Day At The Track

A night for favourite punters at Canborurne

11:42 AM 27 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club (always a popular spot with bayside residents), held a neat eight event card on Thursday (October 17) , with favourite punters not enjoying a profitable night. One favourite that did salute the judge was 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Tender Is The Knight gelding Atomic Horizon for Melton's Michael Hughes in the Rosemary Coram Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres.

A former New Zealand North Islander, Atomic Horizon was having his first start in Australia and with Parwan’s Jodi Quinlan in the sulky, worked forward from gate two, crossing the polemarker Sad Sounds to lead.

Looking lazy in the last lap, Atomic Horizon had to be given a few cracks with the whip to keep his mind on the job, responding well to score from Sad Sounds along the sprint lane in a rate of 2-01 and Ultimate Escape off a three wide trail in the final circuit.

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Little River co-trainers Danny and Gill Norris were successful with 9-Y-0 Sundon/Alabama Salute gelding Alabamadon in the Graeme Prosser Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2575 metres in a rate of 2-06.7.

Beginning fast from the 10 metre mark, Alabamadon was soon racing at the head of affairs, with Alford surrendering the front running to Heza Sundon mid-race.

It turn Heza Sundon handed up to the well supported 30 metre backmarker Command The Wind, putting Alabamadon three back along the pegs.

With runs coming from all directions on turning, Alabamadon burst through a gap in the centre to score from The Driller along the sprint lane from four back the markers, with Lelis Boy out wide third.

It was Alabamadon’s first victory since January last year and 9th overall.

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First starter La Pucelle a daughter of Village Jasper and Jeane Darc was most impressive in taking the Gordon Coventry 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres.

Raced and trained by Doreen’s Rebecca Cartwright, La Pucelle driven by partner Craig Turnbull from a solo second line draw settled three back in the moving line, before moving forward three wide uncovered in the last lap to pressure the red-hot ($1.10) favourite We Never Say Die approaching the home turn.

Sustaining the run, La Pucelle raced clear halfway up the running to score 15 metres over We Never Say Die in a rate of 2-02, with Sheila Blige third after trailing the front runner.

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Coimadai trainer Adam Kelly’s very smart ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 entire Franco Tijuana continued on his winning way by registering his 10th victory in 19 outings when successful in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace for C5 to C7 class over 2080 metres.

Driven by Gavin Lang, Franco Tijuana was given the run of the race one/one from gate four following the favourite Ya Dreamin, with Ayu Gypsy leading from the pole.

Easing three wide on turning. Franco Tijuana ran home strongly to score from Ya Dreamin and Ayu Gypsy in 1-59.9.

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Toolern Vale trainer/driver Gary Hoban bowled punters “for a six”, when 5-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Liberria gelding Another President came with a barnstorming finish to snare the Bill & Rae Johnson Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres at Supertab odds of $44.80.

Restrained from gate six to possie mid-field in the moving line, Another President gained a sweet ride home on the back of Manny Tiavon in the last lap and when taken wide in the straight, ran home best to score in a rate of 2-00.8 from Live N Reality (one/four) and Red Blister (four back the markers at bell).

Raced by caravan “King” Kevin Clark in partnership with Gary Hoban, Another President has fronted the starter 37 times for two wins.

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Melton co-trainers Maree and John Caldow have 6-Y-0 Astreos/New York On Sunday entire Boy From Ipanema going great guns at present, chalking up his 9th victory in 66 outings by taking the Maureen Church Pace for C2 class over 2080 metres in a rate of 1-59.9.

Driven by John, Boy From Ipanema made a brisk move from mid-field racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Miss Winfrey for the final circuit, outstaying her in a thrilling finish to score by a half head, with Love This Life (one/one last lap) third.

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Len BAKER

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