Day At The Track

1000th winner for Wayne Hill

06:04 PM 03 Apr 2017 NZST
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Wayne Hill
Wayne Hill

Reigning Australian harness racing driving champion Wayne Hill landed his 1000th winner at Globe Derby Park on Friday night.

Hill partnered One Night At The Mile ($7.10) in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m) and sprint-laned to victory.

When he logged on to social media later in the night, he found that prominent media identity Ashlea Brennan had tweeted that the victory was in fact a milestone drive.

“I knew I was close but had no idea that One Night At The Mile was in fact my 1000th,” Hill said.

“I am proud to have reached the mark and it is now on to try to reach 2000.”

Hill, and his sister Danielle, are currently second and first respectively on the SA Drivers premiership, and both sit in the Australian top 20. Danielle is 8th with 91 winners and Wayne is ninth with 83.

Always one of South Australia’s leading reinsman, Hill has lifted to another level over the past 18 months.

In the 2015/16 season, he broke the 100 winners in a season mark finishing with 118.

On December 28, 2015, he became one of 18 Australian reinspersons to drive six winners at a meeting when he dominated a seven-race Victor Harbor meeting.

Last October, he was crowned Australian Driving Champion when he scored top points in a meeting at Globe Derby Park competing against the country’s best.

Already with 83 wins this season, Hill will certainly top the 100-mark again and also better his previous best of 118.

“I’ve been pretty fortunate since I began driving,” Hill said.

“Dad (Gary) was the top trainer when I began so I got a great start to my career.

“I was always driving winners but feel I am driving better and still want to keep improving.”

As a freelance driver in South Australia, with only three meetings a week, Hill has done a magnificent job to reach his current status and is determined to keep improving.

Graham Fischer

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