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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

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin celebrated his best night in the sulky landing a harness racing treble at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin, 16, has been driving for only nine months, but is rapidly establishing himself as a rising star in the driving ranks in South Australia. He has 25 wins this season to sit sixth on the SA Drivers premiership. On Saturday night, he kicked off the treble with an all-the-way win on Destined To Take for trainer Adam Beshara, made it a double with another barrier to box on Kayangee for his trainer father Justin, then brought up the treble with a strong finish on Electric Mary, also trained by his father. Brewin demonstrated that a week can be a long time in harness racing. At Kapunda, on Sunday, March 12, found himself tipped from The Octagon in race two suffering facial abrasions which prevented him from taking the winning drives on Kayangee and Hardly A Grin later in the day. After obtaining a medical clearance during the week, Brewin experienced a night at Broken Hill on Friday night. His first drive was in the no race when a driver mistook the laps, then he finished sixth on Smooth Grin in the Cup. It definitely was an experience,” Brewin said. “I had never driven on such a tight track. “In the first drive, I was three-wide trying to go forward and the leader was going for home – a lap early. “Racing was really tight but it was part of my driving education.” On Saturday night, Brewin went to the lead from gate two on Destined To Take in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (2230m) and had several drivers, including Danielle Hill on the $2.10 favourite Will I Am come alongside and ask if the lead was up for grabs. He replied in the negative, then slowed the tempo with a 32.5 second quarter and 30.0 third quarter before dashing home in 28. Brewin’s superb rating enabled Destined To Take ($4.20) to score a four metre win from Futurist ($3.20) with Will I Am nine metres away third. In the Deane Boehm Memorial (2230m) for the trotters, Brewin drove Kayangee which was going for its third straight win. A $2.20 favourite, Kayangee trotted away beautifully off 10 metres and lead throughout for a solid four metre win from Star Style ($6.50) with Hard Done By ($16.80), a similar margin away third. Electric Mary was a roughie at $22.10 to bring up Brewin’s treble in the Schweppes Australia Pace (1800m) but father Justin had the faith with a “small” all up on his son’s winners. Coming from gate eight, Brewin had Electric Mary trailing the leader Weaponry ($3.20) before coming wide in the home straight and the mare sprinted strongly to grab a 1-1/2 metre win from the front runner with Castle Under Fire ($44.20), 16 metres away third. Brewin said Electric Mary was a ‘special’ horse for him. “She was given to me as a birthday present last year to enable me to have enough trial drives to obtain my driver’s licence,” Brewin said. “She is a family-owned horse and tonight was her second win for us and getting a Saturday night victory was great. She also brought up my treble and a double with Dad. “Yep, a week can be a long time in harness racing.” Graham Fischer

Western Australian-owned Bettor Party was back to his brilliant best with a sensational win in the 2017 DF & E Kemp & Son Gawler Harness Racing Club Gold Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. A $4 chance, Bettor Party sat parked for the last half of the race and dashed away in the home straight to win easily from Majestic Lustre (43.70) with Murranji Track ($3.90 favourite) close up in third spot. A week earlier Bettor Party finished last in a field of six behind Mark Dennis beaten 47 metres – a run which had trainer Les Harding mystified. “His form since coming from Perth had been fantastic and that run was totally out of character and I have no idea why,” Harding said. “He did lock wheels early but really just didn’t produce anything like what we expected. Maybe he had a stomach ache – they just can’t tell you if they are not right. “Tonight, he was really back on his game and it was a brilliant win.” It was Harding’s second Gawler Cup win having scored with Zanardi in 2013 while for driver Danielle Hill it was her second consecutive win after landing Mark Dennis in 2016. The Lance Holberton-trained Keayang Storm ($9.20) kicked up from gate one to lead early and had some early pressure but maintained the front. When the tempo eased, Hill was quick to move Bettor Party around to sit outside the lead. As the pressure went on down the back, Bettor Party dashed clear and quickly established a winning lead and never looked like being caught in a comfortable win. Harding said it was unlikely Bettor Party would contest the Port Pirie Cup later this month as it was a standing start race and he felt the gelding might receive too much of a handicap. “It can break their heart if they have to give too much of a start and the owners have told me he hadn’t like giving away starts when racing in Western Australia.” The $60,000 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup (2600m) at Mildura on Saturday, April 8 was a possible target. Graham Fischer

