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WITH five runners engaged at Port Pirie on Saturday night trainer Waylon Hornhardt summed up his prospects in one hit “with a bit of luck we could have a good night.” Hornhardt’s crew include Topnotch Mach, Rhyflective and Reddy Major, which are among the leading contenders in their events. Winner of his last two starts Topnotch Mach has drawn barrier five in the opening event on the program The son of Mach Three scored against claiming company at Globe Derby before registering an eye-catching win at Mildura a fortnight ago. The gelding’s rivals include his stablemate Arden Castle which will begin from gate two. “Topnotch Mach is in great form but it’s still going to be hard from the draw,” Hornhardt said. “If the speed is on and he can see day light and get a few gaps here and there he’ll be in the finish. “Arden Castle is first-up from a break, and although he has been working well, is in need of the run.” Rhyflective will spring into action in the following event, with the gelding also drawn five. Racing in consistent form with three wins and two seconds from his last six starts, Rhyflective is likely to be sent forward early by reinsman Wayne Hill. “If Rhyflective finds the top he is going to be hard to beat,” Hornhardt said. “He put in a massive run to win at Mildura two starts ago and then backed-up two days later for a good second at Port Pirie. “It’s an even race but he’s a strong chance” Hornhardt then has Crazy Dave drawn the outside of the front row against open company. “Crazy Dave is more of a claimer and it’s a pity the claiming race didn’t stand up,” Hornhardt said. “He needs everything to go his way in this. “He will probably be coming from the tail of the field and it’s hard to win around Port Pirie from there.” Reddy Major will round out Hornhardt’s assault, with the son of Art Major facing an arduous task from the outside of the second line. “Drawing 12 is not in his favour so will have to push forward early,” Hornhardt said. “If he can get a good possie early he will be hard to hold out.” HRSA Media

Brother and sister Wayne and Danielle Hill are two of South Australia’s star reinspeople and between them have driven in excess of 280 winners this season. In South Australia, Danielle, with 147 victories, is closing on 150 winners while Wayne, 97, is close to 100 for the season.  Despite their successes, make no mistake there is great sibling rivalry and is was evident at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Wayne’s frustration was evident in the Just Wrecking Toyotas Pace (1800m) when Montanas Jet, which he drove, was run down in the shadows of the post by Canada Bay, trained and driven by Danielle. For the runner-up, Montanas Jet, owned and trained by Waylon Hornhardt at Port Pirie, it was the third race in a row where Canada Bay has claimed victory against him. Each time, Montanas Jet has settled at the tail of the field and twice gone forward late with Canada Bay on his back just running him down in the home straight. The other time, Hornhardt’s five-year-old went forward early to sit parked but keep the speed on and Canada Bay came late to win. Bred and owned in New South Wales by Michael Taylor, Canada Bay ($6.40) scored by a metre from Montanas Jet ($5.80) with Glenferrie Bunter ($1.50 fav), a head away third.  Danielle Hill said the incredible early speed played into the hands of Canada Bay. Kaela Hryhorec, on Glenferrie Bunter, went forward and sought the lead but Ken Rogers on Hilltop Rose kept pushing through from gate one and held the advantage with the result the first two quarters of the last 1600 metres were run in 28.3 and 28.9, then Montanas Jet joined in for a 29.9 third quarter which allowed Canada Bay to come home in 30.3 to grab the win. “I was very happy with the speed on,” Hill said. “I knew he was going to be hard to hold out and he came home strongly. “I’m not sure what Michael has in mind for him, but he is getting right up in class here in South Australia and I’m not sure he is capable of taking on the likes of Bettor Party and Our Jericho.  “I’ have no doubt he would be suited to racing in Perth where there is always good speed on, or perhaps he might go back east.” If he does go to WA, he might run into Montanas Jet again as Hornhardt is giving strong consideration to send his pacer to the west. “It is frustrating to be doing all the work and having a horse like Canada Bay sit on you and sprint up the home straight,” Hornhardt said. “I’m sure WA racing would suit him and there is good prizemoney to be won.” Hornhardt and Wayne Hill got their revenge in the following event, the Coca Cola Claiming Pace (1800m) when Crazy Dave cut down Danielle Hill on the hot favourite Saab Magic in the final few strides. A $7.30 chance, Crazy Dave scored by a half head from Saab Magic ($1.90 into $1.40 fav) with Majestic Lustre ($13.10), six metres away third. Saab Magic led from gate two with Crazy Dave taking the trail and with comfortable 30.5 and 30.1 quarters for the first half of the last mile, the favourite looked the one to beat. Danielle sprinted up with a 28.7 third quarter which was meant to win the race for Saab Magic but what it also did, was allow Crazy Dave to come off the fence and go the outside and, in the home straight it was magic harness racing watching the siblings urging their drives to the line. “I’m not sure he is a horse which would have accelerated quick enough waiting for the sprint lane,” Wayne Hill said. “It was perfect to get to the outside as he is not a horse which likes the whip, so I just had to keep urging him and he responded strongly.” Crazy Dave’s victory was special for Hill as the eight-year-old is owned by his son Noah in partnership with Hornhardt’s partner Kara-Lee Martens.   Graham Fischer

