Artful Rambler ($3 favourite) put in a devastating finish to notch his third win of the season at the Port Lincoln races on Wednesday last week and in doing so took the lead in the Horse Of The Year title.
Getting the gun run behind the leader, Last Dip, the Rocky King-trained 4-year-old shouldered out on the home turn and showed a brilliant turn of foot to blow away the opposition late in the race.
Follow this mare through the grades.
Last Dip tired to miss a place and is probably better ridden with a sit.
Race 1 – Maiden 1000m
Helmara ($2.90), despite looking in trouble on the home turn, found a bit in the home straight to run down favourite Equidant.
This mare has been a challenge to train for Morphetville trainer John Hyam but let’s hope she can gain some confidence and win a few more races.
Invincible Sushi ran second.
Equidant was very plain in the run home and will not be seeing any of my money again anytime soon.
Race 2 – Maiden 1390m
The Andy Page-trained 9-year-old Sandhill Jett ($12) appreciated the hot tempo and came with a well-timed run to overhaul a gallant Nitro Magic late in (race 3).
Vino Respido and Miss Mossy McLaren were the standouts in betting and they cleared away in the home straight to fight it out.
The John Dunn-trained Vino Respido ($3.10 fav) was able to hold on for a gritty win.
Graceful Wolf, although well beaten in third, continues to improve with race experience.
Race 3 – Benchmark 56 1000m
The Andy Page-trained 9-year-old Sandhill Jett ($12) appreciated the hot tempo of this race and came with a well-timed run to overhaul a gallant Nitro Magic late in the race.
The winner seems to race best on the fresh side with her runs spaced.
Nitro Magic showed she is capable of winning a race this season and Nippy Lippy was honest again in third.
Race 4 – Class 1 1201m
Hussarama ($5.50) raced on speed and toughed out another solid win continuing a good recent run for the Travis Doudle stable.
Willander Miss raced three wide the trip and stuck on well to claim second while early leader Liverpool Striker claimed third in a photo finish over Boutonniere who had every possible chance.
Race 5 – Benchmark 80 1210m
Neat Feat went too hard in front and this set the race up perfectly for Cosmic Kheleyf ($11).
As the field bunched on the home turn you could see he was travelling well and just needed clear running, which came in the home straight as he dived inside Dazzling Lilly.
The winner was trained at Ceduna by Trevor Trenowden.
Race 7 – Benchmark 72 1750m
Copper Coast Raida ($4.80) returned to his best form with a barnstorming finish to win running away, no worries with the trip as his class told late.
This Brian Lear-trained gelding has been in work for a long time, this preparation and a freshen-up before an assault on the cups might be an option going on this victory.
Zipalang was another who performed well out to a more suitable journey and Touch Of Bella and Artful Monty are coming winners in slightly easier grade.
Race 8 – Benchmark 64 1390m
Slide Of Hand ($5.50 equal fav) has looked a different horse when dictating in front the last two starts.
He simply ran the opposition into the ground again.
The Jackie Stoetzer stable continued its good run at the weekend with stable-mate Dexter You Devil also winning at Morphettville Parks on Saturday.
Heza Hussler chased hard and the well-supported Heza Gunn was ridden closer in third but was beaten a long way.
It seems like everyone has had their say on the Dylan Cabouche horse punch suspension.
It certainly was a “brain fade” and we have all had those at work or on the sporting field.
Cabouche has apologised.
It is not a good look for the industry and the suspension seems a light one but the carry-on by people calling for a life ban and the threats to this lad are very poor.
Perhaps your time and efforts may be better directed into something positive.
The next Port Lincoln race meeting will be a twilight meeting on Friday, November 24.