SA TROTS -Wrap up by Fisch
Harness racing’s Brown family from Bagot Well, near Kapunda, have a history of being patient and Dalton repaid their work at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
Specked at $15, Dalton, masterfully driven by Terry Brown, used the sprint lane to grab victory in the Bargain Steel Centre Trotters Handicap (2230m).
The six-year-old scored by a half neck from Winsome Ruby ($14) with Atout ($5), three metres away third.
Husband Terry is the driver, wife Peta the trainer, son Nicholas is a concession reinsman and daughter Charli is coming through the pony trots.
With Nicholas keen to establish himself as a reinsman, the Browns have more in work than in recent years.
As a result, Peta Brown is currently in third position on the 2023 SA Trainers Premiership with seven wins.
“I’m happy for Nick to drive most of the horses to help his career,” Terry Brown said.
“He drove Dalton on the previous Monday, but the horse did as few things wrong and copped a warning that could have seen him sent back to the trials.
“I figured if he was going to be stood down, it was better for me to have the pressure rather than Nick.
“Dalton is a bit of a tricky horse in the fact that from the time the tapes are released he wants to go hard.
“Actually, he needs to be balanced up early then once in a rhythm he is really good.
“On Saturday he got away very well but he just didn’t have the speed to take advantage when I balanced him up.
“I dropped into third spot on the rails and he travelled well.
“Coming off the back and the second horse came off letting me use the sprint lane and he accelerated to grab the win.”
Brown said Dalton was owned by one of his childhood friends Les Wallace, from Benalla in Victoria, and Paul Davies whose family had bred the six-year-old.
“When he came over he ran really well at his first start, but then wasn’t trotting properly and deem a bit unbalanced.
“I gave him a six month spell and since he has returned has been a lot better.
“You just have to be careful with him in the first 100 metres, then he is fine.”
Brown said his son Nicholas had enjoyed a short stint last year working with top Victorian trainer Julie Douglas.
He returned home in January and is now working with trainer Jamie Williams at Korunye.
Williams works for Cormack Racing which has established a quality breeding and training property.
On Sunday at Strathalbyn Nick Brown landed Giant Jackson a longshot $41 winner for Virginia trainer Kerry Green.
He went on to bring up a double with a front running drive on Bettor Be Lively, trained by his mother Peta.
Terry Brown said another of his team, the promising Thebestofficial would go for a short break after finishing fifth to Alderbaran Gwen in The Globe Bar & Gaming Trotters Handicap (2230m) on Saturday.
“He is just not quite right and I’m sure a month in the paddock will be beneficial.
“I think he is a nice horse and can improve after a break.”
Gawler trainer Aaron Bain has had a great start to 2023 and Roll With Eunice made it two wins in a week on Saturday.
The five-year-old mare had her first start for Bain on Monday and led throughout to win.
On Saturday, Roll With Eunice repeated the effort with an all-the-way victory in the TAB Live Sky Racing Vision Pace (1800m).
An unbackable$1.12 favourite, the mare found the lead easily for driver Wayne Hill and scored comfortably by 6.3 metres in a good mile rate of 1:58.4.
On Sunday, the Strathalbyn Harness Racing Club conducted its last meeting at its current venue.
Trainer/driver Ryan Hryhorec landed the Clem Heading Strathalbyn Trotters Cup (2110m) with his new talent Mangana Joe.
A $2.90 chance, Mangana Joe won his fourth straight race for Hryhorec leading throughout to beat Hammers Law ($2.80 fav) by 1.8 metres with Uncle Louis ($5), half a metre away third.
It was consecutive Strathalbyn Trotters Cup wins for Hryhorec who last year landed the trifecta with Mass Destruction beating Aldebaran Alissa with C K Spur third.
Story Graham Fischer
Photo Walter Bulyga