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There is no doubt the Southern Cross story of the night at Globe Derby Park was the win by Somebeachsomegift in the Group 2 UBET Southern Cross Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings harness racing final (2230m). It was the first Group success for driver Megan Gee, breeder Viv Clark, and part-owner John Hill but he only knew the result by text message as he was being transported to hospital by ambulance after suffering angina pains. For trainer Jill Neilson, it was her second Southern Cross win, but after 14 years, following Leftem For Dead’s success in the 2003 Three-Year-Old Fillies final. A $35.70 chance, Somebeachsomegift came from back in the field with a strong run to score a 1-1/2 metre win from Brohart ($65.80) with Clarenden Hustler ($20.90), a similar margin away third. Heavily backed favourite Stars Of Courage ($2.60 into $1.40) worked to lead but faded up the home straight to finish fifth. Neilson was happy to deflect the praise for the success of Somebeachsomegift to Megan Gee who works for her stable. “He is Megan’s horse,” Neilson said, “she spends pretty much all day with him. “He is a very big horse but is pretty much scared of his own shadow, and Megan is always calming him, saying ‘I’ve got your back, mate’.” Gee, who took 24 hours to appreciate the significance of the victory, said she loved ‘the big horse’. “John, who is a trainer himself, didn’t get along with the horse early on as he probably didn’t have the time to be with him, and said I could have a go,” Gee said. “I always seem to be attracted to problem horses, and was happy to take a lease with John, and brought up him up to Jill’s stable. “Jill saw my love for the horse and was happy to let me try to get him going and from the first time I was able to get him going thought he would be something special. “He is still a big boofhead and can get upset over the smallest thing but is improving.” Gee said she was pleased with Somebeachsomegift’s semi-final fifth but knew the job would be ahead when he drew gate 11 in the final. However, she had the three-year-old away quickly and he settled one-out, four back off a quick early tempo. Gee made a winning move with as lap to go when she came three wide and put the gelding into race before challenging Stars Of Courage 300m out and taking the lead in the home straight. Somebeachsomegift kept running and although the placegetters were coming home strongly, they never looked like taking victory. Gee said she was very happy for Viv Clark and John Hill. “Viv is a fantastic breeder and has had plenty of winners and thoroughly deserved a Group winner while John has given me driving opportunities and gave me the chance to work with Somebeachsomegift. “I was shocked and sorry to hear he was on his way to hospital when the race was being run. I hope he has a speedy recovery. “For Jill, who has been a close friend and wonderful supporter since I came into harness racing, it was fabulous to give her a second Southern Cross win.” Gee said Somebeachsomegift might have just one more run before going for a spell. In a shock, Gee said she might also be taking a break. “I have been working seven-days-a-week for a few years. I don’t mind hard work but I know in myself I need a break so while the horse is having a spell I might take the opportunity to get away from the industry for a while to re-evaluate my goals. “I’m sure when he comes back into training, I’ll be ready to have his back again.” Gee has had her most successful season in 2016-2017 driving 18 winners and she currently sits fourth on the SA Female Drivers table behind Dani Hill, Lisa Ryan and Kaela Hryhorec. by Graham Fischer

