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REJUVENATED pacer Barney Fella will be out to complete a Port Pirie hat-trick on Saturday night. Successful at his last two starts – both at the provincial venue - Barney Fella has drawn the pole in his bid for a third consecutive win. Before his current good form the Dominic Tattoli–trained gelding was absent from the winners’ circle for 17 months. “He is older and more cunning,” Tattoli said. “He wasn’t going as well so I eased up on his work but he got worse, so put the work back into him he got better again! “He’s turned the corner a little bit and is going alright. “In his last couple of starts he has won from good draw or with right sit and hopefully that will be the case again on the weekend.” Rating Starlight Rainbow as the biggest danger, Tattoli believes each of Barney Fella’s five rivals can play a role in the finish. Prepared by Aaron Bain, Starlight Rainbow will begin from barrier three. “I think he will lead from three and be hard to run down,” Tattoli said. “If we can sit behind him we will be a good chance up the straight. “It’s only a small, but even, field and it you wouldn’t be surprised regardless of which horse won.”   HRSA Media

AN INTERSTATE trip is on the cards for quality mare Rocknroll Baby. Overcoming large handicaps during her two recent starts – including a 50-metre back mark at Globe Derby last night - the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven will be taken to Victoria by trainer Greg Norman. Norman has set his sights on the Four-Year-Old Trotting Mares’ Breeders’ Crown Championship in Melton on August 24. “I will head to Victoria now to give her a couple of starts,” Norman said. “I’ll look at a TM0 with her and the Breeders’ Crown Championship. “There is a trot for four-year-olds next week, which is the same night as the TM0, so I will nominate her for both and see which one she gets a run in. “After her Victorian stint she will go to the paddock for a good break.” Driven by Jock Dunlop during her latest triumph, Rocknroll Baby settled at the tail of the field early as Elementofdoubt led. Angled four-wide turning for home, Rocknroll Baby dug deep along the home straight to score by a head from Riegle Deception, with Variable Miss four metres away third. Rating 2:04.1 over 2230 metres, the squaregaiter stretched her record to 19 wins and 13 placings from 61 starts for earnings of $102,223. “I thought she could win, but they drove to beat her,” Norman said. “I timed her first half at 58.1 seconds, which was just to get into the race from her handicap. “It’s hard to win of 50 metres in any field, so it was a big effort.”   Harness Racing SA

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

In a break with tradition, harness racing will be trialled at Phoenix Park on Sunday. The meetings are usually on Friday night, but declining revenue and the need achieve Sky 1 telecast coverage have led to the switch. Vision of the meeting has previously been restricted to Sky 2, a less popular channel with punters. The first race will be held under the new format at 5pm on Sunday, May 20, with national telecast coverage Four Sunday twilight meetings are scheduled in the next six weeks – May 20 and June 3, 10 and 24. After being approached by the state governing body, Harness Racing SA, the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club opted for the new timeslot to guarantee national coverage on Sky 1. Club president Jacqui Hall said local harness racing was regarded as South Australia’s top competition and it was being dubbed the “speed track”. “On Friday, April 27, Bettor Party notched up a super time of 1:53:5 to take out the 2018 Portside Tavern Ubet Kadina Cup at Port Pirie,” she said. The Port Pirie Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation series is fast approaching on June 24. Negotiations have begun with some of the best drivers to attend this yearly event. The club has three member trainers in the top 10 list in the state with three-quarters of the season elapsed. Waylon Hornhardt has 135 race starts for 22 wins, 41 seconds and 18 thirds. Lyndon Hall and Leah Harvey are having super seasons. The state’s leading horse, Mymatethomo, is locally owned and trained by Mr Hall. His stable has the top three horses on the premiership list at Port Pirie. Jacqui said the club had acquired the services of upcoming race announcer Lachlan Stace. “The 17-year-old has been a fabulous addition to our race meetings, keeping the crowd informed with industry matters, driver interviews, sponsor details and race calls,” she said. “He is being mentored by Jim Jacques and is fast becoming a well-known face at harness racing tracks around the state.” Port Pirie is the most successful harness racing club in SA. “We are proud of the amazing group of volunteers that contributes to this success,” Jacqui said “The public in the north has a great opportunity to see the best racing the state has to offer and, if you haven’t attended a meeting in recent years, now is the time." Former Port Pirie identity Gary Crocker is now chairman of the Harness Racing SA Board. He said if the club stayed on Sky 2 telecasts, its revenue would continue to decline. “It was a trial that we had to have. I think it will work okay in an area like Port Pirie which is strong in their support of sport,” he said. “If successful in alleviating the decline in revenue, it could become the norm.” By Greg Mayfield Reprinted with permission of The Port Pirie Recorder

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 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 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

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

The 2018 U-Bet Pacing Cup was a resounding success at Phoenix Park last Friday. The crowd of 1200 was “as good as we have had for many years,” according to Port Pirie Harness Racing Club secretary-manager Neville Thomson. On-course wagering with bookmaker Curly Seal, represented by Robert Cronin, and the TAB reached $25,000. The enthusiastic crowd racked up food and drink sales of more than $12,000. Star of the night was the leading South Australian driver Danielle Hill who won the $15,000 cup with Our Jericho. The horse is owned by Butterworth Racing Syndicate and trained by Les Harding who is Hill’s partner’s father from Globe Derby Park. Second was Rap Artist, trained and driven by Darren Billinger and owned by Mark Billinger and Richard Miller. Third was Bettor Party, also trained by Les Harding and driven by Ken Rogers. Hill had eight drives – every race – on the night for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. “Two meetings ago she had six drives for five winners here,” Mr Thomson said. “She loves coming here. She travels widely. So far this season, which is halfway through, she has driven 99 winners and at least 25 of them have been here. “The spectators can appreciate her skills. She is in every race and she is built very lightly. “She has proven she is the best and she will go anywhere to drive. She deserves her success.” The meeting offered total prizemoney of $55,000. By Greg Mayfield Reprinted with permission of The Recorder

Through the generosity of the Whyalla Harness Racing Club, a $100 float rebate will be provided to all unplaced runners at the Whyalla Meeting on Easter Monday April 2. In addition, all trainers with runners on the day will go into a draw for a set of hopples donated by Hopkins Saddlery. This meeting will see the return of Harness Racing to Whyalla for the first time since 2015. The meeting will be highlighted by the running of the $12,000 Whyalla Pacing Cup, a 2360m Mobile Start event for horses assessed C3 to C5. On this day the last of the Country Graduation Heats will also be run for 4yo & older C1 & C2 assessed horses, where runners have been competing at various venues throughout the state in an attempt to qualify for the $10,000 Final. The final will be held at Port Pirie on Friday April 6. For patrons on course there will be live music and for children there will be a jumping castle and face painting, along with raffles and other competitions. The Whyalla Harness Racing Club would like to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors, who have helped in enabling the club to return racing back to Whyalla: ​RACE NAME SPONSORS: Whyalla BOTRA Cowell Oysters Stassi Engineering West End Steve White General Builders Port Augusta Harness Racing Club Sundowner Hotel CLUB SPONSORS: Seven Hills Cellars Whyalla Scrap Metal Merchants Cowell Bakery Solomons Flooring Rohan Ramsay Michelle Agencies Playford Newsagents The Alexander Hotel The Foreshore Hotel Azzopardi Butchers The Westlands Hotel Intersport Whyalla The Eyre Hotel Nominations for this meeting close at 2pm Tuesday March 27. David Thuen, Racing Operations Manager

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

At an age when most horses are heading into retirement, Brettoneux has only just begun his harness racing career. Now 11, Brettoneux won at Kapunda on Monday, February 12, at just his third race start – and all have been this year. Globe Derby Park trainer Vaughn Newman takes up the story. “I’ve trained a few horses for a Victorian owner John Kennedy and he said a relative, Murray Goates from Werribee, had a trotter he wanted to send to South Australia. “I’ve trained horses for more than 40 years, and always pacers, never a trotter,” Newman said. “When John said the horse was 11 and had never raced I turned him down but said I would try to place him. “A few trainers showed interest but quickly dropped off because of his age, so finally, I said okay. Newman found out Brettoneux had actually qualified to race for Victorian trainer Amy Tubbs back in 2012. “He then suffered tendon injuries in both legs and spent 4-1/2 years in a paddock before being brought back into training. “I think John (Kennedy) worked him up before he came across to South Australia.” Newman gave the gelding his first start at Kapunda on January 5. “I had no idea what to expect and I don’t think Wayne (reinsman Wayne Hill) did either. “The horse trotted safely, but slowly, before Wayne shook him up during the last lap and he made up good ground. “Next start at Globe Derby (on January 15) I had something on him because I thought he had improved but he broke and lost a lot of ground before again trotting home strongly. “He had never broke for me so I was shocked and mucked around with his headgear for last Monday’s race.” Backed from $31 into $17.90, Brettoneux began quickly off his front mark and Hill found himself left 40 metres in front of the body of the field. With the knowledge of the horse, Hill kept him trotting strongly running 30.1, 30.2 and 30.0 quarters making it basically impossible for anything to catch him. Brettoneux scored a 12 metre win from Truscott Hall ($1.50 fav) with No Renege ($7.10), 16 metres away third. “He did get tired running a 33.5 final quarter,” Hill said, “but he also knocked off a bit when I didn’t keep at him.” Newman said the gelding had had 27 weeks of training for his races, so it was fair to assume, after such a long break, he would continue to get fitter. Brettoneux’s next run will be in the $7000 Legends Trotters Final (2220m) at Kapunda on Monday, February 26. Incredibly, even though he will be in his first full year of racing, when Brettoneux turns 12 on September 1, he will have to undergo a veterinary inspection each time he heads to the races. Graham Fischer  

