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The decision to use selected races as qualifying events for the $60,000 South Australian Pacing Cup has prompted Victorian trainer Andy Gath to send talented Tango Tara across to race at Port Pirie on Saturday.
The $9,999 Ardrossan Hotel Kadina Pacing Cup (2530m) is one of two races where the winner gains an automatic start in the SA Cup over 2645 metres on Saturday, October 28.
Tango Tara will come from gate two in the Kadina Cup with Ryan Hryhorec to drive.
“I love bringing horses to South Australia and I think it is a good idea to have a few qualifying races to ensure horses can make sure of a start in the Cup,” Gath said.
“Maybe the locals might not be happy with me, but the SA Cup is the main goal for Tango Tara, and I want to make sure he obtains a start.
“If he doesn’t get the job done on Saturday, I will bring him back for the heats on the 20th at Globe Derby Park.
“I’m pleased the Board has allowed Victorian horses to come across for your features, and I might add another horse in search of the Cup, I will certainly give it some thought.
“One of my favourite wins was with Caribbean Blaster in the 2014 SA Cup when he had the stirring battle with Smoken Up who had won the race four times.”
Gath said Tango Tara was no superstar but a very smart pacer.
“They went ballistic in his last run at Melton,” the trainer said.
“I think he has been racing well without a lot of luck and gets his chance to get back into the winner’s list at Port Pirie.”
From gate two, with Ryan Hryhorec in the sulky, the seven-year-old should find the front and take catching.
Last Saturday’s Globe Derby Park winner Springfield Affair should run well and prove a danger.
From gate four, with concession reinswoman Bernadette Page in the sulky, Springfield Affair will likely go forward and try and find the front.
Trainer Kevin von Duve said the five-year-old was at his best when able to lead.
Another highlight will be the 2023 $9,999 Minlaton Hotel Kadina Trotters Cup (2530m) where Powderkeg will come off a 40-metre handicap for trainers Jill Neilson and Katie Wilson.
Powderkeg will be driven by Ryan Hryhorec who admires the talent of the squaregaiter.
“He was very good winning at Globe Derby Park last time,” Hryhorec said.
“He was very well behaved, but I wouldn’t say he is foolproof just yet.”
The six-year-old has won two of his four starts since returning to South Australia.
Once considered erratic, the gelding has matured with his time back home.
Hryhorec said only eight opponents, and the long trip would suit Powderkeg.
The 2023 Wombat Hotel Yorke Peninsula Cup (2050m) has brought together some in-form pacers.
Im Reggie, trained and driven by Hryhorec, will come from gate one but the very smart Fletch Maguire, from the Aaron Bain stable, to be driven by Samantha Pascoe, has drawn right behind him.
The Port Pirie meeting also sees the return to race driving of Ken Rogers after an enforced absence.
Rogers has been one of the state’s top drivers and trainers Leah Holman and Luke O’Neill have given him drives at the Kadina Harness Racing Club meeting.
“I’m looking forward to driving again,” Rogers said.
“Leah has been a good supporter over my time and Luke has given me a few drives as well.”
Rogers has drives in seven of the eight races on Saturday.
Story: HRSA Media