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Saturday nights Globe Derby winner Soho Crucio is proving to be a shrewd purchase for her new connections. After hearing a ‘whisper’ the daughter of Art Major could be bought for the right price, South Australian horseman Chris Neilson quickly made the move to have Soho Crucio at his stable. Since the transfer the filly has won her two starts in impressive fashion, including the Two-Year-Old Classic. “I think she will be a fair bit of fun to be involved with,” Neilson said. “She is pretty mature for her age and should hopefully continue to get better. “She has won both her starts for us and you can’t ask for anymore than that.” With popular reinsman Wayne Hill in the cart, Soho Crucio showed good gate speed to lead from barrier three, with the remainder of the 1800-metre trip a formality. Never seriously challenged, the two-year-old scored by four metres from Martys Party, with Eye See Double three metres away third in 1:58.2. “I was very confident with her as I knew she was going to be a big improver since her first run just under two weeks earlier,” Neilson said. “Between her last run for Michael Stanley and her first run for me she had two weeks off and was only in work for about 10 days before I raced her in the Breeders’ Crown heat. “She had an unorthodox build up to the heat, but a much better routine before this.” Predicting the youngster will develop into a handy three-year-old, Neilson plans to give Soho Crucio one more start before sending her for a break. “I will head over to Mildura if the race holds up try to win her Vicbred bonus,” Neilson said. “After that I will give her a long spell. “There is no reason why she won’t come back better again after a break and more time to mature, so that’s the way I will go with her.”   HRSA Media

CONNECTIONS of talented filly Hilltopsomewhere hope to gain a ‘consolation’ win at Globe Derby tomorrow night. Engaged in the Mermaid Stake, Hilltopsomewhere heads into the feature fresh from her gallant second in the Southern Cross Final at the same venue three weeks ago. The Peter Bain-trained youngster was successful at her two starts heading into the $50,000 decider. With daughter of Somebeachsomewhere drawn to lead from the pole, Bain and his co-trainer son, Aaron, are confident Hilltopsomewhere can end her season on a high note. “Win, lose or draw, this will be her last start for the season,” Aaron said. “With a bit of luck it will be a winning end. “She’s in top form having won four of her last six starts and finishing second in the Southern Cross Final. “She has trained on well since the Final, and with her gate speed, will be looking to hold up from one. “If she can get the right run long in front, she will be right in the finish.” Citing Victorian raider Scarlett Brew as the main danger, Bain also rates The Shooting Star as a major threat. Prepared by Emma Stewart, Scarlett Brew will begin from barrier three, with The Shooting Star to come from four for trainer Les Harding. “Emma’s horse has been racing well against strong company and is the one to beat,” Bain said. “The Shooting Star has done a good job since she got here and there is no reason why that should change “Hopefully we can hold the lead as we plan to and be able lead all the way.”   HRSA Media

A TOUGH draw and a change of conditions have made life difficult for Bubbles And Cheese at Globe Derby on Saturday night. With a lack of nominations for the Lord and Ladyship Stakes, Harness Racing SA combined the features to create the Two-Year-Old Classic. As such, Bubbles And Cheese has gone from racing against her own sex to competing with the ‘boys’. Adding to trainer Bronte Giorgio’s woes is Bubbles And Cheese’s draw, with the filly to begin from the inside of the second row. “Going up against the colts has made it tougher,” Giorgio said. “On top of that she’s got the back line, which makes it harder again. “From there she is likely to settle three-back along the pegs, which is not an ideal position to be in. “We’ll have to rely on a bit of luck from there.” Although several factors are against the recent Southern Cross Final winner, Giorgio is positive the daughter of Betterthancheddar is primed to run a solid race. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the way she is within herself,” Giorgio said. “She has trained on great since the Final a couple of weeks ago. “She’s certainly going well enough to win…it’s just a matter of whether she gets a good crack at them. “This will be her last run for the season, so with a bit of luck, she will head to the paddock on a high note.”   HRSA Media