The 2017 South Australian Yearling and Mixed Sale, organised by SA BOTRA, was conducted at Globe Derby Park on Sunday. The sales average was $6542, down slightly on 2016, but for more yearlings going under the hammer. Gary Newton, SA BOTRA Magazine Editor, and one of the key organisers of the sale, said his committee was happy with the sale. “BOTRA conducts the sale as a service to the local industry, and with wonderful support from Harness Racing South Australia this year, the event went off well,” Mr Newton said. “Horses that were well prepared attracted good money. “Interstate vendors such as Alabar and Tony Peacock said they would definitely be back next year while I know Gary Crocker and Mark Carey were pleased with their sale results and hopefully might have more nominations next year.” Mr Newton said the involvement of Harness Racing South Australia had been fantastic. “Most of the staff attended and their involvement with the administration aspect was brilliant and took a lot of the load off Lois (BOTRA vice president, Lois Randall) and myself. Their expertise was invaluable and hopefully we can build on the partnership into the future. “The disappointing aspect was the number of buy backs where vendors felt the yearlings were worth more than the market was prepared to bid. Mr Newton said 10 of the 24 yearlings offered had been bought back, although two have been subsequently sold, after negotiation, to the under bidders. “It is an area we need to look at, that was certainly many more than we would have liked.” Top sale price was $12,000 paid by Bill Hartwig for the filly offered by Gary Crocker’s Walk Proud Pty Ltd by Falcon Seelster out of the Southern Cross winner Phyl Crocker. Yearling sales totalled $157,000 for the average of $6542, down $34 on the 2016 figure. Graham Fischer

Star South Australian trotter Rejuvenation lived up to his name with a sensational harness racing victory in the 2017 Fred Jones Trotters Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. Trained by Ray Goble, at Grace Plains, the nine-year-old Rejuvenation ($2.40 fav) came off a 50-metre handicap to score a thrilling photo-finish head win from Bold Law ($6.70) with SA Trotters Cup hero Pocketfullofcash ($3.60), 3-1/2 metres away third. “It (Fred Jones Trotters Cup) is a race I wanted to win,” Goble said. “The race was created about five years ago, and because I drove a lot for Fred it was a race I put on the bucket list. “He was a wonderful man for harness racing, and in particular the squaregaiter, so the win is pretty special.” Goble said he felt Rejuvenation was going as well as at any stage of his career. “I’m not sure why because as horses get older you expect them to get progressively slower, but he is now running times better than at any time in his career and to come off 50 metres was a wonderful effort.” Driven by Danielle Hill, Rejuvenation settled last in the field of eight with co-backmarker Pocketfullofcash heading quickly around the field to sit parked outside the leader Tendaho. The staying event took shape when Bold Law, which had been one-out, one-back, came wide with 500 metres to travel to put pressure on the leaders with Hill trailing up on the eventual winner. Trainer-driver Paul Fidge asked Pocketfullofcash to go for home with 300 metres to travel and he dashed away with what looked to be a winning break but with 100 metres left to travel, he suddenly “hit the brick wall” and started to stop. Bold Law, under hard driving by Michael Smith, rallied and with Rejuvenation now alongside, the pair gathered in Pocketfullofcash with 50 metres to travel and the pair went stride for stride in the race to the post. On the line, Rejuvenation had his head in front of the gallant Bold Law. The gelding by Winds Cries Maori has been a wonderful performer in South Australia but paid the penalty for his wins by being virtually handicapped out of local racing and Goble sent her to Victoria for a campaign during the middle of last year. Even in Victoria, the star trotter found the handicaps against him according to Goble. “Even though he wasn’t as severely handicapped, the winners were running 57 second last halves making it impossible for those at the tail of the field to make ground. “His finishing positions show he was being well beaten but his own times were still quite good. “I brought him home for the SA features and he has been going really well and the Fred Jones win was very timely.” Goble said because the gelding came off 50 metres to win, an extra penalty would make it even harder to win going forward. The trainer said Rejuvenation would most likely have his next run in the 2017 Hambeltonian Trotters Cup (2645m) at the Gawler Gold Cup meeting at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, March 11. Graham Fischer

