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Top young South Australian harness racing reinsman Josh Holberton faces a probable three month stint on the sidelines following a spectacular fall at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Holberton was driving Regal Scribe in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m) when the two-year-old was checked, broke gait, tangled in its gear and fell to the track as the field raced into the first turn. Due to the impact, Josh incurred a fractured sternum and general body soreness in the fall, more significantly he suffered a seizure as a result of the accident. Fortunately, medical attendants were close by, while Dani Hill, who also came down in the fall, fellow trainer-driver Scott Forby and owner Tara-Shae Linke were also quickly on the scene to assist with the management of the incident. Holberton said today he was very grateful to everyone who had jumped in to help. “I remember driving in the race and the lead up to the fall,” Holberton said. “The next thing I remember was waking up and trying to get up but I’m glad Scott and Tara-Shae held me down, and the St John Ambulance team were able to attend so quickly. Holberton was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where his injury was diagnosed. “The doctors say I will be in pain for two weeks, then have two weeks of healing. “I’m hoping to get back to work (electrical contractor) as soon as I can but can’t see me driving for up to three months.” Holberton is currently seventh on the SA Drivers premiership with 26 winners following a career-best sixth placed finish last season with 51 winners. With the fall, the Alabar Golden Nursery was declared a no race before the field had completed a lap. Fortunately, Regal Scribe and Mackalan which fell, escaped serious injury. The race will now be re-run this Saturday night. Graham Fischer

Talented two-year-old squaregaiter Kitsilano proved she is currently the best in South Australia with a dominant 65-metre win in the 2018 Maryborough Harness Racing Club Parker Classic (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trainer-driver Greg Rogers has been involved in harness racing for a lifetime but is genuinely excited about the potential of the filly which has won four of her five starts. On Saturday, Kitsilano trotted away safely off the front and took the early lead and was never really challenged with a number of her rivals making errors. A red-hot $1.40 favourite, the filly trotted beautifully to dominate the SA classic with Rogers allowing himself an emotional fist pump close to home  as she beat Purple Lantana ($5.90) with Mumstheword ($4.60), three metres away third. “She is easily the best young trotter I have trained,” Rogers said. “I didn’t really push her out and she rated 2:07.6 cruising home in a 61 second last half. “I will give her a week off now but I guess we have to start looking about a trip to Victoria.” Fellow trainer David Smith, himself a master trainer of trotters, told Rogers he had to test the filly in Victoria. “You don’t want not to go and later think, how would she have gone?”  Smith said. “She is going great and has earned a trip. Only time will tell how she will go but you have to give her the chance.” Rogers said he would be looking to qualify Kitsilano from a mobile start in the next few weeks. Goals could be the Redwood carnival at Maryborough in Victoria in early August and also the Victorian Sires Stakes series. Kitsilano was bred, and is owned by Peter and Lamour Holder, who had their family along at Globe Derby Park to help celebrate the win. Their celebration dinner was a trip to nearby Krispy Kremes. Graham Fischer

South Australia’s champion harness racing driver Danielle Hill had a very eventful Golden Nursery night at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill drove four of the six winners of the races run, plus was involved in a crash which saw the feature Golden Nursery final declared a no race and be reassigned to this week. Hill’s night started with a win on Canada Bay, which she trains, in the Garrards Horse & Hound Entires & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). The $3.,30 favourite, Canada Bay again had to come from near last to score a 6-1/2 metre win from Daddy Long Legs ($8.20) with Marty Major ($9.60), a metre away third. Hill was delighted to win the final for New South Wales owner Michael Taylor. “Michael said to start driving him quietly early and he’s now won two in a row,” Hill said. “I was a bit worried when David Smith went forward early on Montanas Jet as I was hoping to trail him into the race. “However, the speed stayed on and it suited Canada Bay which was able to sprint home strongly to win. He actually won the three-year-old colts & geldings version of this race last year.” Hill then teamed with Bettorhavtime to win the Town & Country Solar Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). Trained by