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Winning classic races is nothing new for the popular Hartwig harness racing family in Adelaide. Bill Hartwig, the patriarch of the family, achieved great success with the New York Motoring entire, Diamond Blue Chip in the 1990’s, winning the 1993 South Australian Derby, the 1994 SA Veterinary Surgeon’s Cup and Christmas Cup and a heat of the Victoria Sires Stakes and $136,122 in stakes. While Bill and his sons Chris and Scott were part of the syndicate that raced the smart performers Jasper County (15 wins and $124,268), Earl Nugent NZ, the winner of 18 races including the Mildura Guineas, General Stoneridge (13 wins) and Galaxy Ruler, who won 31 races, including nine at Harold Park and the 2002 SA Christmas Cup and $146,972. Chris Hartwig later became chairman of Harness Racing South Australia, serving from October 2016 until May this year, before stepping down to take up a managerial role in private enterprise. He is still a Board Director of HRSA. The family remains actively involved in the ownership of pacers. They are currently racing Bella Mystique, a Falcon Seelster three-year-old filly in the Justin Brewin barn. The Hartwigs outlaid $52,500 for two superbly bred yearlings at this year’s Allwood Stud Farm SA Sale at Morphettville and both are eligible for the Group 1 $100,000 The Allwood to be held at Globe Derby Park in June 2019. “It would be great to win the only Group 1 race in South Australia,” Chris Hartwig said. “The feedback we have had about both youngsters so far has been good.” “We love racing the young horses.” The family bought the Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Morgan Abby for $36,000. It was the highest price paid for a yearling colt at the sale by SA interests, and the Western Terror-Bute Sister NZ filly for $16,500 was  the second highest priced filly. The colt’s dam, Morgan Abby, a $118,050 earner with a three-year-old record of 1:55.7, has already left three winners from four foals of racing age. She ranks as a half-sister to the NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Final winner, Its Only Rocknroll 1:53.2 ($309,432) and the Breeders Crown 2YO Silver winner, Lynniemach (2:00) and belongs to the immediate family of KIngstar, Chariot King, Emjayem Grand, Gold King, Royal Chef, Duel Prince and so on. The colt is on his third preparation with Globe Derby trainer David Harding. Harding said: “He’s a nice, big, strong colt. He’s doing everything right at this stage. I think he’ll make the grade as a two-year-old.” The filly, who is a half-sister to four sub 2:00 winners, is a sibling to the NZ and Great Northern Derby winner Badlands Bute 1:56.6 ($338,365) and the NZ Oaks winner Caps Off 1:52.4 ($135,197) and to the dam of Group 3 winner, Hemisphere. She was broken in by Lane Johnson and is on her third prep with Dani Hill. Hill said: “She’s a well put together filly and a nice pacer. I can see no reason why she won’t make the grade as a two-year-old.” Chris Hartwig’s wife, Kylie, is the owner of an Art Major filly out of the McArdle mare Lucilla Franco NZ which she bought privately as a yearling in Victoria. The filly is a half-sister to the SA Kindergarten Trophy and Mount Gambier Derby victor, Bayview Harbour. With three two-year-olds in training, the Hartwig’s are understandably optimistic about the future. Bring on the baby races! Peter Wharton

