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The 2018 U-Bet Pacing Cup was a resounding success at Phoenix Park last Friday. The crowd of 1200 was “as good as we have had for many years,” according to Port Pirie Harness Racing Club secretary-manager Neville Thomson. On-course wagering with bookmaker Curly Seal, represented by Robert Cronin, and the TAB reached $25,000. The enthusiastic crowd racked up food and drink sales of more than $12,000. Star of the night was the leading South Australian driver Danielle Hill who won the $15,000 cup with Our Jericho. The horse is owned by Butterworth Racing Syndicate and trained by Les Harding who is Hill’s partner’s father from Globe Derby Park. Second was Rap Artist, trained and driven by Darren Billinger and owned by Mark Billinger and Richard Miller. Third was Bettor Party, also trained by Les Harding and driven by Ken Rogers. Hill had eight drives – every race – on the night for three wins, three seconds and two thirds. “Two meetings ago she had six drives for five winners here,” Mr Thomson said. “She loves coming here. She travels widely. So far this season, which is halfway through, she has driven 99 winners and at least 25 of them have been here. “The spectators can appreciate her skills. She is in every race and she is built very lightly. “She has proven she is the best and she will go anywhere to drive. She deserves her success.” The meeting offered total prizemoney of $55,000. By Greg Mayfield Reprinted with permission of The Recorder

Through the generosity of the Whyalla Harness Racing Club, a $100 float rebate will be provided to all unplaced runners at the Whyalla Meeting on Easter Monday April 2. In addition, all trainers with runners on the day will go into a draw for a set of hopples donated by Hopkins Saddlery. This meeting will see the return of Harness Racing to Whyalla for the first time since 2015. The meeting will be highlighted by the running of the $12,000 Whyalla Pacing Cup, a 2360m Mobile Start event for horses assessed C3 to C5. On this day the last of the Country Graduation Heats will also be run for 4yo & older C1 & C2 assessed horses, where runners have been competing at various venues throughout the state in an attempt to qualify for the $10,000 Final. The final will be held at Port Pirie on Friday April 6. For patrons on course there will be live music and for children there will be a jumping castle and face painting, along with raffles and other competitions. The Whyalla Harness Racing Club would like to acknowledge the support of the following sponsors, who have helped in enabling the club to return racing back to Whyalla: ​RACE NAME SPONSORS: Whyalla BOTRA Cowell Oysters Stassi Engineering West End Steve White General Builders Port Augusta Harness Racing Club Sundowner Hotel CLUB SPONSORS: Seven Hills Cellars Whyalla Scrap Metal Merchants Cowell Bakery Solomons Flooring Rohan Ramsay Michelle Agencies Playford Newsagents The Alexander Hotel The Foreshore Hotel Azzopardi Butchers The Westlands Hotel Intersport Whyalla The Eyre Hotel Nominations for this meeting close at 2pm Tuesday March 27. David Thuen, Racing Operations Manager

Talented trotting mare Rocknroll Baby displayed her recent maturity overcoming mid-race issues to score an all the way win in the Prince Of Wales Kapunda Trotters Cup (2610m). Driver Jock Dunlop revealed the crupper used on the mare had broken with a lap to go seeing her gear go forward and putting him ill at ease. “She had every excuse to go into a gallop when that happened,” Dunlop said. “I was certainly on edge for the last lap, but the mare was in a good rhythm and stayed trotting. She did a great job.” Rocknroll Baby ($1.60 fav) was well rated in front by Dunlop to score a five metre win from Bold Law ($13.60) which finished fast late with Truscott Law ($5), 1-1/2 metres away third. Dunlop was able to get away with pedestrian quarters of 32.1 and 31.6 before letting the mare slide with 27.9 and 30.3 final sectionals and no horse was able to get close enough for Dunlop to have to try and shake her up. It was Rocknroll Baby’s second Cup win in eight days having scored at Mount Gambier on the previous Saturday. The mare will try to make it three Cups in a month by going for the $8000 Port Pirie Trotters Cup (2530m) on Saturday, March 24. They add to the Gramel Trotters Cup and Hambeltonian Cup she collected earlier in the year. Trainer Greg Norman has always sung the mare’s praises. “She has only been trotting for just over 12 months,” Norman said. “She has had plenty of racing, and travelling, but has been getting better and better. “Provided she pulls up okay, she will be off to Port Pirie.” Norman wasn’t at Kapunda, he was in Melbourne picking up a new addition to the AB&T Cormack Racing stables. “We paid $26,000 for a colt by Majestic Son out of the former star trotting mare Zesta. “She was only small, but she could certainly trot. This colt is also very small, but he is built like a pocket battleship.” Graham Fischer

