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Champion Adelaide harness racing horsewoman Danielle Hill has wasted no time in getting back to business. Hill, who this week returned to race driving after suffering horrific injuries in a race fall at Globe Derby Park five months ago, has driven at three meetings and has been successful at each one of them. "I guess I have to thank my partner David Harding as he really pushed the envelope when I told him I'd been given the clearance to go back driving," Hill said. "David didn't beat around the bush. He virtually just said that's fantastic - you're back, so you're on and get out there," she said. "He did let me do some fastwork on Thisexcusebetterbeit at Globe Derby earlier in the week and we went pretty quick, quicker than I work at home, because that's what we were wondering I'd feel going fast. But the horse just felt sensational and from that point on I was good to go." Hill said leading up to her return at Globe Derby last Saturday night, she had "a few butterflies" beforehand. "But once I got to the track, I felt eerily calm. That probably sounds a bit funny. But it's the only way I can describe it." Hill was sent out a $2 favorite on Saab Magic in the Claiming Pace at her first appearance. After working forward early, the pacer finished second to Futurist (Darren Billinger). At her next drive, Hill was again runner up, this time aboard Indiana Dreaming. The victor was Don't Tell William (Lisa Ryan). The winning breakthrough for the returning champ came in the $17,000 TAB Graduation Championship Final when Hill came with a late run to score with Thisexcusebetterbeit (Bettors Delight-What's Your Excuse) trained by her partner David Harding. To watch the video replay click on this link. "It was a great feeling to get a winner. Yes, I can feel the injury to the leg and the knee, but I think that'll always be there. Yes, I was a bit nervous but at some point, the adrenaline kicked in, and that's what you feed off in race driving. At some stage through the night, I realised I was back out on the track, I was feeling that adrenaline rush - and it felt good!". Two days later Hill was back at South Australia's headquarters and landed a double, being successful for Luke O'Neill with Truscott Hall (Angus Hall-Truscott Photo (SJ's Photo) in the Trotters Handicap and later with the Shane Loone-trained Millwood Chloe (Ohoka Arizona-Chloe Hanover (Holmes Hanover) in the Motor Group Pace. A four-hour trip over the border to Mildura on Wednesday night was rewarded with a win at the 805-metre track on Arakbell (Betterthancheddar-Atlarak (Tinted Cloud) for Ryan Hryhorec. "I do love competing at the Mildura track and if I keep getting drives over there, I'll turn up. The way they've banked the corners, the horses get around it well and the racing's good," Hill said. And there's a fair bet that Dani will be hitching a ride over with brother Wayne, who is a regular - and most successful - driver at the far north-west Victorian fixtures. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura    

It's testament to the grit of champion South Australian harness racing driver Danielle Hill that there's not a hint of nerves in the leadup to her much-anticipated comeback to race driving at Globe Derby tonight. It's the second time that Hill has faced a comeback after horrific - potentially career-ending - injury but for the premiere reinswoman there's only excitement about getting back to the sport she loves. "I'm fine now but I'll probably be a bit edgy when I get there no doubt. I'll settle in though - I'm just excited to be back," Hill said. "It just all happened really quickly in the end. I've been hoping to get back but the doctors haven't given me the green light. But then this week they just told me that I'm good to go," she said. "I haven't been to the trials, but I did have a little fast-work test-run there (Globe Derby) mid-week and it felt great. I'm just jumping straight back in!" Danielle Hill takes the reins for three drives at Adelaide's Globe Derby Park tonight - the same track where five months ago, in the Group Three SA Pacing Derby she suffered a tibial plateau fracture (to the shin and knee) in a sickening crash. Hill was leading on Im Sir Blake when the pacer choked down and veered out before crashing into Major Exclusive (Darby McGuigan) and leaving Culture King (Paul Cavallaro) with nowhere to go. The horrific pile up left Hill and Cavallaro seriously injured, Cavallaro with a broken wrist and severe lacerations to his face and Hill requiring surgeons to later insert 12 pins and two plates to repair bones, ligaments and cartilage in her left knee and shin. In a strange twist of fate, Hill and Cavallaro had been involved in another shocking crash in 2010 at almost the same spot at Globe Derby - on that occasion, Hill was off the scene for an extended period, again with traumatic injuries including a broken jaw and head and facial injuries. Hill's return to the spider has been no walk in the park with months of rehab needed to strengthen the muscles supporting the damaged bones and ligaments. "I was hoping for swimming and massages - that would have been nice! The rehab team have been great, but they basically just told me to hit the gym, three days a week, so that's what I've done," Hill said. "I needed to bear weight and create and strengthen muscles to support a long-term recovery. And strangely enough I've actually turned into a bit of a gym junky. "It's not something I have ever done before, because with horses you don't really need exercise and let's face it, you don't have the time - but definitely it makes you feel different and stronger and I've really loved it. I'll probably need to keep it up, but that's not a bad thing at all." Hill and her brother Wayne followed the family trade of harness racing and she shares a passion for horses with her partner, trainer David Harding. Danielle and Wayne Hill combined to finish second at Mildura yesterday with Robbo She said being away from the stables was one of the things she found hardest about her layoff. "It was hard to stay away. You can only watch so much TV and I'm not into just sitting around anyway," she said. "I had a gopher and I just used to putt around the stables and around the horses and keep up with what was going on. "People said to me don't you think about getting hurt again, or if something goes wrong, but you just want to get back to it because it's what you love. "Yes, sure it's in the back of my mind, but I'm not worried about my leg - you can still drive with a prosthesis! It's the head you've got to worry about, and I'll worry about looking after that first. "But the thing with both of my bad accidents is that they were just that - freak accidents. They were no one's fault and that's part of what we do in our job. "I hear people every day talking about having to deal with this or that client, or this or that customer, or some terrible workplace. That's not me. I get to come out here and work with these guys - the horses. "How lucky am I that I can do this for a living? I just can't wait to get back out there." Hill has won the past three South Australian Driver's premierships, and, at the time of the February incident was a runaway leader for the 2019 title. It took her brother Wayne until June 8 to reel in his sister's lead in the title. Ken Rogers has since claimed the lead with 98 (Hill on 95 - and Danielle will take up where she left off in February, on 82 wins.) "I've still got time to catch them, don't you reckon?" Hill quipped. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Drivers Dani Hill and Paul Cavallaro are recovering in Royal Adelaide Hospital following a horrific fall in last Saturday night’s SA BOTRA South Australian Pacing Derby. The incident occurred with approximately 900 metres to run when I’m Sir Blake driven by Dani Hill choked-down and fell, resultantly bringing down Major Exclusive, driven by Darby McGuigan and Culture King, driven by Paul Cavallaro. The Stewards immediately abandoned the race with all remaining runners being pulled up in the back straight. Both Dani and Paul were treated at the scene by medical crews before being transferred in a stable condition to Royal Adelaide Hospital. Darby was extremely fortunate to escape injury. All horses involved in the incident escaped serious injury. Dani has undergone surgery for a fractured tibia while Paul has had surgery for a broken wrist and facial injuries. The industry wishes both Dani and Paul a speedy and full recovery from their injuries and we look forward to seeing them back at the track in the not too distant future. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •

Successful in the inaugural Australian Reinswomens’ Championship in Tasmania last November, Dani Hill is aiming to become the undisputed Aussie title holder. Having also captured the 2009 Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship in Queensland, Hill is looking to be the first driver to secure each of the three ‘belts’. “I’m just so thrilled to be a part of the night,” Hill said. “It’s not often you get to compete against and catch up with the various interstate drivers. “A lot of it comes down to luck with the draws, so I’ll just have to wait until next week for when the fields to come out to assess my chances.” Drives: 7,814 Wins: 1,534 Prizemoney won: $4,990,000   HRSA

NORMALLY registering a double would be a highlight of a meeting but for Dani Hill a pair of winners at Mildura last night played second fiddle to her “amazing” evening. While she was hard at work across the border Hill was being honoured by Harness Racing SA during its annual awards function. In front of a sell-out crowd Hill was announced the 2017/18 Jim Hurley Medallist thanks to her remarkable season. Along with being South Australia’s premier driver, Hill’s season including a tearaway victory in the inaugural Australian Reinswomen’s Championship, which was conducted in Tasmania last November. If that isn’t impressive enough, Hill was also the leading Australasian reinswoman during the Teal Pants Campaign. “I had such a great season with so many highlights, but to receive such an honour is truly amazing,” Hill said. “Unfortunately I couldn’t attend, but when I got a text from Lisa Ryan telling me the news, I felt so was just surreal. “It is a massive honour and I cannot thank HRSA enough for bestowing it upon me.” It’s the second time Hill has claimed the medal which follows her success in the inaugural presentation in 2016. “To win the first Jim Hurley Medal is something extremely special, but to receive it a second time is a huge thrill,” Hill said. “To all the people who support me such as owners and trainers for trusting me to drive their horses, this wouldn’t be possible without you.” HRSA recognised numerous participants throughout the function, including the ever-passionate Max Beasley who received the Chairman’s Award. Young enthusiast Lachlan Stace took home the Nevada Smoke Special Achievement Award for his dedication towards the industry. Stace – who is a still wet behind the ears 18-year-old - calls trials, TAB and pony races, is the MC for a range of tracks and a tipster. “It is a fantastic honour, which I wasn’t expecting it that’s for sure,” Stace said. “I was hosting the night and obviously this was kept off the running sheet. “I cannot thank HRSA enough for this award and the support they have given me all along. “Without them and a lot of our clubs and associations I would be able to do what I am.” Media were also acknowledged with Dianne Crocker's sensational snap of the Wayville crowd judged Best Photo. Sky Racing's In The Gig’s handling of the Wayville extravaganza was rated Bet Film/Television/Video coverage.  To view the video please click here  Rounding out the scribes was Paul Courts who gained the Best News Story for his feature on Leah Harvey. Click here to read Harvey’s story. To view the full leaderboard of the Jim Hurley Medal for 2017/18 please click here. HRSA Media

