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The old saying, “A good colt will always beat a good filly.” Well my friends, that was proven wrong back in May last year when star filly, Bubbles And Cheese beat the boys in the Golden Nursery. Bubbles And Cheese went on to win the Southern Cross a month later. So the theory, “A good colt will always beat a good filly” is thrown out the window. Want more proof, the best thoroughbred stayer in the modern era Makybe Diva, best sprinter Black Caviar, oh, and what about middle distance, a mare called Winx, all the ‘finer’ sex. The point of this article, simple! Harness Racing South Australia will once again allow anyone with outstanding SAMOS Certificates to use them at the upcoming Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale, towards purchasing a filly. If you still have the $800 ones, you can use two of them to the value of $1600 or three $500 certificates up to the value of $1500 off the purchase price of any one of the 14 fillies that will go under the hammer at Magic Million complex on Sunday February 10. Fillies offered are by sires such as, Art Major (leading 2yo sire last season), Auckland Reactor (sire of NZ champion 3yo Chase Auckland), Rocknroll Heaven, Million Dollar Cam (Little Brown Jug winner), Western Terror (sire of Baby Bling) and Pet Rock (leading first season sire last season on number of winners) A Rocknroll Dance (already a Group 1 sire) plus first season sires Gold Ace and Hurrikane Kingcole. There are half-sisters to the Southern Cross winner, Fistfullofdollars, Breeders Crown 3YO Silver Big Gun Johnny out of WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes, APG Heat winner and fourth in the GR1 final, Single Tree Road.   So why not dust off those old SAMOS certificates, head to Magic Millions complex at Morphettville on Sunday February 10 and take home a nice filly, and don’t forget she will be eligible for the $100,000 “The Allwood” of 2020. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle or by calling HRSA on (08) 8285 2899.   Gary Newton

Shardonant win at Strathalbyn on December 17 showed there is value for money in buying at the South Australian Yearling sale. A harness racing graduate from the 2017 sale, the son of the ill-fated All Speed Hanover, won his second race from just 12 starts, in December at the Southern Raceway in Strathalbyn. Purchased by Don Lee at the sale for just $7000, Shardonant started eight times as a two-year-old for a win in the SA BOTRA Sales Graduate Pace and two other placings. Now three, he was placed first up, and then had no luck in an open race at Globe Derby before sitting outside Oohlala Lady at Strathalbyn and proving too strong for that mare in the run home. Bred by Peter Olds, who offered him and four other yearlings at the 2017 sale. Shardonant, as mentioned is by All Speed Hanover, who only had only 50 foals before his untimely death. All Speed Hanover, by Cams Card Shark, took out the $700,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, beating Sportswriter in a titanic duel on the straight. Shardonant looks to be in for a bright three-year-old season under the care of Michael Norman. If you’re after a bargain, the Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale is the place to be on Sunday February 10. It is “the sale that has something for everyone”. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie and all other SA country tracks plus interstate venues or call HRSA on (08) 82852899.   Gary Newton SA BOTRA Magazine Editor - Co-Host & Producer Harness Racing Show. Mobile 0417 026 907 SA Harness.com - http://saharness.com

Services to former New Zealand champion Changeover and trotting sire Great Success will go up for auction to aid victims of this week’s horrific bushfires in South Australia. The special fundraising effort is being co-ordinated by the SA Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association. Nevele R Stud has donated a service to Changeover, while well known breeder-owner Michael Taylor has donated a service to Great Success, who stands at Niota Bloodstock, near Shepparton. Bids for both stallions can be lodged with Botra vice-president Lois Randall on email sabotra@hotmail.com or phone 0402 978 424. A client of HarnessBred.com has opened the bidding at $2500 for Changeover. Donations of non-perishable goods for fire victims and their livestock can be delivered to the Botra Room at Globe Derby Park between 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and for the first three races on Saturday night.   Gary Newton   SA BOTRA Magazine Editor & SA Harness.com  

