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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

Port Pirie’s reigning leading harness racing trainer Dale Afford has had a slow start to the 2017-2018 season but was back in form on Friday to end 2017. In a meeting shortened to just four races with lighting issues, Afford came away with a winning double. On this year’s Port Pirie premiership table, Afford was outside the top three with Waylon Hornhardt the leader by 25 points from Justin Brewin with Lyndon Hall a further five points away third but expect Afford to challenge the leading trio. Perhaps his first winner, My Valaroso might have caught the stable by surprise in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (2050m). A $17.40 chance, My Valaroso came along the sprint lane to score a four metre win from Carbon Crest ($4.60) with Lifeasweknowit ($6.90), a nose away third. The stable also had Bedrock Fred, the $2.20 favourite engaged with Danielle Hill in the sulky, but the seven-year-old never really got clear and finished an unlucky sixth. Afford said My Valaroso had been sent across by good friend Peter Thompson, now based in Victoria working with Andy Gath. “Both Peter and Andy said this horse would win a few races and have been most surprised he had not won before tonight,” Afford said. “In fact, they offered to give us our money back, but I said we would stay with him. “When he first arrived, his work was a bit flat but lately, there has been an improvement and it looks like he is now ready to show the form they had expected.” Afford brought up a double when Canelliesparkle, backed from $2.30 into $1.90 favourite, sat parked before scoring a 1-1/2 metre win in the Henry Osborne Fodder Store Pace (1609m). It was the four-year-old mare’s first win, but she did it in style beating Aguero ($2.80) with Opinionated ($10.20), a metre away third. “I think she is a mare which can go on and win a few races,” the trainer said. “She has raced well against good opposition and thoroughly deserved tonight’s win. “Ideally, I would not have sat parked, but I thought it was the best plan to make sure she had a trouble-free run. “When she hit the lead she got a bit lost but was ready for the challenge when the runner-up came up on her inside.” Afford said he was delighted to win a race for owner Mary Boehm. “She is the perfect owner, and even if I drive a poor race she accepts it with dignity and tells me not to worry. She loves harness racing and I’m hoping Canelliesparkle can give her a lot more joy.” Graham Fischer

There was plenty of emotion with the win of Waitpinga Poppy at Victor Harbor on Wednesday, December 27. The Waitpinga prefix has been used for about half a century by Victor Harbor harness racing legend Keith Joy. Poppy is the last horse to be bred by Joy, who turns 84 this month, but his daughter Vicki Leane intends carrying on the tradition. Joy is suffering failing health but was on course to celebrate the win of Waitpinga Poppy. “It is a great thrill,” Joy said. “I love harness racing, and I love the meetings here (Victor Harbor).” The club has honoured the trainer-breeder’s contribution to the sport by naming the track’s back straight after him. Waitpinga Poppy, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, was the $1.90 favourite, and ran home strongly to score a half-head win from Culzean Castle ($3.30) which also ran home well with Jagged Shadow ($6.20), seven metres away third. The three-year-old filly can be “a bit of a girl”. Vicki Leane said her father had been working Waitpinga Poppy when the filly was about 18 months old but she had tipped him out during trackwork around Victor Harbor. “At 82 I said, Dad, that’s enough,” Leane said. “So we decided to look for a trainer and decided on Ryan.” Waitpinga Poppy greeted her transfer to Hryhorec’s stable outside Two Wells by double-barrelling him and one hoof contacted his face damaging his nose. “It wasn’t the ideal introduction,” Hryhorec said. “She made a mess of my nose and I still have a scar. “However, she does have ability and is on the improve and we now have two wins as compensation.” Hryhorec said the filly had a leg injury as a younger horse which would prevent her from reaching her full potential. “Her record of two wins a second from just four starts is good, but I think she could have been among the best of her age without that injury. “Today’s win was good coming from back in the field and it was fantastic to have Keith on course to enjoy the victory. He has been a successful trainer-driver as long as I can remember, and he has done a wonderful job for the club here.” 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