HAVING covered more ground than early settlers in recent weeks, Victorian horseman Brett Bunfield hopes the travels will continue to pay dividends at Albion Park tonight. Last weekend Bunfield was in South Australia with top filly Saphirique, which successfully defended her Southern Cross title at Globe Derby. This time around Bunfield will contest a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold Brisbane Sale series with For All We Know. Winner of the nation-wide APG Consolation last April, For All We Know will begin from barrier three with Luke McCarthy to take the reins. For All We Know will head into the qualifier fresh a second in the Group One Qbred Triad Final a fortnight ago. “It’s been a busy few weeks for the stable,” Bunfield said. “When she was runner-up in the Final my wife Janelle made the trip to Queensland. “We had Saphirique in a Southern Cross heat the same night in Adelaide. “Brad Chisholm has spent the past three weeks in Queensland taking care of For All We Know and he said she is training as well, if not better, than she ever has.” Confident For All We Know can capture the heat, Bunfield believes next week’s $100,000 decider will be a massive test for the daughter of Art Major. “It’s a heat she can quite easily win,” Bunfield said. “She has drawn well enough and we intend to use it. “The Final could be a different story. Without seeing the draw, or the field at this stage, it’s hard to imagine any of them beating Muscle Factory.” Prepared by Lauren and Shane Tritton, Muscle Factory will begin from seven in the second heat. APG Media

Champagne would have been flowing on Saturday night after the win of Bubbles and Cheese in the $50,000 UBET Southern Cross 2YO Fillies Final at Globe Derby Park. Bubbles And Cheese finished third in the heat the previous week after being sent out as an odds on favourite, but after drawing outside the front row in the final was relegated to $3.00 second favourite behind heat winner Shesashark. Driver Michael Smith elected to go forward from the wide gate at the start and in doing so avoided receiving any interference which occurred on the first corner. Bubbles And Cheese eventually worked to sit outside the early leader Crown Royale, with Shesashark driven by Mark Webster settling down mid field in the running line. Smith urged Bubbles And Cheese to the front in the back straight on the final occasion and Webster set out in pursuit with Shesashark. The two favourites engaged in a stirring duel, with Shesashark momentarily gaining an advantage in the home straight before Bubbles And Cheese fought back tenaciously under hard driving to prevail by the barest possible margin. Bubbles And Cheese is bred and owned by the South East husband and wife team of Bob and Zita Maloney and the pair have entrusted the training duties to Bronte Giorgio and driving duties to Michael Smith whilst campaigning at Globe Derby.    This has proved a remarkably successful combination with Saturday Nights victory the second Group win for Bubbles And Cheese. She was also victorious in the Alabar 2yo Golden Nursery Final in May. Trainer Bronte Giorgio has indicated that Bubbles And Cheese will remain in his care in the short term, with her next major target being the Ladyship Stakes on August 18. Harness Racing SA

This Saturday night at Globe Derby Park will see recent Kadina Cup winner Bettor Party attempt to overcome a 40m handicap in the Lion Pty Ltd Pacers Discretionary, a race that looks to be the highlight of the night with several runners that are capable of winning the event. In his most recent standing start race on May 12 at Globe Derby Park, Bettor Party overcame a 30m handicap, where he circled the field mid race and raced without cover before prevailing by 3.3m. This was on the back of winning the Kadina Cup, held at Port Pirie, by a comfortable 9.9 metres in a blistering time of 1:53.5 over the mile journey. Tezz Khora finished second to Bettor Party on the May 12 meeting, however given the fact that he meets his rival 10m bettor off Saturday night, he will certainly prove tough opposition. Tezz Khora has a great standing start record of late, winning three of his last four standing start events and the 20m handicap is not beyond him. This event is far from a two horse race however, with a host of chances on the front and 10m handicaps that are all capable of winning if things go their way. Floyd Mayweather NZ finished third behind Bettor Party and Tezz Khora on June 17 and subsequently ran well at Melton before winning last start at Globe Derby Park in claiming company, whilst horses like Keayang Storm, Assassinator, Mohegan Sun and Star Of Dionysis have all performed well in standing start events in the past and then there is Magic Trump who is a known good beginner and will run a solid race if it finds the front. Added in to the mix are the two horses competing in this grade for the first time in Clarenden Hustler, who has progressed rapidly this preparation and Straight Thru Blue NZ, who is first up after having a victory in his final run last campaign. This interesting and open race kicks of the UBET Quaddie on Saturday Night, which carries a $1,000 Jackpot. It is also worth noting that there is a $5,722 Exacta Jackpot on Race 1 on the program, to give punters a kick start to the meeting. Harness Racing SA

