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Hes Watching three-year-old filly Belladonna Girl proved she is the one to beat in next Saturday’s Group 2 $50,000 Southern Cross Series Final at Globe Derby Park with a devastating win in her heat. Despite a difficult draw and a wide passage, Belladonna Girl soundly trounced her rivals by 24 metres in a 1:58.2 rate over 2230 metres with the closing 800 in 57.7. To watch the video replay click on this link A close fourth in the Breeders Crown Final, she has won three of her last six starts. Another talented three-year-old daughter of Hes Watching in Silent Rapture NZ made it four on the bounce on Australian soil when she scored in runaway fashion at Cobram, rating 1:59.1. Hes Watching was also represented by two winners in NSW last week in the two-year-old Major Bracken, who became his 14th individual juvenile winner, and the three-year-old filly Watching You Dream.  In North America, the NZ bred filly Hereslooknatyou posted her eighth success from 17 starts in her adopted country when she prevailed in 1:56.4 at Saratoga Raceway, New York. Other recent northern hemisphere winners by Hes Watching were the three-year-olds Illbewatchingu (1:57.4, Yonkers), Saulsbrook Flashy (1:58.8, Flamboro Downs), Panerai (1:59.6, Western Fair Raceway) and She’s Magic (2:00.6, Western Fair). Hes Watching stands at the Tipperary Equine stud, Young (NSW), of Luke Primmer.   Peter Wharton  

Charlton harness racing trainer Greg Norman will look to execute the first part of a potential two-stage hit-and-run raid in his former home state of South Australia this weekend with Belladonna Girl. The three-year-old filly will line-up in the first heat of the Southern Cross Series at Globe Derby on Saturday night in the hopes of qualifying for the following weekend's $50,000 final. She will head across the border in terrific form following an exciting fourth in last weekend's $200,000 Group 1 Breeders Crown final at Tabcorp Park Melton. Norman, who is prevented from accompanying the horse to Adelaide due to COVID-19 border restrictions and will instead be at Tabcorp Park Melton where Cee Cee In America and Zadaka will go to head-to-head in the opening race, could not have been prouder of Belladonna Girl's Breeders Crown campaign. "We were rapt; they were the best three-year-old fillies in the land, so to run fourth against those horses is very nice," he said. "She's getting better as she goes. She's another horse of ours, who has had a few issues in the last 12 months. She had a bit of a sore back, which took a bit of getting right. "We think we've got it right. All her runs in this time have been good. The numbers don't look that good in the Breeders Crown, but she was going well from bad draws. That makes it hard. "You look at the two runs in this time when she's led, that's her go; she's a very strong filly in front and hard to get past." Belladonna Girl will come from the outside of the second row on Saturday night after drawing 10, with Danielle Hill taking the reins. The daughter of Hes Watching and Mixed With A Twist was at odds of $142.50 for last Saturday night's final, won by the David Miles-trained The Pantheist, but plenty of her more fancied rivals home. Greg Norman and Blue Coman Norman already has a win to his credit this week courtesy of his grey trotter Blue Coman, who won the last race at Bendigo's Lords Raceway, on Tuesday night. The four-year-old gelding has plenty of ability with four wins from 26 starts and was brilliantly driven by champion reinswoman Kerryn Manning. "He's a nice horse; he's just had a few issues and he doesn't trot all the time, but when he trots, he's quite handy," Norman said. "There's just been a few niggling things in trying to get him right, but he was pretty good on (Tuesday). "Kerryn said that's the best he has trotted, so hopefully we are winning the battle with him. "I think we'll try and run through the country grades for a few runs, but I think he can measure up to winning a race at Melton at some point."   Blue Coman (Greg Norman and Kerryn Manning) wins at Lord's Raceway on Tuesday, November 24   Norman was confident both Zadaka and Cee Cee In America would give good accounts of themselves at Melton. Zadalka, to be driven by Greg Sugars, is chasing back-to-back wins at Melton after winning at harness racing headquarters on November 7. By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