WITH the local season ending Monday, popular reinswoman Dani Hill has claimed another Drivers’ Premiership. With 202 state wide victories the ‘Queen of the Paceway’ was 62 wins ahead of her closest rival, Ryan Hryhorec. Hill’s brother Wayne – whom she loves to beat – was third with 127 wins. Nationwide Hill registered a personal best 222 wins, placing her third on the Australian Premiership. Her previous milestone total was 211 in 2015/16. As for her latest achievement, Hill completed a hat-trick in the Premiership in what can only be described as an all-inspiring feat considering her career appeared to be over after a race fall in May 2010. Driving Puaxtacy at Globe Derby, Hill was catapulted from the sulky when the mare fell at the top of the home straight and was then trodden on by the only horse in the field following her, Il Sogno. Sustaining horrific injuries, including the loss of vision in her right eye, Hill climbed back into the sulky and the leading drivers’ list in 2012. Within three season she was sitting on top of the table with no plans of relinquishing her throne! Also working a boutique team, Hill finished fifth on the Trainers’ Premiership, which was captured by Hryhorec. Hryhorec notched 86 wins to Les Harding’s 46. Aaron Bain rounded out the trifecta on 36. Widely-regarded as one of the finest young reinsmen produced in SA, Jayden Brewin is once again the premier concession driver thanks to his 61 wins. Kaela Hryhorec was second with 22 wins, eight clear of Brodie Webster. HRSA

Young gun South Australian reinsman Jayden Brewin added the perfect job audition to his resume winning the 2018 Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation at Port Pirie on Sunday. Brewin, who turns 18 later this month, revealed the time was coming to leave South Australia and build a career as a harness racing driver. The young gun drove two winners from the six-race series and finished with 55 points to beat another South Australian Wayne Hill who was on 41. Champion Western Australian Shannon Suvaljko was the best of the interstate stars with 40 points one ahead of Queensland’s Pete McMullen. The rest of the contestants were Danielle Hill (SA) 35, Michael Bellman (Vic) 28, Kate Gath (Vic) 27, Anthony Butt​ (Vic) and Chris Geary (NSW) 23; Nathan Turvey (WA) 21. “It has always been an ambition to make a career in the sport and the reality is I will have to move interstate,” Brewin said.  “I have already contacted several Victorian trainers to talk about the move and I have been encouraged by the responses.  I want to finish my year 12 trade course in November then look to make the move. By then I will have my junior driver claim back for the new season. Sadly, economics in South Australia make it too tough for forge a career as a driver so I will be trying to finalise a date to move and as it gets closer will be making more contact seeking an opportunity to work with an interstate stable.” Brewin has had a sensational start to his driving career finishing fifth on the SA table with 55 winners in his first full season of driving and this year sits fifth again with a career-best 58 winners. He has also driven multiple winners in Victoria each season. Brewin said he had approached the meeting believing he was a good chance of winning the series. “I thought Batman Bart was a good place chance in the opening heat and believed my winners Canelliesparkle and Gotango both have good each-way prospects and my other drive, Atomic Blue Chip, which finished third also looked competitive.” Heat one of the Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation saw Queensland’s Pete McMullen gain tops points with an all-the-way win by the Ryan Hryhorec trained Supernova Silvia. Punters jumped into the winner and the mare firmed from $2 into $1.40 and led from gate one and scored by 18 metres from Batman Bart ($6.60, Jayden Brewin) with Eyre Space ($23.10, Danielle Hill) 10 metres away third. Brewin had Canelliesparkle ($6) away well from gate seven trailing the speed in heat two before coming wide on the home turn and sprinting strongly to score a 6-1/2 metre win from High Class Lady ($10.20, Pete McMullen) with Melegend ($19.90, Danielle Hill), a neck away third. The winner is trained by Port Pirie’s Dale Afford who left the following day for a five-week overseas holiday where he will take in harness racing in New York. Afford also collected a $500 trainer’s bonus for some spending money. Canelliesparkle and Glenrae Hanover, which finished fifth as a $1.70 favourite are heading to the spelling paddock. In the third heat, Brewin had Gotango ($11.90) in the running line before bringing her will a well-timed run to score by 2-1/2 metres from the fast-finishing Chasing A Win ($4.90, Wayne Hill) with Hez Declan ($13.20, Shannon Suvaljko) a head away third. Trainer Michael Dennis prepared the winner and third placegetter and has his team going well. Top SA freelance reinsman Wayne Hill was aboard Blinding Light ($1.80 fav) in heat four for trainer David Harding. After settling three back on the fence Hill took the six-year-old one wide down the back and finished best to score a three metre win from Cheersbigears ($17.40, Kate Gath) with Montanas Jet ($5.60, Anthony Butt), two metres away third. Blinding Light has some powerful owners including Darren Thomas from Seymour Bloodstock who shared in the ownership of Merchant Navy, a winner at Royal Ascot less than 24 hours earlier, and Melbourne Football Club coach Simon Goodwin. Harding said Goodwin had previously been involved with the stable having been a partner in Deep Pockets which won 17 races about 10 years ago. WA’s top reinsman Shannon Suvaljko brought Little Growl ($6.80) along the sprint lane to win heat five of the Elders Insurance Mid North series to score a metre win from Wells Crest ($7.60, Danielle Hill) with Atomic Blue Chip ($4.40), Jayden Brewin) four metres away third. Little Growl has been prepared recently for Toby Ryan after normal trainer Cheryl Herman, who bred and owns the gelding, had to go to Queensland for personal reasons. “I’m the caretaker trainer,” Ryan said. “It will be a real thrill for Cheryl as she bred him and picks up her SA bonus with the win.” Victoria’s Michael Bellman picked up the final win of the series leading throughout on Darkndapper ($3.40) for trainer Ryan Hryhorec who picked up a double having won the opener with Supernova Silvia. Darkndapper scored by 2-1/2 metres from Clarenden Valour ($2.60 fav, Shannon Suvaljko) with Betting Man ($14, Wayne Hill), five metres away third.   Graham Fischer

