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Morphettville Races

21 August  2010
 

Irish Race Day

Once again it was the day of the biggest celebration of jumps racing held at Morphettville with the culmination of the Aust v Ireland jumps jockey challenge.  Also to be decided were the awards for the Over the Rainbow series that runs from June to August each year in jumps races in South Australia.   This year the winning horse was Sallum who was extremely consistent throughout the series being beaten by a nose on the line in three races while Emily Taylor who rode Last Shogun to victory in the final race of the series took out the jockey award and John O'Connor who trains Sallum  won the trainers award.  To further celebrate the jumps racing theme for the large crowd there was a celebrity hurdle race where netballer Jane Woodland endured severe interference from media personality Chris Dittmar to defeat him by a narrow margin.

The jumps races themselves resulted in plenty of action with all going well for the Australian's in the Hurdle until the final jump where Man of Class misjudged the hurdle and dislodged jockey A Lynch (Aust) when he scrambled dramatically on landing.  A Lynch showed how the safety vests can stave off injury as he was straight to his feet once the horses had gone by despite going under his own mount and then being narrowly avoided by Sallum who charged home for a narrow second to Destiny Calls (ridden by S Gray of Ireland) once he got clear of the fallen jockey.

In the steeplechase at the first jump Irish jockey D Condon was nearly dislodged when his saddle slipped but somehow regained his balance despite the saddle moving around from that point and completed the race on Royal Laddie in an impressive display.  Then into the home straight for the first time Cash Advance dragged its hind legs through a jump and stumbled on landing resulting in yet another Australian team rider in T Logan being catapulted from the saddle in spectacular fashion as can be seen below in the photo as the Irish rider on Affirming goes by.  Like Man of Class Cash Advance was recaptured quickly and was unhurt in the incident as was T Logan who immediately stood up and strolled off the track.  Turning for home Last Shogun sprinted clear and was going strongly before skipping through the last two jumps then holding off a late charge from Wheel the Lead (M Walsh Ire)  to win for Emily Taylor (Aust) with Frenzilian third. 

This year the Irish team proven successful over the series which included highweight events at Gawler on the Wednesday, a Hurdle and a highweight at Morphettville on the Thursday and the Hurdle and Steeple on the Saturday.

Race 1
Race 2 - Irish Challenge Hurdle
Race 3
Race 4 - Irish Challenge Steeplchase
Race 5
Race 6
Race 7
 
 

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