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Unless your name was harness racing driver Wayne Hill on Sunday afternoon at the trots, you really may have missed out on a win. Driving five winners from the seven races and add to that a second place, I'd say he would have been quite happy on the road home.  One damper on his day may have been the last past the post position on Jodis Choice, but I think he could probably look past that one. This particular race had been won by Tossup from the Dominic Tattoli stables.  Tossup has been under the Tattoli banner since November 2016 and in that time has now had twelve wins, all on the Port Pirie track.  Tossup is a beautifully presented five year old bay gelding and as all of the Tattoli horses, looks in good condition and fit. It is obvious that this team put in the time and effort on their horses, and it pays off.  Tossup finished seven meters in front of Ashleigh Dunkley's Kentsford Kenny and Canelliesparkle, one of the Afford owned and trained horses.  The first event of the day had been the McMahon pace and after having horses at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night and winning the last race with Buriton Bailey, Shane Loone took out the first race with Regal Knight, driven by Ken Rogers. He also had another in the first race, driven by Corey Johnson, but this one did not score as well.  Corey would not have been too perturbed though as he would have still been celebrating his first win on Saturday Night at Globe Derby.  Not too bad for a lad of sixteen and has only been driving for a few months. And what about this titbit - Emerging Art, which Corey had driven had paid a starting price of $51.10, whoohoo! Regal Knight's Mile Rate for this race had been 1.55.9, and that is not too slack at all.  Mind you, he had only just got to the line in first place, Reva, with Wayne Hill on board, had run one of his best races since returning from a spell and had been beaten only by a short half head. Nothing gets much closer than that. The Tooth Fairy looks like her problems have been sorted out, the headcheck has been removed and her visor also is missing and didn't she run like a charm.  Her gate speed takes something to be beaten in her class of horse and she led all the way, not putting a foot wrong. Challenged in the home straight by Marcello and Disclosure, she did not falter and went on to win by almost two metres.  The Tooth Fairy has been waiting to break through and now that her problems are sorted out, hopefully, she may show more success.  She is only a three year old and is by the same sire as Riverina Ava, Princess Pickles and Trapper Two. Mile rate for the race had been 1.59.9. Although Ryan Hryhorec had three horses nominated for the day, he had been unable to drive any one of them.  Hryhorec had a bit of an accident, hurting his shoulder, and will be out of action for another couple of weeks, however, Wayne Hill was able to steer Springfield Desire to the winning post.  The Waylon Hornhardy stables seen a couple of good wins, the last two events on the programme. Ronzel Grinner, a seven year old gelding, showed how it was done in the Elders Insurance Pace. In a fast time of 1.56.3, Wayne Hill had driven Ronzel Grinner to perfection and had managed to hold off Barney Fella to take out the event.  Barney Fella had made the charge, using the Sprint Lane, but had not managed to catch the winners. Wayne Brodie's Atomic Blue Chip had run on in third place.  Going back to where I was talking about Ryan Hryhorec being injured, it is great news that Dani Hill is only about five weeks away from being back on the track.  This will give brother Wayne some competition once again and he just loves racing against her. That sibling rivalry thing I guess - not that they would take it too seriously off the track - but on the track would be another thing!  The Aaron Bain stables had brought three horses to compete, and this was great to see. With Wayne Hill , again, at the helm, Trent From Punchy ran a great race to finish off the race a metre and a half in front of Callmedemaro, a Justin Brewin trained horse.  Idrather Rahma, was another trained by Dominic Tattoli. At Globe Derby on Saturday night, it had been the Victorian team of Emma Stewarts that had taken home three first place-getters, including the win of Pandering in the Final of the $100,000 "Allwood". Pandering is a two year old Courage Under Fire colt and his share of the winning had been a very nice $57,500.  Another Courage Under Fire offspring in the winning circle last week had been Forte Courage. Trained by Ryan Hryhorec, he had taken him over to Mildura for a run. And what a run it had been.  Sitting at the rear of the field in the back straight, the nitro button had been pushed and what a display of strength and speed had been seen.  He had passed the complete field like it was standing still and had gone on to a mighty win. Quite impressive.  It was announced this week that the SA Government will be putting $24 million dollars into the racing, harness racing and greyhound industries, over a four year span. I have been told that the harness racing industry receives approximately 10 per cent of that amount. Does that seem really fair, as harness racing is a struggling industry also.  I read the reports in The Advertiser and the Sunday Mail and it certainly did appear all about the thoroughbred racing sector.  The Sunday Mail did happen to have a short report from the chairman of the greyhounds but there was no mention of trotting and no interviews with anyone from the harness racing industry. I guess that says it all. Our next meeting is Saturday night June 23rd., the last meeting for three months. I still can't get my head around it. But until then see you at the Track! By Sue Penny Reprinted with permission of the Recorder

