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Harness racing trainer-driver Paul Fidge is hoping the win of Gus Or Bust at Globe Derby Park on Saturday is finally a change of fortune. Fidge, who has a good strike rate with his small team of horses, admits he was “cheesed off” earlier in the year. “Nothing was going right, with viruses and injuries and it all came to a head on SA Cup night,” Fidge said. “I bought two horses to the track and they were both pre-race scratchings and I thought I’ve had enough so I took a bit of a break. “Gus Or Bust is the only horse I have in work at the moment but Pocketfullofcash is due back this week and Dontsayawordmajor will be join him shortly.” Fidge showed his delight at being back in the winner’s list on Saturday with a traditional short whip wave. Gus Or Bust, specked from $13 into $11.60, came off a 20-metre handicap to score a 2-1/2 metre win from Sun Valley Road ($5.50) with The Dutchman ($44.80), four metres away third. “I could not have asked for a better run,” Fidge said. “There was a strong early tempo which ensured the leaders would tire late, then Sun Valley Road made a run going into the back and took me right into the race. “Gus Or Bust has a good sprint so I sat and waited before letting him stride in the home straight and he quickly went to the front.” Fidge said the six-year-old would now head to Port Pirie for the $8000 Kadina Trotters Cup (1609m) on Friday, April 27, a race he won last year. “He sat parked last year to win with Ken Rogers in the sulky. He is not the type of horse to do it tough but over the short trip he was okay.” Fidge said star trotter Pocketfullofcash had recovered from issues which had plagued him last preparation and hopefully could recapture his best form. Borrelli's a Fine Artist Veteran South Australian trainer-driver Peter Borrelli returned to the winner’s list when Fine Artist led throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. After being headed early in the home straight, Fine Artist ($6) fought back to score a half head win from Clarenden Valour ($1.70 fav) with Sumarian Artist ($17.50), a neck away third. “It is good to finally have another Globe Derby win,” Borrelli said. “It has been a while – I actually can’t remember my last win here although I did drive Grinfaron to win at Mildura last month. “I have been letting Jayden (Jayden Brewin) drive Fine Artist a lot of the time – I think it is good to encourage the young drivers – but decided to do it myself tonight. “Actually, I nearly had a double as Grinfaron went really well in the opening race but just found Santa Madre too strong.” Borrelli said he was confident Fine Artist was a promising three-year-old. “He has been racing okay but is still learning. Tonight, he was able to lead and dictate and I knew he would be hard to beat. “He doesn’t give up and even though he got headed wasn’t going to go down without a fight.” Even though it was only the gelding’s second win, he also has had eight placings from just 19 starts. Borrelli, 76, is South Australia’s oldest driver following the retirement of 82-year-old Alan Smith who didn’t renew his licence this season.   Graham Fischer  

Wayne Hill, the 2016 Australian Driving Champion, dominated Saturday’s Globe Derby Park meeting coming away with a treble. A freelance reinsman, Hill drove Clarenden Hustler to salute for trainer Claire Goble, won on Veddy Veddy Good for Port Pirie’s Waylon Hornhardt then landed first starter Jenesaisquoi for Jill Neilson. The treble took Hill’s tally of winners to 70 for the season in South Australia and he sits third on the state premiership behind sister Danielle Hill (108) and Ryan Hryhorec (101). He also has been driving at Mildura and is a clear leader on that club’s driving premiership with 20 wins. “As a freelancer driver, and only three meetings a week here in South Australia I decided to go to Mildura as well,” Hill said. “It has been a good move as I have teamed up with top trainer David Vozlic and we have had a good run.” Hill’s first win was on Clarenden Hustler. Backed from $2.20 into $1.50 favourite, Clarenden Hustler led comfortably from gate one in the Lion Pty Ltd Pace (1800m) and recorded a moderate 32.8 first quarter, picking up the tempo to 30.7 in the second quarter before dashing home with a 57.1 second last 800 metres. “I’m grateful Claire put me back on him,” Hill said. “I had other commitments recently which prevented me from getting in the sulky, but tonight, I had the luck to get on him. He is a nice horse, with good speed, and looked a great drive and so it proved.” Goble said she was contemplating a trip to Mildura with Clarenden Hustler in the not-too-distant future. Hill’s double came on Veddy Veddy Good in the Hygain Pak-Cell Claiming Pace (1800m) for Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt. The pair had combined 24 hours early at Port Pirie winning with Weaponry. Both winners are owned by Gary Buckley. Hornhardt paid credit to Hill’s drive on Veddy Veddy Good. “The horse has a strong sprint, but it is only short, and you can’t go too early,” Hornhardt said. “Wayne had the horse well placed one-out, one-back but when another runner came out wide with just under a lap to go I was hoping Wayne stayed in, and he did. “He actually waited perfectly until we straightened and Veddy Veddy Good was good enough to win.” The 10-year-old, a $6.20 chance, finished powerfully to grab a half-head win from Beaudiene Bill ($3.30) with Maywyns Storm ($2.90 fav), five metres away third. The treble came up on two-year-old Jenesaisquoi for owner-breeder Geoff Easom and trainer Jill Neilson in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m). A $10.30 chance, Jenesaisquoi fought on strongly to score a short half-head win from Culture King ($1.60 fav) with Disclosure ($2.40), 3-1/2 metres away third. Hill said he had not been surprised by the win. “A few weeks ago, in a trial at Gawler, I pulled her out to make a run and I thought she could make a race of it with Culture King which won the trial,” Hill said. “When I got her out wide she became a bit lost and didn’t really finish off. “Jill (Neilson) and stablehand James Clark have put a bit of work into her and tonight she was able to be inside Culture King when we made a run. “She showed the experience of the trial and fought on strongly and was up for the battle and held him off.” Graham Fischer

