Racing Recap - Sunday August 6
Racing Recap GLOBE DERBY Sunday August 6
Race One: SECRET OPERATION has been in solid form of late and was on his game here to take full advantage of the $9,999 prize money on offer for the claimers. The winning move came a lap out when Sam Pascoe took the Shadow Play 6YO 3-wide, and from there was able to tough it out and hold off the late closers (only 4.3m separated 2nd – 6th) securing victory for talented trainer David Harding.
Race Two: SHAZZAM is a likeable type for Jeremy Seal that acts rather effectively early in a prepraration and/or when kept on the fresh side. The Buckland Park bred and owned 5YO was able to show his class and turn of foot late in the 2230m affair, making up significant ground via the sprint lane to record an impressive victory, bringing up an early double for Sam Pascoe.
Race Three: Eat, Sleep, O’Neill/Hryhorec, Repeat. This combination is a potent one currently, particularly in the trotting ranks. SO VOGUE was able to take advantage of a slick early tempo to time her run to perfection and score comfortably. She’s a much improved mare this season, and will rise slightly in class this Saturday (race 6) in what should be a fascinating event.
Race Four: Another super competitive race with 7 metres separating the first 7 home. REIGN SHADOW has been sparingly raced this season for trainer Alan Cronin, and after finding the front for Michael Smith, was able to grow his record to 2 wins from 8 starts in 2023.
Race Five: 6 of the 9 runners in the fast class trot were $9 or less which made for a competitive race on paper. The Jill Neilson trained LOVELORN (10m) began well and was able to eventually find the front for Wayne Hill. From that point on the imposing free-striding son of Love You was always going to prove tough to run down. Minor placings were filled by a talented pair in Milly’s Magic (30m) and Uncle Louis (20m).
Race Six: 79 rater HANGING FIRE is one of the most progressive horses in the state, having won 9 races in 2023 on the back of a mixed 3YO season. The Scholefield/Pullicino combination once again proved too good after finding the front from the outside draw to claim victory in 1:56.5.
Race 7: The Shane Loone trained PAY ME INTEREST has race 31 times this season for 4 wins and 5 placings. The 9YO mare by Gotta Go Cullen found the one-one from the outside draw for Michael Smith and was produced at the right time to defeat stablemate and fellow stalwart Celestial Daybreak.
Race Eight: LAP OF HONOUR put the writing on the wall last start when he map up a huge amount of ground after making an early mistake behind Celestial Topaz. Meeting that horse again, he was able to turn the tables here to tough it out sitting outside the leader to score by the narrowest of margins for trainer Chris Neilson, and Michael Smith who made it a winning treble.
Race Nine: Most expected Dino Mo to make a formality with the final race on the card, and after finding the lead that seemed to be how things would pan out. This wasn’t to be though, and it was CLARENDON ENVOY who was able to regain his Gawler Cup winning form from earlier in the year to score for the in-form Claire Goble stable with Corey Johnson getting up in the final stride from the ever-consistent Rosiano, who deserves a win shortly.
Photo: Walter Bulyga