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Opperman leads the way as apprentices shine

Jacob Opperman stole the show at Morphettville on Saturday with five winners on the nine race card.

Opperman, 17, scored aboard Royal Obsession early in the day for Leon and Troy Corstens, Jaguary (Travis Doudle), Icecrusher (Shayne Cahill), Imperial Hilton for Patrick Payne and Greetings Ned (Dennis O’Leary) to place himself seventh on the Adelaide Jockeys Premiership and slashing his three kilogram claim back to two in the process.

“I didn’t expect to win five,’’ Opperman said.

“I knew I had a good book of rides,’’ he said.

Opperman didn’t stop there backing up with a double at Murray Bridge on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sophie Logan won Saturday's opening race aboard Madam Furphy at big odds for Gawler trainer Darren Magro, while Queensland apprentice Madeleine Wishart made a successful trip south, combining with Midnight Storm to win race nine.

Midnight Storm has been a revelation since joining Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas stable, winning three and finishing runner-up in three of his seven starts.

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