Starting favourite in the 2019 Portside Tavern Port Pirie Kadina Pacing Cup at the Port Pirie Raceway, Ideal World had charged to the lead from barrier two.
In the standing start, 2530 metre race, Ideal World had led for the better part of the first lap until challenged by Whenmechief, which had started from the 10 metre mark.
He had rolled through to the lead with Ideal World quite happy to take the sit behind the leader. Maco Shadow had galloped from the release of the tape and did not regain its pacing stride until into the main straight.
Canada Bay was another one which had galloped from the front line but had hit his straps before the first bend even though he had run his race far behind the field.
The Gawler Cup winner, Bulletproof Boy, had been pulled out three wide, making an early move, to find a better position at the front of the field and had been left facing the breeze.
With a lap and a half to go, Our Jericho had decided it was his turn to pull out three wide and take on the leaders from near the rear of the field.
In the back straight with half a lap to travel and it had been Whenmechief, neck and neck with Our Jericho, neither giving an inch.
Into the main straight, heading for the bell, positions had remained unchanged.
Mind you, there had been Ideal World tucked snuggly in behind the leader and just biding his time.
That was until the sprint lane had opened up and it had been Ideal World, driven expertly by Michael A. Smith, which had welcomed the opening and had lunged forward, had worn down the leaders in famous style, to take the cup.
Great drive by Michael A. Smith.
Mile rate had been 2.01.0, not real fast but I wouldn’t be able to keep pace with them.
You could not have wished for a better night than last Saturday evening’s Portside Tavern Port Pirie Kadina Cup at Port Pirie.
A tradition old event, the Kadina Cup has now been held on the Pirie track for over ten years, after decisions to close the track at Kadina down, had been made.
There is still however a vibrant committee with Pauleen Linke at the helm, in the secretary’s seat.
And wasn’t she a busy little bee on Saturday evening, her and hubby Ross both.
I take off my hat to them for the sponsorship they had rounded up for this meeting, and so great had their numbers been, they had to deny some sponsors the opportunity for the evening’s racing.
The bookies had been fairly on the mark over the six races with four of the favourites taking out the winning spot.
Wayne Hill in fine driving form had taken out a double and one second.
The first of his winners had been the Aaron Bain trained Three Cases in the first event of the evening, The New Whyalla Hotel/Pier Hotel Port Lincoln Pace.
And what a good race it had been.
Three Cases had led all the way and even though tiring in the final yards had gone on to win by eight metres from Keayang Venom with Jacks Legacy taking out third position in a Mile Rate of 1.57.9.
Bringing up his double had been in the last event on the programme, The Cornwall Hotel Moonta Pace when he had been aboard Big Behemoth.
The Leah Harvey trained six year old is not the easiest horse to manage as had been seen when lining up for presentation.
I did hear that it takes around five to put him in the cart.
Despite any of his downfalls, there was nothing to doubt his ability in this race.
Starting favourite and from barrier five, he had sat on the outside of the leader, in the death seat as they say, for the whole journey.
Into the straight for the final time and when Hill had asked him for that bit extra, Celestial Daybreak just didn’t have the oomph to go with him.
A good win for Big Behemoth, winning in 1.58.00, with Canelliesparkle finishing in third place.
Celstial Daybreak had been driven by Kaela Hryhorec and it is she and Lisa Ryan who are both off to sunny Queensland this Saturday night to represent South Australia in the second edition of the Australian Female Drivers Championship.
The girls will be battling to keep the trophy in South Oz after Dani Hill had won the Inaugural series in Tasmania last year.
Of course Danielle Hill is out of action at the moment with a broken leg.
Good luck to the girls in Queensland and best of luck to Dani also, hope this helps with your recovery.
Next meeting is the 2019 Port Pirie Pacing Cup, Saturday night, March 23.
It should be, no, it will be a great night of trotting with free face painting, jumping castle, free giveways, raffles and fashion on the field – for both male and females.
So toosy up and strut your stuff, you never know.
There is entertainment by Scott Everett, and not to be missed SA Pony Association Races – they are fantastic!
The highlight of our sport when the little ponies are racing with sulky and driver – great stuff!
See you at the track!
NEW WHYALLA HOTEL / PIER HOTEL PORT LINCOLN PACE: Three Cases (driver Wayne Hill, trainer Aaron Bain)
HOTEL RICHMOND PACE: Glacier Heights (driver Ken Rogers, trainer Michael Dennis)
MINLATON HOTEL PACE: Shesashark (driver Dale Afford, trainer Dale Afford)
MOONTA HOTEL PACE: Limestoneplain (driver Anthony Robinson, trainer Anthony Robinson)
2019 PORTSIDE TAVERN PORT PIRIE KADINA PACING CUP: Ideal World (driver Michael A Smith, trainer Aaron Bain)
CORNWALL HOTEL MOONTA PACE: Big Behemoth (driver Wayne Hill, trainer Leah Harvey)