The unofficial queen of Port Pirie Kate Gath returns home on Sunday to take part in the annual Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation. The entire six-race Port Pirie program are invitation races featuring a host of top drivers from across Australia. Wayne and Danielle Hill along with Jayden Brewin will represent South Australia competing against Victorians Michael Bellman, Anthony Butt and Kate Gath. Western Australia has Nathan Turvey and Shannon Suvaljko, Queensland’s rep is Pete McMullen and Chris Geary from New South Wales completes the invitation field. Gath tied with Ryan Hryhorec in the 2013 Elders Insurance Invitation and won outright in 2016.  Anthony Butt is a previous winner having scored in 2015. The 2018 version looks tight with no standout having scored the best of the drives, but Gath does look to have a good chance of taking out the series. She will partner the Heather Stevens-trained Bettorhavtime in heat one over 1609m which from gate two should get a good run and looks an each-way hope and an excellent chance of running into the placings. Gath drives Timansi for Greg Sims in heat three over 2050m and a place would appear the best hope. The Dale Afford-trained Cheersbigears is her drive in heat four over 2050 metres and again the gelding looks a place chance at best in a tough heat. Top Port Pirie trainer Lyndon Hall has Two Kays in heat five over 2050 metres. The three-year-old filly has failed to flatter in seven starts and is resuming from a break.  Two Kays did show improvement in a recent Port Pirie trial and might surprise. Gath will partner the Les Harding-trained The Shooting Star in the sixth and final event. The Shooting Star will come from gate five in a field of six where the Claire Goble-trained Clarenden Valour looks her strongest rival. Clarenden Valour will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, currently Western Australia’s leading reinsman. Suvaljko has a number of handy drives in the Elders Insurance series and must be considered as a possible victor. His other drives are Goodtime Scout (heat one), Hez Declan (heat three), Quadentate (heat four) and Little Growl (heat five). See how form expert Ben Harding has analyzed the Elders Insurance Mid North heats at with comments, selections and speed maps for all six races. Graham Fischer

Barrier draws are always important, but even more so when they are in feature finals, and such is the case at Port Pirie on Sunday. The Les Harding-trained Santa Madre has come up with gate one in the Laucke Mills Pace final (1609m). Top driver Danielle Hill will partner the four-year-old mare who has shown a love for leading in her South Australian races. In the heat last week, Santa Madre was forced to sit parked outside the eventual winner She Envy and and was narrowly beaten.  On Sunday, Santa Madre looks the leader, while She Envy must come from a second-row draw.  Over the short distance, the Harding-trained mare should be hard to run down as she can be expected to record a mile rate within the 1:57.0 range which should be good enough to win. It would be unwise to sell She Envy short despite her draw.  Driver Jayden Brewin will no doubt be keen to push through at the start to obtain a prominent position in the running line.  Trainer Justin Brewin has often said he believes the four-year-old mare is better with a sit so the Pace could develop into a match-race over the final 400 metres with Santa Madre giving her rivals something to chase, and She Envy emerging as the main challenger. Gawler trainer Aaron Bain is taking a big team of seven to Port Pirie and expects all to be competitive each-way chances. “Habanero is going well but has drawn wide and going to need a bit of luck with her rivals in the Laucke Mills final drawn much better,” Bain said. The trainer said Valstrepo was a recent addition to the stable and had run well at Globe Derby Park last week at her first run for his team.  Valstrepo comes from gate eight in the Risdon Hotel Sprint Lane Pace (1609m) and should get a good run through to prove a winning chance. Mostly Spirit has gate seven in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (1609m) and according to Bain should get a good run behind the speed and will look to take advantage of the Risdon Hotel sprint lane to be an each-way chance. Starlight Rainbow ran well at her first start for Bain behind Blinding Light at Globe Derby Park last Monday and will give a great sight from gate one in the Follow The Stars Pace (2050m).  She again runs into a tough field including Port Pirie’s favourite Mymatethomo. The talented, but erratic, Poppy Had Courage comes from gate nine in the Henry Osborne Fodder Store Pace (1609m). “He is a very smart pacer but has a mind of his own,” Bain said. “I thought he ran well for us last Monday after blowing the start. He is capable of winning.” Bain has Prince Of Zanzibar and Perfect Mach in the Equissage Pace (2050m). Prince Of Zanzibar, to be driven by Wayne Hill, will come from gate three while Ken Rogers partners Perfect Mach which will start from barrier six.  “We’ve had a few minor issues with Prince Of Zanzibar but he worked well on Thursday and should go well while Perfect Mach impressed at his first start for us behind Blinding Light and with a bit of luck should go well.” See how form expert Ben Harding assesses the Port Pirie form at with comments, markets and selections for all seven races.   Graham Fischer  

