SA Trots - Saturday 14th August 2021 wrap up
Young concession driver Jason Kittel has had a big week driving his first winner on the Monday card, and tonight he shook off any nerves he may have had by taking MAJOR MAD to a convincing win at Globe Derby Park at odds in the opening race. MAJOR MAD sat one by one until late in the race when Jason took him wider around the final turn and ran home strongly to defeat SUTTER MAN and NIKKS PICK. MAJOR MAD is trained by Jasons grandfather Trevor Kittel who part owns the gelding with him.
In Race 2 DELIGHTFUL GNP NZ showed gate speed from dispatch and worked around to the lead where driver Wayne Hill had a fairly easy race until the final stages when challenged by the favourite GORDON GIRL who raced in the breeze for the entire race. DELIGHTFUL GNP chalked up his fifth win for trainer Heather Stevens continuing some awesome form having only been unplaced twice in 18 starts for the trainer in South Australia.
Leading driver Dani Hill bought up her first of a double in the SAHRC Les Harding Appreciation Pace. Dani continued her winning relationship with the Shane Loone trained CELESTIAL DAYBREAK who opened up favourite and looked comfortable in front bringing up his 8th win for the season. Dani’s double came in Race 8 the 4yo Mares Allwood Sale Series (Prelude) where THE QUEEN OF HEART opened short priced favourite and from the wide barrier had to be taken back to the rear of the field. The Ryan Hryhorec trained mare worked around the field and proved too strong running to a convincing 8.5 metre victory.
The girls teamed up in Race 4 the Happy 21st Birthday Brodie Ewen Pace where Sam Pascoe on biard DENNIS sat three wide with the cart up behind BREACH THE BEACH. Sam peeled the gelding off at the 400 and headed for home giving trainer Tayla Warren her first win as trainer with the gelding.
Young driver Corey Johnson had a running double in Races 5 and 6 taking his tally for the season to 19 wins. The very lightly raced SKYBREEZE trained by father Lane Johnson took out the Valley Horse Transport Trotters Handicap and after working hard to find the front, Johnson dictated the race on his terms until kicking at the 400 metres and headed for home. SKYBREEZE was bred and is owned by Corey’s grandmother Patricia and has only been unplaced twice in his short career of seven starts.
Race 6 the Hygain Release Pacers Discretionary saw Corey take favourite JACCKA TED to the front from the gate release and the Greg Scholefield trained 5 year old never looked back sliding to a 5.8 metre victory over CULTURE KING who was untidy at the start and made up ground. The South East owned gelding and Johnson have a good working relationship with this being the third win from 5 starts with Johnson in the sulky.