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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    

Top Victorian harness racing reinsman Michael Bellman will be reunited with local hope Major Crocker in Saturday’s $100,000 Group One Ubet South Australian Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Bellman has had two wins, including the Blacks A Fake Free For All at Melton, on Major Crocker from just five drives on the Justin Brewin-trained pacer. The seven-year-old Grand Circuit pacer had his first run for Brewin at Globe Derby Park last Saturday and scored a game photo-finish win. He will come a tough gate 11 on Saturday in the Cup and has been listed a $31 chance to take out the state’s premier event. The reason he is such good odds is the fact that the brilliant Emma Stewart-trained pacer Shadow Sax has been installed a $1.30 in Ubet markets. Shadow Sax, a winner of his last six starts, is number five but likely will start from gate four as the emergency, Duke Of Albany, is number four. Champion reinsman Gavin Lang will be in the sulky. For Stewart and Lang, they will be looking for their second SA Cup win having been successful with Guaranteed in 2015. Shadow Sax has good gate speed and it is expected the five-year-old will find the lead without too much trouble, and once in front, Lang will dictate the race. Lang said in an ideal world he could find the front on Shadow Sax. “He is a nice horse who has made the step up from his juvenile seasons,” Lang said. “He had an extended time on the sidelines and it might have worked in his favour as he has come back a nice horse.” Shadow Sax has won the Stawell and Geelong Cups at his most recent runs and Lang believes he has the potential to make it to Grand Circuit level. “One thing I have learned over time is in feature races always expect the unexpected. “Shadow Sax is a really nice horse on the way up, but horses such as Messini and Major Crocker have race well in top company and, despite their draws, have to be respected. “My horse has had the draws at his past two starts, and is well drawn again, so I’m thinking he will have a chance of leading again but I’m sure he is not one dimensional and will be able to peel off a good sprint with a sit.” The query to whether Shadow Sax has an easy lead could be the Jess Tubbs-trained Sams The Master which will come from gate three and has some gate speed but has also has a tendency to race keenly if fired up early. Cup market: $1.30 Shadow Sax; $5.50 Tee Cee Bee Macray; $6.50 Sams The Master; $11 Messini; $21 Our Jericho; $31 Major Crocker; $41 Lets Elope; $71 Futurist; $81 Bettor Party; $101 Lookofalegend, Whenmechief; $201 Duke Of Albany. Lang will be looking for his third win in the $30,000 Group 3 SA BOTRA South Australian Derby (2230m) when he partners the unbeaten Yankee Roller which will be seeking to give trainer Emma Stewart her first win in the classic. The champion reinsman was successful on The Sentry (2004) for Grant Crane, then again in 2008 on Maffioso for Peter Tonkin, father of Stewart’s partner Clayton. “Yankee Roller is a nice horse and Saturday will be a good chance for him to prove his quality,” Lang said. “Emma has a strong group of three-year-olds and I’m not sure where Yankee Roller is in the pecking order, but he can’t do any more than he has done. “He might not have raced since mid-September, but he has been ready to race but a few events had fallen away. He has trialled and while he will be better for the run has certainly done enough to run well.” Victorian trainer-driver Phillip Walters is looking forward to the Derby with former New Zealand three-year-old The Brooklyn Brawler. “We chased him for about four months before finalizing the sale,” Walters said. “We bought him for the Derbies in Australia and Saturday is his first chance. “He is a three-year-old which only does as much as he wants but I will be putting him into the race at some stage.” The Brooklyn Brawler had his first start for Walters at Melton on December 11 and led throughout to win comfortably. At his last start in New Zealand, the gelding sat parked over 1950 metres at Addington on Cup day and fought on strongly to win in a photo. SA Derby market: $1.50 Yankee Roller; $3.80 The Brooklyn Brawler; $9 Muscle Up Major; $11 No Alabi; $17 Don’t Tell William; $31 The Quick Shadow, Bulletproof Boy, Fruitdrops; $34 Our Front Page; $71 Culzean Castle, Clarenden Valour; $101 The Deal. Walters will be hoping for a training double as he prepares Daquiri, one of the best chances, in the $30,000 Group 2 Ubet SA Trotters Cup (2645m). “He is generally a very good beginner from the stand and I’m hoping he will be prominent throughout,” Walters said. “He is a free-going trotter and if he does lead will give them something to chase.” Daquiri will be driven by Austin Mifsud who has won two races on him. Daquiri has been in the Walters stable for six months and the trainer believes he is square gaiter on the improve. “A few people think he might be a query at the trip but I’m sure he will be fine and is getting stronger every time he goes to the track.” SA trotters have won two of the past three Cup with Rejuvenation successful in 2015 and Pocketfullofcash scoring last year. They are engaged again this year, but it might be the Greg Norman-trained Al Bundy which could be the state’s best chance. With a massive lift in handicaps, Al Bundy, to be driven by Greg Sugars, should be prominent early and he will have no worries with the trip. Norman also has the talented mare Rocknroll Baby engaged from gate one with Jock Dunlop to drive. The mare is giving away years of experience to her rivals but Norman and Dunlop both say the mare is capable of matching Al Bundy in trackwork. Ubet Trotters Cup market: $3.50 Daquiri; $4.20 Al Bundy, Our Twentyten; $6 Rocknroll Baby; $7 Al Paco; $10 Aintthatrightmacca; $26 Rejuvenation; $34 Emma Deville, Aldebaran Ten; $41 Hudson Law, Stuey D, Pocketfullofcash; $51 Bold Law. Read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts on the Ubet SA Cup meeting at www.trotsguide.com.au where he has form analysis and selections for the nine-race meeting at Globe Derby Park. Graham Fischer

