SA TROTS Weekend wrap up with Graham Fischer

Talented South Australian junior harness driver Samantha Pascoe started the most exciting eight days in her career in winning style at Globe Derby Park on Friday.

Pascoe led throughout on Laylas Princess in the Group 3 Alabar Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Southern Cross Final (1800m) for trainer Clinton Fuller.

After driving at Globe Derby Park on Monday, Pascoe headed to Victoria to represent South Australia in the Australian Junior Drivers Championship, run in conjunction with the Inter Dominion series.

In the series, Pascoe drove at the premier track Melton on Tuesday before heading to Ballarat on Wednesday, Bendigo on Friday culminating in a final drive on Inter Dominion grand final night at Melton on Saturday.

At Globe Derby Park, Laylas Princess, backed from $10 into $4.20, led from barrier two and was never seriously troubled in scoring by 11 metres from Miss Poppys Friend ($34) with Godsgift ($8), six metres away third.

The winner’s chances were improved when the odds-on favourite Sunshineanrainbows ($1.35) galloped when appearing to find interference with just over a lap to go.

However, nothing can be taken away from Pascoe’s rating of Laylas Princess and the driver showed her delight with the victory by raising her whip crossing the line.

“I was pretty excited,” Pascoe said.

“I was able to win a Gawler Derby for Clinton (Fuller) on Sir Lucas, but this rates higher.

“A fantastic way to start the week.”

Fuller purchased Laylas Princess from the South Australian Yearling Sales for just $7000 and she has already collected more than $27,000 in stakes.

“Dad (Alec) liked her, and he is the owner,” Fuller said.

“Unfortunately, he lost a leg soon after we bought her, and doesn’t make it to the trots all that often.

“Tonight, he was at home and watched the win on television.

“The filly has done a great job this year so I will send her for a break now.”

Two Wells trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec has dominated the colts and geldings section of two-year-old racing and that continued in the Group 3 Cobbity Equine Southern Cross Final (1800m).

Hryhorec supplied the quinella with Hes All Torque ($2.50 eq fav), driven by Danielle Hill, finishing best to score a one metre win from Jamaican Rock ($2.50 eq fav), driven by the trainer, with Lethal Louise ($21), two metres away third.

The winner is owned and was bred by Queensland harness enthusiast Ian Corazzol, who loves his music, and Hes All Torque carries colours including a treble clef.

On crossing the line, Hryhorec leaned across to congratulate Hill and give the winner a pat.

“He has been a true professional,” Hryhorec said describing Hes All Torque.

“From day one he has done everything right, and importantly, has a will to win.”

Hes All Torque now has four wins and three seconds from his eight starts.

Hryhorec said the runner-up Jamaican Rock was also a horse of ability.

“He is still learning and I’m sure he will be even better with a bit more maturity.”

Prominent South Australian owner-breeder David Battye had to miss the Southern Cross meeting stuck at home at Buckland Park with covid.

His horses did him proud landing four winners on the eight-race program.

Elegant won the Group 3 Alabar Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies Southern Cross Final (2230m), Cobber took out the Group 3 Cobbity Equine Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings Southern Cross Final (2230m), Mercenary scored in the Aldebaran Park Three-Year-Old Trotters Southern Cross Final (2230m), then to complete the quartet, Sequence won the Aldebaran Park Two-Year-Old Trotters Southern Cross Final (1800m).

Cobber and Elegant are trained by former Angle Vale mentor Geoff Webster, now based in Victoria and were driven by Danielle Hill while Mercenary and Sequence are prepared in Victoria by Kelvin Barker and were driven by Bailey McDonough.

Hill drove Elegant ($1.07 fav) like she was the best filly and she lived up to that expectation scoring by 14 metres in a smart mile rate of 1:57.7.

Cobber ($1.45 fav) was expected to have a great contest with Jawsoflincoln ($2.80) and so it proved.

Jawsoflincoln, as expected, found the lead and Cobber had to sit parked for the last lap and a half but loomed up to challenge with 600 metres left to run.

The pair staged a two-horse battle to the finish with Cobber having just a half head advantage at the finish in the quick mile rate of 1:55.4.

Both Mercenary ($17 into $2 fav) and Sequence ($7 into $3.40) landed some good bets in winning their races.

They were nearly identical races with Mercenary taking the sit on Saint Sebastian ($3.10), while Sequence trailed Skew Whiff ($1.65 fav) but in the home straight they both wore down the leaders to win.

Story: Graham Fischer