Heather Stevens, Bettorhavtime ($11.10) sprinted home strongly to score a neck win from Reddy Major ($7.90) with Clarenden Valour ($1.30), a half head away third. “It wasn’t my best drive on him last week,” Hill said. “I made him do too much work and tonight, with a good tempo, he was better suited and able to get home and win.” Stevens said the gelding had been purchased as a two-year-old from New Zealand by owner Gary McGinty. “He wasn’t his most expensive buy but this little bloke continues to improve,” Stevens said. “It was a great run tonight and the win was a bonus. I think it also shows he is better suited being saved for a late run rather than being up on the speed. He has shown he is not that keen about using the sprint lane.” Hill made it a winning treble landing Bettor Party an easy winner of the Helloworld Elizabeth Dash (1385m). Bettor Party ($2 fav) went clear with 400 metres to travel and scored by eight metres from Burnaholeinmypocket ($3.90) with Hes Novak ($17.30), 11-1/2 metres away third. Trainer Les Harding said the winner had been a wonderful acquisition to his stable. “He’s won 16 races since coming into the stable in December 2016 including two Port Pirie Cups, a Victor Harbor Cup and an Italian Cup.” Hill then drove the well-fancied Mackalan in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m). However, going around the first turn, Regal Scribe, driven by Josh Holberton, crashed to the track and Mackalan had nowhere to go and also fell tipping Hill out of the sulky. Despite feeling a bit of pain, Hill threw herself across the fallen horses to make sure they remained calm and didn’t start to thrash out which could have caused further injury. Hill was a little sore but able to continue driving and jumped into the sulky to steer The Shooting Star ($1.20 fav) to an all the way win in the Combined Horse Transport Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace final (2230m). The former New Zealand filly, having just her second start in over 12 months, scored a two-metre win from Bobbies Delight ($4.50) with Adrian ($26.70), 15-1/2 metres away third.  The Shooting Star brought up a double for trainer Les Harding and is owned by Merv Butterworth. The owner-trainer-driver combination won the 2017 version of the race with Crystal Sparkles which also came from New Zealand. Hill made it a big 24 hours, driving three winners on the six-race Port Pirie program on Sunday. It took her season tally to 156 wins. Graham Fischer

The harness racing barrier draw will be crucial for this week’s Group 3 $33,500 Alabar Golden Nursery Stakes final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park following three heats last week. South-East owned pacers won two of the three heats while a high-priced ready to run purchase scored in the other. Strongnbold was an impressive all-the-way winner of the Sam & Pauline Spirou Golden Nursery heat one (1800m) for breeder-owner-trainer Desmond Glynn from Mount Gambier East. Driven by Wayne Hill, Strongnbold ($13.60) rated a quick 1:59.0 in scoring a two-metre win from Mackalan ($1.50 fav) with Above Average ($3.80), 10 metres away third. Glynn was confident of a win and told Hill the gelding would run ‘around 1:58.0’ and was proved correct. Strongnbold pushed through from gate one to lead comfortably with Mackalan, backed in from $2.10, settling one-out, one-back for driver Danielle Hill. With 500m to travel, Hill came wide on the favourite and the colt sprinted sharply to join, and narrowly head the leader off the back and looked a likely winner. Strongnbold responded to Wayne Hill’s driving and came back to win running away by a metre. Glynn knows what is required to win a Golden Nursery having taken out the event in 2013 with Major Cruiser. High-priced purchase Culture King made it two wins straight taking out the HRSA / SA BOTRA Golden Nursery heat two for trainer-driver Paul Cavallaro. After sitting back, Culture King ($3.70) finished strongly to grab a one metre win from Disclosure ($6.90) with Martys Party ($11.60), four metres away third. A big colt by Art Major, Culture King has the physique to be better as a three-year-old and Cavallaro believes what he is doing at two is a bonus. “He is certainly getting better with racing and trials,” Cavallaro said. “Tonight, he sprinted home strongly with a 28.7 second final quarter and hopefully he will be even better again next week.” Improving Bubbles And Cheese ($1.50 fav) led throughout for an easy 14-metre win in the Alabar Golden Nursery Heat three. Bred and owned by Bob and Zita Maloney from Glencoe in the South-East, Bubbles And Cheese is now trained by Bronte Giorgio at Globe Derby Park. Michael Smith had the drive on Saturday and rated the two-year-old beautifully with moderate early sectionals before sprinting up the final 500 metres and winning easily. Jenesaisquoi ($4.80) held on for second a metre in front of the fast-finishing Shesashark ($9). Maloney said the