Brother and sister Wayne and Danielle Hill are two of South Australia’s star reinspeople and between them have driven in excess of 280 winners this season. In South Australia, Danielle, with 147 victories, is closing on 150 winners while Wayne, 97, is close to 100 for the season.  Despite their successes, make no mistake there is great sibling rivalry and is was evident at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Wayne’s frustration was evident in the Just Wrecking Toyotas Pace (1800m) when Montanas Jet, which he drove, was run down in the shadows of the post by Canada Bay, trained and driven by Danielle. For the runner-up, Montanas Jet, owned and trained by Waylon Hornhardt at Port Pirie, it was the third race in a row where Canada Bay has claimed victory against him. Each time, Montanas Jet has settled at the tail of the field and twice gone forward late with Canada Bay on his back just running him down in the home straight. The other time, Hornhardt’s five-year-old went forward early to sit parked but keep the speed on and Canada Bay came late to win. Bred and owned in New South Wales by Michael Taylor, Canada Bay ($6.40) scored by a metre from Montanas Jet ($5.80) with Glenferrie Bunter ($1.50 fav), a head away third.  Danielle Hill said the incredible early speed played into the hands of Canada Bay. Kaela Hryhorec, on Glenferrie Bunter, went forward and sought the lead but Ken Rogers on Hilltop Rose kept pushing through from gate one and held the advantage with the result the first two quarters of the last 1600 metres were run in 28.3 and 28.9, then Montanas Jet joined in for a 29.9 third quarter which allowed Canada Bay to come home in 30.3 to grab the win. “I was very happy with the speed on,” Hill said. “I knew he was going to be hard to hold out and he came home strongly. “I’m not sure what Michael has in mind for him, but he is getting right up in class here in South Australia and I’m not sure he is capable of taking on the likes of Bettor Party and Our Jericho.  “I’ have no doubt he would be suited to racing in Perth where there is always good speed on, or perhaps he might go back east.” If he does go to WA, he might run into Montanas Jet again as Hornhardt is giving strong consideration to send his pacer to the west. “It is frustrating to be doing all the work and having a horse like Canada Bay sit on you and sprint up the home straight,” Hornhardt said. “I’m sure WA racing would suit him and there is good prizemoney to be won.” Hornhardt and Wayne Hill got their revenge in the following event, the Coca Cola Claiming Pace (1800m) when Crazy Dave cut down Danielle Hill on the hot favourite Saab Magic in the final few strides. A $7.30 chance, Crazy Dave scored by a half head from Saab Magic ($1.90 into $1.40 fav) with Majestic Lustre ($13.10), six metres away third. Saab Magic led from gate two with Crazy Dave taking the trail and with comfortable 30.5 and 30.1 quarters for the first half of the last mile, the favourite looked the one to beat. Danielle sprinted up with a 28.7 third quarter which was meant to win the race for Saab Magic but what it also did, was allow Crazy Dave to come off the fence and go the outside and, in the home straight it was magic harness racing watching the siblings urging their drives to the line. “I’m not sure he is a horse which would have accelerated quick enough waiting for the sprint lane,” Wayne Hill said. “It was perfect to get to the outside as he is not a horse which likes the whip, so I just had to keep urging him and he responded strongly.” Crazy Dave’s victory was special for Hill as the eight-year-old is owned by his son Noah in partnership with Hornhardt’s partner Kara-Lee Martens.   Graham Fischer

