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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

7 September 2013

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.

 The 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.

In the 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 Hurdle 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 placings.

 The 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.

 In 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. 


Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5

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