Day At The Track

A change of luck for trainer Damian Wilson

11:48 AM 15 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Melton harness racing trainer Damian Wilson who was badly injured in a horrific race fall at Kilmore on October 28, was successful with honest 5-Y-0 John Street North/Trouble Chaton mare Latoya Lass at Cranbourne on Tuesday January 15, taking out the Farmhand Pace for C2 class over 2080 metres.

Driven by Jodi Quinlan, Latoya Lass taking a mares concession exploded away from gate two to lead and after being rated a treat, defied all challengers to score from One Fellas Fancy which trailed, using the sprint lane to no avail and the favourite Amazing Kano (four wide home turn) off a three wide trail last lap from three back in the moving line. The mile rate 2-00.

Damian will still be off the scene (driving wise) for several more months.

It was a profitable night for the Melton District at Cranbourne with four winners including Lance Justice who fresh from winning the $125,000 South Australian Cup on Saturday with champion pacer Smoken Up, snared the Decron Horse Care Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres with 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Keeping Watch gelding Real Grit.

Given an easy time from gate three trailing the pacemaker I Know The Rules outside him, Real Grit used the sprint lane to gain the day over Sheila Blige off a three wide trail last lap and Mor Laag (three wide home turn from mid-field) in a rate of 1-58.2.

Coimadai trainer Steve Zammit combined with Long Forest based Alex Ashwood taking a concession to land the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres with recent stable addition Shiraz Cabernet in a mile rate of 2-06.9.

Bred and raced by former Richmond and Collingwood AFL star Kevin Morris who was later to join the coaching staff at Essendon, Shiraz Cabernet began swiftly from the 10 metre mark to lead after a few of his rivals made mistakes, before surrendering to the speedy Earl Or Nothing racing for the bell.

Using the sprint lane, Shiraz Cabernet finished best to nose out Drop Of Paradise which raced parked for the final lap, with Military Precision (one/one home turn) after an early break 3.5 metres away in third place.

Hopetoun Park trainer Ross Sugars' team have been airborne in recent weeks, with 4-Y-0 Art Major/Dilingers Reign mare Majestic Reign chalking up five wins in succession by taking the Mark Gurry & Associates Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres.

Driven as usual by son Greg, Majestic Reign spent most of the race one/one after moving away from four back the markers shortly after the start.

Easing three wide solo in the final circuit, Majestic Reign left her rivals on standing to register a 6.8 metre victory in 2-08.3 from Stylish Jasper which followed her home, with Gumdrops third after trailing the weakening leader Travtiano after the pair had engaged in a war for the first 300 metres.

Lemnos (Goulburn Valley) trainer Russell Jack took advantage of a concession for Shepparton's David Moran to land the Ultra Signs Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 9-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Rare Moment gelding Rare Surprise in a slick rate of 1-57.

Despite racing fiercely from gate four outside the leader Jack Majority, Rare Surprise pulled his way to the front in the final circuit, before stalling off all challengers in accounting for Popeye Village (one/one - three wide home turn) and Our Puddy (four wide home turn from last).

Latoya Lass

Real Grit

Shiraz Cabernet

Majestic Reign

Rare Surprise

Len Baker


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