The Flemington-based training duo Leon and Troy Corstens look to have a live chance for next month’s SA Derby after Spring Choice’s impressive win in the listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) at Morphettville last Saturday.
The Choisir gelding, a $9 chance, began well then settled worse than midfield position before mowing his rivals down with a wide run in the straight.
Spring Choice has now won three straight, having gone into last Saturday off wins in a Geelong maiden (1300m) and the Mornington Guineas (1600m).
He’s been ridden to all three wins by James Winks, who says Spring Choice has plenty of potential.
“Every time I ride him I can notice an improvement in him,” he said.
Spring Choice may now contest the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2000m) on Saturday week ahead of the Group 1 UBET South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 12.
Winks brought up a running double when the Len Jarvis-trained Beautiful Flyer ($21) came from last to take out the benchmark 70 Sepoy Now Standing at Darley in Victoria Handicap (1200m).
Harry at the double
Another Victorian hoop in Harry Coffey also notched a double at Morphettville, landing his first leg on the Darren Weir-trained Chequered Flag in the benchmark 90 UBET Handicap (2030m).
Beginning well before dropping back to a midfield position, Chequered Flag ($4.80) was able to pick up enough speed late to register his fifth win from 31 starts.
Coffey completed his double on the two-year-old filly Fundamentalist ($4.60) in the listed Dequetteville Stakes (1050m).
A $135,000 purchase at the 2017 Magic Millions National yearling sale and trained at Flemington by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Fundamentalist will remain in Adelaide to contest feature juvenile races during the Adelaide Festival of Racing.
Kah kicks clear
Riding honours at the Morphettville meeting went to leading local hoop Jamie Kah with a treble, two of her winners trained by her principal patron, Angaston-based Tony McEvoy.
Kah opened her account when the McEvoy-trained last-start winner Over Exposure came from a rearward position to take the benchmark 70 Impending New to Darley In Victoria Handicap (1200m).
Kah and McEvoy brought up their double when Manuel, resuming from a spell, came from midfield to win the benchmark 82 Hughes Limousines Handicap (1200m).
Riding for the Will Clarken stable, Kah completed her treble on the improved galloper Tatoosh in the Dr Jack and Beth Rogers Handicap (1600m).
Kah, who rode her 100th SA winner for the season recently at Balaklava, now has 51 Adelaide winners for 2017/18, 21 clear of second-placed Todd Pannell.
Joy for Justin, cheers for Chan
Justin Potter and Alfred Chan shared the riding honours at last Sunday’s Naracoorte fixture with a double apiece.
Potter scored on Dirtomic and Guru Jim, both trained at Horsham by Paul Preusker, while Chan guided All Bar Two and Instrumentalist to victory.