Harness Racing South Australia, in conjunction with UBET, have joined the Australia-wide ‘Team Teal’ raising funds for Ovarian Cancer research. Beginning at Globe Derby Park tomorrow night, female drivers will wear teal pants to promote an awareness and raise funds for Ovarian Cancer research for the Women’s Cancer Foundation. The SA Reinswomen will be supported by the Clerks of the Course who will wear custom-made teal silk shirts while the female pony trot drivers will also don the teal pants to raise awareness. Harness Racing South Australia will donate $100 for every female driver win in South Australia during the campaign and that figure will be matched by UBET. It is anticipated around $6000 could be raised in South Australia during the six weeks. All of SA’s reinswomen were delighted to be involved in such an important cause‚Äč. Foundation Manager Nicole Stockton said the campaign was increasingly being embraced by the wider harness racing community with additional fundraising coming from other areas. Ms Stockton said the support of corporate and community partners was vital to the Women’s Cancer Foundation achieving success, and it was important that the Foundation continue to find new avenues to create awareness and raise funds to achieve the goal to make clinical research possible. “The ‘Teal Pants’ campaign is a great opportunity for Women’s Cancer Foundation and Harness Racing South Australia to create a mutually beneficial partnership. “Our cause is impactful and important as gynaecological cancers affect our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, wives and friends.” 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will not survive their disease. Please help us turn the tide on ovarian cancer... Graham Fischer Fields for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017 Form guide for Globe Derby Park, Friday 03 February 2017

Harness racing owners-breeders Des and Lyn Farrow were delighted that Moonlite Frolic was able to break through at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The win kept alive the fact that all foals from the family of his former champion filly No Frolicking have been able to win a race. Backed from $7 into $3.30, Moonlite Frolic, driven by Mark Billinger, took an early trail behind Rowan Rosie before coming off her back around the home turn then sprinting to a one metre victory in the Lion Dairy & Drinks Pace (2230m). Rowan Rosie ($8.50) held on for second, 6-1/2 metres in front of Murdocks River ($54.60). “The family has had 125 wins,” Des Farrow said. “We bred Moonlite Frolic out of our mare Evening Frolic and because I was cutting back on training, leased the filly out to Stephen Grace. “When the lease ran out we decided to put her up for sale but she didn’t attract a bid.” Lyn Farrow said it was at this point she spoke up. “I said to Des to put her back in work himself to keep him active – it was a no discussion situation,” Lyn said. It was a lifestyle decision because the Farrows have been hobby breeder-owner-trainers for several decades but the mare’s win on Saturday was their first for more than two years, the last being the ill-fated King Roman who scored on debut in January, 2015. Moonlite Frolic was having her fifth start for the Farrows on Saturday night. Trainer-driver Peter Borrelli was keen to lead from gate three on Rowan Rosie and once in front set a pedestrian speed with 33.8 and 32.2 first quarters before stepping up to 29.5 but Moonlite Frolic was able to sprint home in 28.3 and claim victory. The Farrows have had wonderful success stemming from their champion mare No Frolicking which won the 1996 SA Derby and SA Oaks and also ran third in the Victoria Oaks. She had six foals to race and all were winners and the females of the family have bred on producing winners. Farrow said he had two filly foals coming through to keep the family going. They are out of the mare Frolicwithasmile, a daughter of No Frolicking. Graham Fischer