The South Australian Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) has once again been to the fore in this harness racing season of putting money into the industry via prize money and bonuses.   It is a never ending task of trying to lift the returns to stakeholders in South Australia.   Alabar Bloodstock as they have done numerous times before have offered a service to one of  their stallions to help BOTRA raise the funds they need.   This year the service they have so kindly donated is to their hugely successful sire Grinfromeartoear.   The sire in Australia of 331 winners for stakes of $10,234,223, Grinfromeartoear dominated this years Southern Cross series in South Australia with Whats Emma Got 1:58.8 ($67,717) taking out the 2 year old fillies final and Punch Line 1:54.2 ($59,521) the 3 year old fillies final.   Grinfromeartoear has three millionaires to his credit from his time at stud in the champions Mister Big 1:47.8 ($4,143,492)  Mr Feelgood 1:49 ($3,366,157) and Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,089,831)    Bidding closes at 8.30pm (Adelaide Time ) on Monday 1st September.   To place a bid simply click on the link below   Gary Newton  

On Sunday SA BOTRA will host their annual fundraiser "Xmas in July" to be held at the Globe Derby this Sunday starting at noon with the special guest of honor being champion New Zealand reinsman Anthony Butt. Hall of Famer Butt, who has achieved most things in the sport of harness racing including New Zealand, Auckland, Hunter, Rowe Cups and four Inter Dominion finals in a stellar career to date.  Butt, will be interviewed by race caller Jim Jacques in what should be great entertainment. Also during the afternoon you will have a chance to bid on one of nine stallion services that will go under the hammer and in that line up is some of Australia’s most sort after sires: Auckland Reactor, Smiling Shard, Lombo Pocket Watch, Gotta Go Cullect, Western Edition, Tiz A Masterpiece, Art Official, Elsu BG’s Folly, Cullen’s Legacy and Artesian. Tickets are just $40 and includes a three-course meal so please contact Lois Randall on 0402978424. by Gary Newton   

Opening Heats of the Southern Cross series highlight this weekend's harness racing at Betezy Park Globe Derby this Saturday night, with one fillies heat and two colts events.   The fillies heat has bought together a full field and class filly Whats Emma Got has drawn the outside of the front line. the daughter of Grinfromeartoear has won 4 of her 7 starts including her last three and while she has not started for a month due to a minor setback the Glenda Fuller trained fillys looks the winner.   The Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda has been competitive without winning in all her three starts and the Jill Neilson trained Whirly Girl could fill the placings.   The colts and geldings heats feature the unbeaten Hez The One and despite a back line draw looks the winner again in the first heat.   Heat two - The Dapper Don has been in good form with seconds to Hez The One in the BOTRA Golden Nursery Final and the Breeders Crown Heat last week.   The other feature on the program is the Maughan Ford Cup for fast class pacers and Darren Billinger holds the key with three of the seven runners. Come On Frank has won four races this season and has drawn the utside of the front line Lord Monaloo has drawn the pole and king of the claimers Albert Jaccka the only horse on the back line.   The Kevin Brough trained Weallwantano looks the only runner likely to spoil Billingers party.   Gary Newton

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  

A strong harness racing meeting Friday night at Port Pirie featuring a heat of the Breeders Crown 2yo fillies which has bought together the first two past the post in last weekend's ALABAR BOTRA Golden Nursery in Call Her Julie and the Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda.   The barrier draw once again favours Call Her Julie who is much travelled but has found her niche in South Australia having won her heat and final of the BOTRA Golden Nursery. Secret Agenda had every chance to run down Call Her Julie in that race and once again looks the main danger.   Major Crocker returns to SA coming off some very good form in Victoria and looks the one to beat, his main danger no doubt will come from Glenferrie Affair the last start Mildura Guineas winner who despite not appearing to comfortable, bolted in at Mildura by some 14 meters, it looks a race in two.   Smart three year old filly Dougs Courage returns to the track after a let up since taking out the SA Oaks and scoring her ninth win in the season looks the one in race 4 the Laucke Mills Pace. Tthe Courage Under Fire filly gets into the C0 event and even the inside of the back line should not stop her from making it 10 in a row.   South Australia also has couple of starters at Melton with Come On Frank drawing the back line in the FFA and his stable mate Lord Manaloo has the prime number one spot in race one. He has not started since finishing second Glenferrie Flash in the Victoria Harbour Cup in January but has trailled nicely at Globe Derby.   An eight event program at headquarters is the $10.000 3yo Trotters Classic Final on which Zahris Idol a daughter of Majestic Son is shooting for a hat trick, she has been in good form of late, her past two wins at this track in similar grade to this. She will take a power of beating again and her main danger is Waikare Aviator having finished runner up at her past two behind Zharis Idol.   On Monday's Queens Birthday Holiday the action heads to Strathalbyn for the running of the 2014 Mt Mooney Strathalbyn Pacing Cup, a standing start C5 and better event has drawn a full field of 12 plus an emergency Caribbean Crest  and if he steps from the pole looks the one to beat.   Gary Newton    

