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White Star Lodge, which was originally founded in Western Australia in 2010 and is now firmly established at Two Wells, situated on the northern outskirts of Adelaide, is one of the leading breeding and training complexes in South Australia. The 40 acre property is conducted by Maria Petricevich, a member of a well known WA pacing family, and her partner, Shane Loone, one of the leading trainers at Globe Derby Park. Maria is a granddaughter of Joe Petricevich, who trained Beau Travis to win the WA Pacing Cup in 1961, and a cousin of Paula Petricevich, a successful hobby trainer in Perth and Kody Charles, a well known WA breeder-owner and founder of the successful WA breeding operation known as KTC Bloodstock. Maria and Shane are offering their second draft of yearlings at the 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Their five strong consignment – two colts and three fillies – is easily the largest of the 23 individual vendors represented at the sale. “Overall, we are delighted with our draft of yearlings. They are really settling well into their preparation and will be in great order for purchasers on sale day. They are all well fed and are well grown,” Maria said. The first of the White Star Lodge draft is Lot 1, a brown colt from the second crop of the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year The Gold Ace out of the Group 1 placegetter French Fashion. A half-brother to the homebred SA Sale Graduate Pace runner-up Style Queen, the colt is closely related to the WA Diamond Classic winner Cool Adda, the former top WA juvenile Whitby Tolez and a string of classic and cup winners. “He’s a nice, strong, well conformed colt with a good attitude,” Maria said. Lot 9, a daughter of exciting, young sire Hurrikane Kingcole and the Mr Feelgood mare My Names Molly, belongs to the family of top pacers such as Majestic Mach, Masked Crusader, Masterson and new Australasian three-year-old mile record holder Muscle Factory (1:49.6). “She’s a nice filly whose got a bit of spark,” she said. The third of the White Star draft is Lot 25, a lovely, rich bay filly that ranks as a half-sister to the good Globe Derby winner White Star Stephie. She’s by the Rocknroll Hanover horse BG’s Folly. Next is Lot 32, a Hurrikane Kingcole filly out of the sub 2:00 Falcon Seelster mare Venus Lindenny, and from a ‘black type’ family which includes the Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star, Ima Rocket Star (2nd Chariots of Fire) and the WA Cup winner Our Ian Mac. “She’s a beautiful, strong filly who you can’t fault,” Maria stated. The final one of the draft is Lot 34, a strong, athletic colt by the Victoria and SA Cup winner Caribbean Blaster out of a 1:57 Major In Art mare from a powerful NSW family. Boasting a 4 x 4 cross to the top race and broodmare Willing Whiz, the colt hails from the same tribe as Group winners Caribbean Blaster, Charlaval, Rohan Home, Protikori, and many others. “We aim to breed quality yearlings at an affordable price. Not everyone can afford Bettor’s Delight, Art Major or Somebeachsomewhere service fees. We carefully select strong mares from proven producing families. The family must frequently leave above average performers,” Maria said. “Shane likes to delve into the breeding crosses and niches. We thoroughly research to find the right stallion to add value to the mare’s bloodlines. Proven crosses and that injection of a certain horse into the pedigree at the right spot are a great way to start. “We give the new stallions a chance if they offer the right mixture for our mares. If they are well bred and have shown it on the track, there is a good chance they can make it as a stallion in this tough world. Half the trick is sending the right mare to them. “There are no real rules to breeding, but using proven families and crosses have shown to work. From there we give our mares and future foals the best of what they need and we hope to breed someone’s next champion,” Maria added. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at www.saharness.com Peter Wharton

