Saturday Night Preview - Globe Derby 3 February 2018
Tactics are going to be very important in Saturday night’s $12,000 SA BOTRA Home Bred Series final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park.
Supernova Silvia, a most impressive heat winner on January 25, leading throughout and rating a quick 1:56.8, has drawn gate eight, barrier one on the inside of the second row.
Trainer-driver Ryan Hryhorec has been driving in brilliant form and currently leads the South Australian premiership with 65 wins, but Saturday night’s draw is going to need some special magic to give Supernova Silvia a best winning chance.
Immature earlier in her career, the six-year-old mare was on her best behaviour at her last start and looks to have matured but from the draw she is going to need to be right at her best.
Clarenden Hustler, trained by Claire Goble, which ran second to Supernova Silvia last week, has the chance to turn the tables.
Last time he had to give the mare a big start, but in the final, he looks to have every chance to settle in front of the mare and make her chase him.
Reinsman Jake Webster drives Clarenden Hustler and he follows out Ken Rogers on Wroxton Steel which has good early speed, so the gelding has a chance to settle no worse than midfield.
Quality mare Arm A Princess, trained by Lance Holberton and to be driven by his son Josh, has drawn a little awkwardly in gate five but is ready to improve sharply.
The mare hasn’t had a lot of luck at three runs from a spell and can be a sharp improver.
One of the most interesting runners at Globe Derby Park on Saturday is the squaregaiter Chuck Wagon which will contest the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Trotters Discretionary (2230m).
A top trotter when at his peak, Chuck Wagon hasn’t raced since March 12, 2016, when second to Pocketfullofcash at Globe Derby Park in the Fred Jones Trotters Cup.
Trained by Jill Neilson, the now 10-year-old has had three trials for his return, winning his past two at Globe Derby Park.
Neilson said she had ben surprised when owner Geoff Easom turned up with Chuck Wagon at her property.
“When Chuck Wagon retired he had a bit of a leg issue so to see him at stables was a shock,” Neilson said.
“Geoff asked me to have a look at his leg which looked fine, so he left him and said to give him another preparation.
“He had a bit of a tummy so was obviously enjoying life at Geoff’s place. His trials have been good, but I would think he lacks racing fitness for Saturday night.”
Chuck Wagon will start off a 30 metre handicap on Saturday.
Another interesting runner in the event is the John Hurrell-trained-and-driven Lombo Scrutinizer, a winner of three races at Globe Derby Park, which has had one run back from a break finishing third at Mount Gambier on January 19.
Go to trotsguide.com.au to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts on the Globe Derby Park meeting.