Borrelli's a Fine Artist

16 April 2018 | Graham Fischer
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Veteran South Australian trainer-driver Peter Borrelli returned to the winner’s list when Fine Artist led throughout to win the BGC Industrial Cleaning Supplies Pace (1800m) at Globe Derby Park.

After being headed early in the home straight, Fine Artist ($6) fought back to score a half head win from Clarenden Valour ($1.70 fav) with Sumarian Artist ($17.50), a neck away third.

“It is good to finally have another Globe Derby win,” Borrelli said.

“It has been a while – I actually can’t remember my last win here although I did drive Grinfaron to win at Mildura last month.

“I have been letting Jayden (Jayden Brewin) drive Fine Artist a lot of the time – I think it is good to encourage the young drivers – but decided to do it myself tonight.

“Actually, I nearly had a double as Grinfaron went really well in the opening race but just found Santa Madre too strong.”

Borrelli said he was confident Fine Artist was a promising three-year-old.

“He has been racing okay but is still learning. Tonight, he was able to lead and dictate and I knew he would be hard to beat.

“He doesn’t give up and even though he got headed wasn’t going to go down without a fight.”

Even though it was only the gelding’s second win, he also has had eight placings from just 19 starts.

Borrelli, 76, is South Australia’s oldest driver following the retirement of 82-year-old Alan Smith who didn’t renew his licence this season.