Day At The Track

A touch of Paradise for trotting horse owners

10:00 AM 31 Aug 2011 NZST
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

Warragul trotting mare Drop Of Paradise scored her maiden victory for a large syndicate of harness owners at Cranbourne on Tuesday night (August 30). The well-bred five-year-old was rewarded for recent consistency with a tough, narrow win.

Drop Of Paradise is prepared by Des Hughes and the students of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre and is leased by a syndicate, many of whom are involved in harness racing for the first time.

A very slight mare, who doesn't carry an ounce of fat, Drop Of Paradise is a daughter of the former talented trotting mare Diamond Drop, who won seven races for trainer Keith Semmens, and has produced Drop Of Gin (20 race wins) and Drop Us Aline (nine wins) from only two foals to race.

That pedigree reads well long term for Drop Of Paradise, now that she has her maiden win under her belt.

She has shown steady improvement on the training track and with each race start, as she gets used to the hustle and bustle of racing. In many ways, the horse has been a work in progress for the students since the first day she arrived at the Centre.

Drop Of Paradise finished in the minor placings at the recent Warragul meeting, and was given a good chance of winning in Tuesday's race.

Well rated by reinsman Glenn Hunter, the mare staged a stirling battle with TAB favourite Dottie Hinson for the length of the straight, prevailing by a narrow margin.

Those who followed up on the Warragul run collected the 5/1 odds on offer for Drop Of Paradise last week.

Later in the program last Tuesday night, Longwarry pacer Ymbro Toto scored its first victory, also by a narrow margin.

Part-owned by trainer Lee Evison, and long time stable supporter Danny Ymer, Ymbro Toto had also finished in the minor placings at Warragul a week earlier, but turned the tables on Tuesday night in winning her second race from 13 starts.

Also, former local Michael Hughes, who now trains at Melton, was a winner at Cranbourne on Tuesday night with I Look A Lot for local owner Garry Rogers.

Kyle GALLEY

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