SA TROTS -Wrap up by Fisch
A pre-race plan worked to perfection as talented mare Mosaic Art demolished her opposition in the 2023 Norman Memorial (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
Trained in Gawler by Aaron Bain, Mosaic Art ($2.50), brilliantly driven by Samantha Pascoe, scored by 24-1/2 metres in the time-honoured SA feature.
Sea Flyer ($3) was second, two metres in front of Pay Me Interest ($51) in an excellent mile rate of 1:55.8.
In discussion of tactics for the event, Bain and Pascoe agreed that the early leader would be Miss Heston ($101) from gate three and Mosaic Art was drawn behind that mare.
They decided that Mosaic Art, a quick beginner herself, had the speed to push through on the back of Miss Heston and have an attempt to find the front.
The plan worked to perfection with Pascoe driving superbly to ensure her mare got the run through on the back of Miss Heston which found the front and then allowed Mosaic Art to come up and assume control.
Once in front, the five-year-old mare kept running and had her rivals in chase mode for the rest of the race.
With quarters of 29.8, 29.8, 28.6 and 28.5 for the last 1600 metres the mare was never really challenged and raced away to win.
Bain said there had been discussion about sending Mosaic Art to Queensland for the Winter Carnival.
“All the big eastern state trainers are heading to Brisbane with big teams, and she would be up against the very best,” Bain said.
“It makes better sense to stay here, run at Globe Derby Park again next Saturday, then maybe head to Melton in Victoria for better prizemoney.
“Mosaic Art is in a purple patch of form and the time is right to test her in better company.”
It was a good night for Bain through his Aaron Bain Racing as apart from taking out the Norman Memorial, it also won, as an owner, the 2023 Pacing For Pink Three-year-old Classic (1800m) with Queen Treacherie.
ABR part-owns the three-year-old filly with Summit Bloodstock along with other partners.
Queen Treacherie is trained in Victoria by champion mentor Emma Stewart.
A little easy in the market, Queen Treacherie ($1.70 fav) led throughout to score a six-metre win from Waitpinga Heritage ($4.60) with its stablemate Supercharged ($81), four metres away third.
Driven by veteran reinswoman Gaita Pullicino, the filly rated 1:56.4.
Bain said there was a chance Queen Treacherie could be back at Globe Derby Park again.
He has mentioned to trainer Emma Stewart the 2023 SA St Leger (1800m) on Saturday, June 3 could be a nice option.
The other feature on Saturday was the 2023 SA BOTRA Silver Salver Final (1800m) for two-year-olds.
A thrilling finish looked likely when Star Man ($3.20) led and was being challenged by first starter No Notthebuttons ($1.75 fav) turning for home.
Suddenly, the favourite galloped, leaving Star Man, driven by David Smith, clear and he raced away to win by 13-1/2 metres from Tonkawaikon ($6) with Saturday Dance ($23), 41 metres away third.
Unfortunately for connections, No Notthebuttons could not get back into a pace and trailed the field.
Star Man’s victory was very popular as the colt is owned and trained by veteran horseman John Conry.
Now 86, Conry started I harness racing as a 17-year-old and had a very good horses called Santa Choice in the halcyon days of Wayville.
He purchased Star Man at the 2022 Silver Salver Yearling Sale.
There was no one cheering louder for a Star Man win than Stephen and Tess Norman from Allenby Lodge in Kapunda.
The Normans are working to preserve the standardbred breeding industry in SA and stand Major Secret, the sire of Star Man.
From limited bookings in his first season at stud, Major Secret has some nice two-year-olds in training and to have one of his sons win a feature is a boost to the stallion.
Two Wells trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec had two wins, one from each area.
Hryhorec drove the Bronte Giorgio-trained Royal Speech ($3.20 fav) to a tough win in the Gettin There Excavations Pace (2230m) before training Our Major Jack ($5) to victory in the K&S Electrical Pace (1800m).
Our Major Jack was driven by Danielle Hill who had been scheduled to have major back surgery early this month, but had it postponed indefinitely so has returned to driving.
Story Graham Fischer
Photo Walter Bulyga