SA: Rochelle shines with maiden city treble
By Peter Neall, June 11, 2024 - 12:27 PM

Star apprentice Rochelle Milnes notched a significant milestone on the Parks track at Morphettville last Saturday, riding her first city treble.
Milnes opened her account when Lake’s Folly ($5.50) won the benchmark 78 handicap over 2250 metres for Wellington trainer Michael Hickmott.
Milnes landed the middle leg of her treble when Brave Star ($4.80) came from midfield to win a benchmark 64 over 1400 metres for Phillip Stokes.
Milnes landed her third winner, and 17th city winner of the season, when Morris Minor ($13) took a rails run to win the 1300-metre Class 2 for local trainer Craig Curtis.
Teaming with Gawler-based training partners Darren Magro and Aimee Bush, Milnes rode her fourth winner for the weekend when she steered Star Decorum ($3.60) home in an 1100-metre maiden plate at Port Augusta last Sunday.
Hickmott runs hot
Saturday was a big day for Michael Hickmott, with two winners at Morphettville Parks and one at Flemington.
He landed the first leg of his Morphettville double when second-starter Artillery ($3.90) won a two-year-old maiden plate over 1250 metres. Jessica Eaton was the winning rider.
Fancify took a 1400-metre benchmark 78 for fillies and mares at Flemington before Lake’s Folly completed the Hickmott treble.
Hickmott was again among the winners when Todd Pannell guided Fortis In Armis ($5.50) to victory in the 1700-metre benchmark 58 Barossa Cup at Gawler on Monday.
New leaders
Sellicks Hill training partners Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea took a one-win lead on the Adelaide premiership table when Sweet Baby Boom ($3.30) took out the benchmark 78 handicap over 1250 metres at the Parks meeting.
Sweet Baby Boom, having her third start for Clarken and O’Shea since crossing from Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott in Sydney, came from two off the pace under Kayla Crowther to score by a length and three-quarters.
Port pair for Lynch
Garret Lynch took the training honours at Port Augusta last Friday with a treble led by Lunar Solar ($14) in the Port Augusta Flying Doctor Cup, a benchmark 64 over 1200 metres.
Lynch made it a race-to-race double when Berkinson ($3.80) won in 0-52 company over 1200 metres.
Tala Hutchinson rode both those horses, while her fellow apprentice Caitlin Tootell was aboard Lynch’s earlier winner, Devine Assassin ($9) in 0-52 grade over 1498 metres.
Hutchinson was again in the winner’s circle at Gawler on Monday with a double. Her winners were Military Press ($21) for Lynch and the Andrew Clarken-trained Magic Field ($3.70).
Dom Tourneur shared the honours with Hutchinson at Gawler, winning on the Peter and Belinda Blanch-trained Mist the Deadline ($2.35 favourite) and the Gordon Richards and Damien Moyle-prepared Monseagle ($3.80 favourite).
Suspect survives inquiry
Jack Hill overcame a protest to take the riding honours with a double at Mount Gambier on Wednesday.
He landed his first winner on the Peter Hardacre-trained Imposing Suspect ($3.40 favourite) in the benchmark 62 handicap over 2075 metres. Jacob Opperman, on Michael O’Leary-trained runner-up Four Outlaws, fired in an objection but the stewards dismissed it.
Hill’s second winner was the Daniel Bowman prepared Miso ($3.80) in a benchmark 68 over 1213 metres.

Moore on the move
Briony Moore, master of the apprentice academy in Adelaide for the past few years, is shifting to Queensland, where she will take up a similar role starting on July 1.


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