SA TROTS -2023 SA Cup Night preview
Hes All Torque will be attempting a unique piece of history when he contests Saturday’s $30,000 Sky Racing South Australian Pacing Derby (2230m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
The Ryan Hryhorec-trained three-year-old will be attempting to follow in the hoofprints of the brilliant Jawsoflincoln.
In 2021, Jawsoflincoln won the feature two-year-old the Golden Nursey, then last year scored a brilliant win in the SA Derby.
Hes All Torque was good enough to win the Golden Nursey last year in an Hryhorec trifecta and this year he is back for a shot at the Derby drawing ideally in gate one.
The trainer also has Nicely Spoken, which ran second in the Golden Nursery, in the Derby coming from gate three with champion driver James Herbertson to drive.
“It was a tough choice to split my pair,” Hryhorec said.
“Owner Ian Corazzol has been a great supporter of my stable, and from the draw, I think Hes All Torque is my best chance, but Nicely Spoken was outstanding last week.
“I believe Hes All Torque has the gate speed to lead and maybe his best chance is to take the front and see if any of the others are good enough to beat.
“That takes luck out of the result.
“Once the draw came out I went through a heap of scenarios about how the race might be run, and each time I reverted to plan A, that is to hold the front.”
Hryhorec said a Derby win would be very special.
“I thought I was going to lose him early this year.
“He got a leg caught in a fence. It didn’t cut him but cut off the circulation and veterinary opinion was that it was touch and go but he pulled through and is back racing very well.
“While he has been beaten at his last three runs he has raced well, and I couldn’t be happier with him going into the Derby.”
Hryhorec said Nicely Spoken had been “outstanding” in his Derby heat.
“He was held up until the home straight but rocketed home when clear in the home straight.
“I do think Hes All Torque’s heat was a bit stronger.”
The 2023 SA Derby looks an excellent race with most runners having a positive winning chance.
Hryhorec is hoping to land back-to-back Alabar SA BOTRA Golden Nursery Final (1800m) wins with the promising Miss Idaho.
The barrier draw has been crucial in most two-year-old races in South Australia this year and such is the case in the Golden Nursery.
From gate two, Miss Idaho has the pace to lead and judging by last week’s heat win, will be the one to beat.
Bay Jim Major, from the Les Harding stable, has drawn poorly in gate six, the outside of the front row, and almost certainly will have to go back and hope there is good speed up front.
Star Man has drawn two on the second row and will be keen to follow through on the back of Miss Idaho but might be forced to race parked.
Expect Tilly Jayne, trained by Alyce Finnis, and driven by her husband Jayson, to be a big improver from her heat run.
Hryhorec said Miss Idaho had been beaten on debut when leading at Mildura.
“She wasn’t quite sure what to do in front, and that is why I was happy to take a sit at her next run and she ran strongly through the line.
“I was a bit apprehensive leading last week, but she was a lot better, and I would be happy if she could find the front in the final.”
The $40,000 Sky Racing South Australian Trotters Cup (2645m) looks to be a fascinating contest.
South Australia’s My Used To Be, trained by Jill Neilson and Katie Wilson, was impressive in a first up win in his heat and from gate three, off the front, has to be a strong winning prospect.
Cyclone S Adams, trained and driven by Dean Girardi, also can be expected to run well but there are a number of Victorian trotters which will be strongly fancied.
Anywhere Hugo, trained by Chris Svanosio, was brilliantly driven by Tayla French last week and will be hard to hold out late while Hesallmuscle, from the Emma Stewart stable, will be better for last week’s second.
Story: HRSA Media
Photo: Walter Bulyga