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Premiership race continues into final fortnight

The Adelaide Metro Jockey Premiership is all square with just two meetings remaining.

A treble to reigning John Letts Medallist Todd Pannell at Morphettville on Saturday has him tied at the top with Jessica Eaton on 62 winners for the 2020-21, three behind his tally of last season.

Pannell kicked off his day in style with an effortless win aboard Dominus for the Phillip Stokes stable, combined with Victorian raider Nudge Bar before another polished performance by Great Diviner who pulled out plenty to hold off Zoist in the final race on the card.

Victory in the Listed Oaklands Plate saw the Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable draw within three wins of Michael Hickmott in the race for the Adelaide Trainer’s Title.

It was an impressive victory by the exciting Mac ‘N’ Cheese who has enormous talent but needs to mend her manners if she’s going to be competitive in some spring features according to Tony McEvoy.

“She’s hairy to watch,’’ McEvoy said.

“I’d like to see her later in spring, but we’ve got some work to do, she’s a great talent,’’ he said.

Despite having poured plenty of work into her barrier manners leading into the feature, Mac ’N’ Cheese was again slow to leave the gates, but her class was the key as she got the better of Tonneofgrit to win by two lengths.

“I was really disappointed early, we’ve done a lot of work at the barriers, and she’s been jumping well at home,’’ McEvoy said.

“I was confident she would jump out, sure enough she blew the start, and it was a hard watch. She clearly showed her talent.

“She’s done all the work and Barend summed that race up very good. He went early, come around them and was able to run the leader.

“I’m sure she can run a mile plus, but we’ve got to get the manners better,’’ he said.

Vorster said the filly took a little fright when the horse drawn her inside jumped awkwardly.

“She’s still got a lot to learn,’’ Vorster said

“I just had to go to Plan B, ride her comfortable, I rode her like a better horse, she’s got great strength,’’ he said.

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