Pascoe in fine form
Samantha Pascoe has come along way since partnering Heza Presidente back in September 2018.
Pascoe, some 13 months after her first winner, landed her first double on Monday October 28 last year when she was victorious on Go Go Shikari and Major Rainbow in a race to race double.
The Mario Borg trained Go Go Shikari has won seven races thus far in this extended season with Samantha Pascoe in the bike.
Exciting young horse Sir Lucas, by Cullens Legacy, has also been a highly successful drive for Pascoe having won six races on the gelding including the time-honoured Gawler Derby in March of this year.
But the horse described has Pascoe’s favourite is Scrawl, trained by her dad Scott, Scrawl is by Sportswriter out of Von Rita.
Von Rita, a mare owned by former HRSA Chairman Mark Carey, has been loaned to Samantha this season to try her hand at breeding. Pascoe has booked Von Rita into Poster Boy who stands at Northern Rivers Equine.
Breeding is nothing new to the Pascoe family. Samantha’s parents Mandy and Scott, operate Ningana Park, an 80 acre training and breeding property at Birdwood in the Adelaide hills which formerly played host to the successful stallions Bad Bert, Tibet, Kawartha Robust, Vanston Hanover, Slug Of Jin and Aberdeen.
A month shy of her twenty third birthday, Samantha Pascoe leads the young drivers leader board with 33 wins, one ahead of Corey Johnson.
In season 2018/19 she drove just 11 winners, so this current season, albeit extended, has been a break out season for the talented young driver.
Away from driving winners Pascoe is completing a Sports Science degree at Uni and hopes to venture into equine massage.
Bad manners not this time
Not very often you find a trotter stood down on the Saturday night, for breaking in running, and sent back to trials come out and win just two days later, such is the story of Fairytale Hall.
The five-year-old daughter of Angus Hall featured not once, but four times in the stewards report on Saturday September 19 for breaking up without interference, in fact the stewards report reads as follows:
Fairytale Hall: Broke gait after the start was effected, will be afforded a last chance in the barrier draw in standing start races. Broke gait free of interference near the 1900 metres, near the 1500 metres, and near the 900 metres, consequently Stewards ordered FAIRYTALE HALL be stood down pending the completion of one trial.
That trial was completed the following day at Gawler which allowed the mare to take her place in the field the following day.
Stewards ordered a veterinary report prior to the race on Monday September 21 and Dr Haensel, the clubs Vet Surgeon, passed her clear to run.
Jumping to the front, Fairytale Hall gave nothing else a chance, winning by just over nine metres. It was the mares first win but she has always shown ability having been placed in a heat and making the final of the 2yo Breeders Crown of 2017 when in the stables of Amanda Turnbull.
Owned by former HRSA Chairman Mark Carey, Fairytale Hall will no doubt notch up many more wins if Scott Pascoe can continue to improve her racing manners.