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Morphettville Races - Pictorial Report

24 August 2013

National Jockeys day was celebrated at the Penny Edition Stakes meeting at Morphettville.  The opening event attracted a small but select field of 3yos where Eclair Big Bang was expected to make a winning return after an impressive barrier trial behind Miracles of Life.  However Pistolier went forward and in the straight kicked clear as Eclair Big Bang and first starter Baligari started to make ground.  Pistolier fought back strongly and it was only right on the line that Eclair Big Bang got his nose in front to win with Baligari close up in third with a gap to the rest.  Eclair Big Bang is from the stable of P Stokes and was ridden by D Tourneur who noted that the final 600m sectional was top class for a wet track and Eclair Big Bang's effort in running down the leader to record his second win in as many starts would prove exceptional.

In the staying event 4 of the 7 runners were from Victoria in the end victory went to Picture Editor from M Moroney's Flemington stable.  The imported horse has the padding along his browband to try and encourage a lower head carriage and took his record to 22 starts for 4 wins and 5 placings in defeating Angelology and Rock Musician as Victoria took the trifecta.

The third race on the card saw T O'Donnell make her metropolitan debut as a jockey riding Kingnadim who was unplaced while another Victorian in the Mick Price trained Hunger proved too good running down local Conduction with Spiritof Endeavour third.  Hunger was ridden by Paul Gatt and bounced back to form taking his record to 13 starts for 4 wins and 3 seconds.

The fourth race was the Simone Montgomerie Tribute race and it was an emotional win for jockey Justin Potter who rode Wise and Happy to a clear victory over Heart of a Lion with Our Snippy third.  Locally trained Wise and Happy took his record to 14 starts for 6 wins and 3 placings.

Nimasael was too good in the next storming home to defeat King Club with Barely a Beat third while Nearest to Pin won from Maelstrom with Stella Lante third as the locals dominated the next two races on the card.

It was the McDonald/Gluyas stable and jockey Clare Lindop who then made it two in a row winning the next with Juliet's Princess who defeated King Usain with Gauss third.  Juliet's Princess was bred in America and imported to Australia to race as a late 2yo and has now taken her record to 26 starts for 5 wins and 11 placings.

The Penny Edition Stakes was programmed as the last race on the card so as the light started to fade away the runners lined up for the feature race.  Melbourne mare Kneeling and Spring Stakes winner Just Discreet were expected to go close but it was Golden Penny from the stable of Richard Jolly who proved too good for Kneeling with Our Freed Man third.


Race 1
Race 2
Race 3
Race 4
Race 5
Race 6
Race 7
Race 8 - Penny Edition Stakes

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