SA TROTS Looking for Interstate success

A HOST of South Australians will attempt to ‘buck the trend’ this weekend.

After being on the wrong side of interstate invaders – particularly Victorians – for several decades, SA trainers and owners are hoping to extract some revenge at Bendigo tomorrow night and Tabcorp Park Melton the following evening.

Three ‘Croweaters’ will contest Group Ones at headquarters, with another pair chasing feature glory at the provincial circuit.

Jeremy Seal will head to Bendigo for the Vicbred Silver and Bronze Paces, in which he will be represented by Atreacherous and Shazzam.

To Seal’s dismay, the four-year-olds have drawn poorly in barriers six and seven.

Elsewhere on the card, Ryan Hryhorec will tackle a Vicbred Silver Pace with Hez All Torque.

Winner of the Southern Cross Final at Globe Derby earlier this month, Hez All Torque was then a handy fourth in a series heat before performing well below his best to finish at the tail of the field in a semi.

To be driven by Nathan Jack, the son of Pet Rock has also been granted no favours in the draw and will come from gate six.

Fast forward the ‘main event’ and respected horsewoman Jill Neilson has Skew Whiff in the $100,000 Final for two-year-old trotting fillies.

Boasting four wins and a second from six starts, Skew Whiff earned her position on the Group One via a handy fifth in a Maryborough-based heat a fortnight ago.

Outstanding filly Encipher will then seek redemption in the three-year-old pacing decider.

Bred and owned by Tyson Linke, Encipher was runner-up behind Amore Vita during last season’s edition.

In fact, the daughter of Captaintreacherous was also second in her heat and semi.

This time around Encipher is aiming for a clean sweep after capturing the two qualifying rounds.

Drawn to lead throughout from the pole, Encipher is a prohibitive $1.25 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.

One of only two other runners under double figures at $8, Soho Historia is owned by South Australian interests.

An Emma Stewart-trained stablemate of Encipher, Soho Historia will require luck from the middle of the back row.

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Photo:  Walter Bulyga