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    More things change, the more they stay the same! More things change, the more they stay the same!

    REGAL ATTIRE winning the Strathalbyn Trotters' Cup - Photo Walter Bulyga

    ACCORDING to the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Well, going by the result of Saturday night’s Strathalbyn Trotters’... More things change, the more they stay the same!

    ACCORDING to the adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.

    Well, going by the result of Saturday night’s Strathalbyn Trotters’ Cup, the saying is spot on.

    In 2022, prominent horseman Ryan Hryhorec dominated South Australia’s trotting country cups to become 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 finale – the SA Trotters’ Cup at Globe Derby.

    Hryhorec also enjoyed cup glory with Mass Destruction, which captured the Strathalbyn edition.

    A year later Hryhorec was triumphant with Mangana Joe, in what was the last cup winner at Strathalbyn’s home venue.

    Operating at the site since 1938, the club sold the land to developers and is in the process of designing a “multifunction sporting complex”.

    Fast forward to last weekend and the year has changed and so have the squaregaiters, but Hryhorec was once again standing at the top of the dais after the Strathalbyn Trotters’ Cup!

    This time around Hryhorec was victorious with Regal Attire, which overcame a 30-metre backmark.

    “He’s a very nice trotter,” Hryhorec said. “He is three from three this season and has plenty left in him.”

    With Gaita Pullicino in the cart, Regal Attire sustained a strong sprint three-wide without cover from the bell to complete a two-and-a-half metre triumph from My Used To Be.

    Cyclone S Adams was two-and-a-half metres away third in 2:01.1 over 2230 metres.

    “He has pulled up a treat, so I will nominate him for Sunday’s Kapunda Cup and see the handicap,” Hyrhorec said. “If he is handicapped too far he won’t go.

    “It’s been the pattern in the last couple of years, you win an early cup or two and you’re pretty much handicapped out of the others.

    “It’s disappointing, but also not a bad problem to have.”

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