SA TROTS - Claire Goble hits the scoreboard for Team Teal
Harness racing communities throughout Australia and New Zealand come together for six weeks from February 1 each year under the banner of Team Teal to raise money for charity.
The industry supports WomenCan to raise vital funds and awareness for gynaecological cancers.
When Team Teal started several years ago, it was just reinswomen wearing teal-coloured pants but as the promotion has grown, the male drivers and also trainers are becoming involved.
State bodies and TABCorp give a donation for every race won by Team Teal participants while further funds are raised in various activities by harness racing clubs, businesses and industry participants.
South Australia’s first meeting featuring Team Teal participants was on Sunday at Globe Derby Park where trainer Claire Goble and concession reinsman Jason ‘Chicken’ Kittel combined to win with Clarenden Legacy in the aptly named Taking The Reins For Team Teal Pace (1800m).
This is the first year the sponsorship has been opened so widely and Goble, a Trinity College teacher, jumped at the chance to sponsor herself and produced a winner with her first runner.
Kittel wore the special white colours with a Team Teal logo on Clarenden Legacy which came from midfield to score by 1-1/2 metres from Giftedfromtheheart ($6) with Bettor Be Lively ($26) a long head away third.
“I must admit it was a bit strange looking for the different colours during the race,” Goble said.
“But it is for a wonderful cause, and I am pleased to be involved.
“From barrier eight Jason said he would be two or three back on the inside and hopefully get off the fence at the right time and that is exactly what happened.”
Well backed at $7.50, Clarenden Legacy was angled off the inside coming off the back straight and once in the open sprinted strongly to pick up the leaders and win impressively.
The six-year-old has been ultra consistent for Goble who also bred and owns him.
Sunday was his 11th win with 13 placings from just 40 starts and took his stakes to $47,906.
Goble said Clarenden Legacy was out of the former good racemare Clarenden Serene.
“He is by Cullens Legacy which we stood at our property for several years before the horrific Pinery bushfires in 2015.”
Later in the evening, co-trainers Jill Neilson and Katie Wilson also supported Team Teal winning with their in-form squaregaiter My Used To Be in the Speeding Spur @ Woodlands Stud Trotters Handicap (2230m).
Making it three wins in a row, My Used To Be was driven by Wayne Hill whose colours were white and teal halves, teal sleeves and a Team Teal logo.
Coming off a 20-metre handicap, the six-year-old settled at the back of the field before coming with a powerful run to win by three metres from Get Lucky ($6) with Aldebaran Dexta ($3.60), 2-1/2 metres away third.
The Neilson-Wilson training team brought up a double in the Hygain Release Southern Cross Pace (1800m).
Honolulu Lulu, driven by Katie Wilson, scored a photo-finish win over stablemate Sunshine Ray, driven by Wayne Hill to give Team Teal another winner on the night.
Top reinswoman Gaita Pullicino brought up a treble in the teal pants.
She won the #Getrealsupportteal Trotters Handicap (2230m) on Balmoral Hall which is owned by her son Tony and is trained by Mario Borg.
Tony Pullicino recently purchased Balmoral Hall with the idea of breeding from her later in the year.
“She is as beautifully bred mare that has won 10 races,” Pullicino said.
“She has good speed and very consistent and I believe she will be an excellent broodmare; we will just keep trying to place her to win before sending her to the breeding barn.”
Gaita Pullicino then won on Mikicool and Hanging Fire, both trained at Naracoorte by Greg Scholefield.
Mikicool, backed from $3 into $1.75 favourite, led throughout in the Italian Cup 17th February Pace (2230m) while Hanging Fire ($1.40 fav) also led all the way in the Paceway Dining at Globe Italian Cup Night Pace (2230m).
Another front running winner was Roll With Eunice, trained in Gawler by Jason Booth.
A $5.50 chance, Roll With Eunice was well rated by reinsman Ken Rogers to beat the $1.45 favourite Brookyinthepaddock.
Booth said the mare was offered to him by last year’s leading trainer Aaron Bain when he was streamlining his team.
Bain also had a winner when Chrislynn put up a strong performance to win the SA BOTRA Pace (1800m).
A well backed $2 favourite, Chrislynn is part-owned by the ABR Ladies Club who had great success with Arco which has been sold to the United States.
Arco had been a first up winner for the Ladies Club, but they have had to be a bit more patient with Chrislynn which was having her fifth start since coming from New Zealand.