While Adelaide Cup day no longer boasts a Group 1 feature of its own, several of Monday’s stars are destined for assignments at the highest level.
Impressive cup winner Fanatic, who extended a remarkable weekend for jockey Michael Walker and trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, is on his way to the Sydney Cup (April 14).
Walker’s remarkable rails-hugging ride saved the $4.40 favourite the ground he needed to hold off the Darren Weir-trained import Ormito, and the Lindsay Park team are keen to give him his chance to become the first Adelaide-Sydney Cup double winner since Gallic (2007).
Meanwhile, Strathalbyn trainer Shane Oxlade will aim Monday’s listed Matrice Stakes winner, It’s Been a Battle ($15), at the Group 1 UBET Robert Sangster Stakes over the same 1200-metre course on May 5. Justin Potter had the ride on Monday.
Victorian trainer Patrick Payne was keen to get Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic winner Zizzis home before planning her next move.
But given that her dam won over 1600 metres at Randwick, the unbeaten Sizzling filly might not be out of place in the ATC Sires’ Produce (April 7) and/or the Champagne Stakes (May 21), or next season’s Thousand Guineas.
Billy Egan has piloted Zizzis in both her wins.
Caulfield trainer Aaron Purcell was well pleased with the win of last-start Morphettville winner Lite’n In My Veins under Mark Zahra in the listed Schweppes C.S. Hayes Memorial Cup (1600m).
Purcell, who will hand the five-year-old back to Ciaron Maher next month, noted that Lite’n in My Veins had been a group-class galloper when trained by Fred Kersley in Perth early in his career and could yet have a big race in him.
She’s still got it
With her retirement looming, Clare Lindop reminded racegoers that she’s going out on top of her game with a double at Naracoorte on Wednesday.
Lindop won on the Dion Koch-prepared Avalon Downs ($2.80 favourite) and the Grant Young-prepared Halayr Rothestar ($7).
Doubles all round
Doubles were the order of the day on the Parks track last Saturday with jockeys Paul Gatt and Chris Caserta and trainer Gordon Richards notching a brace apiece.
Gatt won on the Richard Jolly-trained Skillful Steps ($2.70 favourite) and the Darren Wir-trained Iconoclasm ($1.75 favourite), the latter a pick-up ride at the expense of Jack Hill, who’d been concussed in a fall from Heavenly Thoughts in the opening event.
Caserta won on Enki ($2.70 favourite) for Richards and the unbeaten Moon Spinner ($2.80 favourite) for Tony McEvoy.
Earlier, Richards notched the first leg of his running double when Charossa ($2.15 favourite) led all the way under Ryan Hurdle to take out the Medallion Homes Maiden Plate for three-year-olds over 1300 metres.
Be at the bay
The Streaky Bay Racing Club will hold its annual non-TAB fixture on Saturday, with the $12,000 Streaky Bay Cup (1800m) to be run as the sixth leg of the Bill Holland Series.
Across the NSW border, Broken Hill will host its annual St Patrick’s meeting on Saturday, which is always popular with South Australian racing people.