George Smith has just one horse in work at his Camden Park harness racing stable, but that one horse is reaping the rewards. On Sunday, Smith's four-year-old gelding Major Carlisle, with Anthony Robinson at the helm, took out the 1660m Lonsdale Sand & Metal Easter Cup at Victor Harbor, in a three-horse photo finish. Paying $19 on the tote, Major Carlisle, known as Nipper, favoured the wide Morgan Park track, putting in a strong performance down the home straight in the 11-horse field. It was the Major Carlisle's third win from four starts. "This has been his best prep and his run yesterday was his personal best, he ran a good time," Smith said. "He's improving all the time with his racing, he's naturally getting better." Major Carlisle was bred by Smith, by Art Major USA and out of Smith's mare Carlisle Queen, who won the two-year-old and three-year-old Southern Cross Series in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The horses's triumph at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club falls on the back of a win at Mildura earlier this month, and at Globe Derby Park last month, with driver Ken Rogers at the helm. Smith said Major Carlisle favoured wider tracks and believed the gelding set a new personal best. "The track at Victor is a beautiful track. That's why he did so well yesterday, he appreciates the wide spaces." Smith has his eyes on racing Major Carlisle again at Victor Harbor next month if there is an appropriate race for the horse. Good numbers for race day Despite industry complications, the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club welcomed record horse nominations at its Easter Sunday race day. A total of 94 horses nominated for popular Easter tradition, which pushed the day out to 10 races, including the $10,000 Lonsdale Sand & Metal Cup. The Easter races fell on the back of an additional race day held the Monday prior, following disputes between Harness Racing SA, the SA Harness Racing Club and the country clubs. But despite industry negativity VHHRC president Lynton Bishop said the committee was thankful for the support from trainers, drivers, owners and spectators. "In an industry where the environment is presently negative, this was an exceptional result for our club," he said. "We are very thankful for everyone who came and supported us, it just shows there is huge potential for the harness racing industry in South Australia." During the day, the crowd was entertained with two races by the next generation of harness racing drivers with the mini trots. Racing was quick and fast, with driver Ken Rogers, who recently notched up his 500th career win, claiming two wins, from race two and three, off the back of four wins the week prior. Mr Bishop said the quality of racing was great. "All the conditions were perfect," he said. By Ali Kuchel Reprinted with permission of The Victor Harbor Times

A suspicious fire has destroyed a home owned by a prominent South Australian racing family in Adelaide's northeast. The North East Rd property, once home to late SA harness racing legend Dick Webster, went up flames at Klemzig just before 4am on Tuesday. The Webster family still trains horses at the property, but the destroyed home was vacant. More than 20 firefighters responded to the scene, but the two-storey home was already fully engulfed and the roof had collapsed. It took 45 minutes to extinguish the threat. MFS Fire Cause investigator Marty Miller said the house would need to be demolished with a damage bill of about $300,000. photo Ben Harvy Flames (were) issuing through the roof space. (Crews) couldn't access the property because of the ferocity of the fire," he said. The owners are in shock and disappointment. A property that's been in their family for many, many years has been attacked." Luckily, two horses and stable facilities were unaffected during the fire. Mr Miller said police are investigating a break-in at the home on Saturday when a Grandfather clock was stolen. Eastern Adelaide CIB detectives inspected the site on Tuesday morning. Neighbours said they were shocked and frightened to hear the house may have been deliberately targeted. Police are appealing to anyone that may have seen any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area of North-East Road at Klemzig this morning between 3 and 4am, or any information on the recent break-in to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online http://crimestopperssa.com.au   by Ben Harvey Reprinted with permission from The Advertiser

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 www.saharness.com   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

