Good racing is promised this Saturday night when eight races are presented on the program.
Good nominations through each race will give the punters some better odds and the spectators a thrill.
Sometimes I look at the field and have absolutely no idea as all the horses in that event are of such a good standard, having won recently or having run a place and are due for a win.
Such a race is the first race on the programme, with a few that have had wins and places in their last start.
Pat The Pony had a win at Kapunda recently, as did Celestial Daybreak and Leah Harvey’s Backward had won both of its two last starts here in Port Pirie.
The race is over 2050 metres, as are six of the races on Saturday night.
Only one race is over the distance of 1609 metres, that being the second race on the card, The Laucke Mill Pace.
The sixth race will be a Trotters Standing Start, with a field of nine horses, which will be run over 2530 metres.
Three horses will start from the front line, one off ten metres, three will start from twenty metres and two, King of the Roses and Chuck Wagon will start the race off of thirty metres.
Prize money for the meeting has been raised with, four events having a purse of $7,000 up for grabs. The remaining four races also have the increased prize money of $4,000.
One of the better races of the night, the fifth event, the “Lots 5 & 37 2019 ALLWOOD STUD FARM SA YEARLING SALE PACE”, (Gosh, that’s a mouthful, but all for a good reason) is a race for C3 to C5 Horses.
This race is named for the two yearling colts that are up for auction on 10th February at the Magic Millions Complex at Morphettville.
We went to view these two yearlings last week, at Laine Johnson’s property near Parafield and what fine looking young horses they are.
Hesashark, a promising two year old who made his debut at Globe Derby last weekend is a product of the Allwood Stud Farm Yearling Sales.
“Prize money for the meeting has been raised with, four events having a purse of $7,000 up for grabs. The remaining four races also have the increased prize money of $4,000.”
Hesashark was picked up for $10,000 by a Port Pirie Syndicate and is trained and driven by Dale Afford.
He had come out to win the prelude to the Kindergarten Stakes and has quite a calendar of events lined up for him in the near future.
A half brother to That Said, which had gone on to win the PP Racing Club/ SA BOTRA Pacing Cup Final on the same evening, is being offered for sale on the 10th.
Seventh event on the programme is for C6 or better horses.
A battle between the seniors in the field could be interesting.
A ten year old, Corey ODonohue and two nine year olds, I’m Lonely and Sirladyn Reba, with a earnings list of $400,000 between the three of them, will battle it out with Exclusive Matt, Saab Magic and Wills.
Sirladyn Reba had run 1.52.2 and then 1.52.1 just a month apart at Menangle last year.
This should show some good racing.
The Follow The Stars Three Year Old Pace has another Shadyshark Hanover produce running.
The Dale Afford trained Shesashark is owned by the same syndicate as Hesashark and has 2,2,1 as its most recent form and has to be in with a fair chance.
Lyndon Hall has three three year olds in the race, all by All Speed Hanover and has filled barriers one, three and five.
This is a debut run for Princess Prickles and a second run for Tooth Fairy.
While Riverina Ava has been lightly run, she did have good win at Mildura late last year.
Another three year old, owned, trained and driven by Troy Sims is Summit Up Denzel, also making its debut.
All in all a good programme of racing.
Next week Globe Derby has a list of A Garde races and it should be a thoroughly exciting night.
The $60,000 SA Pacing Cup, $30,00 SA Pacing Derby and $30,000 Trotters Cup fill the programme along with the $15,000 2019 Kindergarten Cup.
A night of magnificent harness racing.
The forecast for Saturday night is perfect, the first race is at 6.22pm, so until then ...
See you at the track!