A South Australian neighbourhood fed up with hooning has worked together to block off two cars tearing up the Globe Derby Park harness racing track – only to watch as they rammed their way out.   Two cars, at least one of them reported stolen, were running amok in the park in Adelaide just after 7.40pm yesterday.   But residents fought back, taking down number plates and confronting the drivers after trapping them in the park.   "The gate over here was open so I locked it. Went around, checked the other gates, they were all locked," resident Cheryl Herman said.   "You could see they were freaking out, trying to get out."   Other neighbours quickly came out to help, standing by the gates to make sure the drivers couldn't leave.   Witnesses called police, but ultimately the drivers did escape, ramming through a locked gate. A pair of hooning cars were trapped inside a race park in Adelaide before smashing out of a locked gate. (9News) At least one of the cars has been reported stolen. (9News) "It's been going on for years, and the police take so long to get here," Ms Herman said. "I think it was over 45 minutes before they got here." The damage made the park unusable for track work this morning. Residents say they're fed up at having to deal with hoons on an almost weekly basis. 9News

The champion French racehorse and sire Quaker Jet was credited with his second Group winner in Australia when Im Hector outfinished his harness racing rivals in the SA Trotters Derby at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night (June 13). To watch the video replay click on this link It was Im Hector’s second success from only six starts. The gelding is one of the first crop of Quaker Jet which also includes the Breeders Crown champion Im Ready Jet, Dizzysjet, runner-up in the NSW Derby, and recent Melton winner Electrojet (Tr 1:59.3). Orlando Vici, another member of the Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster, left very impressive winners on both sides of the Tasman. Both bred by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll and from Orlando Vici’s initial crop were Brandlo Prince, a runaway winner at Shepparton, and Xebec, who overcame a 35 metre handicap to score at Cambridge Raceway, New Zealand. Driscoll bred no less than four winners for the week. The others were Celtic Cash (by Ready Cash), who scored his maiden success at Ballarat, and the three-year-old Avimore, who soundly trounced his rivals at Bendigo. A second Haras Des Trotteurs winner at Bendigo was the two-year-old Maestro (by Love You), who led most of the way to record his first success. Peter Wharton

Promising Million Dollar Cam two-year-old filly Milliondollar Kiss charged home from worse than midfield to notch her maiden success in a heat of The Allwood at Globe Derby Park. Reigning US Horse of the Year Shartin was the headline act of a huge week for her sire Tintin In America, who left winners in three different countries. Having her first start for the year, Shartin was a conspicuous last at the three-quarter pole before storming home late to win a $US50,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs, Delaware. She clocked 1:50 for the mile with the last two quarters in 27 and 27.8. Other Tintin In America winners were the three-year-olds Wotdisusaay (1:56.8, Ballarat) and Common Courtesy (1:58.8, Wangaratta), Andrew Jay (1:58.3, Redcliffe) and the Dunedin, New Zealand winner Bella Sara. Caribbean Blaster was represented by a pair of winners in the West in All The Bells (1:59.5), who is undefeated in two starts this season, and Caruba, the winner of three of her last four. Both are members of Caribbean Blaster’s first crop. A True Sensation, a mare bred by Yirribee Pacing Stud, won her second race at Bathurst. Yirribee Pacing  Stud sold 15 of the 16 lots presented at the Australian Pacing Gold sale at Warwick Farm with the highlight being the Courage Under Fire-Very Chic NZ colt sold to Barry Purdon for $50,000.   By Peter Wharton

