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Gun South Australian reinsman Wayne Hill admits he's feeling a little apprehensive leading up to tomorrow night's nostalgic return of harness racing to the Wayville Showgrounds. "It's a very tight and tricky circuit. You quickly learn that you don't want to be sitting up straight going into the corners. The only way is to lean inwards that's for sure!" Hill said. But he's confident any nerves he may have will quickly be forgotten as he tries to emulate the deeds of his late grandfather Syd Hill. "Pop had horses all his life and raced frequently at Wayville back in the old days. He had a lot of success and my dad Gary remembers one night when Pop won heaps on the punt after winning the SA Guineas at 100/1. He came home and threw the money on a bed-dad reckons he'd never seen so much cash!" Wayne laughed. "Dad said Pop would never, ever buy crayfish, but on that night, there was crayfish for everyone who turned up at the house." Hill said his father Gary had one drive at Wayville but, unfortunately, didn't do any good. "My Pop might have got a lot of Wayville winners, but I'd just like to get one," he said. Hill said he had some "practice runs" last week with a few trials at the 510m circuit. Check out the trials action here: Check out Wayne getting the feel of Wayville at the trials: "I thought I had it sorted out, but I was still experiencing a bit of fish-tailing now and again because the cart was sliding about," he said. "We are using the older style Regal racing sulkies. Personally, I'd prefer the newer American carts because they seem a bit more stable." And Hill is more aware than most of the extra skill and attention needed on the Wayville circuit. "I got tipped out in the first race at the Back to Waville meeting two years ago when my 'bike' hit a divot on the last corner and just flipped me," he said. "So hopefully I manage to stay aboard this time because all my family, including Uncle David from Victoria, will be there." Hill is one of nine drivers from three States competing at the tiny circuit. He will be joined by fellow South Australians Ryan Hryhorec, Ken Rogers and Jayson Finnis. Representing Victoria will be Lance Justice, Jason Lee, Jayden Brewin and Luke Watson, while the other competitor, Mark Yole, hails from Tasmania. The return to Wayville meeting in 2017, the first since 1973, was promoted as a "retro night" and saw more than 8000 patrons pack in to watch "racing at a colosseum". Wayville, in the centre of Adelaide, was home to SA harness racing for 48 years from 1925. The final touches are being put to track preparations In the halcyon days of the 1950s and '60s, fans flocked to the track to cheer on the household names including Webster, Shinn, Holberton, Messenger, Sugars, Bowyer, Hurley, Cox and Brook. There are seven races listed for tomorrow night's Wayville "Black Friday Bash" meeting. As in 2017, all races, to be telecast on Sky Channel Racing Two, will be conducted as standing starts and limited to eight runners. The meeting will also provide a platform for raising mental health awareness in the community, with HRSA partnering with service providers and community organisations delivering mental health services.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

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

Ever-reliable Mildura Harness Racing Club committeeman Andrew Stenhouse ensured he was free of voluntary commitments early last Friday afternoon. And he had every reason to take a break and cheer home his gelding Classic Reactor (Auckland Reactor-Bella Caballo (Safely Kept), who scored an impressive win in the opening event, the DNR Logistics 3YO Pace. "We were hoping he would do well, but there were probably two others that looked hard to beat on paper," Stenhouse, who is based on the city outskirts at Merbein South, said. Driven a well-judged race drive by Dwayne Locke, the flashy gelding made it two wins from his previous four runs and certainly looks destined for a bright future. Auckland Reactor now has 52 winners in Australia for $1,142,365 in stakes and the momentum continues to build. In NZ he has 38 winners for $1,078,610. The intimidation factor of the former champion racehorse in elite company gave him the nickname The Reactor Factor, finishing his career with 26 wins and two placings from 35 starts. Stenhouse said that Classic Reactor was gaining in confidence with each run. "We decided to make a few gear changes about five weeks ago and he's just kept improving from then," he said. "Dwayne told me after the race that he wasn't concerned about having to make a move with around 900 metres to go because the horse felt a million dollars!" The field was content to run in single file with second-favorite Major Mucha (Wayne Hill) leading the way. Classic Reactor was three back the pegs with the race favorite Razs Vision (Kerryn Manning) hard up on his back. Classic Reactor, who popped out into the death seat approaching the bell, joined Major Mucha on the home corner and asserted his dominance. Razs Vision ran on late to grab the runner-up prize from Major Mucha. "It's a bit of a change in luck for us and we are enjoying it," Stenhouse said. "We haven't been in the winner's circle as much as we would have liked in recent times, but hopefully Classic Reactor can keep up the good work for a while yet." Dwayne Locke The Stenhouse-Locke team will continue to race their in-form pacer at Mildura, while trips to Swan Hill and Ouyen may also be on the cards. And in the meantime, the pair are hoping another Auckland Reactor-sired pacer in Power House Rock will find form this preparation. The four-year-old (Auckland Reactor-Diva La Diva (Holmes Hanover USA) had two starts last season but didn't enjoy much luck.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