Multiple records were set at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club on Sunday, December 30,  but this time it was the patrons instead of the horses. The club recorded its highest taking at the gate, bar, TAB and punters club, with more than 900 people attending the race meeting. Leading up to the event, club president Lynton Bishop feared the race day would be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions forecasted. But a change in temperature resulted in perfect racing conditions and a day out for patrons. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We were extremely impressed with the patron numbers along with the quality of horses that came to Morgan Park,” Bishop said. Horses and trainers travelled from as far as Naracoorte and Mount Gambier. The race meeting included the Victor Harbor Pacing Cup, which was won by Naracoorte-trained Emain  Macha for Greg Scholefield, and driven by Wayne Hill. The five-year-old race-favourite started the 2660m standing-start race with a 10m handicap to win by nearly six metres. The horse broke the track record by two tenths of a second, which was originally set on March 20, 2011, by Sound System with a time of 2.01.9. It wasn’t Scholefield’s only win of the day, also teaming up with Hill for victories in races one and seven. “Scholefield is a very astute trainer, he has always had a nice horse,” Bishop said. “Emain Macha could ultimately dominate the fast class races in SA.” Previously, Harness Racing SA made the decision to move all cup races back to standing starts to give all horses an equal opportunity. Bishop said often one or two horses would dominate the cup races across the state. “By having a standing start, it brings the field closer together,” he said. “It gives the front markers an even chance because you’re handicapping the better-quality horses.” The next race meeting at Victor Harbor will be on Monday, January 14, and will include the Trotters Cup. Gates will open at about 11.30am with the first race expected to start at about 1pm. Correct times will be advised on the club’s Facebook page and website. By Ali Kuchel Reprinted with permission of The Victor Harbour Times

Shardonant win at Strathalbyn on December 17 showed there is value for money in buying at the South Australian Yearling sale. A harness racing graduate from the 2017 sale, the son of the ill-fated All Speed Hanover, won his second race from just 12 starts, in December at the Southern Raceway in Strathalbyn. Purchased by Don Lee at the sale for just $7000, Shardonant started eight times as a two-year-old for a win in the SA BOTRA Sales Graduate Pace and two other placings. Now three, he was placed first up, and then had no luck in an open race at Globe Derby before sitting outside Oohlala Lady at Strathalbyn and proving too strong for that mare in the run home. Bred by Peter Olds, who offered him and four other yearlings at the 2017 sale. Shardonant, as mentioned is by All Speed Hanover, who only had only 50 foals before his untimely death. All Speed Hanover, by Cams Card Shark, took out the $700,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, beating Sportswriter in a titanic duel on the straight. Shardonant looks to be in for a bright three-year-old season under the care of Michael Norman. If you’re after a bargain, the Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale is the place to be on Sunday February 10. It is “the sale that has something for everyone”. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie and all other SA country tracks plus interstate venues or call HRSA on (08) 82852899.   Gary Newton SA BOTRA Magazine Editor - Co-Host & Producer Harness Racing Show. Mobile 0417 026 907 SA Harness.com - http://saharness.com

It was a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ between sibling harness racing stablemates Labella Rock and Emain Macha at Globe Derby during the weekend. After his younger half-sister was successful towards the beginning of the card, Emain Macha annihilated his rivals at his second run from a spell. Driven by Wayne Hill, Emain Macha was caught three-wide early from the outside of the front row before making his way to the front. Experiencing little more than a training exercise, the son of Safari cruised to an emphatic 30-and-a-half metre win from Regal Lager, with Torque Of Courage a head away third. “That was a top run from him,” trainer Greg Scholefield said. “I expected him to be better after his first-up start as his work has been great. “He did it as he pleased and got to the line well. That run will sharpen him up for next time around. “I’m not sure where I will head with him next…either back to Globe Derby or even another trip to Victoria.” With Anthony Robinson holding the reins, Labella Rock also set the pace on her way to an 19-metre win from For The Corz, with I Wanna Rocknroll five-and-a-half metres away third. “I’m extremely happy with the way she has come back,” Scholefield said. “I have a reasonable opinion of her. “She got sick during her last prep and didn’t go as well as can, which is just one of those young horse things. “She has come back very well and should have a bit of a future. “Like Emain Macha, I’m not sure where I will head with her next, but no matter where that is, she will be sharper for her first-up run.”   HRSA Media  

CONSISTENT pacer That Said is in a strong position to keep his solid form for the season going at Globe Derby on Saturday night. Fresh from his win at the same venue a fortnight ago, That Said has drawn barrier five in the opening race on the card for trainer Jill Neilson. Although she referred to the draw as “tricky”, Neilson believes the son of Well Said is capable of making his presence felt. “He is racing really well with a pair of wins and four placings from his eight starts this time in,” Neilson said. “I’m very happy with the way he is racing and working and expect him to put in another good run. “It will be tricky from five, but he is ready to run his honest race and with the right run will be thereabouts.” Citing Our Surrogate as the one to beat, Neilson also rates the gelding’s stablemate Carmy Dan as a major chance. “Our Surrogate looks like a nice type for Aaron Bain,” Neilson said. “It has drawn well in three and is the one to beat. “Carmy Dan, which is also trained by Aaron, also looks pretty handy and will no doubt do well even from the second row.” With no major plans in mind for the gelding, Neilson will continue to find suitable targets for That Said as he works his way through the grades. “I haven’t got anything set out,’ Neilson said. “Just get past this run and look for the next race. “Keep playing it by ear and see how he goes.” HRSA

Comeback trotter Coolbreeze completed an impressive return to racing during the weekend. First-up since last February, Coolbreeze overcame a 10-metre handicap to score at Port Pirie for trainer Lane Johnson. Thrilled with the gelding’s performance, Johnson is confident the pacing-bred son of Jeremes Jet can make his way through the grades this preparation – providing he stays sound! “He was meant to be a pacer, but all he has ever wanted to do it trot,” Johnson said. “He did a top little job as a two-year-old then had 20 months off after having an operation on his fetlock and hocks to remove bone chips. “The time off did him well as he came back even better and won his last four starts before feeling terrible at Kapunda last February. “That resulted in another operation to take bone chips out of his opposite hock. “I couldn’t be happier with the way he has come back this time and have no doubt he can put together a few more wins if he can stay sound.” With Johnson holding the reins during his latest victory, Coolbreeze settled midfield early before eventually using the sprint lane to account for Cold Crusher and Truscott Hall in 2:04.1 over 2050 metres. “Going on his work I knew he was ready to run a good race,” Johnson said. “He will definitely improve from the run and be better next time around. “At around 16.3 hands he is a big lump of a thing, but very quiet and docile. “I will check the program for him and see what’s around, but long term I plan to head over to Victoria with him to see if he can pick up a race there.”   HRSA  

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) advises that it has completed a review of the SA harness racing calendar and the effect the current calendar has on the overall dynamic of the industry in the state. The review concluded that the South Australian harness horse population is less than sufficient to sustain three meetings each week in the northern part of the state and resultantly, for the balance of the season, the racing calendar has been rationalised to best advantage the industry moving forward. The changes to be implemented are primarily two-fold. These being;   That only two race meetings each week will be scheduled in the northern part of the state for the majority of the year.         2.  Racing at Port Pirie will take a twelve week break from the end of June 2019 through to the last                     weekend in September 2019.   The effective outcomes of the rationalisation being that the number of meetings in the northern part of the state will be reduced to 105 per year with racing predominately being conducted on Saturday evenings and Monday afternoons. In making the changes announced today HRSA Chairman Gary Crocker stated, “the shift to two meetings during the trial period of August/September/October proved successful on a number of fronts but importantly enhanced revenues which has enabled us to increase our minimum stakes level by 20%” Mr Crocker added “we acknowledge the co-operation of the Port Pirie club in their decision to take a break over the winter months as this will enable them to race more regularly through a more defined period”. Resulting from today’s decision there have had to be adjustments to the racing calendar to ensure that all clubs are afforded the quantum of meetings relative to the race horse population. While some of these changes made effect race dates in the short-term the reality is that they nonetheless had to be made to ensure that those meetings would proceed. The revised calendar to the end of the financial year is available by clicking here. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •  rneal@saharness.org.au

ALTHOUGH slightly vulnerable first-up from a spell, Lochinvar Hugo is forward enough to maintain his perfect South Australian record according to trainer Dean Girardi‚Äč Unbeaten from four starts since arriving at the Girardi stable, Lochinvar Hugo has drawn barrier four over a mile at Port Pirie. Pleased with the gelding’s progress since his freshen up, Girardi admitted Lochinvar Hugo “is in need of the run” but has no doubt the son of Sportswriter is ready for a winning return. “He’s been working really well and is fit enough to win first-up,” Girardi said. “Race fitness is another thing all together, but I’m pleased with his condition going into this. “He is still a bit chubby, but he’s ok…if he doesn’t go well it will disappointment me. “Whatever he does this weekend he will be better again with a couple more races.” Citing Friends as the main danger, Girardi also rates Ramirez and Tossup as major threats. A last start winner, Ramirez will begin from barrier three, with Friends to come from gate five and Tossup drawn six. “Friends is racing well and is coming back in class with a claim,” Girardi said. “Ramirez and Tossup are also going well and should be thereabouts. “My bloke’s work has been good and I expect a descent run. At the very least he will do enough to make it into the Final.”   HRSA

