Zalmona: a local connection

Well-known Gawler identities John Martin and Stephen Officer are among the owners of Zalmona, a strong winner of the Coopers Class Two Handicap (1208m).

Martin, has been a prominent owner for many years and is the son of the late Jim Martin, a longtime Clerk Of The Course at South Australian racecourses, and Gawler resident.

Officer was an outstanding junior footballer with South Gawler before being recruited by South Melbourne in the old VFL competition.

He now lives back in South Australia at Glenelg.

Also in the ownership are Gail, Officer’s wife and sister of John Martin plus Laura Reed, Martin’s partner.

Zalmona ($6.5), trained by Peter Blanch at Morphettville, came with a strong run for jockey Paul Gatt to score a one-and-a-half length win from Lady Alcatraz ($2.8) with favourite Just A Bigger Dash ($2), a neck away third.

Gatt was very impressed by the four-year- old’s win and suggested to connections the gelding be taken back to the city for a suitable race.

Sagaab capped a big 24 hours for young Morphettville trainer Travis Doudle by taking out the Brendan Howard Memorial Cup (1712m).

Doudle scored with Lord Topper at Morphettville Parks a day earlier and was delighted with the victory by Sagaab.

“He’s a big, strong horse that can carry weight and he was perfectly suited today with the horses running on.

A $4.60 chance, Sagaab scored a length win from Art Music ($9) with Jocks Glen, a heavily backed $2.50 favourite, a short half head away third.

Doudle said the five-year- old was in good form and he would look for a suitable race in the city.

Sagaab was formerly trained in Victoria by Todd Balfour but on his recommendation, was sent to Doudle about six months ago and has now won three races for him.

Balfour was on course today to celebrate the win.

Former Virginia publican Greg Campbell looks to have a promising galloper called Outinthestreet, an impressive winner of the Goldin Farms Benchmark 60 Handicap (1108m).

A $10 chance, Outinthestreet, ridden by apprentice Kayla Crowther charged home to score a three-quarter length win from Trueno ($3.70 equal favourite) with Master Black ($17), a length away third.

Campbell, who bred the four-year- old, was a delighted on-course spectator, along with his wife Joanne, also a part-owner.

“We missed seeing him win his maiden,” Campbell said, “we were on the first day of a cruise.

“Today has been fantastic.”

Trainer David Jolly, from Goolwa, believes Outinthestreet has a good future.

“I believe he can win a good race in town,” Jolly said.

“When he won his maiden, I think he got to the front too soon, so I told Kayla to ride him cold today and come late.”

The apprentice followed instructions to the letter as Outinthestreet was midfield half way up the straight but sprinted powerfully to win leaving rival jockeys asking, “where did he come from?”.