SA TROTS -Wheres The Gold takes out the 2023 Sky Racing SA Pacing Cup

Members of the West Torren’s Baseball Club had a Cup winning home run at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.

The club’s Ballers Syndicate is among the 72 owners, 55 of whom are South Australians, in Wheres The Gold, an all-the-way winner of the $60,000 Group 3 2023 Sky Racing South Australian Pacing Cup (2645m).

In a thrilling finish, Wheres The Gold ($1.70 into $1.55 fav) lasted by a head from the game Tango Tara ($7.50) with Platinum Stride ($7.50) a metre away third.

Trained by Emma Stewart, Wheres The Gold was able to hold the lead from gate one when the mobile drew away with Tango Tara, in gate two, forced to sit parked over the long trip.

Reinsman Allan McDonough was able to rate the Cup as he liked with a moderate 64.6 second first half of the 1600 metres, so the race was always going to develop into a sprint home.

He upped the tempo with a 28.3 second third quarter before coming home with a fast 27 seconds which was enough to record victory.

McDonough made a race winning move on the home turn.

“I could see throughout the race that Tango Tara wasn’t comfortable around the turns,“ McDonough said. “So, on the final bend I decided to go for home.”

It proved a winning move as Wheres The Gold gained a break and despite Tango Tara coming hard late, it proved to be too late.

Wheres The Gold was purchased from New Zealand by Aaron Bain Racing and Summit Bloodstock in August last year.

“When I formed ABR, the idea was to introduce more people to harness ownership so they could experience the thrill of owning a winner,” said Aaron Bain, principal of Aaron Bain Racing.

“We developed packages from as little as one percent up to 100 percent, and for the Ballers Syndicate from the West Torrens Baseball Club, Wheres The Gold was the first purchase.

“To see the joy of the members when he won is what ABR is all about.

“They loved taking the cup into the committee room and having a drink out of it.

“Another group from the Lockleys Football Club also have a share but the boys were at a buck’s show at the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

“There are also a number of owners who have been with ABR from day one such as Brad Fitzgerald, Tim O’Connor, Nicolle Rantanen Reynolds and Kirsty-Ann Tattoli.

 “I was so pleased for all the owners, no matter what percentage they have, they have owned the winner of South Australia’s most prestigious race.”

Bain said Wheres The Gold had been well placed by Stewart and her partner Clayton Tonkin.

The four-year-old has won nine of his 16 starts since coming to Australia and picked up $182,715 in stakes.

Tango Tara was superb in finishing second.

To sit parked, not be comfortable around the turns, and only fail by a head was outstanding.

Platinum Stride, Ultimate Vinnie and Hot Deal, third, fourth and fifth ran well but really had no chance with the winner’s sectionals.

Stewart and McDonough combined with Our Vinnie to win the 2023 Listed $30,000 Sky Racing South Australian Pacing Derby (2230m).

Another great drive by McDonough who had Our Vinnie away perfectly from gate two on the second row to settle one-out, one-back with a perfect trail.

McDonough sprinted the gelding up off the back and Our Vinnie ($1.45 fav) scored comfortably by 3-1/2 metres from Hes All Torque ($10) which led and battled on strongly with Cheerstolou ($23) a head away third.


 Story: HRSA Media

Photo: Walter Bulyga