At an age when most horses are heading into retirement, Brettoneux has only just begun his harness racing career. Now 11, Brettoneux won at Kapunda on Monday, February 12, at just his third race start – and all have been this year. Globe Derby Park trainer Vaughn Newman takes up the story. “I’ve trained a few horses for a Victorian owner John Kennedy and he said a relative, Murray Goates from Werribee, had a trotter he wanted to send to South Australia. “I’ve trained horses for more than 40 years, and always pacers, never a trotter,” Newman said. “When John said the horse was 11 and had never raced I turned him down but said I would try to place him. “A few trainers showed interest but quickly dropped off because of his age, so finally, I said okay. Newman found out Brettoneux had actually qualified to race for Victorian trainer Amy Tubbs back in 2012. “He then suffered tendon injuries in both legs and spent 4-1/2 years in a paddock before being brought back into training. “I think John (Kennedy) worked him up before he came across to South Australia.” Newman gave the gelding his first start at Kapunda on January 5. “I had no idea what to expect and I don’t think Wayne (reinsman Wayne Hill) did either. “The horse trotted safely, but slowly, before Wayne shook him up during the last lap and he made up good ground. “Next start at Globe Derby (on January 15) I had something on him because I thought he had improved but he broke and lost a lot of ground before again trotting home strongly. “He had never broke for me so I was shocked and mucked around with his headgear for last Monday’s race.” Backed from $31 into $17.90, Brettoneux began quickly off his front mark and Hill found himself left 40 metres in front of the body of the field. With the knowledge of the horse, Hill kept him trotting strongly running 30.1, 30.2 and 30.0 quarters making it basically impossible for anything to catch him. Brettoneux scored a 12 metre win from Truscott Hall ($1.50 fav) with No Renege ($7.10), 16 metres away third. “He did get tired running a 33.5 final quarter,” Hill said, “but he also knocked off a bit when I didn’t keep at him.” Newman said the gelding had had 27 weeks of training for his races, so it was fair to assume, after such a long break, he would continue to get fitter. Brettoneux’s next run will be in the $7000 Legends Trotters Final (2220m) at Kapunda on Monday, February 26. Incredibly, even though he will be in his first full year of racing, when Brettoneux turns 12 on September 1, he will have to undergo a veterinary inspection each time he heads to the races. Graham Fischer  

Cyril Potts was an unsung hero of harness racing in the north of South Australia for well over forty years. From the 1950’s through to retiring in the 1990’s and moving across the border to Victoria. As a leading trainer, Cyril shared his love and passion for the sport with many people including Paul Fitzgerald and Ken (Bones) Smith.  However, the most notable was Peter Thompson, who himself became the Leading Trainer in the North for several years. Cyril keenly respected his owners, of which he had many, and would work hard to maintain his horses to high standard whilst keeping his training fees as low as he could at his cherished Simpson Road Stables. In the 1950’s dedicated himself to the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club Committee.  You would often find him at working bee’s for the Club with some of his owners in tow to help.  The Port Pirie Harness Racing Club held its very first Driver’s Invitational meeting In the mid 1960’s with Cyril being integral in securing leading Victorian drivers for the event. This Driver’s Invitation race remains a strong part of the Club’s calendar today. Aside from training horses, Cyril had a great ear for listening and provided a valuable service every Sunday at the track known fondly as “Sunday School”.  This was an opportunity for anyone in the industry to come the track, have a drink, share their issues and solve the problems of the world.  Fortunately, Cyril was a big man and a non-drinker, so if there were any physical difference of opinions, Cyril could easily step in as ‘crowd control’.  Stories from Sunday School sessions are legendary. Port Pirie Harness Racing Club awarded Cyril Life Membership in the mid-1970’s and the honoured with Legend status in 2013. Even once he moved to Victoria, Cyril always remained in close contact with the Club and the harness racing community, including remaining a regular trophy donor.  His philanthropic donations to the Club even extended to paying for the presentation area when the new track was built in 2000.  The Port Pirie Club are truly grateful for his support. Many people will have their own stories about the great man but all would agree, he was a great worker, hard but fair and a true legend of harness racing in Port Pirie. Office of the General Manager, Gary Crocker

