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Easter Weekend Wrap: Stokes claims another Stakes, Second To Nun is back

The Phillip Stokes stable’s impressive season in South Australia continued at Oakbank on Easter Saturday when Celsius Star claimed the Listed Hills Railway Stakes.

Given a perfect ride by Lachlan Neindorf, Celsius Star denied Lonrodex an upset win in the 1100m to give the stable their 24th city winner for the season to trail only Richard and Chantelle Jolly and the Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea stables who lead the premiership with 28 wins a piece.

Likewise Second To Nun’s brilliant season in combination with Rochelle Milnes continued when they claimed The Vintage, the fifth win from their past seven starts, the second leg of a training double after Pure Bliss scored early in the day.

Michael Hickmott’s Oath Of Omerta grabbed a last stride win in the Onkaparinga Cup (2150m), the second leg of a race to race double after Alpine Flyer scored an impressive first-up victory in the Queen Of The Hills over 1400m.

Hickmott shared training honours with the Darryl Dodson stable who also claimed a race to race double with Apache Gunship and Badonkidonk while Richard and Chantelle Jolly produced a quinella early in the day when Great Maximus proved too good for Oakland Raider.

At Penola on Sunday Prince Jofra claimed the Penola Cup with Rochelle Milnes in the saddle while John Kissick landed his first win since making the move to South Australia when El Salto scored earlier in the day.

Back at Oakbank on Monday, the Grant Young-trained Wolf Prince scored the biggest win of the weekend when he spaced rivals to win by 10 lengths with Jason Holder in the saddle.

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