Day At The Track

A Swan Hill victory for former HRV steward

03:00 PM 20 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Speewa trainer Matthew Kearns a former HRV steward, was successful in taking out the Laser Electrical Lighting Showroom Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres at the Nyah harness racing fixture conducted at Swan Hill on Tuesday November 20 with 6-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Starorama gelding Tapper Torney.

Taking a concession for extremely talented sixteen year old reinsman Zac Phillips, Tapper Torney was sent forward from gate six to park outside the Kerang trained pacemaker Panatomic which had worked hard from gate three to cross the pole marker Illdowhatiwant.

Applying plenty of pressure approaching the home turn, Tapper Torney gained the upper hand on turning, proving too strong over the concluding stages for Ruth Arthur’s Egyptian Art which flashed late after being extricated from three back the markers, with Panatomic weakening to finish third. The mile rate 1-58.5.

Charlton trainer Mark Boyle combined with Bendigonian Neil McCallum (a former Charlton boy) to land the Robin & Kim Elliott Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres with Downtools, a cleverly named 4-Y-0 gelded son of Union Guy and Mydiva.

Making his 7th appearance at the races, Downtools from gate three was given the run of the race one/one trailing Lake Boga trainer Doug Jewson’s Shakas Magic which shadowed the leader Blissful Sun.

When Shakas Magic headed Blissful Sun on the final bend, Downtools was ready to strike and that he did, finishing best to score by 4.6 metres in 1-59.9 over Shakas Magic, with Iconic Art third for Ruth Arthur after following the winner throughout.

Glenn and Daryl Douglas snared the Laser Electrical Kerang Pace for C0 class (Mares) over 1609 metres with Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Shez Misunderstood.

A former N-S-W trained daughter of McArdle and Home Of Eden having her first outing in Victoria for the stable, Shez Misunderstood led throughout from the pole, defeating the dead-heaters Elsu Dream which raced in the open and Woke Up Tired (three wide last lap from last) in a mile rate of 2-01.7. The winning margin a nose.

Avenel trainer Greg Norman who is shortly to return to his home state of South Australia, combined with Greg Sugars to land the Solahart Hot Water Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1609 metres with 5-Y-0 Modern Art/Larisleas Gem 5-Y-0 gelding Jimmys Gem in a slashing rate of 1-55.4. Trapped wide from gate four, Sugars continued to go forward with Jimmys Gem, crossing to lead for the final circuit.

Kicking clear on turning, Jimmys Gem had 2.2 metres to spare on the wire over Shelby Cruzin which trailed after beginning fast from the pole, with Ohoka Courage running on late from three back in the moving line third.

Wahring (Shepparton) trainer/driver Daniel Jack’s 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Vain Franco mare Charm Alarm greeted the judge in the Toshiba Air Conditioning Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres after taking a gender concession.

Making an early move to face the open from three back in the moving line after starting from barrier two on the second line, Charm Alarm ended up one/one at the bell when The Open which had been trapped wide moved to find the breeze at the bell.

Easing three wide running into the final bend, Charm Alarm finished best to register a head victory over the pole line pacemaker McArdles Art and The Dip (three back the markers) in a rate of 1-58.1.

Smart 4-Y-0 Dawn Ofa New Day/Zaire Rumble mare Zamaye made a one act affair of the Braemar Air Conditioning Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres, returning a mile rate of 2-00.9.

Driven by Greg Sugars for Elmore trainer Jenny Johnson, Zamaye was restrained from inside the second line to settle at the tail of the field, with Melrose Kate leading from gate two after crossing Some Kinda Cheval inside her.

Despite making the home turn at least six wide, Zamaye left her rivals standing on straightening to score by 6.2 metres in advance of the local hope Girls Town (three back the markers) and Unfair Dismissal from four back in the moving line.

Kyabram trainer Dave Farrar and stable assistant Riley Fortin can do no wrong of late and after a winning double at Gunbower two days earlier, captured the Bonaire Air Conditioning Pace for C2 class over 2240 metres with 4-Y-0 Modern Art/Gangster Girl gelding Gangster Boy.

Taking a concession, Gangster Boy (gate four on the second line) settled a mile from the leader Xavier Jack (gate three), with Fortin making a winning move by sending him forward approaching the bell to park outside the leader when the speed was slow.

Dictating terms to a nicety, Gangster Boy ran home in a last half of 58.1 & 28.1 to defeat the Douglas’ Please Dont Talk off a three wide trail last lap and Chloe Vargarita (one/one last lap) in a rate of 2-01.1. The margin 1.5 metres.

Punters went home on a sour note, when $32.40 chance Grand Guru scored in the Laser Electrical Swan Hill Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres.

Trained at Moama/Echuca by Shane Gilligan and driven by son Tom, Grand Guru spent most of the race buried three back along the markers after starting solo on the second line.

Extricated into the clear on straightening, Grand Guru one of six four year old winners on the night, came with a flying finish out wide to snatch victory away from a sprint laning Star Of Paris which trailed the weakening leader Leighmont, with Abstraction third after racing in the open.

A Life Sign/Cristata entire, Grand Guru making his 5th race appearance returned a mile rate of 2-00.9.

*** Nyah race again at Swan Hill on January 17.

Tapper Torney


Shez Misunderstood

Jimmys Gem

Charm Alarm


Gangster Boy

by Len BAKER

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