Saturday 14 May 2022
The fence was definitely inferior ground throughout the meeting, with most
winners coming from wider than 6-7 horses off the fence. Inside draws were at a
Not sure there is a lot for punters to take out of this meeting as the track
deteriorated throughout the meeting.
Anyone who thinks William Pike is not up to contesting it with the top riders in
the Eastern states, then just watch him guide Written Beauty home to victory, a
ride of which to be very proud. Pike is as good any jockey, better than most.
A magnificent finish to the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, with Mazu, Paulele and
Entriviere hitting the line in unison. Mazu hit the front a long way from home,
looked gone several times in the straight, however kept fighting when Paulele
appeared to have his measure to go on to win narrowly. Entriviere would have
beaten both in another 25 metres. Daylight was forth. A big congratulations to
Sam Clipperton, who rides as well as most jockeys without getting the
opportunities he richly deserves, on winning only his third Group 1 race.
The $1.2m colt Doull looked most impressive winning the first race at his debut. It
would be a big surprise if he doesn’t go on and win at Group level.
Point Nepean drifted in the betting yet put up a phenomenal performance to win
the Andrew Ramsden and gain a start in the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday
this November. Deep all the way, took off before the 800m mark, and just kept
going to hold off all the challengers. Absolutely amazing.
Patrick Moloney copped a thirteen week suspension for his winning ride on
Hezashocker after causing severe interference around the home turn affecting
three other other runners. Didn’t look good, nevertheless those who got a piece
of the $60 plus on the winner were not perturbed.
Heavy 8/9 track despite an upgrade mid meeting, so difficult to take a lot from
the meeting with most winners coming well off the fence.
Look at the prices of the winners, only three of the ten winners were not double
figure odds, which shows punters the track caused plenty of issues for the fancied
In Secret looked very impressive remaining unbeaten to win the Luskin Star. She
might go to Brisbane now and have a good chance in black type races there.
We have said it before, very sure we will say it again, Barend Vorster simply
outrides the other jockeys in South Australia. The South African did again to win
the Sires Produce brilliantly on Twin Falls for the McEvoy camp. The other thing
punters can take from the win is when the money is on, the Vorster/McEvoy
combination is very hard to beat.
Illation overcame some acute difficulties to remain unbeaten in winning the
Adelaide Guineas. Back and on the fence on a track favouring on pacers, Mark
Zahra didn’t panic, got clear on straightening, and the promising colt was far too
good for his rivals.
A Group 1 ride by Mark Zahra to get Jungle Magnate home in the Group 1 SA
Derby. Ride won the race when the two more favoured runners were well back
and striking trouble, while that was happening Zahra was off and gone with the