My Mate Sonny continues fine season

SHOWING AMBITION: The Julie Branford-trained Artful Ambition powered away late to defeat Kingson in race five at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday. Photo: Bumper Drewitt Photography.
SHOWING AMBITION: The Julie Branford-trained Artful Ambition powered away late to defeat Kingson in race five at the Port Lincoln races on Sunday. Photo: Bumper Drewitt Photography.

My Mate Sonny scored his fourth win of the season at Port Lincoln on Sunday and looks to have a mortgage on the race for Horse Of The Year.

The four-year-old son of Glass Harmonium still does plenty wrong in the run but the ability is certainly there as we saw with that electric turn of foot he produced once again when balanced on the home straight.

Shylie Williams has done a terrific job with this chestnut since he transferred to Port Lincoln at the start of the season and his racing will not be restricted to provincial level.

Trainer Jackie Stoetzer started the day in great fashion when Rashyathere scored a determined win in the first race of the day and Riverside Rock upset odds-on favourite Confinement in race two.

Five-year-old mare Anjah enjoyed her return to Port Lincoln to win race three for Alexander Justice.

While he will not win a beauty contest, Artful Ambition is racing well for Julie Branford and he attacked the line with gusto in beating a handy Benchmark 64 field.

The 1750-metre Benchmark 58 race saw Relaxed prove his last start victory was no fluke by scoring a stunning five-length win for Des Courtney.

He looks capable of measuring up in higher grade in coming meetings.

The money came for He Will Boom in race seven as punters knew his best would have these covered.

The Rocky King-trained Scary Go Round knocked most out of the quaddie when he won at $19 in race eight and Rock Hard won the last event for Byron Cozamanis Snr.

Jake Toeroek, Eran Boyd and local apprentice Lizzie Annells rode wining doubles on the day.

Attention on the West Coast turns to Saturday's Ceduna Cup meeting, while the next Port Lincoln meeting is on Friday, January 22.