SA TROTS Jill Neilsons team on fire

SHE’S finished the local year on a high, but South Australian horsewoman Jill Neilson still has unfinished business for the season.

Neilson had a pair of runners in the opening event at Globe Derby last night, but only needed Just Chai, which outstayed his rivals with Dani Hill in the cart.

The win saw the son of Sunshine Beach ‘bookend’ his three-year-old campaign, having scored at the same venue during his first outing for the year on January 29.

Naturally pleased with the triumph, Neilson watched Just Chai’s performance via television while in Victoria.

“I should stay away more,” Neilson joked. “He went super…I’m really pleased with him

“I was a little worried about his last start, but thankfully he is back to his best.

“It is a great way to end the year at home, plus Mum being in the ownership of him gives her a big thrill and she would have been there cheering him on tonight.”

Neilson’s trip across the border is in preparation for tonight’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting, in which she has Skew Whiff engaged in a Vicbred Super Series Final.

Boasting four wins and a second from six starts, the two-year-old trotter earned her position in the Group One via a handy fifth in a heat in Maryborough a fortnight ago.

To be driven by Lisa Miles, Skew Whiff faces a daunting task from barrier six.

“She has settled in brilliantly here, so there are no excuses there,” Neilson said. “I’ll be over the moon if she finishes in the first five as this is a big step up.

“She is a beautiful little filly which always tries her hardest, so I know she will do her best.”

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