The second Saturday metro race
meeting held at Gawler this year and it was the first time I had been
back to the track since it was rebuilt several years ago. Car
parking is close to the public viewing area (overlooks the winning post)
and the mounting yard is perfectly placed to see and walk to the horse
area and to see the general displays in both public areas. And you
can find shelter even when sitting outside from the cold winter windy
weather - I was quite happy sitting outside between races even when the
First up was race one a steeplechase to start of the day where Dumosa
settled in front from Nishiazabu then Trenchtown followed by Urban
Explorer then Wai Not P'Roni and Isaiah. Around the home turn on
the first lap and Dumosa lead Nishiazabu then Urban Explorer outside
Trenchtown with Isaiah and Wai Not P'Roni next in a closely packed
field. Little changed to the 800m where Urban Explorer started a
forward move to join Dumosa then Nishiazabu followed by Trenchtown and
Wai Not P'Roni as Isaiah dropped back a little in the wet ground.
By the home turn Dumosa was in front from Urban Explorer as Wai Not
P'Roni started his run around Trenchtown and Nishiazabu then Isaiah.
Over the second last Urban Explorer out jumped Dumosa with a gap back to
Wai Not P'Roni as Isaiah made ground to join Nishiazabu and Trenchtown.
Dumosa found back again on the flat but Urban Explorer joined him again
over the last with a gap to Wai Not P'Roni. In the run to the line
Urban Explorer proved the strongest to win by just under a length with
Wai Not P'Roni third then Trenchtown just grabbing fourth from
Nishiazabu and Isaiah. After 16 starts over the hurdles for 6 wins
and 5 placings it was Urban Explorer first start over the bigger
The hurdle followed where Zataglio settled in front from No Song No
Supper then Compelled followed by Baklava Boy then Bold Zamour followed
Flying Tap who had been slowly away. After the third
jump No Song No Supper and Zataglio shared the lead from Baklava Boy
then Compelled followed by Bold Zamour then Flying Tap. As the
field went to the home turn on the first occasion Flying Tap circled the
field to take the lead from No Song No Supper then Zataglio followed by
Baklava Boy then Compelled and Bold Zamour. Over the 6th jump
Zataglio and Flying Tap shared the lead from Baklava Boy and No Song No
Supper with Bold Zamour and Compelled at the back of the field.
Into the back straight Flyng Tap was a clear leader from Zataglio then
No Song No Supper with Baklava Boy next ahead of Bold Zamour then
Compelled. By the 1000m No Song No Supper tried to take a run
between the leaders but briefly lost ground as Zataglio hit the front
from Flying Tap as Baklava Boy started to creep closer with Bold Zamour
and Compelled. As they went to the home turn Flying Tap had joined
Zataglio in front again as No Song No Supper went up on the outside with
Baklava Boy starting to run on with Bold Zamour and Compelled closing as
well. Coming to the second last fence it was nearly a line of six
as No Song No Supper hit the front with Baklava Boy challenging from
Flying Tap and Zataglio with Bold Zamour and Compelled moving out wider
to make their runs. Over the last it was between No Song No
Supper and Baklava Boy from Zataglio and it briefly looked like Baklava
Boy was finishing the stronger but No Song No Supper made the clearer
jump and fought back strongly to hold the lead and win from Baklava Boy
with Zataglio third from Compelled then Bold Zamour and Flying Tap.
It was No Song No Supper's 7th start over the jumps for 4 wins and 3
The third race was the 2yo event where Jacksay finished hard in the
final stages to run down One for One with Burst Away third. And
then the weather came in with heavy rain turning to two short bouts of
hail and the temperature dropped noticably once the rain/hail cleared.
In the fourth race the imported 3yo Thing of Nothing made it a race to
race double for the Tony McEvoy stable while topweight Sir Laszlo was
too strong in the next winning from King Cadel and Milkwood.
Get Pronto won by a nose and then withstood a protest to win the next
race from Grancabrio while Brimming finished too strongly for Most
Husbands to win the 7th race. Daytona Grey defeated Justify
That and King's Pardon in the Open Hcp before Daydream Charlie has only
his second start after nearly two years away was too good in the last
winning from Saturday Affair and On A Dream.