Goulburn Valley (Kialla) harness racing trainer Dave Farrar enjoyed a “day of days” at the Cobram meeting held on Monday May 19, chalking up a successive three race treble.
First to salute the judge was four year old Artesian/Angelic Hanover gelding Arriens in the Antica Murrina Paul Roberts Jewellers Pace for C1 class over 1670 metres restricted to invited female reinspersons.
With Kate Gath taking the drive, Arriens which looked to have something on his rivals, was untroubled to lead throughout from gae two in defeating a death-seating Trottin Rossco (Ellen Tormey) and Iconic Art (Monique Burnett) which followed the winner. The mile rate 1-57.6.
Joining forces with Avenel based concessional reinsman Mark Pitt, Farrar then proceeded to land the Moira Shire Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2170 metres with Gangster Boy and the Barooga Lions Club Pace for C2 class over 2170 metres with Attackamach.
Gangster Boy a well performed five year old gelded son of Modern Art and Gangster Girl was restrained to the tail of the field from outside the front row, before being set alight when the tempo slowed to whiz forward and face the breeze outside the hot favourite Earth Angel which had been presented with the front running when What A Fine Fella galloped on the first turn after leading easily from gate six.
Rallying strongly on turning, Gangster Boy outstayed his rivals to register a 2.4 metre margin in a rate of 1-59 over Authorized from last and Ezee Duzit Lombo (one/one)
Six year old Mach Three/Silkari Star gelding Attackamach making only his third race appearance since February 2012, was sent forward from outside the front line to cross Magic Moment Lombo immediately inside him on the first turn which began with a rush to lead.
Given an easy time, Attackamach left his rivals standing approaching the final bend to score by 7.9 metres over Magic Moment Lombo which was no match over the concluding stages, with Rajah Wealth (one/one – three wide last lap) third.
The mile rate 1-58.3.
A special victory on the day was American Ideal/Karamea Mietta gelding Spinners Boy who landed the Rotary Club Of Cobram 2-Y-0 Pace over 1670 metres on debut as he is raced by Katie and Sam Alford, the children of ace Bolinda reinsman Chris Alford and wife Alison.
Trained and driven by Chris, Spinners Boy wasn’t quick away from gate four, being trapped wide before going forward to race in the open outside the pacemaker Real Knucky for the final circuit.
Asked for a supreme effort on turning, Spinners Boy responded to the call, scoring by 1.2 metres in a rate of 2-00.3 in advance of Artistic Angel (three wide last lap from mid-field), with Real Knucky four metres away in third place.
Alford had earlier in the day snared the Cobram CWA Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2170 metres with very smart Yankee Spider/Rockolina three year old gelding Miracle, leading throughout from gate two in accounting for Yankee Mara (one/four – three wide last lap) and Doctor Sam (one/one) in a mile rate of 2-03.6.
First up since March, Miracle registered his 8th victory from 13 outings.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)