BOTRA Golden Nursery Final night, while damped by the weather, still had a good crowd gathered to see some of the best 2 year old colts & geldings do battle in the harness racing final.   Both Hez The One and Blackntan went into the $25,000 final undefeated but it was Hez The One e (by Jeremy's Jet out of Summer Fairytale -by California Cam) who found the front early and led all the way while his main rival and short priced favourite Blackntan eyeballed Hez The One for a greater part of the race. The pressure was on all the way but when Blackntan began to tire it was left to The Dapper Don and Hilltop Delight to issue strong challenges. In the drive to the line Hez The One mustered every last ounce of courage he had to give. He managed to hold on to take the prize. On the line his lead had been reduced to 1m but that was more than enough to hold his unbeaten mantle.   Hez The One is trained by the very affable Rebecca East. Hez The One is owned and was bred by Graham Cole. Mr. G. F. McDonald is also listed as a part owner of Hez The One.   Hez The One looks set for bigger and brighter things and he certainly looks to have a lot of upside about him.   The fillies ALABAR Golden Nursery Final was taken out by Victorian Call Her Julie trained and driven by David Jack, (by Lombo Pocket Watch out of Lady Jillet Lombo by Mach Three)..   Throughout the race Call Her Julie was tracked by the highly fancied, Emma Stewart trained Secret Agenda. Call Her Julie and Secret Agenda waged a two horse war from the 300m mark but Call Her Julie held sway with Sazee and Caroline Bay who galloped out of the gate making up many lengths as did Unveiled who put in an outstanding effort to finish close up to third and fourth place getters. Unveiled lost a mountain of ground soon after the start, and was tailed off at the very least, 60m. At the end of the race Unveiled was in the chasing group of horses, 30m behind the winner.   Gary Newton      

The jury is still out on who is the best harness racing open class pacer in South Australia - Come On Frank or Mark Dennis?   Come on Frank a 6 year old son of Blissful Hall has won 33 races from 67 starts including the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series as a 4 year old at Melton and has recorded a 1.52.3 winning mile rate when campaigning in NSW on the 1,400 meter Menangle Park circuit.   Come On Frank this season the local hero has had 10 starts for 3 wins coming off a 14 month lay off through injury.   In the blue corner the challenger Mark Dennis a 5 year old gelding by Bettors Delight 88 starts for 21 wins 11 of those this season, Mark Dennis has become a revelation since joining Lance Holberton stable claiming the Gawler Cup and setting a track record at Betezy Park Globe Derby when he beat Come On Frank in a mile rate of 1.54.2.   Saturday night did little to solve the debate as who is the current king of SA Harness Racing.   Come On Frank lead from barrier one in the Free For All in a mile rate of 1.58.9 while Holberton elected to tackle the 4 and 5 year old BOTRA pace and after a horrid run when caught three wide he finshed a credible third.   Maybe next week will tell the story as both chase BOTRA bonuses on BOTRA Pace Final night.   Gary Newton    

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    

Harness Racing SA is pleased to announce that the 2014 Southern Cross Finals will now be run on Sunday August 3 at Betezy Park Globe Derby. The four $60,000 finals were scheduled for the previous night (Saturday August 2), however following negotiations with Sky Racing, the meeting will be moved to the Sunday afternoon with Sky 1 coverage. The normal “metro” meeting will be run on the Sunday, with a “restricted” prizemoney meeting to be run at Betezy Park Globe Derby on the Saturday night. Over $270,000 in prizemoney will be paid out on Southern Cross final day and Harness Racing SA in conjunction with the SA Harness Racing Club is hoping to encourage a big crowd to the afternoon meeting. Overall this year the Southern Cross racing series is estimated to distribute around $500,000 in total prizemoney & trophies to eligible 2 & 3yos. Heats will be run from mid-June, through to the August 3 Finals. The full list of dates & programmed races are: All races at Betezy Park Globe Derby Sat 21 June 2014        Qualifying Heats 2YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 2YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Sat 28 June 2014        Qualifying Heats 3YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 3YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Sat 05 July  2014         Qualifying Heats 2YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 2YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Sat 12 July  2014         Qualifying Heats 3YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 3YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Qualifying Heats 2YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 2YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Sat 19 July  2014         Qualifying Heats 3YO (Colts & Geldings)         $8,000 Qualifying Heats 3YO (Fillies)                       $8,000 Sat 26 July 2014 Semi-Finals 3YO (Colts & Geldings)                $12,000 Semi-Finals 3YO (Fillies)                              $12,000 Semi-Finals 2YO (Colts & Geldings)                $12,000 Semi-Finals 2YO (Fillies)                              $12,000  Sun 03 August 2014    Final 3YO (Colts & Geldings)                           $60,000 Final 3YO (Fillies)                                         $60,000 Final 2YO (Colts & Geldings)                           $60,000 Final 2YO (Fillies)                                         $60,000                        The full list of conditions are available on the Harness Racing SA website, www.saharnessracing.com.   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

