SETTING a national record during last season’s circuit, leading horseman Ryan Hryhorec will be looking to continue his tremendous success during the weekend.
By dominating South Australia’s trotting country cups, Hryhorec became the first trainer in the nation to complete a clean sweep of a state’s provincial squaregaiting features.
C K Spur was Hryhorec’s best performer, winning three country cups and the final – the SA Trotters’ Cup at Globe Derby.
Hryhorec also enjoyed cup glory with Aldebaran Alissa and Mass Destruction, with the latter scoring in Strathalbyn, which will kick-start this year’s circuit on Sunday.
This time around Hryhorec will be represented by Magnana Joe, which has been faultless since arriving from Victoria.
Unbeaten from three starts, Magnana Joe has drawn to search for the lead from three in the 2110-metre standing start.
“He hasn’t set a foot wrong since he got here, but I’m not getting ahead of myself either,” Hryhorec said. “He hasn’t beaten much in his wins and this is a step up for him.
“Don’t get me wrong, he gives me the feeling of being a very nice trotter which is still on the way up, but he is a 43-rater up against open horses which should be giving him a much bigger start.
“Hammers Law is a top type and is the one to beat, but in a true discretionary he would be giving us more than a 30-metre start.
“That said, if Joe can find the front he will give them something to catch over 2110 metres.”
Hryhorec will also be represented by Premonition in the Pacing Cup, with the son of Courage Under Fire to begin from barrier two.
“He has been up for a while, so win, lose or draw, he will go for a spell after Sunday,” Hryhorec said. “He’s drawn well enough and it would be good to send him out on a win.”