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Apprentices steal the show in SA

South Australia’s apprentice ranks stole the show on Saturday with a dominating day. 

Led by Stacey Metcalfe, who landed a metropolitan treble, the next generation of riding talent produced nine winners across the two meetings at Gawler and Kangaroo Island. 

Metcalfe celebrated a steady build since making SA home with a day out at Gawler. 

She started her winning ways with Hankstar, who made it two wins on the trot in the time-honoured Bung Fritz Cup, before she got Rock Hard home at a price for Byron Cozamanis. 

Her third winner came with May Be Fate for veteran horseman Jim Smith. 

Jacob Opperman made it two city victories in two weeks, combining with leading horseman Michael Hickmott and Cotillion to score, Sophie Logan was successful aboard Damascus Moment for Peter Hardacre, while Scarlet So won the last of the day aboard Issara for Jon O’Connor. 

Anna Livesey had her first winner in the saddle at Kangaroo Island, winning aboard Caldwell for the Frew stable before making it a day to remember with her second success coming with Marymount Lass, who bolted in by four lengths. 

Ben Price was also successful at Kangaroo Island, while former local Alice Lindsay chimed in for a Kingscote double. 

Nicole Bruggerman took training honours at Kingscote with a double, producing the quinella in both races, while Splash Some Cash looks on track for another Kangaroo Island Cup tilt with an impressive 4.8-length win. 

SA’s success also stretched to Melbourne, with trainer Will Clarken’s decision to take former Kiwi Second Slip over the border second-up proving perfect placement at Sandown. 

Second Slip was given a perfect ride and a glowing endorsement from star jockey Jamie Kah. 

“He’s a very nice horse,” Kah said post-race. 

“He’s very big and raw, he didn’t know what he was doing. He’s probably better ridden a bit further back but at the minute he’s probably a bit aggressive to do that. 

“There’s lot of upside. Once the penny drops he’s going to be a very nice horse going forward.” 

And leading trainer Archie Alexander signalled there could be Adelaide Cup intentions for Mosh Music. 

A week after Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s Coolth booked his path to the 3200m feature via an impressive Flemington win, Mosh Music defeated Double You Tee over the 2400m. 

IMAGE: Apprentice Stacey Metcalfe after winning on Hankstar on Saturday. It was the first leg of a treble for Metcalfe. 


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