Sunday, March 11, 2018 will be a notable day in the life of former champion harness racing South Australian reinsman David Harding. Now starting his own training career, Harding landed his first major success when former Western Australian pacer Condrieu took out the 2018 UBET Kapunda Pacing Cup, then later in the day his partner Danielle Hill was a runaway winner of the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship at Launceston in Tasmania. The Kapunda Cup also saw top young South Australian reinsman Michael, David’s cousin, land his best win in the sulky while it was a stable quinella with Bettor Party, trained by Les Harding, finishing second. In an exciting finish, Condrieu ($3.80) finished best out wide to score a half neck win in the 2610 metre staying test from Bettor Party ($2.30 fav) with Rap Artist ($5.20) a metre away third. “I’ve known Greg (Bond) for a quite a while and done business with him previously,” Harding said. “He originally rang and offered Condrieu for sale and I considered buying him in partnership with Jake Webster, but we decided not to, but Greg said he would still send the horse to me. “He has been a good horse earning more than $260,000 but Greg felt he needed a change of scenery to reboot his career. “He is a bit one-paced, but the tempo of today’s Cup suited him perfectly.” Duke of Albany ($19.30) led early while Jake Webster, on Bettor Party, sat wide early from gate five before going to the spot outside the lead and trying to take the lead. Jayden Brewin, on the leader, was reluctant to give up the front but after a 200-metre battle, finally conceded. Webster kept a good tempo on with 30.6 and 30.9 first quarters of the last 16500 metres before increasing for a 29.1 third quarter and 30.8 final sectional. Michael Harding, who recently took out the Claiming Cup at Globe Derby Park on Ona Rocky Beach, again showed his driving maturity. Condrieu settled second last in the running line in the small field of eight and with just over a lap to go, Ryan Hryhorec on Mark Dennis ($5.30), which was last tried to get Harding moving to take him into the race. “David said to me around a track like Kapunda, it was nearly impossible to be covering ground more than once around the turns, so I was staying in until we went into the back straight,” Harding said. “The tempo had suited my horse and in the home straight just kept coming and I was able to grab Bettor Party in the sight of the post.” Jake Webster said in hindsight he might have driven Bettor Party a little differently. “I was always going to try for the front but what I would change would be the last few hundred metres,” Webster said. “Bettor Party was travelling but I sent him for home on straightening trying to put a gap on Condrieu which I knew would be finishing on. “But after grabbing a break, my horse switched off thinking his job was done, and David’s horse was able to grab me. In hindsight, I should have waited a bit longer before going for home.” David Harding said the Cup winner would go to the $14,999 Port Pirie Pacing Cup (2530m) on Saturday, March 24 but will again run into Bettor Party and also its stablemate Our Jericho. Graham Fischer

There is no-one better placed to comment of driver Danielle Hill’s achievement of driving 200 winners in the 2015/2016 harness racing season than her partner David Harding. Harding, a three-time 200-plus winner, knows the time, effort and sacrifices needed to reach the tally, especially in South Australia where there are only three meetings a week, some of which are at Mount Gambier. After a treble at Port Pirie, Hill went into Saturday night’s meeting at Globe Derby Park on 199 wins – 197 in South Australia plus one each in Tasmania and Victoria. Hill won on Lost In Bangkok, The Stork and Springfield Oflynn to break through the 200 mark. Lost In Bangkok brought up the 200 nationally, then Springfield Oflynn capped the night by giving her 200 wins in South Australia. “To reach 200 is a wonderful effort,” Harding said. “It requires a lot of hard work, plenty of sacrifices and a lot of luck. “What makes it even more remarkable for Dani is that she has had to overcome the loss of an eye. “I have seen how she has worked to learn how to walk again, just do things we take for granted with two eyes, then learn how to drive a car, and eventually get back into a cart. “I am in admiration of how she is back driving and handling the pressure of racing, and able to be so successful. “Dani loves horses, they love her, and they travel for her and the results prove it.” Hill said the 200 winners had been her own personal goal pre-season. “I didn’t make it known publicly but joked with Wayne (her brother),” Hill said. “He said he wanted to drive 100 winners (which he has done) and I said I wanted 200 and he told me I was greedy. “I am proud of my achievement but I have had a wonderful team behind me that helped me reach the milestone. “That goes back to the surgeons, rehab people and more recently the trainers who have been prepared to let me drive their horses. One of my first calls this week will be to the staff at rehab centre who got me going after losing the eye.” Dani’s ability was well known as in 2009 at the Gold Coast she landed the Australasian Young Drivers Championship beating a group of drivers including present day stars such as Dexter Dunn, Nathan Williamson, and Amanda Turnbull. But her whole world changed on a Monday afternoon, May 17 in 2010 at Globe Derby Park when Puaxtacy crashed to the track which resulted in the loss of her right eye plus facial fractures to her cheek, jaw and nose. She also suffered bleeding to the brain. Her injuries eventually healed but despite a lot of hard work, surgeons couldn’t repair the break of the optic nerve to the brain. Out of adversity came a treasure. During her recovery time, Dani and David celebrated the arrival of a daughter Brooke who was on course on Saturday night to celebrate the milestone. Hill is the 20th reinsperson in Australia to have reached 200 in a season, and just the third female, following Kerryn Manning and Amanda Turnbull. She currently sits fourth on the national driver’s premiership. by Graham Fischer

