SA TROTS Bernadette Page has a day out at Globe Derby
SHE’S a ‘Ginny come lately’ among the driving ranks, but Bernadette Page has made a massive impact on the winners’ circle.
Obtaining her licence last month, Page has had 16 drives for three wins and five placings, giving her a 50 per cent strike rate of finishing in the top three.
What makes Page’s record all the more impressive is she only broke her maiden at Globe Derby yesterday.
After registering her initial win with Blue Sparkler in the opening event on the card, Page wasn’t content with one victory!
A little over an hour later Page completed her first double thanks to Bayonet Soldier, which rated 1:57.1 over 1800 metres to account for Keilah and Trigger.
Blue Sparkler and Bayonet Soldier are prepared by Page’s partner, Matt Maguire.
Another hour later and Page kept in sweet with Maguire’s family by piloting Rocknroll Yankee to glory to claim a treble.
Scoring in a tight finish, Rocknroll Yankee is prepared by Maguire’s father, Robin.
“It was an amazing day, very unexpected,” Page said. “I was confident the first one would win if he trotted all the way, but after the second I was thinking ‘no way’.
“To get a third win was like a surreal dream.
“I thought the one on the inside got me, but when my number came up it was crazy.
“If you told me a week ago or earlier in the morning I would get three winners I would’ve been sizing you up for a straitjacket.”
Moving from Victoria to South Australia last August, Page revealed gaining her driver’s licence has “been a long time coming”.
“I always wanted to do it and did my trials in Victoria when I was younger, but never went on to get my licence as something kept me hesitant,” Page said.
“I worked for Bill Morgan who gave me a lot of trial drives, but it wasn’t until I moved over to live with Matt that I decided it was time.
“I really enjoy driving and just want to have fun while doing the best I can.”