SA: Straddy next for Goodwood heroine
By Peter Neall, May 13, 2024 - 8:12 PM

What a difference seven days can make. Just ask Jamie Kah, who was a Group 1 maiden in SA until last Saturday week and is now a dual major winner in her home state.
Kah brought up her second Group 1 success in Adeliade when she guided Benedetta to glory in the $1 million Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville last Saturday.
 Having her first ride on the four-year-old Helbent mare for Mornington-based horseman Jason Warren, Kah guided Benedetta ($6) from a midfield position to score her first Group 1 victory.
Warren was full of praise for local hoops Caitlin Jones and Teagan Voorham for helping him out by riding the mare in her trackwork and said he would press on to Brisbane, where Benedetta will have her next start in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.
A Morphettville winner in the Group 3 R.N. Irwin Stakes over 1100 metres last month, Benedetta took the Goodwood by a long head win from the Phillip Stokes-trained Stretan Angel ($31) with another Stokes runner, the Climbing Star ($20) a length and a quarter away third.
The win completed a black-type double for Kah, who’d landed the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes over 1200 metres on Boognish ($11).
Prepared at the Sellicks Hill stable of Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea, Boognish came from near the back of the field of 17 to notch her first black-type success.
Clarken said the program for the mare’s next prep could see her tackle the Group 3 Behemoth Stakes over 1200 metres in August.
Benedetta’s win was also the second leg of a double for Warren, whose two-year-old filly Flyer ($4.40) won the Group 3 David Coles AM Stakes (1200m).
Having her sixth start, the Exceedance filly came from midfield under Craig Williams to beat $3.40 favourite Karavas.
Blake Shinn shared the honours with Kah, notching a double on the last day of the Adelaide carnival.  
Shinn opened his account on Sea What I See ($1.70 favourite) in the listed Centaurea Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 2019 metres.
Prepared at the Barwon Heads stable of Danny O’Brien, Sea What I See was in the first three throughout to remain unbeaten from six starts this campaign.
Shinn finished the carnival off on a high when he guided Pure Paradise ($5) to a win in a benchmark 68 over 1200 metres for the Cranbourne stable of Lloyd Kennewell and Lucy Yeomans.
Lachie caps his carnival
Lachlan Neindorf finished a memorable carnival on a high when he rode En Francais ($17) to victory in the newly rebranded Group 3 Cummings Stakes over 1600 metres.
Trained by Jake Stephens at Victor Harbor and second up from a spell, En Francais came from last with a strong run late under Neindorf, who’d scored his first Group 1 win a fortnight earlier on Climbing Star in the Sangster Stakes.
Positivity pleases punters
Kiwi filly Positivity repaid her backers’ faith with victory in last Saturday’s Group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m).
The Andrew Forsman-trained Almanzor filly had been second in the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks over 2400 metres in March, then finished ninth when dropping to 2000 metres for last months Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.
The rise to 2500 metres was the key last Saturday, and Positivity was backed from $2.70 to start the $2.30 favourite.
She gave her backers little cause for concern, cruising up from behinf midfield for a comfortable 1¾-length win under Damian Lane.
A gem from Jerilderie
Condolences to the Sweeney family following the death of Morphettville trainer Ken Sweeney last week. Hailing from Jerilderie in southern NSW, Sweeney was a successful trainer for several decades, with arguably his best horse being nine-time stakes winner Riziz. 

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