A new action group is fighting plans to build 300 homes at Globe Derby Park. Resident Des Nolan, who owns a business selling horse supplies in Globe Derby Park, has rallied more than 100 supporters and racing club members in a bid to prevent a large section of harness racing land being used for housing. In December, the South Australian Harness Racing Club voted to sell off 70 per cent of Globe Derby Park to investment company GIC. Club president Richard Miller said this would secure the long-term future of harness racing. But Mr Nolan and his action group disagree. “I have mass concerns with the sale,” he said last week. “If we lose this, it will be the end of horse-keeping in Globe Derby Park and where will all these people go to keep their horses? “The community was behind the South Australian Harness Racing Club developing along Port Wakefield Rd ... but now what they want to do is develop all the way along Globe Derby Drive, down Trotters Drive and into Alabar Crescent and put in 300 homes.” Mr Nolan has launched an online petition that last week had attracted close to 400 signatures – and is now trying to collect another 100 by doorknocking the neighbourhood. The petition will be presented to Salisbury Council and the State Government in an attempt to prevent rezoning. A GIC spokeswoman could not confirm whether there was a plan to build 300 new homes at the site, saying it was early days for the project and “there are still a number of processes, procedures and community consultation that will need to be overseen and managed”. “The vision for the final product will encapsulate a happy, thriving, and open community for families and existing residents in the area,” the spokeswoman said. Mr Miller said the harness racing club would ensure local trainers to the west of Globe Derby Park would continue to have safe access to the track and facilities. “We will be giving the local community the opportunity to hear more about our plans in the near future,” he said. Ashleigh Pisani, Northern Weekly Messenger Reprinted withg permission of The Advertiser

Harness racing is set to return to Gawler for the first time in almost 10 years. In a significant milestone for the local industry, a one-off, family-focused race meeting will be held at the Gawler Harness Racing Club’s Two Wells Rd track on Sunday, March 4. It will be the first official harness meet conducted by the club since its former track was compulsorily acquired as part of the Northern Expressway project in 2008. The club relocated to a site almost adjacent their old facility and built a 960m track, with the first official trials held there in September. “It’s a one-off event at this stage but I think it will provide a great insight into what it means to have a race meeting at Gawler,” Harness Racing SA chairman Chris Hartwig said. “It will be an integral part of our planning to develop Gawler into an ongoing racing venue. We will learn a lot from this meeting.” Next month’s landmark program will feature a maximum of seven races and be covered by both UBET and Sky Racing. “I’ve had the desire to race at Gawler for some time,” Hartwig said. “This shows there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Gawler club ... and it will be a racing venue down the track.” HRSA hopes to be programming regular harness meetings at Gawler within the next 12 months. Because the track does not have lights, it is expected the club could initially host Friday twilight meetings during the summer, as well as regular Monday afternoon meetings and Sunday day programs for special events. Local Member of Light, Tony Piccolo, welcomed the announcement. “I have been very privileged to be able to work alongside the local committee and the industry body, HRSA, to help harness racing return to Gawler,” Piccolo said. “I am aware how painful it was for local harness racing supporters when the original track closed down due to the construction of the Northern Expressway. That is why I have worked closely with the local members to make it happen. The family fun day will be a great day for harness racing and local families.” Ben Scadden, Head of Racing, The Advertiser

