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Lightning Stakes Day or Ladies Day?

The girls dominated across two states on Saturday. 

Jamie Kah claimed her fourth Group 1 victory aboard Nature Strip in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington and landed another Melbourne treble while Jessica Eaton put a stranglehold on the Adelaide riders premiership with three winners of her own at Morphettville. 

Eaton how holds an eight-win buffer over Todd Pannell after an armchair ride in the opening race aboard Pariano for the Lindsay Park stable. 

She landed another winner for old boss Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr when River Twain led throughout before winning the last aboard Lord Vladivostok for the Michael Hickmott stable. 

Pannell didn’t walk away winless after producing a perfectly timed run aboard arguably the day’s most impressive winner, Great Diviner, who unleashed a brilliant closing sectional to run down Kungka Maru. 

On debut for Will Clarken, Great Diviner looked in trouble when the leaders skipped away in the straight before he grew wings late to score in the final stride. 

In Melbourne Jamie Kah proved she was the perfect fit for Nature Strip as the pair stalked the speed before booting clear and holding off exciting stablemate September Run in the Lightning Stakes. 

“I just let him do whatever he wanted to do,” Kah said post-race. 

“It was beautiful earlier. Pippie set a nice hot tempo and he actually relaxed and dropped the bit. 

“They’re going to do that when they run that quick but it just set up beautifully for him. He wanted to drift in and roll in a bit late but I didn’t really care. I just let him do what he wanted to do.” 

And Sunday was a day of firsts for the next generation of riding talent, with Angus Chung and Felicity Atkinson both landing their first winners at the Lock non-TAB meeting. 

Chung rode Barb Wire to victory for Port Lincoln horseman Darryl Carrison and Atkinson won aboard Tajavedo. SA’s oldest jockey David Tootell claimed the Lock Cup aboard Dance Of Heroes for Ryan Dawson. 

Meanwhile a suspension for Craig Williams will see Damien Oliver in the saddle aboard Behemoth in next week’s $500,000 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield. 

Todd Pannell was in the mix to be back aboard the dual Group 1 winner but current border closures and uncertainty surround travel saw connections go with Oliver. 


Caption: Jessica Eaton salutes aboard Pariano, the first leg of a treble at Morphettville on Saturday. 


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