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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

HRSA is delighted to again be hosting the Australian Drivers Championship this coming Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, with patrons having the opportunity to witness the best drivers the industry has on offer. The championship was last held here in 2016 and, on that occasion, it was SA’s own Wayne Hill, who defeated the nation’s best drivers to be crowned Australian Drivers Champion for that year. This year Wayne’s sister Danielle, alongside Ryan Hryhorec, will be the SA representatives in the series which comprises of twelve drivers, being two each from the six states that conduct harness racing in Australia. Both Danielle and Ryan have represented the state previously in national championships, with Danielle winning the Australian Female Driver Championships in Tasmania earlier this year, and Ryan finishing second to Wayne Hill in the National Championship here in SA in 2016. The night is sure to provide exciting racing of the highest quality, and presents harness racing followers with a great opportunity to come to Globe Derby Park and enjoy harness racing at its very best. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •    

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

IFE is about to get a lot tougher for handy pacer Hard Rock Shannon according to trainer Leah Harvey. A winner at Globe Derby last week, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is set to return to the venue on Saturday night. Although Hard Rock Shannon has drawn well in barrier three, Harvey believes the 1800-metre event shapes as a test for the gelding. “He is starting to get the pointy end of the classes, but I think he will go ok,” Harvey said. “I’m not sure how he will go as he gets closer to open company, but in this grade on the weekend I expect him to do well. “He’s been working well and has a handy draw in a handy race so we’ll have to see where he ends up.” Rating Ace To Play and Torque Of Courage as dangers, Harvey regards The Nature Boy as an “intriguing” runner. The sole starter along the second row, The Nature Boy is first-up since last February. “The Nature Boy was in good form before he went off the racing scene, so he is an intriguing one,” Harvey said.”It’s a pretty even field, so I guess it will come down to what sort of run they get.” With no major plans in mind for the six-year-old, Harvey will find suitable races for Hard Rock Shannon as they become programmed. “At this stage I’m just taking it bit by bit and see how he goes,” Harvey said. “He seems to have hit his straps again so I will try and win a few with him while he is going well.” HRSA Media

THERE is nothing unusual about reading S Pascoe among the winners’ at Globe Derby. Enjoying a successful career across several decades, S Pascoe has made frequent trips to the number one stall at South Australia’s home of racing – including yesterday. The latest S Pascoe victory had a slight difference, however, with the S belonging to Samantha. Traditionally it has been Pascoe’s father, Scott, who has kept the name in lights. Partnering Heza Presidente, Pascoe registered her maiden win as a reinswoman. “I’m just so thrilled,” Pascoe said. “I haven’t stopped smiling since the race. “Kerry (Brown, trainer) told me he would be a good chance if he led, but I was just so nervous the whole way and kept expecting something to come at us.” Finding the front from barrier three, Heza Presidente scored by a metre from Bonnies A Beauty, with Arambi Star two metres away third. Breaking an 11-month drought, the son of Presidential Ball rated 2:00.5 over 1800 metres. “The home straight seemed to go forever,” Pascoe said. “I was just hoping one of the others wouldn’t run over the top of us close to the line. “He went along really well and is a horse I will never forget. “I can’t thank Kerry enough for giving me the drive.”   HRSA Media

IN-FORM mare Millwood Chloe is ready to begin the new season the way she finished the old one according to trainer Shane Loone. Absent from the winners’ circle for four months, Millwood Chloe bounced back to her best by scoring at her last two starts for the term – both at Globe Derby. This weekend the daughter of Ohoka Arizona is set to compete at Port Pirie where she has drawn to figure prominently from barrier four. “She’s going well and I couldn’t be happier with her condition,” Loone said. “She begins well and will be going forward from the draw. “I’m not sure how quick the pole horse is but we will be coming out and having a look. “If she can settle in the lead, or close to it, she’ll be right in the finish.” Earmarking Lady Danger as the biggest threat, Loone also rates Any Suggestions as “one to watch”. Lady Danger has drawn barrier nine, with Any Suggestions to come from 10. “Lady Danger has been getting home well, and if the speed is on, you can expect her to be getting to line quickly,” Loone said. “Any Suggestions won his first couple from a break and has been placed at the next two and is one to watch from there.” With no major plans in mind for Millwood Chloe, Loone will select suitable races as they are programmed. “For now she will just keep poking around and I will find the right races,” Loone said. “While she is competitive I will keep her going racing and breed from her next season.” Harness Racing SA

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