A standardbred pacer who was only 10 minutes from a likely horrific death will, on Saturday night, at Globe Derby Park, pace for victory in one of South Australia’s juvenile classics. Clarenden Valour, owned and trained by Claire Goble, will come from gate one in the $50,000 Group Two 2017 UBET Two-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Southern Cross final (1800m). However, if not for the courage, and care, of Goble and her partner Dennis Lyle who run Clarenden Standardbreds at Wasleys, the story could be completely different with the two-year-old escaping being badly burnt which almost certainly would have cost his life. On the morning of November 25, 2015, Clarenden Valour, had just turned one, and was happy living with one other horse in an eight-acre paddock, covered in grass two feet high, on the Clarenden property. It was a hot day with strong winds gusting between 50-90 kmh. Around noon, at Pinery, in the Lower Mid North of South Australia, some 40km from Wasleys, a fire started fanned by the strong winds. Dennis Lyle said he was aware of the fire but never thought it would reach his property. “As the reports saying the fire was in fact blowing our way, Claire came home from her work at Trinity College and we decided to bring the horses in to a laneway area between the paddocks where the racehorses were kept and there was no undergrowth,” Lyle said. “Clarenden Valour had been handled but not broken in and proved hard to catch. “The horses weren’t helped by the strong winds which had the trees bending in the breeze and a shade cloth breaking loose and flapping about. It seemed like we were about there for an hour but it was probably only about 20 minutes but we finally got them where we wanted.” Lyle said a worker from a nearby piggery saw he and Goble were home and drove into their property and warned them the fire was only 10 minutes away and coming fast. Goble got into her car and drove away but Lyle went back into the house to grab something. “I was only in for a few minutes but when I came out the fire had taken to the trees which lined our driveway making it impossible to drive out so I went back inside and waited. It was the scariest time of my life.” Thick smoke blanketed Clarenden Standardbreds as the fire roared through, with flames reported as being 25 feet high. “I couldn’t see anything through the smoke except for red embers from the fire. After 20 minutes, the smoke started to clear and I could go outside to see the damage. “Trees, and our hay shed, were burning, the fences were gone but fortunately, our house and stable paddocks were okay and so too were the horses in the laneway. Had we not moved them, I fear they would be been badly burnt as the paddock was burnt to the ground. “The smoke did badly affect the horses’ eyes but luckily our vet Toby Ryan came later in the day to treat them.” Lyle said Clarenden Valour had been taken to the property of Peter Ashby to recuperate while Clarenden Hustler, which is in the Group 2 $50,000 Ubet Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Southern Cross final (2230m) on Saturday, had been in the stables and he went to David Battye’s farm. Clarenden Valour has emerged as one of the state’s better two-year-olds with two wins and four placings from nine starts. The gelding was the fastest of the three Ubet Southern Cross heat winners last Friday at Globe Derby Park and will start from gate one in the final with Wayne Hill to drive. UBETmarkets have Clarenden Valour quoted as a $9 chance with the favourite the Emma Stewart-trained That’s Perfect, which will come from gate two, at $1.40. Lyle, a keen form student, said he believed Clarenden Valour was drawn to run well. “I believe last week proved his best chance is to sit on the speed and from gate one he should get a good trail. Whether he is good enough we will find out on Saturday.” Graham Fischer

It is often said you don’t need big fields for exciting harness racing and such was the case at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. There were only five acceptors for the Just Wrecking Toyota’s 2YO Pace (1800m) but the field was down to four by race time with the morning scratching of One Of My People, but the remaining runners had already shown they were among of the best of their age in SA. Punter pinned their faith in the Golden Nursery winner Don’t Tell William, trained by Toby Ryan and driven by his wife Lisa, and the gelding firmed from $1.90 in $1.30 favourite, expecting him to lead and be too good for his rivals. The Kevin Brough-trained Bayview Harbour, a winner of the Kindergarten Stakes in February, and to be driven by Danielle Hill, eased from $2.10 to $3.90 with the support for the Ryan runner. The main other hope appeared to be the Alan Cronin-trained, Ken Rogers-driven Our Royal Lady, a winner of the SA Sapling Stakes at her first start, but she also eased from $4.60 to start $7. The Scott Ewen-trained Gotta React, a winner at Kilmore, at his first start completed the field as a $31.70. When the mobile drew away, the race developed as many punters expected with Don’t Tell Linda leading, Our Royal Lady dropping onto his back, Bayview Harbour crossing to third and Gotta React at the tail of the field. Lisa Ryan took advantage of no early pressure to record a pedestrian 33.3 for the first quarter of the last mile on Don’t Tell William, speeding up to 31.8 for the second quarter. Punters who backed the favourite would have been happy with those sectionals, and Danielle Hill, knowing she had to put Bayview Harbour into the race, moved up alongside down the back to put interest into the race. This played into the hands of Rogers on Our Royal Lady giving him the chance to sprint lane the leaders in the home straight. A third quarter of 28.5 put the pressure on and favourite punters would have been dismayed when Bayview Harbour went clear from Don’t Tell Linda as the field straightened and it was left to Our Royal Lady to come along the sprint lane which she did. At the finish, Bayview Harbour held sway by a half head from Our Royal Lady with Don’t Tell Linda battling on well to be 1-1/2 metres away third. Bec East, representing her partner Kevin Brough, was delighted with the win. “He’s my favourite,” East said. “He tries his heart out and is getting better with racing. “He is one we will be looking to bring back for the Southern Cross series later in the year. I’m not sure he will be ready for the Vicbred series but I’m sure he will be suited back here in Adelaide.” Driver Danielle Hill was suitably impressed. “He’s a real racehorse,” Hill said. “When he was alongside Don’t Tell William he wanted to race but once he put him away wanted to ease off a bit, thinking his job was done. “He couldn’t see the filly coming along the inside but I did and made sure he kept running and once he saw her he was ready to go again.” Graham Fischer