A monster weekend awaits that could reshape the lucrative Trots Country Cups Championship, with Shepparton and Hamilton harness racing clubs taking their moment in the spotlight. While championship leaders Shadow Sax and Messini pursuit Group 1 acclaim across the border in the $100,000 South Australian Cup, quality runners will attempt to score valuable championship in this weekend’s Victorian cups double-header. The Mathews Petroleum Hamilton Pacing Cup has presented an even field with Keayang Kallisto, Keep On Rocking, Bad Billy, Berisari and It Is Billy in single figures with TAB.com.au amid a Sunday race card that also features a keenly contested Porthaul Hamilton Trotters Cup. But before the dust is disturbed at Hamilton some of the summer’s most promising pacers will battle for the $50,000 Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup, which takes centre stage at 9.20pm on Saturday. Among that number is San Carlo, fresh from his breakthrough Inter Dominion heat win, dual Tasmanian cups winner Major Secret and trainer Sonya Smith’s promising pacer Moonrock. The latter made a bold play for the PETstock Bendigo Pacing Cup lead last Saturday, challenging Ideal For Real before driver Anthony Butt had to relent and then struggled for a run in the dying stages. “On paper it looked as though we might get to the front, we had a crack and it wasn’t to be,” Butt told the Trots Talk radio show. “Ideal For Real raced outside his normal pattern and he wanted to hold the front too. That’s racing and we’ll turn the page and get on with it.” Moonrock has drawn gate seven for Saturday night’s Shepparton Cup and Butt said they would use the front line draw to stay ahead of major back row threats. “With the two good ones, San Carlo and Major Secret, drawn the second row, we’ll try and keep ahead of them and go from there,” Butt said. “(San Carlo’s) a great horse, one of the up and comers and raced really well in the Inter Dominion in Perth so he’s obviously the class horse in the race.” It could be a lucrative night for team Smith and Butt, who also team with Hey Yo in Group 3 race The George Gath, the former Kiwi whose been impressive in her first Victorian season. She will start from gate two, inside fellow mare and favourite Red Hot Tooth. “(Hey Yo’s) been fantastic since she come over from New Zealand,” Butt said. “She raced at a pretty good level over there but couldn’t quite compete with the very best ones. “Three starts for two wins and a second, and a big run last week behind Sparkling Success (at Bendigo). (Shepparton’s) probably a little bit easier field, but in saying that Red Hot Tooth’s been in her best form and probably should be hard to beat along with a few of the others.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Inter Dominion champ Smolda had to break a 16-year-old harness racing track record to land the 2017 UBET South Australian Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The red-hot $1.20 favourite, Smolda recorded 1:56.8 to take 0.1 off the previous best recorded by his father, the legendary Courage Under Fire in winning the 2001 Cup. The Mark Purdon trained-and-driven eight-year-old had just one metre to spare in beating new kid on the block Jilliby Jagger ($7.80), trained and driven by Glen