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01:41 PM 24 Jun 2010 NZST
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Kialla (Shepparton) harness racing trainer/driver Peter Hornsby's Cr Commando/Zesta gelding Kaptin Bly mutilated his rivals by winning the 4th Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Trotters over 2100 metres at the Geelong Harness Racing fixture on Thursday June 24.

Beginning fast from gate two, Kaptin Bly led his rivals a merry dance as he coasted to the wire 50 metres in advance of Our Flash Girl and Back Of The Ute in a rate of 2-02.7.

Several offers have already been made for the horse, but have been declined.

Heat Three was run at a slower tempo, which saw Tatlow Stakes winner Conch Deville/Direct Salute gelding Chateau De Ville the victor in a rate of 2-03.7.

Trained in Sebastopol (Ballarat) opposite Bray Raceway by Alex Douglas and driven by son Adrian, Chateau Deville from the extreme draw settled three back in the moving line, before making a forward move three wide at the bell.

Sustaining a long run, Chateau De Ville ran home stylishly to score from Djasker, with Living Bonus running on late for an eye catching third.

Ultra impressive

Toolern Vale father and son - Danny and Craig Hoban snared the Gary & Craig Whelan 3-Y-0 Pace Final over 2100 metres at Geelong for horses which qualified in the heats held at the Bacchus Marsh fixture the previous Sunday with Mattuity/Lookatlittlesister gelding Ess Are Vee in a rate of 2-00.2.

In a chop and change affair, Ess Are Vee came out running three wide from outside the front row to head off the leader Mums Little Terror, before handing up to the roughie Ohoka Detroit, then easing away from the markers to possie one/one on the back of the hot favourite and heat winner on debut Ophirs Dream.

Leaving the prime spot in the last lap, Ess Are Vee joined the leaders three wide on straightening and finished his race off impressively in defeating Ophirs Dream and Mums Little Terror at his 7th race appearance.

Ex-kiwi scores on debut

Melton's Danny Mullan has made a strong resurgence into the sport and landed the Signific Signs Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres at Geelong with ex-Kiwi Artiscape/Eileen Monica 4-Y-0 gelding Artoc which was making his Australian debut.

Raced by Danny and wife Anna, Artoc taking a concession for Jason Hackett led throughout from the pole in his first outing since May 22, defeating Onebyone which trailed in a Melton quinella, with Dual Agent Tabman third after following the pair.

The mile rate a slick 2-00.7.

Two in a row

Former Sunraysia pacer Rokewood, now a member of Geoff Webster's Bannockburn stable, brought up two wins in succession, when successful in the George & Hilda Young Memorial Pace Final for C1 & C2 class over 2100 metres at Geelong.

A big winner of his heat the previous Sunday at the same venue, Rokewood with New Zealand reinsman Emmett Brosnan in the sulky, gave a repeat performance by leading for most of the journey in accounting for From Day One which moved outside him approaching the home turn, with Tceesaflyin third in a rate of 1-58.6.

Although his heat victory was easy, this time the margin was a nose in a tricky finish.

Super Sires heats

Heats of the Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Fillies highlighted the Wangaratta Harness Racing Club meeting held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Thursday evening.

Avenel trainer/driver Ian Montgomery's Beach Melody, a daughter of Dawn Ofa New Day and Beach Froi toyed with her rivals in the 5th Heat over 2240 metres.

Trapped three wide from gate six, "Monty" pressed forward to assume control and once at the head of affairs, Beach Melody had her rivals covered, racing away on straightening to score by a 29 metre margin over Its Girl Power which trailed when making her debut, with Lady Erica Lombo third after facing the open from the bell.

Peter Manning's long odds-on favourite Leilani Lombo from the pole was expected to dominate in the 6th Heat, but didn't run a place after receiving the run of the race on the back of the leader Lifeslittlesecret (gate four), with the winner being Passions Promise for the "Green Team" of Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander.

Driven by Chris Alford, Passions Promise (Modern Art/My Silky Sand) was given an easy time on the markers after starting from inside the second row, before moving to be perfectly poised one/one prior to the bell.

Easing three wide running into the final bend, Passions Promise joined the leader on turning and the pair engaged in a two horse war all the way up the running, with Passions Promise prevailing by the narrowest of margins in a finish which tricked many, with Vouvray taking inside runs everywhere to finish third on debut in a mile rate of 1-59.9.

Len BAKER

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