All Banter winning at The Valley (Image: Racing Photos)
South Australian visitor All Banter got tongues wagging and will be rested for autumn following her impressive on-pace display in the $125,000 Seppelt Wines BM78 Handicap (1000m) for fillies and mares at The Valley on Saturday.
The three-year-old daughter by Western Australian-based sire I'm All The Talk justified strong market support in defeating mares under Jamie Kah, who brought up a double for the day after six races and restored her lead in the Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership to seven after a brief period of suspension, with Damien Oliver in pursuit.
The Richard Jolly-trained All Banter ($2.45 favourite) raced outside leader Our Gladiator ($31), who held the inside from barrier one and the pair sped through the first 400 metres of the race in 23.62 seconds.
Kah cuddled All Banter to the home turn before asking her to quicken and she bounded clear, putting two lengths on her rivals upon straightening and holding that advantage to the finish ahead of runner-up Kalkarni Royale ($5), who stalked the pace throughout. Oliver's mount Lady Brook ($9) closed strongly from her midfield position for third.
WATCH: All Banter's win
"It was good to watch, she was always travelling terrific in the run and when Jamie let her go she really exploded," Jolly said.
"I'm really happy with that win, she's on the improve.
"We've had a few hiccups with her, she had a chip taken out of her knee before she went to the races and that was in her first prep, so it hasn't been easy going with her.
"She could have had more starts had she been a bit sounder, but we've just given her time and we're reaping the rewards now because it looks like she's getting better.
"We bought her from Perth, we only paid $30,000 for her at Magic Millions, so she's a pretty cheap buy now."
Jolly said All Banter, who has won three of five starts, would now be rested ahead of the autumn with several suitable black-type options in Melbourne and Adelaide.
"I think she showed today that she's good enough to have a crack at three-year-old Stakes races but as we get towards Christmas there's not a lot coming up for her and the tracks are hard so I think we'll give her a little break and come back in the autumn," Jolly said.