Catalogues are now available for the exciting 2018 Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale. A total of 35 harness racing yearlings have been listed to go under the hammer on Sunday, February 11. To recognise the resurgence in South Australia’s standardbred yearling sale, the auction will be conducted at the Magic Millions Sales complex at 1 Park Terrace, Morphettville. The Allwood Stud Yearling Sale has created plenty of talk not only locally but around Australia. Such has been the buzz it will not be just a sale but rather an event with people expected from around Australia and New Zealand. Gary Crocker, Chairman of the Allwood Stud Yearling Sale Committee said that the tough decision had been made to restrict the number of yearlings to help ensure a quality list for the inaugural Allwood Stud Yearling Sale. “While this was hard on many breeders who missed out, we believed it was the only way to go for our inaugural sale,” Mr Crocker said. “In conjunction with the sale, we have been able to announce for the first time in the history of the sport, South Australia will have its very own $100,000 Group One race for two-year-olds, the Allwood in 2019. “We needed total support from the harness racing community and we have been staggered by the outstanding people who have come forward.” Some of the champion sires represented in the catalogue include American Ideal, Art Major, Courage Under Fire, Mach Three, Roll With Joe, Somebeachsomewhere and Western Terror. The sale has had outstanding sponsor support from Bob and Marilyn Fowler, founders of Allwood Stud Farm, the home of stallions Fly Like An Eagle and Follow The Stars, joining up from the sale announcement. Dean Baring, of Harnessbred.com, also has provided highly valued and outstanding support in the preparation of the professional catalogue with strong support from many advertisers including Horse Shoes R Us, UBET, Port Pirie Harness Racing Club, Aaron Bain & Valley Enterprises, Bagnato Horse Transport, Mitavite, Goodtime Lodge and Testmating.com just to name a few. Catalogues have been distributed around Australia but to ensure you get a copy, contact Harness Racing South Australia on 08 8285 0725 or email saharness@saharness.org.au Graham Fischer

Former highly successful first-class cricketer Paul Nobes enjoyed an unusual hat-trick of his own over the weekend. Nobes, who played Sheffield Shield cricket for South Australia and Victoria, and his wife Judy, are prominent harness racing owners and had their own hat-trick on Friday and Saturday. At Port Pirie on Friday, their pacer Keayang Storm, the $2.50 favourite, trained by Lance Holberton and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, finished powerfully to score a 4-1/2 metre win in the C M and C E Bishop Pacers Discretionary (2050m). Their next runner was Keayang Sporty, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, in the Ubet Pace (1800m), the opening race at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. Heavily backed from $3.20 into $2.10 favourite, Keayang Sporty was brilliantly driven by Hryhorec lobbing the one-one trail after coming from gate eight on the second row. He held the five-year-old up until the 400 metre mark before asking him to sprint and Keayang Sporty dashed away and scored an 18-metre win from Blue Beach Angel ($4.20) with Canturi Crest ($8.60), 2-1/2 metres away third. In the following race, the Lion Dairy & Drinks Pace (1800m), the Nobes-owned Make Mine Joe lined up from the same draw, gate two on the second row. If Hryhorec’s drive on Keayang Sporty was brilliant, then his effort on Make Mine Joe was superb. No sooner than the starter said “Go”, Hryhorec had Make Mine Joe away quickly and dropping in behind The Last Gindi which pushed through from gate one to lead. With the perfect trail behind the red-hot $1.40 favourite, the Lance Holberton-trained Make Mine Joe ($5.90) was always going to make the finish a contest via the sprint lane at Globe Derby Park. The four-year-old sprinted quickly over the final 200 metres and came away to score a 1-1/2 metre win from the tough Marzzz Barzzz Bazz ($12.50) with The Last Gindi, a fading long neck away third. “That was definitely an unusual hat-trick,” Nobes said, “but a very pleasant one. “I can’t remember ever having had one before and Judy and I will enjoy it. “We love enjoying the wins, because as every owner knows, they are hard to get on a regular basis. You have to enjoy the ups because there can be plenty of downs. “Lance and Ryan have done a great job with the horses, and Ryan’s drives were outstanding. There is no better driver here when he is in the zone.” Nobes said he believed Make Mine Joe had come back a much better horse after a break. “When he first came here I raced him against strong opposition and he had four wins and five placings. His form was good, but I think it toughened him up. “From a break he has had two wins and a second and appears to have stepped up a level.” Keayang Sporty also has had two wins and a second in three runs from a spell and with his turn of foot looks sure to build on that record. Keayang Storm has also been a consistent performer since coming into the Holberton stable and is proving his versatility by also becoming a more than competent standing-start performer. 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