South Australia’s champion harness racing reinsman David Harding may never drive again. “You never say never, but at the moment, it (driving) is something I’m not planning to do,” Harding said. Harding, 37, who started harness race driving in 1994/95, has driven 2399 winners in a brilliant career, topping 150 winners for the past 10 seasons. The star driver is currently making progress after an horrific race fall at Globe Derby Park on Monday June 8. Harding dislocated and fractured his left hip and broke his right ankle in two places in the fall. “I can’t begin to describe the pain,” Harding said. “I was conscious the whole time and didn’t feel any relief until in the ambulance on the way to hospital.” The star reinsman, who drove more than 200 winners in a season three times during his career, has just started doing light work around the stables of his father, trainer Les Harding. “I can’t do too much because if I do I pay the price when I get home. “Having said that, walking around a bit has seen the injury improve and it is not too bad now.” Harding was confined to bed for eight weeks after the accident but is now able to walk around as the injuries heal. “I guess I could get back into a cart now if I wanted, but it is not something I want to do." “Life is about choices. The doctor said I was in a freak accident, and it had been a freak I had not done more damage." “He also said if I landed on the same spot again in a fall, the result could be far worse." "So that is the choice, or gamble, I have to make, whether to run the risk of another fall." “I have been lucky. I broke the right ankle in two places in a grass track race at Victoria Park when I was just starting out so now it has had four breaks. But I haven’t had many falls." “Driving is not simply sitting in the cart." "You have to alert, agile, and use your legs, especially if a horse is pulling. I have to know in my own mind that I could give 100 per cent if I was driving, and certainly at present, such is not the case.” Harding said the hip had been dislocated for two and a half hours before being put back into place, and as such disrupted the blood supply. He has to return to the specialist in 12 months for more X-rays to determinate if he will need another operation on the hip. “Apparently it takes that time to determine if the injury is healing correctly.” Harding said he would make a decision regarding his future over the new few weeks. “After 20 years helping Dad and driving I now have to face the reality of planning for the future.”   Graham Fischer

Champion South Australian harness racing reinsman David Harding will not drive again this season following a horrific fall at Globe Derby Park. Harding suffered serious injuries when his drive, the first-starter Bull Market, crashed to the track with about 300 metres left to run in the Patterson’s Hardware Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m). During the accident, Harding could be seen standing upright before falling and then clutching his left leg. Bull Market, the $3 favourite, was racing outside the leader and eventual winner Magic Too ($3.90) driven by Danielle Hill, Harding’s partner. Hill said that Harding had suffered a dislocated left hip, a fracture in the hip, and two fractures in his right ankle. “David has been told his right ankle will be in a moon boot for around 12 weeks,” Hill said. “Because his hip was dislocated and not put back until about three hours after the accident, it will also be a wait and see situation as to how quickly it heals. Apparently the sooner a hip can be replaced the better it heals because there is less damage to nerves and muscles.” Hill said Harding had been in great pain and was still very uncomfortable a week after the accident. In good news, Harding did go home only two days after the accident and was already working on his rehabilitation. “He gets up several times a day and can only walk with the aid of a frame. He never goes far and it is still painful but he knows it has to be done.” Hill said it was inappropriate to discuss whether the premier reinsman would return to driving. “Now is not the time to think about that (driving again), his, and our main focus, is on getting him healthy again. “There will be plenty of time when he recovers to make a decision about the future.” Hill knows what her partner is going through. She was badly hurt, and lost an eye, in a race fall at Globe Derby Park in May 2010, so she understands the emotions while recovering. The talented reinswoman made a magnificent return to driving and drove 94 and 91 winners in the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons and currently sits on 90 winners this season and looks certain to crack the 100 mark. “I still have to battle hard mentally at times when driving, and obviously David’s fall, has hit me hard.” Hill’s battle is evident when she drives the promising Nevabendrules which scored at Globe Derby Park last Friday night. The big horse can be chancy at the gates and has had a tendency to race keenly, and on Friday night, he was reluctant to score up early in the Nevele R Stud Pace (1800m). “He is probably not the right horse for me to be driving but I challenge myself and I think he might be improving,” Hill said “He was a bit rough early but got into a pace early enough to catch the field by the start but the best thing was that he raced a lot more tractably in the field.” Hill took off early with the $2.50 favourite and he settled outside the lead, star three-year-old filly Whats Emma Got ($2.80) with a lap to go and the pair staged a two-horse battle over the final 800 metres. The younger horse held off the repeated surges by Nevabendrules during the last lap but over the last 20 metres, Whats Emma Got had had enough and the older gelding stuck his head in front right on the line. Leah Harvey, who drove Whats Emma Got, said the filly expended everything. “I thought she was going to win but 20 metres out she had given her all and her head dropped and the other horse stuck his head out,” Harvey said. Owner and co-trainer Sharon Newman said she was proud of Whats Emma Got and now would held to Mildura for a Vicbred race. Harding’s injury has also affected his father Les Harding who trains a team at Globe Derby Park. “I’m not as agile as I was and David was a key part of our operation so with him not being able to help for quite some time I’m going to cut back my team,” Harding said. One horse who has already left the stable is the veteran pacer Dartmoor. “I sent him home to Victoria after his last start win and told the owner to retire him. “After all he is 13, has done an amazing job, and you could see he was starting to feel his legs. He deserves a good retirement.” by Graham Fischer

