Harness Racing South Australia is thrilled to announce the recommencement of the Australian Drivers’ Championship, at Globe Derby Park.
A spring date has been set for the championship, Saturday evening September 17. This will be the first running of the event since 2019, due to the pandemic.

This is a great coup for the local industry in South Australia, and HRSA CEO Dean Elliott is buoyant about the prospect of relaunching the event “This is a wonderful announcement, with many thanks to Harness Racing Australia for their support in relaunching such an important event on the calendar. Our local industry will embrace this opportunity to have a national spotlight on the state, which is all about celebrating Australian Harness Racing and some of its best drivers.” He goes on to say, “Cementing a spring date without any major clashes on the national schedule was also an important feature to achieve, which will ensure that some of our best drivers go head-to-head at Globe Derby, a track that rewards tactical brilliance and provides viewers with a dynamic style of racing.”

Below are some features of the championship, with more announcements and details to come throughout July.

➢ Each state to be represented by two (2) drivers of their choice, totalling twelve (12) representatives
➢ Eight (8) Championship races, with each driver allocated six (6) drives on a random draw basis
➢ Nine (9) horses + emergencies per race
➢ Up to four (4) additional races on the program
➢ Each state to sport their own sets of racing colours
➢ The winning driver will have the opportunity to be nominated for the 2023 World Drivers’ Championship in Italy
➢ Prizemoney offered will exceed Saturday maximum levels
➢ Each championship race will be penalty free, and open to horses trained within and outside of SA

Australian Drivers’ Championship Honour Roll

2019 Gary Hall Jnr (WA)
2018 Todd McCarthy (NSW)
2017 Chris Alford (VIC)
2016 Wayne Hill (SA)
2015 Grant Dixon (QLD)
2014 Peter McMullen (QLD)

For further comment, please contact HRSA CEO Dean Elliott via or (08) 8285 0725.
Race 1: TAB Venue Mode Pace
AMORE ROCK (6) was very impressive in his first SA start last week defeating BIEN HOA by a head. If he can repeat that run tonight he is going to be dangerous against this field.
FIREBALL (5) got beaten a half head behind LENNY TEE last start. He has been knocking on the door but will need to improve a little to win tonight.
BIEN HOA (8) and ROCKING WITH CHARM (2) are also chances.
Race 2: F & D Azzurro Earthworks Pace
DOUBLE O HEAVEN (7) has won her last three starts well. She will find it a bit tougher from gate seven, but should be storming home late. She will be hard to beat.
HONEYBUN (6) is racing in career best form and is worth consideration.
BETTOR BEONTOIT (3) and STEINMAN (5) are also chances.
Race 3: TAB Long May We Play Pace
EUREKA (5) has his first South Australian start tonight after accumulating a strong career record in Victoria. If he brings his best run will be hard to beat tonight.
JAKES SPORTWRITER (6), HIT THE SKY (7) and STAR WRITER (3) are also chances.
Race 4: Neilson Gas & Plumbing Pace
BLING IT UP (3) comes to South Australia with a strong career record. He matches up well against this field and is worth consideration.
MONSIEUR STEEL (7), BLOSSOM DELIGHT (5) and PRECIOUS CARGO (4) are also chances.
Race 5: Hygain Regain Fillies & Mares Pace
BELLA SOFIA (1) should be able to hold the lead from the inside draw and be hard to run down.
EASY ROLLING (7) was a winner five starts back and matches up well against this field.
ACES DAUGHTER (6) and COME ON SLOOPY (4) are also chances.

Race 6: Clay & Mineral Trotters Mobile
HAMMERS LAW (5) has been very competitive off tough handicaps since coming to SA. He meets tonight field in a mobile start on an even playing field. He looks like a major chance.
EURYPHAESSA (4) has won her last two starts and looks like a threat tonight.
MUSCLETONIAN (6) and PIESRIDINGSHOTGUN (2) are also chances.

Race 7: Trivia at 'The Globe' Sunday July 3 Pace
ROCKNROLL YANKEE (2) should be able to find the lead early. If he hits the front he will be extremely hard to run down.
CLARENDEN ENVOY (1) will mostly likely take the sit behind the leader and be a very strong place chance.
SABREUR (3) and STEAM CLEANED (6) are also chances.
Race 8: Happy 59th Anniversary Peter & Lois Trotters Discretionary
ARMCHAIR DRIVE (2) meets an ideal field with Danielle Hill in the sulky. He could be a big improver tonight if he gets the right run.
REGAL ASSASSIN (5), ENROLLED (1) and SKYLINE (6) are also chances.
RACE 1        5-6-2-8
RACE 2        7-6-3-5
RACE 3        5-2-6-7
RACE 4        3-2-5-8
RACE 5        7-1-4-6
RACE 6        5-4-2-6
RACE 7        1-2-3-6
RACE 8         2-5-6-1
RACE 1        1-8-6-9
RACE 2        7-6-9-1
RACE 3        6-5-3-7
RACE 4        3-2-5-8
RACE 5        6-7-4-1
RACE 6        5-4-6-2
RACE 7        2-1-6-3
RACE 8        2-5-1-6
Race 1: TAB Make A Date With Play Pace
WEWILL HAIL CAESAR (1) should be able to hold the lead from the inside draw. If he leads early he will be hard to run down. He has won two of his last five.
BIEN HOA (7) was a winner three starts back when he defeated LIBERTY TEE JAY by 4 metres. He will find it tough from gate seven but recent form suggests he is good enough to win this.
SNAPPER ROCKS (2) and MAMMALS DESTINY (8) are also chances.
Race 2: Hygain Fiber Fresh Pace
CELESTIAL DAYBREAK (4) should have enough speed to burn to the lead early. If he hits the front will be hard to run down.
PAY ME INTEREST (2), MACKALAN (1) and TIDAL SURGE (6) are also chances.
Race 3: Fly Like An Eagle Pace
WHITESTARCHRISTIAN (6) has run so much better races recent. Especially two starts back after facing the breeze and getting beaten 5.2 metres behind SOHO BOB. If he can repeat that effort today he is going to be a major threat.
SINARTRA (1), OUR MAJOR JACK (5) and MALACHITE ROCK (4) are also chances.
Race 4: Mitavite Studgro Trotters Handicap
DEE (4) returns from a spell. Showed ability during his last preparation and was a winner by 34 metres. He will be a good chance if he brings his best run.
FAIRYTALE HALL (5), ATEGO TITAN (7) and ORLANDOS GIFT (8) are also chances.