Popular young reinsman Michael Smith drove his first harness racing winner back from injury when the trotter Bold Law scored an impressive win in the Hopkins Saddlery Trotters Discretionary (2230m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. Smith injured his right wrist in an accident in late April and only returned to driving on the Friday night before partnering Bold Law on Saturday night. He has formed a good association with the Marcus Hearl-trained trotter and the pair were in peak form on Saturday. The five-year-old, a $5.10 chance, flew away from the stand start to quickly assert control and was rated perfectly by Smith to score a 3-1/2 metre win from Tendaho ($13.10) with Rejuvenation ($4), four metres away third. Once in front, Smith slowed the tempo for a 33.4 first quarter of the last 1600m, before increasing for 31.0, 29.3 and 30.3 second quarters to maintain control and score comfortably. The victory was Bold Law’s ninth from 56 starts but he also has been placed 23 times. Saturday night’s race was his first for just over a month and Hearl and connections look sure to have a lot of fun with him over the next few seasons. Graham Fischer

Globe Derby Park will play host on Saturday night 17th June to a Winter Wonderland evening focusing on the 60/70’s era. In a HRSA and SAHRC combined effort there is a new list of new sponsors to the evening with the feature race the Stallions Australasia Winter Wonderland Cup with an associated rug and trophy as an added feature. Stallion Australasia – Equissage – Carmine & Co restaurant – J Barbaro & Sons – Leap Health Clubs – Highway 1 Caravan Park – Ubet are the other sponsors. Racing On the old and young theme there will be a Young Guns Vs All Stars series on the track with the winning team voted on a points system.  The drivers challenge consists of the best young guns and senior drivers on performance this season.  The inaugural series hopefully will be a yearly event. The Young Guns                                                                        All Stars Ken Rogers                                                                                 Danielle Hill   Kaela Hryhorec                                                                          Ryan Hryhorec Jayson Finnis                                                                             Lisa Ryan   Joshua Holberton                                                                     Scott Ewen                          Jayden Brewin                                                                          Wayne Hill The Star Search on Track kids will host another monthly gig honing their skills in the Jubilee Room along with a resident Band belting out all the great songs of the era from Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys. House of SAP music studio, courtesy of Reno Cufino will be donating studio time to the best act on the evening as an incentive for the stars of tomorrow. On Course there will be dancing displays as well as a best dress 60/70s fashion parade with a year’s membership from Leap Health Club for the best dress patron on course in theme attire. Clover Classic Cars on display and a classic convertible in the Jubilee Room Hummer SA on display PHEVA Vaulting Fundraising table Clover lodge Standard bred Re-homing Ubet have donated 40 X $5 vouchers to 40 lucky on course patrons. Globe Derby catering staff have a special package for the evening and everyone can come and have a great night in the sponsors area. Just ring GDP office for bookings. There will be a strong focus on website and Facebook advertising with a special separate events page promoting the evening, along with cinema advertising attracting new families to the Park. Star Search on Track            Beginning a journey to hone the skills and performances of local SA young musicians Brian Burn and a group of dedicated parents have decided to run monthly events at Globe Derby Park. In a quest to improve and educate the music industry youth of Adelaide. SAHRC have assisted by allowing to run the events on race nights creating a readymade audience as well as incentives in support of the next gen legends. This month House of SAP Director Reno Cufone has donated valuable studio time giving one lucky contestant valuable experience.  House of SAP is one of Australia’s best recording studios. Thanks to legendry Hall of Fame Masters Apprentice Peter Tilbrook organising the prizes.  Clover Lodge Re-homing Standardbreds.    Re-education of standbreds “No horses overlooked – Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart.” HRSA supports Clover Loge in the re – homing of our wonderful breed as they finish their racing careers and multiskill  into hacking, eventing and all other forms of equine endeavours with great success. Clover Lodge will have a fund raiser on course to help keep the dream alive. PHEVA Vaulting Team.       HRSA and SAHRC fully Support all forms of equine sports especially youth and the PHEVA Vaulting team involvement who will have a fund-raiser stall on course. Fully Sic Mate      Rehoming the old classic cars of yesterday will have this great convertible on display in the Jubilee Room on race night adding to a great atmosphere. . Stallions Australasia      Stallions Australasia Pty Ltd., founded in 2013 by Peter O’Rourke and David Shammall – names synonymous with quality and success in the Harness Racing industry – are specialists in importing the frozen semen of elite Northern hemisphere-based Standardbred stallions to the Australian and New Zealand market. We provide access for our clients to the frozen semen of trotting and pacing stallions from North America and Europe from a central storage base and distribute the semen to farms, veterinarians and individual breeders through our agents in Australia and New Zealand. Our directors have a wealth of experience in managing stallions and in the handling of frozen semen, working with most of the major stud farms in the business. This gives us the opportunity to source the best stallions available. We strongly market and promote our stallions using people who are familiar with the industry, keeping our clientele up-to-date with the latest breeding information. Stallions Australasia is constantly developing our services to be able to take good care of our customers and is proud of the high conception rates it has achieved with their roster of quality, young fertile stallions. This is their first sponsorship the Globe Derby Park. Your horse is an athlete and therefore requires good circulation to achieve peak performance and optimised muscle tone. Additionally, circulation enhances recovery from work or injury, oxygenates the blood, reduces swelling and joint discomfort prevents lactic acid build-up and the accumulation of toxins.  Equissage uses ‘vibration therapy technology’ which stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic system drainage improving muscle stimulation, increasing dynamic joint mobility, reducing musculoskeletal dysfunction and hypersensitivity, treating acute muscle spasms, tension and soft tissue related trauma.  Equissage gives you access to quality medical equipment used by top Vets and Trainers while managing your outgoing costs. It gives you greater control of your horse’s health and performance needs and is a safe, natural and drug free, non-invasive treatment technology that is easy to use and most importantly…IT WORKS! The very best in traditional Italian dinning. Opening in1968 is testament to their quality and service, enduring decades of suppling the very best in dining and take away service to the Port Adelaide area. This is their first involvement in Harness Racing and look forward to a long partnership. Leading Edge Athletic Performance (LEAP) is a privately owned business focusing on helping people reach their health, sporting and fitness goal. From Olympians to just becoming a healthier version of yourself they are there to help. With a PT studio and Gym at Goodwood and the new flagship at Warradale they focus on a Holistic approach utilising on nutrition advice food coaching and personalised training. This is again a first time sponsor to our industry. Buy Australian J Barbaro & Sons is a proud South Australian company who only use Australian steel to manufacture their products. In recent years, Australia has been flooded with overseas parts which has seen the closure of companies (such as the Whyalla Steelworks). J Barbaro & Sons are still proudly making all fencing and industrial products to the local retailers and consumers in South Australia and throughout the country. This is their first venture into Harness Racing. Carter Racing       Gordon Carter and his wife are the clerks of the course at Globe Derby Park and associated country meetings. Gordon is also a galloping trainer and former top apprentice now domiciled at Globe Derby Park. Fast become one of the leading Clerks of the Course in Australia the Carter Racing Team are generously putting back into the industry. Winter Wunderland  Max Beasley (Marketing)    M: 0417878213    E: beaser2@hotmail.com