Teenage reinswoman Kaela Hryhorec put herself into South Australia’s top 10 harness racing drivers with a double at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hryhorec, 17, drove Itz Sportz Torque and Jakarras Ace to victory, both trained by her uncle Ryan Hryhorec. The wins gave the teenager seven wins for the season and propelled her into 10th spot on the SA Drivers premiership. Hryhorec showed some skill to land each winner. Itz Sportz Torque ($2.60 fav) scored a 32-1/2 metre win in the Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic Pace (2230m) beating Ingoodnik ($4) with Signs From Above ($9), seven metres away third. A slight gear malfunction early saw Itz Sportz Torque fire up as Hryhorec took the five-year-old to lead early. Hryhorec tried to restrain him but the horse was keen to go, so rather than fight him, she let him get into a comfortable rhythm. Itz Sportz Torque bowled along well clear and showed no signs of stopping and his rivals got sick of chasing. Trainer Ryan Hryhorec believes the gelding can keep going through his classes. “He’s a nice horse,” Hryhorec said. “He is a good stayer and loved getting out over a bit of a trip. “He has been racing well over 1800 metres, but he will be better suited over 2230 metres, we just don’t have enough over that trip.” Itz Sportz Torque was bred and is owned by Ian Corazzol who lives in Queensland. “Ian is a great owner and lets me do what I want with the horse and hopefully he’ll be celebrating a few more wins over the next few months.” Jakarras Ace ($2.40 fav) came from last to win the Toby Ryan Pace (1800m) for the state’s young/concession drivers by a metre from Blue Beach Angel ($6.20, James Clark) with Sallywynda ($15.70, Brodie Webster), six metres away third. Hryhorec settled at the tail of field with Jakarras Ace before bringing him wide going into the back straight and the four-year-old rounded up his rivals to win well. Trainer Ryan Hryhorec said the four-year-old was another horse capable of going through the grades. “Kaela drove him as a sit-sprinter tonight and that is not really his go,” Hryhorec said. “He did a top job to win but credit to Kaela, she summed up the opposition and got it right.” Kaela Hryhorec said she had a strong passion for harness racing. The teenager is doing work placement with Globe Derby Park trainer Ray Holberton and is loving it. “With Ray hurting his foot about a month ago I have had to step up to help with the training,” Hryhorec said. “It has been busy and interesting working with young horses as well as the older ones. “Ray has also been great going through each of my drives and telling me where he thought I had done well, or not, even with the wins. “He has been fantastic, and I believe my driving is improving.” Graham Fischer

Top South Australian harness racing trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec is doing his part for ‘Movember’ but admits growing a moustache is testing him. “It is very itchy, and I have to say it is a bit annoying,” Hryhorec said, “but it is for a great cause, so I’m delighted to be involved.” On Saturday night, he was happy to wear the colours representing the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and came away driving three winners – Jakarras Ace and Doubledipofheaven for himself, and La Machnificent for Aaron Bain. The Movember promotion has also coincided with a run of winners for Hryhorec including five in a day early in the month, and, after Saturday, he sat third on the SA drivers’ premiership with 29 winners, three behind leader Jayden Brewin, and second on the local trainers’ premiership with 13 winners, one behind the now dissolved partnership of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain. Following his training double on Saturday, Hryhorec, the 2016/17 Jim Hurley Medal winner, said after a lean October, his stable was now nearing capacity again with new horses arriving from interstate. He said Jakarras Ace was getting back to his best form following his win in the Ubet Pace (1800m). A $4.80 chance, Jakarras Ace led early from gate seven before handing up midrace to Bee Gees Bandit ($1.70 fav), then sprinting home strongly to run down the favourite and score by six metres. “I have always liked him.” Hryhorec said. “He only cost $1000 and has already won more than $14,000. “I wasn’t happy with him earlier in the month but knew something must not be quite right. I’ve made a couple of gear changes and he now looks like his is back on track. I’m hoping he can continue through the classes.” Hryhorec had to wait to the last race, the SAHRC AGM November 28 Pace (1800m) to bring up his training double with Doubledipofheaven, owned by his partner Kerri Stauwer. “He is an exciting horse to drive when he is right because he has such a brilliant sprint. “Tonight, he was great, he really powered home over the final 100 metres.” Hryhorec said Doubledipofheaven had the speed to lead from any draw on the front row but found if he was used early could be a bit susceptible over the final stages. “There is no doubt he is much better when held up early, given a smother back in the field, then come late.” That is exactly what the trainer-driver did on Saturday. He eased early from barrier six to settle at the tail of the field. When the tempo lifted over the final lap, rather than come wide, Hryhorec stayed inside improving his position before coming out turning for home. When the leaders were battling for victory, suddenly, Doubledipofheaven ($2.30 fav) appeared down the outside dashing past his rivals to score easily by 2-1/2 metres from Artegra ($9.20) with Rocking With Charm ($7.10), three metres away third. Graham Fischer