OR those thinking of backing Emain Macha in Saturday night’s Italian Cup at Globe Derby here is a piece of advice – wait until his half-sister races earlier on the card. If Labella Rock wins, back Emain Macha to win, if she runs a placing, back him for a placing, if she fails, give him a miss. Trained by Greg Scholefield, the duo have raced at the same meeting four times this season – for the same result! Successful at Globe Derby, Emain Macha and Labella Rock then finished second at Shepparton before winning their next two starts, including at Victor Harbor during their most recent outing. “They just seem to be in tune with each other,” Scholefield said. “One won’t let the other get the upper hand. “To have both win on a card is one thing, but for both to also finish second on the same night as well as winning on the other nights is something different.” To be driven by Wayne Hill, Labella Rock has drawn to lead from barrier three, with the daughter of Pet Rock a $1.10 favourite against her older rivals. “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. Long term I will be aiming her at the Oaks.” Faring slightly better in barrier two, Emain Macha is also tipped to lead throughout with Hill in the cart. As such Emain Macha has been installed a hot $1.05 favourite. “He did it as he pleased in the Victor Harbor Cup, but this will be tougher again,” Scholefield said. “From that draw he is going to be very hard to beat, but there are a number of quality horses with good form in the field. “I just hope he can keep his form up a little longer as we take aim at the South Australia Cup on February 9.”   HRSA Media

POPULAR South Australian reinsman Wayne Hill has enjoyed a highly-successful weekend. In what has been his best season, Hill registered five wins across two meetings. Beginning with a double at Mildura on Friday evening, Hill completed a treble at Port Pirie Saturday night. “That 24 hours was one of those periods when things just seem to go right,” Hill said. “They don’t come along often, so it is good when they do.” As part of his regular trip across the border, Hill scored with Carmy Dan and Our Amazing Grace to extend his lead in the club’s Drivers’ Premiership. “Mildura has been a good extension to my schedule,” Hill said. “Having that extra racing option is great and no doubt a lot more South Australians will start heading there. “There are already quite a few going to each meeting and I’m tipping it will increase. “This time Kaela Hryhorec and Scott Ewen also drove winners, while Kerry Brown, Aaron Brown and Justin Brewin were among the winning trainers. Hill then led all-comers at his home track when triumphant with Supernova Silvia, Floyd Mayweather and Alldaybliss. “I went to Port Pirie with what I felt was a steady book of drives, so to come home with a few wins was great,” Hill said.   HRSA Media

