Weekend Racing Preview
Ultra-consistent squaregaiter Millys Magic will be aiming for her third feature victory in Saturday’s $8500 Peak DNK @ Mountain View Stud Pride Of Petite (2230m) at Globe Derby Park.
Millys Magic has collected the 2023 Port Pirie Trotters Cup and 2021 Fred Jones Trotters Cup during an excellent career but also has run second in five other features, including this year’s SA Trotters Cup to the star C K Spur.
The six-year-old mare is trained at Wasleys by Claire Goble who is acutely aware a good getaway is needed if she is to win the Pride Of Petite.
“When you are coming off handicap starts, a good beginning is vital, especially in the shorter distance races such as Saturday’s 2230 metres,” Goble said.
“The fields are very even and quite often the on-pace runners can run times which make it very hard for the backmarkers to make up the ground, and with Milly off 30 metres, it is imperative that she has a good start.
“David (reinsman David Smith) knows her well and he is outstanding with the trotters, his whole family have been.
“Millys Magic’s grandmother is Sheza Cop which was trained and driven by his late father Alan, so David was happy when I asked him to drive her.
“A feature win would be good for the mare’s owner Mary Mittiga.
“Her late husband John loved Milly, and despite failing health, always made an attempt to be at the track to see her race. Mary wasn’t quite as enthusiastic, but since his passing, has carried on his passion and now loves seeing her race.”
An example of the tough contract faced by backmarkers is Millys Magic’s last run.
She came off 20 metres at Globe Derby Park last Saturday over 2230 metres but had to be content with a second to Cyclone S Adams which led and rated 2:04.4 with a last half of 59.6 seconds which made it near impossible for him to be caught by the backmarkers.
The Pride Of Petite sees a number of mares off the front mark which like to lead and are capable of running sectionals which would make it tough for Millys Magic off her 30-metre handicap, and also the trio off 20 metres, Barhoon, Lady In The Sky and Aldebaran Alissa.
Garth Hurrell’s Majestic Tilly, Our Spitfire from Peta Brown’s stable, and Kyvalley Surfergirl, prepared by Reg Trevean, are all good beginners off the front and the start will be crucial as to which mare leads.
The Pride Of Petite has a number of good winning hopes with Barhoon, trained by Lane Johnson and to be driven by his son Corey, beat Millys Magic two starts back, then was a good third to powerhouse trotter Powderkeg at her last run.
Aldebaran Alissa, trained and driven by Ryan Hryhorec, is an interesting runner.
She has not raced since January 12 at Globe Derby Park when last in a four-horse field but in the run before had won at the track beating Uncle Louis.
Saturday night’s meeting sees the return to Globe Derby Park of the impressive Hanging Fire, trained at Naracoorte by Greg Scholefield.
Hanging Fire won four in row in outstanding style before heading to Shepparton for a heat of the Vicbred Sires where he finished ninth to Solesseo Matuca, beaten nearly 22 metres.
He was set a bit of a task by driver Chris Alford, and it would be prudent to judge him on his SA form in Saturday’s Bianco Reinforcing Pace (2230m).
Hanging Fire will come from gate seven, the extreme outside of the front row, but he has shown he is arguably the quickest beginner in the state.
Reinsperson Gaita Pullicino drives him well and look for Hanging Fire to zoom out, find the front and be very hard to beat.