HAVING already matched her parents’ feat, Ellen Rixon has a prime opportunity to claim bragging rights over ‘the oldies’ this weekend. Rixon is one of two people representing New South Wales in Saturday night’s Australian Drivers’ Championship, with her folks previously wearing the state’s colours on the national stage. Rixon’s father Peter contested the 1988 Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship in Queensland, finishing at the rear of the field. Her mother, Cindy (nee Turnbull), was runner-up behind Graham Ward in the 1991 Inter Dominion Young Drivers’ Championship, which was conducted in New Zealand. This weekend’s will be Rixon’s second appearance in the ADC, having finished midfield in Tasmania last season. “I’m really looking forward to being part of it and spending time with the other drivers,” Rixon said. “It was such an honour to represent New South Wales last season and to be asked again is a huge thrill. “Hopefully I can do the colours proud.” Although the least experienced driver in the event, Rixon is a sneaky chance of upstaging her ‘veteran’ rivals thanks to some favourable draws. Rixon’s drives include All Hail Caesar, which has won its last two starts, Forte Courage, which boasts three wins from his last five outings, and Toolern Miss, which has two wins from her three recent starts. “On paper it looks like a few of my drives have got good form which is good,” Rixon said. “Hopefully I can have a bit of luck on the night.” Rixon will be joined by talented young reinsman Todd McCarthy who is also making a return to the Championship McCarthy wore the state silks during the 2016 edition in South Australia, which was won by local reinsman, Wayne Hill. During the same year McCarthy was triumphant in the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship in Perth. “It should be a bit of fun, but most of all, hopefully Ellen or I can come home with a win for the state,” McCarthy said. “We’ve both got some reasonable drives, so we are in with a shot.” McCarthy has also applauded Harness Racing SA for hosting the event and dedicating the meeting to the series. “It’s great that South Australia is holding it again,” McCarthy said. “They did a wonderful job last time. “I also think it’s awesome they have managed to put on the whole card giving all the drivers plenty of chances to earn some points and get a win.” HRSA

HRSA is delighted to again be hosting the Australian Drivers Championship this coming Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, with patrons having the opportunity to witness the best drivers the industry has on offer. The championship was last held here in 2016 and, on that occasion, it was SA’s own Wayne Hill, who defeated the nation’s best drivers to be crowned Australian Drivers Champion for that year. This year Wayne’s sister Danielle, alongside Ryan Hryhorec, will be the SA representatives in the series which comprises of twelve drivers, being two each from the six states that conduct harness racing in Australia. Both Danielle and Ryan have represented the state previously in national championships, with Danielle winning the Australian Female Driver Championships in Tasmania earlier this year, and Ryan finishing second to Wayne Hill in the National Championship here in SA in 2016. The night is sure to provide exciting racing of the highest quality, and presents harness racing followers with a great opportunity to come to Globe Derby Park and enjoy harness racing at its very best. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •  rneal@saharness.org.au    

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that TCO2 was detected above the allowable threshold in a blood sample taken from AURORA LANE prior to Race 7,  “LION PTY LTD PACE” at Globe Derby Park on 20th August 2018. The B sample confirmed the elevated TCO2 level by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland. Evidence was taken from licenced trainer Justin Brewin regarding his feeding and treatment regime including his possible explanation for the elevated TCO2 of AURORA LANE.  Mr Brewin pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) &(4) in that he presented AURORA LANE to race at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August 2018 not free of a prohibited substance.  After considering submissions on penalty and after having regard for the following relevant factors: his guilty plea the period of time Mr Brewin has been involved in training horses his excellent record recent penalties applied in South Australia in relation to this prohibited substance Mr Brewin’s assistance and co-operation throughout the investigation the personal circumstances of Mr Brewin. The Stewards determined that the trainers licence of Mr Brewin be disqualified for 6 months, which is to commence from the 25th October, he was provided 14 days to make the necessary arrangements that will enable him to adhere to the restrictions placed on a disqualified person in accordance with AHRR 259(1). Acting under the provisions of AHRR195 AURORA LANE will be disqualified from Race 7 at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August. Mr Brewin was also directed to pay the costs associated with the confirmation analysis report provided by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland. Mr Brewin was advised his rights of appeal. Simon Ewen CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from Racing Analytical Services Ltd (RASL) that TCO2 was detected above the allowable threshold in a blood sample taken from REDDY MAJOR prior to Race 4,  “THE COCA COLA COMPANY 3YO PACE” at Globe Derby Park on 20th August 2018. The B sample confirmed the elevated TCO2 level by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland. Evidence was taken from licenced trainer Don Girardi regarding his feeding and treatment regime including his possible explanation for the elevated TCO2 of REDDY MAJOR.  Mr Girardi pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule 190(1),(2) &(4) in that he presented REDDY MAJOR to race at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August 2018 not free of a prohibited substance.  After considering submissions on penalty and after having regard for the following relevant factors: his guilty plea the period of time Mr Girardi has been involved in training horses his good record recent penalties applied in South Australia in relation to this prohibited substance Mr Girardi’s assistance and co-operation throughout the investigation the personal circumstances of Mr Girardi. The Stewards determined that the trainers licence of Mr Girardi be disqualified for 7 months, which is to commence from the 25th October, he was provided 14 days to make the necessary arrangements that will enable him to adhere to the restrictions placed on a disqualified person in accordance with AHRR 259(1). Acting under the provisions of AHRR195 REDDY MAJOR will be disqualified from Race 4 at Globe Derby Park on the 20th of August. Mr Girardi was also directed to pay the costs associated with the confirmation analysis report provided by The Racing Forensic Laboratory in Queensland. Mr Girardi was advised his rights of appeal. Simon Ewen CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS

Winning classic races is nothing new for the popular Hartwig harness racing family in Adelaide. Bill Hartwig, the patriarch of the family, achieved great success with the New York Motoring entire, Diamond Blue Chip in the 1990’s, winning the 1993 South Australian Derby, the 1994 SA Veterinary Surgeon’s Cup and Christmas Cup and a heat of the Victoria Sires Stakes and $136,122 in stakes. While Bill and his sons Chris and Scott were part of the syndicate that raced the smart performers Jasper County (15 wins and $124,268), Earl Nugent NZ, the winner of 18 races including the Mildura Guineas, General Stoneridge (13 wins) and Galaxy Ruler, who won 31 races, including nine at Harold Park and the 2002 SA Christmas Cup and $146,972. Chris Hartwig later became chairman of Harness Racing South Australia, serving from October 2016 until May this year, before stepping down to take up a managerial role in private enterprise. He is still a Board Director of HRSA. The family remains actively involved in the ownership of pacers. They are currently racing Bella Mystique, a Falcon Seelster three-year-old filly in the Justin Brewin barn. The Hartwigs outlaid $52,500 for two superbly bred yearlings at this year’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Sale at Morphettville and both are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held at Globe Derby Park in June 2019. “It would be great to win the only Group 1 race in South Australia,” Chris Hartwig said. “The feedback we have had about both youngsters so far has been good.” “We love racing the young horses.” The family bought the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Morgan Abby for $36,000. It was the highest price paid for a yearling colt at the sale by SA interests, and the Western Terror-Bute Sister NZ filly for $16,500 was  the second highest priced filly. The colt’s dam, Morgan Abby, a $118,050 earner with a three-year-old record of 1:55.7, has already left three winners from four foals of racing age. She ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner, Its Only Rocknroll 1:53.2 ($309,432) and the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner, Lynniemach (2:00) and belongs to the immediate family of KIngstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand, Gold King, Royal Chef, Duel Prince and so on. The colt is on his third preparation with Globe Derby trainer David Harding. Harding said: “He’s a nice, big, strong colt. He’s doing everything right at this stage. I think he’ll make the grade as a two-year-old.” The filly, who is a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners, is a sibling to the NZ and Great Northern Derby winner Badlands Bute 1:56.6 ($338,365) and the NZ Oaks winner Caps Off 1:52.4 ($135,197) and to the dam of Group 3 winner, Hemisphere. She was broken in by Lane Johnson and is on her third prep with Dani Hill. Hill said: “She’s a well put together filly and a nice pacer. I can see no reason why she won’t make the grade as a two-year-old.” Chris Hartwig’s wife, Kylie, is the owner of an Art Major filly out of the McArdle mare Lucilla Franco NZ which she bought privately as a yearling in Victoria. The filly is a half-sister to the SA Kindergarten Trophy and Mount Gambier Derby victor, Bayview Harbour. With three two-year-olds in training, the Hartwig’s are understandably optimistic about the future. Bring on the baby races! Peter Wharton

Port Pirie harness racing stalwart Dominic Tattoli had double cause for celebration last Saturday night at Phoenix Park when the well performed Tossup recorded its ninth win for the stable when taking out the $7,000 Henry Osborne Fodder Store Pace.  Tossup, owned by Dominic’s wife Karen and daughter Kirsty, led throughout in the hands of well credentialled young horseman Brodie Webster, and at the post held a decisive six metre margin on its closest rival I Wanna Rocknroll. Tossup’s win followed that of stablemate Antaeus Blue Chip which won on 8th September at Port Pirie, also in the hands of Brodie who has established a good record with the stable. As a result of both wins not only did Karen and Kirsty receive a healthy winner’s purse but also, as a consequence of the HRSA policy which enables young/concession drivers to win five races penalty free each season until they reach fifty career wins, both Antaeus Blue Chip and Tossup were not penalised for winning their races as Brodie had not driven 5 winners in the new season. Part-owner Kirsty Tattoli stated that “the recent wins have been a great thrill for the whole family and we are happy to support the young drivers concept recently introduced by HRSA as it gives our young drivers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in races” The list of Concession drivers together with their available claims are listed below and HRSA encourage owners and trainers to engage these young people to assist their development in the industry. Driver Total Wins Wins to date 2018/19 Brodie Webster 47 2 Michael Harding 42 0 Jayden Brewin 153 4 Kaela Hryhorec 64 4 Matt Bailey 1 0 Kailey Piper 0 0 Samantha Pascoe 1 1 Ashley Cluse 0 0 Tiana McMahon 20 1   HRSA Media

IFE is about to get a lot tougher for handy pacer Hard Rock Shannon according to trainer Leah Harvey. A winner at Globe Derby last week, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is set to return to the venue on Saturday night. Although Hard Rock Shannon has drawn well in barrier three, Harvey believes the 1800-metre event shapes as a test for the gelding. “He is starting to get the pointy end of the classes, but I think he will go ok,” Harvey said. “I’m not sure how he will go as he gets closer to open company, but in this grade on the weekend I expect him to do well. “He’s been working well and has a handy draw in a handy race so we’ll have to see where he ends up.” Rating Ace To Play and Torque Of Courage as dangers, Harvey regards The Nature Boy as an “intriguing” runner. The sole starter along the second row, The Nature Boy is first-up since last February. “The Nature Boy was in good form before he went off the racing scene, so he is an intriguing one,” Harvey said.”It’s a pretty even field, so I guess it will come down to what sort of run they get.” With no major plans in mind for the six-year-old, Harvey will find suitable races for Hard Rock Shannon as they become programmed. “At this stage I’m just taking it bit by bit and see how he goes,” Harvey said. “He seems to have hit his straps again so I will try and win a few with him while he is going well.” HRSA Media

THERE is nothing unusual about reading S Pascoe among the winners’ at Globe Derby. Enjoying a successful career across several decades, S Pascoe has made frequent trips to the number one stall at South Australia’s home of racing – including yesterday. The latest S Pascoe victory had a slight difference, however, with the S belonging to Samantha. Traditionally it has been Pascoe’s father, Scott, who has kept the name in lights. Partnering Heza Presidente, Pascoe registered her maiden win as a reinswoman. “I’m just so thrilled,” Pascoe said. “I haven’t stopped smiling since the race. “Kerry (Brown, trainer) told me he would be a good chance if he led, but I was just so nervous the whole way and kept expecting something to come at us.” Finding the front from barrier three, Heza Presidente scored by a metre from Bonnies A Beauty, with Arambi Star two metres away third. Breaking an 11-month drought, the son of Presidential Ball rated 2:00.5 over 1800 metres. “The home straight seemed to go forever,” Pascoe said. “I was just hoping one of the others wouldn’t run over the top of us close to the line. “He went along really well and is a horse I will never forget. “I can’t thank Kerry enough for giving me the drive.”   HRSA Media

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