filly was improving with racing and had not really been extended in winning. “She has raced against some of the best in Victoria and not been disgraced,” Maloney said. “I thought she was very good tonight and expect her to prove a good chance in the final.” Maloney said Smart Kreuza, the dam of Bubbles And Cheese, also had a filly yearling by Courage Under Fire which looked nice and he was excited about her turning two. Bains barn is set to shine The training career of Aaron Bain looks to be on the way up. Bain came away with two winners at Globe Derby Park on Friday and Saturday, then followed up with another victory at Mildura on Sunday. Stable foreman Paul Tonkin said a virus had affected the stable recently, but they were looking forward to a good run over the next few months. “We have a good team in work, and hopefully the winners this weekend are the start of many more,” Tonkin said. On Friday, talented three-year-old filly La Machnificent was superb in winning at Globe Derby Park, then backed up on Sunday at Mildura with another easy win. On Saturday, it was Just Seduce Me which dominated with a comfortable win at Globe Derby Park. La Machnificent, a filly bred by Graeme Lang in Victoria, continues to improve. In the SAHRC 3YO Fillies heat (2230m) on Friday, the daughter of Mach Three started a $2.40 favourite and driver Ken Rogers had no hesitation sitting parked outside former New Zealander The Shooting Star ($3) having her first start for Les Harding. Danielle Hill, on The Shooting Star ran a 61.4 second first half before sprinting up a 27.7 second third quarter. Despite sitting parked, La Machnificent matched her rival, then dashed clear as Rogers asked her to go for home. La Machnificent cruised away to win by seven metres from The Shooting Star, with Bobbies Delight ($4), eight metres away third. The filly went to Mildura on Sunday and came from gate eight as a $3.10 chance and ran out a one metre win of the Ray and Grace Hepworth Memorial heat one rating 2:01.8 beating Majadore. La Machnificent will be back at Globe Derby Park this week to contest the $10,000 final of the SA Fillies event. The filly has built up an imposing record of 10 wins, a second and a third from just 13 starts. On Saturday, Just Seduce Me ($2.70 fav) began smartly to cross and lead from gate five to run out a comfortable five metre winner of the SA BOTRA Mares Heat (2230m). With Ken Rogers in the sulky, Just Seduce Me did over-race early but then settled and never looked in danger. Stylish Icon ($8.10) and Canelliesparkle ($10.60) deadheated for second but never looked a winning possibility. Just Seduce Me has won six races since coming to South Australia midway through last year. Graham Fischer

Three heats of the 2018 Golden Nursery Stakes (1800m) for two-year-olds highlight harness racing at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The Sam and Pauline Spirou Golden Nursery heat one sees the Tyson Linke-trained Mackalan try to maintain his unbeaten record. In both wins, the two-year-old has been able to trail the leader and use the sprint lane but on Saturday he has to come from gate five, so it will be interesting to see what tactics driver Danielle Hill adopts. Mackalan has not shown brilliant gate speed in either run, and instead has been driven conservatively. The Justin Brewin-trained Above Average has brilliant gate speed and looks the likely leader from gate three, but connections would prefer to take a sit and allow him to sprint home like he did when second to Mackalan in the Sapling Stakes. An interesting runner is the Anthony Robinson-trained and driven Livinontheedge. He was backed from $14 into $4.70 last week on race debut and settled at the tail of the field but met early interference and was a distant last with a lap to go eventually finishing seventh, beaten just under 30 metres by Culture King. Livinontheedge had trialled nicely and from gate four on Saturday should be a lot more competitive. Robinson also has a good drive on Pinkie Promise in the HRSA / SA BOTRA Golden Nursery heat two. Trained by Andrew Gilbert, Pinkie Promise was a little disappointing in finishing sixth to Mackalan in the Sapling Stakes but from gate three on Saturday expect him to be a better winning chance. The interesting runner in this heat is the Tyson Linke-owned and trained Marcelo which has drawn gate one. Marcelo, with Linke in the sulky, ran a close second against older horses in a Port Pirie 1609m trial on March 20 sprinting home a last half in 58.8 seconds. Top driver Danielle Hill takes the reins on Saturday, and from gate one, expect him to be prominent. Consistent Culture King, which broke through last week for trainer-driver Paul Cavallaro, is sure to run well again despite coming from gate five. The Alabar Golden Nursery heat three gives Bubbles And Cheese a chance to score his first win. Last week, Bubbles And Cheese, having his first start for trainer Bronte Giorgio, looked a