Day At The Track

Fidges change of Fortune

11:24 PM 16 Apr 2018 NZST
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Gus Or Bust
Gus Or Bust at Globe Derby Park on Saturday

Harness racing trainer-driver Paul Fidge is hoping the win of Gus Or Bust at Globe Derby Park on Saturday is finally a change of fortune.

Fidge, who has a good strike rate with his small team of horses, admits he was “cheesed off” earlier in the year.

“Nothing was going right, with viruses and injuries and it all came to a head on SA Cup night,” Fidge said.

“I bought two horses to the track and they were both pre-race scratchings and I thought I’ve had enough so I took a bit of a break.

“Gus Or Bust is the only horse I have in work at the moment but Pocketfullofcash is due back this week and Dontsayawordmajor will be join him shortly.”

Fidge showed his delight at being back in the winner’s list on Saturday with a traditional short whip wave.

Gus Or Bust, specked from $13 into $11.60, came off a 20-metre handicap to score a 2-1/2 metre win from Sun Valley Road ($5.50) with The Dutchman ($44.80), four metres away third.

“I could not have asked for a better run,” Fidge said.

“There was a strong early tempo which ensured the leaders would tire late, then Sun Valley Road made a run going into the back and took me right into the race.

“Gus Or Bust has a good sprint so I sat and waited before letting him stride in the home straight and he quickly went to the front.”

Fidge said the six-year-old would now head to Port Pirie for the $8000 Kadina Trotters Cup (1609m) on Friday, April 27, a race he won last year.

“He sat parked last year to win with Ken Rogers in the sulky. He is not the type of horse to do it tough but over the short trip he was okay.”

Fidge said star trotter Pocketfullofcash had recovered from issues which had plagued him last preparation and hopefully could recapture his best form.

Borrelli's a Fine Artist

Veteran South Australian trainer-driver Peter Borrelli returned to the winner’s list when Fine Artist led throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park.

After being headed early in the home straight, Fine Artist ($6) fought back to score a half head win from Clarenden Valour ($1.70 fav) with Sumarian Artist ($17.50), a neck away third.

“It is good to finally have another Globe Derby win,” Borrelli said.

“It has been a while – I actually can’t remember my last win here although I did drive Grinfaron to win at Mildura last month.

“I have been letting Jayden (Jayden Brewin) drive Fine Artist a lot of the time – I think it is good to encourage the young drivers – but decided to do it myself tonight.

“Actually, I nearly had a double as Grinfaron went really well in the opening race but just found Santa Madre too strong.”

Borrelli said he was confident Fine Artist was a promising three-year-old.

“He has been racing okay but is still learning. Tonight, he was able to lead and dictate and I knew he would be hard to beat.

“He doesn’t give up and even though he got headed wasn’t going to go down without a fight.”

Even though it was only the gelding’s second win, he also has had eight placings from just 19 starts.

Borrelli, 76, is South Australia’s oldest driver following the retirement of 82-year-old Alan Smith who didn’t renew his licence this season.

 
Graham Fischer
 
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