Day At The Track

A great day for the Macedon Ranges locals

12:27 AM 16 May 2013 NZST
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Grant Campbell
Grant Campbell
Grant Campbell receives trophy from Wendy Kennedy the grandaughter of the trainer-driver of the first Gold Cup winner Ashton.

Situated in close proximity of Melbourne are the Macedon Ranges, an area where many harness racing trainers are domiciled.

Wednesday's Charlton meeting was great for the area, with three winners on the eight event card coming from this district.

Bullengarook trainer Gavin Christiansen was in the winners stall when home bred 4-Y-0 Riverboat King/Talking Business gelding Kings Business broke his maiden status by taking the Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres.

Given a lovely passage one/one from the extreme draw by Grant Campbell, Kings Business when eased three wide on straightening, finished best to score from the favourite Im Henry Theeighth which led before going off stride approaching the final bend, with Sherpa Star third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-02.6.

Bolinda's Paul Males combined with Daryl Douglas to land the Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres with 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Georgia Rose gelding Bettor Atom in a rate of 2-00.7.

Bred and raced by Peter and Yvonne Males. Bettor Atom was also given the run of the race one/one from the extreme draw, before being taken three wide on the home turn.

Despite appearing to be under extreme pressure, Bettor Atom rallied under hard driving to gain the day in advance of Isntshesomething which led and Zedies Girl which faced the breeze.

Neighbour Vince Vallelonga was also a winner on the day, with Kiwi bred Artesian/Witch Hunt 6-Y-0 gelding Salem scoring in the Wally Churchill Memorial Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres.

Taking a concession for New Zealander Kyle Marshall a North Island teenager presently based with Brent Lilley, Salem began with plenty of zest from gate two to lead easily and rated a treat, ran out an easy winner over Echeveria which parked outside him for the final circuit, with Indulgent (one/one at bell) dropping down to the sprint lane to finish third.

The mile rate a creditable 2-00.9 with the track being rain effected due to a number of heavy showers mid afternoon.

by Len BAKER

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