A second chance at black type beckons Theresabearinthere after the amusingly named gelding led all the way over 1000 metres in last Saturday’s benchmark 64 for two-year-olds on the Morphettville Parks track.
Impressive trial form last spring saw the youngster in line for a move to Hong Kong but the deal fell through, leaving Richard and Chantelle Jolly with a useful prospect on their hands.
Theresabearinthere blew his rivals away on debut in April over 1050 metres, beating subsequent Group 3 winner Extra Time by 3¾ lengths.
A subsequent failure in the listed Queen Adelaide didn’t put the punters off as Theresabearinthere was backed in from $2 to start a $1.70 favourite last Saturday, leading throughout under stable apprentice Caitlin Jones to hold off game second-starter Diamonds ($11).
The Jollys are eyeing a start in the listed Lightning Stakes, run at weight-for-age for two-year-olds and three-year-olds over 1050 metres on July 25.
Theresabearinthere gets his name from his sire, low-profile Elvstroem stallion Carrara. Carrara was the home of short-lived AFL franchise the Brisbane Bears.
This gelding, however, races in the red, white and blue colours of Price Bloodstock — closer to the guernseys of the Western Bulldogs in the AFL or Central Districts in the SANFL.
On what was a productive day for the Jolly family, Richard and Chentelle combined with Jones again later on the program when Irish Mint ($12) charged home from midfield to win the benchmark 82 over 1000 metres.
The six-year-old Mint Lane gelding has now won four races on the Parks track including three of his last four appearances there.
The family success continued when David Jolly — brother to Richard and uncle to Chantelle — produced Streetcar Stranger ($5) to win the benchmark 68 over 1000 metres.
The three-year-old Stratum gelding ran on from midfield to give jockey Paul Gatt the second leg of a running double.
A race earlier Gatt won the 1300-metre benchmark 68 on Alsvior ($3.60) for Naracoorte trainer Sue Jaensch.
Jaensch was well pleased with the gelding, who came from midfield to bring up his second win in four days, having scored at Murray Bridge the previous Wednesday.
Todd looks a lock
Mornington trainer Matt Laurie kicked off a big afternoon when Task And Purpose ($10) won a benchmark 68 handicap over 1300 metres at the Parks meeting, stretching jockey Todd Pannell’s premiership lead back out to 12.
Jason Holder had closed the gap a race earlier by winning a 1550-metre benchmark 58 on Rothmoore ($8) for local trainer Ricky Moore.
An hour or so after Task And Purpose scored, Laurie’s comeback galloper Alfa Oro extended his winning streak by taking a benchmark 84 handicap over 1100 metres at Caulfield.
Kayla on fire
Kayla Crowther was the star at Bordertown last Sunday when she rode a treble, soring on the Darryl Dodson-trained pair Terrirtory Titan and Dr Dee Dee and the Sue Jaensch-trained Out Proven.
Jason Holder and Sairyn Fawke shared the riding honours with a double apiece at Balaklava on Wednesday. Fawke scored on the Graham Fry-trained Call Me Dexter ($10) and the John Hickmott-trained Classy Jaybee ($5.50). Classy Jaybee completed a double for Hickmott, who scored earlier with Ammo Loco ($2.20 favourite). Holder won on Team McEvoy’s two-year-old The Krone ($3), who will press on to the listed Oaklands Plate at Morphettville on July 18, and the Dean Saxon-trained Woulda Thought So ($7.50).
Port open for business
In good news for racing-starved fans in the Spencer Gulf, the Port Augusta Racing Club will be allowed to host up to 1000 spectators at its City of Port Augusta Cup meeting on Sunday.