Barend Grabs Five

Magic at Murray Bridge on Saturday

South African jockey Barend Vorster is loving calling South Australia home, a stunning day at Murray Bridge with five winners on fancied and not-so-fancied runners on Saturday helping to fuel that passion. reports that four of those victories were on the fancied Tony and Calvin McEvoy trained runners, Water Into Wine (A$6), Resurge (A$4.60), Night Passage (A$3.90) and Desired (A$8.50).

But Vorster showed he was just as adept on the roughies when Charlton (A$31, and the rank outsider in the field) took out a Benchmark 60 over 1800m, edging out African Awesome and So Bene.

A modest Vorster, who graduated from the SA Jockey Academy in 1993, said he was thrilled things worked for him.

“A good book of rides always helps with good results. When you are in the zone you have to make the most of it,’’ Vorster said.

Shortly after moving to Australia from Singapore in 2019, Vorster rode five winners on the eight-race card on the occasion of the opening of the new Murray Bridge racecourse outside Adelaide in South Australia.

  • – additional reporting by SP editorial staff

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