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Apprentice making waves in SA sojourn

VICTORIAN apprentice Jessica Eaton continues to make waves in South Australia.

It’s been a big four weeks for the talented rider, claiming her first feature race in last month’s Lightning Stakes aboard Parlophone for former boss Mick Price before her first riding treble at Morphettville on Saturday.

Eaton was successful aboard Von Saga, Aadelad and Cannot Be Serios for boss Michael Hickmott.

The Murray Bridge horseman is enjoying a good start to the season, with the stable striking at 44 per cent runners to winners in an exciting period following his recent purchase of the Lakewood Stud property at Wellington.

Hickmott said Cannot Be Serios was an honest horse who benefited from a brilliant tactical ride by Eaton. The Young apprentice elected to keep the horse off the fence in better going before they powered away from rivals to score a 2.3-length win.

“He’s limited but he puts in,’’ Hickmott said.

“It was a really mature ride, (Eaton) is a great asset to my team”

Fellow apprentice Sophie Logan continued her progression with a double aboard the Sue and Jason Jaensch-trained Von Costa Glass and fellow South-East galloper Muntham Missile.

Meanwhile the early part of the day was dominated by two impressive debuts.

Phillip Stokes’ Shojiki was dominant after covering ground before Pimm’s Party scored an impressive three-length win for the Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas stable.

“We did expect her to run well,’’ Macdonald said.

Shojiki was the first of a double for the Stokes stable, with Jacobite Prince winning the last.




Slow to jump before driving up behind horses and really found the line strongly behind a smart one in Shojiki


Followed the fence and was making good ground before she was almost put through the fence in the home straight. Will improve sharply on her debut.


Looks about ready to fire after two runs back from a spell. Was beaten 3.5 lengths behind Von Costa Glass but will really appreciate getting out in distance.

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