A herculean effort from Sandhill Warrior in last Wednesday’s Carlton Draught Murray Bridge Gold Cup delivered Bordertown trainer Sam Turner his first ever listed race win.
From barrier 14, Paul Gatt had the nine-year-old gelding on the paint and in front of the capacity field within the first furlong of the race.
Racing down the side of the course, Sandhill Warrior had stretched the field out and upon turning for home had his rivals off the bit.
Jockey Paul Gatt had numerous looks over the shoulder before he asked Sandhill Warrior to dig deep as the John Hickmott trained Flow Meter was closing fast.
Just like his name suggests, the Warrior fought on and held off the challengers to win by a long neck from Flow Meter and Tidy Prophet.
Sandhill Warrior’s win was his 12th career win and takes his prize earnings to $290,000.
Top SA Trainer Tony McEvoy took consolation training honours and Hong Kong apprentice Matthew Poon took riding honours with three winners each.
The first race of the day had it all with a triple protest being fired in for the stewards to adjudicate.
Unfortunately, the Matthew Seyers trained On the Line was relegated to fourth after jockey Jamie Kah pushed out from behind the leader interfering with Star Player and Street Life.
Apprentice jockey Justin Huxtable must have thought a lucky late ride was not so lucky.
Huxtable replaced Ryan Hurdle who could not make the weight but, shortly after the start, his mount Double Fortune wanted to hang away from the field.
Huxtable’s saddle started to slip around the horse placing him at a distinct disadvantage having to adjust his balance to stay aboard a horse which wanted to run to the outside rail.
Displaying exceptional skills for a young rider, Huxtable was able to not only stay on but was able to pull up his mount without serious incident.
Trainers John Hickmott and Garret Lynch flew the flag for local trainers on the day as John won the second race with Wish List.
Winning at $101, Wish List’s win had punter’s reeling early in the day. Kosmos Tercedes win for Lynch two races later proved far more popular especially with his large group of owners who couldn’t believe their luck.
Andrew Costello was stoked just to have a runner on the day but when Kosmos Tercedes won, the large group of owners lifted the roof off the grandstand with elation.
Perhaps the biggest spill came in the hotly contested Dash for the Stash Competition when Maccy Football Club’s runner bit the turf while infront of the field on the final leg, which opened the door for Langhorne Creek FC to finish first.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, they did not finish with the mandatory minimum half a cup of beer.
Adelaide Uni Cricket Club were the only team to finish with the required amount and they took out first prize of a Pallet of Carlton Draught for their Sporting Club.