A large crowd gathered at Port Pirie to witness the 2014 Port Pirie Cup, and punters came late for the winner, Our Flyin Jazz, who began quickly from the standing start to find the lead, while second favourite Lark Rise missed the start.   From that point Davis Harding was able to control the Cup, to send the Sands A Flyin seven year old to the line a winner by 12 meters from Kapunda Cup winner Exposed, who sat behind the winner but was no match in the straight.  Soul Tana finished a further 12.8 meters away in third spot.   Our Flyin Jazz, who has has only recently joined the Les Harding stables, has now won 16 races and has taken his earnings past the $100,000 mark.   The mile rate of 2.00.1 was a new track record for the 2530 meter event. Our Flyin Jazz covered the distant in 3.08.8 running his last half mile in 58.9.   For driver David Harding the Cup was the middle leg of a treble. Harding also won on Armbro Speedstar and the last race aboard Mattichiello.   Danielle Hill drove a double on The Denman and classy 2 year old filly Whats Emma Got, who will now be set for the BOTRA Nursery Pace. The Max Peake MONTE went to odds on favourite Chuck Wagon with Megan Gee in the saddle. By Gary Newton    

SA BOTRA who put over $48,000 is bonus and extra stake money in South Australia are currently running a on line auction to raise funds to continue to support Harness Racing in the state.   They are auctioning the set of horse shoe full framed that Smoken Up aka "Trigger" wore on his way to a Australasian record at Menangle Park NSW of 1.49.9 on November 23rd 2013   This must for any lover of Harness Racing comes framed with certificate of authenticity signed by his trainer Lance Justice.   This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on this piece of harness racing history. A true collector's item.   This item is being offered by SA BOTRA.   Proceeds of this auction will be used to promote harness racing in South Australia. To make a big you only have few hours left go to \http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/161249911654?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649   Gary Newton    

The Yorke Peninsula Harness Racing Club has been rewarded with an excellent field for Friday night's Kadina Pacing Cup meeting at Port Pirie. This year the Club decided to change its cup distance to 1609m to make it the state's number one speed test.   Heading up the field for the $10,000 feature will be local hero Come On Frank, who ran third last week in his first run from a spell. He has drawn the inside gate, while Mark Dennis, which is drawn to be prominent in barrier four, looks well placed on recent form.   Timeless Era, who has performed strongly in SA this season, along with Our Flyin Jazz, also pose as serious threats in what should be keenly run affair, with the track record of 1.55.5 held by Rioli Lloyd Gold possibly under threat.   The Harley Meier Memorial Kadina Trotters Cup, a $6,000 event, will also be run over the mile trip and it features Fred Jones Country Trotters Cup winner, Siegfried.   Both Chuck Wagon and Kasyanov look better off under the free for all conditions compared to last week's race.   As our top trotters rarely run over this trip, it will be interesting to see what time they can run.   The Club has drawn together a strong supporting card, with all races set down to be run over the mile on this "night of speed".   SA BOTRA has supported all of the Country Cup meetings with BOTRA Bonus races again this season; for this meeting it is a C2 - C3 front, also eligible to claimers up to $2,000. Should the winner be owned by BOTRA member/s, a $500 bonus will be paid by BOTRA. It is race 3 on the program.   Racing will commence at 6.50pm, with all races covered on Sky Racing 1. The Pacers Cup is race 5 starting at 8.50pm, with the Trotters Cup race 7 at 9.52pm.   For those who can't make it to the track, Tattsbet will be offering full coverage of the meeting. This will include fixed odds markets on all races.   By Gary Newton

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