Lookofalegend delivered on the word of astute harness racing horseman Dean Braun with a win in the Garrards Horse and House SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings final (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. Driven by ace reinsman David Harding, Lookofalegend ($7.60) sprinted home strongly to score a five-and-a-half metre win from Im Supreme ($18.20) with Hit Maka ($2.10 fav) seven-and-a-half metres away third. Trainer Luke O’Neill said stable clients had purchased the three-year-old late last year. “Dean said he felt the colt would be well placed in South Australia and we were going to throw him in at the deep end looking at the SA St Leger and Derby,” O’Neill said. “But he got a virus and we couldn’t take part.” O’Neill said he had been delighted with the Bettor's Delight colts improvement this preparation culminating in Friday night’s win. “We thought he had a good chance,” O’Neill said. “It looked like there was going to be good speed, and being a sit-sprint horse, the opportunity would arise to come home over the top of them and that is how it worked out.” Driver David Harding said he knew early that Lookofalegend would be in the finish. “He is no star but has a good sprint, and early there was nice speed,” Harding said. “I was able to get a good drag into the race and he sprinted home strongly. Im Supreme really carried me to the home turn so it was a perfect run.” Im Supreme ran well to finish second as did the favourite Hit Maka whose unbeaten run of six came to an end. In the Kevin and Kay Seymour SA BOTRA Three-year-old Fillies final (2230m), the Emma Stewart-trained Lovelist gave backers no cause for concern with an all-the-way win to give driver David Harding the two three-year-old finals. A $1.20 favourite, the Always A Virgin filly cruised to a 10.3 metre wins from Ima Shark ($8.50) with Jasperama ($47) 9.2 metres away third. For Harding it was a classic case of going to the front and gradually improving your position. He stepped up the pace each quarter giving his rivals littler chance of victory. Lovelist rated 31.1, 30.8, 29.8 and 28.2 to record 2:00:6. The filly was bred by Bruce Cameron and a group of friends, and he owns the filly with an even larger group of mates, many of whom were on course to celebrate. by Graham Fischer South Australia Harness Racing

The two heats of the SA BOTRA Two-year-old Golden Nursery for colts and geldings last week at Globe Derby may have lacked numbers but set the stage for an exciting harness racing final. Alto Cumulus, trained by Robin Maguire, was a most impressive all the way winner of the Combined Transport heat one. Backed from $1.90 into $1.60, the two-year-old colt by Tinted Cloud was taken straight to the front by David Harding from gate four and the colt had no trouble in scoring a three-and-a-half metre win from Fragility ($5.60) with Presidentmach ($3.20)  four and a half metres away third. Harding has been impressed by the winner. “This was my third drive on him and he keeps improving,” Harding said. “He was always in control tonight and won well.” But it would surprise if Regal Major, winner of the Mike and Nathan Woods heat two, does not start favourite in the final. Alto Cumulus rated 2:01:5 in his win and was unextended while Regal Major recorded 2:02:1 in doing a bit of work but still winning comfortably. A well backed $1.70 favourite, the two-year-old gelding by Art Major, owned by the Cormack family and trained by Peter Manning, showed no gate speed from four but after the first 200 metres Jock Dunlop had no hesitation sending him to the front. Time To Dash moved alongside to test for the lead but Dunlop had no intent of handing up and instead allowed the gelding to keep in a rhythm. The early leader Tyrion($4.50) trailed the winner and tried to come through on the inside up the home straight but Regal Major held on to win by two-and-a-half metres. Reva ($20.20) was 10 metres away third. Part-owner Ben Cormack was impressed by Regal Major’s win. “He is a tough horse who keeps on giving and I’m sure we will be positive early in the final.” by Graham Fischer South Australia Harness Racing       Related Links Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Friday 29 May 2015  

