Saturday Nights SA Derby & SA Cup Previews

Saturday Nights SA Derby & SA Cup Previews

Following Friday night’s Australian Pacing Championship at Gloucester Park the exciting harness racing action continues this Saturday night at Globe Derby when two terrific Group 1 pacing events take place – the $30 000 Group 1 SA Derby (2230m) and the headline race of the night, the $100 000 Group 1 SA Pacing Cup (2645m).

Trainer driver Mal Whiteford has a strong presence in the SA Derby with three of his best pacers set to start. Whiteford will drive Kamwood Jack in the event, who has drawn ideally with barrier two. Starting beside their stablemate in barrier three, Mands Gearl will be driven by Greg Sugars. Whiteford also has Diceneasy entered, the less fancied runner drawing wide with barrier 10.

Meanwhile On-fire Mapua Legend, the only New Zealand-bred contender in the Derby is coming off three successive victories and will start from barrier seven.

Two of the top fancies in the SA Cup are the Geoff Webster trained and driven Mister Zion in barrier two, and Lance Justice’s Smoken Up, the most experienced pacer of the field, starting from barrier nine.

Mister Zion’s trainer Webster is seeking back-to-back success in the Cup following his victory with Mister Swinger last season. Mister Swinger is not defending his title this year, Webster instead opting to run the talented sprinter in the $20 000 SEW-Eurodrive New Year Sprint at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Friday night.

Although four-year-old Mister Zion has displayed sensational form over his short career, winning 11 of his 18 starts, the 2008 SA Cup winner Smoken Up will still be the one to beat. Other competition will come in the form of the Mark Peace-trained Cincinnati Kid in barrier six and Diamonds N Furs in barrier seven.

The SEW-Eurodrive SA Derby is the first of the Group 1 features, scheduled as race four on the cracker nine-event programme for Saturday night and is due to start at 7:54pm. The SA Pacing Cup then takes place as race six at 8:52pm.

The feature trotting event at the meeting is the $25 000 Group 3 SA Trotters Cup (race three).

Globe Derby Race Programme – Saturday January 9:

Race #

Race Name

Prizemoney

Distance

Class

Time

1 SLOANS SANDS PACE $6 000 1800m C3 – C5 6:25pm
2 KEVIN & KAY SEYMOUR PACE CONSOLATION $8 000 2230m C1 – C2 6:53pm
3 SEELITE WINDOWS & DOORS SA TROTTERS CUP (GR.3) $25 000 2645m TM0 or Better 7:22pm
4 SEW-EURODRIVE SA DERBY (GR. 1) $30 000 2230m 3C0 or Better 7:54pm
5 KEVIN & KAY SEYMORE PACE FINAL $15 000 2230m C1 – C2 8:22pm
6 SA CUP (GR. 1) $100 000 2645m M0 or Better 8:52pm
7 DUDLEY JUSTICE PLATE $10 000 2645m M0 or Better 9:22pm
8 SA HEROINE $8 000 1800m Mares 9:52pm
9 NEVELE R STUD 2YO PACE $6 000 1800m 2YO 10:22p

2010 SA Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

1 2s315
KORUNYE KID
W J Cormack Matthew Jacques 3C1
2 24s21
KAMWOOD JACK
M Whiteford Mal Whiteford 3C1
3 46s23
MANDS GEARL
M Whiteford Greg Sugars 3C0
4 81s11
SUNROSE DON
R A Dacey Jack O’Bree 3C2
5 3s434
SINOPOLI
O L Trotta Danielle Hill 3C0
6 4s224
WAITPINGA BAD BOY
K Joy Scott Ewen 3C0
7 8s111
MAPUA LEGEND (NZ)
I J Frost David Harding 3C3
Second Row:
8 6s331
MODERN WARRIOR
P J Males Chris Alford 3C1
9 SCR.
MAN OF ART
SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
10 65s82
DICENEASY
M Whiteford Geoff Webster 3C0
11 2327s
RENAISSANCE MAN
A P Gath Kate Gath 3C2

2010 SA Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Other Engagement

Driver

Class

1 18118
LONGTAN SAFARI
J D Kingston-Mayne Mark Billinger C9 M1
2 12411
MISTER ZION (NZ)
G F Webster Geoff Webster C9 M2
3 32186
ARTIFACTOR
B P Hancock Mitchell Reese C9 M2
4 71725
TRIPLE VANCE Em.1
S J O’Donoghue G.Derby 9/1/10 Todd Matthews C7 M0
5 4594s
BALTIC ICE
G P Freeman Chris Alford C8 M2
6 19483
CINCINNATI KID (NZ)
M Peace Mark Peace C16 M11
7 3s326
DIAMONDS N FURS (NZ)
A P Gath Kate Gath C12 M7
Second Row:
8 15961
TI VOGLIOBENE
G R Norman Greg Sugars C12 M5
9 21322
SMOKEN UP (NZ)
L J Justice Lance Justice C25 M20
10 16582
STACCATO
S J O’Donoghue David Harding C6 M1
11 11s35
IN FULL OF FIRE (NZ)
I J Frost Paul Cavallaro C9 M0