Improving three-year-old Bettorhavtime looks to have a good winning chance in Sunday’s Allwood Stud Pace (1609m) at Port Pirie. Trained by Heather Stevens for owner Gary McGinty, Bettorhavtime will start from gate seven with Danielle Hill to drive. “I’m happy with the way he is going and provided he has a bit of luck should go well,” Stevens said. “He’s only a small horse and was a bit on the tubby side but, with regular racing, he is getting fitter.” Bettorhavtime sprinted home strongly to win at Globe Derby Park two starts back, then led last start but was grabbed late by Bulletproof Boy. “Dani said previously that he had shown a reluctance to come up the sprint lane,” Stevens said. “So we drove him back and he loved coming with the late run. Because of his draw last week we decided to see how he would go leading. He had to do a bit more work than we would have liked but he still ran very well.  Barrier seven is interesting on Sunday but I’ll leave it to Dani, she’ll know what to do.” The interesting runner is Jaylets Hunta to come from gate one. The six-year-old has been racing in Mildura and will have its first start for successful Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt with Wayne Hill to drive.  Hill has driven the gelding at Mildura for part-owner David Vozlic so will be aware of its capabilities. Port Pirie’s star pacer Mymatethomo faces a tough contract on Sunday in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (2050m). The Lyndon Hall-trained pacer will come from gate five with Danielle Hill to drive, but will find Mondo Sport, trained by Don Girardi, and to be driven by his son Dean a worthy rival.  Expect Mondo Sport to begin quickly from gate three and look for the lead which would force Mymatethomo to sit parked. The interesting runner in the race is Big Behemoth, trained by Leah Harvey and to be driven by Wayne Hill.  Big Behemoth hasn’t raced since February 3 when unplaced at Globe Derby Park but the five-year-old has won five of 10 races this season and can go well fresh. Champion reinswoman Danielle Hill has some excellent drives on the seven-race program.  Apart from Bettorhavtime and Mymatethomo, she will also drive Santa Madre and The Shooting Star for trainer Les Harding, Our Little Actress for Leah Harvey, and Badelaide for Tyson Linke.  All her drives look to have winning possibilities and she could well leave the meeting with multiple winners. See if form expert Ben Harding agrees at where he has selections and comments for the entire meeting. Graham Fischer

South Australia’s champion harness racing driver Danielle Hill had a very eventful Golden Nursery night at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill drove four of the six winners of the races run, plus was involved in a crash which saw the feature Golden Nursery final declared a no race and be reassigned to this week. Hill’s night started with a win on Canada Bay, which she trains, in the Garrards Horse & Hound Entires & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). The $3.,30 favourite, Canada Bay again had to come from near last to score a 6-1/2 metre win from Daddy Long Legs ($8.20) with Marty Major ($9.60), a metre away third. Hill was delighted to win the final for New South Wales owner Michael Taylor. “Michael said to start driving him quietly early and he’s now won two in a row,” Hill said. “I was a bit worried when David Smith went forward early on Montanas Jet as I was hoping to trail him into the race. “However, the speed stayed on and it suited Canada Bay which was able to sprint home strongly to win. He actually won the three-year-old colts & geldings version of this race last year.” Hill then teamed with Bettorhavtime to win the Town & Country Solar Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). Trained by Heather Stevens, Bettorhavtime ($11.10) sprinted home strongly to score a neck win from Reddy Major ($7.90) with Clarenden Valour ($1.30), a half head away third. “It wasn’t my best drive on him last week,” Hill said. “I made him do too much work and tonight, with a good tempo, he was better suited and able to get home and win.” Stevens said the gelding had been purchased as a two-year-old from New Zealand by owner Gary McGinty. “He wasn’t his most expensive buy but this little bloke continues to improve,” Stevens said. “It was a great run tonight and the win was a bonus. I think it also shows he is better suited being saved for a late run rather than being up on the speed. He has shown he is not that keen about using the sprint lane.” Hill made it a winning treble landing Bettor Party an easy winner of the Helloworld Elizabeth Dash (1385m). Bettor Party ($2 fav) went clear with 400 metres to travel and scored by eight metres from Burnaholeinmypocket ($3.90) with Hes Novak ($17.30), 11-1/2 metres away third. Trainer Les Harding said the winner had been a wonderful acquisition to his stable. “He’s won 16 races since coming into the stable in December 2016 including two Port Pirie Cups, a Victor Harbor Cup and an Italian Cup.” Hill then drove the well-fancied Mackalan in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m). However, going around the first turn, Regal Scribe, driven by Josh Holberton, crashed to the track and Mackalan had nowhere to go and also fell tipping Hill out of the sulky. Despite feeling a bit of pain, Hill threw herself across the fallen horses to make sure they remained calm and didn’t start to thrash out which could have caused further injury. Hill was a little sore but able to continue driving and jumped into the sulky to steer The Shooting Star ($1.20 fav) to an all the way win in the Combined Horse Transport Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace final (2230m). The former New Zealand filly, having just her second start in over 12 months, scored a two-metre win from Bobbies Delight ($4.50) with Adrian ($26.70), 15-1/2 metres away third.  The Shooting Star brought up a double for trainer Les Harding and is owned by Merv Butterworth. The owner-trainer-driver combination won the 2017 version of the race with Crystal Sparkles which also came from New Zealand. Hill made it a big 24 hours, driving three winners on the six-race Port Pirie program on Sunday. It took her season tally to 156 wins. Graham Fischer