A short time after taking the South Australian Derby with the unbeaten Yankee Roller, the harness racing duo Emma Stewart and Gavin Lang struck again with the impressive Shadow Sax in the Ubet Group One $100,000 South Australian Cup. Shadow Sax had to sit parked out on the half-mile Globe Derby Park Oval for the entire trip over the extreme distance of 2,645 metres to take the victory over a game Messini who were both well clear of third placed Bettor Party. It was Shadow Sax seventh straight win for the current season and 17th lifetime from just 25 starts. Career earnings are now $372,483. Shadow Sax             6 9:25pm 2018 UBET SA PACING CUP (GROUP 1) 2645M $100,000 M0 Or Better. PBD/M. Mobile Results Pl  Horse Prize- money   Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 SHADOW SAX      Fr4 5 Emma Stewart Gavin Lang   $ 1.50 fav  PRBT GS 2 SWAB   BROWN GELDING 5 by SHADOW PLAY USA out of MISS SAXONY (ARMBRO OPERATIVE USA)  Owner(s): P J Hockham, R G Hockham  Breeder(s): R G Hockham, M B Hockham, P J Hockham, S W Hockham 2 MESSINI      Sr4 11 Brent Lilley Ryan Hryhorec 3.00 $ 7.00   PRBT 3WL W1 SWAB 3 BETTOR PARTY      Sr2 9 Les Harding Danielle Hill 19.60 $ 38.10   PRBT 6 3WLT 4 OUR JERICHO NZ      Sr3 10 Les Harding Ken Rogers 25.90 $ 35.70   PRBT 8 5 LOOKOFALEGEND NZ      Fr1 1 Luke O'Neill Wayne Hill 29.10 $ 45.10   PRBT GS 3 6 WHENMECHIEF      Sr1 8 Darren Billinger Matthew Smith 30.30 $ 90.30   PRBT 5 7 TEE CEE BEE MACRAY      Fr5 6 Jess Tubbs Greg Sugars 31.10 $ 8.20   PRBT 3WE RES 7 8 MAJOR CROCKER      Sr5 12 Justin Brewin Michael Bellman 34.10 $ 24.00   PRBT 3WLT W2 9 SAMS THE MASTER      Fr3 3 Jess Tubbs Matthew Craven 52.20 $ 10.40   PRBT GS L 10 FUTURIST      Fr2 2 Darren Billinger Darren Billinger 69.20 $ 47.60   PRS 4 B 11 LETS ELOPE NZ      Fr6 7 Brent Lilley Josh Duggan 84.00 $ 53.80   PRBT RAS 10 Scratchings   DUKE OF ALBANY NZ 4 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 3:14:2 Mile Rate: 1:58:2 Lead Time: 77.8 First Quarter: 29.6 Second Quarter: 29.1 Third Quarter: 28.7 Fourth Quarter: 29    

South Australia’s top two-year-old of 2016/2017 made the step up to his three-year-old year with a dashing harness racing victory in the 2017 Ubet St Leger (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. After a defeat a week earlier as an odds-on favourite, Bulletproof Boy started at the generous odds of $5.10 from gate one and dashed up the sprint lane to score a 2-1/2 metre win from Culzean Castle ($12.70) with its stablemate The Deal ($25.60), two metres away third. Trainer-driver Scott Ewen was delighted with the classic victory. “I’ll be heading to Mildura this week to try and pick up his Vic bonus before running in the South Australian Derby at Globe Derby Park on January 13,” Ewen said. “Last week he led, and I don’t really think he is a leader. I didn’t drive him as well as maybe I could have but tonight it worked out beautifully as he took the sit and got to come through on the sprint lane.” Ewen went one better than his father Barry, who passed away several months ago. Ewen snr ran second in the 1986 St Leger with Swing Parade behind the very good Jeremiah Weed. “Tonight’s win will be a great tonic for my longtime client ‘Chook’ Okmasich. “He’s doing it a bit tough at present but I’m sure he will have watched the race on Sky Channel and very happy. He said if we run in the Derby he’ll try to make it to the track so that is now our goal.” Don’t Tell William, trained by Toby Ryan and driven by his wife Lisa, started a red-hot $1.40 favourite. As expected, the gelding led comfortably from gate three with Ewen sitting on his back on Bulletproof Boy. Trainer Greg Norman had three runners in the St Leger – The Deal, Culzean Castle and Fiery Mac. He drove The Deal which, from gate five, found himself parked and with a lap to go moved up to challenge the favourite. The pair went head-to-head down the back and on the home turn The Deal stuck his head in front and Don’t Tell William started to struggle. Bulletproof Boy accelerated along the sprint lane and it was left to Culzean Castle to run home from second last but he never looked a chance of catching the winner. The Deal held on well for third with Don’t Tell William fading to fifth. The favourite didn’t handle the step up from 1800m to 22230m. A week earlier, over the shorter trip, he had given Bulletproof Boy a 30-metre start and cut him down with a brilliant sprint. Bulletproof Boy won the Lordship Stakes last season after an eye-catching fourth in the Southern Cross final behind That’s Perfect. He is building an impressive form profile with six wins and seven placings from just 16 starts with fourths at his other three runs. Graham Fischer

