WITH part of his dream fulfilled, owner John Penny is wishful more than hopeful the remainder of his fairytale can be completed at Globe Derby on Saturday.
Venturing into standardbred ownership in 1974, Penny has enjoyed his share of success, but one goal has eluded him – a South Australia Derby runner, let alone the winner!
That will change during the weekend when Emain Macha takes his position in the time honoured Blue Riband.
“I am hoping he is good enough to win, but I will be grateful if he can run a placing,” Penny said. “I’ve been waiting 43 years to have a Derby runner and I am looking forward to being at Globe Derby.
“It is a moment I will enjoy immensely, now we will have to see what happens.”
Although the Greg Scholefield-trained gelding has drawn awkwardly along the second row, Penny has adopted a philosophical attitude about Emain Macha’s barrier.
“It is a tough draw, but to me is just a starting position where you wait to see what happens in the race,” Penny said. “I’m never put off by barriers as anything can happen in racing.
“Brent Lilley’s pair (Our Jimmie and King Solomon) will dominant from the front row, but we will be trying our best.”
- PAUL COURTS