SA TROTS -Wrap up by Fisch
Port Adelaide Football Club recruit Jason Horne-Francis found the perfect way to endear himself to his new teammates.
While hard work at training and displaying your skills are a priority, tipping the team a big price winner is a definite tick for approval.
Horne-Francis is a part-owner of squaregaiter Uncle Louis, an impressive winner of the 2023 Fred Jones Trotters Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, run before the largest crowd at the track for many years.
The Port boys were on a training camp at Hindmarsh Island on Saturday, but gathered to cheer home Uncle Louis, along with having a small investment on the trotter.
Backed from as much as $20 into $10, Uncle Louis sprinted home powerfully to grab a neck win from Millys Magic ($5.50) with C K Spur ($3 fav), nine metres away third, after coming off a massive 60 metre handicap.
The winner is trained at Golden Grove by former Angle Vale resident Paul Cavallaro and was driven by his sister Angela Chapman.
It was a top drive by Chapman who refused to go early but held her nerve to leave Uncle Louis for a sensational final 300 metre sprint.
Millys Magic, trained by Claire Goble at Wasleys, and driven by David Smith, was being hailed the winner when she dashed to the lead in the home straight, but Uncle Louis had great momentum and swooped late to grab a photo finish win.
Cavallaro said he had secured Uncle Louis from New Zealand and was impressed by the way he had continue to improve since coming into his stable.
“A friend of mine, Neil Munro in New Zealand, alerted me to the fact the horse was on the market to come to Australia,” Cavallaro said.
“I thought they might want him to go interstate but they were happy for him to come to South Australia.
“I asked my family to get involved so my wife Lisa and children Michael and Isabella took shares and because Jason is my daughter’s boyfriend, he was happy to become an owner.
“We share the ownership with Neil and a group of his friends in New Zealand.
“Uncle Louis is normally a safe trotter and has an excellent turn of foot.
“He came off a 20 metre handicap tonight and we always knew he would settle at the back of the field of 11.
“Ang (Angela) and I talked about using his speed late and we decided to wait as long as we could before launching.
“We knew Ryan (Hryhorec) on C K Spur would want to put his horse into the race with a lap to go but I said don’t go and wait until we were in the back straight.
“The race developed as we thought but as soon as C K Spur went forward with a lap to go, Dani Hill, on Zigzagzoo, took off from midfield to really put the sprint on.
“It suited Uncle Louis which was able to work into the race, and when the leaders got tired late, he was able to used his speed to gather them in.”
Claire Goble was delighted with Millys Magic’s second, but came away from the meeting with a victor when Clarenden Legacy won the ABR Racing & Summit Bloodstock Pace (1800m).
Trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec was proud of C K Spur’s third coming off a massive 60 metre handicap.
“He tried his heart out but was just not good enough,” Hryhorec said.
“I am not making excuses but he did not feel as good as when he won here last week off 50 metres.
“I was asking him to back up in seven days after having his first run in eight months and maybe it was too much of an ask.”
Hryhorec said he was unsure about C K Spur’s future.
“He gives his all in every race, and if he has to give away such big starts each week it would be a recipe to breaking his heart and I think too much of the horse to do that.
“I will talk with the owners (Five540 Racing Syndicate) about what to do.”
The other Globe Derby Park feature was the 2023 Fashions On The Field Italian Cup (2230m) which saw giant killer Sir Lucas win another feature.
Bred and owned by Allan Fuller, and trained by his son Clinton, Sir Lucas ($26) dashed up the sprint lane to grab a two metre win from the red hot $1.25 favourite Jawsoflincoln.
The winner was beautifully driven by Tiana McMahon who used the six-year-old’s gate speed to lead early from gate two holding out Jawsoflincoln which had begun well from gate four.
After a short tussle, McMahon let the favourite roll to the front and then tracked him for the rest of the race.
When Jawsoflincoln tried to sprint away in the home straight, McMahon took Sir Lucas to the sprint lane and the gelding accelerated to win brilliantly.
It was the second big race win for Sir Lucas which won the Gawler Derby as a three-year-old.
Penfield trainer Jill Neilson was relieved to see talented trotter Lovelorn return to winning form in the In The Running Line Radio Italia Uno 87.6FM Trotters Mobile (1800m).
Backed from $8 into $3.80 favourite, Lovelorn, driven by Danielle Hill, scored easily by 12 metres from Irene Rose ($5.50) with Orlandos Gift ($13), 1-1/2 metres away third.
“He has been slowly away recently in his stand starts, then tending to pace which meant the driver had to break him up to go back into a trot,” Neilson said.
“Losing that ground early was a telling factor but tonight, with a mobile start, Dani was able to have him much closer and he was on his best behaviour.”
Neilson said she may head to Mildura rather than Strathalbyn for his next run, but was considering a start in the Port Pirie Trotters Cup after that.
Hill landed a double on the night winning on the very much in-form Wemen Bella in the Fortune X Band Pace (1800m).
Story & photo Graham Fischer