By Peter Neall
[photo Helen Neall]
Trainer Gary Searle was the only local mentor to lead in a winner, while Jason Holder was the best of the riding brigade when he turned in a treble-winning performance, at the Gawler Racecourse last Wednesday.
Shorter distance paid off for trainer Searle, when Sarcasm gave him a win in the Sportsbet.com Top Tote Plus 0-68 Handicap of 1214m.
Settling in a rearward position, Sarcasm ($8.50) gradually worked his way through the field to be in touch with the leaders in the home straight, and went on to beat the Peter Jones-prepared, Dale Evans-ridden Real Fantasy ($7), giving the Gawler circuit the quinella.
The Libby Hopwood-ridden, David Halliday-prepared Mime ($21) was another three-quarters of a length away third.
Coming with a late run on the home turn, Counter Spin ($4.60) gave the training partnership of Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas a three-and-a-half length win in the 1214m Jarvis Isuzu Maiden Plate.
Piloted to victory by Jason Holder, and bringing up the first leg of his treble, the Hard Spun gelding finished too strongly for the Tony McEvoy-prepared, Ben Claridge-guided Elena’s Joy, the $1.90 favourite, which was three-and-a-half lengths away second.
The local training duo of Kerri McAnulty and Clint Binnie filled the minor placing with the Todd Pannell-ridden Wana Decision ($21), which finished a half length away third.
Jason Holder registered his second win when Alabama Missile won the Mattiske Funerals Mares 0-68 Handicap of 1114m.
Under the care of David Jolly, Alabama Missile, the $3.20 favourite, led all the way and beat the Stacey Kotz-trained, Simon Price-ridden Lunar Queen ($5) by two-and-three-quarter lengths.
The Darren Magro-trained, apprentice Kate Brooks-ridden Leahone ($3.40) was another one-and-a-quarter lengths away third.
A well timed run in the straight saw Off the Map give Jason Holder his third winner for the afternoon, in The Terrace 0-68 Handicap, which was contested over 1716m.
Prepared by Chris Oxlade at Morphettville, Off the Map ($7.50) had a long neck to spare over the Emma Hubbard-prepared, Troy Baker-guided Major De ($11).
Bellchuca ($7) was a further one-and-a-quarter lengths away third for Brian Searle and Justin Potter.
Young Morphettville trainer Melissa Moyle was all smiles when her charge Molasmo Jet broke its maiden status in the 1514m Gawler South Bakery Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate.
Leading all the way, Molasmo Jet ($10) put a margin of a nose between himself and the Tony McEvoy-trained, Ben Claridge-ridden Loncava ($2).
Atomic Hero ($2.30) was another one-and-three-quarter lengths away third for Mark Minervini and Shayne Cahill.
The husband and wife training partnership of Heather and Kevin Frew and their jockey son Jordan were triumphant when Copper Cable won the Gawler Family Day Sunday March 30 Maiden Plate of 1716m.
Untroubled in the run, Copper Cable ($14) scored a three-quarters of a length win over Styria’s Gem, the $1.90 favourite, for trainer Tony McEvoy and rider Ben Claridge.
Styria’s Delight ($5) was a further two-and-three-quarter lengths away filling the minor placing for Darren Egan and apprentice Caitlin Forrest.
Beginning well before sitting one off the pace, Mr Backchat gave Angaston trainer Tony McEvoy and rider Ben Claridge a three-quarters of a length win in the 1114m Coopers Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate.
Mr Backchat, the $1.70 favourite, beat the Richard Jolly-prepared, Matthew Neilson-ridden Disco Belle ($7), with Rowdy Richard ($13) another two-and-three-quarter lengths away third for the combination of Ken Sweeney and Todd Pannell.
After winning at long odds ($41) at Morphettville a fortnight ago, Flying Casino brought up consecutive wins in the ANZAC Day at Gawler Class 1 Handicap, which was run over 1514m.
Prepared at Murray Bridge by John Hickmott and having the services of Joe Bowditch, Flying Casino ($9) was well back early before making up ground over the concluding stages and going on to put a margin of three-and-a-half lengths between himself and the Fred Meuring-cared for, apprentice Krystal Bishop-guided Frankenfurter ($20).
The combination of local horseman Gary Searle and apprentice Kate Brooks were in the minor placegetter stall when Defamatory ($8) was a length away third.
GBJC will present a family day race meeting on Sunday, March 30, with lots of entertainment provided.