Former highly successful first-class cricketer Paul Nobes enjoyed an unusual hat-trick of his own over the weekend. Nobes, who played Sheffield Shield cricket for South Australia and Victoria, and his wife Judy, are prominent harness racing owners and had their own hat-trick on Friday and Saturday. At Port Pirie on Friday, their pacer Keayang Storm, the $2.50 favourite, trained by Lance Holberton and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, finished powerfully to score a 4-1/2 metre win in the C M and C E Bishop Pacers Discretionary (2050m). Their next runner was Keayang Sporty, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, in the Ubet Pace (1800m), the opening race at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. Heavily backed from $3.20 into $2.10 favourite, Keayang Sporty was brilliantly driven by Hryhorec lobbing the one-one trail after coming from gate eight on the second row. He held the five-year-old up until the 400 metre mark before asking him to sprint and Keayang Sporty dashed away and scored an 18-metre win from Blue Beach Angel ($4.20) with Canturi Crest ($8.60), 2-1/2 metres away third. In the following race, the Lion Dairy & Drinks Pace (1800m), the Nobes-owned Make Mine Joe lined up from the same draw, gate two on the second row. If Hryhorec’s drive on Keayang Sporty was brilliant, then his effort on Make Mine Joe was superb. No sooner than the starter said “Go”, Hryhorec had Make Mine Joe away quickly and dropping in behind The Last Gindi which pushed through from gate one to lead. With the perfect trail behind the red-hot $1.40 favourite, the Lance Holberton-trained Make Mine Joe ($5.90) was always going to make the finish a contest via the sprint lane at Globe Derby Park. The four-year-old sprinted quickly over the final 200 metres and came away to score a 1-1/2 metre win from the tough Marzzz Barzzz Bazz ($12.50) with The Last Gindi, a fading long neck away third. “That was definitely an unusual hat-trick,” Nobes said, “but a very pleasant one. “I can’t remember ever having had one before and Judy and I will enjoy it. “We love enjoying the wins, because as every owner knows, they are hard to get on a regular basis. You have to enjoy the ups because there can be plenty of downs. “Lance and Ryan have done a great job with the horses, and Ryan’s drives were outstanding. There is no better driver here when he is in the zone.” Nobes said he believed Make Mine Joe had come back a much better horse after a break. “When he first came here I raced him against strong opposition and he had four wins and five placings. His form was good, but I think it toughened him up. “From a break he has had two wins and a second and appears to have stepped up a level.” Keayang Sporty also has had two wins and a second in three runs from a spell and with his turn of foot looks sure to build on that record. Keayang Storm has also been a consistent performer since coming into the Holberton stable and is proving his versatility by also becoming a more than competent standing-start performer. Graham Fischer

The fairytale success story of harness racing pacer Emain Macha reached a new peak on Sunday when he was named South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for 2016/2017. Emain Macha had an illness-shortened three-year-old season, but still managed to score seven wins from nine starts to take out the award. Among the gelding’s wins were the Graham Head Memorial at Shepparton, the Victoria Sires Classic at Melton and the Mildura Guineas. Emain Macha is trained at Naracoorte in the South-East by Greg Scholefield who is a part-owner along with Peter Lamond, Gail Davis and father and son John and Sean Penny. For the Pennys, Emain Macha’s successes are quite emotional as both had the misfortunes to lose their wives several years ago, and harness racing is a release, but both are sad their partners cannot be around to enjoy the success. Mr Penny said he was shocked by the Horse Of The Year award. “I went along Sunday believing he had a chance of winning the three-year-old pacers colts and gelding award (which he did win), but never did I consider he would take out the overall award,” Mr Penny said. “He has taken us on a fabulous ride and we were very disappointed when Greg (Scholefield) said he had contracted a virus and would miss the Southern Cross.” Emain Macha became ill after his last win in the Mildura Guineas on April 7 and Mr Penny said there were fears the gelding could pass away. “He was really sick, and Greg sought advice from a few different sources and eventually an equestrian vet gave a suggestion which put the horse on the road to recovery. “Emain Macha is back in work now and we hope to have him back on the track in December. Greg has tentatively looked at races at Bendigo and Melton to start him off again. “I can’t give enough credit to Greg, to our family, he is a champion trainer. “His property is spotless, and the horses want for nothing. If they have the ability, he will get it out of them.” Graham Fischer