Harness racing trainer Matt Maguire landed an unusual double at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Maguire trains Sonic Classic which won the DPR Insurance Brokers Claiming Pace and is a part-owner of Illawong Spartan, which is trained by his father Robin, a victor in the Lion Pty Ltd Three-Year-Old Pace. Sonic Classic ($10.80), driven by Kaela Hryhorec, sat parked before dashing away to win by six metres from Teramby Star ($2.20 fav) with Callaway Bromac ($6.20), 3-1/2 metres away third. Maguire said the eight-year-old has ‘his issues’ but the best way to drive him was to let him bowl along. “I didn’t mind him racing outside the leader,” Maguire said. “He goes well for Kaela and settled well and I thought he would be hard to beat. “His form has been very consistent and with the right run he is always going to be hard to beat.” Maguire only has a small team in work as he also works for top trainer Ryan Hryhorec and also for the partnership team of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain. “Life’s busy but I love it,” Maguire said. Illawong Spartan ($24.80) was beautifully driven by Wayne Hill to score a half-head win from The Lemondrop Kid ($2.10 fav) with Bella Sofia ($8.10), 17-1/2 metres away third. The three-year-old was three back on the inside early before coming off the fence along the back straight and looming up behind the leaders. Hill was able to sprint Illawong Spartan up the home straight and he was good enough to grab victory. The three-year-old has now won three races for Robin Maguire after coming across from Victorian trainer Ross Sugars. The gelding is raced on lease by Matt Maguire and his sisters Karen and Rachel. Credit to The Lemondrop Kid. It had been tackled for much of the race and fought on strongly to go under in a photo. Graham Fischer

