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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

Harness racing trainer Leah Harvey, from Kadina, had pretty much the perfect result at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Harvey took three horses to the track and came away with two wins and a second. Two of her horses, Hard Rock Shannon and Chasing A Win clashed in the opening event, the Diamonds Forever Night Pace (1800m), and they ran the quinella. Hard Rock Shannon ($5.50) led throughout from gate three to score a seven-metre win from the fast-finishing Chasing A Win ($23.40) with the $1.80 favourite Itz Sportz Torque, two metres away third. Two races later, in the Ubet Pace (1800m), Big Behemoth ($2 fav) led throughout to score a 4-1/2 metre win from Blue Beach Angel ($6.80) with Doubledipofheaven ($3.60), 12 metres away third. Both her winners were driven by Wayne Hill. Harvey said the only way the night could have been better would have been if the first pair had dead-heated for first. “I’m not complaining, it was a good night,” Harvey said. “The first two are such beautiful horses – very easy to work with. “Big Behemoth is the best horse of the trio but doesn’t have the best temperament and because of his size can be a lot of hard work.” Hard Rock Shannon came into Harvey’s stable from Port Augusta trainer Ash Holtham. “Ash asked me to take him for a while because he thought the horse had more ability than he was showing. “Mick (Darling) worked on his shoes and I did a bit of work on his back and he hasn’t looked back. “His first win (on October 23 at Globe Derby Park) was enormous and I love showing it to anyone who didn’t see the race.” Hard Rock Shannon was travelling well midfield with just over a lap to go when he was checked, broke and lost ground but recovered to round up his rivals and win. “He had no luck in two subsequent runs but ran well and tonight when he was able to lead I thought he would be hard to beat. “The winner rated 1:58.4 so Chasing A Win to come from near last and run second was a fabulous run. “They are going very well.” Harvey was delighted with Big Behemoth’s win. “I have started putting ear plugs on him which is quite a tough job, but they worked, and he settled really well rather than trying to just go out and race. “Because he is so big, I have to get a box to stand on to put the plugs in. Early on he resented them, so I didn’t worry but I tried again during trackwork this week, then again tonight and he is happy to have them in.” Big Behemoth was never challenged on Saturday and had the race won a long way from home. Harvey believes he will be even better suited when he runs against the better horses in fast-run events. Graham Fischer

Port Pirie 2015 Elders Invitation Drivers Series Saturday night 20th June is one of the feature harness racing meetings in South Australia where five of the best drivers from Victoria challenge six drivers from South Australia. The series is run over four races on the night with the driver with the most points winning the title. This series has been going now for forty years and has brought together a good line up of drivers as you can see by their profiles. Ex Port Pirie driver Kate Gath is making a return, while local driver Brad Sims will be aiming to again win the series as he did in 2006 Victorians Lance Justice: Driven 2865 winners, started his career here in SA and was great supporter of Northern harness racing when he was here. Has had lots of success over the years here and in Victoria with many good horses with the best being Sokyola and Smokem up. Always loves coming back here, won this series back in the ninety’s, won the trainers and drivers premiership here in 2000 the year the new track was opened, loves talking with the locals. Anthony Butt: Formerly from New Zealand where he drove 1609 winners and now situated in Victoria where he has driven another 694 winners while coming to and fro. This is Anthony’s first time at Port Pirie and he would really like to increase on his winning tally. Will be a good draw card having someone very approachable from NZ come here Michael Bellman: Has driven 952 winners in his career, participated in this series in 2011 where he was runner up to Lisa Miles. Is currently having a great year, being fifth on the Victorian State driver’s premiership having driven ninety winners. Is prepared to travel all over the state, having had over 1000 drives in Victoria this season, and we welcome him back Kate Gath: Has driven 942 winners so far in her career, Born and raised here in Port Pirie where she won the Port Pirie Drivers Premiership in 2004. Currently having a very good season, driving 83 winners so far and sits sixth on the Victorian State Drivers Premiership. Has been a regular competitor in this series over the last ten years where she tied in first place in 2013. Family and friends are sure to cheer on Kate help increase the crowd. Lisa Miles: Has driven 498 winners in her career always puts her hand up to come here for the series where she has had good success winning in 2011where she came at a days notice and 2013. Does really well training her small team of horses but is a great who competitor and would really love win her third series going back to back. SA Drivers Ryan Hryhorec: Has currently driven 1380 winners, is a regular here at Port Pirie having won the Drivers Premiership in 2008, 2011, 2014 and currently well in front this season in the drivers premiership. Tied in first in this series in 2012 and 2013 and has driven 130 winners in SA and Victoria this coming season. Tough competitor and is sure to account himself well Mark Billinger: One of the state’s top drivers has had 1014 career driving wins has had 62 wins this season and is currently fourth on the states leading driving premiership table. Always gives his horses a great run and has a good strike rate in the sulky. Wayne Hill: He is another regular driver here at Port Pirie has had 768 career wins, is currently fifth on the state driving premiership having driven 52 winners for the season. Wayne has come through the junior ranks and is a good competitor who has been in the series before and will account himself well. Leah Harvey: Has had 666 career wins, now getting towards the veteran stage having won this series in 2002 and 2010. Was the leading driver here at Port Pirie in 2001 and 2012 so she well and truly knows her way around the track here. She has represented the region well over the years on and off the track and it would not surprise if Leah won her third series. Scott Ewen: Has driven has  660 winners throughout his career and has been a regular here at nearly every meeting over the past five years, winning the Port Pirie driving premiership in 2013. Is currently having a good season having driven 45 winners, has competed in the series for the last three years without much luck but this could be his year. Brad Sims: Has driven 86 winners in his career, was the leading young driver in 2005 here at Port Pirie and had good success in winning this Drivers Series in 2006. Has also driven many placing throughout his career, has taken a trainers licence out this season and has had success with that. With limited opportunity he has always given his drives every chance. Good luck to all the drivers competing and also to David Harding who would have been here if it was not for nasty fall that he had at Globe Derby on 8th June. by Neville Thomson, Port Pirie Harness Racing Club Related Links Fields for Port Pirie, Saturday 20 June 2015 Form guide for Port Pirie, Saturday 20 June 2015

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