Despite his age, Floyd Mayweather has already proved a good investment for South Australian trainer Rob Caruso. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, Floyd Mayweather notched his third win for Caruso leading throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Claiming Pace (1800m). A $2.80 chance driven by Wayne Hill, the 10-year-old was able to hold the lead from gate one and held on to score a 1-1/2 metre win from Saab Magic ($1.70 fav) with Regal Knight ($18.80), 4-1/2 metres away third. “I had my eye on him for quite a well,” Caruso revealed.  “I know quite a few people in Queensland and rang them to get some intel on the horse and felt the responses encouraged me to take a chance, so I claimed him for $5000. “Already in just a couple of months he has picked up more than $8000 and I’m hoping he has a few more wins here in Adelaide.  He seems to be loving life here with me where I train up in the foot hills roaming a paddock during the day and I actually have only hoppled him a couple of times.” Caruso also took Floyd Mayweather to Melton a week earlier and the gelding ran a good second to Classy Western. On Saturday, the gelding showed good speed to lead from gate one, and the favourite, Saab Magic, dropped onto his back to trail. Hill rated Floyd Mayweather perfectly with comfortable 31.8 and 31.1 second first quarters before coming home in 29.0 and 28.3. Danielle Hill, on Saab Magic, used the sprint lane to chase the winner but couldn’t make up the ground. Caruso is hoping Floyd Mayweather has another season or two of racing. There is a chance he could replace My Man Dan as the Caruso stable favourite. Now a 12-year-old, My Man Dan finished fourth earlier in the night in the Maughan Thiem Ford Mustang Claiming Pace (1800m). “I thought he should have finished a little closer,” Caruso said. “I know he is getting to the end of his career and he has been a wonderful horse for my stable.  Paleface Jasper was great for me, then My Man Dan came along and has won an incredible 25 races for the stable and 51 overall to be an outstanding pacer flying under the radar a bit. “So perhaps the pressure is now going to go onto Floyd Mayweather.” Graham Fischer

The unofficial queen of Port Pirie Kate Gath returns home on Sunday to take part in the annual Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation. The entire six-race Port Pirie program are invitation races featuring a host of top drivers from across Australia. Wayne and Danielle Hill along with Jayden Brewin will represent South Australia competing against Victorians Michael Bellman, Anthony Butt and Kate Gath. Western Australia has Nathan Turvey and Shannon Suvaljko, Queensland’s rep is Pete McMullen and Chris Geary from New South Wales completes the invitation field. Gath tied with Ryan Hryhorec in the 2013 Elders Insurance Invitation and won outright in 2016.  Anthony Butt is a previous winner having scored in 2015. The 2018 version looks tight with no standout having scored the best of the drives, but Gath does look to have a good chance of taking out the series. She will partner the Heather Stevens-trained Bettorhavtime in heat one over 1609m which from gate two should get a good run and looks an each-way hope and an excellent chance of running into the placings. Gath drives Timansi for Greg Sims in heat three over 2050m and a place would appear the best hope. The Dale Afford-trained Cheersbigears is her drive in heat four over 2050 metres and again the gelding looks a place chance at best in a tough heat. Top Port Pirie trainer Lyndon Hall has Two Kays in heat five over 2050 metres. The three-year-old filly has failed to flatter in seven starts and is resuming from a break.  Two Kays did show improvement in a recent Port Pirie trial and might surprise. Gath will partner the Les Harding-trained The Shooting Star in the sixth and final event. The Shooting Star will come from gate five in a field of six where the Claire Goble-trained Clarenden Valour looks her strongest rival. Clarenden Valour will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, currently Western Australia’s leading reinsman. Suvaljko has a number of handy drives in the Elders Insurance series and must be considered as a possible victor. His other drives are Goodtime Scout (heat one), Hez Declan (heat three), Quadentate (heat four) and Little Growl (heat five). See how form expert Ben Harding has analyzed the Elders Insurance Mid North heats at with comments, selections and speed maps for all six races. Graham Fischer

