SA TROTS -Wrap up by Fisch
The advantages of doing your homework were to the fore at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
Young reinsman Corey Johnson caught many by surprise with his tactics which saw Clarenden Legacy take out the Bargain Steel Centre Pace (2230m) for Wasleys trainer Claire Goble.
The $2.40 favourite, Clarenden Legacy scored by 1-1/2 metres from Major Mad ($4.20) with Giant Jackson ($8), 4-1/2 metres away third.
Coming from barrier 11, gate three on the second row, Johnson used the five-year-old’s speed to dash around the field when the starter said “Go” and find the lead.
Once in front, Johnson rated his drive perfectly to win easily.
From, the awkward draw, most punters expected Clarenden Legacy to settle well back then use his sprint to come late but Johnson explained his tactics.
“Each Thursday night I always study the form for my drives at Globe Derby Park on the Saturday,” Johnson said.
“When I was looking at the race setup for Clarenden Legacy, I felt there was a chance I could use his speed and get around the field early.
“I did expect I would be forced to sit outside the leader but was pleasantly surprised when Michael (Smith on leader Giant Jackson) allowed me to roll to the front.
“After deciding I could go forward early, I thought about it on Friday then rang Claire and her partner Dennis Lyle on Saturday and they were very happy for me to give it a try.
“I thought we might be forced to race parked but was very happy to find the front.
“I knew Jason (Kittel) would come forward on Major Mad as it is one-paced but when I led I knew we would be hard to beat.
“You don’t always get plans work out, but this was one time it did, and I was pretty happy.”
Goble, who works full time as a teacher at Gawler’s Trinity College, was delighted with Johnson’s initiative.
“When Corey suggested going forward early, Dennis and I could see the benefit and it worked perfectly.
“Even though Clarenden Legacy is a big horse he has definitely inherited the speed of his mother Clarenden Serene who was quite fast.”
Another of South Australia’s up-and-coming young stars Samantha Pascoe continues to build her training career.
Already a star driver, Pascoe has started increasing her training and on Saturday had success with one of her favourites Van Mara.
Formerly trained in Mount Gambier by Steven Fennell, Pascoe won nine races on him at Globe Derby Park.
But Fennell decided to move him on and put him in a claiming race at Menangle in Sydney last month.
Pascoe let sentiment hit her bank account and she was fortunate to successfully claim him ahead of several other bidders.
Van Mara had his first run for Pascoe in the Kapunda Cup on March 12 coming from last to run third to Assassinator.
On Saturday, Van Mara ($2.80 fav) was able to turn the tables sitting parked and beating Assassinator ($3.20) by a half head in the Musician ‘Les Sumner’ @ The Globe March 26 Pace (1800m).
The victory brought up a driving double for Pascoe who won earlier in the night on Super Angus for her father Scott.
Super Angus ($5) was able to find the front from gate five in the Green Welding Specialist Trotters Mobile (2230m) and led throughout to win by five metres from Magic Owens ($71) with Lovelorn ($6) a half head away third.
The winner’s task was made easier when the $1.50 favourite Mangana Joe galloped at the start losing 100 metres and subsequently tailed the field.
In fairness, Super Angus has been an improving trotter winning nine races last season and Saturday night’s victory was already his fourth this year.
The $14,999 Kindergarten Stakes final (1800m) for two-year-olds will be run at Globe Derby Park this Saturday.
On Saturday, two-year-old Tembie, trained and driven by Dale Afford, showed he will be one of the best chances with an all-the-way win in heat three of the series.
The gelding rated a sizzling 1:58.5 in the win.
Tembie ($2.30) won by 17 metres from Racing Writer ($10) with Star Man ($1.70 fav), nine metres away third.
Star Man ruined his chances by galloping on the first turn losing his winning chance, but he did run well to take third.
Story Graham Fischer
Photo Walter Bulyga