One of the most colorful and talented of Australia's female harness racing pioneers is back in the winner's circle. The highly-skilled and prolific former Victorian horsewoman Gaita Pullicino is rekindling her relationship with the sport she loves as a driver in South Australia - and success was never going to be far away. "I'm just so excited-I love the industry and horses have always been a big part of my life. I've still got the fire in the belly," an obvious delighted Pullicino said after her first winner at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The lightweight reinswoman was at her best to land six-year-old gelding Farbio (Aldebaran Yankee-Call Me Nancey (Straphanger) in the Air Diffusion Agencies Trotters Handicap. An elated Gaita Pullicino crosses the line on square-gaiter Farbio  (Harness Racing SA photo) "We decided to make a fresh start in South Australia with my husband Frank being the trainer of our team and me getting back to driving, which I love. We were very lucky to find a lovely property at Mallala," Pullicino said. The Pullicinos' property is on 45 acres and includes a 650-metre banked track, stables, paddocks, a horse walker and bungy pool. With a chequered career behind her in Victoria, the ever-enthusiastic Gaita is keen to move on and continue building on her impressive strike-rate as a driver. Pullicino was a pioneer of female drivers in her home State along with Debbie Quinlan (née Turner), Pam Wilson, Leonie Collins, Ruby Tyack and others. "Back in the 1970s I remember we weren't allowed to drive in Victoria, but new ground had been broken in NSW and females got the green light through the efforts of Margaret Frost," she said. "I was just champing at the bit. I ended up convincing my late father Leli Mifsud to nominate a horse in Albury, NSW where I could drive. "That was in 1979 and it was stinking hot. It had to be close to 50 degrees. The bitumen was melting and our old Chevy boiled so many times on the way I thought we were never going to get there. "We drew barrier three with Ben Rowland. We jumped to the front, led all the way and I got a winner at my first attempt!" Pullicino has gone onto drive hundreds of winners, but Saturday night's comeback victory, on the eve of the 37th anniversary of her dad's death, was extra special. Pullicino is a member of one of Victoria's most prominent harness racing families. "There are five girls and three boys in our family, and we're all involved in the sport in one way or another," she said. Before getting back in the sulky this month, Pullicino's last drive was in April 2015 (when she finished second at a Geelong meeting) but she is thrilled to be resuming her career in South Australia. "We have always liked competing in SA. I'm at the stage of life where I enjoy racing just a couple of times each week-I'm too old to race too often!" she laughed. "There's some nice horses in the team and we hope Farbio, owned by the Cormack family, can keep improving because we like him a lot. Its Elvis is another that we think can do a job for us." She's hard-pressed to name favorites among the many handy performers she's been associated with over the years - but a Ballarat cup win in the early '90s with speedster You Wish is a cherished memory. "You Wish was owned by Mario Zammit and he was a very fast horse. When I got him to train, he was a lowly C3, but he ended up in open class," she said. "Another was Revonez, who I trained and drove when he ran second to the mighty Courage Under Fire in the Australia Derby at Moonee Valley, with Shakamaker in third spot." And for a favorite driver? "That's an easy one," says Pullicino. "Bendigo's Brian Gath is a legend of the sport. He's my idol and he's always been very good to us."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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

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

WHEN summing up his prospects for Saturday night’s super card at Globe Derby astute trainer Greg Scholefield believes he has gone from solid to sludge as a result of the draws. Using a slightly more common word for sewage to describe the various barriers his runners received, Scholefield has no doubt his team faces an uphill battle. Even taking that frame of mind into account, however, Scholefield remains optimistic his three runners can make their presence felt. “I got all ordinary draws,” Scholefield declared. “There was no fairy sitting on my shoulder when the marbles fell. “I have three horses going around on the night and they’ve all got to overcome bad barriers. “But what can you do? We’ll have to battle on and come up with a contingency plan now. “I would have preferred to draw a lot better, but it’s not the end of the world.” Handy pacer Kingofthestars will kick-start Scholefield’s evening in the second event. Runner-up during his last two starts – both in Victoria – Kingofthestars will need his share of luck from the back line. “King went really well at Horsham last time around and I expect a big run from him,” Scholefield said. “From the draw though he will need a few things to go his way. “If he can get a descent run at them he will be thereabouts.” Classy youngster Labella Rock will then search for a rare victory in the South Australia Derby. As the only filly in the Blue Riband, Labella Rock is aiming to become the seventh member of the ‘fairer sex’ to capture the classic since its inception in 1938. Carol Dillon was the ground breaker in 1954, with Medorina matching the feat the next year, followed by Pearl Queen (’57), Fiery Miss (’62), No Frolicking (’96) and CC Chevron in 2015. Making life extremely difficult for the daughter of Pet Rock is an outside of the second row draw. “Her draw is shocking,” Scholefield said. “It puts her in a lot of bother. “I am pleased with the way she is going and have no doubt she can surprise a few of them, but it’ll be hard to see her winning from there.” Scholefield’s stable star Emain Macha will then tackle the main event – the prestigious South Australia Cup. Clearly the best chance of breaking the interstate stranglehold on the time honoured feature, Emain Macha will come from gate six. Ryans Day was the last local to have his name etched on the honour roll after scoring an upset in 1999. Emain Macha heads into the feature as the winner of his last four starts, including the Wedderburn Cup a fortnight ago. “I’m confident enough with my bloke,” Scholefield said. “He has pretty much had a perfect preparation and is feeling terrific. “He is healthy, happy and ready to go…now we just need the right run from a tricky draw.”   Harness Racing South Australia

