David Jolly and Grand Syndicates are trying to complete a massive year by claiming two South Australian features across the weekend.
The pair enjoyed a brilliant spring with stable star Behemoth and will have Bajan in Sunday’s $22,500 Langhorne Creek Vigneron’s Cup (1300m) at Strathalbyn, while in-form mare Trip is one of two runners for the Jolly in Saturday’s $100,000 City Of Marion Stakes at Morphettville.
Bajan faces a tricky wide gate at his third run back from a spell and Grand Syndicates racing manager Sam Lyons said it looked a nice race for him following a very good effort at Morphettville on the Parks track when runner-up behind the in-form Tully’s Gold last time out.
“This is an early preparation target race for him,” Lyons said.
“He was enormous last time out on the unsuitable Parks circuit and gets to this race as well as we can have him. He will go super.”
Local hopes in the Vigneron’s Cup could rest with John Macmillan’s Stryke In Style, chasing his third successive win on his home track.
The five-year-old has win four from his five starts at Strathalbyn and has Todd Pannell in the saddle. The star hoop is chasing a second successive cup win after he and Macmillan combined to win last year’s edition with Aiguilette, who defied the Kristi Evans pair of Mabel Josephine and Springfield Lew.
On Saturday the Grand Syndicates-owned Trip faces the toughest test of her career, making her Listed debut in the City Of Marion after a successful campaign that netted three successive wins, including the $100,000 Viddora Series Final last month.
“This is rewarding her outstanding form in lower grade with a crack at some black-type here,” Lyons said.
“Weights and measures say she probably can't win but if she can lead (and) hang on for the placings we’d be thrilled.”
Likewise, stablemate Lakhani Rose also makes her Listed debut but faces a tricky inside gate with Kayla Crowther booked to ride.
IMAGE: Bajan winning at Morphettville during this year’s autumn carnival.