South Australian roundup with Gary Newton

03:50 PM 13 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Likeaplayboy & Chuck Wagon.
SA riders to go the full Monte.
South Australia is well represented in the Alderbaren Park Nation Monte final at Melton on Saturday night with four horses engaged the Lance Holberton trained pair Like A Playboy with experienced Monte ridder Mary Crosby in the saddle & Telern Tiger for Jamie-Lee KIng are joined by Chuck Wagon with Megan Gee on board and first emergency Earl of Stanton to be ridden by  Gina Bell.
The Monte final is worth $14,000 with heats having been run at Bankstown , Ballarat, Bendigo and Betezy Park Globe Derby.
Big Weekend at Headquarters
Three meeting over the weekend at Betezy Park Globe Derby unfortunately both Friday andSaturday’s meeting are only being covered by Sky 2
Friday night the feature on an eight event program is race 5 in which  up and coming pacer Harrison Maguire looks a standout in , he has been racing superb form of late having finished runner up at his past two in strong FFA grade behind Timeless Era in the Itialian Cup and Mark Dennis. He was a winner at his previous three runs before.
Saturday Strathalbyn club will host the meeting at headquarters the first two races look interesting with the promising Lord Manaloo who has been in good for since returning from a spell lookis the one to beat in the opening race while Forty Seven Flash who has returned to  the track in blister for dispite his outside draw looks the one to beat in race two.
Monday we have another seven event program with the first race scheduled for 2.25
Fixed Odds betting.
While there has been some negative about the holdings on the para mutual from last Saturday night’s  meeting at Betezy Park Globe Derby which were poor with only one race holding over $10,000 and while there is no figures out yet on what was held on the first night of Fixed Odds betting, there certainly was some positives with a large crowd on course and the return of some professional punter back to the track.
Surely this is a good sign for all concerned! HRSA has fought hard to get Fixed Odd betting on South Australian harness racing for some time and if it means putters bet with Tattsbet in which the money stays in this state rather than betting on Super TAB or corporate bookmakers both of whom have been fielding on SA trots for some time.
Whyalla Cup now Sunday 29th December.
The Whyalla Club has decided to move its Cup meeting to Sunday 29th December, in lieu of the Australia day weekend. The move follows discussions with both Victor Harbor & Whyalla to “separate” the Cups for the 2013-14 season. Whyalla has agreed to the Christmas week date and hopes that the new slot will add to the success of the meeting held last January.
The Whyalla Cup will again carry prizemoney of $10,000 and is a C5 or better mobile start event run over 2320m. As a mobile event, it will be an important lead-up event to the SA Cup. Trainers thinking of travelling to Whyalla are reminded that prizemoney will be paid back to last for the Cup.
Also featuring on the program will be $2300 C1 heats with a $4,000 final at Port Pirie the following Friday; heats will carry a graduation (R) penalty. SA BOTRA are also providing bonuses at the Cup meetings again for BOTRA members. The R0 at the Whyalla meeting will carry a $500 BOTRA member’s bonus.
The meeting will have full TAB & Sky Racing coverage; it is a twilight fixture, with the first race at 5.15pm and the last of seven races at 7.51pm.
By Gary Newton
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