Craven with Whenmechief ($24.10), from the Darren Billinger stable, 21 metres away third. The victory gave Purdon an amazing training record of four consecutive winners at Globe Derby Park stretched over 20 years. He trained champion trotter Pride Of Petite to victory in the 1997 Inter Dominion final and also won a Pacers consolation with Brabham before returning to win the 2005 SA Cup with Young Rufus. Smolda’s win was not without drama as the gelding narrowly avoided early interference which put local Adam Cartwright out of the race and and inconvenienced others. Glen Craven had taken Jilliby Jagger to the front from gate six with Whenmechief behind him but going into the back the leader eased and Whenmechief ran into his back and checked which in turn saw Hickstead (John Justice) cop the backwash and gallop drifting up the track. Adam Cartwright galloped as a result and tailed out while Messini ($17.90) was also checked and galloped for a few strides. Purdon explained how close he came to being checked. “I was following Messini and all credit to Smolda because he moved around that horse before I was completely aware of what was happening,” Purdon said. “With the interference, I was able to wind up settling parked but happy to sit back off the leader which was running along. “It wasn’t where I thought I would be in the run but it worked out well as I was able rate Smolda how I wanted to give him every chance to win.” Purdon said while Jilliby Jagger had given him a great race he felt confident of victory on the home turn. “My horse is a great stayer and I knew he would keep coming and sensed the other horse was nearly at the end of his effort but credit to Jilliby Jagger he wouldn’t go down without a real fight.” Smolda is owned by Glenys and Philip Kennard in partnership with Neil Pitcher and Marcus Kirkwood. Mrs Kennard was delighted with the victory and both she and Purdon were amazed at the response Smolda received from the large South Australian crowd both pre and post-race. “To be so warmly received was incredible,” Mrs Kennard said, “this was a very special win.” Purdon, who with Natalie Rasmussen, trains a large team of star standardbreds in New Zealand, said he hoped to become a more regular visitor to Adelaide for Cup night. “I had intended to bring a three-year-old across for the Derby but ran into travel issues something I will be alert for next year,” he said. “Yes, I hope to be back again next year.” Purdon won the hearts of South Australian fans remaining in his colours on returning to Smolda’s stall and having photos taken with the Cup winner for more than 30 minutes with anyone seeking a selfie snap. For the runner-up Jilliby Jagger, trainer-driver Glen Craven was left to wonder what might have been. “I set the horse for the race a few months ago, and everything went to plan but it had to be a year when Mark brings the Inter Dominion winner,” Craven said. “I brought Jilliby Jagger across to win the Italian Cup in November and have a look at the track, then basically just kept ticking him over because I wanted to make sure he got a front row draw and it all came together. “He ran superbly but on the night had to lower our colours to a champion – but he had to run a record to beat us.” Smolda Graham Fischer