South Australian superstar harness racing reinswoman Danielle Hill made a one-act affair of the Australian Female Drivers Championship on Sunday night in Launceston. Hill took the inaugural Series by storm winning five of the nine heats, showing the brilliance and expertise that has taken her to the top of her chosen sport. Danielle took a stranglehold on the Series early in the night with the Paul Ashwood-trained Krafty Boy ($3.40) leading all the way for victory over the popular pick Similan Beach in the opening race. In Heat two, Hill had last-start winner Im Compliant ($3.90) parked midfield on the inside in the final circuit but found the gap to angle away from the pegs at the 400-metre mark and rattle down the outside to claim Buster William, driven by Kristy Grant, to score by a neck for trainer Rohan Hillier. Christopher Howlett’s Rockin An Runnin ($6.50)was the next to salute for Danielle in Heat four after enjoying the run of the race one-out and one-back, she then proceeded to follow up with a go-to-whoa victory in the sixth Heat on No Apachemee ($8.50). The clash of the night was expected to be the battle of young gladiators Semowillrev($1.60) and Izah ($2.40) as they continued their build-up for the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby on April 8 and the two star three-year-olds kept their end of the deal. Izaha showed pace from the mobile to lead at the first turn for Lisa Ryan while Hill allowed Semowillrev (pictured) to settle back in ninth position before setting the Craig Hayes prepared favourite alight turning into the back straight. Semowillrev cruised up to sit outside Izaha at the 1400 before surging to the front at the bell and lifting the tempo of the race heading to the back stretch. Danielle hit the ‘go’ button on the Semowillrev racing to the 400-metre pole and the Sportswriter-Sur La Plage gelding fired away to notch up his seventh win from eight career starts, running a final quarter of 27.7 seconds. Australian Female Drivers Championship Points Table  130 – Danielle Hill (SA)    77 – Dannielle McMullen (QLD)    71 – Kate Gath (VIC)    66 – Kerryn Manning (VIC)    66 – Amanda Turnbull (NSW)    66 – Ellen Rixon (NSW)    65 – Narissa McMullen (QLD)    64 – Jocelyn Young (WA)    55 – Natalee Emery (TAS)    54 – Kristy Grant (TAS)    49 – Lisa Ryan (SA)    38 – Deni Roberts (WA) Danielle’s standing in Australian sport continues to grow, already a a recipient of the Tanya Denver Award as South Australia’s top female sportsperson. It hasn’t always been plain sailing for the diminutive Hill, if anyone knows the ups and downs of sport it’s Danielle. In 2009, on the Gold Coast, Hill clinched the Australasian Young Drivers Championship. A year later she was fighting for her life after the horse she was driving at Globe Derby was involved in an horrific fall. Danielle suffered bleeding on the brain and lost her right eye when surgeons were unable to repair the damage to the optic nerve to the brain. Her fight for life and her triumphant return to the track is the stuff of legends, there could be no more fitting winner of the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship than the highly gifted and courageous South Australian reinswoman Danielle Hill. by Shane Yates

South Australia’s premier reinswoman Danielle Hill was the queen of Globe Derby Park on Saturday winning four races – half of the harness racing program. Her first win was on Our Front Page for trainer Heather Stevens, she then scored on Our Jericho for Les Harding, her own pacer Nicol Shard made it three, then the Luke O’Neill-trained Truscott Hall made it four. It is the 25th time Hill has driven four winners at a meeting. The first was at Gawler on October 24, 2003, and before Saturday, the most recent was on July 31 last year. Our Front Page, a former New Zealand filly, was purchased by Gary McGinty late last year and has now won two of three starts since coming to Globe Derby Park trainer Heather Stevens. From gate five in the Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale February 11 3YO Pace (1800m), Hill opted to go back early, and the three-year-old filly settled at the tail of the field but when the $2.20 favourite The Deal, driven by trainer Greg Norman, opted to go forward three-wide from midfield, Hill latched onto his back. The Deal took Our Front Page ($10.40) right into the race and on the home turn, The Quick Shadow ($4.20) went to the front but the favourite was alongside to challenge. Hill brought Our Front Page wide and the filly sprinted sharply to win by 1-1/2 metres from The Quick Shadow which fought on well and The Deal was a half-head away third. “She was going to win a long way out,” Hill said. “Heather has made a few small gear changes and the filly travelled beautifully. They are going to have a lot of fun with her.” Our Jericho made it a double when the quality pacer scored an easy win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m). A well backed $1.60 favourite, Our Jericho, trained by Les Harding, scored a two-metre win from Lookofalegend ($6.50) with Whenmechief ($15.30), a half head away third. The eight-year-old, owned by prominent owner Merv Butterworth, came to Harding’s stable recently and had his first run in the SA Cup a week earlier when an eye-catching fourth to Shadow Sax. Coming from gate nine, Our Jericho sat back early before Hill came three wide with a lap to go and the gelding drew clear off the back to win comfortably. Our Jericho rated a fast 1:55.0 and gives Harding a strong presence in fast-class SA races as he also has the smart Bettor Party. Hill’s treble was on Nicol Shard, which farewelled Australia, with a super win. The four-year-old is headed to the United States to join the stable of her owners Mark Hanover and Gordon Banks. Nicol Shard ($1.40 fav) rated 1:56.2 in scoring a 12-1/2 metre win in the PFD Food Services Pace (1800m) from Marty Major ($20.70) with It’s Me Telowie ($20.90), a half head away third. From gate five, Hill went forward to find the lead and the gelding was never troubled and went to the line untouched. “It is sad, but that was his last run for me,” Hill said. “The owners spoke to me through the week and they want to take him to their stable in America. “I feel there is still plenty of improvement in him and I know he could go a long way here in Australia, but the reality is he was always only going to be in my stable for a short while. “The good news is the owners had said they will send me a replacement, a three-year-old filly who they said will be a more than worthy substitute.” Hill has trained just two horses for Mark Hanover and Gordon Banks, Breach The Beach and Nicol Shard, and won 11 of 12 races with the pair. She also looked after Southern Cross Two-Year-Old fillies winner Saphirique for them last year when the filly was trained by Nicole Molander. It is reported Saphirique will be joining Nicol Shard on the US flight. The fourth winner was squaregaiter Truscott Hall which took out the Hopkins Saddlery Trotters Mobile (2230m). Truscott Hall ($9.80) led throughout for trainer Luke O’Neill to beat stablemate Stuey D ($11.70) by a half head with Nico Serrano ($17.20), 20-1/2 metres away third. O’Neill, a master trainer of squaregaiters, was delighted with the result. “He’s a hard horse to beat when he leads,” O’Neill said. “When Stuey D settled one-out, one-back, I knew he would be in the finish and it was a great result.” Favourite was the smart trotter Rocknroll Baby at $1.70. Trainer-driver Greg Norman allowed the filly to safely trot away from the mobile settling a clear last but had her ready to strike going into the back straight, but the mare went off stride and lost all chance about 600 metres from the finish. Graham Fischer