The expectations were high as the field lined up for the harness racing "Home Loans Providing Solutions" SA BOTRA Three-Year-Old Fillies Prelude (2230m) at Globe Derby. The quality Victorian Lovelist, a filly by Always A Virgin and trained by Emma Stewart, had been backed from $2 into $1.60 favourite, from gate six and she was to tackle the star South Australian filly Whats Emma Got ($2.50) who was to come from gate seven. Despite the wide draw, many thought the SA filly could lead but when the mobile pulled away, the Victorian, driven by David Harding, came out just as quick and was able to cross and lead and force Whats Emma Got to sit outside. Driver Danni Hill wisely eased Whats Emma Got back and not get into a race with the favourite early but none of her rivals contemplated coming around to take her spot. As expected, the race heated up down the back straight on the final lap but Lovelist was back to her best and drew away to score easily by 24 metres with Whats Emma Got holding on for second a long neck in front of Linvel Ann ($34.30). “It was always the plan to lead,” Harding said. “Once in front she settled well and I knew she would take a power of beating. “She is a good quality filly, but just one of many in Emma’s team, and this BOTRA series looked ideal for her.” Whats Emma Got was certainly not disgraced in another excellent effort and takes her career record to 18 wins, four seconds and a third from 23 starts, and she is yet to miss a place. The filly by Grinfromeartoear had her first start on Friday under a new trainer – Team Fuller – which includes former trainer Glenda Fuller and her daughter Sharon Newman, the filly’s owner. “Actually Team Fuller allows us to include my husband Neville who also is as great help,” Glenda Fuller said. Despite a broken shoulder, suffered just over a week earlier, Glenda was out and about to supervise on Friday night. “I actually have been able to move my fingers and do a few small jobs today. It is still really awkward but I’m glad I have Team Fuller to help out with the horses.” Related Links Race programme for Globe Derby Park, Friday 29 May 2015

Former Victorian mare Twentyfivetolife continued her harness racing love affair with Globe Derby last night. Since being sent to leading trainer Les Harding, Twentyfivetolife has won five of her six starts, with her latest the most impressive. Driven by record-breaking reinsman David Harding, Twentyfivetolife began quickly from barrier two, but was unable to cross Mcliskyson, which led from the pole. With Harding controlling the tempo from the breeze, Twentyfivetolife forged he way to the front at the top of the home straight before completing a strong victory from Albert Jaccka and Heza Prince. “I would have preferred to have led, but I wasn’t worried about sitting outside the leader,” David declared. “She felt great throughout and hit the line with plenty up her sleeve.” Covering the last half in 58 seconds, the daughter of Life Sign rated 2:00.1 for the 2230 metres, taking her record to 11 wins and 13 placings from 39 starts. Confident the five-year-old can continue her impressive form, Harding stated Twentyfivetolife will compete in each suitable race as they become available. “She hasn’t stopped improving since she got her,” Harding said. “We’ve got no huge plans for her, just find what we can and see how she goes. “On her form, it’s fair to say she can win a few more yet.” Another to shine since arriving from Victoria is promising pacer Power Of Attorney. From 13 starts for premiership winning trainer Jonathon Kingston-Mayne, the son of Attorney General has registered 10 wins, including last night. Power Of Attorney also has three placings to his credit. Driven by Wayne Hill, Power Of Attorney finished strongly to score by a short half-head from Nothing Else Matters, which was partnered by Hill’s sister, Danni. In a ‘blanket finish’, Turismo was a head away third, with a head to Bretaca fourth. PAUL COURTS

