The step up from provincial racing didn’t stop Jacobite Prince from adding to Phillip Stokes’s spring arsenal with an impressive all-the-way win at Morphettville Parks last Saturday.
Coming off a debut win at Gawler, Jacobite Prince ($4.40) showed his rivals a clean pair of heels under stable apprentice Gary Lo in the three-year-olds’ benchmark 70 over 1250 metres, heat nine of the Rebel Raider Series.
Such was the ease of the win that Stokes will keep the Choisir gelding in work rather than send him for a spell.
Jacobite Prince’s win was the first leg of a double for Stokes, who picked up the eighth race on the program with $2.50 favourite More Than Exceed.
The four-year-old son of More Than Ready, with another stable apprentice in Kayla Crowther aboard, won the benchmark 70 over 1300 metres, heat two of the Happy Trails Series.
Hux runs hot
Murray Bridge trainer Mick Huxtable shared the honours with Stokes at the Morphettville Parks meeting, kicking off his double when apprentice Anna Jordsjo guided Hussybay ($13) to an on-pace win in the benchmark 90 handicap over 1400 metres.
Huxtable completed his double when Franked ($5) came from well back under Todd Pannell to bring up win number three from 19 starts in the 2250-metre benchmark 70.
The Morphettville crowd roared its approval when the popular Shayne Cahill-ridden and -trained Dexter You Devil ($1.75 favourite) charged home from last on the home turn to win the 1550-metre benchmark 75 handicap.
The win gave Cahill the first leg of a two-track double, with Oh So Unfair later taking out the 1800-metre Jamestown Cup, final leg of the Outback Cups Series).
The cup win was the first leg of a running double for jockey David Tootell at the non-TAB meeting.
Tootell completed his double when the Jess Giles-trained Fay’s Joy took out a benchmark 54 over 1200 metres.
Better known to SA racing fans as a cross-country hoop, Ballarat-based Richard Cully put on his trainer’s hat when apprentice Georgina Cartwright steered Celtic Blast ($2.50 favourite) to victory in Saturday’s 1000-metre special-conditions handicap.
Gatt gets three
Paul Gatt took the riding honours at Monday’s Labour Day meeting at Gawler, landing a treble on Dixon Street, Scare Campaign and Picture Me Rollin. Apprentice Jerry Chau scored a bookend double with Elevenbee and Ready Sunshine.
Vale Gerald Slink
Condolences to the Slink family on the death of well known west-coast breeder Gerald, who died last Friday.