Top South Australian freelance harness racing reinsman Wayne Hill landed the first three winners at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill partnered the Leah Harvey-trained pair of Hard Rock Shannon and Big Behemoth and split them with a photo-finish win on Lookofalegend for trainer Luke O’Neill. Hill was relieved with a Saturday night treble. “I’ve been driving winners at Port Pirie, at Globe Derby Park on Monday, as well as at Mildura, but this is my best Saturday night result for a while,” Hill said. Hill led throughout on the Harvey-runners then sprint-laned on Lookofalegend. “Hard Rock Shannon has been racing really well for Leah and when he led I thought he would be hard to beat,” Hill said. “He came home in a 58.4 second last half and won easily. “I was surprised Big Behemoth had such an easy time and he really was always going to win. “He settled a lot better tonight and raced well. He is capable of going through the classes.” Hill had to use all his experience to get Lookofalegend home. The six-year-old settled second behind Power Of Attorney. “Getting to the home turn I could see Ona Rocky Beach sprinting hard out wide, so I had to try and get through before the sprint lane. “Michael (Harding) on the leader drifted a bit away from the inside so I drove through to get some momentum up before the sprint lane.” The ploy worked as Lookofalegend dashed through to grab a head win from Ona Rocky Beach with Power Of Attorney fading to finish third. Hill revealed he was going to try and become a regular driver at Mildura meetings. “With just five meetings a fortnight in Adelaide and Pirie, I have decided to see if I can pick up regular books at Mildura. “If I can get four drives I’ll go because it makes the trip worthwhile, anything less and I’ll stay home.” Hill said he had seven drives on the eight-race Mildura program on Tuesday. “It gives me a chance to expand my profile and drive more winners. Hopefully I can pick up a sit behind a few promising horses.” Graham Fischer

Harness racing trainer Leah Harvey, from Kadina, had pretty much the perfect result at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Harvey took three horses to the track and came away with two wins and a second. Two of her horses, Hard Rock Shannon and Chasing A Win clashed in the opening event, the Diamonds Forever Night Pace (1800m), and they ran the quinella. Hard Rock Shannon ($5.50) led throughout from gate three to score a seven-metre win from the fast-finishing Chasing A Win ($23.40) with the $1.80 favourite Itz Sportz Torque, two metres away third. Two races later, in the Ubet Pace (1800m), Big Behemoth ($2 fav) led throughout to score a 4-1/2 metre win from Blue Beach Angel ($6.80) with Doubledipofheaven ($3.60), 12 metres away third. Both her winners were driven by Wayne Hill. Harvey said the only way the night could have been better would have been if the first pair had dead-heated for first. “I’m not complaining, it was a good night,” Harvey said. “The first two are such beautiful horses – very easy to work with. “Big Behemoth is the best horse of the trio but doesn’t have the best temperament and because of his size can be a lot of hard work.” Hard Rock Shannon came into Harvey’s stable from Port Augusta trainer Ash Holtham. “Ash asked me to take him for a while because he thought the horse had more ability than he was showing. “Mick (Darling) worked on his shoes and I did a bit of work on his back and he hasn’t looked back. “His first win (on October 23 at Globe Derby Park) was enormous and I love showing it to anyone who didn’t see the race.” Hard Rock Shannon was travelling well midfield with just over a lap to go when he was checked, broke and lost ground but recovered to round up his rivals and win. “He had no luck in two subsequent runs but ran well and tonight when he was able to lead I thought he would be hard to beat. “The winner rated 1:58.4 so Chasing A Win to come from near last and run second was a fabulous run. “They are going very well.” Harvey was delighted with Big Behemoth’s win. “I have started putting ear plugs on him which is quite a tough job, but they worked, and he settled really well rather than trying to just go out and race. “Because he is so big, I have to get a box to stand on to put the plugs in. Early on he resented them, so I didn’t worry but I tried again during trackwork this week, then again tonight and he is happy to have them in.” Big Behemoth was never challenged on Saturday and had the race won a long way from home. Harvey believes he will be even better suited when he runs against the better horses in fast-run events. Graham Fischer

