Race for South Australian jockey & trainer premierships heating up

The race for South Australia’s top metropolitan jockey looks set to go down to the wire with Jess Eaton and Todd Pannell tied on 57 wins leading up to the season’s July 31 finish.

Pannell, who chalked up a treble at Murray Bridge last Saturday on Bleriot, Too Good Too Hard and Great Diviner, also is chasing a century milestone with 98 wins earned at metro, country and provincial tracks.

Eaton also has recorded 82 wins and a deadheat at all tracks – an outstanding achievement in her first season in SA since relocating from Victoria last year.

Pannell said riding a treble at the Bridge had set up the race to the jockeys’ premiership.

“It was a really good day, we have about five weeks to go so hopefully we can keep ticking them over,’’ Pannell said.

Jason “Stubby’’ Holder is in third place on the metro table with 41 victories.

A bottleneck is developing for the trainers’ top metro gong with Michael Hickmott (34), Phillip Stokes (33), Tony and Calvin McEvoy (31) and Will Clarken (27) leading the pack.

Last Saturday Clarken led in a double with wins also to the McEvoy and Stokes stable.

It was also a good weekend for trainer Gordon Richards when he learned that his champion sprinter Gytrash had won a berth in the $15 million The Everest at Randwick on October 16, selected again by bloodstock agent Inglis. Gytrash ran third last year behind Classique Legend and Bivouac.

Richards also was relieved to watch Spinola Bay come with a barnstorming run to win a maiden over 1000m at the Bridge last Saturday with Caitlin Jones on board.

Originally published asBattle royal for top jockeys & trainers

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