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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

Australian Pacing Gold graduate Yankee Roller may be given the opportunity to take on the best of his age next week. Having maintained his perfect record by capturing the $30,000 South Australian Derby at Globe Derby last night, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is in line to contest heats of Victoria’s Blue Riband. Qualifies of the classic are scheduled to be held as part of the Ballarat Cup program next Saturday. Pleased with the three-year-old’s latest triumph, trainer Emma Stewart will decide Yankee Roller’s immediate future upon his return to her Victorian stable. “He’s a very nice type, which is still on the improve,” Stewart said. “He’s only had five starts, so is still learning what it’s all about. “I’ve got a reasonable opinion of him and expect him to improve with racing, but haven’t really decided whether he will be thrown into the deep end against the more seasoned three-year-olds. “The ability is certainly there, but I will make a decision after he gets home and see how he has handled the trip.” Driven by Gavin Lang during his latest win, Yankee Roller overcame his second row draw to account for The Brooklyn Brawler, which as gallant after facing the breeze, and No Alabi to complete a trifecta for the raiders. Covering the last half in 59 seconds, the gelding rated 2:00 over 2230 metres. With the win Yankee Roller remains unbeaten with five starts for five wins to date with $58,082 in the bank. Yankee Roller APG Media  

Classy youngster Yankee Roller is primed and ready to maintain his undefeated status according to harness racing trainer Emma Stewart. Engaged in Saturday night’s South Australian Derby at Globe Derby, Yankee Roller has two obstacles to overcome. Firstly, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is returning from a four-month break, and secondly, he has drawn the middle of the back row. Despite the awkward starting position and lack of recent racing, Stewart stated the Australian Pacing Gold purchase should have no trouble stretching his perfect record to five. “He’s a very nice type,” Stewart said. “His work has been great, and even though he hasn’t raced for a few months, he is forward enough to win. “The draw isn’t ideal, but he is certainly good enough to overcome it. “I’ve got a reasonable opinion of him and expect him to improve with racing throughout the season. “He can certainly make his way through the grades and the Derby looks like a good starting point.” Yankee Roller is one of four APG graduates in the Blue Riband, with No Alabi faring best in barrier three for Aussie Mifsud. The son of Betterthancheddar has two wins and a second from his last three starts. Local hope Culzean Castle will begin from five for local horseman Greg Norman, with Muscle Up Major to come from the outside of the front line for Rodney Petroff. APG Media

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

A plan devised eight months earlier came to fruition when Brallos Pass scored an all-the-way win in the harness racing $30,000 Group 3 SA BOTRA South Australian Derby (2230m) at Globe Derby Park in South Australia. A well backed $2 favourite, Brallos Pass was never really troubled in scoring a 4-1/2 metre win from Dont Hold Back ($4.10) with Motu Gatecrasher ($4) a further 1-1/2 metres away third. Such was the quality of the placegetters, and the rating of the race by driver Nathan Jack, that the first three in running filled the placings. Brallos Pass is trained at Kyabram in Victoria by Mark Watson who explained he was a little lucky to end up with the three-year-old. “Mal and Neil Lennie (who own Brallos Pass) have had horses with dad (Ian) for many years and went to the sales a few years ago and purchased three yearlings,” Mark said. “Dad said he didn’t have room for all of them so Mal asked me if I could take him and I’m glad I did. “I picked out the SA Derby as a potential target about eight months ago. “He raced really well as a two-year-old and I always felt the Derby was a perfect test for him, now I have to see if he can step up to another level in the Victoria Derby – that is going to be a big ask.” Watson said he thought Brallos Pass a ‘good thing’ first up when he took the colt to Charlton last year but found himself sitting parked outside Goodtime Sammy and had to be contest with second. “I was also delighted with his fourth in the APG final at Menangle – I think from a better draw he could have been placed.” Mal Lennie, from Mildura, is enjoying the ride. “I’ve had horses for about 40 years and pretty much could count my wins on one hand,” Lennie said. “I went to the Inglis sale in Melbourne and got this bloke for $7000 – no-one seemed to want him. “My brother Neil will be a bit upset. He lives in Brisbane and had to stay home for a 60th.” Watson said the Victoria Derby was the next logical target for Brallos Pass. Jack had no trouble crossing from gate three to head off Motu Gatecrasher (gate one) while the previously unbeaten Don’t Hold Back showed good speed from the extreme outside gate of seven but had to be content to sit outside the lead. Brallos Jack had comfortable lead quarters of 30.8 and 30.6 before sprinting up for 28.8 and 28 final quarters to confirm himself the Derby winner. Don’t Hold Back couldn’t match the winner’s acceleration and looked likely to miss a place 300 metres from home but credit to him he kept battling on and although well-beaten still managed to finish second. He was far from disgraced. by Graham Fischer

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