Talented concession harness racing reinswoman Megan Gee had her best night in the sulky at Globe Derby Park last Friday night landing three winners. Gee was successful on Blackntan ($2.60 eq. fav.), Puddinhead ($16.10) and Muscle Hillbilly ($10.70). Her first winner is owned and trained by John Hill, while the other two come from the stable of Jill Neilson. “It was a great night,” Gee said, “the three all raced up to their ability.” “When I went to the track I thought they all had a chance, if they did their best, but history has shown they all have their quirks.” Blackntan was well backed in the opening race, the Schweppes Australia Pace (1800m) and Gee had the five-year-old away well from gate three to sit parked in the early stages. “He trialled well on the previous Sunday and I thought it was important to be prominent to control the tempo and he was on the top of his game.” Blackntan scored by 2-1/2 metres from Picturebook ($32.50) with Genuine Excuse ($16.20), 9-1/2 metres away third. Gee owns Puddinhead and while she loves the seven-year-old is the first to admit he has a mind of his own. “I always wonder which Puddinhead will turn up,” she said. “If he has his mind on the job he is always a chance and even in a race he can suddenly switch off.” On Friday, Gee had Puddinhead away well from gate nine to obtain a one-one trail early in the Ubet Pace (1800m) before dashing clear off the back to score by 3-1/2 metres from Night In Berlin ($4.70) with Markleigh Fireball ($13.10), 1-1/2 metres away third. While he might be a bit quirky, Puddinhead has won nine races and earned more than $37,000 in stakes. The horse which excites Gee, and trainer Jill Neilson, is the two-year-old trotter Muscle Hillbilly who brought up her the driving treble in the Just Wrecking Toyota’s Two-Year-Old Trotters Handicap (1800m). At his previous two starts, Muscle Hillbilly had, through inexperience, broke in running but on Friday night he showed he was a quick learner trotting away safely and going to the front and giving nothing a chance. The colt scored by 44-1/2 metres from Reils ($1.60 fav), with Majestically ($27.80), a half-head away third. “At home, he trots well but both times at the races he has made mistakes,” Gee said. “It was partly my fault last time but tonight he was right on his game. “I kept talking to him throughout to keep him feeling comfortable. I’m sure he has a good future.” For Gee, it has been a somewhat later introduction to harness racing. Despite her father Geoffrey being a trainer-driver for about 50 years, she had taken no interest in the sport as a youngster and didn’t drive a horse until 2012. “I actually went to Queensland to become an apprentice jockey but that didn’t work out so I decided to come home and it was only then I had my first drive,” Gee said. “After riding trackwork, then driving, I found the difference in speed unusual but quickly learnt there were many, many differences in driving rather than riding. Gee works for top trainer Jill Neilson and is highly regarded for her work with young, or wayward, horses. Once horse which Gee helped turned around was the former good trotter Chuck Wagon which she turned from a talented, but unruly, trotter to a very consistent performer. Graham Fischer

A decision taken just over 12 months ago returned a major dividend when Our Royal Lady made a harness racing winning debut in the 2017 Trotsguide.Com.Au SA Sapling Stakes (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trained by Alan Cronin and driven by Ken Rogers, Our Royal Lady finished brilliantly to score a short half-head win from The Fifth Ace ($10.50) with Bulletproof Boy ($40.10), five metres away third. Cronin, who trains at Monarto, south of Adelaide, regularly has a small team in work but just over 12 months ago had a discussion with longtime stable client Greg Moy. A former Ballarat Harness Racing Club president, Mr Moy now resides at Glenelg in South Australia. “We have had good success with the likes of Try Some Magic, Jakkara Magic and Burning Desire but they were coming to the end of their racing lives,” Cronin said. “Greg asked me if I would like to have a go with a few two-year-olds and I accepted the challenge. “Consequently, we haven’t been to the races for quite a while but tonight has made the break worthwhile. “Greg went to yearling sales last year to pick out a few horses but ironically found Our Royal Lady in a paddock. “He went to look at yearlings which were going to the sales and saw this filly in a paddock, asked about her, and purchased her on the spot.” Cronin said the filly had always shown ability. “She is still a bit immature but should continue to improve with racing and will be even better suited over trips such as 2230m.” Our Royal Lady had trialled well in preparation for the Sapling Stakes and punters were happy to make her a strong favourite. Rogers had her away well from gate one and took the trail behind Paris Scene which began quickly from gate four. Don’t Tell William also got away quickly from gate nine and driver Lisa Ryan took him to the spot outside the lead resulting in 31.4 and 30.8 for the first two quarters which ensured Our Royal Lady remained comfortable third on the fence. Ryan Hryhorec, on the Ray Holberton-trained The Fifth Ace, sprinted sharply coming off the back and dashed to what looked to be a winning break in the home straight. When Don’t Tell William began to tire, Rogers took Our Royal Lady off the fence but gave her about 50 metres to keep balanced before asking her to take out after The Fifth Ace. “I did think I might have left it a bit late,” Rogers said. “The filly sprinted brilliantly once I asked her for an effort and on the line I wasn’t sure she had arrived but I was delighted when her number went up. “With the good tempo she settled beautifully but because she is still learning I was careful not to push her out of her stride when I came off the inside. She has a lot of upside.” Cronin added that he need to thank fellow trainer Lance Holberton. “Lance has been fantastic. Whenever I have had an issue, Lance has been only too ready to help out with information when I’ve given him a call.” The Sapling Stakes has been a feature two-year-old race in South Australia for many years with some champion winners, including Inter Dominion winner Richmond Lass, but sadly had only been able to be run once in the past three years through insufficient nominations. The 2017 version was a wonderful race with an exciting finish and hopefully the Sapling Stakes has regained its prestige of past years and won’t suffer again going forward. Our Royal Lady is the first winner for the son of Mach Three, Sir Lincoln or in Australia called Lincoln Royal. The Auckland Cup winner Sir Lincoln has a small crop of just 19 two-year-olds in Australia so his effort to leave a Sapling Stakes winner and a filly at that is impressive. Our Royal Lady was one of only three fillies in the race. Graham Fischer

