SA TROTS - Sportsflight hoping to go one better tonight

CONNECTIONS of lightly-raced youngster Sportsflight hope he can break his racing habit at Globe Derby tonight.

Given three starts by trainer Mick Darling, Sportsflight has been bridesmaid on each occasion, with the latest in Port Pirie four weeks ago.

“He’s still learning and is still pretty green, but we’re hoping he can get away with a win tonight,” Darling said. “Finishing second is getting to be a bit of a habit.

“After his last start, in which I felt he should have hit the line better, I found out he had a virus, so he had a week in the paddock which has done him well.

“Too well in fact, as I went to start him at Port Pirie a couple of weeks ago, but he just wasn’t ready.

“His work since has been pretty strong, so he’s right for tonight.”

To be driven by top reinsman Ken Rogers, Sportsflight has drawn barrier five, but slots into three following two scratchings.

A $1.80 favourite in early markets, the son of Sportswriter will only clash with three rivals.

“Ryan’s (Hryhorec) horse Santiago Lou played up at his only start but I think he goes alright and will be the one to beat,” Darling said. “My bloke is feeling pretty good and will take some catching.

“If he shows his best tonight I will give him a crack at the St Leger on May 4 as he is improving all the time

“He shows signs he can develop into a nice type, but is just taking his time.”

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