$50,000 Graduate Pace Final Globe Derby

05:58 AM 31 Mar 2009 NZDT
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Punters willing to take the $1.50 offered by UniTab about the Emma Stewart trained Sinopoli were holding their breath until the green light signalled the start of the $50,000 Graduate Pace Final at Globe Derby on Saturday night.

Sinopoli was put out of the draw in mobile starts after galloping wildly in the score-up of her Graduate pace Heat, putting herself out of winning contention.

But they did not have worry in the world with the Greg Sugars keeping the filly in her gait in the score-up and taking her back at the start from the outside of the back row barrier draw.

Waiting patiently towards the rear of the field, Sugars gained the perfect cart-up into the race over the final lap behind Baroda Bandito, a Graduate heat winner and half-brother to champion filly Ananz.

Making ground around the field, Sugars eventually moved out four wide at the 400m to give his charge clear running and stoked her up, sprinting around the bend and finding the lead upon entering the home straight.

Sinopoli ran away as an easy 4m victor over the fast finishing Boom Land with leader Bad Boy Blues plugging away into third place while Baroda Bandito finished fourth.

Earlier in the evening, 2007 Graduate Pace winner Lend Us A Score showed that he has a very bright future, taking out the 2009 Country Graduation Championship for Globe Derby trainer Les Harding.

Driven by Les' son David, Lend Us A Score went into the final as the $2.20 favourite on UniTab despite drawing on the inside of the second row and coming off the back of a shock defeat in the semi-final the previous Monday at the hands of Ollaton.

But favouritism was proved warranted when the four-year-old son of Armbro Operative rounded up his opposition and fought hard to the line to snatch victory.

After coming away from the marker pegs in the early stages, Harding latched onto the back of Sure Ionafastone in the three wide trail for the last 1000m, proving it to be the winning move.

Sure Ionafastone dashed to the lead rounding the final bend and put a gap between him and the field, leaving Lend Us A Score to chase out after him and the challenge was issued.

Making up ground quickly, Lend Us A score began to hang out in the straight but Harding kept his cool, straightened him up and with a few smacks on the rump, Lend Us A Score got down to business and sprinted past Sure Ionafastone.

Rating a modest 2:00.3 for the 2230m trip, Lend Us A Score took his record to 13 wins and 5 places from his 22 lifetime starts for an impressive $75,000 in prizemoney.

His progression through the ranks is a testament to regrowth of the industry here in South Australia as he was bred by Clarenden Standardbreds at Roseworthy before being sent through the 2007 SA Yearling Sales.

There he was purchased for just $18,000 and under Les Harding's care, took out his heat and the final of the 2007 Graduate, along with finishing runner up in both his two and three year old Southern Cross finals.

The owners of Lend Us A Score have also purchased his full brother from the 2009 Yearling Sales with the hopes of emulating his older brothers success.

John CRAWFORD

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