SA horses over the border

SOUTH Australians didn’t have much luck during last weekend’s Group One fest at Club Menangle, but they are a resilient bunch who have reloaded and are ready to try again.

Des and Heather Glynn had their star pacer Majestic Cruiser engaged in the Len Smith Mile, but to their disappointment the gelding finished towards the tail of the field after breaking stride at the start.

Adelaide financial whiz Gary Crocker had Eve Crocker in a Breeders’ Challenge Final, but the filly also performed below her best to finish out of a placings.

Heading into the $150,000 feature Eve Crocker had a solid record of five wins, three seconds and a third from 10 starts.

Having brushed away the heartache Crocker is once again preparing for battle in a bid to capture a desirable Group One, this time with Offyarocker Crocker which is engaged in a Breeders’ Crown heat in Bendigo on Friday night.

Boasting two wins and a third from his last four starts, Offyarocker Crocker has drawn the inside of the second row in the third of the three-year-old colts’ and geldings’ qualifiers.

Crocker is no stranger to success in the futurity having won the 2014 Final with Offyarocker Crocker’s brother, Major Crocker.

“This will be a sizable step up for him,” Crocker said. “The field is certainly a lot stronger than what he has been racing against.

“Add the fact he has drawn the second row and he will need a lot of luck.”

On the subject of those who have enjoyed Breeders’ Crown success, SA horseman Tyson Linke has two runners in the heats – including reigning champion, Encipher.

Fresh from her Victoria Oaks triumph three weeks ago, Encipher will begin her title defence from the outside of the front row.

Encipher’s rivals include Linke’s other handy filly, Coco Mia, which has drawn the inside of the back line.

“I don’t mind Coco Mia’s draw,” Linke said. “She gets a chance to follow through along the pegs, which can be important at Bendigo.

“Encipher is back to her usual bad draw. It makes it tougher on her from there, but hopefully she gets the right run and makes her way into the next round.”

SA-owned youngster Soho Historia – an Emma Stewart-trained stablemate of Linke’s pair – has drawn to return to the winners’ circle from the pole in the third three-year-old fillies’ heat.

Successful in the Queensland Oaks in July, Soho Historia was a handy fifth in the Victoria Oaks.

Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga