Day At The Track

A Jack quinella at Echuca's Tuesday meeting

10:46 PM 27 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Beautiful Echuca
Beautiful Echuca - situated on the banks of the Murray River in Victoria.

Wahring (Shepparton) trainer Daniel Jack snared the quinella in the GTS Farm Supplies Tongala Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres at the Echuca harness racing meeting held on Tuesday November 27, with four year old mares Chloe Vargarita and Charm Alarm - Chloe Vargarita being the victor.

Driven by brother Nathan, Chloe Vargarita after starting inside the second line was given the run of the race trailing pole marker stablemate Charm Alarm and always appeared to be travelling easily.

Surprisingly eased three wide approaching the home turn with Jack not wishing to use the sprint lane, Chloe Vargarita proved a little too strong for her stablemate in the straight, winning by a half neck in a rate of 2-01.6, with the Leeton visitor Frances Dances third after following the pair.

A daughter of Falcon Seelster and Susie Oneill, Chloe Vargarita has recorded 8 wins from 24 race appearances.

Team Douglas – Glenn and Daryl landed the $5000 Echuca Moama Storage Moama Pacing Cup for C4 to C6 class over 2160 metres with much travelled free running Safe And Sound/Prozack 8-Y-0 gelding Wunlastchance, a winner of 22 races prior to the event.

Safely retaining the inside running from the pole, Wunlastchance was untroubled to lead throughout, returning a mile rate of 1-59.2 in defeating Ohoka Courage (one/two) and a disappointing Western Connection which trailed the winner, before using the sprint lane to no avail.

The highlight of the night was the performance of lightly raced 6-Y-0 Safely Kept/Glimpse mare Lookatime Philo in the Echuca College Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres.

Trained at Kyabram by part-owner Chris Matthews, Lookatime Philo driven by Nathan Jack galloped away wildly from gate three with her chances looking forlorn after settling at the tail of the field at a track where leaders usually dominate.

Set alight three wide with a brilliant burst of speed prior to the bell, Lookatime Philo led for the last lap to obliterate her rivals, scoring by 11 metres untouched in a mile rate of 2-01.3 over the last start Swan Hill winner Shez Misunderstood (three back the markers) and The Open which travelled wide for the final circuit.

by Len BAKER

The Jack quinella:

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