SA TROTS Weekend wrap up with Graham Fischer

Clarenden Envoy, the horse that loves to race, continued his rise to be among the best pacers in South Australia with another win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.

A $3.70 chance, Clarenden Envoy sat behind the leader Joes A Character ($1.75 fav) in the Christmas Carols @ Globe Derby Sunday December 11 Pace (2230m).

Reinsman Corey Johnson elected to use the sprint lane in the home straight and the five-year-old sprinted strongly to win running away by two metres.

The favourite held on for second, 2-1/2 metres in front of SA Cup winner Wrangler ($4.80).

Trained by Trinity College teacher Claire Goble at Wasleys, Clarenden Envoy has won four of his past eight starts and Saturday was his strongest opposition.

“Saturday night was definitely his biggest test,” Goble said.

“I wasn’t sure he would be good to enough to beat such quality opposition over the 2230 metres.

“He stepped up again and sprinted strongly to win well.”

Clarenden Envoy rated a smart 1:57.2 in scoring with all four quarters of the last 1600 metres recorded in sub 30 seconds.

The gelding has had 33 starts this season and Goble said he thrived on her training process.

“I actually tried to give him a short spell a few weeks ago but he kept pacing up and down the fence and wasn’t happy not being in the stables.

“Between his races he does most of his work off the jogger, and I might fast work him once a week.

“He loves it and keeps stepping up.”

Goble said she had three more foals out of Clarenden Esprit, the dam of Clarenden Envoy, coming through the system.

“I have two by the young sire Bling It On and another, a full brother to Clarenden Envoy, by Blissful Hall.

“Interestingly, the full brother is a completely different build being much bigger.”

Clarenden Envoy’s record this season has him in strong contention to be South Australia’s Horse Of The Year for 2022.

His eight wins put him in a group of four that have achieved that tally and another win might be enough to clinch him the title.

While he was beaten, Gawler Cup winner Joes A Character indicated he was getting back to his best form.

Owner-trainer-breeder Yvette Zitterbart sent him to New South Wales last year where he won at Menangle but didn’t really produce his best form.

Joes A Character has had six runs back for three seconds but has steadily improved and his next win shouldn’t be too far away.

SA premiership leader Shane Loone took his season tally to 73 victories when Liberty Tee Jay took out the final event, the Happy Retirement Jim Jacques Pace (1800m).

Well backed at $4.40, Liberty Tee Jay, driven by Danielle Hill, sat parked before drawing clear to win by a metre from Steinman ($3.40 fav) with Bien Hoa ($8), three metres away third.

Gawler contractor Rob Caruso gave himself an early birthday present when Partyatthebeach took out the Bianco Reinforcing Pace (1800m).

Backed from $2 into $1.75 favourite, Partyatthebeach, driven by Danielle Hill, sat outside the leader before drawing clear to win by a metre.

Sorrento ($6.50) tried hard to finish second, 19-1/2 metres in front of Mamma Kass ($71).

The win was the three-year-old’s first in 14 months, but he has been racing very well against the best of his age.

He had six placings from his previous eight starts.

Danielle Hill was the star driver on the night winning four of the seven races.

Apart from Liberty Tee Jay and Partyatthebeach, she was also successful on My Bad Habits for Matt Maguire and Secret Operation for David Harding.

Story & Phooto: Graham Fischer