The success of the first racing crop of the former NZ and Australian 2YO Colt of the Year Follow The Stars is grist for the mill for the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club. The Club has nominated two superbly bred colts by the Art Major horse for Sunday’s Allwood Stud Farm South Australian Yearling Sale at the Magic Millions, Morphettville. “They’re both really nice types who have been very well reared. I like both of them. They are very easy to get along with,” preparer Pam Hayter, the partner of prominent trainer Lane Johnson, said. Follow The Stars, who stands at Allwood Stud Farm, Bullsbrook (WA), has sired a winner and five placegetters from seven two-year-old starters to date. The first of the Port Pirie consignment, Lot 5, is out of the Perfect Art mare Reign’s Daughter, whose dam, Viking Reign, was one of the best fillies ever produced in Queensland. She won 26 races including the QBred Triad twice and $132,125 in stakes and at the stud left nine including the Queensland Christmas Cup winner Monty Reign, Spirit Of Reign (Racing Minister’s Cup) and the $124,000 earner Maker Reign. The colt boasts a desirable 3x3 cross to Artsplace and carries the blood of top producer Perfect Profile on both sides of his pedigree. Lot 37 is a colt from the unraced Four Flash Pennies, a daughter of the outstanding NSW racemare of the 1990’s, Four Penny Dark. She won 31 races – 10 at Group/Listed level – including the Bathurst Gold Tiara, the NSW Sires Stakes 2YO and 4YO Finals, NSW Princess Mile and J. L. Raith Memorial and $300,174. Both colts are eligible for Vicbred, Southern Cross and The Allwood. Catalogues for the sale are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at   Peter Wharton

“SHE’S got a bit of ability” could be an understatement from trainer Greg Rogers. Registering her eighth victory from 12 starts when triumphant at Globe Derby yesterday, Kitsilano boasts an average winning margin of 30-and-a-half metres. With two seconds also to her credit, Kitsilano has been a cut above her local rivals. As such, Rogers is planning another interstate trip with the daughter of Armbro Variable – one he hopes will be blessed with better fortune than last season. During her previous Victorian campaign Kitsilano finished a handy fourth in a Vicbred heat before an unplaced effort in the Final. “She seems to handle them here alright,” Rogers said. “The next step is to take on the fillies in Victoria and see how we can go. “There is a fillies’ race in Melton in a fortnight we will head to. We might come home with our tail between legs, but you don’t know if you don’t go. “Last time she didn’t travel well, had just gotten over a cold, and everything went wrong. “For the Final we had trouble with the float, so she was on the road longer than expected and I think she’d had enough for the day by the time she raced.” Driven by Rogers’ son, Ken, during her latest win, Kitsilano was eased away from the pole to settle midfield as Lilirene led from barrier two. Angled three-wide during the middle stages, the filly dashed to the lead on her way to an effortless 13-and-a-half metre win from Naked Majesty, with Stuey D four-and-a-half metres away third in 2:03.4 over 1800 metres. “He did it very easily,” Rogers said. “Ken never moved on her or pull the plugs. “She works as good as the pacers at home, but she’s just got to take it to the races. That said, her point-to-point speed is incredible. “Ken said as soon as she was broken in she would be one out of the box and she’s just gone on from there. “At the moment it’s just about keeping her balanced in her races as she gains experience.” Harness Racing SA