White Star Lodge, which was originally founded in Western Australia in 2010 and is now firmly established at Two Wells, situated on the northern outskirts of Adelaide, is one of the leading breeding and training complexes in South Australia. The 40 acre property is conducted by Maria Petricevich, a member of a well known WA pacing family, and her partner, Shane Loone, one of the leading trainers at Globe Derby Park. Maria is a granddaughter of Joe Petricevich, who trained Beau Travis to win the WA Pacing Cup in 1961, and a cousin of Paula Petricevich, a successful hobby trainer in Perth and Kody Charles, a well known WA breeder-owner and founder of the successful WA breeding operation known as KTC Bloodstock. Maria and Shane are offering their second draft of yearlings at the 2019 Allwood Stud Farm SA Yearling Sale, to be held on Sunday, February 10 at the Magic Millions complex, Morphettville. Their five strong consignment – two colts and three fillies – is easily the largest of the 23 individual vendors represented at the sale. “Overall, we are delighted with our draft of yearlings. They are really settling well into their preparation and will be in great order for purchasers on sale day. They are all well fed and are well grown,” Maria said. The first of the White Star Lodge draft is Lot 1, a brown colt from the second crop of the NZ 3YO Colt of the Year The Gold Ace out of the Group 1 placegetter French Fashion. A half-brother to the homebred SA Sale Graduate Pace runner-up Style Queen, the colt is closely related to the WA Diamond Classic winner Cool Adda, the former top WA juvenile Whitby Tolez and a string of classic and cup winners. “He’s a nice, strong, well conformed colt with a good attitude,” Maria said. Lot 9, a daughter of exciting, young sire Hurrikane Kingcole and the Mr Feelgood mare My Names Molly, belongs to the family of top pacers such as Majestic Mach, Masked Crusader, Masterson and new Australasian three-year-old mile record holder Muscle Factory (1:49.6). “She’s a nice filly whose got a bit of spark,” she said. The third of the White Star draft is Lot 25, a lovely, rich bay filly that ranks as a half-sister to the good Globe Derby winner White Star Stephie. She’s by the Rocknroll Hanover horse BG’s Folly. Next is Lot 32, a Hurrikane Kingcole filly out of the sub 2:00 Falcon Seelster mare Venus Lindenny, and from a ‘black type’ family which includes the Inter Dominion heat winner Anvil’s Star, Ima Rocket Star (2nd Chariots of Fire) and the WA Cup winner Our Ian Mac. “She’s a beautiful, strong filly who you can’t fault,” Maria stated. The final one of the draft is Lot 34, a strong, athletic colt by the Victoria and SA Cup winner Caribbean Blaster out of a 1:57 Major In Art mare from a powerful NSW family. Boasting a 4 x 4 cross to the top race and broodmare Willing Whiz, the colt hails from the same tribe as Group winners Caribbean Blaster, Charlaval, Rohan Home, Protikori, and many others. “We aim to breed quality yearlings at an affordable price. Not everyone can afford Bettor’s Delight, Art Major or Somebeachsomewhere service fees. We carefully select strong mares from proven producing families. The family must frequently leave above average performers,” Maria said. “Shane likes to delve into the breeding crosses and niches. We thoroughly research to find the right stallion to add value to the mare’s bloodlines. Proven crosses and that injection of a certain horse into the pedigree at the right spot are a great way to start. “We give the new stallions a chance if they offer the right mixture for our mares. If they are well bred and have shown it on the track, there is a good chance they can make it as a stallion in this tough world. Half the trick is sending the right mare to them. “There are no real rules to breeding, but using proven families and crosses have shown to work. From there we give our mares and future foals the best of what they need and we hope to breed someone’s next champion,” Maria added. 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 www.saharness.com Peter Wharton