The Independent Review of South Australian Harness Racing by Brian Cunningham has been publicly released and a link to the document is here. Hard copies of the document will be available at the industry briefing to be held in the Jubilee Room at Globe Derby Park on Wednesday 26 April 2017 commencing at 6.00pm. More information John Lewis, HRSA CEO Ph:  0417 855 300

Reigning Australian harness racing driving champion Wayne Hill landed his 1000th winner at Globe Derby Park on Friday night. Hill partnered One Night At The Mile ($7.10) in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m) and sprint-laned to victory. When he logged on to social media later in the night, he found that prominent media identity Ashlea Brennan had tweeted that the victory was in fact a milestone drive. “I knew I was close but had no idea that One Night At The Mile was in fact my 1000th,” Hill said. “I am proud to have reached the mark and it is now on to try to reach 2000.” Hill, and his sister Danielle, are currently second and first respectively on the SA Drivers premiership, and both sit in the Australian top 20. Danielle is 8th with 91 winners and Wayne is ninth with 83. Always one of South Australia’s leading reinsman, Hill has lifted to another level over the past 18 months. In the 2015/16 season, he broke the 100 winners in a season mark finishing with 118. On December 28, 2015, he became one of 18 Australian reinspersons to drive six winners at a meeting when he dominated a seven-race Victor Harbor meeting. Last October, he was crowned Australian Driving Champion when he scored top points in a meeting at Globe Derby Park competing against the country’s best. Already with 83 wins this season, Hill will certainly top the 100-mark again and also better his previous best of 118. “I’ve been pretty fortunate since I began driving,” Hill said. “Dad (Gary) was the top trainer when I began so I got a great start to my career. “I was always driving winners but feel I am driving better and still want to keep improving.” As a freelance driver in South Australia, with only three meetings a week, Hill has done a magnificent job to reach his current status and is determined to keep improving. Graham Fischer

Young musicians giving their all and Harness racing at Globe Derby Park circuit all on Saturday April 1st. No fooling! The night will have a strong youth focus and hopefully be the first of monthly acoustic nights to be held at the park as part of a campaign to draw younger people to the sport. Local talent Billy Burns, who played his first gig at age 11, will be the feature artist fresh from the Fringe. Plenty of other local young musicians will be entertaining the crowd and these young musicians are some of the best in the land, already performing at major events. The event, held monthly over various Adelaide venues, promotes and gives experience to up and coming young bands and artists from all over the state. Niko Rallis is a young upcoming bass guitarist who will entertain the crowd with his amazing presence on the stage at such a young age. Adam Slater is another home brewed talent that has spent years playing gigs and touring the country with high energy performances. Georgina Mannion is a singer songwriter, has proven her talent playing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2016, as well as other South Australian Events. Tahlia Borg first played the drums at age 7 and has an unbelievable voice and proudly strong vocals will also be performing on the night. Supported by the whole music industry, we might just see the beginning of a new South Australian music icon, the likes of the Master’s Apprentices or Jimmy Barnes. SAHRC are focusing on the younger generation and will be supporting the night, hopefully making it a monthly gig.   It will be the perfect night for anyone wanting to see the best next generation of musicians honing their skills.  Entry is free and the fun starts at 7:00pm. Bookings for the restaurant are filling fast, so make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a great night. by Max Beasley for SAHRC