Cyril Potts was an unsung hero of harness racing in the north of South Australia for well over forty years. From the 1950’s through to retiring in the 1990’s and moving across the border to Victoria. As a leading trainer, Cyril shared his love and passion for the sport with many people including Paul Fitzgerald and Ken (Bones) Smith.  However, the most notable was Peter Thompson, who himself became the Leading Trainer in the North for several years. Cyril keenly respected his owners, of which he had many, and would work hard to maintain his horses to high standard whilst keeping his training fees as low as he could at his cherished Simpson Road Stables. In the 1950’s dedicated himself to the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club Committee.  You would often find him at working bee’s for the Club with some of his owners in tow to help.  The Port Pirie Harness Racing Club held its very first Driver’s Invitational meeting In the mid 1960’s with Cyril being integral in securing leading Victorian drivers for the event. This Driver’s Invitation race remains a strong part of the Club’s calendar today. Aside from training horses, Cyril had a great ear for listening and provided a valuable service every Sunday at the track known fondly as “Sunday School”.  This was an opportunity for anyone in the industry to come the track, have a drink, share their issues and solve the problems of the world.  Fortunately, Cyril was a big man and a non-drinker, so if there were any physical difference of opinions, Cyril could easily step in as ‘crowd control’.  Stories from Sunday School sessions are legendary. Port Pirie Harness Racing Club awarded Cyril Life Membership in the mid-1970’s and the honoured with Legend status in 2013. Even once he moved to Victoria, Cyril always remained in close contact with the Club and the harness racing community, including remaining a regular trophy donor.  His philanthropic donations to the Club even extended to paying for the presentation area when the new track was built in 2000.  The Port Pirie Club are truly grateful for his support. Many people will have their own stories about the great man but all would agree, he was a great worker, hard but fair and a true legend of harness racing in Port Pirie. Office of the General Manager, Gary Crocker

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

Harness racing is set to return to Gawler for the first time in almost 10 years. In a significant milestone for the local industry, a one-off, family-focused race meeting will be held at the Gawler Harness Racing Club’s Two Wells Rd track on Sunday, March 4. It will be the first official harness meet conducted by the club since its former track was compulsorily acquired as part of the Northern Expressway project in 2008. The club relocated to a site almost adjacent their old facility and built a 960m track, with the first official trials held there in September. “It’s a one-off event at this stage but I think it will provide a great insight into what it means to have a race meeting at Gawler,” Harness Racing SA chairman Chris Hartwig said. “It will be an integral part of our planning to develop Gawler into an ongoing racing venue. We will learn a lot from this meeting.” Next month’s landmark program will feature a maximum of seven races and be covered by both UBET and Sky Racing. “I’ve had the desire to race at Gawler for some time,” Hartwig said. “This shows there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Gawler club ... and it will be a racing venue down the track.” HRSA hopes to be programming regular harness meetings at Gawler within the next 12 months. Because the track does not have lights, it is expected the club could initially host Friday twilight meetings during the summer, as well as regular Monday afternoon meetings and Sunday day programs for special events. Local Member of Light, Tony Piccolo, welcomed the announcement. “I have been very privileged to be able to work alongside the local committee and the industry body, HRSA, to help harness racing return to Gawler,” Piccolo said. “I am aware how painful it was for local harness racing supporters when the original track closed down due to the construction of the Northern Expressway. That is why I have worked closely with the local members to make it happen. The family fun day will be a great day for harness racing and local families.” Ben Scadden, Head of Racing, The Advertiser

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