The Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club stated an important public message with its Bushfire Ready – Prepare for summer race day on Sunday.
The Barossa, Light and Gawler football and netball premiers, Nuriootpa and Barossa District were honoured with races named after them and a strong representation from the Bulldog netball club enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at the races.
A change of environment is working wonders for Triple Deez a strong winner of the Bushfire Ready – Prepare For Summer Class One Handicap (1208m).
Gawler trainer Darren Magro said he was utilising boxes at the Roseworthy stables of harness racing trainer Toby Ryan for several of his team.
“Triple Deez might only be four but he acts like a much older horse and has appreciated going out to the Roseworthy stables,” Magro said.
The $2.30 favourite, Triple Deez, ridden by Jake Toeroek, scored a 1-1/2 length win from Ultimate Reality ($5.50) with Kodakhan ($2.50), two lengths away third.
Toeroek had the winner sitting on the good speed before asking him to challenge in the run home and the gelding dashed away to win well.
“I’m sure he liked being able to follow the speed,” Toeroek said. “When he hit the front his ears twitched, and I think he was ready to switch off but credit to the horse he kept going.”
Gawler trainer Gary Searle joked this weekend would go down in history.
“People will be talking about the weekend when the three great mares won,” Searle said.
“Yesterday (October 7), it was Lady Silhouette and today Ambishop for the Searle stable, and of course, yesterday was also the day Winx won.”
Searle was still celebrating Lady Silhouette’s win at Morphettville Parks when Ambishop put in a strong staying performance to win the Fri 26 th October Gawler Cup Maiden/Class One Plate (2108m).
Well backed at $3, Ambishop, ridden by Emily Finnegan, ran on strongly from midfield to score a neck win from Karaoke Express ($4.20) with Last One Named ($31), 2-1/4 lengths away third.
Searle said the four-year-old mare, bred by Gawler committeeman Ian Millen, was part-owned by Millen with Tanja Antoun, Bill Johnson, Garry Martin and himself.
“She did a good job today as she had a foot abscess earlier in the week,” Searle said.
“There is a $100,000 stayers final at Morphettville on Melbourne Cup day and that is her goal before a spell.”
Two-state trainer Lloyd Kennewell looks to have a promising stayer in Cosmic Alert, an easy winner of the Congratulations Barossa Districts A Grade Netball Premiers Maiden (1700m).
Solid in the market at $2.60, Cosmic Alert, ridden by Dom Tourneur, raced away to score a 3-¾ length win from Hindley Street ($2.30 fav) with Gourmelin ($4.60), 1-1/2 lengths away third.
Stable foreman Gary Kennewell, the trainer’s father, said he liked the development of the three- year-old filly.
“She ran second here at the previous meeting but got a long way back,” Kennewell said.
“Today, Dom had her a lot closer, trailing the leader, and she really accelerated up the home straight. She is bred to stay, and maybe in time might be an Oaks filly next year if she can run 2400 metres.”
Kennewell said following the win, it was not impossible Cosmic Alert could find her way to son Lloyd’s Caulfield stable.
Kennewell brought up a winning double when Prickles won her second race in a row taking out the Goldin Farms – Akeed Mofeed Benchmark 60 Handicap (1108m).
A well backed $2.40 favourite, Pickles, ridden by Jason Holder scored a three-quarter length victory from Amative ($5.50) with Incubus ($31) a similar margin away third.
Gary Kennewell, the trainer’s father and stable foreman, said the five-year-old mare had been a steady improver since coming into the stable after campaigning in NT. “She just keeps getting better,” he said “I might look for a race in the city for her, or there is a race here on Cup day, October 27.”