Improving three-year-old Bettorhavtime looks to have a good winning chance in Sunday’s Allwood Stud Pace (1609m) at Port Pirie. Trained by Heather Stevens for owner Gary McGinty, Bettorhavtime will start from gate seven with Danielle Hill to drive. “I’m happy with the way he is going and provided he has a bit of luck should go well,” Stevens said. “He’s only a small horse and was a bit on the tubby side but, with regular racing, he is getting fitter.” Bettorhavtime sprinted home strongly to win at Globe Derby Park two starts back, then led last start but was grabbed late by Bulletproof Boy. “Dani said previously that he had shown a reluctance to come up the sprint lane,” Stevens said. “So we drove him back and he loved coming with the late run. Because of his draw last week we decided to see how he would go leading. He had to do a bit more work than we would have liked but he still ran very well.  Barrier seven is interesting on Sunday but I’ll leave it to Dani, she’ll know what to do.” The interesting runner is Jaylets Hunta to come from gate one. The six-year-old has been racing in Mildura and will have its first start for successful Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt with Wayne Hill to drive.  Hill has driven the gelding at Mildura for part-owner David Vozlic so will be aware of its capabilities. Port Pirie’s star pacer Mymatethomo faces a tough contract on Sunday in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (2050m). The Lyndon Hall-trained pacer will come from gate five with Danielle Hill to drive, but will find Mondo Sport, trained by Don Girardi, and to be driven by his son Dean a worthy rival.  Expect Mondo Sport to begin quickly from gate three and look for the lead which would force Mymatethomo to sit parked. The interesting runner in the race is Big Behemoth, trained by Leah Harvey and to be driven by Wayne Hill.  Big Behemoth hasn’t raced since February 3 when unplaced at Globe Derby Park but the five-year-old has won five of 10 races this season and can go well fresh. Champion reinswoman Danielle Hill has some excellent drives on the seven-race program.  Apart from Bettorhavtime and Mymatethomo, she will also drive Santa Madre and The Shooting Star for trainer Les Harding, Our Little Actress for Leah Harvey, and Badelaide for Tyson Linke.  All her drives look to have winning possibilities and she could well leave the meeting with multiple winners. See if form expert Ben Harding agrees at trotsguide.com.au where he has selections and comments for the entire meeting. Graham Fischer

The win of Barrow Street at Globe Derby Park on Saturday was another tick for Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt as he attempts to build his training career. Sent out at $12.90, Barrow Street, driven by Wayne Hill, scored a one metre win in the O’Brien’s Meats ‘Hotshots Night’ Claiming Pace (1385m) beating Maywyns Zephyr ($6.20) with stablemate Bobby Fabulous ($2.80 fav), 5-1/2 metres away third. Hornhardt was retrenched earlier in the year so decided to have a shot at becoming a professional trainer. From a team of one or two, he now has 10 horses in work. Hornhardt said he had been reluctant to take over Barrow Street but owner Chis Neilson had been very persistent. “I was getting too many horses which were about the same class, so it was very hard to place them without having clashes as was the case tonight with Barrow Street and Bobby Fabulous,” Hornhardt said. “Wayne drove him beautifully tonight, trailing the leader then coming off around the home turn and he proved too strong. “When I first took him over I thought Barrow Street might struggle as his work was poor, but Chris kept saying not to despair because the horse did have plenty of talent, and he was right. “A week later he really picked up and tonight’s win was not unexpected.” Hornhardt said Bobby Fabulous also had run well and was another in-form pacer. “He is a bit one-paced and always was going to have a tough job from gate 10 but kept coming.” Neilson was a bit worried that having put a $5000 claiming price on Barrow Street, the nine-year-old might have been picked up and was relieved he wasn’t. He hopes to have the gelding racing for the country cups circuit in the new year. “Barrow Street loves the stand starts and will be well suited,” he said. Graham Fischer

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