The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

RICHARD and Chantelle Jolly co-trained gal­loper Karlovasi’s re­turn to form last start has given him the op­por­tu­nity to be­come the pair’s first stakes win­ner when he tack­les to­mor­row’s SAJC City Of Mar­ion Stakes (1200m) at Mor­phettville.

The fa­ther and daugh­ter train­ing part­ner­ship got off a to a fly­ing start with their sec­ond run­ner to­gether, Bayou, win­ning in town.

At last count, the Jolly’s record is 10 win­ners from 45 run­ners; there first stakes run­ner – Mo­du­late – fin­ished run­ner-up in the Mur­ray Bridge Cup.

Karlovasi mean­while, broke a 469-days los­ing streak when fight­ing win­ner on the Parks cir­cuit.

“It was good to see him back, ob­vi­ously we knew he had the abil­ity it was just a mat­ter of get­ting it out of him,” Chantelle Jolly told Sports­man.

“I think the rider change (last start) was a fac­tor but we also changed his rou­tine up, it was just a mat­ter of switch­ing him back on and get­ting him to en­joy rac­ing again.

“The way he was go­ing be­fore his last run, we wouldn’t have gone (to the City of Mar­ion) be­cause I don’t think he would have been com­pet­i­tive, but after that win – and with him get­ting in quite well at the weights – then it is a suit­able race for him,”.

Karlovasi, a half-brother to Richard Jolly’s 2015 SAJC Derby win­ner Kushadasi, won the 2017 Listed SAJC Manihi Clas­sic (1100m) and has fea­tured promi­nently in a hand­ful of the State’s other Listed and Group 3 sprints.

“He has al­ways a con­sis­tent horse, he never re­ally ran bad race be­fore this prep and was had been one of the top sprint­ers here in South Aus­tralia so I think he de­serves his chance to be in a race like this again,” said Jolly.


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