Nice victory to Nicely Spoken at Globe Derby

Promising three-year-old Nicely Spoken lived up to his price with victory at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.

A well backed $1.95 favourite, Nicely Spoken proved too good for his rivals in the Bianco Reinforcing Pace (1800m) scoring by 1-1/2 metres from Tell A Tall Story ($12) with Giftedfromtheheart ($2.20), three metres away third.

The three-year-old colt was the second leg of a training and driving double for Ryan Hryhorec from Reeves Plains who won earlier with Carly Morgan in the K&S Electrical Pace (1800m).

Nicely Spoken is giving Lewiston father and son Frank and Glen Gavranich an excellent introduction harness racing.

Glen Gavranich is the owner of SA Fence and had no involvement with harness racing until about four years ago.

“I had no contact with the sport, but one of my employees kept talking about owning horses, and finally I thought why not become an owner,” Gavranich said. “And it is to have Dad involved.

“Now I have two horses with Ryan (Hryhorec), a couple with Looney (Shane Loone) and two up at Mildura with Aaron Coad.

“I also have two of my retired horses at home at Lewiston. I am loving it.

“I went to a yearling sale a few years ago and came away with this bloke (Quietly Spoken) and another in partnership with a friend Frank Borg which is Jamaican Rock, and it was Frank who suggested going to Ryan to train him.”

While Quietly Spoken has won four of his 14 starts, Hryhorec said the colt was “still a work in progress.

“When the mobile went away, I had to grab hold to make sure he didn’t gallop.

“Fortunately, he filled his gear, and I was able to settle one-out, one-back.

“In the home straight in the run to the finish he wanted to lug out, so I had to keep hold of him.

“He is still learning, and I look forward to when he matures because he is a nice horse.”

Hryhorec said this Saturday would be a good test as Quietly Spoken will run in the $9,999 Final (1800m) from two heats run last weekend.

His colt rated a smart 1:58.6 in victory while Big Black Betty recorded 1:59.1 in taking out heat one, the Bargain Steel Centre Pace (1800m).

Big Black Betty ($3.20), driven by Wayne Hill, led throughout from gate one to score easily by 12 metres for Penfield trainer Jill Neilson and owner Geoff Easom, who runs Wyndown Stud at One Tree Hill.

Our American Maid ($1.85 fav) had the trail on the winner but found her too good, while her stablemate Take My Wallet ($5.50) was the run of the race, two metres away third.

Take My Wallet refused to score up properly, galloping at the start, and lost 50 metres but ran home powerfully to qualify for this week’s final.

Hryhorec’s other winner, Carly Morgan ($9), rated a smart 1:56.7 in her victory by 4-1/2 metres from Joonior Brown ($8) with Saginaw ($5) flashing home late to grab third, two metres away.

“She is no star, but I just love her,” the trainer said.

“She just gives her best every time I bring her to the track.

“When Carly Morgan came to me from New South Wales there were no big expectations, but she just keeps collecting prizemoney.”

Saturday’s win was the four-year-old mare’s fifth this season with 11 placings from just 20 starts.

The most impressive winner of the night was the Aaron Bain-trained Fletch Maguire, which remained unbeaten in Australia, notching his sixth straight win in the SAHRC Concession Drivers Series (1800m).

A virtually unbackable $1.25 favourite, driven by Samantha Pascoe, sat parked early before dashing clear past the 600 metres and going to the line untouched winning by 31 metres from Whata Optimist ($9) with Oh Sweet Creature ($81), two metres away third.

Fletch Maguire rated 1:57.5 and could have gone much quicker had Pascoe urged him along up the home straight.

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Photo Walter Bulyga