SA TROTS -Globe Derby Saturday Night preview
Family pacer Wrangler will be seeking his 26th career win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday in the Download The TAB App Today Pace (2230m).
The 2022 SA Pacing Cup winner is having a good campaign for trainer-driver Angela Chapman who took over the gelding in September this year.
“I had a few drives when Wrangler was being trained by my brother Paul and became aware he was up for sale,” Chapman said.
“So I contacted my sister Carolyn (Webster) and we put together an ownership group and purchased him.
“Apart from myself and Carolyn, there are her children Laura and Anthony, his partner Emily Fry, son Beau and my parents Neil and Maureen Cavallaro.”
Wrangler will come from gate five and two of his opponents will be former stablemates Culture King and Artillery, both trained by Paul Cavallaro.
Chapman said while the draw was not kind, the distance of 2230 metres was ideal.
“He is a strong stayer, we just need a bit of speed on and make it a survival of the fittest.
“I have to say he is best eater of any horse I have had.
“He goes out into a paddock each day but is always the first back to the gate ready to see if there is anything to eat. He loves his food.”
Wrangler came from gate six at his most recent run on November 27 and after going back early, Chapman elected to come forward and sit parked.
Artillery, which had led in the 1800 metre event was able to sprint home strongly to win from Harry Ovens with Wrangler battling on well to finish third.
Saturday’s extra distance will give him the chance to outstay his rivals.
Culture King is racing well and will be a danger to his ex-stablemate.
The seven-year-old ran fourth in that race won by Artillery, and he also will appreciate the extra ground.
The Bizzness was a very easy winner at Globe Derby Park last Tuesday, and he lines up in the opening event, the King Of The North USA @ Llowalong Farms Pace (1800m).
Trained by Aaron Bain, the four-year-old won by an amazing 41-1/2 metres on Tuesday rating 1:55.0.
The Bizzness settled second last, then sprinted powerfully from the 600 metres and thrashed his rivals, untouched.
Concession driver Samantha Pascoe picks up the drive on Saturday, and despite his awkward draw, looks very hard to beat.
One of the best races on Saturday is the final event, the Hygain Regain Trotters Handicap (26454m).
Trainer Ryan Hryhorec has three strong chances Aldebaran Stiles off the front, Aldebaran Dexta on 10 metres and Phoebe Onyx and coming from a 20-metre handicap.
Looking to upset a possible Hryhorec trifecta will be My Used To Be, trained by Jill Neilson and Katie Wilson, and to be driven by Wayne Hill and Get Lucky, trained by Mario Borg and to be driven by Tony Pullicino.
Aldebaran Dexta has won his past three starts at Globe Derby Park and recently had a successful campaign in Victoria.
He proved good enough to come off a 10-metre handicap at his most recent run and run down Get Lucky which had run along strongly in front in a 2230 metre event.
Saturday’s extra distance will be no issue, but also will suit My Used To Be who is a strong stayer.
Story: HRSA Media
Photo: Walter Bulyga