From a harness racing perspective, Justin Brewin knows he has never been in a better place. Brewin has set up a new property just outside Two Wells, has been able to become a semi-professional trainer, and perhaps most importantly, has his son Jayden working with him. “Absolutely, my harness racing involvement is at the best stage it ever has,” Brewin said. A passionate enthusiast, Brewin has had peaks and troughs with the sport, the bottoms coming when he has had to concentrate on work to gain funds to support his family. His hard work has come to a fruition with his current setup and on Friday night at Port Pirie, he trained a career-best four winners at a meeting. All were driven by Jayden Brewin. Glenisla contributed to half of the four winning two rounds on the night while Golden Bambi and Sir Julian were the other winners. “To be honest, previously, I might have only had four, maybe five horses in work, so it would have been hard to train four winners in a night,” the trainer said. “I now have 10 horses in work, the most ever, so hopefully we can keep producing winners on a regular basis.” Brewin’s training successes have him sitting in a career-best second place on the South Australian Trainers premiership on 12, two behind the partnership of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain. In the sulky, Jayden Brewin is a runaway leader on the SA Drivers premiership with 31 wins, eight ahead of Wayne and Danielle Hill. Glenisla ($1.80 fav) led throughout in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (1609m), round one, scoring by two metres from Chasing A Win ($5) with Oliver Jack ($5.20), 17-1/2 metres away third, rating 1:57.0. In the following event, the Laucke Mills Pace (1609m), Golden Bambi ($4.20) rated a sizzling 1:55.8 in scoring a 13-metre win from Big Behemoth ($2.30 fav) with Speculator ($22), five metres away third. “We got the mare from fellow trainer Scott Ewen who said she needed a change of environment because he felt she wasn’t giving her best,” Brewin said. “He was right – she has had five starts for me for two wins, two seconds and a fourth. “I was shocked by her effort on Friday. From gate one, she didn’t have a lot of peace in front, yet still shot away to win easily. She is racing really well.” Glenisla ($1.80 fav) backed up again in round two, the LMG Performance Pace (1609m), and from gate three, went to the front again and scored a two-metre win from One Night At Themile ($31.10) with Chasing A Win ($5.20), four metres away third. The mare rated 1:57.3. Stable favourite Sir Julian ($1.90 fav) brought up the fourth win in the SEW Eurodrive Pacers Discretionary (2550m). Coming from 20-metres in a field of four, Sir Julian settled third before sprinting home to wear the leader Big Spook ($4.80) by a long neck with Bobby Fabulous ($3), 16 metres away third. “That was his 20th win for us,” Brewin said. “A while ago we thought of selling him but couldn’t get an offer. “We would have taken $15,000 and since that time he has won $19,000 to more than justify keeping him.” Graham Fischer

Popular harness racing Gawler owner Alan McDonald, had successful Saturday, capped by The Nature Boy winning the UBET Spring Challenge Final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. “Everyone got money,” McDonald said. “I had to go to the Kapunda Rodeo because I had seven of my kids competing,” McDonald said. “They all came away with money and The Nature Boy’s win was the icing on the cake. “I ducked down the pub to watch the race on Sky.” The Nature Boy ($5.80), trained and driven by David Smith, scored a two-metre win from the fast-finishing Goodsie ($42) with Doubledipofheaven ($3.90), a similar margin away third. Smith admitted he was pleasantly surprised by the win. “He is just such a good horse,” Smith said. “I got caught wide early and covered ground for longer than I would have liked. That was the first time I thought he couldn’t win.” Eventually, as expected, Smith was able to work The Nature Boy around to sit parked outside the leader Royal Safari ($2.60 fav). But the favourite had had its own issues and had to work itself early to find the lead. As he does, Smith kept The Nature Boy running along and the gelding eventually worked to the lead coming off the back. “Hitting the front on the home turn, I again thought I would be a sitting shot, with one of the others sprinting home too strongly.” Doubledipofheaven, a five-year-old with a quick sprint, did in fact loom up on straightening but came to the end of his run and The Nature Boy kept giving. On the line, the Smith-driven pacer had outstayed his rivals to take out the Spring Challenge with Goodsie finishing fast to snatch second but never look a winning chance. McDonald said he had thought of talking with Smith about giving the winner a break but asked why he would when the gelding was racing so well. “David has him fitter than he has ever been, and he is going fantastic.” Graham Fischer

