LEADING local reinsman Ryan Hryhorec has been booked to drive one of the main chances in Saturday night’s South Australia Cup.
Originally set to watch the prestigious feature from the Globe Derby grandstand, Hryhorec has been asked to partner Victorian raider, Messini.
“Being asked to drive such a nice horse in the Cup was a pleasant surprise that’s for sure,” Hryhorec said. “It’s the first time I’ve been down to drive a horse in a $100,000 race which is a descent chance of winning.
“Like I said, to get the call up from Brent (Lilley, trainer) was a great surprise and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”
A Group Two winner last weekend, Messini will begin barrier 11, which should see the Australian Pacing Gold graduate finishing strongly during the latter stages according to Hryhorec.
The son of Art Major began from the same barrier in last season’s Cup when an eye-catching fourth behind Smolda in track record time.
“I’m hoping there will be a fair bit of action on during the run and then we can get the right trip into it,” Hryhorec said.
“He is in good form and there is no doubt he’s a serious chance…it’ll just come down to what kind of luck he gets.”
Citing Shadow Sax as the one to beat from barrier five, Hryhorec rates Major Crocker as the one to watch from the outside of the second row.
Shadow Sax is unbeaten from six starts for the term and is a raging favourite in betting markets.
Owned by Harness Racing SA board member Gary Crocker, Major Crocker made a winning debut for local horseman Justin Brewin last week in what was his first start in five weeks and is expected to benefit from the outing.
“Shadow Sax looks to be a top horse still on the way up and is one to beat for sure,” Hryhorec said. “Major Crocker is a seasoned campaigner at this level and can’t be underestimated.”
- PAUL COURTS