Popular South Australian harness racing trainer-driver Scott Pascoe landed his first winner in more than 10 years when Samalise scored a thrilling win in the PFD Food Services Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. A $10.50 chance, Samalise recorded her first win leading throughout scoring a half-head win in a photo-finish that had only half a metre between the first four horses past the post. After receiving pressure for much of the race, the four-year-old mare responded to Pascoe’s urgings to defeat the fast-finishing Clarenden Valour ($4.50) while Fine Artist ($33.10) was a short half head away third and Eyes For You ($9.70), a half neck away fourth. A delighted Pascoe was relieved to finally have his first winner after returning to the sport in November last year. “I’ve had a few placings, but it is great to finally land a winner, and she did a great job,” Pascoe said. “Even though it has taken a while, I’m loving being back in harness racing, it is really enjoyable.” Pascoe’s previous winner was La Bella Mafia which scored at Globe Derby Park on October 27, 2007. “I gave it away soon after that but made a short comeback in 2014 before stopping again. I’ve been working in the Northern Territory but am back home in Birdwood again so have the chance to train a few.” Pascoe said he had purchased Samalise from the stable of champion Victorian trainer-driver Brian Gath. “I had been watching her for a while and when I saw her listed on the Trading Ring, just had to buy her.” Saturday was the mare’s 19th race start, and she had recorded five seconds and a third before the win. “I thought she ran really well at Kapunda on the previous Monday running home strongly to finish second. “Tonight, from gate one, I was determined to push through and hold the lead. “I wasn’t too happy when there was mid-race pressure from Peter (Borrelli on Fine Artist) but Samalise responded and really battled on strongly up the home straight.” Samalise and Fine Artist went head-for-head for the last 400 metres and Clarenden Valour, which had had an easy run back in the field, loomed up wide out in the home straight but just could not catch the mare which refused to give in. Fine Artist held on well while Eyes For You came on strongly along the sprint lane. Samalise is owned by Pascoe’s Ningana Park, managed by his wife Mandy, along with Mount Gambier committeeman Anthony Rice and his partner, and the Pascoe’s daughter Samantha. Graham Fischer

Talented young trotter Rocknroll Baby was on her best behaviour at Globe Derby Park on Saturday scoring an impressive harness racing win in the 2018 Podiatry Care Gawler Hambletonian Trotters Cup (2645m). Trained and driven by Greg Norman at Two Wells, Rocknroll Baby ($4) scored by four metres from Ten Spanners ($3.10) with Im Havinaball ($3 fav), a head away third. The mare is only a four-year-old, a ‘baby’ in terms of square gaiters and gave away age to most of her rivals in scoring a comfortable win. Rocknroll Baby was beaten a week earlier behind Im Havinaball, galloping on the last lap. “She had a legitimate excuse,” Norman said. “Two horses in front of her locked wheels and I had to turn her sideways to avoid them and in doing so she twisted and lost a shoe, and that was what made her gallop. “Tonight, everything went perfectly, and she showed how good she can be. She is still only young so has a bright future.” Rocknroll Baby, owned by Terry Cormack in partnership with his sons Adam and Ben, gave them consecutive Hambletonians, as they have Al Bundy which won last year. He is trained by Norman and was driven by Jock Dunlop. The mare trotted away slowly but safely from gate one and settled midfield. When Bold Law, trained in Nuriootpa by Marcus Hearl, which had come off 30 metres, was taken to the front, Norman decided to come around and have an attempt at taking the lead. Michael Smith, on Bold Law, wanted to keep the front so Rocknroll Baby was forced to sit parked for the last lap and a half, but she was up to the challenge and outstayed her rivals in the run to the finish. Second placegetter Ten Spanners, also just a four-year-old mare trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec at Two Wells, ran very well. She galloped when attempting to take the lead with two laps to go and went back to the tail of the field but ran home strongly to take second. Gawler Cup night is proving a good night for Norman as he has also trained two pacing Cup winners – Mythical Beast (2007) and Ti Vogliobene (2012), both driven by Jock Dunlop. Despite being only four, Rocknroll Baby already has had 48 starts for 13 wins and 10 placings earning more than $67,000 in stakes. Graham Fischer

