Jason Holder has kept his Adelaide jockeys’ premiership hopes alive with four straight winners on the Parks circuit at Morphettville last Saturday.
The quartet moved Holder into second position on the table but he ramains 14 adrift of runaway leader Todd Pannell, who won the last of the day on Darlamax ($2.80 favourite) for Cranbourne trainer Mark Webb.
Holder’s followers would have finished the day on excellent terms with themselves, as none of his winners started favourite and the first of them, Sacred Walk, started at $14.
Sacred Walk, who began her career with Hawkes Racing in Victoria, had one start for a fourth at Bendigo before joining Marilyn Smith at Morphettville.
The Pins mare broke through at her fifth start for Smith, in a Strathalbyn maiden last September, and last Saturday’s 1250-metre Class 2 was her first appearance since.
Carrying the dark blue and pink colours of the trainer’s late father Len, Sacred Walk was on the pace throughout.
Combining with Tony and Calvin McEvoy, Holder landed his second winner when last-start Oakbank winner Zoffala ($4.40) came from the back half of the field to win the benchmark 64 over 1950 metres.
Holder made it a hat-trick when the Phillip Stokes-trained Ambidazzle ($4.20) worked home from midfield to take the one-metro-win affair over 1400 metres, her third win from 12 starts.
Finally the Grant Young-trained Exalted Lauretta ($8) came from worse than midfield in the 1000-metre benchmark 68.
A dollar all up on the “Stubby” quartet at SP would have yielded $2069.76 — as long as you knew when to stop.
Bronski beats them
Sue Jaensch was the toast of her home town after winning Sunday’s Naracoorte Cup (2000m) with Bronski.
The six-year-old Gonski gelding was sent out a $13 chance after 13 straight defeats, most recently a benchmark 62 third at Bordertown, but jockey Jeff Maund had him on the pace throughout at Naracoorte and he had enough in the tank to hold out the late charge of backmarker Impulse Diavolo.
Lau, we’ll miss him
Popular apprentice Kenny Lau had his last SA ride at Gawler on Wednesday before returning to Hong Kong.
Cups coming up
The Lock Racing Club will hold its once-a-year non-TAB cup meeting on Sunday, with the cup run over 1900 metres as part of the Bill Holland series.
Next Thursday will see the start of the Kingscote carnival, with the main day on Saturday week with the running of the Kangaroo Island Cup (1880m).