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SA horses shine at Flemington on Cup week

Promising filly Karavas completed a successful week for South Australian horses at Flemington with her win in the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes on Thursday.

It was the second win in three years in the feature for the Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable and capped a massive six days in the saddle for Jake Toeroek.

The lethal combination claimed last weekend’s Listed John Letts Cup at Morphettville with Pudding, one of two winners for the leading rider on the day, Toeroek’s third win in succession in the race.

They followed up with four winners at Morphettville on Melbourne Cup Day, the leading rider grabbing a fifth win with Sabermetric.

That form flowed to Flemington where Karavas stamped herself as a filly with a bright future dominating down the straight to make it two wins from as many starts.

“She’s a real athletic filly, well-muscled. She always looked like she’d go early,” Richard Jolly said.

“She had the benefit of that run at Murray Bridge.

“People disregard our form a bit, good on them, she started good odds,’’ he said.

Jolly said unlike their previous Ottawa winner See You In Heaven, Karavas was a filly who would be best suited over the short course.

“This girl is more precocious,’’ Jolly said.

“I feel this filly is going to be a sheer sprinting type.

“We can put her away now and aim at some nice races in the autumn,’’ he said.

Karavas’ win followed on from a big Melbourne Cup Day where Travis Doudle claimed the Schweppervescence Plate over 1000m with Damien Oliver riding, while Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivray’s The Map scored an impressive win in the 2800m race with Jamie Kah in the saddle.

“By far and away the biggest thrill of my training career,’’ MacGillivray said.

“The Map is a very special to us,’’ she said.

Jamie Kah said it was a thrill to reunite with a stable who had been so crucial in her career in the early days.

“Riding a winner on Melbourne Cup Day is awesome, but (winning) for them it felt like winning a Melbourne Cup,’’ Kah said.

“I was always excited to ride this horse.

“The feel she gave was fantastic,’’ she said.

The hot SA form didn't stop there with the Michael Hickmott trained, Fancify, finishing 2nd in the Three-Years-Old and Four-Years-Old, Fillies and Mares Race on Oaks Day while Kristi Evans trained, Platinum Wolf, ran a great race to finish 3rd in the Greys race on Cup day. 

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