Father-daughter training duo Richard and Chantelle Jolly notched their first stakes win as a partnership when Hard Empire took out the Group 3 R.N. Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville last Saturday.
A five-year-old by Hard Spun, Hard Empire ($7) was resuming from a spell and was well placed throughout under Jake Toeroek.
Meanwhile Angaston trainer Tony McEvoy looks to have a good prospect for the South Australian Derby (2500m) after Classic Weiwei gave him the second leg of a double in last Saturday’s listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m).
Classic Weiwei ($10) was in a forward position throughout under stable jockey Barend Vorster as he brought up a hat-trick of wins.
McEvoy is likely to take a two-pronged attack into the Group 1 TAB SA Derby on May 11 after Secret Blaze won the final of the Thoroughbred Club Galilee Series which was run over 2425 metres at Caulfield last Saturday.
McEvoy and Vorster landed the first of their Morphettville double when Scottish Rogue ($2.30 favourite) took out the 1200-metre benchmark 82 handicap.
On a track that mainly favoured on-pace runners, the day’s other feature winners were Australasian Oaks hope Mirette ($2.60 favourite) in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes (1800m) for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander and jockey Declan Bates, Humma Humma ($4.60) in the listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) for Mornington trainer John McArdle and jockey Beau Mertens and the Ryan Balfour-trained the Jye McNeil mount Li’l Kontra ($3 favourite) in the Dequetteville Stakes (1050m).
Schultz stuns punters
Trainer Robert Schultz and jockey Justin Potter celebrated the first meeting on the new track at Mount Gambier last Friday with a longshot double, winning a 1200-metre maiden with Tecofsky ($17) and a 1550-metre benchmark 56 with Solaazen ($31).
A couple for Kylie
Trainer Kylie McKerlie and hoop Sairyn Fawke took the honours at Port Augusta’s season opener last Sunday with a double — Dust ’n’ Diamonds ($3.70) and Pandeia ($6.50).
There will be two country fixtures over the Easter weekend — Clare on Saturday and Penola on Sunday, the latter featuring the Penola Cup (2100m), sixth leg of the Limestone Coast Cups Series.