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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

9 August 2014


 Grand National Steeplechase marks the end of the main jumps racing season with only Irish Jumps Challenge on Aug 30 to go (where a team of Irish jockeys take on the locals in the 39th renewal of the rivalry).

In race 1 it was the promising Miss Wynette trained by Tony McEvoy winning from Enduro with Chondra third. 

The Grand National Steeplechase was next with established performers Kirribilli Gold (winner of the Australian Hurdle in 2012), Cat's Fun (winner of the Perth Cup before moving to a career over the jumps where he has had 26 Starts for 5 wins and 11 placings including a win in the 2013 Brierly Steeplechase and being runner up in the same race this year), King Triton (who won a number of races over the Hurdles at Morphettville in the past before switching to steeplechasing and winning at Oakbank earlier this year) plus Redevelop and Red Eye Special who have only just moved up to the bigger fences. Groenenboom led King Triton over the first jump followed by Cat's Fun then Redevelop.  Into the straight on the first occasion it was Groenenboom ahead of Red Eye Special then King Triton followed by Cat's Fun outside Redevelop then Knocka Norris with the mare Kirribilli Gold next and Maldives outside Big Jam at the rear.  Little changed in the order as the race was run at an even tempo until the the field approached the fourth last where Groenenboom led from Red Eye Special  and King Triton who were starting their runs as Knocka Norris make ground around the field from Redevelop and Cat's Fun.  AS they approached the home turn King Triton was in front with Knocka Norris and Red Eye Special putting in their claims from Groenenboom who started to tire alongside Cat's Fun, Redevelop and Kirribilli Gold.  As the front runners put in magnificent leaps at the second last there was nothing between King Triton and Red Eye Special with Kirribilli Gold running on along the fence with Redevelop out wider then Knocka Norris who was starting to tire then Cat's Fun.  King Triton started to draw ahead on the flat then outjumped Red Eye Special at the last as Redevelop moved to third ahead of Kirribilli Gold.  IN the run to the line Red Eye Special tried very hard to run down the leader but King Triton had too much in reserve to win with Redevelop a closing third, Kirribilli Gold fourth and Cat's Fun fifth.  Cat's Fun's retirement was announced after the race with his full record of 74 starts 12 wins and 17 placings with over a million dollars in prizemoney.

Albonetti by Ustinov took out the third race while the promising Light It Up defeated Sandhill Warrior in the next.  As the rain started to fall Little Akie was too good in the next with Deiheros successful in the 3yo event.  St Gabriel made it a double for the Ryan Balfour stable in the seventh race while the final race went to White Roe.


Race 1
Race 2 - SA Grand National Steeplechase
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5

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