SA TROTS - Sam Pascoe previews her drives for Saturday night at Globe Derby
CONSISTENT South Australian reinswoman Samantha Pascoe makes no secret of her desire to improve season-after-season.
And after five years in the sulky, there is no doubt she has continued that upward trend.
This season, with 71 wins already on the board, she might even get close to a century pf wins.
She could certainly add to her tally on Saturday night with four handy drives at Globe Derby Park, including two for her own stable.
The first of those comes up in Race 4, where she gets her first drive on in-form four-year-old mare Butter Cup.
“I don’t get the chance to drive for Nick Tardio too often, so this was a nice drive to pick up,” said Pascoe.
“She’s been going pretty well.”
Pascoe is not quite as keen on the prospects of one she trains, Super Angus in Race 5.
“Things are starting to get a bit tricky for him now,” she said.
“He’s not quite a fast-class horse; But he’s made his way up there.
“He’s consistent and I’m happy with the way he’s working.
“His first-up run will have done him the world of good as he definitely needed that run.
“He’ll certainly be better for that effort last week.”
Pascoe says Uncle Leo [Race 7] had been a bit short of his best over the past year or so.
“That was a good drive to pick up because I think he’s on the improve now and that’s not an overly hard race,” she said.
And her final drive, the Lazarus-bred youngster Alive And Free also looks to be a serious chance.
“If I could add up a couple of hands on him he might look as good as Lazarus,” she laughed.
“He’s a real little fellow. But he’s a lovely type.
“I have a good opinion of him and I’m certain he’ll come back better as a three-year-old.
“At that stage he probably wants a good break and he’ll come back better again.”
Pascoe says more experience has helped her get better each season.
“You’d hope you’re improving,” she said.
“Every year I just want to drive more winners than the previous year.
“I do seem to be getting better drives than I have in the past.
“I’m driving a lot more for Aaron Bain and I’ve been a bit lucky with some of the horses I’ve been able to train.
“They’ve been good to me.”
Pascoe says she watches a lot of races from all around the Australian tracks.
“I just try to do my thing,” she said.
“I’d love to drive at Menangle one day.
“I went up there to watch the Miracle Mile a couple of years ago and it would be really cool to have a drive around there one day.
“But at the moment I’m really enjoying the training side of things and working with young horses.
“My biggest goal would be to train a feature race winner with a young horse that I had done all the work with.
“In the meantime, I start a holiday on Tuesday, so it would be good to land a winner or two before I start that break.”
Story: HRSA Media
Photo: Walter Bulyga