Prominent horseman Michael Norman continued his recent success in feature races, with the win of Wotchawaitingfor in the final of the UBET Winter Wunderland Cup last Saturday at Globe Derby Park. This success follows on from the win of youngster Shardonant in the 2018 SA BOTRA Sales Graduate classic earlier in June. Wotchawaitingfor was patiently driven by Norman after being taken off the gate at dispatch and taking a trail towards the rear of the field. Norman was aided by the fast tempo set in the early stages of the event when race favourite Live for Peace driven by trainer Ryan Hryhorec was sent forward to obtain the position outside of the leader Marty Major. Unfortunately for Hryhorec and favourite punters, Smooth Delight NZ began to over race outside the leader and Live For Peace was forced to race three wide for the entire journey. With the first half of the last mile being covered in a blistering 58.6 seconds, the leaders began to tire and it was left to the backmarkers to fight out the race. Ace To Play, a heat winner from last week, driven by Jake Webster was first to swoop on the leaders shortly after entering the front straight but was unable to hold off the late challenge of Wotchawaitingfor, who prevailed by 1.2metres. Arm A Princess the other heat winner from last week finished along the sprint lane a further 2 metres away in third place.   The win was the fourth in fourteen starts for Wotchawaitingfor since being transferred by Victorian owner and trainer Marnie Bibby into the care of Michael Norman in February of this year. Norman is an accomplished horseman and aside from training his small racing team is well known as a breaker and preparer of young horses. This talent no doubt has attributed to his recent training successes, with juvenile Shardonant and another recent winner for the stable Count Bacardi, whose manners let him down early in his career, but under the guidance of Norman has improved greatly of late. Norman is enjoying a successful period with his small racing team and more winners in the near future would not surprise. AHR

Megan Gee scored her first win as a trainer when eight-year-old Puddinhead scored at Globe Derby Park on the last day in June.   Gee who worked for a number of years as stable foreperson for Jill Neilson recently decided to go out on her own, after a short stint with Shane Loone’s stables Gee moved to the property in Penfield formally occupied by Lance Justice.   Puddinhead a son of Dream Away won his thirteenth race from 132 starts and has collected nearly $50,000 in stake-money.   It was the gelding’s first win since July last year however a tendon injury saw him off the scene for nearly six months.   “He ripped the sheet of his tendon and vet Toby Ryan said he may never race again but with time and rest we have been able to get him back to the track even though he is a day to day proposition” Gee said.   “We had to box him for two months so it was touch and go for while” she added.   In a busy finish Puddinhead beat Buriton Baily by a head with Hez Declan a half neck away in third place.   Gee has three in work including former Queensland pacer Lone Beach and a T0 trotter called Motoring Hall (by Angus Hall) who had six starts for David Atkins yard.   Gee has a two-year-old by Pacific Fella and Southern Cross winner Somebeachsomegift to come back in the next month.   Somebeachsomegift hasn't raced since being injured last August Gee visited him at his spelling property recently and hopes he will make a successful return to the racetrack     Gary Newton

Despite his age, Floyd Mayweather has already proved a good investment for South Australian trainer Rob Caruso. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, Floyd Mayweather notched his third win for Caruso leading throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Claiming Pace (1800m). A $2.80 chance driven by Wayne Hill, the 10-year-old was able to hold the lead from gate one and held on to score a 1-1/2 metre win from Saab Magic ($1.70 fav) with Regal Knight ($18.80), 4-1/2 metres away third. “I had my eye on him for quite a well,” Caruso revealed.  “I know quite a few people in Queensland and rang them to get some intel on the horse and felt the responses encouraged me to take a chance, so I claimed him for $5000. “Already in just a couple of months he has picked up more than $8000 and I’m hoping he has a few more wins here in Adelaide.  He seems to be loving life here with me where I train up in the foot hills roaming a paddock during the day and I actually have only hoppled him a couple of times.” Caruso also took Floyd Mayweather to Melton a week earlier and the gelding ran a good second to Classy Western. On Saturday, the gelding showed good speed to lead from gate one, and the favourite, Saab Magic, dropped onto his back to trail. Hill rated Floyd Mayweather perfectly with comfortable 31.8 and 31.1 second first quarters before coming home in 29.0 and 28.3. Danielle Hill, on Saab Magic, used the sprint lane to chase the winner but couldn’t make up the ground. Caruso is hoping Floyd Mayweather has another season or two of racing. There is a chance he could replace My Man Dan as the Caruso stable favourite. Now a 12-year-old, My Man Dan finished fourth earlier in the night in the Maughan Thiem Ford Mustang Claiming Pace (1800m). “I thought he should have finished a little closer,” Caruso said. “I know he is getting to the end of his career and he has been a wonderful horse for my stable.  Paleface Jasper was great for me, then My Man Dan came along and has won an incredible 25 races for the stable and 51 overall to be an outstanding pacer flying under the radar a bit. “So perhaps the pressure is now going to go onto Floyd Mayweather.” Graham Fischer