Multiple records were set at the Victor Harbor Harness Racing Club on Sunday, December 30,  but this time it was the patrons instead of the horses. The club recorded its highest taking at the gate, bar, TAB and punters club, with more than 900 people attending the race meeting. Leading up to the event, club president Lynton Bishop feared the race day would be cancelled due to extreme weather conditions forecasted. But a change in temperature resulted in perfect racing conditions and a day out for patrons. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day. We were extremely impressed with the patron numbers along with the quality of horses that came to Morgan Park,” Bishop said. Horses and trainers travelled from as far as Naracoorte and Mount Gambier. The race meeting included the Victor Harbor Pacing Cup, which was won by Naracoorte-trained Emain  Macha for Greg Scholefield, and driven by Wayne Hill. The five-year-old race-favourite started the 2660m standing-start race with a 10m handicap to win by nearly six metres. The horse broke the track record by two tenths of a second, which was originally set on March 20, 2011, by Sound System with a time of 2.01.9. It wasn’t Scholefield’s only win of the day, also teaming up with Hill for victories in races one and seven. “Scholefield is a very astute trainer, he has always had a nice horse,” Bishop said. “Emain Macha could ultimately dominate the fast class races in SA.” Previously, Harness Racing SA made the decision to move all cup races back to standing starts to give all horses an equal opportunity. Bishop said often one or two horses would dominate the cup races across the state. “By having a standing start, it brings the field closer together,” he said. “It gives the front markers an even chance because you’re handicapping the better-quality horses.” The next race meeting at Victor Harbor will be on Monday, January 14, and will include the Trotters Cup. Gates will open at about 11.30am with the first race expected to start at about 1pm. Correct times will be advised on the club’s Facebook page and website. By Ali Kuchel Reprinted with permission of The Victor Harbour Times

Shardonant win at Strathalbyn on December 17 showed there is value for money in buying at the South Australian Yearling sale. A harness racing graduate from the 2017 sale, the son of the ill-fated All Speed Hanover, won his second race from just 12 starts, in December at the Southern Raceway in Strathalbyn. Purchased by Don Lee at the sale for just $7000, Shardonant started eight times as a two-year-old for a win in the SA BOTRA Sales Graduate Pace and two other placings. Now three, he was placed first up, and then had no luck in an open race at Globe Derby before sitting outside Oohlala Lady at Strathalbyn and proving too strong for that mare in the run home. Bred by Peter Olds, who offered him and four other yearlings at the 2017 sale. Shardonant, as mentioned is by All Speed Hanover, who only had only 50 foals before his untimely death. All Speed Hanover, by Cams Card Shark, took out the $700,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine, beating Sportswriter in a titanic duel on the straight. Shardonant looks to be in for a bright three-year-old season under the care of Michael Norman. If you’re after a bargain, the Allwood Stud SA Yearling Sale is the place to be on Sunday February 10. It is “the sale that has something for everyone”. Catalogues are available from Globe Derby Park, Port Pirie and all other SA country tracks plus interstate venues or call HRSA on (08) 82852899.   Gary Newton SA BOTRA Magazine Editor - Co-Host & Producer Harness Racing Show. Mobile 0417 026 907 SA Harness.com - http://saharness.com

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

Comeback trotter Coolbreeze completed an impressive return to racing during the weekend. First-up since last February, Coolbreeze overcame a 10-metre handicap to score at Port Pirie for trainer Lane Johnson. Thrilled with the gelding’s performance, Johnson is confident the pacing-bred son of Jeremes Jet can make his way through the grades this preparation – providing he stays sound! “He was meant to be a pacer, but all he has ever wanted to do it trot,” Johnson said. “He did a top little job as a two-year-old then had 20 months off after having an operation on his fetlock and hocks to remove bone chips. “The time off did him well as he came back even better and won his last four starts before feeling terrible at Kapunda last February. “That resulted in another operation to take bone chips out of his opposite hock. “I couldn’t be happier with the way he has come back this time and have no doubt he can put together a few more wins if he can stay sound.” With Johnson holding the reins during his latest victory, Coolbreeze settled midfield early before eventually using the sprint lane to account for Cold Crusher and Truscott Hall in 2:04.1 over 2050 metres. “Going on his work I knew he was ready to run a good race,” Johnson said. “He will definitely improve from the run and be better next time around. “At around 16.3 hands he is a big lump of a thing, but very quiet and docile. “I will check the program for him and see what’s around, but long term I plan to head over to Victoria with him to see if he can pick up a race there.”   HRSA  

