Phillip Stokes clinches state training premiership   Leave a comment

Phillip Stokes clinches state training premiership

Stokes, who also won the Adelaide training title, finished the season with a flurry, winning with highly promising filly Miss Gunpowder at Morphettville on Saturday then claiming a double at Gawler a day later.

Leading Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes. Picture: Tom Huntley

Leading Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes. Picture: Tom Huntley Source: News Corp Australia

PHILLIP Stokes has won the state trainers’ premiership for the second straight year after nearest rival Tony McEvoy failed to accept with his two nominations for Wednesday’s Murray Bridge meeting.

Stokes prepared 59 South Australian winners for the season, 1½ clear of McEvoy. Neither trainer has a runner at the Murray Bridge program, the final meeting of the 2014-15 season.

Stokes doesn’t focus his efforts on winning premierships but was thrilled when told he had clinched this season’s crown.

“That’s fantastic. It’s a great achievement by my team, the staff and my wife Ayumi,” Stokes said.

Stokes won the 2013-14 state trainers’ premiership with 74 winners, 10 ahead of McEvoy.

“We had an unbelievable run last season,” he said.

“This year we’ve had more runners across the border. That’s something we’ve been focusing on.”

Stokes has four runners nominated for Saturday’s Morphettville meeting on the Parks circuit, including talented youngster One for One and last-start city winner Alysiana

While it’s a relatively quiet start to the new season by Stokes’ standards, the trainer expects the stable’s momentum to build over the next month.

“We’ve got a lot of horses kicking off over the next few weeks,” he said.

“There are a lot of young horses and lightly raced ones.

“Horses like Eclair Attack are on the way back and we’ve got Dylanson going to the Balaklava Cup

“We’ve got some nice unraced ones here as well that have yet to step out.

“There’s plenty to look forward to. We’ve got very few old horses — and a lot of young horses.

“We put a lot of time into buying at the sales this year, too.”

Stokes said Miss Gunpowder had recovered well from her sharp first-up win on Saturday and would have her campaign mapped to culminate in the Melbourne spring.

“I want to get her to the Thousand Guineas,” the trainer said

“She’ll obviously run through the prelude but I’m still working out the best way to get there, whether it means running again here in Adelaide or going to Melbourne.

“She’s come through Saturday’s win fine. I thought she was quite impressive in the end.”

The $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas is run over 1600m at Caulfield on October 10.

Meanwhile, top jockey Clare Lindop is expected to ride at Morphettville on Saturday after injuring her ankle in a fall at Gawler on Sunday.

She has bypassed the Murray Bridge card on Wednesday to give herself every chance to recover before next weekend.

ben.scadden@news.com.au

Originally published as Grand state of affairs for Stokes

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Posted July 28, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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