Smolda and Mark Purdon produced another tough win in front of a good Saturday night crowd on the harness racing half-mile Globe Derby track in South Australia in the $100,000 Ubet South Australian Pacing Cup over 2645 metres . After veering out and just missing a breaking horse with two rounds to go Mark Purdon quickly moved Smolda up to sit outside the leader Jilliby Jagger who fought right to the line but was in the end no match for this courageous son of Courage Under Fire and the Safely Kept mare Under The Mattress. The time for the distance was a new track record of 3.12 for the 2645 metre race with final fractions of 29.3, 29.6, 27.6, 27.8. The mile rate was a very good 1:56.8. Smolda and Jilliby Jagger were well clear at the finish. Whenmechief was 22 metres back in third place with Messini fourth.  

Leading harness racing driver Greg Sugars gave a masterclass drive last night in the $100,000 South Australian Cup, controlling the race from start to finish from the death seat in a manner of a driver at the top of his game. Star Chamber and Nathan Ford made a flyer from barrier one to lead early while Greg Sugars worked Inter-Dominion Final place getter Flaming Flutter across to the death seat from barrier four and immediately applied no pressure to the leader so the tempo in the early stages was moderate to say the least. Some Kinda Tactics had a look early for the death seat but Sugars was having none of it and held his position with Flaming Flutter. Next to make a bid was Barimah and Damien Wilson but Greg Sugars gave him the same answer he had given Some Kinda Tactics which resulted in Barimah having to be restrained all the way back to last to get in to the running line. With a lap to go Major Crocker and Nathan Ford slid up three wide outside Flaming Flutter but that was as close as he got as well as Sugars dominated the Cup tempo. When Greg said go off the final top bend, Flaming Flutter quickly stole a break on the field and although run at late by Hotasel and John Justice, had enough in reserve for a deserved victory while Crusader Acey and Anthony Butt got home good along the inner for third at big odds. It was a masterful display by Greg Sugars in that he did enough to keep the attackers at bay while still having enough in reserve to go on and win the race. Harnesslink Media

There will be no shortage of genuine harness racing Victorian chances in tomorrow night’s Group 1 UBET South Australian Pacing Cup. Flaming Flutter ($1.60) and Major Crocker ($3.50) dominate the market for the annual Globe Derby feature after their Inter Dominion campaigns in Western Australia, while fellow Victorians Barimah and Star Chamber are $11 shots with TAB.com.au, Hotasel is $12, Lets Elope $26, Crusader Acey $31 and Ona Rocky Beach $101. Seven-year-old gelding Star Chamber will have his first run for trainer Michael Stanley in the $100,000 event after joining the Burrumbeet camp from the stables of Nathan Ford in Tasmania. The 15-time winner from 57 starts is coming off a second to Lets Elope beaten 7m in the Tasmania Cup and two starts back won the City of Launceston Cup defeating Lets Elope from an extreme barrier draw. “He’s a nice pickup for the stable,” Stanley said on his way to Adelaide where Star Chamber’s regular reinsman Ford will be in the sulky behind the son of Our Sir Vancelot. “He went to New South Wales for a stint and ran a couple of solid seconds behind some really proven horses, and he beat Im Corzin Terror to win the Tasmania Cup last season. So his Tasmanian form is against more than only Tasmanian horses.” Star Chamber has become "a bit out-graded in Tasmania" and has been sent to Stanley at a time when the Victorian calendar is full of fast-class options. Stanley mentioned the Kilmore Cup and possibly the Terang Cup, among others, as potential targets for Star Chamber. The pacer is not nominated for the Victoria or Hunter Cup, but there is a late nomination clause available to connections should they change their minds. “We haven’t thought much beyond this weekend,” Stanley said. “We’ll see how he goes there. He’s got a good barrier and it should give us a good guide as to what we target next.” TAB.com.au market for tomorrow night's SA Cup 1: Cillas Boy (EM) $101/$13.5 2: Star Chamber ($11/$2.25) 3: Hotasel ($12/$2.37) 4: Ona Rocky Beach ($101/$13.5) 5: Flaming Flutter ($1.60/$1.07) 6: Global View ($31/$4.75) 7: Some Kinda Tactics ($41/$6) 8: Crusader Acey ($31/$4.75) 9: Barimah ($11/$2.25) 10: Come On Frank ($31/$4.75) 11: Major Crocker ($3.50/$1.31) 12: Lets Elope ($26/$4.12) Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