When Triple Bella won the Kindergarten Stakes prelude, for two-year-old pacers, at Globe Derby Park on Monday, she became the second winner which had been sold at the 2018 Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale. Triple Bella was sold for $8,000 at the sales to SA BOTRA member Robyn Kosmider, the partner of prominent owner Alan Tapp, and trainer Paul Smith. The Grinfromeartoear filly was donated by Alabar Bloodstock to SA BOTRA as part of the sponsorship of the 2018 Golden Nursery. Triple Bella is the fourth foal and third winner of Bella Caballo, a Safely Kept daughter of the multiple Listed winner Classic Cheval, the grand-dam of the 2012 SA Sale Graduate winner Wheres Jonny. Alabar have donated an Auckland Reactor filly out of WA Oaks winner Miss Holmes to BOTRA which will go under the hammer at Sundays sale she is catalogued as lot 3. Hesashark, who won a prelude of the Kindergarten on January 26, was the other winner from the sales. Shardonant (All Speed Hanover-Gripnrip), a winner on the same program as Triple Bella, was a graduate of the 2017 SA yearling sale. The 2019 Allwood Stud SA yearling sale commences at 12 noon this Sunday February 10 at Magic Millions complex with a parade of yearlings to precede the sale starting at 10am.   Peter Wharton

Birdwood horsewoman Mandy Pascoe is a dab hand at preparing yearlings for the annual sales. A member of one of South Australia’s best known trotting families, Mandy has won awards for Best Presented Colt and Filly at the Tasmanian yearling sales and has won plaudits from keen judges for her preparation of yearlings in Melbourne and Adelaide. “I’ve always been very passionate about the breeding side of the Industry,” Mandy said. “I love watching the youngsters transition from a gangly foal into a mature racehorse.  I get a lot of satisfaction from the yearlings, too.” Mandy and her husband, Scott, conduct Ningana Park, an 80 acre training and breeding property at Birdwood in the Adelaide hills which formerly played host to the successful stallions Bad Bert, Tibet, Kawartha Robust, Vanston Hanover, Slug Of Jin and Aberdeen. Nowadays Scott, who has trained and driven more than 500 winners including the SA Horse of the Year and Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Carvil’s Choice, Aberdeen, Awesome Garry and China Blue, is training only a small team as well as breeding from three broodmares. The couple’s oldest daughter, Samantha, 21, is a successful junior driver with three winners and 26 placings from only 70 drives, while her sister, Jessica, 17, is a devotee of Western riding. Mandy has been involved with horses for most of her life, having started driving trackwork and helping out at the stables of Marshall Steer and Barry Forrest at the weekends and during school holidays. While Mandy still helps Scott with their racing team, she has been heavily involved with preparing five well-bred yearlings – four colts and a filly - for the Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale over the last two months. “I’m very happy with all of them. It’s quite a nice draft; there’s something there for everybody,” Mandy said. Mandy is preparing two colts for former Harness Racing SA boss Mark Carey. “The colt out of Holla has a huge amount of presence. He’s a very classy individual,” Mandy said. “The one of Majeur Le Crest is really well developed with heaps of topside. He’s the complete package.” The Holla colt, by the former NZ and Australian 2YO of the Year Follow The Stars, is Lot 7, while the Majeur Le Crest colt, by the USA 3YO Colt of the Year Heston Blue Chip, is Lot 11. She has two colts from prominent Gosford (NSW) breeder-owner Michael Taylor in her yearling barn. “The colt out of Tiabamba is a big, rangy fellow, while the colt from Spirit Of Fun is really long striding with a great action and a good attitude,” Mandy said. The Tiabamba colt (Lot 2) is by last season’s leading first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance, and the Spirit Of Fun colt (Lot 33) is a product of champion sire Rock N Roll Heaven. Mandy is also preparing a filly by Million Dollar Cam from the successful Safely Kept mare Kiss Me Monty for Adelaide enthusiast Jack Panagiotou. “She’s a very strong, well developed and mature filly,” Mandy stated. The five yearlings are all eligible for The Allwood, Southern Cross and Vicbred. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be held -on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at , and Peter Wharton

