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Update for SA harness racing participants Further to my letter yesterday we are continuing to address the consequences of COVID-19 and its effect on our industry. At this time it is important that we apply our best endeavours to mitigate any and all risks to everyone in our sport and also the general public. This including minimising contact and interaction between people when participating at harness racing meetings. To this end we have determined that the number of races conducted at race meetings be restricted to seven races with a maximum field size of 9 runners. Resultantly, this will provide the ability to better segregate participants at race meetings. An additional outcome will be that the total number of people attending race meetings will be reduced. However in making these changes the obvious outcome will be that there will be less opportunity to race given that the maximum number of horses at any one meeting will be 63. Consequently, we have programmed an additional meeting for next Tuesday evening (31st March) to be conducted at Globe Derby Park. This being that this week the race meetings will be: Saturday 28th March – Globe Derby Park (Night) Monday 30th March – Globe Derby Park (Day) Tuesday 31st March – Globe Derby Park (Night) In making these changes we believe we can cater for the current racing population in the state. Nominations for both the Monday and Tuesday meeting will close at 8:30am on Wednesday 25th with the programme for Tuesday evening being available now. We understand that the changes made will not suit all, however, it is critically important that we respond positively to the challenges confronting us by minimising risk and providing a safer workplace for all. Finally, we thank you for your understanding and acceptance of this rapidly changing and unparalleled operating landscape.   Harness Racing South Australia

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

A promotion to celebrate 100 years of harness racing in South Australia, will finally come into the spotlight at Sunday’s Gawler Cup meeting. Trainer Aaron Bain found out last year than 2019 marked 100 years of harness racing in the state with early meetings conducted between the River Torrens and Adelaide University and also at Alberton Oval. To try and introduce new folk to the sport he created the Aaron Bain Racing 100 Club where 100 people put up $100 with no further ongoing costs for 1/100th share. After looking around Bain purchased a mare called Suresoundslikealie but on arrival in SA, she contracted a blood issue, then when that was fixed, she reared up and damaged a knee which meant another break. It has been third time lucky with Suresoundslikealie winning trials at Globe Derby Park and Gawler to ready for her a return to racing on Sunday. “My goal was to introduce new people to the sport and for just over 90% of the club, it is their first time as an owner,” Bain said. “The good thing is that about 80 of the owners, plus family members, have said they will be attending the meeting. “It has been frustrating that it has taken so long to get to the races but credit to the owners, they have been very patient.” Bain said he believed the ABR 100 Club had proved an excellent promotion and he was looking forward to see all the owners on Sunday    First race at 1.29pm and the last of eight at 5.22pm. Suresoundslikealie is in race two which will be run at 1:54pm.   by Graham Fischer

