Day At The Track

A very big night for westerners at Terang

12:50 PM 01 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Woorndoo harness racing co-trainers Bob and Brendan Mahncke took the honours at Tuesday's Terang meeting with a stable double courtesy of a pair of four year old mares - Lynden Esprit in the 1st Heat of the D & M Heffernan Memorial Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres and Another Clare in the Barastoc Trotters Handicap over 2180 metres, with Brendan holding the reins on both.

Lynden Esprit (Armbro Operative/Lynden Almahurst) was given a cosy trip from the pole trailing Keeper Of The Fire drawn next to her, before using the sprint lane at Supertab odds of $49.40 to defeat the heavily supported first starter Panorose which raced in the open from gate three and Your Invited from near last in a rate of 1-59.8.

Another Clare (Keystone Crosby/Sister Clare) starting from inside the 10 metre mark with no front markers, led throughout after stepping cleanly to score in advance of Joeannas Boy (five wide home turn off a three wide double trail from the bell), with Maggie Truscott third from three back in the moving line. The mile rate 2-06.7.

As usual, the Western District and South East South Australia figured prominently throughout the meeting, with the in-form Mt Gambier stable of Barry Finnis taking the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2180 metres with Princess Fiona, a 4-Y-0 daughter of McArdle and Ice Princess.

Driven by son Jayson, Princess Fiona from gate three possied outside the leader Safely Loaded drawn inside her, before taking over shortly after the start.

Once at the head of affairs, Princess Fiona was never in any danger as she coasted to the wire in advance of Ultimate Tycoon (one/one) and Seven Nations which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-01.9.

Port MacDonnell trainer/driver Mick Micallef’s smart Panorama/Testa Bianca 4-Y-0 gelding Luckonmyside led throughout from gate two in accounting easily for Fremarksrufus (three wide uncovered last lap) and Peaces Of You which followed him home in the Apco Easy Shops Dalvui Dominator for C1 & C2 class over 2180 metres. The mile rate 2-01.2.

Dundonnell trainer David Sweatman’s 6-Y-0 former trotter Panorama Wealth proved that her victory at Hamilton a week earlier was no fluke, making it two from two when successful in the 2nd Heat of The Dalvui Dominator Series.

Driven by Mick Bellman, Panorama Wealth a daughter of Panorama and Gabby Wealth led throughout from the pole to score from Remember Jasper (one/two) and Beach Shaker (four back the markers) in 2-01.3.

Local Terang trainer/driver Robert Arundell snared the 3rd Heat of the Dalvui Dominator with tough 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Somewherein Africa mare Vansumic in a rate of 2-02.

Settling near last from gate two on the second line, Vansumic was sent forward three wide solo at the bell and sustained a long run in defeating Devil Fish which strode clear in the last lap after facing the breeze, with Roydon Chester third after following the winner home.

Ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Final Verdict gelding Hung Jury has really hit his straps of late for Rockbank trainer Joe Pace and reinsman brother Darren, landing the $7,000 Gammalite Cup for C6 or better class over 2180 metres.

Trapped four wide out of gate five, Darren Pace put the foot down entering the back straight on the first occasion and Hung Jury surged clear, but not before spending a fair share of petrol.

Allowed to get his breath back through the middle stages, Hung Jury was again running approaching the home turn, with both Heathbern Diamond and Captian Cullen trying to get on terms.

Kicking clear on straightening, Hung Jury held on to score from Corporate Power Broker along the sprint lane from three back the markers in a rate of 2-00.5 (last half 57.9 – quarter 28.5), with Shortys Star third after trailing Captian Cullen home.

Len BAKER

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