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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

POPULAR horseman Toby Ryan will continue to search for short distant races as he looks to work Dont Tell William through the grades. Registering his ninth win when successful at Port Pirie on Saturday night, Dont Tell William is yet to score over a distance longer than 1800 metres. The gelding’s latest success was in 1:57.1 over a mile. “He likes the shorter course racing,” Ryan said. “If you break his record into two halves, one for 1800 metres or less and the other for races over a long trip you will see too very different tallies. “He just doesn’t get the full 2200 metres and is often found wanting. “The hope is he can strengthen up, but he just can’t seem to get that extra distance in him.” With Ryan’s reinswoman-wife, Lisa, in the cart, Dont Tell William worked to the lead from barrier six before being eased to take a trail behind the short priced favourite, The Shooting Star. Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, the son of Bettors Delight sprinted to a two-and-a-half metre win from Rhyflective, with The Shooting Star a metre-and-a-half away third. “That was a nice run from him,” Ryan said. “He did a bit of work early before gaining the trail and then had enough left to finish it off nicely. “I’ve got nothing particular picked out for him at this stage, just stay locally and hope can progress through the grades.” HRSA

WITH the local season ending Monday, popular reinswoman Dani Hill has claimed another Drivers’ Premiership. With 202 state wide victories the ‘Queen of the Paceway’ was 62 wins ahead of her closest rival, Ryan Hryhorec. Hill’s brother Wayne – whom she loves to beat – was third with 127 wins. Nationwide Hill registered a personal best 222 wins, placing her third on the Australian Premiership. Her previous milestone total was 211 in 2015/16. As for her latest achievement, Hill completed a hat-trick in the Premiership in what can only be described as an all-inspiring feat considering her career appeared to be over after a race fall in May 2010. Driving Puaxtacy at Globe Derby, Hill was catapulted from the sulky when the mare fell at the top of the home straight and was then trodden on by the only horse in the field following her, Il Sogno. Sustaining horrific injuries, including the loss of vision in her right eye, Hill climbed back into the sulky and the leading drivers’ list in 2012. Within three season she was sitting on top of the table with no plans of relinquishing her throne! Also working a boutique team, Hill finished fifth on the Trainers’ Premiership, which was captured by Hryhorec. Hryhorec notched 86 wins to Les Harding’s 46. Aaron Bain rounded out the trifecta on 36. Widely-regarded as one of the finest young reinsmen produced in SA, Jayden Brewin is once again the premier concession driver thanks to his 61 wins. Kaela Hryhorec was second with 22 wins, eight clear of Brodie Webster. HRSA

Saturday nights Globe Derby winner Soho Crucio is proving to be a shrewd purchase for her new connections. After hearing a ‘whisper’ the daughter of Art Major could be bought for the right price, South Australian horseman Chris Neilson quickly made the move to have Soho Crucio at his stable. Since the transfer the filly has won her two starts in impressive fashion, including the Two-Year-Old Classic. “I think she will be a fair bit of fun to be involved with,” Neilson said. “She is pretty mature for her age and should hopefully continue to get better. “She has won both her starts for us and you can’t ask for anymore than that.” With popular reinsman Wayne Hill in the cart, Soho Crucio showed good gate speed to lead from barrier three, with the remainder of the 1800-metre trip a formality. Never seriously challenged, the two-year-old scored by four metres from Martys Party, with Eye See Double three metres away third in 1:58.2. “I was very confident with her as I knew she was going to be a big improver since her first run just under two weeks earlier,” Neilson said. “Between her last run for Michael Stanley and her first run for me she had two weeks off and was only in work for about 10 days before I raced her in the Breeders’ Crown heat. “She had an unorthodox build up to the heat, but a much better routine before this.” Predicting the youngster will develop into a handy three-year-old, Neilson plans to give Soho Crucio one more start before sending her for a break. “I will head over to Mildura if the race holds up try to win her Vicbred bonus,” Neilson said. “After that I will give her a long spell. “There is no reason why she won’t come back better again after a break and more time to mature, so that’s the way I will go with her.”   HRSA Media

CONNECTIONS of talented filly Hilltopsomewhere hope to gain a ‘consolation’ win at Globe Derby tomorrow night. Engaged in the Mermaid Stake, Hilltopsomewhere heads into the feature fresh from her gallant second in the Southern Cross Final at the same venue three weeks ago. The Peter Bain-trained youngster was successful at her two starts heading into the $50,000 decider. With daughter of Somebeachsomewhere drawn to lead from the pole, Bain and his co-trainer son, Aaron, are confident Hilltopsomewhere can end her season on a high note. “Win, lose or draw, this will be her last start for the season,” Aaron said. “With a bit of luck it will be a winning end. “She’s in top form having won four of her last six starts and finishing second in the Southern Cross Final. “She has trained on well since the Final, and with her gate speed, will be looking to hold up from one. “If she can get the right run long in front, she will be right in the finish.” Citing Victorian raider Scarlett Brew as the main danger, Bain also rates The Shooting Star as a major threat. Prepared by Emma Stewart, Scarlett Brew will begin from barrier three, with The Shooting Star to come from four for trainer Les Harding. “Emma’s horse has been racing well against strong company and is the one to beat,” Bain said. “The Shooting Star has done a good job since she got here and there is no reason why that should change “Hopefully we can hold the lead as we plan to and be able lead all the way.”   HRSA Media

A TOUGH draw and a change of conditions have made life difficult for Bubbles And Cheese at Globe Derby on Saturday night. With a lack of nominations for the Lord and Ladyship Stakes, Harness Racing SA combined the features to create the Two-Year-Old Classic. As such, Bubbles And Cheese has gone from racing against her own sex to competing with the ‘boys’. Adding to trainer Bronte Giorgio’s woes is Bubbles And Cheese’s draw, with the filly to begin from the inside of the second row. “Going up against the colts has made it tougher,” Giorgio said. “On top of that she’s got the back line, which makes it harder again. “From there she is likely to settle three-back along the pegs, which is not an ideal position to be in. “We’ll have to rely on a bit of luck from there.” Although several factors are against the recent Southern Cross Final winner, Giorgio is positive the daughter of Betterthancheddar is primed to run a solid race. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way she is within herself,” Giorgio said. “She has trained on great since the Final a couple of weeks ago. “She’s certainly going well enough to win…it’s just a matter of whether she gets a good crack at them. “This will be her last run for the season, so with a bit of luck, she will head to the paddock on a high note.”   HRSA Media

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

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