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

Globe Derby Park trainer Heather Stevens has an impressive strike rate in South Australia with a winner for every 4.5 runners in the 2017-2018 season. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday, I Wanna Rocknroll, led throughout in the Maughan Thiem Ford Ranger Pace (1800m) to give Stevens her 12th winner from just 54 starters. Backed from $2.80 into $2.30 favourite, I Wanna Rocknroll scored an easy seven metre win from Melegend ($7.80) with Blaze Me ($173.70), 8-1/2 metres away third. The victory was the first of a winning double for reinsman Wayne Hill who was successful on Crazy Dave later in the night. I Wanna Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare, was bred by Gary McGinty, Stevens’ major stable client. “She is one of the few horses Gary has bred,” Stevens said. “He generally prefers to buy horses as going propositions from New Zealand.  The mare, I Cant Believe It, has a two-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven, coming through this season.” Stevens said I Wanna Rocknroll was an improving mare. “She has been very consistent but what we have learned is that she doesn’t like the Mildura track and really doesn’t handle the turns at all well. “We took her there trying to pick up her Vic bonus but now we are looking at heading to Horsham in a few weeks. I’m sure the track will be fine but I’m thinking the opposition will be tougher.” Stevens was looking to improve her strike rate at Port Pirie on Sunday however her talented three-year-old Bettorhavtime found the sprint lane, but the finish line came up too soon and finished second in the Allwood Stud Pace (1609m). 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 where he has selections and comments for the entire meeting. Graham Fischer

Wayne Hill, the 2016 Australian Driving Champion, dominated Saturday’s Globe Derby Park meeting coming away with a treble. A freelance reinsman, Hill drove Clarenden Hustler to salute for trainer Claire Goble, won on Veddy Veddy Good for Port Pirie’s Waylon Hornhardt then landed first starter Jenesaisquoi for Jill Neilson. The treble took Hill’s tally of winners to 70 for the season in South Australia and he sits third on the state premiership behind sister Danielle Hill (108) and Ryan Hryhorec (101). He also has been driving at Mildura and is a clear leader on that club’s driving premiership with 20 wins. “As a freelancer driver, and only three meetings a week here in South Australia I decided to go to Mildura as well,” Hill said. “It has been a good move as I have teamed up with top trainer David Vozlic and we have had a good run.” Hill’s first win was on Clarenden Hustler. Backed from $2.20 into $1.50 favourite, Clarenden Hustler led comfortably from gate one in the Lion Pty Ltd Pace (1800m) and recorded a moderate 32.8 first quarter, picking up the tempo to 30.7 in the second quarter before dashing home with a 57.1 second last 800 metres. “I’m grateful Claire put me back on him,” Hill said. “I had other commitments recently which prevented me from getting in the sulky, but tonight, I had the luck to get on him. He is a nice horse, with good speed, and looked a great drive and so it proved.” Goble said she was contemplating a trip to Mildura with Clarenden Hustler in the not-too-distant future. Hill’s double came on Veddy Veddy Good in the Hygain Pak-Cell Claiming Pace (1800m) for Port Pirie trainer Waylon Hornhardt. The pair had combined 24 hours early at Port Pirie winning with Weaponry. Both winners are owned by Gary Buckley. Hornhardt paid credit to Hill’s drive on Veddy Veddy Good. “The horse has a strong sprint, but it is only short, and you can’t go too early,” Hornhardt said. “Wayne had the horse well placed one-out, one-back but when another runner came out wide with just under a lap to go I was hoping Wayne stayed in, and he did. “He actually waited perfectly until we straightened and Veddy Veddy Good was good enough to win.” The 10-year-old, a $6.20 chance, finished powerfully to grab a half-head win from Beaudiene Bill ($3.30) with Maywyns Storm ($2.90 fav), five metres away third. The treble came up on two-year-old Jenesaisquoi for owner-breeder Geoff Easom and trainer Jill Neilson in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m). A $10.30 chance, Jenesaisquoi fought on strongly to score a short half-head win from Culture King ($1.60 fav) with Disclosure ($2.40), 3-1/2 metres away third. Hill said he had not been surprised by the win. “A few weeks ago, in a trial at Gawler, I pulled her out to make a run and I thought she could make a race of it with Culture King which won the trial,” Hill said. “When I got her out wide she became a bit lost and didn’t really finish off. “Jill (Neilson) and stablehand James Clark have put a bit of work into her and tonight she was able to be inside Culture King when we made a run. “She showed the experience of the trial and fought on strongly and was up for the battle and held him off.” Graham Fischer

