Horse Racing

Strong book has in-form hoop chasing more winners

Fresh from a four-timer last Saturday, jockey Kayla Crowther heads back to Morphettville Parks with an enviable book and steely determination to keep the ball rolling this Saturday.

Crowther played a starring role at the venue seven days ago and with seven rides – four of which have come up favourite in early betting – she’s every chance of continuing in the same vein.

Two of those favourites come in the first two races aboard Brother’s Shadow and Taken Off and Crowther rates both as two of her better chances on the card.

The Travis Doudle-trained Brother’s Shadow ($2.50) will line up for his second career start in the TAB Benchmark 62 Handicap (1000m) after Crowther partnered the gelding to his maiden success at Gawler in January.

“He was very good at his first start and that’s what we expected of him because he has shown us a lot at home,” Crowther said.

“He just does everything so well and is very push button.

“You can lead on him, you can sit last. He is very tractable.”

Kayla Crowther at Morphettville. Picture: Mark BrakeSource:News Corp Australia

Doudle will launch a two-pronged attack in the opener with Princess Raffles ($5) also engaged.

Crowther will then jump on emerging Phillip Stokes’ galloper Taken Off ($2.70) in the Chalk Hill Benchmark 86 Handicap.

The son of Toorak Toff has thrived this preparation with Crowther in the saddle and the pair will chase a fourth consecutive metropolitan win at his sixth start this preparation.

“He has been in for quite some time and is probably going to be looking for a break at some point but I have been happy with him,” Crowther said.

“That‘s probably the main concern with him but if he brings his best he should go close again.

“He is easy to ride and has a great turn of foot.

“You can see he won over 1200m then he went back to 1050m and won again. He can carry 60kg and still can win.”

Kayla Crowther returns to scale after riding a winner. Photo: Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The final two favourites Crowther will partner are Point Blaze (race five) and Huffington (race six).

Point Blaze ($2.30) has drawn barrier two as she chases a breakthrough win in the Terry Howe Printing Maiden Plate (1250m) while Huffington ($2.70) contests the Holdfast Insurance Handicap (1000m).

“This will be my first time on first time on Point Blaze but he looks like he has been knocking on the door and is a good chance,” Crowther said.

“I rode Huffington early days and she‘s just come back over from Pakenham and the 1000m should suit.”

Crowther’s other rides include Biarchi (race four), Phyla Vell (race seven) and Rose Tiara (race nine) and all are given a hope.

Originally published asCrowther eyes more Morphettville success

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