The first of the Spring Bonanza Series Finals will take place at Morphettvillle on Saturday as a field of eleven look to build their bank accounts in the race worth $100k.
The Rebel Raider Series for three-year-olds is one of six series created by TRSA to showcase some of the finest South Australia talent across the Melbourne Spring Carnival. If there was one South Australian horse who showcased his talent on the big stage in spring it was Rebel Raider. The three-year-old took the nation by storm when he claimed the 2008 Victorian Derby with a magnificent ride from Clare Lindop.
The hot favourite for Saturday’s $100k Final will be the Gordon Richard’s trained Gytrash. The gelding is one of the more exciting talents in SA at the moment and looking at his last start second placing it’s not hard to see why. Gytrash was slow out of the gates before storming home to finish only a neck away in second behind the Group 1 Blue Diamond winner Written By who franked that form on Wednesday after cruising to victory in the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield. While Gytrash has never run over 1200m, you feel the way he finished off his last start, the extra distance won’t be a problem and the 2kg claim from Apprentice Anna Jordsjo could be all the difference in a hot finish.
If there is one stable who can cause a boil over on Saturday, it’s that of Richard & Chantelle Jolly. Since coming together, the father-daughter combination have had six winners from sixteen runners at a staggering 37.5% which shows that together they are a force to be reckoned with.
Leading their charge will be the filly Schilldora who is building a very nice record with two wins on the trot. She also gets the nod from stable jockey, Jake Toeroek who has ridden all three of the Jolly runners in this race in their last starts but he chooses the daughter of Artie Schiller.
Their other filly, the talented Bayou will be ridden by Jason Holder and was very impressive in her last start win putting two lengths on the rest of the field to claim her maiden victory. Their third runner, Kemalpasa has seen a fair bit of South Australia in his young career venturing to both Mindarie-Halidon and Port Lincoln where he’s been more than competitive with a win and a second placing but this is a step up in class for him.
Another who has form around the favourite is the Will Clarken trained Orbost. Orbost beat Gytrash by ¾ of a length in a trial last week and gets the services of star hoop Jamie Kah. Clarken is in good form too with seven of his last fifteen runners saluting. His other runner Wrecking Crew is backing up from its maiden win last week which is a good sign from the stable.
The depth in the race runs deep with Stakes placed runners in Dancer’s Kin and Tongasi Boss. Dancer’s Kin ran third in the Listed Queen Adelaide in May and has never missed a place in eight career starts. While he’s only won once, the Phillip Stokes trained gelding is a good chance especially with the 3kg claim from talented apprentice Kayla Crowther. Tongasi Boss ran third in the Listed Oaklands Plate where he was just under two lengths off victory behind the talented Unfair Dismissal.