A new action group is fighting plans to build 300 homes at Globe Derby Park. Resident Des Nolan, who owns a business selling horse supplies in Globe Derby Park, has rallied more than 100 supporters and racing club members in a bid to prevent a large section of harness racing land being used for housing. In December, the South Australian Harness Racing Club voted to sell off 70 per cent of Globe Derby Park to investment company GIC. Club president Richard Miller said this would secure the long-term future of harness racing. But Mr Nolan and his action group disagree. “I have mass concerns with the sale,” he said last week. “If we lose this, it will be the end of horse-keeping in Globe Derby Park and where will all these people go to keep their horses? “The community was behind the South Australian Harness Racing Club developing along Port Wakefield Rd ... but now what they want to do is develop all the way along Globe Derby Drive, down Trotters Drive and into Alabar Crescent and put in 300 homes.” Mr Nolan has launched an online petition that last week had attracted close to 400 signatures – and is now trying to collect another 100 by doorknocking the neighbourhood. The petition will be presented to Salisbury Council and the State Government in an attempt to prevent rezoning. A GIC spokeswoman could not confirm whether there was a plan to build 300 new homes at the site, saying it was early days for the project and “there are still a number of processes, procedures and community consultation that will need to be overseen and managed”. “The vision for the final product will encapsulate a happy, thriving, and open community for families and existing residents in the area,” the spokeswoman said. Mr Miller said the harness racing club would ensure local trainers to the west of Globe Derby Park would continue to have safe access to the track and facilities. “We will be giving the local community the opportunity to hear more about our plans in the near future,” he said. Ashleigh Pisani, Northern Weekly Messenger Reprinted withg permission of The Advertiser

South Australia’s successful ‘Brewin Juggernaut’ came away with a double from last week’s Globe Derby Park harness racing meeting. The ‘Juggernaut’ comprises trainer Justin Brewin and his teenage reinsman son Jayden. At Globe Derby Park they combined in-form Glenisla and the squaregaiter Hudson Bay. Despite wins at her past two starts, Glenisla started a $9.30 chance in the Ubet Pace (1800m). Despite early interference, the six-year-old mare was still good enough to finish best to score a half-head from Artegra ($7.40) with Chasing A Win ($2 fav), 6-1/2 metres away third. “She is going well,” Justin Brewin said. “Tonight, we had a query how she would come off a back row draw (10). “We know she has been able to lead or sit parked but tonight was going to be tougher from back in the field, then she was hampered early when another runner galloped. “I pretty much thought she had lost her winning chance, but she was still good enough to win – it was a great effort. “She has now won six races from 13 starts, and I’ll have some thinking to do about where to place her going forward.” Hudson Bay was a $10.10 chance in the PFD Food Services Trotters Handicap (1800m) and speared top the front to score an all-the-way win by 6-1/2 metres from Truscott Hall ($2.50 fav) with Rocknroll Baby ($2.80), a metre away third. It was a brilliant drive by Jayden Brewin who kept the speed on rating 2:00.3. With recent races in South Australia over 2230m and 2645m, a few of the runners had the dash taken out of their legs with such a good lead, it was basically impossible for the backmarkers to make up the necessary ground. Brewin said Hudson Bay was a talented squaregaiter who was his own worst enemy. “He can over-race and cause himself to break and that is something we have been working on,” he said. “Tonight, when he came away quickly from the outside of the front line behind the mobile and was able to lead, Jayden did the right thing by letting him go along at his own tempo and keeping him in rhythm. “The win showed he is capable of matching it with the best here if he does everything right.” Hudson Bay, a five-year-old, is owned in Western Australia by Brian Ridley. The gelding did his early racing in Victoria before heading to the west, then coming to SA. The victory was his first in South Australia from just four starts. Graham Fischer

