POPULAR reinsman Ryan Hryhorec is closing in on a personal milestone.
Among South Australia’s leading drivers for the better part of two decades, Hryhorec is within striking distance of 2000 wins.
Hryhorec’s tally is sitting on 1998 and has a solid chance of reaching the benchmark at Globe Derby tonight.
“I didn’t realise I was close to getting 2000 wins,” Hryhorec said. “My mother has kept a record of every drive I’ve had and notes where I finished.
“She’s the one who told me I’m on 1998.”
Hryhorec has four drives on the card, including Calcavado and Summaterra, which are the early favourites.
He is also set to partner Justabitofheaven and Blacktop Rock which he trains.
On the third line of betting, Blacktop Rock has drawn to cause an upset in the Golden Nursery.
Second upon debut, Blacktop Rock won his two subsequent starts, including his Golden Nursery heat.
The son of Pet Rock will begin from the inside of the back row, which should see him gain the ideal trail behind the pole marker and favourite, Dancing Finn.
“He’s a nice type, but whether he is up to winning the Golden Nursery I don’t know,” Hryhorec said. “Dancing Finn is a pretty smart filly and will take a lot of running down.”
Prepared by Jeremy Seal, Summaterra shapes as his best chance of success according to Hryhorec.
Also second at his debut before winning his next two outings, Summaterra is the widest drawn runner in gate six.
“Jeremy’s three-year-old goes really well,” Hryhorec said. “He’s drawn wide but it’s only a small field, so no matter where he settles he won’t be far away.
“He’s my best chance tonight.”