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December 18, Bunyip Harness Racing story
Talented mare Atreacherous resumed with a scintillating win at Globe Derby Park on Sunday.
Trained by Jeremy Seal at Kudla, Atreacherous ($5.50) ran home powerfully from last to score in the TAB Long May We Play Pace (2230m).
Reinsman Wayne Hill timed the four-year-old mare’s sprint to perfection to score by 2-1/2 metres from Steam Cleaned ($4.20) with Secret Operation ($2.90 fav), two metres away third.
Previously a winner of eight of her 22 starts, Atreacherous hadn’t raced since failing at Mildura on June 3.
“The initial plan was to give her six weeks in the paddock,” Seal said.
“When it came time to put her back in work, there was plenty of rain and my property was quite wet.
“I certainly didn’t feel like working her in the wet so I asked the owners if I could keep her out for a bit longer.
“They agreed, and I’m sure that extra break helped.
“She put on plenty of weight during the spell and I still haven’t got it all off.
“She had been working well but I told Wayne (Hill) not to make his run too early and he followed my instructions to perfection.”
Seal said Atreacherous had been a mare which had continued to improve since coming into his stable.
“The whole family keep getting better with age and she is following that pattern.
“I believe she can measure up in the best company here in South Australia if she can get the right run.”
Bagot Well trainer Peta Brown would have been extremely happy with her two runners in the Hygain Fiber Fresh Trotters Handicap (2230m).
Bold front runner Our Spitfire ($5.50), driven by her husband Terry, dashed to the early lead from gate three and was never headed scoring a five-metre win from Irene Rose ($6.50) which chased her throughout.
Brown’s other runner, Lord Chancellor ($6.50), driven by Corey Johnson, came off a 30-metre handicap to grab third, 15-1/2 metres away.
Two Wells trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec made an unsuccessful trip to Hamilton in Victoria on Sunday afternoon, and it was left to wife Kerry to come up with a winner at Globe Derby Park.
Premonition ($3.10 fav), trained by Hryhorec, and driven by Michael Smith, came from well back to take out the John Rothe Video Pace (1800m).
Owned by Alan and Ngaire Cronin at Murray Bridge, Premonition won by six metres from Secret Jack ($61) with Cavalryman ($12), two metres away third.
Two Wells trainer Shane Loone, who prepared Secret Jack, went one better in the Clay & Minerals Pace (1800m) when Barney Fella dashed along the sprint lane to grab victory.
Michael Smith, who had driven Premonition, was in the sulky on Barney Fella.
Sent out at $10, Barney Fella beat Our Major Jack, which is trained by Hryhorec, by two metres.
Loone on Tuesday took a big team to Port Pirie when he won the club’s trainer’s premiership picking up an excellent cash prize of $7000.
The next Globe Derby Park meeting will be on Christmas eve, Saturday, December 24.
Story & Phooto: Graham Fischer