Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club host twilight meet February 2018

The Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club (G&BJC) has picked up a race meeting for next Wednesday, March 7.

The meeting had been scheduled for Balaklava but has been transferred to Gawler by the state’s controlling body Thoroughbred Racing South Australia.

On Wednesday the club staged a twilight meeting with the first race at 2.30pm and the final event at 7.10pm.

G&BJC CEO Shane Collins said he was pleased with the public response.

“The crowd grew as the afternoon went on and I believe it was a success,” Mr Collins said.

“It was a beautiful day, with some exciting racing and I believe there is a place for twilight meetings.”

Star jumper, Spying On You made a successful return to racing over obstacles with a game win in the Sanders Fodder/Mitavite Benchmark 120 Hurdle (3040m) to open racing.

Ridden by English jockey Rob David, Spying On You ($4.6) scored a two-length win from Cable Bay ($2.7) with Strike The Stars ($6.5), 9-1/4 lengths away third.

The win brought up an unusual treble for the eight-year- old as he had wo his past two runs on the flat prior to today’s hurdle.

Murray Bridge trainer Grant Young was full of praise for the winner.

“He has been a wonderful horse and to carry 71kg today was a big effort,” Young said.

“His ultimate goal this preparation is the Great Eastern Steeple at Oakbank.”

Another horse head to Oakbank is Searaven which gave Oakbank trainer Barry Brook the perfect birthday present with a tough win in the Coopers Session Ale Benchmark 64 Handicap (2100m).

Specked from $19 into $17, Searaven outstayed his rivals to score by a half neck from Antipas ($4.4) with Jocks Glen ($3.8) a long neck away third in an exciting finish. 

Brook said the six-year- old had not had much luck at previous runs.

“I told Sairyn (jockey Sairyn Fawke) to go forward and make the race into a staying test and he did it perfectly,” Brook said.

“He is one-paced but kept finding as the others tried to run him down.”

Searaven has proved a handy jumps performer and will head to races during the Oakbank carnival.

Punters who launched into Two Odd Sox in Benchmark 64 Handicap (1500m) can thank top jockey Jamie Kah for the win.

Backed from $2.50 into $1.80 favourite, Two Odd Sox arrived on the line to score a half neck win from Exalted Traveller ($4.20) with Red Dazzle ($13), a long neck away third.

Trainer Gordon Richards said he had been standing about 200 metres from the finish and had resigned himself to coming home third with the four-year- old.

“I thought Red Dazzle out wide was going to win,” Richards said.

“But Jamie managed to coax my bloke to fight on well enough to grab victory on the line.

“Two Odd Sox is racing well, and I think 1400m-1500m might be his best trip but perhaps he might get 1600m.”

After sitting on the speed, Two Odd Sox moved up to challenge the leader Exalted Traveller in the home straight with Red Dazzle swooping up wide out.

Red Dazzle’s run appeared to finish about 100 metres from the line and Kah lifted Two Odd Sox to a photo-finish win.

Kah brought up a winning double guiding Traffic Maestro to an easy win in the Goldin Farms Benchmark 60 Handicap (1700m).

Well backed as the $2.25 favourite, Traffic Maestro dashed away in the home straight to score by 1-½ lengths from Grand Amarda ($5.50), with Just Live On ($3) and Lizzie Louise ($17) deadheating for third a similar margin away.

Trainer John Macmillan believes the winner can develop into a handy stayer.

“He is still learning about conserving energy to make sure he runs a trip,” Macmillan said.

“He showed the dash over the last 300 metres which can make him a good stayer, we just need him to learn to settle.”

Macmillan said Traffic Maestro would now run in a suitable race at Morphettville on Adelaide Cup day.

“I really think next preparation he will pick up a good middle distance race.”