possible winner when taking a narrow lead over Above Average, but the pair locked wheels for a short time allowing Culture King to go past and win. From gate one on Saturday,with Michael Smith in the sulky, the two-year-old has the speed to push through and lead and will take some running down. See how form expert Ben Harding sums up the Golden Nursery heats at trotsguide.com.au with his comments and selections for the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting. Fast and Furious Friday Classy young pacers Clarenden Valour and Bulletproof Boy renew their rivalry at Globe Derby Park on Friday night in the HRSA Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings heat one (2230m). As two-year-olds the pair clashed six times, with honours going to the Scott Ewen-trained and driven Bulletproof Boy. With three wins from the occasions they've met, Bulletproof Boy took the points, but Clarenden Valour did finish in front of him in other races including a second to That’s Perfect in the Southern Cross final when Ewen’s pacer finished fourth. As three-year-olds, they are both now back in form and go into Friday night’s race with wins at their last start. The Claire Goble-trained Clarenden Valour did it tough at Globe Derby Park last Saturday sitting three-wide for the last lap but still managing to hold off Steinman. On Monday, at Strathalbyn, Bulletproof Boy sprinted home well to run down Malone Ranger, which also competes on Friday from gate one. Tactics will be interesting on Friday. Bulletproof Boy, from gate six, has the pace to go forward, but Ewen would unlikely want to sit outside Malone Ranger for the longer trip, and instead may opt to go back, which could mean he will settle at the tail of the field. Clarenden Valour, with Wayne Hill in the sulky from gate eight, has the speed to follow Tunza Tenacity which will come from gate two and should find himself midfield in the running line on settling down. If that is the scenario, Ewen, no doubt would come forward with a lap to go to try and force Hill to do what he did last week and come out three wide for the last lap on Clarenden Valour which could see Bulletproof Boy prove too strong in the run to the finish. It would be unwise to consider the race simply a match between those two as Malone Ranger, Betting Man and Masonjon are also worthy of consideration as is the Heather Stevens-trained Bettorhavtime which appears to have its chances lessened by gate seven. The Bob Maloney-trained Malone Ranger, with Michael Smith to drive, looks the leader and could take running down. Betting Man, owned by the late Doug Webster and with Jake Webster aboard, is an improver while Masonjon, trained by Stephen Papps and to be driven by Ken Rogers, has won two of its three starts and is resuming from a spell. Three-year-old squaregaiter Heezaladiesman will be out to make it three wins straight in the Just Wrecking Toyota’s Trotters Handicap (2230m). Trained and driven by Lane Johnson, Heezaladiesman will come off a 20-metre handicap but provided he has his mind on the job should be too good for his rivals. In winning last Saturday, the three-year-old was a bit unruly at the start but off a handicap, should be better behaved. Go to trotsguide.com.au to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts on the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting with comments and selections for all races. Graham Fischer

He might never be a Maoris Idol, but Heezaladiesman is definitely a squaregaiter of some potential. On Saturday at Globe Derby Park, Heezaladiesman did a bit of a ‘Maoris Idol’ before taking out the Plate named in honour of that former champion which co-incidentally made his debut at the track. Trained and driven by Lane Johnson, the three-year-old, backed from $2.25 into $1.90 favourite, bungled the start of the 2230m Maoris Idol Plate before rounding up his rivals to score a one metre victory from pacemaker Wilkes Barre ($5.10) with Majestically ($11.70), 24 metres away third. Johnson said Heezaladiesman was still learning about being a squaregaiter. “Normally he rears at the start then bounces away into a trot,” Johnson said. “Tonight, he reared but didn’t go into a trot but stayed a bit unruly. He’s not done that before.” As a result, the three-year-old settled down second last in the field of six, but possibly about 50 metres behind Wilkes Barre which had trotted away safely and grabbed a 20-metre lead over his rivals. After a moderate 32.7 second first quarter of the last 1600 metres, Ryan Hryhorec, on Wilkes Barre, lifted the tempo with a final three quarters of 30.9, 30.3 and 30.4 hoping they would be good enough to outpace his rivals. Those sectionals were to beat all but Heezaladiesman which trotted on strongly, and despite being a bit rough around the home turn, proved too strong. The winner was bred and owned by Johnson and his mother Pat and they still have the dame Lady Bellanique. “She has had five