SA TROTS -Bettor Be Lively up and about

Young Kapunda reinsman Nicholas Brown said “all was forgiven” after Bettor Be Lively won at Globe Derby Park on Sunday.

When Brown was working with Bettor Be Lively during the week, the gelding let fly with a hind leg striking him just above the knee.

“It left a bit of a bruise, but it could have been a lot worse,” Brown said.

“We have found when he is a bit full of himself you know he will run well.”

So it proved with Bettor Be Lively, trained by Peta Brown, at Bagot Well, finishing best to win the Bianco Reinforcing Pace (2230m).

Starting at $8.50, the nine-year-old began nicely from gate three and Brown was able to settle him one-out, one-back, in a perfect trailing position.

When asked to improve with 300 metres left to travel Bettor Be Lively quickly dashed up and drew clear to win by three metres from Uncle Leo ($15) with the pacemaker Major Holiday ($4), 1-1/2 metres away third.

“He had no luck last week when he ran sixth to Giftedfromtheheart,” Brown said.

“We never really got clear late, 22d he went to the line with plenty to offer, and this week, everything went perfectly.”

Sunday’s win was sixth for owner-trainer Peta Brown since coming into her stable towards the end of last year after campaigning in Western Australia.

At the time Nick Brown was working in Victoria and the now nine-year-old had several runs there, including a second at Kilmore, before coming across to do his racing in South Australia.

Reeves Plains reinsman Ryan Hryhorec continued his chase in the SA Drivers’ premiership bringing up a treble at Globe Derby Park.

Hryhorec went into the meeting with 112 winners, five behind leader Wayne Hill, but finishing the season with strong momentum and by the end of the night trailed by only three with Hill managing one win at the meeting.

His first winner on Sunday was Butter Cup for Globe Derby Park trainer Nick Tardio.

A $4 chance, Butter Cup was given a perfect run by Hryhorec before coming with a well-timed run to score a 1-1/2 metre win from Flyin Tommy ($2.80 fav) with Supercharged ($3.80), 2-1/2 metres away third.

It was the four-year-old mare’s fifth win this season since coming into Tardio’s team.

Hryhorec then came with a late run with Starlight Sass to score a last-stride victory in the Southern Cross Finals Night December 2 Three-Year-Old Pace (1800m).

Bred and owned by Tim Fawcett, Starlight Sass is trained at Globe Derby Park by Matt Maguire, who also works for Hryhorec.

Unfancied at $34, the three-year-old filly sprinted strongly to grab a half head win from Sunshineanrainbows ($5) with Luna Rocks ($21), a half metre away third.

The winner is by the young stallion Major Secret, who stands at the Allenby Lodge Stud at Kapunda of Stephen Norman.

Starlight Sass has now won three of her six starts.

Hryhorec brought up his treble on Aldebaran Dexta, which he trains himself.

The four-year-old trotter led throughout in the AB Air Services Trotters Handicap (2230m) as the $1.75 favourite.

Hryhorec sent Aldebaran Dexta to Victoria last month where he won three races, two heats and the final of the Lang Trot Series.

Returning home, he took the gelding to Port Pirie where he inexplicably galloped and finished last of five behind Skybreeze.

He was on his best behaviour on Sunday and won comfortably by 9-1/2 metres from stablemate Mangana Joe ($3.30) with Empire Bay ($51), five metres away third.

 Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga