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Pannell's premiership push continues

Todd Pannell stamped his authority on the Adelaide Jockeys Premiership with a treble at Murray Bridge on Saturday.

Pannell started the day in style with a seven length win aboard Bleriot before finishing the day strongly with wins on Too Good Too Hard and Great Diviner.

South Australia's top jockey has his sights on a second successive Premiership and his 1000th career victory after two trebles in the space of four days.

Pannell now shares the lead on the metropolitan premiership with Jessica Eaton while holding a commanding buffer on the SA title.

"We've levelled up now in the Premiership,'' Pannell said

"Hopefully we can keep them ticking over,'' he said.

Pannell needs just eight wins to surpass last year's tally of 65 city winners.

In contrast Eaton's impressive season has stalled with just two winners from her past 50 rides following a fall in the Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville at the beginning of May.

With the jockey's title tied at the top, the SA Trainers Premiership is also going down to the wire with just three wins separating leader Michael Hickmott (34), the Phillip Stokes stable (33) and Tony and Calvin McEvoy (31).

And a double with Bleriot and Great Diviner for Will Clarken at Murray Bridge has him finishing the season strongly just seven winners away.

Clarken has produced four winners (and seven placegetters) from just 16 runners in June.

Meanwhile, Dennis O'Leary claimed Sunday's Port Augusta Cup with Rex Goliath denying Fulton Street a third successive feature.

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