Eyre Peninsula hobby farmer Greg Baker is hoping talented mare Supernova Silvia can prove half as good as her grandfather the legendary Popular Alm. “We’ll have a bit of fun if she can,” Baker said. Baker, who was born into harness racing, believes Popular Alm is the greatest standardbred of all time and is proud to say he owned him. “I would have loved to have him when he was racing but I didn’t purchase him until he was retired and stood him at stud for 10 years before he passed away.” Popular Alm is the sire of Popular Joey, the dam of Supernova Silvia, a brilliant winner at Globe Derby Park last week. Trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, the six-year-old mare ($4.50 equal fav), having only her fifth race start, led throughout to win by SA BOTRA Home Bred Series heat (1800m) by 11-1/2 metres from Clarenden Hustler ($4.50 equal fav) with Marzzz Barzzz Bazz ($15.60), a half head away third. Supernova Silvia rated a fast 1:56.7 in scoring. Baker says he can see a lot of Popular Alm in the mare. “I might be biased but I think she looks a lot like him, and I hope we can have a bit of fun with her. “It has been a tough battle but hopefully Ryan has her right and she can go through her grades.” Baker, who has “about 16 or 17” standardbreds on his property, halfway between Arno Bay and Cowell, adjacent the beach on Eyre Peninsula, is a great believer in giving his young horses time to mature. “I always say that everyone else can have the Sires races and I’ll take the Hunter Cup, not that it has happened just yet. “But I do believe in not pushing my young horses and that is why Supernova Silvia didn’t start racing until late 2016. Unfortunately, she suffered a hairline crack after her first race, which was a win, so she had to go back to the paddock.” Baker’s love affair with harness racing started with his grandfather who lived on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, and who owned the champion three-year-old High Raider which won the South Australian and Victoria Derbies in 1951. Incredibly, his father owned High Advice which achieved the same Derby double in 1976. Because he gives his young horses time, Baker is unlikely to emulate the double but would love nothing better than to win a Hunter Cup. “Who knows where Supernova Silvia can go but if she stays sound hopefully there are a few more wins in store. “Ryan has a three-year-old half brother which should be ready to race in a few weeks, and the mare has a yearling brother to come through as well.” Baker also owns the talented, but hard-pulling, Poppy Had Courage, a winner of six races, which is currently spelling on his property. “He’ll go back to Ryan in a month or so and I think he has the ability, we just need to stop him pulling so hard.” Hryhorec admitted the win by Supernova Silvia had given him great pleasure. “It’s been a long road with a lot of pitfalls but to have her race so well tonight was a real joy,” Hryhorec said. “I have to thank Greg for his patience, and also Kaye Halliday who does a brilliant job working on the horses with back and muscle issues.” Graham Fischer

Flying filly Eye See Double set the standard for harness racing two-year-olds in South Australia with an impressive debut win at Globe Derby Park on Monday, January 22. Backed from $2.80 to start $1.80 favourite, Eye See Double led throughout to win the Trotsguide.Com.Au Kindergarten Stakes Prelude (1800m) by 1-1/2 metres from Eastbro Jesse ($4.50) with Crowded Reactor ($6.30), 29 metres away third. Trained in Mount Gambier by Alyce Finnis, and driven by her husband Jason, Eye See Double rated a fast 1:58.9 compared with the 2:02.7 recorded by Pinkie Promise in the first Kindergarten Prelude a week earlier. Jayson Finnis said the filly had cost $26,000 at the Melbourne Sales last year. “She spent her early education in Adelaide with Bronte Giorgio before coming home to us,” Finnis said. “Bronte said from the time he started working her along she was a true professional and that is certainly the case. “She has a will-to-win, or race courage as Bronte calls it, and showed it today when the runner-up challenged us turning for home.” Finnis said the filly would return to Mount Gambier and not race again until the $15,000 Kindergarten Stakes (1800m) at the Gawler at Globe Derby Park meeting on Saturday, February 10. “We don’t want to push her too hard too early but are excited about her potential.” By American Ideal out of Zoeyzoey, the filly is a half-sister to the talented three-year-old Seeuinnashville and Zoeys Boy along with the current SA pacer Ramirez. Finnis said there was a lot of new owners in the group which owned See You Double. “We have worked hard to try to bring new people into our sport and a few of them made the trip from Mount Gambier to see the filly win so it has been a great day for them.” Graham Fischer

