Mr Jazz Man celebrates Penong Cup success

Ceduna trainers dominated Saturday's Penong meet, including a victory for Mr Jazz Man in the $12,000 Far West Farmers Penong Cup.

Four of the five winners came out of Ceduna, while Victorian trainer Jim Scott chipped in with a victory.

The Penong Cup was the highlight and punters had trouble separating three of the runners - It's Humphrey, Eye The World and Mr Jazz Man - in the betting.

Some solid backing for Mr Jazz Man was recorded, with punters believing he may be the fresh horse on the scene.

It's Humphrey took up his customary role as the leader in the early stages, while Eye The World missed the start by three lengths to be on the back foot.

Mr Jazz Man parked himself in second place, with jockey Claudia Lions keeping herself within reach of his stablemate.

Nearing the home corner It's Humphrey was unable to clinch a commanding break and Mr Jazz Man quickly loomed up to challenge for the win.

On the straight there was no doubt as Mr Jazz Man raced away from the pack to record a comfortable seven-and-a-half length win.

It's Humphrey held on for second place to give trainer Trevor Trenowden the quinella in the race, while Eye The World did make up some ground to run into third place.

Both horses had run in the Port Lincoln Cup the previous week and raced like tired horses at Penong.

Mr Jazz Man did not look too tired and he could line up in the Kimba or Streaky Bay cups over the next few weeks.

Trenowden and Lions had teamed up earlier in the day to win the Penong Hotel/West Coast Fuel Handicap over 1400 metres with She's Got The Goods.

The six-year-old mare travelled well in second spot behind early leader Kaapow and looked set for a comfortable win in the straight.

Yet Saint Valentine sprouted wings late in the piece and charged home, only to be beaten by a nose on the line.

The Ceduna success story kicked off in the first race as the Stu Shipard Memorial Maiden was won by The Leprechaun.

The Rob Wilkins-trained galloper had not set the world on fire at his first four starts, but Wilkins knew there was some talent hidden away inside the Canford Cliffs gelding.

He showed a lot of strength to get through on the rails and challenge for the win, while on his outside the Victorian mare Miss Forbidden loomed up and looked the winner.

In an exciting charge to the finish post, The Leprechaun poked his head out in front just in time for the camera.

It was quite fitting that young apprentice jockey Kenny Lau rode The Leprechaun because he is one of the shortest jockeys in Australia.

Victorian Scott is a regular visitor to the region and he made the trip from Benalla worthwhile with Keep Digging in the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel/Cheetham Salt Handicap over 1200 metres.

Sheza Prophet led the three-horse field early, but it was quite clear that Keep Digging was bolting in second place.

In the home straight jockey Wesley Cave released the reins and Keep Digging dug into the Penong turf to record an easy win from Warraside Fairy.

The racing was capped off with a deserving win to Ceduna trainer Craig Cox and his consistent Apollo Hope in the Gypsum Resources/Penong Station Handicap over the 1000 metres dash.

Apollo Hope led all the way, but it was far from an easy win.

All four runners were challenging along the straight, but Apollo Hope stood firm out in front.

In the final 200 metres, Al Mu'Tazz really charged home and almost gained victory, however Apollo Hope was in for the fight and held on, with only a length between three horses on the post.

The win gave jockey Lions three wins for the day.

The Penong Racing Club was extremely happy with the day and crowd numbers were up from recent years.

Trenowden won the trainers award - he has lost count of how many Penong awards that is - and Lions rode brilliantly to win the jockey trophy.