Hard working South Australian harness racing trainer Aaron Bain saw a long-range plan pay off in the best way possible at the Mount Gambier Pacing Gold Cup on Saturday night. Four-year-old brown mare Alcatraz Lass (Pet Rock-Double Justice (Albert Albert) led from start to finish for in-form reinsman Mark Billinger, scoring at 10/1 in the $12,000 feature event. "I won consecutive races with her at Mildura, Port Pirie and Globe Derby Park last November and December and then decided to put her in cotton wool for the Mount Gambier Cup," Bain said. "She tries her heart out when in front, so to get a good barrier draw, I couldn't risk racing her and earning more points which would have put her out in a wider barrier," he said. "The Cup was for horses with NR of 56 to 65 so in the end we had to draw one or two. We ended up with the one, Mark pinged her to the front and everything fell into place from there." The Gawler-based trainer said Alcatraz Lass was a completely different horse when forced to come from behind. "She doesn't go a yard-so we just have to try and find the top whenever possible," he said. "We had to keep her in peak condition and ready to race because there was a six-week gap between her last win and the cup. But I have to be honest and say we had a bit of a scare on the previous Sunday at the trials when we ran the gate and she galloped into the bend. "A few urgent changes were made and thankfully she didn't miss a beat at Mount Gambier." The Gold Cup success was a first for trainer Bain and reinsman Billinger. Bain ran third in the race last season with Ideal World, the winner being Iam Erik. For Billinger, his closest was fifth in the 2013 edition with Aveross Mac (although he's since won six races on the horse, and they will again team up at Globe Derby this afternoon). The freelance reinsman was thrilled with the win. To watch the video replay of Alcatraz Lass click here. "Aaron had the horse spot-on and she was full of running so I did have a few celebration beers and a bit of a sleep in before driving home the next day," he said. Aaron Bain The cup win was the second leg of a winning double for Bain and Billinger at the Mount Gambier meeting, after taking out the $7000 Baxter Hire Pace earlier in the night with sit-sprint pacer Miss Soapbox (Santanna Blue Chip-Blah Blah Blah (Christian Cullen). Miss Soapbox was driven perfectly by Billinger who sat patiently at the rear of the field. "The only way she goes any good is by sitting up and waiting as long as you can," Bain said. "She absolutely sprouts wings when she's driven like that and Mark did a great job - he was last and about five wide on the home corner, but she worked home 100mph," he said. "She looked disappointing at her previous start in Adelaide, but we had some excuses because she tied up a bit and was also wide from the 1200m mark, and that's just not her cup of tea." To watch the video replay of Miss Soapbox winning click here. Bain had his sights set on a unique Cup double with consistent pacer Ideal World tackling the Devonport Cup last night. After reinsman Wayne Hill got his charge away with fine touch in the standing start race, Ideal World seemed to be cruising out in front. However, with one-and-a-half laps to go, the American Ideal-sired gelding experienced gear failure and went into a gallop before being retired from the race. Ideal World took out the $12,000 North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale two starts prior. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

An estimated crowd of more than 400 people enjoyed a true country style picnic harness racing meeting at Morgan Park, Victor Harbor on Australia Day, Sunday, January 26. The twilight harness race meeting was held in ideal weather conditions and race goers enjoyed the family day complete with children's entertainment, full betting and TAB facilities along with a barbecue cooked by Encounter Bay Football Club members. A feature of the day's racing was the 'TAB Victor Harbor Pacing Cup' which was won by 'Assassinator' trained by Christopher Nicol and driven by Ryan Hryhorec. Assassinator broke the track record for the Morgan Park venue during this race. At the end of the day's racing program, a short ceremony, saw the naming of the main pavilion as the 'Lew Parker Pavilion' in honour of former president of the Victor Harbor Harness Racing club Lew Parker, who is a well known racing identity in Victor Harbor.  President Lynton Bishop presents the Victor Harbor Pacers Cup to the Nicol brothers.    Wendy Brealey, Shaun Stacey and Sue Cook enjoy a glass of wine and a picnic lunch at the races.   The next harness race meeting will be held on Easter Sunday at Morgan Park. Lynton Bishop congratulated Lew Parker at the naming of the pavilion ceremony at Morgan Park, which was a highlight of the meeting. Face painter Julia Thomas showed off her work during the race meeting on Australia Day, entertaining many children. Ryan Hryhorec, driver of Assassinator, was ecstatic at winning the Victor Harbor Pacing Cup and breaking the track record.    Victor Harbor residents Julie and Robert Thorning enjoyed a day at the races.   Face painter Julia Thomas shows off her work on Evie Winkworth of Hallet Cove at the races on Australia Day. By Michael Simmons Reprinted with permission of The Victor Harbor Times

