The First Sunday meeting at Port Pirie
Talented mare She Envy could be the perfect way to kick off South Australia’s trial period of Sunday twilight harness racing.
The Justin Brewin-trained mare will come from gate one in the Northpoint Ford Port Pirie Pace (2050m), the opening race at Port Pirie on Sunday at 5pm with Jayden Brewin in the sulky.
“She’s a very smart mare,” Brewin said. “I really think she is good enough to go through to fast class.”
She Envy came from gate one at Mildura last Sunday and led throughout for an easy 24.3 metre win rating 2:02.4 sprinting home her last half in 57.3 seconds.
“After she drew one at Strathalbyn and couldn’t lead, I made a few changes with her gear, and at Mildura she showed great pace to lead easily.
“I know there are a few on Sunday, Classic Chaos in particular, which has gate speed but I’m sure my mare can still lead and prove hard to beat.”
Brewin said while he would take advantage of gate one with She Envy, he believed the mare was even better coming from off the speed.
“She is a mare which I would probably be happy to draw to take a trail, or even sit parked, but she has come up with barrier one for three starts in a row.
“From the time I took over her training I’ve loved the mare and thank Peter Judd from Benstud Standardbreds for giving me the opportunity to train her. I’d love to be able to take her back to Melton and win a race with her – I think she is that good.”
A danger to She Envy looks to be the Tyson Linke-trained Badelaide which will come from gate seven with Danielle Hill to drive.
Badelaide ran last at Whyalla on April 2 as a $1.70 favourite but never looked comfortable on the soft going.
The mare has won both her starts at Port Pirie this preparation and loves the track having won four of her five starts at the venue.
Pirie favourite Mymatethomo will look to extend his record at the track in the Fly Like An Eagle Pace (1609m) coming from gate three with Danielle Hill to drive.
Mymatethomo has won eight of his past nine starts for owner-trainer Lyndon Hall, the last three in a row around Port Pirie.
The gelding has shown his versatility and is able to lead, sit parked or come from back in the field.
Hill will no doubt go forward on Sunday and try for the lead but would be happy to sit parked.
South Australia’s leading driver, Danielle Hill also looks to have another strong winning chance on Our Jericho for trainer Les Harding in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (2050m).
From gate four, Our Jericho should be able to find the lead and prove hard to run down.
For all the winners, go to trotsguide.com.au to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts.