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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 trotsguide.com.au with his comments and selections for the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting. Fast and Furious Friday Classy young pacers Clarenden Valour and Bulletproof Boy renew their rivalry at Globe Derby Park on Friday night in the HRSA Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings heat one (2230m). As two-year-olds the pair clashed six times, with honours going to the Scott Ewen-trained and driven Bulletproof Boy. With three wins from the occasions they've met, Bulletproof Boy took the points, but Clarenden Valour did finish in front of him in other races including a second to That’s Perfect in the Southern Cross final when Ewen’s pacer finished fourth. As three-year-olds, they are both now back in form and go into Friday night’s race with wins at their last start. The Claire Goble-trained Clarenden Valour did it tough at Globe Derby Park last Saturday sitting three-wide for the last lap but still managing to hold off Steinman. On Monday, at Strathalbyn, Bulletproof Boy sprinted home well to run down Malone Ranger, which also competes on Friday from gate one. Tactics will be interesting on Friday. Bulletproof Boy, from gate six, has the pace to go forward, but Ewen would unlikely want to sit outside Malone Ranger for the longer trip, and instead may opt to go back, which could mean he will settle at the tail of the field. Clarenden Valour, with Wayne Hill in the sulky from gate eight, has the speed to follow Tunza Tenacity which will come from gate two and should find himself midfield in the running line on settling down. If that is the scenario, Ewen, no doubt would come forward with a lap to go to try and force Hill to do what he did last week and come out three wide for the last lap on Clarenden Valour which could see Bulletproof Boy prove too strong in the run to the finish. It would be unwise to consider the race simply a match between those two as Malone Ranger, Betting Man and Masonjon are also worthy of consideration as is the Heather Stevens-trained Bettorhavtime which appears to have its chances lessened by gate seven. The Bob Maloney-trained Malone Ranger, with Michael Smith to drive, looks the leader and could take running down. Betting Man, owned by the late Doug Webster and with Jake Webster aboard, is an improver while Masonjon, trained by Stephen Papps and to be driven by Ken Rogers, has won two of its three starts and is resuming from a spell. Three-year-old squaregaiter Heezaladiesman will be out to make it three wins straight in the Just Wrecking Toyota’s Trotters Handicap (2230m). Trained and driven by Lane Johnson, Heezaladiesman will come off a 20-metre handicap but provided he has his mind on the job should be too good for his rivals. In winning last Saturday, the three-year-old was a bit unruly at the start but off a handicap, should be better behaved. Go to trotsguide.com.au to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts on the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting with comments and selections for all races. Graham Fischer

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

A short time after taking the South Australian Derby with the unbeaten Yankee Roller, the harness racing duo Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang struck again with the impressive Shadow Sax in the Ubet Group One $100,000 South Australian Cup. Shadow Sax had to sit parked out on the half-mile Globe Derby Park Oval for the entire trip over the extreme distance of 2,645 metres to take the victory over a game Messini who were both well clear of third placed Bettor Party. It was Shadow Sax seventh straight win for the current season and 17th lifetime from just 25 starts. Career earnings are now $372,483. Shadow Sax             6 9:25pm 2018 UBET SA PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 2645M $100,000 M0 Or Better. PBD/M. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SHADOW SAX      Fr4 5 Emma Stewart Gavin Lang   $ 1.50 fav  PRBT GS 2 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 5 by SHADOW PLAY USA out of MISS SAXONY (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P J Hockham, R G Hockham  Breeder(s): R G Hockham, M B Hockham, P J Hockham, S W Hockham 2 MESSINI      Sr4 11 Brent Lilley Ryan Hryhorec 3.00 $ 7.00   PRBT 3WL W1 SWAB 3 BETTOR PARTY      Sr2 9 Les Harding Danielle Hill 19.60 $ 38.10   PRBT 6 3WLT 4 OUR JERICHO NZ      Sr3 10 Les Harding Ken Rogers 25.90 $ 35.70   PRBT 8 5 LOOKOFALEGEND NZ      Fr1 1 Luke O'Neill Wayne Hill 29.10 $ 45.10   PRBT GS 3 6 WHENMECHIEF      Sr1 8 Darren Billinger Matthew Smith 30.30 $ 90.30   PRBT 5 7 TEE CEE BEE MACRAY      Fr5 6 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 31.10 $ 8.20   PRBT 3WE RES 7 8 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr5 12 Justin Brewin Michael Bellman 34.10 $ 24.00   PRBT 3WLT W2 9 SAMS THE MASTER      Fr3 3 Jess Tubbs Matthew Craven 52.20 $ 10.40   PRBT GS L 10 FUTURIST      Fr2 2 Darren Billinger Darren Billinger 69.20 $ 47.60   PRS 4 B 11 LETS ELOPE NZ      Fr6 7 Brent Lilley Josh Duggan 84.00 $ 53.80   PRBT RAS 10 Scratchings   DUKE OF ALBANY NZ 4 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:14:2 Mile Rate: 1:58:2 Lead Time: 77.8 First Quarter: 29.6 Second Quarter: 29.1 Third Quarter: 28.7 Fourth Quarter: 29    