Harness racing turned back time — about 50 years’ worth, in fact — as the sport again took centre stage on a Friday night in Adelaide. For the first time since 1973, the tiny Wavyille circuit hosted an official harness racing meeting and, judging by the buzz in the crowd of around 8000, it was a resounding success. And harness racing officials now hope to make the night an annual event, with planning already in place to lock in a date for next year. “The crowd was very good. We’re thrilled,” Harness Racing SA chief executive John Lewis said. “We are absolutely delighted with the conduct of the event, the venue and the response from the people of South Australia. “We’re already planning to have this event as an annual feature and hope to firm up a date for next year within the coming months.” Driver Kate Gath, who won the Trotters Cup on Waikare Aviator, was full of praise for the night. “It was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe the noise rounding the home turn in the trotters cup,” Gath said. “It was louder than the Victoria Cup or Hunter Cup.” Competition was certainly fierce across the eight races, with fans lining the 510m track and filling the grandstands. It seemed many of Friday night’s racegoers were Wayville regulars when the city-fringe circuit was Adelaide’s main track, from 1925 to 1973, and a night at the trots was one of the hottest tickets in town. During those halcyon days, crowds beyond 20,000 were common, with the record attendance of 47,000 achieved on the night the champion New Zealand pacer Cardigan Bay won the 1963 Inter Dominion. While Friday night’s crowd didn’t threaten that astonishing record, it was still the best-attended harness meet in this state for at least 20 years. “We’ll go through the final figures over the next few weeks but, at this stage, we're looking at a modest surplus ... but even if we broke even or made a small loss, the exercise has absolutely been worth it,” Lewis said. “The exposure the sport has received been fantastic. In my seven years in this role, I can’t recall the sport having such widespread, mainstream coverage. “Even just in terms of a brand-building exercise, it has been a huge success.” Originally published as Winners all around as Wayville is hot to trot By Ben Scadden Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser

Len Sugars has many fond memories of harness racing’s halcyon days at Wayville. Sugars, 92, the patriarch of one of South Australian and Australian harness racing’s most famous families, was a top horsemen in era when crowds flocked to the circuit on a Saturday night. “In those days, South Australia was the premier trotting state in Australia and nothing was bigger than Wayville on a Saturday night,’’ Sugars said. The return to Adelaide Showground at Wayville on October 27 won’t quite reach the dizzying heights of the good old days in SA trotting, when 45,000 fans packed in to witness champion Cardigan Bay win the 13,000-pound 1963 Inter Dominion after starting with a 24-yard handicap. The dramatic race saw the horse, which was badly injured 12 months earlier, stamp himself as one of the sport’s greats. A fall on the home turn saw Sydney pacer Cele finish the race with two drivers after Bill Shinn was thrown from sulky of his horse, Smokey Eric, and finished the race alongside Cele’s driver Charlie Parsons. Harness racing legend Len Sugars at Wayville. Picture: Sarah Reed Sugars’ best memories come from his horse Van Nut. “He won about 26 races and really set up my stable and I’m sure someone was looking over me when he came about. I really think God must have sent him to me,” Sugars said. “He was only 22 months old, he won seven trials at Klemzig and Campbelltown under the name Sonross but for some reason I wasn’t allowed to name him that. “We took him to Kapunda for his first start and got 40/1 because very few knew he had trialled as Sonross.” Sugars said the horse possessed an unbelievable turn of foot suited around the small spaces of Wayville. “I would be sitting 14th or 15th in those days in a field of 18,’’ Sugars said. “I could to cut him loose and within the length of the straight, he could take off and be in front of them all. “The moment I looked into his eye I knew he was a good horse, horses are like people, you can tell a lot about person when you look into their eyes.’’     