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin celebrated his best night in the sulky landing a harness racing treble at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin, 16, has been driving for only nine months, but is rapidly establishing himself as a rising star in the driving ranks in South Australia. He has 25 wins this season to sit sixth on the SA Drivers premiership. On Saturday night, he kicked off the treble with an all-the-way win on Destined To Take for trainer Adam Beshara, made it a double with another barrier to box on Kayangee for his trainer father Justin, then brought up the treble with a strong finish on Electric Mary, also trained by his father. Brewin demonstrated that a week can be a long time in harness racing. At Kapunda, on Sunday, March 12, found himself tipped from The Octagon in race two suffering facial abrasions which prevented him from taking the winning drives on Kayangee and Hardly A Grin later in the day. After obtaining a medical clearance during the week, Brewin experienced a night at Broken Hill on Friday night. His first drive was in the no race when a driver mistook the laps, then he finished sixth on Smooth Grin in the Cup. It definitely was an experience,” Brewin said. “I had never driven on such a tight track. “In the first drive, I was three-wide trying to go forward and the leader was going for home – a lap early. “Racing was really tight but it was part of my driving education.” On Saturday night, Brewin went to the lead from gate two on Destined To Take in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (2230m) and had several drivers, including Danielle Hill on the $2.10 favourite Will I Am come alongside and ask if the lead was up for grabs. He replied in the negative, then slowed the tempo with a 32.5 second quarter and 30.0 third quarter before dashing home in 28. Brewin’s superb rating enabled Destined To Take ($4.20) to score a four metre win from Futurist ($3.20) with Will I Am nine metres away third. In the Deane Boehm Memorial (2230m) for the trotters, Brewin drove Kayangee which was going for its third straight win. A $2.20 favourite, Kayangee trotted away beautifully off 10 metres and lead throughout for a solid four metre win from Star Style ($6.50) with Hard Done By ($16.80), a similar margin away third. Electric Mary was a roughie at $22.10 to bring up Brewin’s treble in the Schweppes Australia Pace (1800m) but father Justin had the faith with a “small” all up on his son’s winners. Coming from gate eight, Brewin had Electric Mary trailing the leader Weaponry ($3.20) before coming wide in the home straight and the mare sprinted strongly to grab a 1-1/2 metre win from the front runner with Castle Under Fire ($44.20), 16 metres away third. Brewin said Electric Mary was a ‘special’ horse for him. “She was given to me as a birthday present last year to enable me to have enough trial drives to obtain my driver’s licence,” Brewin said. “She is a family-owned horse and tonight was her second win for us and getting a Saturday night victory was great. She also brought up my treble and a double with Dad. “Yep, a week can be a long time in harness racing.” Graham Fischer

Western Australian-owned Bettor Party was back to his brilliant best with a sensational win in the 2017 DF & E Kemp & Son Gawler Harness Racing Club Gold Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. A $4 chance, Bettor Party sat parked for the last half of the race and dashed away in the home straight to win easily from Majestic Lustre (43.70) with Murranji Track ($3.90 favourite) close up in third spot. A week earlier Bettor Party finished last in a field of six behind Mark Dennis beaten 47 metres – a run which had trainer Les Harding mystified. “His form since coming from Perth had been fantastic and that run was totally out of character and I have no idea why,” Harding said. “He did lock wheels early but really just didn’t produce anything like what we expected. Maybe he had a stomach ache – they just can’t tell you if they are not right. “Tonight, he was really back on his game and it was a brilliant win.” It was Harding’s second Gawler Cup win having scored with Zanardi in 2013 while for driver Danielle Hill it was her second consecutive win after landing Mark Dennis in 2016. The Lance Holberton-trained Keayang Storm ($9.20) kicked up from gate one to lead early and had some early pressure but maintained the front. When the tempo eased, Hill was quick to move Bettor Party around to sit outside the lead. As the pressure went on down the back, Bettor Party dashed clear and quickly established a winning lead and never looked like being caught in a comfortable win. Harding said it was unlikely Bettor Party would contest the Port Pirie Cup later this month as it was a standing start race and he felt the gelding might receive too much of a handicap. “It can break their heart if they have to give too much of a start and the owners have told me he hadn’t like giving away starts when racing in Western Australia.” The $60,000 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup (2600m) at Mildura on Saturday, April 8 was a possible target. Graham Fischer

