On the Cartwright express
GEORGINA Cartwright continued her big week in South Australia yesterday after guiding Vieira to victory at Morphettville.
The Leah Conlan-trained mare proved a knockout for favourite punters, gunning down heavily fancied Tamasa to record her fourth win from 10 starts on the Parks track.
Victorian-based Cartwright claimed a feature-race double at Wednesday’s Balaklava Cup meeting, winning the Cup aboard Temps Voleur and sprint on Showpero.
“It’s been a great week,’’ Cartwright said.
Vieira’s victory was Cartwright’s third metropolitan success after landing her first city winner on Jungle Edge at Sandown in December. Cartwright was narrowly beaten in her first ride on Vieira at Morphettville earlier this month before making amends yesterday with a perfect ride.
Jumping well on Vieira from barrier two, Cartwright tracked SA’s top jockey, Jamie Kah, on leader Prepare To Win before saving ground along the inside. They headed for the line alongside Tamasa and dug deep in the concluding stages.
“It was great to get the win for Leah. I came over specifically to ride this horse,’’ Cartwright said.
Jamie Kah was beaten into third place aboard Prepare To Win, but it was another big day for the leading hoop.
She rode a treble, winning the opening race aboard Dollar Dollar Bill and combining with Tony McEvoy’s In Heart’s Wake and Victorian Mick Price’s Heptagon.
Heptagon’s win was bitter sweet for Price, who won the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington with Grunt, after his Caulfield Guineas hopeful Fighting Harada was scratched at the barriers earlier in the day.
Kah has ridden 11 city winners in the opening six weeks of the 2018-19 racing season, six ahead of nearest rival, Raquel Clark.
GREAT WEEK: In-form Georgina Cartwright rides hard aboard Vieira yesterday.