Nothing succeeds like success and harness racing winners are forming a solid base for the resurgent South Australian standardbred yearling sale. Once a strong breeding base, South Australia had been on the decline in the early 2000s and for five years no sale was held in the state. Up stepped the South Australian Breeder Owners Trainers and Reinspersons Association and in 2015 the organisation gathered together a modest 14 yearlings to go under the hammer. From that group, there has already been four winners including the very promising Takemepitchamister which ran in the 2017 SA Derby at only its fifth start. Also in the honour roll from that sale are the exciting Ladyship Stakes winner Arm A Princess which had her career halted by an horrific accident at Melton and the talented Wroxton Steel, a brilliant winner of his first two starts. To complete four winners from the first sale is Ramseys Hope which also ran second in the Lordship Stakes. Four others, Breezin Chippers, Bella Sophia, Spoilt Swaffham and Golden Cullen, have already made it to the racetrack. Takemepitchamister, which cost just $3500, is owned by outstanding photographer Barry O’Brien and Aussie Rules football legend Barrie Robran, and is trained by Toby Ryan and won its first three starts and looks among the best three-year-olds in South Australia. Arm A Princess, trained by Lance Holberton, had four wins and four placings from 11 times, including a Ladyship Stakes win, but had her career halted by an accident at Melton. It was touch and go whether she would survive, but has, and connections are hoping she might eventually stand up to another preparation. BOTRA’s infectious enthusiasm to reinvigorate the local breeding industry has seen interest from around Australia for its, now annual, yearling sale. This year 26 yearlings form the catalogue which will go under the hammer on Sunday, February 12 at Globe Derby Park. Harness Racing South Australia has also increased its backing of the sale. Also, any yearling sold at the sale, which has not been entered for the Southern Cross racing series prior to the sale, can be made eligible at a discounted price of $275 (normally $600), subject to the relevant eligibility criteria. Graham Fischer

January 23, Goodtime Scout - The ‘We’re Flying’ syndicate celebrated its first harness racing victory when Goodtime Scout led throughout to win the North Kapunda Hotel Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m) at Kapunda. A red-hot $1.30 favourite, Goodtime Scout, trained by Ryan Hryhorec and driven by Anthony Robinson, had to battle hard to score a neck win from Lolasflyingfantasy ($8.40) with Dark Autumn ($13), 9-1/2 metres away third. The We’re Flying syndicate was formed by Harness Racing South Australia to help promote the sport and its high-profile ambassador is Adelaide Crows footballer Josh Jenkins who has teammates Richard Douglas and Tom Lynch as fellow syndicate members. John Lewis, the Chief Executive of HRSA, was at Kapunda to enjoy the win. “It was tremendous for the syndicate to bring up its first win,” Mr Lewis said. “The Linemaster was our first horse to race and he did well with a third and a fourth, but to see our colours cross the line first with Goodtime Scout was something special, and it was great that a few of the syndicate members were on course.” Trainer Ryan Hryhorec said the three-year-old filly would derive benefit from the win. Robinson had Goodtime Scout away quickly from gate two and she led comfortably but had to withstand some early pressure from Lolasflyingfantasy resulting in a 30.1 first quarter. Robinson was able to back off the tempo with a moderate 33.4 second quarter before the runner up again came alongside to challenge. Goodtime Scout answered the challenge and although Lolasflyingfantasy got to within as neck, the leader always was in control. Robinson said the filly could have won easier but had not been all that comfortable around the Kapunda circuit. “She has always gone straight at home,” Hryhorec said, “so it was a surprise today that she had to be driven on one rein for part of the race but that is an issue we can correct. “She had been working well at home and today’s race was a good opportunity for her first win and it was achieved.” Robinson was impressed with Goodtime Scout’s win. “She has speed and that is a key ingredient for any horse,” Robinson said. “She has gate speed which will ensure she can take up a good position in her races from the right draw and despite wanting to hang, when I asked her to sprint up in the home straight she found a few metres.” Robinson said it had been an honour to be part of history. “When the We’re Flying syndicate becomes very successful I can say I drove their first winner.” Graham Fischer

The highly successful stint of Whenmechief with South Australian harness racing trainer-driver Darren Billinger has come to an end. Whenmechief was on a float home to Mildura only an hour after scoring yet another impressive victory at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. A six-year-old gelding who came to Billinger for three weeks and stayed for three months, left having won seven races, including the Christmas and Whyalla Cups, plus finishing third to Smolda in the SA Cup and picking up about $45,000 in stakes. In the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (2230m) on Saturday night, Billinger urged Whenmechief ($1.70 fav) forward from gate four but found Kerry Green on Magic Trump ($36.40) keen to hold the early lead from gate one with the result a sizzling lead time of 44.3 seconds was recorded. “I can’t remember a quicker lead over the 2230m,” Billinger said. “Once I got to the front I thought I had better be a bit careful or he could have proved a sitting shot.” However, with quarters of 30.0, 30.0, 30.5 and 29.7, the gelding by Stonebridge Regal scored easily by 7-1/2 metres from Bettor Party ($3) with Crazy Dave ($24.90), three metres away third. Part-owners Rhett Smythe and Gavin Peters said their goal with Whenmechief was to have the gelding contest the hometown Mildura Cup in April. Unfortunately, Billinger will be away on a pre-booked holiday, so it was decided to return the gelding to part-owner and former trainer “Pud” MacDonald. “He will be given a short break then Pud can get him ready for the Cup,” Smythe said. “We can’t believe the improvement he has made for Darren. “Ideally, Whenmechief could have stayed with Darren but he had booked his holiday and we really want to see him in the Mildura Cup. We wouldn’t rule out a return to Darren later in the year.” However, connections brought Whenmechief’s half-brother Freddy Fudpucker down to Billinger to see if he could add to the gelding’s one win from 17 starts. Billinger was disappointed to lose Whenmechief but understood the owners’ thoughts. “I’ll have to take out an ad for a free-for-all performer,” Billinger said. “Losing Frank (the recently retired Come On Frank), and now Whenmechief, I need a new horse to race in the free-for-alls.” Graham Fischer

