With only three Saturday's left in the racing season there is plenty at stake for jockeys and trainers alike with premierships up for grabs.
Raquel Clark has been truly dominant all around South Australia this season and currently leads the Metropolitan Premiership by six over Jamie Kah. Clark sits on 47 Metropolitan winners for the year with the Victorian based Kah on 41, followed by Todd Pannell on 39.
With only three weeks to go, Clark is definitely going to be hard to beat but she journeys to Gawler on Saturday which has been a very happy hunting ground for Todd Pannell this season.
Pannell has notched up 20 winners at Gawler this season at a 20.6% win and 49.5% place rate. He also has one more ride than Clark on Saturday and possesses a strong book of five rides including bookings for the Victorian stables of Patrick Payne and Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, as well as two rides for the in-form Will Clarken.
Tony McEvoy has all but wrapped up another Metropolitan Trainers Premiership this season sitting twelve wins ahead of his nearest rival in Will Clarken. Both trainers have had exceptional seasons at Gawler as well with McEvoy claiming 14 wins at 30.4% and Clarken right behind him on 12 wins at 36.4%.
With McEvoy not having any runners at Gawler on Saturday, Clarken has a fantastic opportunity to catch a couple up on him with his three runners. Tatoosh and Columbia both will contend Race 7 while Suplex City is hot favourite in the final race of the day.
Surprisingly there are only three Gawler trained horses lining up on Saturday with Lord Rosenthal, Good Luck Chuck and Hello Gorgeous the three runners trained on track.
Lord Rosenthal’s only career win has come on his home track but might find it tough to add to that on Saturday. Good Luck Chuck was a whisker away from a win on his home track last start and trainer Darren Magro will be hoping to make it eight winners at Gawler this season. He’ll face off against fellow local, Gary Searle’s Hello Gorgeous who is one from one at the track and gets the in-from Caitlin Jones on board.
If there is one horse who absolutely adores the Gawler track, it’s Nicole Bruggeman’s Maxsamia. The five-year-old has won four races at the track this season from seven runs. He’ll be partnered by Krystal Bishop who’s ridden him to three of those wins here and while he’s an outsider in the field, you have to respect a horse with his kind of record at a track.
The debutant for Phillip Stokes and his only runner in SA on Saturday. Wasn’t far off Westport in a trial a month ago and that horse recorded two easy wins since. If she’s around that marks she’s going to be tough to beat with Kayla Crowther in the saddle.
Beat a similar field last start and only rises 1.5kg in the weights. Should get a lovely sit from gate four and trainer Sue Jaensch is a very astute judge. Nice