Cornerstone Stud at Angaston is enjoying a great run of success with resident stallion Ambidexter.
On Saturday, August 25, at Morphettville, Ambidexter sired the last three winners at the meeting and continued at Gawler on Wednesday when Ambishop scored.
Run by Sam Hayes, Cornerstone Stud has been building a wonderful reputation with its stallions and Ambidexter is attracting Australia-wide interest with his string of winners.
At Gawler, Ambishop charged down the outside rail to win the Barossa Volkswagen Maiden (1518m).
Ambishop was bred by part-owner Ian Millen, of Gawler, out of his former good mare Belle Paris, a winner of her first three starts but which had her career cut short by injury.
The winner is raced by Millen in partnership with Tanya Antoun, Bill Johnson, Garry Martin and the trainer Gary Searle.
A $4.80 chance, Ambishop, ridden by Emily Finnegan, came from near last along the outside fence to score by a neck from Waikato Express ($3.6) with Glamaroo ($13), 2-1/4 lengths away third.
Waikato Express, which had been backed in from as much as $12, led and kicked away early in the home straight and was being hailed the winner but Ambishop charged home out wide to grab victory in the shadows of the post.
Searle said the winner had issues earlier in her career but hoped the mare had turned the corner.
“Everything has been good this preparation and I’m hoping she can keep improving,” Searle said.
“In time I would like to hope she could pick up a race in town.”
Talented mare Galcrum turned in a last-to-first effort to win the Gawler South Bakery Benchmark 56 Handicap (1100m) for Gawler owner-trainer Daryl Reynolds.
Solid in the market at $5, Galcrum, ridden by Jeff Maund, stormed home to score by a length from Cool Maverick ($3.10 fav) with Prickles ($21), 1-1/4 lengths away third.
Reynolds said he had been confident of victory after sprinting the mare up three times down the Gawler straight in trackwork.
“I gave her a bit of a break after her last start on July 29, and she came back into training ready to race,” Reynolds said.
“I ride her trackwork and knew she was spot on for today.”
Reynolds loves talking to his horses and said he had psyched her up for today.
“I told her to wait to the straight and sprint home and that is what she did.”
Part-owner Mary Stokes was overjoyed with the win of L’Amarybelle in the BBQ Volunteers Appreciation Benchmark 60 Handicap (1518m).
Husband Ron, the six-year-old mare’s trainer, was on his way to Birdsville so Mrs Stokes was left to make sure the mare got to the races.
“Ron would still be a few hours out of Birdsville, so he won’t know she has won for a few hours yet,” Mrs Stokes said.
Ridden by Dylan Caboche, L’Amarybelle ($5) came down the outside fence to score by a neck from Amber Alert ($17) with Holy Trilogey ($17), 2-3/4 lengths away third.
Today’s win was the mare’s third from five runs at the track and trip.
“She loves it here and goes really well for Dylan,” Mrs Stokes said.
Caboche was aboard L’Amarybelle when she won at Gawler back in June.
The mare now has won five races from just 22 starts and earned $80,000 in stakes.