Teenage harness racing tyro Jayden Brewin brought up his 100th career win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin landed a double on the Shane Young-trained pair of Ona Rocky Beach and Maywyns Zephyr to reach the milestone. It certainly wasn’t a case of the ‘nervous 90s’ for Brewin as he drove six winners in 24 hours to reach the magical 100. Brewin, 17, must surely been one of, if not, the quickest drivers to reach the mark. He only began driving in July last year and landed his first winner, The Octagon, on July 18. A football injury sidelined him until October, so, in reality, he has driven 99 winners in about 13 months, an amazing strike rate for such a young driver. Brewin’s development in the sport takes another turn this week with the teenager spending time with the top Victorian stable of Emma Stewart. On Saturday, it was trainer Shane Young who enabled him to come away with a double. Ona Rocky Beach ($2.15 into $1.80 fav), led throughout from gate two in the DPR Insurance Brokers Claiming Pace (1800m). Brewin went for home with 300 metres to travel and Ona Rocky Beach dashed away to win by 3-1/2 metres from Power Of Attorney ($4.40) with Zedaguy ($8.40), 31 metres away third. The nine-year-old veteran rated a brilliant 1:55.8. “Wow,” said Shane Young, “I didn’t expect that. “I was sure I had him going well but never expected him to go so quick. “There is no doubt he has the ability. I think they paid about $80,000 when he was purchased from New Zealand, but he has had two heart issues, so we have to face reality he probably is only one race from retirement. “If I thought he wasn’t right, he would be retired but, at the moment, he seems to be pretty good.” Maywyns Zephyr made it a double landing some good bets firming from $1.80 into $1.40 favourite, in the Hygain Micrspeed Claiming Pace (1800m). Coming from gate six, Brewin went back early before letting him dash up coming off the back and Maywyns Zephyr sprinted clear to win by 13-1/2 metres from Anvil Gav ($14.40), with Glenlochar ($33.10), 7-1/2 metres away third. “He’s been racing really well in tougher fields, so I thought he was well placed tonight,” Young said. “Jayden drove him like he was the best horse and the result was an easy win.” Graham Fischer

Champion South Australian reinswoman Danielle Hill landed her 1300th harness racing winner when scoring on the Tyson Linke-trained Little Foo in the Ubet Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. “I thought it was coming up but didn’t know my exact figure,” Hill said. “I’m proud to reach that mark. It is a significant figure, but now I’m ready to add to it.” Hill didn’t take long to build on the number driving the last two winners at Globe Derby Park – My Man Dan and Flash Angus. Little Foo ($5.70) sat second on the fence from gate one behind Glenisla ($17.20) which led from barrier two. Hill waited until the home straight to make her run letting the seven-year-old dash up the sprint lane scoring by 2-1/2 metres from Glenisla with Topnotch Mach ($30.20) following the winner through to grab third, five metres away. Linke said Little Foo was a favourite of his sister Tara-Shae who shares ownership with him. “The mare has a bit of ‘small horse’ syndrome and carries a nickname of Angry Ant,” Linke said. “She can be hard to get along with at times, but Tara-Shae is always on hand to give her a cuddle.” Linke said Little Foo would continue to race on to try and build on her record of 12 wins and 26 placings from 71 starts. Saturday’s win took her stake earnings past $50,000. Hill made it a double bringing My Man Dan ($1.90 fav) from midfield to score a 2-1/2 metre win in Lion Dairy & Drinks Claiming Pace (1800m). Arnoux ($6.20), which led, held on to finish second a short half head in front of Just Read My Mind ($18). Part-owner-trainer Rob Caruso said he thought the winner might be in trouble mid-race but paid credit to Hill for timing the gelding’s run to perfection. Hill’s treble came up on Flash Angus, winner of the DPR Insurance Brokers Trotters Mobile (2230m). Having his first start for trainer Luke O’Neill, Flash Angus ($4.60) trotted away quickly from gate eight and led throughout to beat Truscott Hall ($2.40 fav), a stablemate of the winner, with Illawong Peppa ($10.80), 1-1/2 metres away third. “The horse in gate one didn’t score up, so I had a clear run through,” Hill said. “Flash Angus trotted away quickly and I was able to push through and grab the lead and he won comfortably.” Graham Fischer

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