Kayla Crowther, who finished spring as SA Junior Sports Star of the Year and runner-up to SA Apprentice Academy dux Raquel Clark, started summer on the right note with a double on the Parks track at Morphettville last Saturday.
Crowther brought up her first winner when the Darren Weir-trained Crafty Devil ($6) took out the benchmark 70 over 2250 metres.
Now an eight-time winner from 48 starts, Crafty Devil came from last imn the five-horse field to give Weir the second leg of a running double, following the win of $2.50 favourite Oberland under Dean Yendall 35 minutes earlier.
Riding for the Phillip Stokes stable, Crowther brought up her second winner when Flying Krupt ($3.40) ran on from midfield to win the 1300-metre benchmark 64 handicap.
Crowther brought up her third winner for the weekend when she combined with her master, David Jolly, in the win of Wing Snipper in a benchmark 64 event over 900 metres at Murray Bridge on Sunday.
Wing Snipper’s win completed a successful weekend for Jolly after the impressive win of the Craig Williams-ridden Behemoth over 1200 metres at Moonee Valley the day before.
Crowther will be missing from the saddle for a few weeks after undergoing surgery this week to fix an ankle problem.
Gustavo’s still got it
Cranbourne trainer Kevin Corstens was well pleased with the win of his veteran recruit Mr Gustavo ($9) in the benchmark 75 handicap over 1400 metres at Morphettville Parks.
With Jason Holder aboard, the eight-year-old came from worse than midfield to bring up win number 10 from 49 starts.
It was Mr Gustavo’s first start following his transfer from the Flemington stable of Corstens’s father, Leon, and brother Troy.
Mr Gustavo had his first 27 starts in New Zealand, then kicked off his Australian career in the care of Bjorn Baker in Sydney.
Kenyan looks a star
Trainer Ryan Balfour looks to have a useful young performer on his hands after the win of Kenyan Wonder ($1.40 favourite) in last Saturday’s three-year-old maiden plate over 1250 metres.
The Zoustar filly, guided by Jamie Kah, came from the rear of the field with a withering run over the concluding stages. Balfour says he has high hopes for the filly, who began her career with a pair of seconds on the same track in November.
Kah later brought up a double on the Mark Minervini-trained Musical Query ($6) in the 1000-metre benchmark 70.
Kah extended her winning streak at Murray Bridge the following day with a treble, winning on the Ryan Balfour-trained Busker’s Ballad, the Grant Young-trained Fortify and the Chris Bieg-trained Wanted By All, who charged home to take out the benchmark 75 Murray Bridge Christmas Cup (1600m).
Caruso joins committee
Congratulations to lawyer John Caruso on his election to the SAJC board last Thursday night. He will serve a three-year term along with the club’s deputy chairman Bob Holton, who was re-elected.
Well done also to Shirley Robinson on being awarded life membership of the SAJC. Robinson was a part-owner of 1976 Blue Diamond winner Out of Danger and runner-up Desirable.