Following last week’s exclusive on leviathan harness racing owner Emilio Rosati, harnesslink can reveal the first two Victorian trainers in line to receive the majority of his team. Just to recap, Rosati has decided to transfer his horses out of New South Wales as a result of his disappointment with the integrity of the local industry. While a few have already been sent south of the Murray River – and also to Queensland – the majority of his stock are yet to be moved interstate. The remainder of Rosati’s team will begin being shipped next week, with trainers Jayne Davies and Andy Gath to receive the bulk of the ‘deliveries’. It is believed South Australia’s David Harding will also have his stable numbers increased within the month. Rosati’s horses carry the ‘Stride’ prefix, with former stars Excel Stride and Idol Stride among his best performers. Rosati’s stock is estimated to be between 30 and 40 horses, with star youngster Allblack Stride headlining the crew. “Although they haven’t raced yet, a lot have moved and the rest will be moved soon,” Rosati said. “I won’t put a number on how many horses I have, but it’s a lot.” Rosati’s decision to vacate New South Wales is based on his ‘principles'. When asked to elaborate, Rosati stated he’d “leave it at that.” “I have no problem with the people running the sport, I just have a problem with the integrity of it,” Rosati said. “I don’t want to harm the industry, I’m just frustrated with the way it is at the moment. I’m not doing this because I want to...I have to, based on my principles. “Ideally I’d prefer to be in New South Wales and hopefully the problem gets fixed and I will return them. “I will still stay on as a sponsor there.” Paul Courts

The much anticipated Southern Cross Finals were conducted in Adelaide last Sunday with some big money up for grabs with four $60,000 finals run on the super Sunday program at Globe Derby Park. With a big crowd in attendance the weather was perfect and the scene was set for a great days racing and leading driver David Harding was certainly the star of the show winning three of the four finals. The first of them was in the 3yo Colts And Geldings division with star Victorian Major Crocker. Sent out as an unbackable $1.20 favourite from gate two he had certainly been in good form in the lead up races of the series winning his heat and semi in good style. Sent straight to the front by Harding he was never troubled scoring an easy 6.3 metre victory with fellow Victorian Mixedwithajasper in 2nd sport after trailing the leader throughout with Bolt Action Blood running a career best race in 3rd place. In winning Major Crocker made it three in a row and took his prizemeony past the $123,000 mark for Adelaide based owner Gary Croker and he was certainly thrilled after the race. “He just a nice horse, its good to put a plan together with Vince (Vallelonga, Trainer) and for it to come off and win a big one at home” he said “He will now head to the Breeders Crown and then to the paddock after that”. “He still learning and hopefully he will come back as a nice 4yo next season” he added The win continued a great run of success in this series for the family with Gary and His wife Sharon also involved in the ownership of Wouldn’t It Be Nice who was a winner back in 2008 as well as Phyl Croker in 2012. The second of the finals was somewhat of an upset with Punch Line proving too strong in the 3yo fillys division. With the Jeremy Seal trained Dougs Courage going for 15 straight wins she was certainly the popular elect with punters despite drawing outside the frontline. She was expected to lead easily but raced roughly after the start before having to work hard to eventually find the front. While all this was happening Harding was able to manoeuvre Punch Line off the fence from gate 7 and straight around the face the breeze outside of his main danger. She was too strong in the run to the line drawing away to score a dominant 14.5 mere win with Our Little Artist and Royal Jacquard filling the minor placing’s with Dougs Courage back in 5th spot. Owned by a large syndicate of owners headed by prominent owner breeder Bruce Cameron Punch Line has been of model of consistently throughout her career with Sundays win now her 6th from 13 starts overall. Cameron was obviously thrilled with the win after the race. “I thought she had a good chance and with plenty of speed early it worked out well for us” he said “She’s done a great job since she been over here and she will now head back for the Breeders Crown Semi at her home track Ballarat. He added. The win also continued a great run for Cameron and his co-owners with Sundays win adding to Beauty Secrets two wins in the series back in 2011 and 2012. The third leg of Harding’s treble was certainly a career highlight for trainer Rebecca East with Hez The One storming down the outside to claim the 2yo Colts And Geldings Division. With Blurred Lines able to lead from gate one there was good early speed in the race with Jax Navaro and Blurred Lines running the first quarter in a slick 28.7. It was left to the swoopers to fight the race out with Blackntan looking the winner in the run but Hez The One Was simply too quick scoring a 7.7 metre win with Blackntan in 2nd sport with Blurred Lines battling on strongly back in 3rd place. Sundays win was his 8th from nine starts overall and this feature added to his win earlier in season in the $25,000 Golden Nursery Final. The final $60,000 feature was for the 2yo fillies and this one certainly went to scipt with start local Whats Emma Got continuing on her winning way. Although drawn the backline she was sent straight around the field by Driver Dani Hill to find the front and she was never troubled scoring an easy 13 metre win with Shaezee and Call Her Julie filing the minor placing’s. Sundays win made it an impressive six in a row and 7 form 10 overall with her prizemoney now north of the $60,000 mark and she has certainly gave her trainer Glenda Fuller and owner Sharon Newman a great ride throughout the season. Ben Harding - South Australia Harness Racing