By nature, harness racing reinsman Ken Rogers is media-shy. He prefers to let his on-track successes tell his story. On Saturday night, Rogers, 28, will have his first drive in South Australia’s premier race, the Group 1 $100,000 Ubet South Australian Pacing Cup (2230m). He will partner in-form pacer Some Kinda Tactics, trained by Jon Kingston-Mayne. Unfortunately, the barrier draw hasn’t been kind and the eight-year-old gelding has drawn gate seven. The amazing aspect is that Rogers only returned to race driving in November last year after a 15-month stint on the sidelines through suspension and disqualification for drug offences. “You don’t know what you’ve got until it is taken away from you,” Rogers said. “I love harness racing, and I missed it so much. “There is nothing better than getting up each morning and working with the horses, and driving in races.” Rogers said he was delighted when Kingston-Mayne made the call and asked him to drive Some Kinda Tactics during December – the result has been three drives for three wins, the most recent at Globe Derby Park last Saturday night. “I drove horses for Jon before my disqualification and thank him for giving me opportunities again, and Some Kinda Tactics is a great horse to be asked to drive. “Aaron Brown has also been a great supporter and gave me my first winner back, Downtools at my fifth drive. “Obviously the cup is going to be a very tough race to win and the draw hasn’t helped,” he said. “But he is a versatile pacer so I’ll be looking to try and get a good spot early then put him into the race over the final stages. “I really believe he is racing well and running times which say he can prove competitive with luck in running.” Rogers, son of Rhonda and Greg Rogers, was a rising star of South Australian harness racing. Despite his tender years he finished sixth on the SA premiership in 2010/2011 and 2011/12 seasons with 54 and 61 winners respectively. Then in 2012/13 and 2013/14 he was seventh with 52 and 45 winners respectively. It was then he fell foul of officialdom through unsavoury off-course antics, an issue he has vowed has taught him a valuable lesson. For Kingston-Mayne, he knows what is required to win a Pacing Cup because he has come close several times. In 2010 he trained Longtan Safari which finished fourth, then in 2011 and 2012 he started Ohoka Nevada which finished third to second to the champ Smoken Up. In 2012 Kingston-Mayne also started Cullens Legacy which finished ninth with Greg Rogers aboard so no doubt family pride will see Ken wanting to achieve a better finishing position than his dad. Cullens Legacy now stands at Claire Goble and Dennis Lyle’s Clarenden Park Stud at Wasleys and from limited runners has made a spectacular impression. by Graham Fischer Fields for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 09 January 2016 Form guide for Globe Derby Park, Saturday 09 January 2016