A pre-race plan devised by harness racing trainer Claire Goble and driver Wayne Hill enabled a win by Clarenden Hustler at Globe Derby Park. From gate two in the Ubet Pace (2230m), Clarenden Hustler appealed as the likely leader but being a little suspect at the trip, and with the chance of him firing up, the pair decided to hand up the lead if the right horse came alongside on settling down. That horse proved to be the highly-fancied Jakarras Ace, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec. Hryhorec took the $3.60 chance to the front and it was that four-year-old which tended to get a little keen and left him a sitting shot for Clarenden Hustler along the sprint lane over the final 200 metres. A well backed $2.40 favourite, Clarenden Hustler arrived to score by a neck from Jakarras Ace, with Mondo Sports ($8.70), two metres away third. Goble was delighted with the result. “Wayne and I spoke about trying to lead all the way and we both said it might not be the best option,” Goble said. “With Jakarras Ace and Mondo Sport drawn outside him on the front row we thought they would both go forward so decided to take the sit and trail them. “With reasonable tempo, our horse settled really well, then was good enough to come along the sprint lane. “I think he will continue to get better. “His mother Repose was much the same, she continued to improve with age.” Clarenden Hustler has built a good record with nine wins and seven placings from just 21 starts earning in excess of $31,000. Repose, a winner of 19 races and more than $50,000, has proved a good broodmare, producing four foals, all winners, for Goble’s Clarenden Standardbreds, but unfortunately, she received injuries in the horrific Wasleys bushfire in late 2016. She survived the fire but inhaling so much smoke when the fire ripped through eventually saw her pass away last year. 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

Top South Australian freelance harness racing reinsman Wayne Hill landed the first three winners at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill partnered the Leah Harvey-trained pair of Hard Rock Shannon and Big Behemoth and split them with a photo-finish win on Lookofalegend for trainer Luke O’Neill. Hill was relieved with a Saturday night treble. “I’ve been driving winners at Port Pirie, at Globe Derby Park on Monday, as well as at Mildura, but this is my best Saturday night result for a while,” Hill said. Hill led throughout on the Harvey-runners then sprint-laned on Lookofalegend. “Hard Rock Shannon has been racing really well for Leah and when he led I thought he would be hard to beat,” Hill said. “He came home in a 58.4 second last half and won easily. “I was surprised Big Behemoth had such an easy time and he really was always going to win. “He settled a lot better tonight and raced well. He is capable of going through the classes.” Hill had to use all his experience to get Lookofalegend home. The six-year-old settled second behind Power Of Attorney. “Getting to the home turn I could see Ona Rocky Beach sprinting hard out wide, so I had to try and get through before the sprint lane. “Michael (Harding) on the leader drifted a bit away from the inside so I drove through to get some momentum up before the sprint lane.” The ploy worked as Lookofalegend dashed through to grab a head win from Ona Rocky Beach with Power Of Attorney fading to finish third. Hill revealed he was going to try and become a regular driver at Mildura meetings. “With just five meetings a fortnight in Adelaide and Pirie, I have decided to see if I can pick up regular books at Mildura. “If I can get four drives I’ll go because it makes the trip worthwhile, anything less and I’ll stay home.” Hill said he had seven drives on the eight-race Mildura program on Tuesday. “It gives me a chance to expand my profile and drive more winners. Hopefully I can pick up a sit behind a few promising horses.” Graham Fischer