The successful harness racing training team of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain landed a double at Globe Derby Park on Saturday with the two winning drivers being delighted for different reasons. The first of the team’s winners was in-form mare Gallifrey Mystique in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace, a race for SA Young/Concession drivers. A drifter from $4.50 to $9.50, Gallifrey Mystique sat parked before dashing away an 8-1/2 metre win for teenage driver Kaela Hryhorec. Hilltop Sophia ($5.50) came home to finish second, a metre in front of Royal Safari ($6.20). The win brought up a double for Hryhorec who scored in the opening event on Crafty Old Fox for her uncle Ryan Hryhorec. In a stable change, Kaela Hryhorec, who started her career in harness racing working for Ryan Hryhorec recently moved to join the Webster-Bain stable. “I’m keen to learn as much as I can,” Kaela said. “It was great to start off with Uncle Ryan and he taught me so much, but I felt for my own development it was good to try another stable and Jake and Aaron were good enough to give me a chance. “I’ve only been with them for just over a week but already feel it was the right move.” Aaron Bain said there was no doubt Gallifrey Mystique was a smart mare. “That is three wins in three runs from a spell,” Bain said. “Unfortunately, she has a few issues and really is a day-to-day proposition but for the present we have been able to keep her going. “She really has a will-to-win. We’ll just keep trying to place her to advantage but there is no doubt she will prove a great broodmare.” The double came up with Arrokeefe, a red hot $1.40 favourite, in the Maughan Thiem Ford Mondeo Pace (1800m) for driver Brodie Webster. “I hope I am back in the good books with the win,” Webster said. He was referring to being beaten on Two Tatz Patz as a $1.40 favourite at Mildura on the previous Wednesday which lost its chance by galloping at the start. There were a few worries thought before Arrokeefe sprinted through to score by 2-1/2 metres from Doubledipofheaven ($5.40) with Cyclone Mach ($15.10) a half-head away third. “I had hoped to lead from gate one but Ryan’s horse (Doubledipofheaven) was too quick. “When Ryan ran 32.6 and 32.4 for the first two quarters I was worried I might be in trouble because I know his horse can sprint while my bloke is not that sharp.” Webster’s concerns were eased when the leader drifted out allowing a clear run through and Arrokeefe was good enough to dash through and eventually win comfortably.  The six-year-old has been another astute purchase by Webster and Bain and Saturday night was his fifth win for the dynamic duo. Graham Fischer

It took only three runs for top trotter Rejuvenation to return to the winning list in South Australia. At Globe Derby Park on Saturday night, Rejuvenation ($11.40) came off a 40-metre handicap for harness racing driver Danielle Hill to score a long head win in the Lion Pty Ltd Trotters Discretionary (2230m) beating Our Solar Flare ($19.70) with Emilys Vacation ($10.20), a metre away third. It was a fantastic effort by the nine-year-old who sprinted powerfully in the home straight and scored despite wanting to hang in close to home. Trainer Ray Goble was delighted to have his favourite back in winning form. “I have been happy with the way he is going but felt it might be too much of an ask coming off 40 metres,” Goble said. “I sent him to Victoria last year because of a lack of races and the fact he was basically being handicapped out of the ones he could contest. “Now he was won again I will have to look at what to do with him. “I might freshen him up and get him ready for the major races during March and April such as the Fred Jones, Hambeltonian and Gramel.” Bred locally by David Shammall, Rejuvenation has been a wonderful trotter for owner Angela Goble winning 30 races from just 97 starts. Graham Fischer