Dual Inter Dominion placegetter Flaming Flutter is on target to run in the Group 1 harness racing $100,000 Ubet South Australian Pacing Cup (2230m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, January 9. Trainer Geoff Webster said Flaming Flutter had taken no harm from a recent Perth campaign and was on target for a trip to Adelaide. In Perth, Flaming Flutter’s last start was a third to Lennytheshark in the Inter Dominion final (2536m) at Gloucester Park on December 13. Earlier in the year at Menangle Park in Sydney on March 1 the gelding ran second to Beautide in the Inter Dominion (3009m). Flaming Flutter will be out to improve on his run in the SA Cup this year when second to Guaranteed. The New Zealand-bred pacer was a winner of the 2013 SA Derby at Globe Derby Park beating Lennytheshark. Webster said Flaming Flutter had settled beautifully back into his stables at Bannockburn and he had targeted the Ubet SA Cup as an ideal race. “He ran very well last year without a lot of luck and hopefully he can go one better,” Webster said. The Ubet SA Cup will once again be a quality event with Inter Dominion consolation winner Major Crocker also ear-marked for the race. South Australia’s Greg Sugars, now based in Victoria, is a regular driver of Flaming Flutter and Major Crocker. Sugars said he expected to be at Globe Derby on Cup night but had not finalized his drives. “Flaming Flutter is a proven Grand Circuit performer and Geoffrey has used me on the horse when I have been available,” Sugars said. “When the pair have clashed previously I have driven Flaming Flutter and if they do clash in the SA Cup I guess that would be the favoured option. “But make no mistake Major Crocker is a pacer on the way up and I’m sure he will prove a successful Grand Circuit performer in 2016.” Sugars said he believed Victorian trainer Mario Attard was bringing promising unbeaten three-year-old Don’t Hold Back across for the Group 3 $30,000 South Australian Pacing Derby (2230m) and he would like to be reunited with the colt having won the Sapling Stakes on him at Melton early in 2015. by Graham Fischer

We are all aware of the term Gentleman Jim. While few may know its original, the moniker has no more deserving place than serving as a prefix for harness racing’s legend Jim Hurley. A true Gentleman Jim in every sense, Hurley was a star, which has sadly been lost to the industry with his passing at the age of 90. In a career spanning more than five decades, Hurley won more than 1000 races, including being associated with 1964 Inter Dominion winner, Minuteman. Trained and driven by Eric Hurley, Minuteman was part-owned by Jim, his brother and their sister, Phyllis. Just last January, Hurley trained Heza Presidente to compete in the South Australia Cup…a race Minuteman captured in 1966. Harnesslink and the entire Australian harness racing community extends its sympathy to Hurley’s family and friends. PAUL COURTS

Boom harness racing performer Guaranteed will be kept fresh ahead of his return clash with Christen Me and Beautide. Guaranteed finished third behind the pair in Menangle’s Miracle Mile last November in what was his Grand Circuit debut. The trio are set to reunite in the Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton on January 31. Guaranteed and Christen Me are also due to compete in the A G Hunter Cup the following week. Co-trainer Emma Stewart revealed her plans following tonight’s South Australia Cup victory at Globe Derby. Stewart prepares her team with her partner, Clayton Tonkin. “At this stage he will just be kept ticking along at home to prepare for the Victoria and Hunter Cups,” Stewart said. “Both those races will be tough, but he has proven he can compete at that level.” First-up since the Miracle Mile, Guaranteed was driven to perfection by champion reinsman, Gavin Lang, who eased the stallion away from the mobile as Im Barney Rubble led from gate three. With Franco Ledger working his way to the front, Lang moved Guaranteed forward to occupy the ‘death seat’ during the middle stages. Forging his way to the lead on the home turn, Guaranteed was untouched to score by three-and-a-half metres from Flaming Flutter, with Steam Washed completing an all-Victorian trifecta when three-and-a-half metres away third. “That was his first run in six weeks, but his work at home had been sensational,” Stewart said. “Drawing the outside of the second row was always going to be tricky, but we were confident he could overcome it. “Gavin drove him a treat and made his move at just the right time.” Rating 1:54.4 for the 2230 metres, the five-year-old extended his record to an impressive 24 wins and 10 placings from 36 starts for earnings of just over $800,000. By Artsplace, Guaranteed is from broodmare gem, Jadah Rose, which is also the dam of last night’s Melton winner, Jadahson. A member of the Stewart/Tonkin stable, Jadahson outclassed his rivals in 1:58.3 for the 1720 metres. PAUL COURTS

