Ewen family rekindles its special connection with Wayville

28 September 2017 | the Office of the Chief Executive, John Lewis



Prominent South Australian trainer-driver Scott Ewen is looking to add another page to his profile by taking part in the Retro Night – return to Wayville on Friday 27 October 2017. Ewen’s father Barry was a successful trainer-driver at Wayville back in the 1960s and early 70s and Scott would like nothing more than to drive a winner at the ‘saucer under lights’.

“Over the years I have talked with Dad about his Wayville experiences and am really looking forward to taking part in the return this year,” Ewen said.

“I went down two nights for the run arounds during the Royal Show this year and enjoyed the experience. Coming down the home straight drivers could nearly ‘high five’ the spectators leaning over the fence”.

“It certainly will be something different, and exciting, driving on the small track with the potential to have patrons around the track.

“I’m sure there will be a wonderful atmosphere with a big crowd. That was something Dad would tell me that every meeting there would be crowds lining the track and cheering encouragement to their runners.”

Ewen, 48, has been a driver since 1985 when he was 16 and first licenced. He was also involved as a driver when the Pony Trots were begun in South Australia.

“I was in the first group of kids to drive when the Pony Trots were started,” he said.

“I had been watching Dad drive and I jumped at the chance to take a seat when Pony Trots were introduced.”

Ewen has carved a successful career in harness racing driving 273 winners with his runners earning about $2,527,000 in stakemoney. His biggest wins have been a Gawler Cup and Mount Gambier Cup aboard Razz while one of his favourites was Cracker Kiwi which won 17 races.

Ewen said the best horse he drove was Jeremiah Weed which was trained by Ross Sugars, and on which he won two races.