Despite carrying 61 kilograms and drawing an outside gate, Spalding Cove scored his third win in a row at the races on Friday.
The Darryl Carrison-trained four-year-old jumped straight to the front and won by two-and-a-half lengths. He will relish the weight drop when stepping up to open grade.
Race 1 Three-Year-Old Maiden
The Gawler-trained Geronimo's Run ($2.50 fav) wore down a gallant Kid Me in an on pace dominated race. Invincible Sushi ran third.
Race 2 Maiden 1210m
The Engineer had the gun run third from the fence then got the saloon run through on the fence on the home turn not having to go around a horse. Danoxie made late ground to grab second.
Race 3 Benchmark 80 1750m
Staying ranks look thin at present in the district. The Simon Drewitt-trained Revengeful ($3) lead the field and controlled the race making it a sprint home in the small field. All runners made some ground late but the time told the story - more than three seconds slower than the benchark 56.
Race 4 Benchmark 56 1750m
Artful Monty ($10) scored a deserved win for Julie Branford. Although doing his usual trick of laying in he was sufficiently clear of the field and looked the winner a long way out. Ash Road made late ground to fill the quinella position.
Race 5 Benchmark 60 1210m
Dazzling Lilly ($5.50) continued her recent good form for Jacki Stoetzer. Bengal Tiger an Mindstorms added value to the exotics filling the placings.
Race 6 Benchmark 80 1210m
Hard At It ($5)was ridden aggressively, settling on the speed and although looking under pressure on the turn he respond late to hold an even bunch in a blanket finish.
Benchmark 56 1000m
Nippy Lippy set a good tempo in front but Last Dip ($5.50) was produced with a well-timed run from midfield to win.
Ceduna Cup meeting this Saturday with the next Port Lincoln meet on January 20.