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Kayla a big winner – in more ways than one

KAYLA Crowther capped another big week in her career winning Saturday’s $102,250 Birthday Cup at Morphettville aboard Declares War for Victorian horseman Matt Cumani.

Crowther claimed a second Dux of the SA Apprentice Academy on Monday night and was scheduled to ride in Melbourne on Saturday, but the uncertainty surround any potential quarantine issues saw her stay in Adelaide and land the pick-up ride.

And while it was another Black-Type feature, Crowther’s biggest success may have come at Naracoorte on Sunday.

While she only won a Benchmark 58 race aboard Saduka for Daryl Dodson, it was what she did following her win that had social media talking.

After her post race duties were completed, Crowther was quick to get around to young fan Cheyenne and pass on her riding goggles and a hug.

“Apparently Cheyenne was talking all day about wanting to be a jockey. Some way to ignite the passion,” Crowther tweeted.

IT was a breakout day for talented young rider Ben Price at Naracoorte.

Price landed his first riding treble and took hope the Mini Jumbuk Naracoorte Cup aboard Von Costa Glass for Sue Jason Jaensch.

Despite the race being left with just four runners, just 2.2 lengths separated the field on the line with Von Costa Glass recording his 11th career win for more than $340,000 in prizemoney.

The pair made amends for a last-start defeat at Bordertown and Price was determined to not let that happen again, putting the horse into the race a long way out before his class carried him to victory.

“I rode him last start and things didn’t quite go to plan,” Price said post race

“Last start I got going too late, this start I thought I got going too early, but he’s got a class edge on those.

“I was panicking being four deep coming into it. I can’t thank Sue and Jason enough.”

AND in Tasmania on Sunday Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s Classic Weiwei put himself into contention for a possible Adelaide Cup start running second behind Double You Tee in the $250,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup.

The six-year-old winner, who started his career in Tasmania with Jon Blacker, was heavily backed after opening $6 to run a $2.90 favourite before safely holding the South Australian with Melbourne Cup-winning rider Jye McNeil in the saddle.

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