'Daddy - the veteran' nabs himself a double

11:52 PM 02 Sep 2010 NZST
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Graeme 'Daddy' Lang
Graeme 'Daddy' Lang
Peter Staples Photo

Veteran Meltonian Graeme (Daddy) Lang was in the winners stall on two occasions at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Thursday (September 2), with home bred Wagon Apollo/Melancholy Star 6-Y-0 gelding Star Wagon taking the Tennotrump Back Straight Trotters Handicap for T0 to T2 class over 2150 metres and 4-Y-0 Righteous Hanover/Tanabi mare Tiana Bromac the Bush's Produce Stores Pace for C1 class over the same harness racing journey.

Coming from the 20 metre mark, Star Wagon enjoyed a cosy passage mid-field in the moving line, with the leaders Pride And Pleasure and Xanderxav cutting at oneanother through the early stages.

Easing three wide at the bell to trail Cherry Sweet, Star Wagon was taken four wide approaching the home turn and dashed away with a winning break on straightening to win well over Star Gun from last, with Robuchon also coming from a mile back for third. The mile rate 2-03.7.

Tiana Bromac a half sister to cups class performer Tanabi Bromac, had nothing more than a "stroll in the park" after leading throughout from the pole to cost to the wire in advance of Scented which trailed and Mums Little Terror in 2-00.1.

Riddell trainer Vinnie Vallelonga captured the Stallion Station Pace for C0 class over 2150 metres at Bendigo with in-form ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Scotlynn Fire.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Scotlyn Fire (Courage Under Fire/Bland Bay) led throughout to outstay his rivals in defeating Callnineoneone which appeared to have him covered on straightening after working early and taking a slender lead on turning after moving to race outside him for the last lap, with the first starter Friday Lunch running home late from three back the markers for third in a rate of 2-00.3.

Elmore's Cliff Powell sent punters home from Bendigo on a sour note after winning the final event - the Bendigo Mitsubishi Trotters Handicap for T0 & T2 class over 2150 metres with 5-Y-0 Conch Deville/Highbury gelding Sharp Striker, paying Supertab odds of $77.60.

Buried three back along the markers from the pole when making his 6th appearance at the races, Sharp Striker despite pulling hard throughout, ran home along the sprint lane to score in a pedestrian 2-10.1 from Hei Matau which led, with The Driller third after trailing the leader and easing outside her on turning.

Avenel's David Aiken also registered a double on the night, combining with Romsey reinsman Scott Dyer to land the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2150 metres with ever reliable 5-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Diamond Rain gelding On Any Day prior to handling 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Soky's Sweetheart gelding Wartime Sweetheart to capture the Bertocchi Smallgoods Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1650 metres..

Given a lovely trip from gate four trailing the well supported Rocketrod Cullen which shadowed the pacemaker Shortys Star, On Any Day was eased three wide on the home turn and in a slugging finish, prevailed by a head over the leader in a 1-59.5 rate, with Our Rising Star rushing home last from last on the markers for a close up third.

Starting from gate two on the second line, David wasted no time in sending Wartime Sweetheart around the field to assume control from the speedy Afalcons Dash, before coasting to the wire in accounting for Master Malcolm off a three wide trail in the final circuit and Ay Tee Em which faced the breeze from the bell in a 1-58.1 mile rate.

Len BAKER

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