A standardbred pacer who was only 10 minutes from a likely horrific death will, on Saturday night, at Globe Derby Park, pace for victory in one of South Australia’s juvenile classics. Clarenden Valour, owned and trained by Claire Goble, will come from gate one in the $50,000 Group Two 2017 UBET Two-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Southern Cross final (1800m). However, if not for the courage, and care, of Goble and her partner Dennis Lyle who run Clarenden Standardbreds at Wasleys, the story could be completely different with the two-year-old escaping being badly burnt which almost certainly would have cost his life. On the morning of November 25, 2015, Clarenden Valour, had just turned one, and was happy living with one other horse in an eight-acre paddock, covered in grass two feet high, on the Clarenden property. It was a hot day with strong winds gusting between 50-90 kmh. Around noon, at Pinery, in the Lower Mid North of South Australia, some 40km from Wasleys, a fire started fanned by the strong winds. Dennis Lyle said he was aware of the fire but never thought it would reach his property. “As the reports saying the fire was in fact blowing our way, Claire came home from her work at Trinity College and we decided to bring the horses in to a laneway area between the paddocks where the racehorses were kept and there was no undergrowth,” Lyle said. “Clarenden Valour had been handled but not broken in and proved hard to catch. “The horses weren’t helped by the strong winds which had the trees bending in the breeze and a shade cloth breaking loose and flapping about. It seemed like we were about there for an hour but it was probably only about 20 minutes but we finally got them where we wanted.” Lyle said a worker from a nearby piggery saw he and Goble were home and drove into their property and warned them the fire was only 10 minutes away and coming fast. Goble got into her car and drove away but Lyle went back into the house to grab something. “I was only in for a few minutes but when I came out the fire had taken to the trees which lined our driveway making it impossible to drive out so I went back inside and waited. It was the scariest time of my life.” Thick smoke blanketed Clarenden Standardbreds as the fire roared through, with flames reported as being 25 feet high. “I couldn’t see anything through the smoke except for red embers from the fire. After 20 minutes, the smoke started to clear and I could go outside to see the damage. “Trees, and our hay shed, were burning, the fences were gone but fortunately, our house and stable paddocks were okay and so too were the horses in the laneway. Had we not moved them, I fear they would be been badly burnt as the paddock was burnt to the ground. “The smoke did badly affect the horses’ eyes but luckily our vet Toby Ryan came later in the day to treat them.” Lyle said Clarenden Valour had been taken to the property of Peter Ashby to recuperate while Clarenden Hustler, which is in the Group 2 $50,000 Ubet Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Southern Cross final (2230m) on Saturday, had been in the stables and he went to David Battye’s farm. Clarenden Valour has emerged as one of the state’s better two-year-olds with two wins and four placings from nine starts. The gelding was the fastest of the three Ubet Southern Cross heat winners last Friday at Globe Derby Park and will start from gate one in the final with Wayne Hill to drive. UBETmarkets have Clarenden Valour quoted as a $9 chance with the favourite the Emma Stewart-trained That’s Perfect, which will come from gate two, at $1.40. Lyle, a keen form student, said he believed Clarenden Valour was drawn to run well. “I believe last week proved his best chance is to sit on the speed and from gate one he should get a good trail. Whether he is good enough we will find out on Saturday.” Graham Fischer

Reigning Australian harness racing driving champion Wayne Hill landed his 1000th winner at Globe Derby Park on Friday night. Hill partnered One Night At The Mile ($7.10) in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (1800m) and sprint-laned to victory. When he logged on to social media later in the night, he found that prominent media identity Ashlea Brennan had tweeted that the victory was in fact a milestone drive. “I knew I was close but had no idea that One Night At The Mile was in fact my 1000th,” Hill said. “I am proud to have reached the mark and it is now on to try to reach 2000.” Hill, and his sister Danielle, are currently second and first respectively on the SA Drivers premiership, and both sit in the Australian top 20. Danielle is 8th with 91 winners and Wayne is ninth with 83. Always one of South Australia’s leading reinsman, Hill has lifted to another level over the past 18 months. In the 2015/16 season, he broke the 100 winners in a season mark finishing with 118. On December 28, 2015, he became one of 18 Australian reinspersons to drive six winners at a meeting when he dominated a seven-race Victor Harbor meeting. Last October, he was crowned Australian Driving Champion when he scored top points in a meeting at Globe Derby Park competing against the country’s best. Already with 83 wins this season, Hill will certainly top the 100-mark again and also better his previous best of 118. “I’ve been pretty fortunate since I began driving,” Hill said. “Dad (Gary) was the top trainer when I began so I got a great start to my career. “I was always driving winners but feel I am driving better and still want to keep improving.” As a freelance driver in South Australia, with only three meetings a week, Hill has done a magnificent job to reach his current status and is determined to keep improving. Graham Fischer

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