One of South Australia’s finest harness racing drivers Mark Billinger is back and ready to go after several years away from the sport. “I got an enforced holiday— but I’ve done the time and now I’m looking to moving forward with unbelievable enthusiasm,” Billinger said. “When I got rubbed out and decided to leave Australia, I was running a tourist operation overseas – and I actually told my friends that I doubted if I’d ever return,” he said. “But things change in life. I was operating a glass-bottom tourist boat in Thailand with some others and thoroughly enjoyed it for the first 12 months. Then I started watching harness racing and other sport televised from back home, like AFL footy, and my interest was re-kindled. “I’m a passionate Adelaide Crows supporter and was watching them at sports bars. The harness racing just sort of followed along, and I was surprised how I regained my passion for it.” Billinger formed a formidable team with his late father Val, a highly respected conditioner and trainer of many top line pacers. The leading freelance reinsman last competed on a racetrack in late January of 2017. He left the sport on a winning note, landing four winners for the weekend. “I’ve been doing some stablehand duties and driving at the trials. I feel like a teenager again. I’ve definitely hit the re-start button,” Billinger said. “Before my dad died, he told me that I’d be back at the track again one day and I guess they do say that once harness racing is in your blood, it stays there,” he laughed. Mark Billinger spent his time away from the sport running a tourist boat operation with business partners in Thailand “I’ve put the word out to trainers that I’m prepared to travel anywhere. Hopefully South Australian trainers will use my services, and I’m also really keen to drive at Mildura and Mt Gambier meetings.” Billinger had a deserved reputation of being able to get the best out of his charges. He was a brilliant front-running reinsman and was held in high regard by his fellow drivers. He has recently been re-honing his skills by helping Peter and Aaron Bain, and doing some trials driving for his brother Darren, Paul Cavallaro and others. “I’ve found that the main thing was to regain that feel of speed. I’m confident that I’m okay in that department,” Billinger said. “Work-wise, I’m retired now, but getting back with the horses has given me something to focus on. You know, I use to laugh when friends said as you get older, you need a reason to get out of bed, but it’s so true. “The whole thing is being driven by my love of the sport and I really can’t wait.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness Racing SA (HRSA) advises it has successfully advocated for changes to the ratings points matrix for horses competing in races of $3,000 or less. In seeking the changes, agreed to by Harness Racing Australia, HRSA sought to better provide for the industry in South Australia and in particular the penalties accrued for races in the lower stakes range. The changes to the ratings points matrix are: The race stake threshold where horses accrue two (2) points for winning has increased from $2,500 to $3,000 The one (1) point penalty for finishing second has been removed for all races of $3,000 or less. Unplaced runners from sixth to last in race stakes of $0 - $3,000 will receive a one (1) rating point reduction These changes will take effect by 1st September 2019. HRSA believes the changes made better recognize the individuality of the industry in South Australia and they provide connections of horses with greater flexibility when placing their horses. Furthermore, there has been a change to how 2yo horses transition into the ratings system upon turning 3yo if they are rated less than 40 at the completion of their 2yo season. To view the above changes in detail, please follow the link provided below. http://www.harness.org.au/media-room/news-article/?news_id=41105 For further information please contact: DAVID THUEN | OPERATIONS MANAGER

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 about...how 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    

Following the State Governments announcement in June of the stimulus package for the greater South Australian racing, Harness Racing South Australia (HRSA) has embarked on a consultation process with all harness racing clubs in the state, seeking their input as to how the monies made available by Government could best be utilised in assisting to achieve the Ministers stated goals of protecting jobs, and strengthening the industry so to ensuring it becomes more sustainable in the future. This consultation process with the industry has involved seeking feedback from all clubs as to their infrastructure requirements, and how the funds made available by Government could be applied to benefit the harness racing industry in the state moving forward. HRSA has also consulted with SA BOTRA, the most significant industry representative group in SA; with SA Harness Racing Club executive, and with the Executive of the SA Country Harness Racing Clubs Association. Additionally, and resulting from the funding agreements entered into with the government, the HRSA Board is currently working through the process of restructuring the dynamic of the Board directorships where the positions of Country Clubs and South Australian Harness Racing Club representatives will be disestablished and replaced by two additional independently appointed directorships. With respect to all consultations it has been heartening to note the positivity generated by the Ministers funding announcement, how this has potentially provided the industry with the much needed `shot in the arm’ for which it has been long waiting for. It is also heartening for HRSA to have already received a number of submissions from member clubs outlining how any monies provided could be utilised to strengthen their operations and provide enhanced benefits for the harness racing industry in the long term. Once all submissions are received the Board will, after careful consideration, make the appropriate recommendations to the Minister as to how the funds available could be best utilised, with the outcomes to be advised to the industry. For further information please contact: ROSS NEAL | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (08) 8285 2899 • rneal@saharness.org.au

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

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