Barend Vorster did his best to close the door on rivals in the race for the Adelaide Jockey's Premiership at Murray Bridge on Saturday.
No jockey rides Murray Bridge better than Vorster, who strikes at 24 per cent runners to winners, and he took riding honours with a treble to stretch his lead over Kayla Crowther to 10 in the process.
Voster’s big day started aboard Zou Sensation for the Leon and Troy Corstens’ stable before John Macmillan’s Aiguilette ended its luckless run.
But one of the most satisfying wins came aboard My Ruby home for Wayne Francis and Glen Kent.
My Ruby’s career has come full circle after starting with Finniss Lodge at Strathalbyn as a two-year-old.
She won her first two races at Port Lincoln and Morphettville before running sixth in the Listed Cinderella Stakes which saw her purchased by stable clients of champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
But after five unplaced runs in New South Wales she went to Kevin Corstens in Victoria and was placed just twice. Since then, the the mare was purchased for just $13,000 by a group largely consisting of her original owners. Saturday's win was her first in nearly two and a half years.
Sophie Logan continued her good form in the saddle with another metropolitan double getting Calypso Reign home in a small field in the opening race before Montign scored impressively first-up from a spell for Stuart Padman to make it four wins in succession.
Paul Gatt also had a double to take his metropolitan tally to 20 city wins for the 2022 season.
And the decision by SA apprentices Lizzie Annells and Maggie Collett to seek opportunities in Tasmania on Sundays netted success when Annells landed another winner on the Apple Isle aboard Tavirun in the opening race at Hobart for Siggy Carr.