One of South Australia’s quiet harness racing achievers David Smith had a good weekend at Globe Derby Park. Smith came away with three driving winners, two courtesy of injured trainer/driver Peter Borrelli, and the other for himself.  Borrelli hurt his back and had to forego weekend drives on Fine Artist on Saturday and Grinfaron on Sunday with Smith the beneficiary. Fine Artist’s betting price was incredible. For fixed odds betting agencies, Fine Artist was between $9 and $11 when the mobile drew away to start the Trotguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m) but one punter had a sizeable win bet on the three-year-old on the pari-mutuel pool which meant he won and paid just $2.80 for the win, but $5 for the place. Coming from midfield, Fine Artist scored a head win from Reddy Major ($4.20) with Sinartra ($6.30) a neck away third in an exciting finish. Smith had looked set for a more comfortable win midway up the straight but John Lee, on Sinartra, saw a gap between the winner and runner-up and tried to push through which resulted in the trio racing at tight quarters over the final 50 metres.  On the line, Fine Artist was able to win but Smith was driving for safety as much as for victory. On Sunday, Smith also had a good run midfield on Grinfaron ($9.30) in the UBET Pace (1800m) and the four-year-old finished strongly to score a one metre win from High Class Lady ($4.60) with Missy Murdock ($21.50), a similar margin away third. Borrelli’s back pain was such that he had to seek out fellow trainer Shane Loone to drive him to the track on Saturday night and harness up Fine Artist. “I was in a bit of pain on Saturday, but the win was good,” Borrelli said. “I took some pain killers and felt a bit better on Sunday but still had to get partner Karen Slape to bring me to the track and harness up.”  Borrelli said he had good hopes for Fine Artist as a two-year-old but the gelding had not progressed into his three-year-old year. “Hopefully now he is starting to show the form I was hoping for.” Grinfaron was resuming from a break on Sunday and Borrelli believes he can continue to improve. “He is getting better with age and racing.” Smith’s own winner was Drinktous Wroxton in the Congratulations Gillian Aldridge Trotters Discretionary (2230m) on Saturday. Drinktous Wroxton ($7.30) just lasted to score a short half head win from the fat-finishing Bold Law ($5.30) with Truscott Law ($3.50 fav), 13 metres away third. “He is a good honest trotter but now looks to be on his mark,” Smith said. “He is a good beginner with a bit of pace but will find it tough against the better class trotters.” Bold Law, trained by Marcus Hearl and resuming from a spell, was driven by Smith’s son Michael. The six-year-old trotted home strongly finishing fast up the sprint lane and looks one to follow. Graham Fischer

South Australian concession reinsman Matt Bailey landed his first winner at Globe Derby Park on Sunday. Bailey, 26, drove Celestial Daybreak to an all-the-way win in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (1800m). Specked from $41 into $30.40, Celestial Daybreak, trained by Shane Loone, beat stablemate Just Read My Mind ($4.80) by a neck with Addarichone ($2.20 fav), a metre away third. Bailey said he had had “50-odd” drives before Sunday’s win. “I have had a few placings but today is a great thrill,” he said. “When Dani (Danielle Hill) came up on Just Read My Mind in the home straight I thought I might be headed for another placing, but my horse refused to give in and I was able to land the win.” Bailey said he had a family involvement in harness racing from a young age. “I started off helping out Scott Ewen but have also had stints in Victoria with Lance Justice and Andy Gath.“I love harness racing and currently have three horses of my own, and actually have just moved into the stables which Lance Justice used when he was based in South Australia. “I have a full-time job so days are pretty busy with work and the horses, but I love it. “I have to thank my partner Ash (Ashleigh Smith), she has been a tremendous supporter.  “Shane (Loone) has also been great in giving me a lot of drives.” A quick beginner, Bailey had no trouble crossing from gate three on Celestial Daybreak and rated the six-year-old perfectly with 31.7 and 31.9 second quarters for the first 800 metres of the last 1600m. The gelding was able to come home in 29.4 and 30.4 final sectionals to just hold off Just Read My Mind which had looked the winner on the home turn when it loomed up. Graham Fischer

