Day At The Track

A terrific victory for Tina Ridis at Charlton

04:19 PM 10 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Pint sized Sebastopol owner/trainer/driver Tina Ridis scored a terrific victory with 5-Y-0 Digger Almahurst/Keyfield mare Atego Lilly in the Bayswater Jayco Trotters Handicap for TR0 or better class over 2100 metres at the harness racing Charlton meeting on Monday December 10.

Responsible for an eye catching effort at her previous start when unplaced at Stawell eight days earlier, going off stride on the final bend after looking a certain winner, Atego Lilly began smoothly from the 10 metre mark only yo go off stride shortly after appearing to put herself out of business.

Gradually making ground to be four back in the moving line at the bell, Atego Lilly chased gamely and despite being five wide on the home turn and a fair way off the pacemaker and last start winner The Yankee Clipper, finished so fast that she scored a 1.9 metre victory over Lombo Scrutinizer inside her returning a mile rate of 2-08.8, with The Yankee Clipper a half head away in third place.

Bred by Ballarat’s Janine Pitt and mother Margaret Hucker, Atego Lilly has a promising future ahead of her providing her manners improve.

Comadia duo Adam Kelly (trainer) and Gavin Lang (driver) scored a first-up Australian victory with former deep South Islander Now Shezaterror in the VHRSC Snowball Series (2nd Heat) for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Having her first outing since finishing fourth behind Her Worship at Winton on October 14, Now Shezaterror was beaten for speed from the pole by Temcam Theory next door, before easing around the leader to assume control shortly after the start was effected.

Travelling kindly throughout, Now Shezaterror was untroubled going to the wire in defeating Our Great Spirit (three wide last lap from mid-field) and the heavily supported first starter Maybe Better which raced in the open.

A 4-Y-0 daughter of Western Terror and Tuapeka Pocket, Now Shezaterror registered a mile rate of 2-00.4.

Dunnstown’s David Murphy landed the 3rd Heat of the Snowball Series with 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Cash The Chips gelding Foldem in a mile rate of 1-58.7.

Placed on seven occasion prior to the race, Foldem began with a rush from gate five to lead, running his rivals ragged to score easily by 9.3 metres in advance of With Gusto (one/three) and Saabrina Miss (one/one) who had every opportunity to run him down.

Locally trained 8-Y-0 grey mare Breakmyheart chalked up her 4th victory in 57 outings, when successful in the 1st Heat Charlton & District Community Bank Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres.

Bred, raced and trained by veteran Matt Donaldson, Breakmyheart (Jet Laag/Breakers Dream) taking a concession for ex-Charlton girl Ellen Tormey led throughout from gate five, defeating Juan Amigo which raced in the open appearing to have her measure on straightening, with Pariels Dry third after trailing the winner and making no impression along the sprint lane. The mile rate 2-01.1.

Talented 5-Y-0 Sealed N Delivered/Paralific entire Bookkeeper made it three from five, when victorious in the 2nd Heat of the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace in a rate of 2-00.3.

Trained by Steve O’Donoghue at Kialla (Shepparton) and driven by Bec Bartley who took a concession, Bookkeeper was restrained from outside the front row to the rear of the field, before circling his rivals mid-race to park outside the leader Meet Me In Seattlle.

Proving to be the better stayer, Bookkeeper registered a 2.8 metre margin over Meet Me In Seattle, with Stealing Life (one/one – three wide home turn) third.

Atego Lilly

Now Shezaterror




by Len BAKER

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