Sugars also drove Laradoc in Richmond Lass’s 1969 Inter Dominion win at Wayville. “Laradoc was trained by Jack Caldow and he sent her across and we won a heat of the Inter Dominion before finishing unplaced in the final,” Sugars said. “In her heat win she reared at the start and nearly tipped me out but was still good enough to come down, hit her gear, lead and win.” Sugars said a three-month driving suspension paved the way for one of his proudest moments when son Ross — awarded a Living Legend of Australian Harness Racing in 2015 — made his driving debut. “I drove a horse called Perkandi the week before, he was a 6/4 ($2.50) favourite and I was happy to sit three wide waiting to make a run before another driver tried to pocket me four wide,’’ Sugars recalled. “I leant across and tried to push him out of the way. After the race, the stewards called me in and asked me what happened. They were going to give me a two-year disqualification. “I told them I was driving the favourite and anyone who came outside me had ulterior motives, they said because I was so honest they only gave me a three-month suspension.’’ Bill Shinn finishes in the sulky of Charlie Parson following a fall in the 1963 Inter Dominion at Wayville. Just seven days later Ross established a world record, which still stands, driving three winners — Red Score, Hallett and Perkandi — at his first three drives on a city track and as a B-grade licensed driver. “That was one of my proudest moments without a doubt,’’ Len Sugars said. He said being trackside at Wayville on October 27 to watch grandson Greg, one of Australia’s top drivers, would be a special moment for the family. “It’s going to be a great night to be back at Wayville — and seeing Greg drive there will be a real thrill, who would have thought that would ever happen?” he said. “Greg is a much better driver than both Rossy and myself. Nothing bothers him. Rossy would get upset with anyone at the drop of a hat and I was a bit the same. “Greg has patience and beautiful hands, horses just run for him, he’s very good.’’ Trotting horse Cambist driven by owner trainer H. Bayne at Wayville Showgrounds in 1965. Greg Sugars said he was looking forward to experiencing Wayville first-hand. “Growing up in harness racing, all you ever heard about was how good it was back in the day at Wayville, it’s been something that hasn’t been able to be replicated in modern times,’’ Greg Sugars said. “To go back there is going to be a real thrill and hopefully I can get a win there as well.” Harness Racing SA chief executive John Lewis said the return to Wayville was an amazing opportunity to take harness racing back to its spiritual home. “It’s got me beat how they got 45,000 people into Wayville for the 1963 Inter,” Lewis said. “We are expecting the night to be a sell-out, which will be around 15,000 people. “Bringing the trots back to Wayville has generated enormous public interest and promises to be the biggest ‘must attend’ sporting event in Adelaide over the spring. “We urge everyone to buy their tickets for Wayville now — the demand has been very strong, and we would be disappointed if people missed out.” Lincoln Moore, Racing Writer, Sunday Mail (SA) Reprinted with permission of The Advertiser

Respected harness racing personality Barry Ewen has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Ewen, 76, was given just 12 months to live about four years but refused to go without a fight. He leaves his wife Yvonne, daughters Joanne and Belinda, sons Simon, Scott, Christopher and Andrew, and 11 grandchildren. As a teenager, Ewen worked for a thoroughbred trainer and had ambitions to be a jockey, but his weight, not that he was a big man, ruled him out and he became a harness racing trainer-driver. During his career he drove more than 600 winners and trained in excess of 400. Ewen’s best horses were Camden Star and Rockleigh when he first started at Wayville in the 1960s, and later his favourite Free-For-All star Tarpeena Prince, along with Van High, The Bronx, Mister Dexterity, Gawler Derby, SA Guineas and SA Sires Produce winner Swing Parade and Razz. Despite being in his 60s, the horseman won the first Monte race at Globe Derby Park and ran second a year later before ‘retiring’ leaving it to younger participants. Ewen had three life passions, in order – his wife Yvonne, family and harness racing. It was those traits, along with his integrity, which ensured he was a respected participant. He also became the president of the Gawler Harness Racing Club, and was involved when the club was left without a track because of the building of the Northern Expressway. His interest in thoroughbred racing also remained and he successfully turned his hand to training winning with horses such as Gold Vintage and Jestwin. When he became ill, Ewen, transferred Jestwin to another trainer Nicole Bruggemann and she prepared the horse to win the 2017 Kangaroo Island Cup, a proud moment for him and the family. Ewen’s funeral will be at St Peter and Paul’s Church in Gawler on Wednesday, October 18 at 1.30pm. Graham Fischer