foals but three have passed away,” Johnson said. “Apart from this fellow, we have a two-year-old Im Lady Sophie, but unfortunately subsequent matings have seen her lose the foals.” Johnson also reported his other promising trotter Coolbreeze had successfully come through two operations after pulling up injured at Kapunda earlier this year. “He’s out in the paddock at the moment but will have to have further x-rays before we can hopefully put him back into work, but he will be off the scene for quite a while.” The five-year-old had won two of his three starts this season and looked to be a star of the future. Now, the Johnsons will be looking for Heezaladiesman to fly the flag for the stable. Heezaladiesman’s next target is the $14,000 SA Trotters Derby at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, May 19. Graham Fischer

After a four-year break, a happy harness racing trainer Paul Cavallaro returned to the winner’s circle at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Talented two-year-old Culture King gave the trainer-driver his first success since coming back into the sport earlier this year. A $5.70 chance, Culture King took advantage of interference to two of his rivals to run out a two metre winner of the Coca Cola Company Two-Year-Old Pace (1800m). Above Average ($1.90 fav) was second with Bubbles And Cheese ($16.90), a metre away third. Cavallaro looked to be heading for his fourth minor placing from as many starts around the home turn as Above Average, the leader, and Bubbles And Cheese, sitting parked, look set to fight out the finish, with the latter gaining a narrow advantage. Suddenly, the front pair locked wheels for a short distance, allowing Culture King to swoop past and grab his first win. “It’s good to get a win with him,” Cavallaro said. “He is owned by the Ready To Run Syndicate which has 12 members, a few of who, are involved in ownership for the first time. “When I made the decision, with my wife Lisa, to come back, we decided it was going to be just for fun, and nowhere near as intense when I was a freelance reinsman. “So, we got a group of friends and purchased Culture King for $50,000 at a Ready To Run sale in Sydney. “It was a lot of money to pay but we felt he was worth the investment. It was never going to be an immediate return on investment. “He is a big horse which we believe won’t come into his own until he reaches three. At the moment, it is about teaching him about racing and any prizemoney is a good pick up. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck in his races, but tonight, it was his turn for some good fortune.” Culture King now has a win, a second and two thirds from just four starts. “I can get him fit on our track at Golden Grove but I don’t have any horses to work him with, so I take him down to Dad’s (Neil Cavallaro) when I need to fast work.” Cavallaro drove almost 1200 winners, including a number of feature events, when involved in harness racing earlier but felt run down and gave the game away in mid-2014 concentrating on his business and also coaching kid’s football. In season 2009/2010, Cavallaro drove 87 winners to finish second to David Harding on the SA Drivers premiership. Prior to Saturday, his last winner was Day Dream Dancer at Globe Derby Park on December 2, 2013. Culture King looks sure to give Cavallaro the chance to add to his tally this year. Graham Fischer

Is the Justin Brewin juggernaut about to fire? Harness racing trainer Justin Brewin has been quiet in recent weeks but came away with a winning double at the weekend at Globe Derby Park suggesting his team is about to come good. On Friday, Ark, heavily backed to start $2.30 favourite, led throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Pace (1800m) to score by 4-1/2 metres from Its Me Telowie ($3.80) with Aveross Mac ($7.20), a short half head away third. On Saturday, it was Duke Of Albany ($9.40) which scored a short half head win over the fast finishing stablemate Sir Julian ($16.10) to give Brewin the quinella in the SAHRC Pink Ribbon Claiming Pace (1800m). Prince of Zanzibar ($17.30) was a half-head away third in an exciting finish. Top SA freelance reinsman Wayne Hill was the winning driver in each victory. Regular driver Jayden Brewin was in Queensland as part of his Harness Racing South Australia scholarship but, unfortunately, he received a suspension during that week and Brewin will need substitute reinsman for the next week or so for his runners. Brewin smiled when quizzed if his team was about to become very competitive. “A few of my horses have had easy times recently but they are getting fitter and hopefully will step up,” Brewin said. “Ark is a good example. He has been going well but getting fitter and now is spot on. “Wayne fired him away quickly tonight and once in front was able to dictate perfectly.” Ark sprinted home strongly with a 57.9 second last 800 metres and was never challenged rating 1:57.1. On Saturday, Duke