South Australia’s premier reinswoman Danielle Hill was the queen of Globe Derby Park on Saturday winning four races – half of the harness racing program. Her first win was on Our Front Page for trainer Heather Stevens, she then scored on Our Jericho for Les Harding, her own pacer Nicol Shard made it three, then the Luke O’Neill-trained Truscott Hall made it four. It is the 25th time Hill has driven four winners at a meeting. The first was at Gawler on October 24, 2003, and before Saturday, the most recent was on July 31 last year. Our Front Page, a former New Zealand filly, was purchased by Gary McGinty late last year and has now won two of three starts since coming to Globe Derby Park trainer Heather Stevens. From gate five in the Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale February 11 3YO Pace (1800m), Hill opted to go back early, and the three-year-old filly settled at the tail of the field but when the $2.20 favourite The Deal, driven by trainer Greg Norman, opted to go forward three-wide from midfield, Hill latched onto his back. The Deal took Our Front Page ($10.40) right into the race and on the home turn, The Quick Shadow ($4.20) went to the front but the favourite was alongside to challenge. Hill brought Our Front Page wide and the filly sprinted sharply to win by 1-1/2 metres from The Quick Shadow which fought on well and The Deal was a half-head away third. “She was going to win a long way out,” Hill said. “Heather has made a few small gear changes and the filly travelled beautifully. They are going to have a lot of fun with her.” Our Jericho made it a double when the quality pacer scored an easy win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m). A well backed $1.60 favourite, Our Jericho, trained by Les Harding, scored a two-metre win from Lookofalegend ($6.50) with Whenmechief ($15.30), a half head away third. The eight-year-old, owned by prominent owner Merv Butterworth, came to Harding’s stable recently and had his first run in the SA Cup a week earlier when an eye-catching fourth to Shadow Sax. Coming from gate nine, Our Jericho sat back early before Hill came three wide with a lap to go and the gelding drew clear off the back to win comfortably. Our Jericho rated a fast 1:55.0 and gives Harding a strong presence in fast-class SA races as he also has the smart Bettor Party. Hill’s treble was on Nicol Shard, which farewelled Australia, with a super win. The four-year-old is headed to the United States to join the stable of her owners Mark Hanover and Gordon Banks. Nicol Shard ($1.40 fav) rated 1:56.2 in scoring a 12-1/2 metre win in the PFD Food Services Pace (1800m) from Marty Major ($20.70) with It’s Me Telowie ($20.90), a half head away third. From gate five, Hill went forward to find the lead and the gelding was never troubled and went to the line untouched. “It is sad, but that was his last run for me,” Hill said. “The owners spoke to me through the week and they want to take him to their stable in America. “I feel there is still plenty of improvement in him and I know he could go a long way here in Australia, but the reality is he was always only going to be in my stable for a short while. “The good news is the owners had said they will send me a replacement, a three-year-old filly who they said will be a more than worthy substitute.” Hill has trained just two horses for Mark Hanover and Gordon Banks, Breach The Beach and Nicol Shard, and won 11 of 12 races with the pair. She also looked after Southern Cross Two-Year-Old fillies winner Saphirique for them last year when the filly was trained by Nicole Molander. It is reported Saphirique will be joining Nicol Shard on the US flight. The fourth winner was squaregaiter Truscott Hall which took out the Hopkins Saddlery Trotters Mobile (2230m). Truscott Hall ($9.80) led throughout for trainer Luke O’Neill to beat stablemate Stuey D ($11.70) by a half head with Nico Serrano ($17.20), 20-1/2 metres away third. O’Neill, a master trainer of squaregaiters, was delighted with the result. “He’s a hard horse to beat when he leads,” O’Neill said. “When Stuey D settled one-out, one-back, I knew he would be in the finish and it was a great result.” Favourite was the smart trotter Rocknroll Baby at $1.70. Trainer-driver Greg Norman allowed the filly to safely trot away from the mobile settling a clear last but had her ready to strike going into the back straight, but the mare went off stride and lost all chance about 600 metres from the finish. Graham Fischer

A pre-race plan devised by harness racing trainer Claire Goble and driver Wayne Hill enabled a win by Clarenden Hustler at Globe Derby Park. From gate two in the Ubet Pace (2230m), Clarenden Hustler appealed as the likely leader but being a little suspect at the trip, and with the chance of him firing up, the pair decided to hand up the lead if the right horse came alongside on settling down. That horse proved to be the highly-fancied Jakarras Ace, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec. Hryhorec took the $3.60 chance to the front and it was that four-year-old which tended to get a little keen and left him a sitting shot for Clarenden Hustler along the sprint lane over the final 200 metres. A well backed $2.40 favourite, Clarenden Hustler arrived to score by a neck from Jakarras Ace, with Mondo Sports ($8.70), two metres away third. Goble was delighted with the result. “Wayne and I spoke about trying to lead all the way and we both said it might not be the best option,” Goble said. “With Jakarras Ace and Mondo Sport drawn outside him on the front row we thought they would both go forward so decided to take the sit and trail them. “With reasonable tempo, our horse settled really well, then was good enough to come along the sprint lane. “I think he will continue to get better. “His mother Repose was much the same, she continued to improve with age.” Clarenden Hustler has built a good record with nine wins and seven placings from just 21 starts earning in excess of $31,000. Repose, a winner of 19 races and more than $50,000, has proved a good broodmare, producing four foals, all winners, for Goble’s Clarenden Standardbreds, but unfortunately, she received injuries in the horrific Wasleys bushfire in late 2016. She survived the fire but inhaling so much smoke when the fire ripped through eventually saw her pass away last year. Graham Fischer

