Sprinting to victory

Masters Games landed in Port Pirie once again and the town has responded in its usual wonderful manner to greet competitors and make them most welcome.

Signage around the town has been colourful and very clear and surely there had been no-one who would not have been able to find their own sport.

The logo and colours has changed for this round of competition and for anyone who had seen or received a medal, they were quite lovely.

The matter that the horses also received medals along with their drivers was a great concept, the ribbon having been made just that bit longer to fit over the horse's head.

Despite the $7,000 stakes offered by the club and the fact that the Masters Games race was a no penalty event, there had been only seven nominations for the event.

With Leah Harvey's Big Behemoth a scratching, this had left a field of only six.

The Dali Express had started favourite, however with starting from barrier five, the gelding had got caught three wide, a clear run had eluded him as he had got caught three wide again at the bell, finishing in fourth position.

The six year old Art Major gelding, Major Rainbow, was the one to collect the gold medal, with a top drive by Lisa Ryan.

Tucked in behind the leader at the bell, Ryan had a straight run down the sprint lane to the winning post.

The six year old Art Major gelding, Major Rainbow, was the one to collect the gold medal, with a top drive by Lisa Ryan. Tucked in behind the leader at the bell, Ryan had a straight run down the sprint lane to the winning post.

Hilltopsomewhere with Wayne Hill on board had finished two metres behind and Alldaybliss, had run on in third, claiming a bronze medal for Laeh Harvey, Leah was seen on her Facebook page asking if her softball team could lift to enable her to collect another bronze medal on the Sunday.

The aim was to get a photo of the three drivers with their medals around their necks, but with three frisky horses intent on getting back to the stables for a de-saddling and a shower down, this was never going to happen.

A mile rate of 1.56.4 was nothing to be snickered at.

Three of the four races of the evening had fallen into the 1.56 category, no race being slower than 2.00. Quite a fast little meeting.

The first race on the programme had seen quite a tussle to the line, as seen in the photo.

Jack's Legacy and Sovereigne Bay had fought it out to the very end.

Sovereigne Bay, driven by Ryan Hryhorec had the final burst and had got up to beat the favourite, jack's Legacy, by a short half head.

I would have thought, by a nose, but there you go, I am not a steward or a judge.

Fong Nien, trained by Matt Macguire and driven by Samantha Pascoe, had started at $7.70 had finished in third spot.

$7,000 had been the claim required on Maywyn's Zephyr in the Hopkins' Saddlery Claiming Pace.

If the nine year old gelding had been claimed, the new owner would have reaped back almost $3,000 of the claim money that evening.

But you cannot always be that lucky and neither can the punters, with a starting price of $10.90, maybe someone out there scored a win.

One would not have been wanting to pop a bet on the favourite of the third race though, Mackalan.

Starting at the impossible betting price of one dollar for a win, one dollar a place, why would you have bothered.

The beautiful three year old colt notched up his sixth win bolting home to beat Soho Stand By Me to the line by three metres.

Mackalan, owned by Malcolm Meyers had its stablemate, Weeroona Boy, race at Globe Derby on the Monday following the Pirie meeting.

A race over 1800 metres, he should have run Ok despite the fact that he had drawn the seven barrier.

A fine collection of pacers lined up in the Henry Osborne Fodder Pace and it wasn't only the spectators that had been surprised over the win by Barney Fella.

Having started at $26.70, it had been quite the finish as he and Batman Bart had fought it out to take the win.

Barney Fella had just got by a pinch, well actually a head to beat batman Bart to the line. Fine Artist had not been too far away in third place.

The favourite Marty Major had finished in a disappointing fourth position after leading for part of the race.

Another mighty finish had been the last hundred metres of the final of the Risdon Hotel pace.

Eyre Space, in one of its best runs in some time, and starting at $6.40, was just beat out of the winners circle by Dale Afford's Shesashark.

Gosh this little three year old has some good form, with sixteen starts for four wins, four seconds and three thirds.

Juliuss had finished four meters away, third.

The next race meeting, although originally scheduled for April 20 has now moved to April 27.

This is due to the challenges facing Harness Racing SA with the latest developments.

The reason for this is that the final of the $30,000 2019 Golden Nursery and the $10,000 SA BOTRA Colts & Geldings Final had been scheduled for Globe Derby on the 27th.

However, with recent developments, this meeting will now be held on the Port Pirie track.

This means that we will again race one week after this meeting, putting us back on track.

For recent developments please find the Harness Racing SA website to fill you in.

See you at the track!