of Albany was driven superbly by Hill taking a one-one trail early behind a strong speed set by Prince of Zanzibar and the red hot $1.40 favourite Ona Rocky Beach which was forced to sit parked. Hill brought Duke Of Albany wide turning for home and grabbed a crucial break. On tired legs over the last 50 metres, the six-year-old had just enough to hold off his stablemate Sir Julian which could be considered a shade unlucky. Sir Julian, driven by Matthew Smith, was involved in an early scrimmage which saw him about 20 metres behind the main body of the field early. The gelding wound up strongly down the home straight but just failed to arrive. “Both horses went super,” Brewin said. “I’ve had a bit of trouble with his (Duke of Albany) feet but am getting on top of the issues. “Wayne drove him beautifully and the race worked out really well with the leaders setting up s fast tempo. “I was delighted with Sir Julian. “He’s one which is getting fitter with racing and tonight’s run suggests he is back to his best.” Graham Fischer

Star trotter Rocknroll Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven) continued an amazing cups collection spree with a brilliant harness racing victory in the SA Square Trotters Association Kadina Trotters Cup (1609m). The victory was the mare’s sixth cups win this season. Rocknroll Baby’s run began with the Gramel Cup at Globe Derby Park on January 6, then came a string of four in a row with the Gawler, Mount Gambier, Kapunda and Port Pirie cups on February 10, March 3, 11 and 24 before adding the Kadina Cup on Friday. That record should ensure Rocknroll Baby is already a strong favourite for the 2017-2018 Horse Of The Year title as historians delve into the records to see if any horse has been able to land so many cups in a season. It was an amazing betting race on Friday. Rocknroll Baby, after opening at $2 firmed into $1.60, then only minutes before the start, Truscott Law, which had eased from $2.50 out to $4 was suddenly smashed firming into $2.20 favourite while the mare drifted out to $2.50. Truscott Law, which came from gate five, had to be driven hard early by Danielle Hill before finding the lead after 400 metres with a first quarter of 27.4 and backed off the tempo for a 31.8 second, second quarter. At this time, Rocknroll Baby, which had settled back in the field in the running line was brought forward by Jock Dunlop to apply pressure and make the cup a truly run event. The favourites drew clear of the field down the back with a 28.9 second third quarter. Rocknroll Baby started to gain an advantage over Truscott Law and suddenly ducked in causing the latter to gallop and leaving her well clear of the rest of the field. Dunlop gave Rocknroll Baby an easy time up the home straight and she cruised home 14 metres clear of Light The Flame ($8.90) with Drinktous Wroxton ($39.20), a half metre away third. Rocknroll Baby is trained at Two Wells by Greg Norman for owners AB&T Cormack Racing, comprising Adam, Ben and Terry Cormack. Rocknroll Baby now heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle in May for a four and five-year-old trotters series which has a $30,000 final on May 26. Norman said the Breeders Crown in Victoria would be the mare’s final goal this season. Graham Fischer  

South Australia’s reigning Horse Of The Year, Emain Macha returned to Globe Derby Park on Saturday and demonstrated why he had been awarded the harness racing title. Basically untouched, Emain Macha rated a sizzling 1:55.2 in winning the Sage Hotel Pace (1800m), heat four of the Lonsdale Sand & Metal Reinswomen’s Invitation. Queensland’s Dannielle McMullen was the lucky reinswoman to pick up the drive on Emain Macha. “I have to admit I didn’t really know a lot about him before Saturday but everyone I spoke to said he was a very nice horse, and they were right,” McMullen said. “I was surprised he went so quick, he certainly did it easy. There is no doubt he could have run quicker had there been something up alongside challenging him. “He did it so easy, and still won by nearly 15 metres. We regularly run 1:55 mile rates around Albion Park, but if he came up here, I’m sure he would be doing better than that.” Coming away quickly from gate eight, McMullen took an early trail in the running line while up front there was a battle for the lead with a quick first quarter of the last mile of 28.3 seconds. Once the field settled, McMullen allowed Emain Macha to stride forward and with a lap to go went to the front and proceeded to make it a case of ‘catch me if you can’ - and they couldn’t. The four-year-old, which had been backed from $2 into $1.20 favourite, raced away to win by 14-1/2 metres from Clarenden Hustler ($26) with Montanas Jet ($31.40), 10-1/2 metres away third. Part-owner-trainer Greg Scholefield said the gelding was now back to peak fitness following a life-threatening illness last year. “When he got home after Saturday night, he ate up, and was ready for more,” Scholefield said. “Considering he has done a bit of travelling in the past two weeks, he has proved himself a tough horse. “I had been thinking of freshening him up, but he’s telling me he is happy to keep racing, so I will look for suitable races. There are races at Shepparton and Globe Derby Park which might suit him, so I’ll make a decision later in the week.” Emain Macha has had eight runs so far this preparation for five wins, a second and two thirds. His win, before coming to Adelaide, was an all-the-way victory in the Mark Gurry & Associates Cup during the Mildura Cup carnival. Graham Fischer

