Mildura trained pacer Timeless Era rounded out his SA Cup preparation with a strong win in the Tattsbet Summer Carnival Free For All on Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, driven like the best horse in the race bywho put the Globe Derby specialist into the race with a three wide move in the middle stages to get outside the leader Mark Dennis before the bell, Harding then applied pressure from that point on and the son of did not let him down.
His mile rate of 1.56.9 was one of the fastest ever run at Globe Derby Park over the 2230 meters, in fact it was just .5 of a second outside Franco Heir track record, Lark Rise who sat three back on the fence ran on well to claim second spot from the race leader Mark Dennis.
With random draw based on life time earnings in next weeks $125,000 Group 1 SA Cup Timeless Era looks likely to draw the front line and if the marbles roll his way and he draws inside barrier four will prove very hard to beat as likely visitors in Smoken Up, Abettorpunt and co will draw the second line. Nominations and acceptances for the SA Cup close Monday with the public barrier draw to be conducted in the Bistro at Globe Derby Park on Tuesday at 1pm.
The other main event on the program the $10,000 SA St Leger for the 3 year olds was taken out by Paua Fella trained by Kevin Brough at Mt Gambier and driven by Matthew Craven it was a race to race double for the pair after being successful on Four Stazz Fella. Race favourite Adam Cartwright broke as the mobile pulled away and has been placed out of the draw denting his chances in next week's SA Derby.
Driving honours on the first night of the Summer Carnival went towho scored with Classic Tycoon, Timeless Era and also won the trotters event with Lleyton H, while Haley Toulmin won her second Monte Race at Betezy Park Globe Derby with a clever ride on the trained Lysenko who sat just off the pace to run down pace maker Chuck Wagon to win by 4.5 meters.