Day At The Track

'The Harding and Robinson Show'

05:51 AM 31 Mar 2009 NZDT
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Two of South Australia's best horseman drove more than half of the winners over the two nights and seventeen races at Globe Derby last weekend. Punter's could be forgiven for thinking it was 'The Harding and Robinson Show' with leading SA driver David Harding scoring a driving double on Friday night and a treble on Saturday night.

Slightly better than leading SA trainer Anthony Robinson's driving doubles on Friday and Saturday.

Harding combined with Roseworthy trainer Toby Ryan on Friday night to salute with Big Rusty in the third event and then scored again later in the evening with Dream Boss.

Trained by Harding's father Les, Dream Boss was having his first start for the stable and the $1.50 available on UniTab proved to be warranted as the four-year-old son of Christian Cullen easily accounted for his rivals.

Robinson matched Harding's tally for Friday by scoring a training-driving double, taking out race four with Parabadoo Magic and then the fifth with veteran pacer Ohoka Teri.

Harding and Robinson were still in hot form on Saturday night with Robinson taking first blood of the evening, saluting on the Gary Hill trained Rabahero in the first event in a solid 1:58.9 mile rate.

Harding claimed the next event on the card with a lead all the way victory aboard Vital Asset for trainer by Les Harding.

The fourth race of the evening saw the Harding father-son combination score another victory when Lend Us A Score overcame a back row draw to take out the 2009 Country Graduation Championship Final.

Robinson drew on level terms for the weekend with assertive driving aboard his own trained Myrniong Rager which found the lead early then fought on strongly to defeat short priced favourite Conte De Cristo in the fifth.

The head to head battle for ascendancy only came to an end when Harding claimed a victory in the seventh race when combining once again with Toby Ryan to salute with Badlands Chief and take his total to five wins for the weekend.

The pair drove nine of the seventeen winners for Globe Derby for the evening and further reinforces the fact they are two of the best drivers in the state.


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