SA TROTS Borg hoping to Get Lucky in the 2024 Pronto United Finances Strathalbyn Trotters Cup

HOME is where the heart is, or in the case of Mario Borg, where the Cup is!

A long standing committee member of the Strathalbyn Harness Racing Club, Borg aims to have a runner at the organization’s main meeting each season.

Although the club closed its racetrack doors after selling its land last February, it is continuing to function at ‘away venues’ – including Globe Derby on Saturday night.

Operating at the site since 1938, the club sold the land to developers and is in the process of developing a “multifunction sporting complex”.

Proposals for the complex include camping and recreational vehicle facilities.

As for this weekend’s action, the club’s decision to boost prizemoney has been rewarded with large fields across 12 races.

One of those events is the evening’s co-feature – Strathalbyn Trotters’ Cup – of which Borg has two entrants.

Along with stable mainstay Get Lucky, Borg will be represented by Uncle Louis, which will make his debut for the astute horseman.

“It’s not a home meeting in a physical sense, but it will always be a home meeting in soul,” Borg said. “Every year it is my goal to contest our Cups and be a part of our biggest meeting.

“We’ve got a dozen races on Saturday night which will keep those at, and away from Globe Derby betting at home, happy.

“We expect a pretty decent crowd and already have several marquees booked on the lawn.”

Ironically, Get Lucky has been anything but during the barrier draw, with the son of Lucky Chucky drawn wide in six.

Uncle Louis will begin from two along the 10-metre line.

“He wasn’t lucky in the draw, but he is a good standing start horse, which will be going forward,” Borg said. “If he happens to find the front, it will be a ‘take no prisoners’ scenario.

“Louis only came over this week, but has settled in nicely. He came here from Cav’s (Paul Cavallaro) place fully fit and looking a treat, so we expect him to go well.”

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