Record-breaking harness racing trainer Lance Justice will find himself in a strange position at Globe Derby tomorrow night. A multiple premiership winner at the circuit before his move to Victoria, Justice is returning ‘home’ for another crack at the South Australia Cup. The main difference this time is Justice will be driving one of the rank outsiders – Im Barney Rubble. For the better part of the past decade Justice has contested the Group One with the favourite, Smoken Up. Smoken Up registered a record-equalling four victories – 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – in the Cup, having also finished second behind Mister Zion in 2010 and Caribbean Blaster last season. Making the occasion even more unique for Justice is the fact Smoken Up will lead out the field, with underrated concession driver Shane Turner partnering the champion. “It will be a strange feeling being in the Cup without Trigger,” Justice said. “It’ll be even stranger watching someone take him onto the track before the Cup knowing he won’t be competing. “I was happy Shane could do this as he is a pretty good driver, he just doesn’t get as many opportunities as he deserves.” Originally nominating Im Barney Rubble for the Cup’s consolation – Justice Family Plate – Justice stated he is pleased the son of Life Sign is in the main event. “I actually nominated him looking to run in the Plate, but he got into the Cup instead, which I was originally disappointed with,” Justice explained. “The more I looked at the field the happier I became with the situation. “From barrier four, Barney could make it quite interesting as he is pretty quick and it’s a tight track. He is definitely a chance to earn a cheque.” PAUL COURTS

Prominent harness racing trainer Darren Billinger has stated the South Australia Cup has been his main target for the past year. At Globe Derby on Saturday night, Billinger will be in the thick of the action in the Group One when he partners cult hero, Come On Frank. With the son of Blissfull Hall in sensational form, it appears Billinger has done everything possible in his bid for victory…or has he? Successful at 10 of his last 13 starts, while finishing second in the others, Come On Frank is aiming to become the first local to capture the Cup this century! That brings us to the question of what could Billinger have done to enhance his prospects of Cup glory? In short the answer could be move interstate! For the record, the last local winner was Ryans Day, which scored for Geoff Webster in 1999. Ironically, Webster has won the race twice since his move to Victoria – 2009 with Mister Swinger and the following year with Mister Zion. Mister Zion led home a ‘former South Australian’ trifecta, with Lance Justice and Greg Norman preparing the placegetters. This weekend Webster has two runners in the feature, Flaming Flutter and Franco Ledger, which is one of the favourites. Justice, who will contest the Cup with Im Barney Rubble, has also secured the time-honoured feature multiple times since moving interstate. Winning as a local with Whirley Dream in 1989, Justice prepared Smoken Up to register a record-equalling four victories – 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Smoken Up was driven by former South Australian reinsman Greg Sugars in 2012. Sugars will partner Flaming Flutter this weekend. In 2013, Smoken Up beat Caribbean Blaster, driven by another former South Australian driver, Kate Gath. Gath returned to reverse the result last season when Caribbean Blaster accounted for Smoken Up. Gath will be aiming for consecutive Cup wins when she drives Maximan, which scored at Globe Derby last weekend in track record time. Justice’s brother, John, was triumphant with Safe And Sound (2000) and Shakamaker (2002) after his move to Victoria. Interestingly, the last three local winners – Ross Sugars (Murdock Miss 1981), Justice (1989) and Webster (1999) – have since become Victorians! PAUL COURTS

Under the Preferential Draw system it was never going to be easy, but the draw for Saturday night’s South Australia Cup has made life close to impossible for harness racing star Guaranteed. With the Group One field drawn on lifetime earnings, Guaranteed could have begun from five, six, seven, 10, 11 or 12...to connections dismay, the son of Artsplace received 12! On the tight Globe Derby circuit over 2230 metres, Guaranteed will “have to produce a record run” according to co-trainer Emma Stewart. Maximan, which will start from gate seven in the $100,000 feature, set the 1:55.9 track record last weekend. “The draw has made it very hard for him,” Stewart said. “It is never easy to come from the second row in any big race, but at Globe Derby over a short trip, it is even harder. “He is in top shape and ready to go, but he will have to produce a record run to win from there. “We will get him to the track in the best possible shape, then once he’s out on the track it’s up to Gavin (Lang, driver) to work the rest out.” Citing Franco Ledger as the one to beat, Stewart believes local idol Come On Frank is capable of completing a hometown victory. Successful at his debut for Geoff Webster at Melton last week, Franco Ledger will come from barrier five, with Come On Frank in gate six. Come On Frank has 10 of his last 13 starts, while finishing second during the other three outings, including a gutsy effort behind Maximan when facing the breeze. Come On Frank is aiming to become the first local to capture the Cup this century! Ryans Day was the last home state hero in 1999 when trained and driven by Webster. Ironically, Webster has won the race twice since his move to Victoria – 2009 with Mister Swinger and the following year with Mister Zion. “Franco Ledger was impressive at Melton in the way he finished off the race,” Stewart said. “If he does that again he will be very hard to hold out. “Come On Frank is in career best form, and although this is a step up for him on recent starts, he is a proven performer. “It is going to be a very interesting race.” PAUL COURTS

Saturday night’s Tattsbet South Australia Cup promises to set the scene for a great night of harness racing action. In what is always a popular night, another large crowd is expected to descend on Globe Derby Park to see some of Australasia’s best pacers compete in the Cup. The Cup field includes experienced and highly rated former New Zealaner, Franco Ledger, which recently joined the Geoff Webster stable, as well as the Emma Stuart-trained Guaranteed. Guaranteed has established himself as one of Australia’s most promising horses, having won the Chariots of Fire and the Kilmore Pacing Cup in 2014. Kate Gath is aiming for consecutive Cup victories, having captured last season’s edition with Caribbean Blaster. This time around Gath will partner last weekend’s Globe Derby winner, Maximan. The evening will also feature a Commemoration for the Centenary of ANZAC, with a mounted light horse procession presenting the Cup before the race to descendants of WW1 light horse veterans, and a bugler will play both the last post and the rouse. Other key activities for the night include: Four-time SA Cup winner Smoken Up will be making a guest appearance and lead out the Cup field; Free Kids rides; Live band Frenzy are ready to play the night away and the Atlantic Street Jazz Band will also welcome patrons; and Fashions on the Field. Sky Racing will also host a live trackside broadcast throughout the evening to be hosted by Gareth Hall. HRSA Media

Former New Zealander Franco Ledger will form the second half of a two-pronged attack on South Australian harness racing’s flagship event – Pacing Cup. Impressed with the pacer’s victory at Tabcorp Park Melton last weekend, trainer Geoff Webster revealed Franco Leger will join stablemate, Flaming Flutter, on the interstate trip. Always a popular attraction, the Group One Cup is scheduled to be conducted at Globe Derby on Saturday night. Webster is no stranger to South Australia Cup glory, having captured the feature with Ryans Day in 1999, Mister Swinger in 2009 and Mister Zion in 2010. “I knew he was a nice horse before he got to me place, but I was very impressed with the way he rounded them up at Melton,” Webster said. “He’ll will go over for the South Australia Cup with Flaming Flutter now and we’ll see how that pans out.” With Webster in the cart, Franco Ledger travelled towards the tail of the field before outsprinted his rivals to score from Villagem and Cold Major. With the last half covered in 55.8 seconds, the son of Falcon Seelster rated 1:53.7 for the 1720 metres. “On the home turn I didn’t think he would be able to win, but he just sprinted so quickly and won with ease,” Webster said. Following his interstate engagement, Franco Ledger will be aimed at key targets such as the Bendigo, Shepparton, Victoria and A G Hunter Cups. Should he race up to expectations, the stallion will also contest the Inter Dominion. “In New Zealand he just wasn’t up to the likes of Christen Me and Terror To Love, so the owners called and asked if I would train him as there are more options for him here,” Webster said. “I will aim him at the main races as he will be competitive and can pick up a nice race or two with a bit of luck.” PAUL COURTS

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