A short time after taking the South Australian Derby with the unbeaten Yankee Roller, the harness racing duo Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang struck again with the impressive Shadow Sax in the Ubet Group One $100,000 South Australian Cup. Shadow Sax had to sit parked out on the half-mile Globe Derby Park Oval for the entire trip over the extreme distance of 2,645 metres to take the victory over a game Messini who were both well clear of third placed Bettor Party. It was Shadow Sax seventh straight win for the current season and 17th lifetime from just 25 starts. Career earnings are now $372,483. Shadow Sax             6 9:25pm 2018 UBET SA PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 2645M $100,000 M0 Or Better. PBD/M. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SHADOW SAX      Fr4 5 Emma Stewart Gavin Lang   $ 1.50 fav  PRBT GS 2 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 5 by SHADOW PLAY USA out of MISS SAXONY (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P J Hockham, R G Hockham  Breeder(s): R G Hockham, M B Hockham, P J Hockham, S W Hockham 2 MESSINI      Sr4 11 Brent Lilley Ryan Hryhorec 3.00 $ 7.00   PRBT 3WL W1 SWAB 3 BETTOR PARTY      Sr2 9 Les Harding Danielle Hill 19.60 $ 38.10   PRBT 6 3WLT 4 OUR JERICHO NZ      Sr3 10 Les Harding Ken Rogers 25.90 $ 35.70   PRBT 8 5 LOOKOFALEGEND NZ      Fr1 1 Luke O'Neill Wayne Hill 29.10 $ 45.10   PRBT GS 3 6 WHENMECHIEF      Sr1 8 Darren Billinger Matthew Smith 30.30 $ 90.30   PRBT 5 7 TEE CEE BEE MACRAY      Fr5 6 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 31.10 $ 8.20   PRBT 3WE RES 7 8 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr5 12 Justin Brewin Michael Bellman 34.10 $ 24.00   PRBT 3WLT W2 9 SAMS THE MASTER      Fr3 3 Jess Tubbs Matthew Craven 52.20 $ 10.40   PRBT GS L 10 FUTURIST      Fr2 2 Darren Billinger Darren Billinger 69.20 $ 47.60   PRS 4 B 11 LETS ELOPE NZ      Fr6 7 Brent Lilley Josh Duggan 84.00 $ 53.80   PRBT RAS 10 Scratchings   DUKE OF ALBANY NZ 4 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:14:2 Mile Rate: 1:58:2 Lead Time: 77.8 First Quarter: 29.6 Second Quarter: 29.1 Third Quarter: 28.7 Fourth Quarter: 29    

Relief is the word used by harness racing trainer Justin Brewin to describe the win of Major Crocker at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. “It is a big honour to be asked to train a Grand Circuit performer and to get a win at his first run for me is a relief,” Brewin said. “It would have been nice to be a bit bigger margin, but a win is a win.” A red-hot favourite at $1.30 in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (2230m), Major Crocker arrived right on the line for driver Jayden Brewin to score a short-half-head win from Futurist ($11.80) which wouldn’t go down without a fight with Tezz Khora ($21.60), a similar margin away third in an exciting finish. “He just wants to win,” declared breeder and managing owner Gary Crocker. “He was in front for the first time right on the line. He doesn’t like being beaten.” But trainer Justin Brewin has other issues to deal with this week in the lead up to the Group 1 $100,000 SA Pacing Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Major Crocker struck himself during the race with some nicks on a hind leg which will mean plenty of beach for the seven-year-old leading up to the Cup. Coming from gate 11, Jayden Brewin deliberately sat a little wide after gate release to ensure a clear run around the first turn and it proved smart as Braeview Bomber ($54.60) went into a gallop early from the inside causing a few issues. Darren Billinger, on Futurist, saw the opportunity to press on from gate five and find the lead, and it wasn’t long until Brewin brought Major Crocker around to sit parked to try and control the race. As it was the Major’s first run for a month, and with a view to the Cup, Brewin wanted to give his drive as easy a run as he could which suited Billinger on the leader with 31.0 and 30.7 second quarters of the last 1600 metres. Futurist increased the speed off the back and Major Crocker was left a little flat-footed. With Billinger driving hard, Futurist looked to be holding Major Crocker which refused to give in and kept coming while Tezz Khora, which had a great run in transit, came wide to join in. The trio sprinted hard and fast up the home straight but the Major saluted in the last bound. Formerly trained in Victoria by Vince Vallelonga, Major Crocker was transferred to Brewin with the SA Cup as a major target. A Cup win would be emotional for Crocker, currently a Harness Racing South Australia director, who was raised at Port Pirie and developed his passion for the sport at the northern circuit. He has developed into a successful owner-breeder through his Walk Proud Pty Ltd, with Major Crocker the flag-bearer. Graham Fischer