Southern Cross finals day is one of the highlights on the South Australian harness racing calendar and is eagerly awaited each year. It is a highly competitive days racing and unusual for any one sire to dominate. However todays $60,000 finals (Sunday August 3rd) at Betezy Park Globe Derby for the two and three year old fillies were both taken out by daughters of champion sire Grinfromeartoear. First up was the Glenda Fuller trained Whats Emma Got who was settled three back in the running line early in the two year old final from her second row draw. Set alight by driver Danielle Hill after 400 meters, Whats Emma Got looped the field and assumed the pace making role shortly after. Keeping up a steady tempo, she skipped clear at the 400 meters mark and coasted to the line for an easy win. It was Whats Emma Got seventh win from just ten starts with three seconds thrown in for good measure. A daughter of the smart Falcon Seelster  mare Whativewegot 1:59.9 ($66,607), Whats Emma Got paced the 1800 from the mobile in 2:13.7, a mile rate of 1:59.6 with closing sectionals of 58.5 and 29.4 In the three year old final the Courage Under Fire filly Dougs Choice was shooting for fifteen in a row as a three year old. Sent forward from barrier six, Dougs Choice was wide for 400 meters before finding the front in the 2230 meters event. Meanwhile Punch Line who had started from one on the second line was sent forward after 500 meters by driver David Harding and found the death seat with a lap and a half to travel. David Harding and Punch Line continued to apply pressure to Dougs Choice and nearing the 600 meters headed Dougs Choice and set sail for home. Well clear turning in, David Harding eased Punch Line down in the run to the line  for a very impressive win. It was the Emma Stewart trained fillies sixth win from just thirteen starts and she paced the 2230 meters in 2:47.2, a mile rate of 2:00.7 with closing sectionals of 58.1 and 29. Punch Line is from a Classic Garry half sister to former champion Safe And Sound 1:57 ($995,606) and with a winning time of 1:54.2 already beside her name, the residual value of Punch Line when she finishes racing is sky rocketing with every win. Whats Emma Got Punch Line .Harnesslink media    

After a couple of unruly performances and some on the run gear changes made by harness racing trainer Darren Billinger Lombo Del Rosso appears set for a bright future.   The son of Four Stazzz Shark commenced his career back in March when he looked to be the winner on the home turn but fell after casting a shoe and in his comeback race at Betezy park Globe Derby he finshed third before embarking on a trip to Melbourne to try to qualify for the APG Finals.   In his heat he finished second before finishing down the track in the semis then did a good job to finish fourth in the consolation before returning to South Australia and winning first up at Port Pirie.   A good second to the unbeaten Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery heats saw him one of the main players going into the final on the last Saturday in May but after locking wheels on the first turn he was never a threat.   Billinger then took the big horse to Strathalbyn and he found the line well after doing some work in the final lap and not looking that comfortable on the small track.   Then at his second run in six days Lombo Del Rosso went back to headquarters on Saturday night to beat a small but quality field in the Nevele R Stud 2yo Pace.   Lombo Del Rosso is a son of Gloria Lombo who won 12 races and over $100,000 in prize money and she is a daughter of champion race mare Lombo Rapid who claimed the Chariots Of Fire in one of her 27 victories.   In the Free For All, Mildura pacer Timeless Era found the front and driver David Harding dictated terms running the first half of the last mile in 62.5 seconds before buzzing home in 56.5 giving odds on favourite Come On Frank little chance of running him down.   by Gary Newton  

