SA Racing re-cap from Globe Derby Park Monday 3rd July 2023
Race day recap GLOBE DERBY Mon Jul 3
This afternoon saw the first Monday of July racing which also signifies the first full week of prizemoney increases in SA. Conditions were overcast, still, and rather cold for a big 10-race program.
Races one and two were taken out by the leading combination of Aaron Bain and Wayne Hill with AMERICAN BEAUTY and Australian debutant OUR AMERICAN MAID (NZ), the latter of which broke through in career start number 16 for a happy bunch of owners on course. The early double extended Bain’s hold on the state trainer premiership. It also narrowed the gap between Hill siblings in the driver premiership with Dani currently on the sideline. Smokin Strepo ran a much improved race in the second event and can win a maiden very soon.
Race three was a messy affair with race favourite PIESRIDINGSHOTGUN eventually getting into a rhythm and avoiding the late race interference. Driver Ryan Hryhorec and Trainer Luke O’Neil are making themselves known to this racing recap as a regular winning combo.
Hryhorec was again at the fore in race four securing a double on the Chris Neilson trained ITS SUPER EASY who scored his first win of the season. With just a half neck covering the first three home, it took a more focused performance with the blinkers on today to get the job done for this son of Art Major.
On April 16 this year MAJESTIC TILLY was still a maiden trotter. Now in the first week of July she’s won four races for Garth Hurrell who is a one-man band when it comes to this mare. They were a popular winner of race five.
Race six on paper was set to be an epic two horse battle, and it didn’t disappoint. The in-form Whata Optimist had too much speed early to lead his rival LIEUTENANT JACK who played the stalking role to perfection. When Wayne Hill said go, the Lieutenant had a little too much to offer to the delight of trainer Christopher Nicol and the punters who supported another son of Art Major to victory today. Wayne Hill locked in a winning treble here just six races into the program.
Race seven was another entertaining race with plenty of action in betting that saw the Mario Borg trained HARRY OVENS start an odds on favourite. Things did not go to plan early for the favourite, with plenty of speed on his inside and was therefore forced to do some work. Backmarker Rosiano looked to have the drop on the field, but the urging of Gaita Pullicino got the favourite home by a metre.
MISS HESTON was well placed for trainer Stephen A’Court and perfectly driven by Bernadette Page from the pole in race eight, leading all the way. This three lifetime wins race for $4,500 was trifecta’d by two mares and a filly which, as a group, are continuing their solid form against the boys of late.
Race nine was another good betting dual between two key hopes with This Generation starting favourite in front of LOCHINVAR RULER, who was able to find the front, and eventually saluted the judge in what was a popular quinella but perhaps not quite the order that some punters anticipated. The Todd Weidenbach trained gelding Lochinvar Ruler has been a work in progress since arriving to the state, and looks like he can go on with the job now. Gaita Pullicino brought up a winning double for the day.
Ryan Hryhorec notched up a winning treble when taking out the last of 10 on the Francesca Carbone trained (and owned) Wewill Hail Caesar in the narrowest of margins from Melody May to finish what was a big day of racing.
-Of the 10 races there were 9 winning trainers
-3 drivers with multiple wins
-Fastest MR Lieutenant Jack 1:56.6
-7 of 10 races won by 3m or less (2 by a head or less)
-Biggest betting win pool was race 8 won by Miss Heston (based on S-TAB pool)
-7 of the 10 winners were based outside of SA as recently as last season
Lieutenant Jack secured the fastest MR of the day (thanks to Wally Bulyga for the photo)