Longtime harness enthusiast Don Lee is glad he changed his mind when attending the 2017 South Australian yearling sales. “I looked at the catalogue and liked one of the lots offered by Peter Olds, but on sale day, changed my mind when I saw an All Speed Hanover colt,” Lee said. “I had to go to $7000 but picked him up. “I got my daughter Sharon and her partner Anthony Duffy to join me in the ownership and hence the name Shardonant.” At Globe Derby on Saturday, Shardonant came from last to win the $15,000 2018 SA BOTRA Sales Graduate Classic final (1800m). Trained and driven by Michael Norman, the two-year-old, a $9.60 chance, scored a thrilling short half head win over the heavily backed Jenesaisquoi ($2.70) with Scenic Rise ($6.20), 2-1/2 metres away third. Shardonant put up a big performance to win giving away a start of about 50 metres to Jenesaisquoi with 1200 metres to travel. Driver Wayne Hill sent the Jill Neilson-trained Jenesaisquoi forward from gate four and had an early battle before securing the lead from Cheddars Treasure which pushed through from gate one. Hill was confident in his two-year-old’s ability and recorded a 62.8 first half of the last mile and Norman, who had come from gate six, went back to last but had no help with any runners carrying him up to the leader. Norman pulled Shardonant wide with 600 metres to travel and the gelding improved quickly to catch up to the leader coming off the back after a 30.1 second third quarter and drew level with Jenesaisquoi on straightening and the pair staged a two-horse dual up the home straight. “He’s a nice horse,” Norman said. “He has a good turn of pace and I’m sure with age he will get stronger. “He took himself up to the leader when I came wide down the back straight and at the 400 metre mark I thought he could win as the leader was under pressure. However, it was battle up the straight and he was in for the fight.” Norman said he would give Shardonant an easy time before preparing him for the Southern Cross series in July. Lee praised the trainer and his family. “We gave Michael the horse to break in and decided to leave it with him. Michael, Vicki and Kristen have done a wonderful job and tonight is reward for all their hard work.” Graham Fischer

Globe Derby Park trainer Heather Stevens has an impressive strike rate in South Australia with a winner for every 4.5 runners in the 2017-2018 season. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, I Wanna Rocknroll, led throughout in the Maughan Thiem Ford Ranger Pace (1800m) to give Stevens her 12th winner from just 54 starters. Backed from $2.80 into $2.30 favourite, I Wanna Rocknroll scored an easy seven metre win from Melegend ($7.80) with Blaze Me ($173.70), 8-1/2 metres away third. The victory was the first of a winning double for reinsman Wayne Hill who was successful on Crazy Dave later in the night. I Wanna Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare, was bred by Gary McGinty, Stevens’ major stable client. “She is one of the few horses Gary has bred,” Stevens said. “He generally prefers to buy horses as going propositions from New Zealand.  The mare, I Cant Believe It, has a two-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, coming through this season.” Stevens said I Wanna Rocknroll was an improving mare. “She has been very consistent but what we have learned is that she doesn’t like the Mildura track and really doesn’t handle the turns at all well. “We took her there trying to pick up her Vic bonus but now we are looking at heading to Horsham in a few weeks. I’m sure the track will be fine but I’m thinking the opposition will be tougher.” Stevens was looking to improve her strike rate at Port Pirie on Sunday however her talented three-year-old Bettorhavtime found the sprint lane, but the finish line came up too soon and finished second in the Allwood Stud Pace (1609m). Graham Fischer