The results of last Saturday night’s racing at Globe Derby Park has given the upcoming Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale a terrific shot-in-the-arm. Firstly, the two-year-old gelding Hesashark, who sat parked before winning the Kindergarten Stakes Prelude on debut, is a product of last year’s SA Yearling Sale. Bred by Ian and Judi Slater, of Goodtime Lodge, near Colac, Victoria, the Shadyshark Hanover gelding was knocked down for $10,000 to a Port Pirie syndicate. Earlier in the night, the Well Said gelding That Said led throughout to win the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club/SA Botra Pacing Cup Final. A For A Reason half-brother to That Said will be offered by Geoff Easom’s Wyndown Stud as Lot 6 at this year’s sale, being out of Murgatroyd, the dam of six sub 2:00 winners from six starters. The 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale will be conducted on Sunday, February 10, starting at 12 noon at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie, all other SA country tracks, Tabcorp Park Melton and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The on-line version is available at or at Peter Wharton

It was a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ between sibling harness racing stablemates Labella Rock and Emain Macha at Globe Derby during the weekend. After his younger half-sister was successful towards the beginning of the card, Emain Macha annihilated his rivals at his second run from a spell. Driven by Wayne Hill, Emain Macha was caught three-wide early from the outside of the front row before making his way to the front. Experiencing little more than a training exercise, the son of Safari cruised to an emphatic 30-and-a-half metre win from Regal Lager, with Torque Of Courage a head away third. “That was a top run from him,” trainer Greg Scholefield said. “I expected him to be better after his first-up start as his work has been great. “He did it as he pleased and got to the line well. That run will sharpen him up for next time around. “I’m not sure where I will head with him next…either back to Globe Derby or even another trip to Victoria.” With Anthony Robinson holding the reins, Labella Rock also set the pace on her way to an 19-metre win from For The Corz, with I Wanna Rocknroll five-and-a-half metres away third. “I’m extremely happy with the way she has come back,” Scholefield said. “I have a reasonable opinion of her. “She got sick during her last prep and didn’t go as well as can, which is just one of those young horse things. “She has come back very well and should have a bit of a future. “Like Emain Macha, I’m not sure where I will head with her next, but no matter where that is, she will be sharper for her first-up run.”   HRSA Media  

CONSISTENT pacer That Said is in a strong position to keep his solid form for the season going at Globe Derby on Saturday night. Fresh from his win at the same venue a fortnight ago, That Said has drawn barrier five in the opening race on the card for trainer Jill Neilson. Although she referred to the draw as “tricky”, Neilson believes the son of Well Said is capable of making his presence felt. “He is racing really well with a pair of wins and four placings from his eight starts this time in,” Neilson said. “I’m very happy with the way he is racing and working and expect him to put in another good run. “It will be tricky from five, but he is ready to run his honest race and with the right run will be thereabouts.” Citing Our Surrogate as the one to beat, Neilson also rates the gelding’s stablemate Carmy Dan as a major chance. “Our Surrogate looks like a nice type for Aaron Bain,” Neilson said. “It has drawn well in three and is the one to beat. “Carmy Dan, which is also trained by Aaron, also looks pretty handy and will no doubt do well even from the second row.” With no major plans in mind for the gelding, Neilson will continue to find suitable targets for That Said as he works his way through the grades. “I haven’t got anything set out,’ Neilson said. “Just get past this run and look for the next race. “Keep playing it by ear and see how he goes.” HRSA

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