IF YOU’RE travelling to a track in South Australia and find yourself stranded with a broken down car and float, don’t bother calling RAA – just ring prominent identity Leah Harvey.
A passionate and highly-successful horsewoman, Harvey is also a Strongest Woman Tournament winner.
Harvey’s competition tasks include weight and power lifting with random objects.
Last weekend one such object on Harvey’s must do list was a Fire Engine, which she pulled along the road to finish second in her division.
“There was a competition in Kadina and the Fire Engine was one of the tasks,” Harvey said. “The truck weighed 13 tonnes and was quite a challenge.”
At Port Pirie on Saturday night lightly-raced gelding Backwards will have to show some of his trainer’s intestinal fortitude in the opening SA BOTRA Home Bred Series heat.
Although driver Ken Rogers weighs considerably less than a Fire Engine, Backwards’ task has been made difficult by the draw.
The son of Village Jolt, which boasts six wins and two placings from 13 starts, will begin from the outside of the front row.
“He has drawn terrible which makes it tough,” Harvey said. “But he will have to cope with it.
“He’s working well and will be ready to run a good race.”
Should all go to plan the four-year-old’s next appearance will be in the Final at Globe Derby on June 8.
The program also includes the Group One Allwood Classic for two-year-olds.
“There are a few others in the field which are in good form, but hopefully he will make his way into the Final in a couple of weeks,” Harvey said.