Another wonderful day weather wise
greeted racegoers for the Irish Jumps Challenge day race meeting. The
crowd was a little smaller than last year but with the meeting moved a
week later it clashed with the first Saturday of the Royal Adelaide Show
and was also election day where many in the community dont just vote but
run various stalls at the numerous polling stations. There was still a
good turnout with plenty taking up positions out on the general lawns
down the straight.
first race went to the Hussonet gelding Flying Hussler who defeated
Sahara Symphony who tried hard with Phantom Brew third. From the
Cranbourne stable of S Theodore the 5yo takes his record to 20 starts
for 6 wins and 7 placings.
Steeplechase Bring Them On and Rabbuka shared the lead on settling
from Brainy Boy then Jooli Lad followed by Sanctuary then Mateo and Show
Dancer. Little changed in the straight on the first lap
where Rabbuka led Bring Them on then a gap to Brainy Boy ahead of Jooli
Lad and Mateo then Sanctuary. By the 1800m The leaders came back
to the field where Rabbuka led Brainy Boy and Bring Them ON then Jooli
Lad followed by Sanctuary with Mateo wider on the track. By the
1200m Rabbuka held a narrow lead from Briany Boy then Mateo going up
wide in the packing field from Jooli Lad. Over the third last
Rabbuka started to gain on the opposition headed by Brainy Boy then
Mateo followed by Jooli Lad then Show Dancer who soon after dipped
behind and unseated his Irish jockey. Over the last two jumps
Rabbuka came away again to win from Brainy Boy with Jooli Lad third.
Both horse and rider were fine and at the end of the competition the
Irish took out the challenge from the Australian riders.
The 3yos lined up for
race 3 where Hucklebuck stormed home to defeat Baligari with Gamblin
Guru third. From the P Stokes stable Hucklebuck is by Elvstroem and
took his record to two starts for two wins.
An eight horse field lined up for the
final race of the jumping season in South Australia with the Irish
challenge a close fought affair while also on the line was the Over the
Rainbow jumping series with King Triton needing to win to grab the horse
title from local Dumosa who is now spelling. Scotland the Brave went to
the early lead from a line of three with King Triton outside Singersongwriter and Medician Planet with a break to King of Africa then
Encosta Rica Affinis and Take Out. Little changed into the straight the
first time where Scotland the Brave led clearly from Medicean Planet
with both jumping impressively at debut then Singersongwriter and King
of Africa with King Triton out wider. Heading along the back Scotland
the Brave maintained his lead over Medicean Planet then King of Africa
and Singersongwriter with King Triton next ahead of Encosta Rica.
By the 1200m Scotland the Brave came back to the field a little
from Medicean Planet then Singersongwriter followed by King of Africa
then King Triton. Around the home turn Scotland the Brave was
still well clear as King Triton and Singersongwriter gave chase from
Medicean Planet and King of Africa. On straightening King Triton
hit the front from Scotland the Brave and kicked clear over the second
last with Singersongwriter in third followed by Affinis. In
the run to the line King Triton came away to win easily from Scotland
the Brave with Singersongwriter third just ahead of Take Out who
finished on hard.
The SA jumping season is now finished and has possibly been the safest
on record with the introduction of numerous rules over the last 5 or 6
years to improve safety. There were no falls for the entire 6
months and in fact only one horse and jockey parted company and that was
in the Irish Steeplechase at this meeting where the jockey was unseated
after landing awkwardly. With confidence this aspect of racing is
growing there are more horses and trainers preparing for next year.
In the next Clearly Passionate made it
two wins in the space of 4 days defeating Little Miss Bourke with Magic
Tigress third. Clearly Passionate won a race on Balaklava Cup day at
the midweek meeting and backed up for two in a row at Morphettville.
Trained by G Searle the win was the seconf for the day for J Bowditch
and Clearly Passionate took her record to 32 starts for 5 wins and 9
promising Star of Zena was too good in the next defeating Renegade Arrow
with Value As third. Trained by R Day she takes her record to 6 starts
for 3 wins. The S Theodore stable made it a double in winning the next
with Don't Get Excited who is a very promising horse winning his last 4
races in a row and 6 from 11 overall. His win was also the third on the
day for the sire Elvstroem and he was ridden by Chad Lever.
the last race Sandhill Warrior came away to win easily from Stella Lante
with Beyond Infinity third. Trained by Sam Turner Sandhill Warrior made
it a double for Chad Lever and takes his record to 9 starts for 5 wins
and a second.