Day At The Track

A big night for popular stable

12:55 PM 16 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

For a number of seasons Clyde co-trainers Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander, together with stable reinsman Chris Alford have dominated at their home track Cranbourne and it was a similar scenario at Tuesday's (February 15) Cranbourne harness racing fixture with the stable supplying a trio of winners on the eight event card.

Champion Bettors Delight/Tailamade Lombo filly Aussie Made Lombo made it three from three this time in when victorious in the Choicehotels.com.au Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres to open the night’s proceedings, but not before giving those that laid the odds-on heart flutters.

A prohibitive $1.04 favourite, Aussie Made Lombo from the extreme draw spent most of the race in the open, before cruising past the pacemaker Lombo Hallmark on turning.

Looking set for an easy victory, Aussie Made Lombo had to pull out all stops to defend off a challenge from Clancy Rose which had trailed, before switching inside her with the margin being only a half neck on the wire. Zaintiano finished third after trailing the leader.

The mile rate 2-00.7.

Following the race, Aussie Made Lombo was subjected to a veterinary inspection.

Modern Art/MySilkySand filly Passions Promise a $1.30 chance, was never out of second gear in taking the Ultra Signs 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres in 2-02.6.

Leading from gate three, Passions Promise had nothing more than “a stroll in the park” to score from Saint Flash (one/one final circuit from last) and Im The Liberator which led up the outside division from four back the markers at the bell.

Highly promising Art Major/Benelise colt Soho Valencia made amends for a close up second to Charlie MacSheen at Tabcorp Park Melton on Hunter Cup night when making his first appearance at the races, by winning the Schweppes 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres in a breeze.

Not bustled from gate two, Soho Valencia raced outside the well supported poleline pacemaker Machtwister for most of the trip, before sliding effortlessly to the front on the home turn.

With Alford sitting quiet, Soho Valencia ambled to a 9.5 metre victory in a rate of 2-02.4 from the Wagga Wagga visitor No Fixed Address on debut which trailed the pacemaker after an unsuccessful attempt to lead, with There Is A God a mile back third after following the winner.

Both Soho Valencia and Aussie Made Lombo are raced by Perth millionaire Robert Watson.

Consistent 4-Y-0 Earl/Icantremember gedling Mister Castleton made it two wins in the space of five days when successful in the 4th Heat of the VSTA Trotters Cup for T0 or better class over 2575 metres.

A winner at Yarra Valley the previous Friday when leading throughout in a mobile event, Mister Castleton on this occasion repeated the dose after beginning safely from the 10 metre mark to lead running into the first turn and was untroubled to record a 11.7 metre victory over Elusive Charm which trailed in 2-07.7, with Alabamadon a further 22.8 metres back in third place.

Part-owned and trained by Charlton’s John Tormey, Mister Castleton was driven by daughter Ellen who was recently named as Victoria’s representative for the fast approaching Inter Dominion Young Reinspersons Driving Championships.

Melton’s Bret Lilley produced a well credentialed former Kiwi mare by the name of Talaspring to land the Decron Horse Care Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres first up on Australian soil in a mile rate of 2-02.3.

A 4-Y-0 daughter of Badlands Hanover and Spring Thaw previously in the stable of Brent Mangos in Auckland, Talaspring was slowly away from the pole, but was fortunate to be able to ease away from the inside when Sousania (gate four) galloped wildly after breaking a hopple shortly after the start.

Settling three back in the moving line, Lang wasted no time in sending Talaspring forward three wide along the back straight and when asked for a supreme effort on straightening, ran home stylishly to score from Da Ginstir along the sprint lane off the back of the pacemaker Amadmancomesundone, with Jaccka Felix (one/one at bell) third.

Talaspring is raced by former top reinsman Doug Mangos, the father of Brent.

Len BAKER

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