7 chance Circle of Trust, which came off a last start Gawler fourth, was well back in the early stages before powering home to put a margin of a half head between himself and the Kevin and Heather Frew-trained, Jordon Frew-ridden Nehru ($6).
Searle said Circle of Trust will now head to Port Lincoln for a race during the Port Lincoln Cup Carnival in March.
Ysabelle ($8) was a further long head away third for the combination of Phillip Stokes and Dom Tourneur.
The master Darren Magro and his apprentice Kate Brooks kept the winning feeling going for the locals when Leahone, the $3 favourite, scored a short neck win in the Kingsford Hotel Fillies and Mares 0-68 Handicap of 1106m.
Raced by local racing identities Trevor and Yvonne Saltmarsh, and making up for a last start barrier incident that resulted in the four-year-old being scratched after she was kicked by one of her opponents, Leahone came from a mid field position and will be given another run at provincial level before being aimed at a city race by Magro.
Putting a short neck margin between herself and rest of the field, Leahone beat the Phillip Stokes-prepared, Matthew Neilson-guided Abba ($4.60) with Suki ($12) another length away third for Sue Nolan and apprentice Krystal Bishop.
Hopwood brought up the second leg of her double, teaming with horsewomen Paul Trenwith, when the $61 chance Schnippy Schnappy routed punters in the 1205m Webster Hyde and Health 0-62 Handicap.
Put into a good position by Hopwood, Schnippy Schnappy had one-and-a-quarter lengths to spare over the Sam Burford-trained, apprentice Jake Teoroek-ridden Frilly Skurt ($4.60), with the Bill Bogarts-mentored, Amy Hermann-guided See Sparky ($10) another three-quarters of a length away third.
Combining with horse carer Mick Huxtable, hoop Simon Price brought up the first leg of his double when he steered the Not a Single Doubt-sired three-year-old Not a Zerprize to a one-and-a-quarter length win in The Life Members Handicap, which was contested over 1705m.
Facing the starter for the third time after running 10th at Gawler and second on his home turf of Murray Bridge, Not a Zerprise ($4) was well placed and beat the Kym Healy-trained, Jeffrey Maund-ridden Tracy True Blood ($101), with Miss Eejay, the $3.60 favourite, a half-head away third for Tony McEvoy and Ben Claridge.
Simon Price completed his double when he recorded a thrilling head win on Rand Al Thor in the 2105m Barossa Electrical 0-68 Handicap.
Prepared at the northern town of Orroroo by Wally Bencic, Rand AL Thor ($14) came from a mid field position to beat the Marilyn Smith-trained, Clare Lindop-mount Royal Butler ($7).
Runaluk ($8) was and short head away filling the minor placing for John Hickmott and Ben Claridge.
Apprentice Jordon Frew achieved a milestone in his career in riding his 200th winner when he scored a short half-head victory on Il Dieci in the 1105m Sportsbet.com.au Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate.
Under the care of Murray Bridge horsewoman Karen Byrnes, and raced by industry stalwarts Joe and Annette Cannizzaro, ll Dieci ($4.60) was well placed and beat the McEvoy-trained, Claridge-guided Island Beach ($5).
First starter Titanic Thomo ($7) was and one-and-a-quarter lengths away third for Stuart Padman and Jason Holder.
A race morning pick up ride at the expense of Joe Bowditch saw Holder steer the top weight Athleticism to a two-and-a-quarter length win in the 1205m Jarvis Isuzu Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate.
Prepared by Jim Smith, who had the misfortune of breaking a leg in a stable mishap a fortnight ago, Athleticism ($4) was well placed and beat Copper Coast Raida ($10) for local horsewoman Lisa Ryan and jockey Matthew Neilson.
Tidy Prophet ($3.70) was another nose away third for Peter Blanch and Dom Tourneur.
The combination of mentor Stuart Gower and jockey Ben Hoppo tasted victory when Rychle was the one-and-a-quarter length winner of the Happy Birthday Gawler Jockey Club 0-72 Handicap of 1705m.
Leading all the way, Rychle ($18) beat the $4.20 chance Monica Kate for mentor Gordon Richards and rider Amy Herrmann. Endurao ($4.40) was a further head away third for Richard Jolly and Jake Toeroek.
The next meeting of the GBJC will be on Wednesday, February 5.