It’s Cup time

The 2017 Holdfast Insurance Brokers Gawler Cup meeting will be staged on Sunday, October 29.

Shane Collins, chief executive, said the club still had packages available, from $49, for the meeting.

The GBJC held the lead up meeting on Wednesday with ‘four seasons’ in one day.

Steady rain fell for just over an hour during the meeting which saw the track rating, a good three before the meeting, have a soft five for race one and gradually downgraded to a heavy eight by the final event.

The trainer – jockey combination of Tony McEvoy and Jamie Kah continued their winning run when hot favourite Rockarral took out the Gawler South Bakery Distance Maiden (2100m).

Fresh from a city treble last Saturday, McEvoy, who is based at Angaston, and Kah had no worries with favourite Rockarral ($1.35) which scored by one-and-three-quarter lengths from Dancing Journey ($4.60) with Puradeanie ($9), two lengths away third.

Kah had the favourite settled on settling before going to the front about 600 metres from home and holding off any challengers.

Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy said the winner had done a great job.

“He’s been immature mentally and that is why it took some time to get him to the races,” McEvoy said.

“To be left in front so far out today was not ideal but he was still good enough to win. I think we will look for a suitable staying race in town for him on a spacious track.”

Gawler-trained Spiegel Grove proved a long-priced popular result with victory in the 2017 Gawler Cup Sunday Oct 29 Benchmark 56 Handicap (1700m).

Specked from $17 into $12, Spiegel Grove, trained by Darren Magro, scored a three-quarter length win from Sweet Schilly ($4.60) with Samstag ($21), two-and-three-quarter lengths away third.

Magro was not surprised but relieved with the five-year- old’s win.

“Today was a bit of a D-day,” he said. “He has had a few runs over shorter distances and was at a fitness where today’s run was a chance to find his best form.

“As a three-year- old I thought he might have been a Derby horse but things went wrong and he had hoof issues.

“I thought he was ready to find some form and the win prove me right.”

Spiegel Grove was ridden by Todd Pannell who had the gelding up on the speed and took him to the lead turning for home.

The runner-up sprinted up quickly to challenge but Spiegel Grove was in for the fight and responded to win well.

Trainer Ryan Balfour gave out a tip following the win of Bwuva in the Treasury Wine Estate Benchmark 60 Handicap (1100m).

“That is not the last win for this bloke,” Balfour said.

Backed from $3.70 into $2.90 favourite, Bwuva, ridden by Simon Price, ran home strongly to score a length win from pacemaker Ladwell ($3) with My Snip ($6), two lengths away third.

“We had him in at Moonee Valley last Friday night but he didn’t get a run so I thought it was a big drop back to today’s race.

“He’ll go to town now and I’m sure he will be competitive.

“I paid just $6000 for him and am having a lot of fun.”

Balfour said he spent Bwuva for a break at Willow Grove Stud, where he was bred, and the four-year-old had come back in great condition and had definitely stepped up a level this preparation.