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MY MAN DAN: My Man Dan returns to scale after a win at the last meeting in Port Pirie, Samantha Pascoe driving.
MY MAN DAN: My Man Dan returns to scale after a win at the last meeting in Port Pirie, Samantha Pascoe driving.

“Mainly as the result of enthusiasm and energy of Kadina trotting supporters,the Yorke Peninsula (Kadina) trotting club came into existence and the realisation of the hopes of members took place on Wednesday night, December 6, when the inaugural meeting was held under electric light at the Kadina Showgrounds. The club had a very gratifying opening.”

Now, with the Kadina Cup looming on our doorsteps this coming Sunday, yes Sunday, I thought a little wind up on the Kadina Cup history would be a wee bit interesting for a read.

Well, information on the Kadina Cup is about as rare as hen’s teeth.

I Googled, I have been on to Trove, just everywhere.

I found the piece copied above and then in my ultimate wisdom failed to save with the date of the print.

I believe that it was in the 1950s although I did find another piece that had said that the trotting track had been laid out in the 1930s.

But possibly in the fifties it was when a new association had been formed.

Either way, it was a wonderful little track to race on. I remember quite well going there with my dad, possibly in the sixties.

So many good horses and trainers have come from that area in the past and still to this day there is a multitude of stables and trainers.

Names like Brian Bailey, Johnny Sullivan, Kevin Weidenbach, just to name a few, pop to mind when I think of owners and trainers from years gone by.

Today of course you have a new breed of trainers, with the likes of the Leah Harvey, Papps and Linke stables in that area, and it is wonderful to see that area thriving for the sport.

Approximately ten years ago it was decided that it was no longer a viable proposition to retain harness racing at Kadina and although this part of the sport closed, the Kadina Cup was transferred to the Pirie track to be run in all of its former glory.

Mind you, in saying that, I doubt whether anything could ever rival the final night of trotting ever conducted on the Kadina track.

Pauleen Linke was telling me that there had been nowhere else to park cars, there had been over three thousand people through the gates and it had been decided to open the gates and let whoever had been outside at the time, in for free.

The success of the night had been parallel to none and it had been such a shame that it had been the last night.

Kadina is part of the Copper Coast and tourism is paramount to the area.

On a Saturday night, tourists looking for somewhere to go, would have seen a goldmine for the Kadina Trotting Club.

One wonders now, with the influx of thousands more tourists and holiday makers in the area each year, if in hind sight, it may have paid to have kept the gates open.

But that is life and we all must move on and no-one has a crystal ball.

Sunday racing this week, with the first race getting underway at 5.49pm, I believe.

The weather should be perfect and  great racing should be instore.

In fact, we are looking forward to a month of good racing, with the Pirie Cup the following fortnight.

But this week is Kadina Week.

Although I don’t have the fields for Sunday evening, if past nominations are anything to go by, there should be some top horses present.

We are looking forward to a month of good racing, with the Pirie Cup the following fortnight. But this week is Kadina Week. Although I don’t have the fields for Sunday evening, if past nominations are anything to go by, there should be some top horses present. In 2014 David Harding drove Timeless Era, which had arrived from Mildura, to a fantastic win, smashing the track record for the 1609m race, finishing in 1.53.9.

In 2014 David Harding drove Timeless Era, which had arrived from Mildura, to a fantastic win, smashing the track record for the 1609m race, finishing in 1.53.9.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough. Come 2016 and Somekinda Tactics, with Ken Rogers on board, sliced another 0.4 seconds off that time, winning in a time of 1.53.5.

What will Sunday evening bring?

Come on over and see.

However, it is not only the 2019 Kadina Pacing Cup which is taking place.

The 2019 Kadina Trotters Cup will also be up for contention, hopefully along with a 2 year old pace.

All country cups this year are from a standing start, so that will throw another dimension of interest into the equation.

Back in the dark ages, standing starts had been the norm, with the necessary handicapping in place.

Of course, today, it is the Mobile Start that is the norm.

It has taken me a while to get my head around the handicapping system and now the mat is going to be pulled from under me as change is again about to take place.

Anyone who watched the Globe Derby meeting last Monday would have got a thrill to watch the Malcolm Meyers’ owned, Tyson Linke trained, Mackalan win in fine form. What a run.

With half a lap to go there had been only two horses in the race, the two front runners.

With three hundred metres to go the commentator had forgotten the rest of the field bar the two front runners.

It had looked like Mackalan would run third, a pretty far back third at that.

But gee willywinkers, did this little horse pull something out of the bag.

Into the straight, with the commentator getting all excited about the battle between the front two, Mackalan, had plowed them down in fine style and went on to win in mighty mettle.

Personally, I think wings from above had lifted this horse and flown him over the line, because in all reality, no horse does this.

Good on ya Al!

Mackalan is an entry in the Australian Pacing Derby on Saturday night at Globe Derby.

Not a nice draw, barrier eight, and some really good competition, but time will tell.

For a good night of racing on Sunday evening,

See you at the track!