Harness racing trainer Ryan Hryhorec came away with a winning treble at Saturday’s Globe Derby Park meeting but it was an emotional night with two of his winners leaving the stable. Hryhorec’s winners were Crafty Old Fox, Star Brutus and Glenferrie Bunter but post-meeting the trainer revealed the latter pair were both headed for New South Wales. “Star Brutus and Glenferrie Bunter are both special to the stable, each in different ways, but realistically they need to head interstate for their own careers,” Hryhorec said. “Kerry (partner Kerry Stauwer) and I love Star Brutus – he was basically the first horse to come into the stable when I set up at Angle Vale. “Tonight’s win was his 21st for me so there is no doubt he has been a wonderful part of my training career.” Ironically, the six-year-old came into Hryhorec’s stable when he was setting up at Angle Vale, now the trainer is in the process of moving to a new stable he is building at Two Wells so will be looking for another Star Brutus to kick off his new venture. On Saturday, Hryhorec drove hard from gate two on Star Brutus ($3.40 fav) to take the lead in the Modbury Junior Football Club Claiming Pace (22340m) and ultimately lead throughout for a four-metre win from My Man Dan ($4.80) with Soho Monza ($8.30) a half-head win away third. “The owners are keen for him to go to Sydney for claiming races and while he has been a great horse for us, I felt he had earned a chance at the better prizemoney,” the trainer said. Hryhorec stated last week he felt Glenferrie Bunter would be better suited around bigger tracks with the gelding having trouble getting around the home turn when out wide and, after discussion, the owners decided to send him to Rob Morris in Sydney. However, Hryhorec had one more run and Glenferrie Bunter came up with gate one in the PFD Food Services Pace (1800m). He was a well-backed $1.10 favourite and led comfortably before dashing away for a 13-metre win from The Commander ($9.70) which chased him throughout with Whata Escape ($38.20), five metres away third. Hryhorec set comfortable quarters of 30.8, 30.7 and 29.3 before dashing home in 28.1 for a 1:58.4 mile rate. “It is sad to lose this bloke because he is potentially a star,” Hryhorec said. “What I am so pleased about with him is that early on he beat himself some times by over-racing and proving hard to control but now he leaves at the top of his game and a much more mature. “Realistically he was always going to race his way out of South Australia but losing him is going to leave a massive hole in my stable – I guess I just have to try and find a good one to replace him.” His first winner was Crafty Old Fox, driven by his niece Kaela. A $3.10 chance, Crafty Old Fox was well driven by the teenager to drop down behind the leader Jennas Fling ($11.20) early in the Ubet Pace (1800m). Wayne Hill rated the leader perfectly and dashed for home at the top of the straight but Crafty Old Fox was able to use the sprint lane and come through to score by a metre with Hardly A Grin ($26.50), four metres away third. “He came to us as a maiden and now won three of his last four, including picking up a Vicbred bonus, so has been a good buy for the owners. “He’s no star but still has as few more wins as he goes through the classes.” Graham Fischer

Young South Australian harness racing trainer Chris Neilson achieved the ultimate when he supplied the trifecta in the $10,000 2017 Justice Family Plate (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Machtwister ($6), a query at the trip, sprinted up the sprint lane to grab leader Im A Peregrine ($7.90) and scored by a long neck with Soho Monza ($19.40), 4-1/2 metres away third. Ironically, the son of Mach Three started his career as a two-year-old with champion trainer-driver Lance Justice who was on course at Globe Derby Park to be part of the presentation of the race named in honour of his family. “Lance said Machtwister was a bit of a rogue early and I can tell you age hasn’t improved him, but I love him because he has been a wonderful horse for my stable,” Neilson said. A son of prominent SA trainer Jill Neilson, Chris has been slowly building a handy team of pacers starting out by purchasing older horses and running them mainly in claimers. It is fair to say he was in a state of shock after training the trifecta in the Justice Family Plate. Neilson said he had to thank his mother for helping with his team. “I actually took a week’s holiday last week and none of the horses were fast worked in the lead up to tonight,” he said. “With the hot weather in Adelaide this week that might have been a good move.” Neilson prove he has an astute brain telling driver Wayne Hill to take a sit on Machtwister rather than leading which he had been expected to do from gate one. “He was a doubt at the trip and I knew if he led he would possibly fire up and over race,” Neilson said. “Sitting in behind he settled a lot better but when Im A Peregrine was able to lead I thought he would be the one to beat but Machtwister was good enough to sprint lane him.” Neilson owns Machtwister outright, shares ownership with fiancée Kristen Harris in Ima A Peregrine, and with business partner Byron O’Reilly in Soho Monza. “It was a big result,” Neilson said. “It is the first $10,000 race I’ve won, it was my first trifecta and I’m pretty sure it has never been done before in the Justice Family Plate.” The trainer celebrated hard on Saturday and admitted on Sunday he was “standing myself down on vet’s advice.” by Graham Fischer

New Zealand harness racing owner Helen Conaghan celebrated her first classic win when Our Jimmie NZ led throughout to win the $30,000 Group 3 SA BOTRA South Australian Derby (2230m) at Globe Derby Park. Trainer Brent Lilley supplied the Derby quinella when Our Jimmie ($2.50) scored an easy seven metre win from King Solomon ($1.70 favourite) with Jilliby Road Runner ($12.50), nine metres away third. “There is not much between them and I knew when Anthony (driver Anthony Butt) was able to lead and dictate he would be the one to beat,” Lilley said. “Both horses will go home and be set for the Victoria Derby but they have to keep stepping up. “They have improved since coming from New Zealand but have a big step to take if they are going to be any chance of taking off the Victoria Derby.” Butt virtually sealed the Derby when he could record 31.6 and 30.2 first quarters which made it near impossible for the three-year-olds back in the field to catch him coming home in 28.3 and 28. For Ms Conaghan, from Christchurch, she was over the moon. “I came into harness ownership about nine years ago, with my partner Paul Walton and we purchased the mare Trinity College for about $3000. She had only one start but we mated her with Big Jim and Our Jimmie is the result. “He showed some ability at home but after talking with a few people we made the decision to send him across to Brent Lilley, himself a New Zealand, and it was a decision we have not regretted.” Our Jimmie notched his seventh win from eight starts for Lilley with the Derby win. “The horses seem to happy here,” Ms Conaghan said, “and there are meetings seven days a week.” King Solomon and Jilliby Road Runner both ran well but found the winner too strong. The South Australians were basically out of the race as they settled towards the rear of the field but Breach The Beach caught the eye late for trainer-driver Danielle Hill. Graham Fischer

South Australian trotter Pocketfullofcash completed his education with honours scoring a dominating harness racing victory in the Group 2 2017 UBET South Australian Trotters Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Backed from $11 into $7.70, Pocketfullofcash, trained and driven by Paul Fidge, scored an eight metre win from another local Im Princess Sophie ($17.40) with Zedalite ($2.20 fav), 1-1/2 metres away third. Bred by Port Pirie trainer-driver Waylon Hornhardt, Pocketfullofcash is owned by Wade Knight and Lee-Anne Ferguson, who must be delighted with their decision to give the gelding to Fidge to train. When, the now seven-year-old gelding by Bancoora Left, came into Fidge’s Two Wells stable in late 2014, the trainer recognised his potential but said the gelding was “just plain dumb.” Pocketfullofcash justified that opinion by regularly galloping at the start, and also often during races. Teacher Fidge never gave up on ‘Bandit’ and his work and effort was rewarded with a victory in South Australia’s best trotting race. Pocketfullofcash showed he was learning about the art of square-gaiting with a wonderful 2015-2016 season culminating in being named the state’s trotter of the year. Included in the wins were the Victor Harbor Trotters Cup, Hambeltonian and Gramel Cup but perhaps in defeat the gelding showed he was not far away from a major win running a courageous second to Our Twentyten in the Seelite Trotters Cup in Mildura. Resuming from a spell in early December, Pocketfullofcash had five runs before Saturday night’s Cup run and had only one third prompting many to say the gelding had not come up. Fidge never lost the faith. by Graham Fischer

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