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 trainer-driver Angela Chapman showed she is pretty sharp following her training-driving double at Victor Harbor at the club’s Cups day harness racing meeting. Chapman was victorious with front-runner Manonthemoon, and later in the day sat parked on Watch Me Dash which won in a three-way photo. Quizzed on her last training-driving double, Chapman thought for a few moments, then said she thought it was on Diligent Moon and Our Casino Royale at Globe Derby Park. After another pause, added I think it was seven, maybe eight years ago. Correct Ange. Yes, it was those pacers and that day was August 9, 2010 – about 7-1/2 years ago. It might be worth following Manonthemoon, a five-year-old pacer with ability, but which has just taken a while to get it right. “He’s always had the ability, but just been a long time getting it right,” Chapman said. At Victor Harbor, Chapman drove the gelding out of the gates, from three, eventually finding the lead in the Clearview Slashing Country Graduation Series, heat four (2160m) and Manonthemoon ($5.70), answered every challenge to score by 3-1/2 metres from The Big Show ($6.70), with Missy Murdock ($14.20), eight metres away third. Early in his career, Chapman would never had dared driving him out of the mobile because he would have galloped, but such is his new-found maturity, she had no hesitation on Sunday, and he responded with a top win. Her double came up with Watch Me Dash in the South Coast Sand & Civil Pace (1660m). A $48.70 chance, Watch Me Dash sat parked after beginning well from gate six to score a half head win from Friends ($2.90 fav) with Arm A Princess ($7.30), a similar margin away third. Now a nine-year-old, the gelding’s win was a bit emotional because it was its first win since the passing of former trainer Doug Webber last year. Watch Me Dash is owned by his widow Jeanette, but is raced on lease by Angela Chapman. “He doesn’t mind doing it tough,” Chapman said. “He has been racing okay and was suited today and battled on strongly to hold off his challengers.” Graham Fischer  

Our Jericho continued on his Cups collection trail at Victor Harbor on Sunday takings his tally to three since coming to Adelaide harness racing trainer Les Harding in January. Our Jericho ($1.50 fav), driven by Danielle Hill, sat parked before proving too strong for stablemate, and last year’s winner Bettor Party ($3.30) in the UBET Victor Harbor Pacing Cup (2160m) scoring by six metres with Rap Artist ($7.80), 12-1/2 metres away third. The win added to his Gawler and Port Pirie Cups, with five wins from his past six starts for Harding. The eight-year-old is owned by Merv Butterworth who has a good record sending horses to South Australia. Our Jericho had to break the track record to win recording 1:56.1 taking 0:1.8 off the previous best recorded by Bettor Party in his victory last year. Reinsman Ken Rogers was aggressive early on Bettor Party coming out quickly from gate six, and after a short battle with Tezz Khora ($11) assumed control and then set a solid tempo ensuring the favourite would have to do a job to beat him. Danielle Hill admitted when she saw Bettor Party had taken the lead she knew Our Jericho would be in for a tough race. “When he took the front I thought this is going to be a bit of a contest,” Hill said. “I started to shake Our Jericho up down the back, and few a few strides, thought it might be too big a task but then he picked up the bit and took after Bettor Party. “I was surprised he was able to go past as easily as he did around the home turn, and thought it would be a real battle up the straight but he drew clear to win well.” Trainer Les Harding said he was a little surprised Our Jericho had been able to beat Bettor Party as easily. “I thought they would have a real battle but I guess it proves Our Jericho is going pretty well,” Harding said. “Maybe Bettor Party is not going quite as well as he was 12 months ago, but the reality is the winner had to run a track record to win.” Our Jericho is now likely to head for the Group 2 $50,000 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup (2600m) on Saturday, April 14. Graham Fischer