South Australia’s top two-year-old of 2016/2017 made the step up to his three-year-old year with a dashing harness racing victory in the 2017 Ubet St Leger (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. After a defeat a week earlier as an odds-on favourite, Bulletproof Boy started at the generous odds of $5.10 from gate one and dashed up the sprint lane to score a 2-1/2 metre win from Culzean Castle ($12.70) with its stablemate The Deal ($25.60), two metres away third. Trainer-driver Scott Ewen was delighted with the classic victory. “I’ll be heading to Mildura this week to try and pick up his Vic bonus before running in the South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park on January 13,” Ewen said. “Last week he led, and I don’t really think he is a leader. I didn’t drive him as well as maybe I could have but tonight it worked out beautifully as he took the sit and got to come through on the sprint lane.” Ewen went one better than his father Barry, who passed away several months ago. Ewen snr ran second in the 1986 St Leger with Swing Parade behind the very good Jeremiah Weed. “Tonight’s win will be a great tonic for my longtime client ‘Chook’ Okmasich. “He’s doing it a bit tough at present but I’m sure he will have watched the race on Sky Channel and very happy. He said if we run in the Derby he’ll try to make it to the track so that is now our goal.” Don’t Tell William, trained by Toby Ryan and driven by his wife Lisa, started a red-hot $1.40 favourite. As expected, the gelding led comfortably from gate three with Ewen sitting on his back on Bulletproof Boy. Trainer Greg Norman had three runners in the St Leger – The Deal, Culzean Castle and Fiery Mac. He drove The Deal which, from gate five, found himself parked and with a lap to go moved up to challenge the favourite. The pair went head-to-head down the back and on the home turn The Deal stuck his head in front and Don’t Tell William started to struggle. Bulletproof Boy accelerated along the sprint lane and it was left to Culzean Castle to run home from second last but he never looked a chance of catching the winner. The Deal held on well for third with Don’t Tell William fading to fifth. The favourite didn’t handle the step up from 1800m to 22230m. A week earlier, over the shorter trip, he had given Bulletproof Boy a 30-metre start and cut him down with a brilliant sprint. Bulletproof Boy won the Lordship Stakes last season after an eye-catching fourth in the Southern Cross final behind That’s Perfect. He is building an impressive form profile with six wins and seven placings from just 16 starts with fourths at his other three runs. Graham Fischer

Top South Australian harness racing participant Danielle Hill has often stated she enjoys training a winner more than she does love driving them. Fellow trainer Peter Bain, from Gawler,  is a fan of Hill’s ability to have her standardbreds perform at their best. Bain’s mother Val, and son Aaron, own Hilltop Lilliana, an impressive winner at Globe Derby Park for Hill. “Aaron and I had Hilltop Lilliana, which was bred by Mum, in our stable early on,” Bain said. “We knew she had talent but really struggled to get her to perform on the track. We won one race with her but generally couldn’t not get her to perform. “While I have known Dani and her Dad Gary for a long time, I had never had any association from a racing viewpoint until earlier this year. “In August I decided to book Dani for Hilltop Rose and she had immediate success and my respect for her grew so with our issues with ‘Lily’ I said to Mum, and Aaron why not give Dani a chance with her and already she has had two wins and three placings from just six starts. “She has done a marvellous job with the mare.” On Saturday, Hilltop Lilliana ($5.90) dashed away to score an 11-1/2 metre win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m) beating Promise At Dawn ($20.60) with red-hot $1.70 favourite Wroxton Steel, 3-1/2 metres away third. “The best wins are often those you don’t expect,” Hill said. “I thought she would run well but didn’t think she could win. “Pre-race I thought she might not be in a good mood as she was trying to kick me out of the bike but once we started to score up she switched to race mode. “She can over-race but tonight settled beautifully. “When I asked her to go forward and sit parked a lap out, she didn’t fire up but really wanted to race. “I sent her for home 400 metres out and she raced away and won well.” Hill said Hilltop Lilliana was a training challenge. “She has ability but also has an attitude and it is a matter of trying to get into her head. Hopefully we are winning the battle.” Graham Fischer