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin capped an amazing 2016-2017 harness racing season by taking out Saturday night’s G O Silke Plate (1800m) at Globe Derby Park – the ‘grand final’ for South Australia’s junior and concession drivers. Brewin finished the season with 62 winners – 55 in SA and seven in Victoria, an incredible achievement for the 17-year-old in his first full season of driving. South Australia has produced a series of outstanding reinspeople this century including Kate Gath, Greg Sugars, David Harding Danielle and Wayne Hill, who were all highly successful juniors, but they couldn’t match Brewin’s tally in their first season. Brewin drove the three-year-old Make Mine Joe in the Silke Plate for owners Paul and Judy Nobes and trainer Lance Holberton. He took Make Mine Joe ($10) to the front from gate two and rated him perfectly for a three-metre win from Marty Major ($10, Shane Turner) with Ace To Play ($24, Michael Smith), 2-1/2 metres away third. “This is a race I wanted to win,” Brewin said. “It is a feature race for junior drivers with a lot of history. “I would have loved to drive in the Silke Plate last year but was sidelined with a broken collarbone from a football injury. “I didn’t know Graeme Silke (after whom the race is named) but Dad (Justin) told me all about him and he must have been a great character. “It is something I will never see now, a punter taking on a ring of bookmakers, but it was great that he tried to promote junior drivers. Dad said he actually had a drive for Graeme.” Brewin said he was amazed he had such a successful season. “I have to thank the owners and trainers who gave me the chances. It all started with Dad who has been my strongest supporter and adviser.” Greg Sugars, who has made the move to Victoria to become one of Australia’s top reinsman, paid tribute to Brewin. “I certainly didn’t drive that many winners in my first season,” Sugars said, “My breakout season was my second. “It is a wonderful effort to drive 62 winners, especially without a major stable backing him, and obviously trainers have had faith in him to give him the opportunities.” Brewin, said he had given himself a benchmark. “I have to come back in the new season to try and improve on that figure. It will be good to have my concession back but I know I have to continue to work very hard.” Part-owner Nobes was delighted with Make Mine Joe’s win. “He was going okay as a colt but we made the decision to geld him and I’m sure he will be better for the cut. “Only a three-year-old, I thought he did a great job against the older horses and rated 1:58.4. Justin rated him perfectly and no doubt slowing for a 31.4 second quarter was crucial in victory.” by Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia Stewards today conducted a hearing into an adverse test result returned by RAP ARTIST following a pre-race urine test taken from the gelding on Saturday 7th January 2017. The particulars being that the sample taken from RAP ARTIST was shown to contain Cobalt at a mass concentration greater than the permissible tolerance. Mr Billinger admitted a breach of Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” After considering submissions on penalty put to the Stewards by Mr Billinger’s advocate, Mr R Fewings, and after having regard to all other factors, including that this was Mr Billinger’s second breach of the presentation rule, the finding was that Mr Billinger be disqualified for a period of eighteen (18) months and that, following the expiration of his disqualification, he be prohibited from holding a trainer’s licence for a further eighteen months.  Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RAP ARTIST was disqualified from second placing in Race 6 at Globe Derby on 7th January 2017 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Ross Neal Chairman of Stewards HARNESS RACING SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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