Race 5: John Rothe Video Pace
THISWAYTOTHEBEACH (8) ran a very impressive race outside the leader last Monday from gate seven. He was beaten 4.7 metres behind WESAIDSO. He will get an easier run today from the second row. He will be hard to beat.
TRADE WHISPERS (5), TOLD YOU TWICE (6) and ILLAWONG KIM (4) are also chances.

Race 6: TAB Live Sky Racing Vision Pace
WATCHME RUN (8) ran a better race two starts back along the inside where she ran second behind WEWILL HAIL CAESAR. It may pay to put a line through her most recent run. If she brings her best run today she will run a strong race against this field.
VILLAGE CHARACTER (9) broke her maiden last start for her new stable. She should be able to run a strong race today if she can repeat that run.
EL DEMONIO (3) and LILLYSHELAINE (2) are also chances.
Race 7: Happy Reitrement Dr Roger Haensel Pace
MAJOR JOLT (6) has run some competitive races against similar fields. He matches up well against this field and looks like a chance.
LITTLE BAY ENGINE (5), OUT OF DODGE (8) and CARLISE CRUISER (1) are also chances.
RACE 1        1-7-2-4  
RACE 2        4-2-1-6
RACE 3        5-6-4-1
RACE 4        8-4-7-6
RACE 5        8-6-5-1
RACE 6        9-6-3-2
RACE 7        6-5-8-1

RACE 1        7-1-6-8
RACE 2        3-1-2-4
RACE 3        6-5-1-3
RACE 4        8-10-5-3
RACE 5        8-6-1-3
RACE 6        2-6-9-5
RACE 7        5-6-8-11

HRSA wishes to acknowledge the performance of Officials who we are losing and who have afforded the harness racing industry in this State with excellent service.
With regret, we advise that Rod Foureur who has served the industry to very close to forty years in various capacities but more recently as a Farrier, Official Starter and Stipendiary Steward has provided notice that he will no longer be available. HRSA Board and Management thank Rod for his continued dedication to the industry over many years and through a number of “regimes”.
Speaking personally, I have dealt with Rod over many years before I became involved in 2019 and can only say that I found him to be cooperative, informative and supportive and thank him for his assistance.  Regrettably, the industry loses a most valued and reliable resource. 
Participants should understand that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find appropriate replacements in these positions.
Peter Lawrence who has also served the industry within the Racing Office and most recently the Stewards Department has also tendered his resignation.  Peter has accepted a Stewards’s position with GRSA (greyhounds).
I have found Peter’s support invaluable in my part-time role and integral to the function of the Steward’s Department.  It has been a pleasure to be involved in Peter’s development as a Steward and particularly in the manner in which he has conducted race meetings.  I thank him for his support and personally wish him well in his new position.
Nevertheless, Peter’s pending departure (14 July) will leave a massive vacuum within the HRSA Steward’s Department
Finally, HRSA also loses its Cadet Steward Hannah Matthews at the end of the month.  Hannah has accepted a position as a Cadet Steward with RacingSA (thoroughbreds).  Hannah came to HRSA about eighteen months ago with no experience in harness racing.  Her progress during her employment has continued to gather momentum.  Hannah leaves with our best wishes and we will continue to monitor her progress.
Graham Loch| Acting Chief Steward| Harness Racing SA Ltd
This report will available next week - and will continue on  a fortnightly basis.
For full explanation on penalties (and supplementary reports) please go to:

 Tuesday 7 June
R8 – D Smith (MAJOR WEST) – Rule 163(1)(a)(iii) – Causing interference
R5 – G Howard – Rule 273(2)(a) – incorrectly fitted gear – fined $100
Saturday 11 June
R2 – J Kittel  – Rule 168(1)(a) – careless – suspended 10 days
Tuesday 14 June
R1 – D Girardi – Rule 163(1)(c)(i) – Race inside marker pegs
R2 – T Mumford – Rule 162(1)(www)(a) – shifting ground
R2 – S Loone – Rule 273(2)(b) – insecure gear
Saturday 18 June
R1 – C Johnson – Rule 162(1)(www)(a) – Shifting ground
R2 – S Pascoe – Rule 168(1)(a) – careless
R6 – M Smith – Rule 168(1)(a) - careless
R2 – G Pullicino – Rule 156(4)(a) – use whip deemed continuous – fined $100
R6 – M Smith – Rule 156(2)(a) – use whip more than a wrist only flicking motion – fined $250

Acting Chair of Stewards
G Loch
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) hosted the annual Track Managers Conference at Tabcorp Park Melton on June 15, with over 60 people in attendance including Lane Johnson.  He joins the 1197 Harness Show tomorrow to enlighten us on the Conference and the topics covered.
Renown breeding expert John Coffey was in South Australia this week and Paul Campbell and myself will cover off on that visit.  Also hear Peter Wharton's SA BRED 
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