Warrnambool horseman Symon Wilde Is quietly confident his four-year-old mare Tralee Rose can run the extra 600 metres of Monday week’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup following her comprehensive win in last Saturday’s Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.
The $1.70 favourite had gone into the Lord Reims on the back of four wins from her previous five starts, most recently a seven-length caning of her rivals in the listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.
Last Saturday, off a 50-day break, she took up a midfield position before swinging three wide on the home turn and racing away to win by 3½ lengths from Peter Gelagotis-trained import Long Arm.
Tralee Rose’s win gave rider Jason Holder the second leg of a double, his earlier success coming via the Macdonald/Gluyas stable when Pimm’s Party ($2.40) ran on from midfield position to win a benchmark 68 over 1100 metres.
Holder went on make it four wins for the weekend with another double at Port Lincoln last Sunday, scoring on the Jackie Stoetzer-trained Riverside Rock and the Robert King-trained Centrefield.
Jessica Eaton also produced a Morphettville riding double, bringing up the first leg when Lord Vladivostok ($3) continued on his winning way in a benchmark 78 over 1800 metres for in-form Murray Bridge horseman Mick Huxtable.
The son of Tavistock came from one off the pace to bring up his second successive win and is likely to have his next start in the listed C.S. Hayes Memorial Cup (1600m) at Morphettville on Monday week.
Eaton completed her double with an on-pace win on the Michael Hickmott-trained last-start winner Unlaced ($3.30 favourite) in a benchmark 68 over 1600 metres.
Todd Pannell shared the honours with Eaton and Holder, landing the first of his two winners when another last-start winner, Ironclad, won the benchmark 82 over 1600 metres.
The Will Clarken-trained $2.50 favourite was well placed throughout the event.
Pannell landed his second winner when Call Me Shamus ($7) gave trainer Phillip Stokes the second leg of a double in a benchmark 60 handicap 1540 metres.
Stokes had landed his first winner when Take Off ($3.80) came from worse than midfield under Kayla Crowther to win a benchmark 82 over 1050 metres.
The doubles to Eaton, Pannell and Holder meant it was steady as she goes on the Adelaide premiership table, with Eaton leading on 47 from Pannell (39) and Holder (34).
Cash claims cup
Murray Bridge trainer Nicole Bruggermann was the main winner on the first day of the Kangaroo Island meeting last Thursday when she trained a running treble.
Claudia Lions rode Bruggermann’s first two winners, Mary’s Pride and Smartkap, with apprentice Alana Livesey riding the third, El Desperado.
On the Saturday, trainer David Page and jockey Murray Henderson combined to take out the carnival’s feature, the Kangaroo Island Cup (1800m), with Splash Some Cash.
Two for Jules
Local trainer Julie Branford took the points at last Sunday’s Port Lincoln fixture with a double, winning with Ruby’s Reward and Paulo Pace.
Senior jockey Jason Holder, apprentice Jacob Opperman and trainer Sue Murphy shared the honours with doubles at Penola on Wednesday. Holder won on the Michael O’Leary-trained Bossy Britches and the Leigh Creek-trained Wild Willy. Opperman won on Rohlon Drunk for his father, Jamie, and on O’Mizzna for Murphy, who’d scored earlier with Golden Ripples, ridden by Ben Price.