Harness racing trainer Ray Goble was delighted to win a second Fred Jones Trotters Cup (2645m) with his outstanding trotter Rejuvenation at Globe Derby Park. Goble, who trains at Reeves Plains, was a longtime friend of the late Fred Jones who was a passionate harness racing supporter and a lover of the squaregaiter. In a quirk of programming, it was the second Fred Jones Trotters Cup in 2017, the first being in February, and Rejuvenation has won them both. Courtesy of an outstanding drive by Ryan Hryhorec on Saturday, Rejuvenation ($11.50) sprinted sharply up the home straight to score by 4-1/2 metres from Rocknroll Baby ($2.10 fav) with its stablemate Al Bundy ($3.50), two metres away third. Rejuvenation came off a 40-metre handicap in the field of seven but began brilliantly and Hryhorec had the 10-year-old second on settling down behind the leader Truscott Hall. With such a cozy run, the veteran was always going to take beating and so it proved. “Fred Jones was a wonderful man for the sport,” Goble said. “He was a key person in ensuring the squaregaiter had a place in South Australia. “Back in the 1980s, Mon Max was proving virtually unbeatable in mobile events and running out of opposition so Fred, who was on the control board at the time, made sure the country clubs ran standing start events to give more participants a chance and so trotters races survived. “It is fitting that a trotters cup has been programmed in his honour.” Goble said Jones also owned horses and raced a multiple winner with him called Another Report. Jones’ nephews Brad and Matt were on course to present the Cup and it was also revealed that another of Jones’ friends, media star Bruce McAvaney, each year, pays for a horse rug to be presented to the winning connections. For Hryhorec, it was his 25th winning drive on Rejuvenation, and according to Goble, perhaps his best. “The horse has never begun as quick and for Ryan to have him in behind the leader on settling down was simply amazing. When that happened, I started to believe a win was possible.” Goble said the gelding, owned by his wife Angela, had been a wonderful trotter. “Tonight was his 34th win and takes his stakes past $160,000. “Handicaps have made it tough in recent months, but he rarely fails to bring home a cheque, even if he doesn’t win.” Included in his wins are the 2015 South Australian Trotters Cup and the 2015 Hambeltonian. Goble said Rejuvenation would go on the Cups trail in South Australia over the next few months with one major goal being the Group 2 $30,000 SA Trotters Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, January 13. While all honours were with the winner, the runs of the placegetters, both trained at Two Wells by Greg Norman were enormous and full of merit. Runner-up Rocknroll Baby, which only switched from pacing to trotting about 12 months ago, reverted to old habits at the start pacing away which forced driver Jock Dunlop to make her break and when she got back into a trot was some 50 metres behind the field. Her effort to finish second was outstanding. Third placed Al Bundy came off a 70-metre handicap and was forced to race wide over the last lap but kept coming and did a good job. Only five days earlier he had run a track record at Globe Derby Park so that may have taken the edge off him over the final stages, but he still ran well. By Graham Fischer

The win of Barrow Street at Globe Derby Park on Saturday was another tick for Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt as he attempts to build his training career. Sent out at $12.90, Barrow Street, driven by Wayne Hill, scored a one metre win in the O’Brien’s Meats ‘Hotshots Night’ Claiming Pace (1385m) beating Maywyns Zephyr ($6.20) with stablemate Bobby Fabulous ($2.80 fav), 5-1/2 metres away third. Hornhardt was retrenched earlier in the year so decided to have a shot at becoming a professional trainer. From a team of one or two, he now has 10 horses in work. Hornhardt said he had been reluctant to take over Barrow Street but owner Chis Neilson had been very persistent. “I was getting too many horses which were about the same class, so it was very hard to place them without having clashes as was the case tonight with Barrow Street and Bobby Fabulous,” Hornhardt said. “Wayne drove him beautifully tonight, trailing the leader then coming off around the home turn and he proved too strong. “When I first took him over I thought Barrow Street might struggle as his work was poor, but Chris kept saying not to despair because the horse did have plenty of talent, and he was right. “A week later he really picked up and tonight’s win was not unexpected.” Hornhardt said Bobby Fabulous also had run well and was another in-form pacer. “He is a bit one-paced and always was going to have a tough job from gate 10 but kept coming.” Neilson was a bit worried that having put a $5000 claiming price on Barrow Street, the nine-year-old might have been picked up and was relieved he wasn’t. He hopes to have the gelding racing for the country cups circuit in the new year. “Barrow Street loves the stand starts and will be well suited,” he said. Graham Fischer

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