South Australia’s top two-year-old of 2016/2017 made the step up to his three-year-old year with a dashing harness racing victory in the 2017 Ubet St Leger (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. After a defeat a week earlier as an odds-on favourite, Bulletproof Boy started at the generous odds of $5.10 from gate one and dashed up the sprint lane to score a 2-1/2 metre win from Culzean Castle ($12.70) with its stablemate The Deal ($25.60), two metres away third. Trainer-driver Scott Ewen was delighted with the classic victory. “I’ll be heading to Mildura this week to try and pick up his Vic bonus before running in the South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park on January 13,” Ewen said. “Last week he led, and I don’t really think he is a leader. I didn’t drive him as well as maybe I could have but tonight it worked out beautifully as he took the sit and got to come through on the sprint lane.” Ewen went one better than his father Barry, who passed away several months ago. Ewen snr ran second in the 1986 St Leger with Swing Parade behind the very good Jeremiah Weed. “Tonight’s win will be a great tonic for my longtime client ‘Chook’ Okmasich. “He’s doing it a bit tough at present but I’m sure he will have watched the race on Sky Channel and very happy. He said if we run in the Derby he’ll try to make it to the track so that is now our goal.” Don’t Tell William, trained by Toby Ryan and driven by his wife Lisa, started a red-hot $1.40 favourite. As expected, the gelding led comfortably from gate three with Ewen sitting on his back on Bulletproof Boy. Trainer Greg Norman had three runners in the St Leger – The Deal, Culzean Castle and Fiery Mac. He drove The Deal which, from gate five, found himself parked and with a lap to go moved up to challenge the favourite. The pair went head-to-head down the back and on the home turn The Deal stuck his head in front and Don’t Tell William started to struggle. Bulletproof Boy accelerated along the sprint lane and it was left to Culzean Castle to run home from second last but he never looked a chance of catching the winner. The Deal held on well for third with Don’t Tell William fading to fifth. The favourite didn’t handle the step up from 1800m to 22230m. A week earlier, over the shorter trip, he had given Bulletproof Boy a 30-metre start and cut him down with a brilliant sprint. Bulletproof Boy won the Lordship Stakes last season after an eye-catching fourth in the Southern Cross final behind That’s Perfect. He is building an impressive form profile with six wins and seven placings from just 16 starts with fourths at his other three runs. Graham Fischer

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

The fairytale success story of harness racing pacer Emain Macha reached a new peak on Sunday when he was named South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for 2016/2017. Emain Macha had an illness-shortened three-year-old season, but still managed to score seven wins from nine starts to take out the award. Among the gelding’s wins were the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton, the Victoria Sires Classic at Melton and the Mildura Guineas. Emain Macha is trained at Naracoorte in the South-East by Greg Scholefield who is a part-owner along with Peter Lamond, Gail Davis and father and son John and Sean Penny. For the Pennys, Emain Macha’s successes are quite emotional as both had the misfortunes to lose their wives several years ago, and harness racing is a release, but both are sad their partners cannot be around to enjoy the success. Mr Penny said he was shocked by the Horse Of The Year award. “I went along Sunday believing he had a chance of winning the three-year-old pacers colts and gelding award (which he did win), but never did I consider he would take out the overall award,” Mr Penny said. “He has taken us on a fabulous ride and we were very disappointed when Greg (Scholefield) said he had contracted a virus and would miss the Southern Cross.” Emain Macha became ill after his last win in the Mildura Guineas on April 7 and Mr Penny said there were fears the gelding could pass away. “He was really sick, and Greg sought advice from a few different sources and eventually an equestrian vet gave a suggestion which put the horse on the road to recovery. “Emain Macha is back in work now and we hope to have him back on the track in December. Greg has tentatively looked at races at Bendigo and Melton to start him off again. “I can’t give enough credit to Greg, to our family, he is a champion trainer. “His property is spotless, and the horses want for nothing. If they have the ability, he will get it out of them.” Graham Fischer

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