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) advises that it has completed a review of the SA harness racing calendar and the effect the current calendar has on the overall dynamic of the industry in the state. The review concluded that the South Australian harness horse population is less than sufficient to sustain three meetings each week in the northern part of the state and resultantly, for the balance of the season, the racing calendar has been rationalised to best advantage the industry moving forward. The changes to be implemented are primarily two-fold. These being;   That only two race meetings each week will be scheduled in the northern part of the state for the majority of the year.         2.  Racing at Port Pirie will take a twelve week break from the end of June 2019 through to the last                     weekend in September 2019.   The effective outcomes of the rationalisation being that the number of meetings in the northern part of the state will be reduced to 105 per year with racing predominately being conducted on Saturday evenings and Monday afternoons. In making the changes announced today HRSA Chairman Gary Crocker stated, “the shift to two meetings during the trial period of August/September/October proved successful on a number of fronts but importantly enhanced revenues which has enabled us to increase our minimum stakes level by 20%” Mr Crocker added “we acknowledge the co-operation of the Port Pirie club in their decision to take a break over the winter months as this will enable them to race more regularly through a more defined period”. Resulting from today’s decision there have had to be adjustments to the racing calendar to ensure that all clubs are afforded the quantum of meetings relative to the race horse population. While some of these changes made effect race dates in the short-term the reality is that they nonetheless had to be made to ensure that those meetings would proceed. The revised calendar to the end of the financial year is available by clicking here. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 0700 •  rneal@saharness.org.au

ALTHOUGH slightly vulnerable first-up from a spell, Lochinvar Hugo is forward enough to maintain his perfect South Australian record according to trainer Dean Girardi‚Äč Unbeaten from four starts since arriving at the Girardi stable, Lochinvar Hugo has drawn barrier four over a mile at Port Pirie. Pleased with the gelding’s progress since his freshen up, Girardi admitted Lochinvar Hugo “is in need of the run” but has no doubt the son of Sportswriter is ready for a winning return. “He’s been working really well and is fit enough to win first-up,” Girardi said. “Race fitness is another thing all together, but I’m pleased with his condition going into this. “He is still a bit chubby, but he’s ok…if he doesn’t go well it will disappointment me. “Whatever he does this weekend he will be better again with a couple more races.” Citing Friends as the main danger, Girardi also rates Ramirez and Tossup as major threats. A last start winner, Ramirez will begin from barrier three, with Friends to come from gate five and Tossup drawn six. “Friends is racing well and is coming back in class with a claim,” Girardi said. “Ramirez and Tossup are also going well and should be thereabouts. “My bloke’s work has been good and I expect a descent run. At the very least he will do enough to make it into the Final.”   HRSA

HAVING already matched her parents’ feat, Ellen Rixon has a prime opportunity to claim bragging rights over ‘the oldies’ this weekend. Rixon is one of two people representing New South Wales in Saturday night’s Australian Drivers’ Championship, with her folks previously wearing the state’s colours on the national stage. Rixon’s father Peter contested the 1988 Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship in Queensland, finishing at the rear of the field. Her mother, Cindy (nee Turnbull), was runner-up behind Graham Ward in the 1991 Inter Dominion Young Drivers’ Championship, which was conducted in New Zealand. This weekend’s will be Rixon’s second appearance in the ADC, having finished midfield in Tasmania last season. “I’m really looking forward to being part of it and spending time with the other drivers,” Rixon said. “It was such an honour to represent New South Wales last season and to be asked again is a huge thrill. “Hopefully I can do the colours proud.” Although the least experienced driver in the event, Rixon is a sneaky chance of upstaging her ‘veteran’ rivals thanks to some favourable draws. Rixon’s drives include All Hail Caesar, which has won its last two starts, Forte Courage, which boasts three wins from his last five outings, and Toolern Miss, which has two wins from her three recent starts. “On paper it looks like a few of my drives have got good form which is good,” Rixon said. “Hopefully I can have a bit of luck on the night.” Rixon will be joined by talented young reinsman Todd McCarthy who is also making a return to the Championship McCarthy wore the state silks during the 2016 edition in South Australia, which was won by local reinsman, Wayne Hill. During the same year McCarthy was triumphant in the Australasian Young Drivers’ Championship in Perth. “It should be a bit of fun, but most of all, hopefully Ellen or I can come home with a win for the state,” McCarthy said. “We’ve both got some reasonable drives, so we are in with a shot.” McCarthy has also applauded Harness Racing SA for hosting the event and dedicating the meeting to the series. “It’s great that South Australia is holding it again,” McCarthy said. “They did a wonderful job last time. “I also think it’s awesome they have managed to put on the whole card giving all the drivers plenty of chances to earn some points and get a win.” HRSA

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