- Double vision as new era kicks off
- New racetrack for Mount Gambier
EXPERIENCED jockey Paul Gatt has a new manager, joining Jamie Kah in the Nick Pinkerton stable.
Gatt’s certainly riding in good form, snaring a double at Morphettville last weekend.
The Melbourne-based Pinkerton, who boasts over 40 years of form analysis, has established himself as one of the state’s leading jockey managers. He also looks after Zac Spain, who recently relocated to Victoria to join the Cranbourne stables of Trent Busuttin-Natalie Young. Spain won his first race for the team at Sale on Wednesday.
APPRENTICE CLAIMS HOME-STATE CROWN
IT was an impressive effort by Raquel Clark to win her second successive Tasmanian apprentice jockey premiership.
Despite spending more than four months of the season in South Australia, her 31 winners in Tassie were enough to claim the title by eight from Chris Graham. Clark has recently had her apprenticeship transferred to the Andrew Gluyas-Leon Macdonald stable after first heading here on a three-month loan.
STORM RAINS ON BOOKIES’ PARADE
THE dominant win of Kellstorm at Morphettville last Saturday proved the bookmakers’ biggest loss of the meeting.
They took a $3000 win bet on the Darren Weir-trained stayer at $5, delivering a $15,000 result. Other notable bets to hit the mark were a $3000 wager on Go The Journey at $4 for a $12,000 dividend and $2000 on the in-form Balf’s Choice at $2.30, a $4600 collect. Some big bets to go astray included $2000 on jumper Sheniyan ($11) and $1500 on both Vikings Reward ($7) and Midnight Storm ($4.40).
SPRING IN STRIDE AS STARS STEP OUT
THERE will be plenty of star quality at the Flemington jump-outs on Friday morning.
The opening jump-out is a cracker, with Redkirk Warrior, Hartnell and Heatherly all set to step out. Lindsay Park has many of its spring aspirants in action. As well as Redkirk Warrior, they’re scheduled to trial Goodwood winner Vega Magic, along with Tulip, Formality, Sheidel, He Or She and Harlow Gold.
DOMINANT DAY AT GLOBE DERBY
IT was a big day for a couple of leading local harness racing identities at Globe Derby Park on Monday.
Ace driver Dani Hill equalled her personal best with five winners on the eight-race program, the fourth time she has achieved the feat. And four of that quintet were trained by leading horseman Les Harding, the father of Hill’s partner, David Harding.
GUN HOOPS BOOKED FOR DARWIN CUP
MICHAEL Hickmott has booked some big-name jockeys as he chases a fourth Darwin Cup success.
He has booked Blake Shinn to ride Unbreakable, champion WA hoop William Pike will partner Lieder, while Jarrad Noske will ride Wexford Town.
There’s a strong SA flavour in Monday’s $200,000 Cup, with Pretty Blonde, Moon Devil, Saturday Sorcerer, Abu Dhabi and Billet Doux also among final acceptors.
SAINTS & SINNERS
Absolutely amazing season of continued excellence
Always shown talent but developed killer instinct this prep
British import who didn’t fire a shot last weekend
Average end to a very solid season at Morphettville
Originally published as The Right Track, with Lincoln Moore and Ben Scadden