Sunday, March 11, 2018 will be a notable day in the life of former champion harness racing South Australian reinsman David Harding. Now starting his own training career, Harding landed his first major success when former Western Australian pacer Condrieu took out the 2018 UBET Kapunda Pacing Cup, then later in the day his partner Danielle Hill was a runaway winner of the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship at Launceston in Tasmania. The Kapunda Cup also saw top young South Australian reinsman Michael, David’s cousin, land his best win in the sulky while it was a stable quinella with Bettor Party, trained by Les Harding, finishing second. In an exciting finish, Condrieu ($3.80) finished best out wide to score a half neck win in the 2610 metre staying test from Bettor Party ($2.30 fav) with Rap Artist ($5.20) a metre away third. “I’ve known Greg (Bond) for a quite a while and done business with him previously,” Harding said. “He originally rang and offered Condrieu for sale and I considered buying him in partnership with Jake Webster, but we decided not to, but Greg said he would still send the horse to me. “He has been a good horse earning more than $260,000 but Greg felt he needed a change of scenery to reboot his career. “He is a bit one-paced, but the tempo of today’s Cup suited him perfectly.” Duke of Albany ($19.30) led early while Jake Webster, on Bettor Party, sat wide early from gate five before going to the spot outside the lead and trying to take the lead. Jayden Brewin, on the leader, was reluctant to give up the front but after a 200-metre battle, finally conceded. Webster kept a good tempo on with 30.6 and 30.9 first quarters of the last 16500 metres before increasing for a 29.1 third quarter and 30.8 final sectional. Michael Harding, who recently took out the Claiming Cup at Globe Derby Park on Ona Rocky Beach, again showed his driving maturity. Condrieu settled second last in the running line in the small field of eight and with just over a lap to go, Ryan Hryhorec on Mark Dennis ($5.30), which was last tried to get Harding moving to take him into the race. “David said to me around a track like Kapunda, it was nearly impossible to be covering ground more than once around the turns, so I was staying in until we went into the back straight,” Harding said. “The tempo had suited my horse and in the home straight just kept coming and I was able to grab Bettor Party in the sight of the post.” Jake Webster said in hindsight he might have driven Bettor Party a little differently. “I was always going to try for the front but what I would change would be the last few hundred metres,” Webster said. “Bettor Party was travelling but I sent him for home on straightening trying to put a gap on Condrieu which I knew would be finishing on. “But after grabbing a break, my horse switched off thinking his job was done, and David’s horse was able to grab me. In hindsight, I should have waited a bit longer before going for home.” David Harding said the Cup winner would go to the $14,999 Port Pirie Pacing Cup (2530m) on Saturday, March 24 but will again run into Bettor Party and also its stablemate Our Jericho. Graham Fischer

Talented trotting mare Rocknroll Baby displayed her recent maturity overcoming mid-race issues to score an all the way win in the Prince Of Wales Kapunda Trotters Cup (2610m). Driver Jock Dunlop revealed the crupper used on the mare had broken with a lap to go seeing her gear go forward and putting him ill at ease. “She had every excuse to go into a gallop when that happened,” Dunlop said. “I was certainly on edge for the last lap, but the mare was in a good rhythm and stayed trotting. She did a great job.” Rocknroll Baby ($1.60 fav) was well rated in front by Dunlop to score a five metre win from Bold Law ($13.60) which finished fast late with Truscott Law ($5), 1-1/2 metres away third. Dunlop was able to get away with pedestrian quarters of 32.1 and 31.6 before letting the mare slide with 27.9 and 30.3 final sectionals and no horse was able to get close enough for Dunlop to have to try and shake her up. It was Rocknroll Baby’s second Cup win in eight days having scored at Mount Gambier on the previous Saturday. The mare will try to make it three Cups in a month by going for the $8000 Port Pirie Trotters Cup (2530m) on Saturday, March 24. They add to the Gramel Trotters Cup and Hambeltonian Cup she collected earlier in the year. Trainer Greg Norman has always sung the mare’s praises. “She has only been trotting for just over 12 months,” Norman said. “She has had plenty of racing, and travelling, but has been getting better and better. “Provided she pulls up okay, she will be off to Port Pirie.” Norman wasn’t at Kapunda, he was in Melbourne picking up a new addition to the AB&T Cormack Racing stables. “We paid $26,000 for a colt by Majestic Son out of the former star trotting mare Zesta. “She was only small, but she could certainly trot. This colt is also very small, but he is built like a pocket battleship.” Graham Fischer

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