Saturday Sorcerer Leads All The Way In Darwin Cup

By: Thomas Hackett
August 5th, 2014

Saturday Sorcerer led all the way to score a memorable victory in the 2014 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay yesterday.

Saturday Sorcerer held off a fast-finishing Pretty Blonde and Lightinthenite in the 2014 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay yesterday.

Saturday Sorcerer held off a fast-finishing Pretty Blonde and Lightinthenite (pictured) in the 2014 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay yesterday. Photo by: Steve Hart

Saturday Sorcerer jumped from the gates well and jockey Paul Denton elected to take up the running on the Any Given Saturday gelding; with Saturday Sorcerer and Cantonese clearing well out from the rest of the field.

The five-year-old fought off Cantonese in the straight and both Pretty Blonde and top-weight Lightinthenite loomed as the dangers, but Saturday Sorcerer was able to dig deep to record a narrow win.

Saturday Sorcerer had scored just two wins from 17 career starts before arriving in the Northern Territory and trainer Stuart Gower said that the tough gelding had gone to another level during his stint in Darwin, which also included a victory in the Metric Mile (1600m) on July 26.

“The horse has just peaked, he loves Darwin and Paul has done a sensational job on him,” Gower told the media after the race.

“I was starting to get a bit worried the last 50m, but he’s just hung on and it was a super job.

“He’s more of a 2000m horse and I still think he’s immature.

“I think next year you’ll seen an even better horse, so hopefully we’re back again.”

Veteran jockey Paul Denton was chasing the ride on Design On Life in the Metric Mile, but lost the mount to Ryan Plumb and was instead booked to partner Saturday Sorcerer in the $50,000 event.

Denton has plenty of experience riding on the Darwin track and he was clearly thrilled to have recorded his second Darwin Cup victory after taking out the race with On The Beam in 1999.

“I wanted to ride Chris Nash’s horse in the Metric Mile but he put a southern jockey on so Stuart put me on this one,” Denton said.

“We had to win the Metric Mile to get in (to the Darwin) and here we are.

“It is terrific.”

Saturday Sorcerer made his racing debut with a victory at Morphettville on August 1 in 2012 and has been a consistent performer right around South Australia without putting together an impressive winning resume.

He has now scored four wins from his 20 race starts and has accumulated over $200,000 in prizemoney for connections.

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3 Comments on Saturday Sorcerer Leads All The Way In Darwin Cup

  1. Brad says:

    A two year old photo of Lightinthenite at Royal Randwick will have to do ..

    Enjoyed the Darwin Cup..

    Cheers.

  2. Thomas Hackett says:

    Hi Brad,

    I wasn’t trying to fool anybody – Lightinthenite just happened to be the only horse that ran in the top three that we had a picture of in our database because unfortunately we did not have a photographer at the Darwin Cup meeting. I’ve added an amendment to the picture to make it a bit more clear.

    Thanks for the feedback and I hope you enjoyed the Cup!

  3. Brad says:

    Hey Thomas, the photo you used for this might fool some readers. But you can’t fool Darwin readers.. We don’t have a green grass track, we have a dark oil based track, and we race our horses anti-clockwise, not clockwise.

    http://www.horseracing.com.au/news/saturday-sorcerer-leads-all-the-way-in-darwin-cup/

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