The 2017 South Australian Yearling and Mixed Sale, organised by SA BOTRA, was conducted at Globe Derby Park on Sunday. The sales average was $6542, down slightly on 2016, but for more yearlings going under the hammer. Gary Newton, SA BOTRA Magazine Editor, and one of the key organisers of the sale, said his committee was happy with the sale. “BOTRA conducts the sale as a service to the local industry, and with wonderful support from Harness Racing South Australia this year, the event went off well,” Mr Newton said. “Horses that were well prepared attracted good money. “Interstate vendors such as Alabar and Tony Peacock said they would definitely be back next year while I know Gary Crocker and Mark Carey were pleased with their sale results and hopefully might have more nominations next year.” Mr Newton said the involvement of Harness Racing South Australia had been fantastic. “Most of the staff attended and their involvement with the administration aspect was brilliant and took a lot of the load off Lois (BOTRA vice president, Lois Randall) and myself. Their expertise was invaluable and hopefully we can build on the partnership into the future. “The disappointing aspect was the number of buy backs where vendors felt the yearlings were worth more than the market was prepared to bid. Mr Newton said 10 of the 24 yearlings offered had been bought back, although two have been subsequently sold, after negotiation, to the under bidders. “It is an area we need to look at, that was certainly many more than we would have liked.” Top sale price was $12,000 paid by Bill Hartwig for the filly offered by Gary Crocker’s Walk Proud Pty Ltd by Falcon Seelster out of the Southern Cross winner Phyl Crocker. Yearling sales totalled $157,000 for the average of $6542, down $34 on the 2016 figure. Graham Fischer

Remember Four Trumps, the former top flight Harness Racing New South Wales youngster who captured the NSW Sires Stakes and Simpson Sprint and then went to America where he lowered his mark to 1:50.2? Well, Lot 5 in the Harnessbred.com South Australian Yearling Sale at Globe Derby Park on this Sunday, February 12, is very closely related to the $760,000 winner. A fine, athletic looking filly by the Art Major horse Art Official, she is out of the 1:59.6 Globe Derby winner Ivanka, a daughter of Trump Casino, the sire of Four Trumps, and is the first foal of her dam. Ivanka’s dam, Pass The Time, ranks as a winning half-sister to the dam of Four Trumps and to the NSW Sires Stakes placegetter, being out of the multiple Harold Park winner My Kellibee (1:58.7). The good Harold Park and Albion Park winner Kellis Express 1:53.2 ($207,564) is another member of the same family. The filly is a product of the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace winner Art Official 1:47 ($2million), the sire of the flying Salty Robyn, the nominal favourite for the Chariots of Fire, and the Group placegetter Covert Beauty. The attractive youngster was bred on irrigated pastures in the Adelaide Hills by hobby horsewoman Danielle Helbers, who experienced her first success as an owner with Baby Bliss. She is also breeding from a Village Jasper mare, Jomeka, a member of the prized Larrakeyah Lady tribe. The filly is eligible for the Southern Cross, Breeders Crown, Vicbred and SA Sales Classic.  For details on the sale click here.  

The 2017 Harnessbred.com Yearling Sale will be held at Globe Derby Park on Sunday, starting at 4.30pm. A parade of the harness racing yearlings will precede the sale at 3pm. The sale comprises 26 lots by 15 different sires including high profile stallions Mach Three, Roll With Joe, Falcon Seelster, Blissfull Hall, Changeover and Art Official and exciting newcomers Auckland Reactor, A Rocknroll Dance, Betterthancheddar, All Speed Hanover, Alta Christiano and Smiling Shard. There’s close relatives to a string of top performers such as The Falcon Strike, Arden Rooney, Blossom Lady, Lombo Pocket Watch, Lombo La Fe Fe, Scruffy Murphy, Penny Veejay, Jasmarilla and What’s Emma Got. Yearlings are eligible for the Breeders Crown, Southern Cross, Vicbred, Bathurst Gold Crown, Westbred and SA Sales Classic. An auction of racing and breeding stock will follow the sale of yearlings. The online catalogue for the SA Yearling Sale sale can be viewed here.  Phone bidding will be accepted please contact Lois Randall of SA Botra on 0402 978 424 or email sabotra@hotmail.com  prior to the commencement of the sale.   Peter Wharton

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