Victorian gelding Major Crocker made the road trip from Bolinda to Port Pirie in South Australia worthwhile on Friday night, the son of Art Major winning the first heat of the 2014 Roll With Joe Breeders Crown 3YO Colts and Geldings series. With David Harding aboard, Major Crocker found the lead early and dictated terms to win by 3.2m over Glenferrie Affair (Ryan Hryhorec). Third placegetter Vaevenca was a further 14.4m away for Scott Ewen. Major Crocker’s winning mile rate was 2:02.0 after a lead time of 33 seconds for the 2050m journey. In the first heat of the 2014 Alabar Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies series, Globe Derby-trained Helens Bonus from the Ray Holberton stable posted a victory for driver Mark Webster in a blanket finish, defeating Daniel Jack trained-and-driven Call Her Julie by a half-neck, with a further half-neck back to Theeyeshaveit in third place for Jake Webster. Helens Bonus’s mile rate was 2:02.1 for the 1609m trip. The Breeders Crown heats will continue at Globe Derby in South Australia and Addington, New Zealand, this Friday night. HRV Media  

Local unbeaten harness racing two year old Blackntan treated his rivals with contempt in winning his heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Friday night.   Blackntan drew the back line but driver Mark Billinger drove the odds on favourite through to be in the running line going out of the straight the first time, but then elected to take off and go to the breeze where he was able to contract the race outside leader Teddy Jasper.   Billinger poured on the pressure down the back the last time and the son of Always A Virgin raced away to win untouched by 11 meters it was his first run since winning the Kindergarten Stakes in February.   Trained by John Hill at Globe Derby Blackntan is the only horse Hill has in his yard, Hill pick the youngest as a yearling at local breeder Viv Clark property, Hill had the choice of two and went with Blackntan and his judgment has proved to be spot on as the gelding has now strung together four wins from his only four starts.   The other colts & gelding heat of the BOTRA Golden Nursery went to south east trained Hez The One a son of Jeremes Jet who had won at his only two previous starts at Victor Harbour and Mount Gambier. Driver David Harding put the colt into the race early when he moved around from last from his backline draw to get outside the leader Amightyfinehorse with odds on pop Lombo Del Rosso pocketed on his inside on the final turn the Amightyfinehorse broke for no apparent reason when it looked the winner at the time, Lombo Del Rosso was checked at the point, that left Hez The One with a six meter break on the corner and he held that margin to the line to win from the favourite.   The fillies heats went to Amen an Art Major filly who led all the way to win by 22 meters and the final heat to Victorian trained filly Call Her Julie a daughter Lombo Pocket Watch trained and driven by David Jack Gary Newton    

Friday night in front of a small crowd at Betezy Park Globe Derby, the main harness racing event drew only four runners, but was always to be a match race between the 1.45 favourite Come On Frank and the Lance Holberton trained Mark Dennis on paper and that's the way it unfolded.   What a spectral it turned out to be! With David Harding finding the front easily on Mark Dennis and Harding did not let up at any stage of the 1800 meter event. Harding knew he had his main rival Come On Frank at his wheel as the leaders ran the first half in 58.3 then came home in 28.3 & 29 seconds.   The two settled down to fight it out, with reminiscence of the 2013 SA Cup battle between Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster, the two current stars of South Australian harness races put on a great spectral,   Come On Frank drew level at the top of the straight and even popped his nose in front only to see Mark Dennis lift himself off the canvas to win by a neck.   Mark Dennis set a new track record for the 1800 meters with a mile rate of 1.52.2.   Mark Dennis took 0.2 of a second off Garnet River's track record set in March this year, Garnet River took the record from Be Good Johnny who set his time in the 2007 Inter Dominion heats.   Mark Dennis has now won 10 races this season for Holbertton.   Next weekend see's the heats of the BOTRA pace with the features being the BOTRA Golden Nursery for 2 year colts and Geldings and the ALABAR Golden Nursery for the 2 year old fillies both finals to run on May 31st will carry a purse of $25,000 each plus trophy and rug to the winners.   In other news Harness Racing SA has reached an agreement with Sky Channel to host the Southern Cross Finals on a Sunday afternoon the 2nd of August.   The Southern Cross is SA's version of Sire Stakes racing and HRSA are hoping with the right promotion that a large crowd will be in attendance for one of South Australia's biggest day on the calendar. All races will be covered on Sky 1.   Gary Newton   sportspac21@yahoo.com.au

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