Top South Australian harness racing participant Danielle Hill has often stated she enjoys training a winner more than she does love driving them. Fellow trainer Peter Bain, from Gawler,  is a fan of Hill’s ability to have her standardbreds perform at their best. Bain’s mother Val, and son Aaron, own Hilltop Lilliana, an impressive winner at Globe Derby Park for Hill. “Aaron and I had Hilltop Lilliana, which was bred by Mum, in our stable early on,” Bain said. “We knew she had talent but really struggled to get her to perform on the track. We won one race with her but generally couldn’t not get her to perform. “While I have known Dani and her Dad Gary for a long time, I had never had any association from a racing viewpoint until earlier this year. “In August I decided to book Dani for Hilltop Rose and she had immediate success and my respect for her grew so with our issues with ‘Lily’ I said to Mum, and Aaron why not give Dani a chance with her and already she has had two wins and three placings from just six starts. “She has done a marvellous job with the mare.” On Saturday, Hilltop Lilliana ($5.90) dashed away to score an 11-1/2 metre win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m) beating Promise At Dawn ($20.60) with red-hot $1.70 favourite Wroxton Steel, 3-1/2 metres away third. “The best wins are often those you don’t expect,” Hill said. “I thought she would run well but didn’t think she could win. “Pre-race I thought she might not be in a good mood as she was trying to kick me out of the bike but once we started to score up she switched to race mode. “She can over-race but tonight settled beautifully. “When I asked her to go forward and sit parked a lap out, she didn’t fire up but really wanted to race. “I sent her for home 400 metres out and she raced away and won well.” Hill said Hilltop Lilliana was a training challenge. “She has ability but also has an attitude and it is a matter of trying to get into her head. Hopefully we are winning the battle.” Graham Fischer

Champion South Australian reinswoman Danielle Hill landed her 1300th harness racing winner when scoring on the Tyson Linke-trained Little Foo in the Ubet Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. “I thought it was coming up but didn’t know my exact figure,” Hill said. “I’m proud to reach that mark. It is a significant figure, but now I’m ready to add to it.” Hill didn’t take long to build on the number driving the last two winners at Globe Derby Park – My Man Dan and Flash Angus. Little Foo ($5.70) sat second on the fence from gate one behind Glenisla ($17.20) which led from barrier two. Hill waited until the home straight to make her run letting the seven-year-old dash up the sprint lane scoring by 2-1/2 metres from Glenisla with Topnotch Mach ($30.20) following the winner through to grab third, five metres away. Linke said Little Foo was a favourite of his sister Tara-Shae who shares ownership with him. “The mare has a bit of ‘small horse’ syndrome and carries a nickname of Angry Ant,” Linke said. “She can be hard to get along with at times, but Tara-Shae is always on hand to give her a cuddle.” Linke said Little Foo would continue to race on to try and build on her record of 12 wins and 26 placings from 71 starts. Saturday’s win took her stake earnings past $50,000. Hill made it a double bringing My Man Dan ($1.90 fav) from midfield to score a 2-1/2 metre win in Lion Dairy & Drinks Claiming Pace (1800m). Arnoux ($6.20), which led, held on to finish second a short half head in front of Just Read My Mind ($18). Part-owner-trainer Rob Caruso said he thought the winner might be in trouble mid-race but paid credit to Hill for timing the gelding’s run to perfection. Hill’s treble came up on Flash Angus, winner of the DPR Insurance Brokers Trotters Mobile (2230m). Having his first start for trainer Luke O’Neill, Flash Angus ($4.60) trotted away quickly from gate eight and led throughout to beat Truscott Hall ($2.40 fav), a stablemate of the winner, with Illawong Peppa ($10.80), 1-1/2 metres away third. “The horse in gate one didn’t score up, so I had a clear run through,” Hill said. “Flash Angus trotted away quickly and I was able to push through and grab the lead and he won comfortably.” Graham Fischer

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