By Peter Neall
Courtesy of Adelaide Galvanising
Preparing a double and featuring in the placings several times, Murray Bridge-based trainer John Hickmott set the pace for a good summer holiday race day at the Gawler Racecourse last Wednesday.
Flow Metre, Hickmott’s first winner, began well and settled in a midfield position before sweeping down the outside of the field to give the trainer the first leg of a quinella, in 1711m The Terrace Maiden Plate.
Having the services of apprentice Jordan Frew, Flow Meter ($4) scored a one-and-three-quarter length win over his stable mate, the Joe Bowditch-ridden Married For Money ($5), with the Jim Smith-prepared, Jason Holder-guided Better Than Bronze ($10) a short neck away third.
Hickmott brought up his double when Ripple Effect won the Jacobs Creek 0-62 Handicap of 1711m.
With the services of jockey Bowditch, Ripple Effect ($7) came from well back and will be kept at provincial class racing by Hickmott after beating the Bill Bogarts-prepared, Amy Herrmann-guided Power To Possess ($14). Last start winner Nehru ($8) was another three-quarters of a length away third for Kevin and Heather Frew and Jake Toeroek.
Convincingly breaking her maiden status, Island Beach gave her rivals a galloping lesson when she won the 1211m Gawler South Bakery Maiden Plate.
Prepared by Tony McEvoy and guided to a six-and-a-quarter length win by Matthew Neilson, Island Beach, the $2.10 favourite, settled third and went on to beat the Gary Searle-prepared and Simon Price-ridden Lady Silhouette ($4).
The Lisa Ryan-prepared, Dom Tourneur-ridden Copper Coast Raida ($7) was a further three-quarters of a length away third.
Island Beach may be given a chance at city company in the near future.
A late pick up ride at the expense of Clare Lindop saw Jason Holder guide Distinctive Flyer to a one-and-a-half length win in the 1111m Mitavite/Sander Bros Maiden Plate.
Prepared by Leon Macdonald and his son-in-law Andrew Gluyas, Distinctive Flyer ($4) came from a midfield position to beat the Liz Faust-prepared, Simon Price-ridden Rain Attack ($15).
Monica’s Machine ($5) was another three-quarters of a length away third for the combination of Will Clarken and Dom Tourneur.
The master and his apprentice, Richard Jolly and Jake Toeroek, were all smiles when Enduro saluted the judge in the Jarvis Isuzu Four-Years-Old & Over 0-62 Handicap of 2122m.
Coming off a last start third at this track, Enduro, the $3.50 favourite, was well placed and beat the Matthew Seyers-prepared, Joe Bowditch-ridden Feel Leica Kiss ($18), with Stakhanovite ($8) another short head away third for local trainer Searle and rider Libby Hopwood.
Enduro will be given one more run at provincial level before given a chance in the city, according to Jolly.
Bringing up his second win at start number 18, Secretmensbusiness gave the father and son mentoring team of David and Ryan Balfour a length win in the 1111m Kingsford Hotel 0-62 Handicap.
One of the first to begin before drifting back to the middle of the field, Secretmensbusiness ($9) mustered enough speed over the concluding stages to beat the Peter Jones-trained, apprentice Darren Evans-ridden Real Fantasy ($5).
Mine Craft ($10) was another short neck away third for John Peacock and Tamara Zanker.
Promising apprentice Caitlin Forrest guided her mount Highland Henry to an all-the-way win in the Sportsbet.com.au Top Tote Plus Class 2 Handicap of 1211m.
Mentored by young Oakbank horseman Alexander Justice, Highland Henry ($18) was on the pace throughout and scored a half neck win over the Dion Koch-prepared, Matthew Neilson-ridden Windermere Road ($8). The Hickmott-trained, Bowditch-ridden Quiet Chat ($12) was a further half neck away third.
Punters left the course smiling when Abba, the $1.70 favourite, won the 1511m Coopers Fillies & Mares 0-68 Handicap.
Prepared by Morphettville-based horseman Phillip Stokes and ridden by Matthew Neilson, Abba was well placed and beat the Bill Smart-mentored, Simon Price-guided Art and Craft ($10), with Hickmott and Bowditch filling the minor placing with Caligo ($14).
The next Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club race day will be Wednesday, February 26.