Talented squaregaiter Ten Spanners looks the one to beat in Saturday’s PFD Food Services Trotters Discretionary (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Despite meeting several of the state’s best trotters Ten Spanners, off the front, should be able to take the early lead and run sectionals which should see her notch her seventh career victory.  Trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec said he was very happy with the four-year-old mare and hoped she would prove hard to beat. “I thought she won well last week and despite a tougher field this week, should still give them something to chase,” Hryhorec said.  “The plan will be to run time which will make it near impossible for the backmarkers to catch us.” Several of the main dangers will be Truscott Law which will start from 20 metres and Chuck Wagon which has been handicapped off 40 metres. Hryhorec said he has always had an opinion of Ten Spanners since she came into his stable. “I was shattered when she ran ninth at Maryborough earlier this month after having a perfect run.  She didn’t travel well over to the race and I’m thinking she was just off her game. Her work back home was good, and she showed last week she was back in form, and I expect her to be hard to beat again this week.” Hryhorec also expects a good showing from The Damage Done which resumes from a short break in the UBET Pace (1800m). The Damage Done indicated he was ready for a bold effort with a good comfortable trial win at Gawler on Sunday, May 20, rating 1:58.8. “He is a nice horse and from gate two should be prominent throughout.” The definite danger is the Les Harding-trained The Dali Express, to be driven by Danielle Hill, to come from gate three. The Dali Express won three races in a row before having a few weeks off then running second to Ideal World on May 21 in the smart mile rate of 1:55.5. The four-year-old should be fitter for that run and is a strong winning chance. Hryhorec has Glenferrie Bunter running in the Just Wrecking Toyotas Pace (1800m) with claiming driver Kaela Hryhorec to drive. “I thought his win last week was one of his best,” Hryhorec said. “To sit parked and put them away in good time was very impressive. Kaela will be going forward, and the opposition will know he is there.” Hyrhorec was pleased with two-year-old Disclosure’s run when third in the Alabar Golden Nursery Stakes last Saturday and the gelding goes around in the Hygain Park-Cell Pace (1800m). “I am trying to pick up a bonus for owner Peter Thompson before I send the horse back to him in Victoria.  The draw makes it difficult on Saturday, but he will run well.” See how form expert Ben Harding thinks Hryhorec’s team will go at trotsguide.com.au where he has comments and tips for the seven-race Globe Derby Park program. Graham Fischer

Top young South Australian harness racing reinsman Josh Holberton faces a probable three month stint on the sidelines following a spectacular fall at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Holberton was driving Regal Scribe in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m) when the two-year-old was checked, broke gait, tangled in its gear and fell to the track as the field raced into the first turn. Due to the impact, Josh incurred a fractured sternum and general body soreness in the fall, more significantly he suffered a seizure as a result of the accident. Fortunately, medical attendants were close by, while Dani Hill, who also came down in the fall, fellow trainer-driver Scott Forby and owner Tara-Shae Linke were also quickly on the scene to assist with the management of the incident. Holberton said today he was very grateful to everyone who had jumped in to help. “I remember driving in the race and the lead up to the fall,” Holberton said. “The next thing I remember was waking up and trying to get up but I’m glad Scott and Tara-Shae held me down, and the St John Ambulance team were able to attend so quickly. Holberton was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where his injury was diagnosed. “The doctors say I will be in pain for two weeks, then have two weeks of healing. “I’m hoping to get back to work (electrical contractor) as soon as I can but can’t see me driving for up to three months.” Holberton is currently seventh on the SA Drivers premiership with 26 winners following a career-best sixth placed finish last season with 51 winners. With the fall, the Alabar Golden Nursery was declared a no race before the field had completed a lap. Fortunately, Regal Scribe and Mackalan which fell, escaped serious injury. The race will now be re-run this Saturday night. Graham Fischer

Talented two-year-old squaregaiter Kitsilano proved she is currently the best in South Australia with a dominant 65-metre win in the 2018 Maryborough Harness Racing Club Parker Classic (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trainer-driver Greg Rogers has been involved in harness racing for a lifetime but is genuinely excited about the potential of the filly which has won four of her five starts. On Saturday, Kitsilano trotted away safely off the front and took the early lead and was never really challenged with a number of her rivals making errors. A red-hot $1.40 favourite, the filly trotted beautifully to dominate the SA classic with Rogers allowing himself an emotional fist pump close to home  as she beat Purple Lantana ($5.90) with Mumstheword ($4.60), three metres away third. “She is easily the best young trotter I have trained,” Rogers said. “I didn’t really push her out and she rated 2:07.6 cruising home in a 61 second last half. “I will give her a week off now but I guess we have to start looking about a trip to Victoria.” Fellow trainer David Smith, himself a master trainer of trotters, told Rogers he had to test the filly in Victoria. “You don’t want not to go and later think, how would she have gone?”  Smith said. “She is going great and has earned a trip. Only time will tell how she will go but you have to give her the chance.” Rogers said he would be looking to qualify Kitsilano from a mobile start in the next few weeks. Goals could be the Redwood carnival at Maryborough in Victoria in early August and also the Victorian Sires Stakes series. Kitsilano was bred, and is owned by Peter and Lamour Holder, who had their family along at Globe Derby Park to help celebrate the win. Their celebration dinner was a trip to nearby Krispy Kremes. Graham Fischer

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