SA TROTS Hryhorec finishes 2022 with a training treble

Leading South Australian harness racing trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec finished 2022 with a winning treble at Globe Derby Park on Friday.

Hryhorec, from Two Wells, trained Premonition, Elegant Eyre and Mikipelo to victory.

He drove Premonition and Mikipelo while the state’s leading driver Danielle Hill was in the sulky for the win of Elegant Eyre.

Premonition is owned by Alan and Ngareta Cronin who were on course to see the win in the SAHRC Staff Appreciation Pace (1800m).

Cronin is a trainer himself but decided to transfer the five-year-old to Hryhorec at the end of September.

“I felt I just wasn’t getting the best out of him,” Cronin said.

“With all the rain causing issues with my property, I knew I was not doing the horse justice.

“I have had an association with Ryan for many years and thought it was worth giving him a go, and it has paid dividends.”

Premonition has won four of his nine starts for Hryhorec, the last three in a row.

On Friday, Hryhorec brought the gelding with a well-timed run to grab a half neck win from Victory Medal ($34) with Double O Heaven ($7.50), 2-1/2 metres away third.

“The good thing is we were able to bring our granddaughters to the trots tonight and they were able to see him win,” Cronin said.

Elegant Eyre was a three-year-old filly taking on the older horses in The Globe Bar & Gaming Pace (1800m).

Reinswoman Danielle Hill settled second behind the leader My Golden Eagle before using the sprint lane in the home straight to grab first prize.

Elegant Eyre ($1.50 fav) sprinted strongly to score a 3.10 metre win from My Golden Eagle ($7.50) with Absolution ($7.50), four metres away third.

Mikipelo joined Hryhorec’s stable late last year and had two unplaced runs for him at Mildura before Saturday night’s success in the Happy New Year From SAHRC Pace (1800m).

From gate two, he drove hard to ensure the two-year-old held the lead and from then was able to dictate the tempo.

Mikipelo ($5.50) showed good heart to stave off a late challenge from Always Steamed Up ($23) to win by a neck with Feisty Jane ($13), two metres away third.

The treble took Hryhorec’s winning tally to 63 for 2022 but he had to be content with second place behind Two Wells trainer Shane Loone who prepared 79 winners.

The driver’s title went to Danielle Hill with 143 winners from Hryhorec who drove 91. Ironically, a number of Hill’s winners were on Hryhorec-trained horses.

A treble on Friday ensured Hill’s brother Wayne finished third with 73 winners.

On Friday, Wayne Hill Kahina ($5.50) for Globe Derby Park trainer Ray Holberton, Keilah ($6) for Nick Tardio then Maharajah ($26) for Heather Stevens.

Apart from Elegant Eyre, Danielle Hill also scored on Friday night with Just Chai ($3 fav) for Penfield trainer Jill Neilson in the F&D Azzurro Earthworks Pace (1800m).

Backed in from $5, Just Chai did work early before drawing clear to win by a neck from Joonior Brown ($6) with Longtan Cassanova ($14), five metres away third.

A three-year-old, he has won seven of his 27 starts and shows plenty of promise.

Story Graham Fischer

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