Day At The Track

Amajorjo is absolutely airborne at present

04:41 PM 17 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Hamilton harness racing trainer David Lewis has home bred Art Major/Jolaura entire Amajorjo absolutely airborne at present, chalking up four wins in succession when victorious in the Hamilton Pacing Cup 13 January Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1660 metres at his home track on Monday December 17.

Driven once again by Terang based Matt Craven, Amajorjo starting from the extreme draw was allowed to find his feet as the start was effected, before surging forward three wide solo racing for the bell.

Moving outside the pacemaker Go El Zhar prior to the home turn, Amajorjo cruised to the front on turning to score by 2.5 metres unextended over Johnny Tee which followed him home trying to make a race of it all to no avail in the straight, with I Wantano running her usual honest race for third after trailing the front runner from the pole. The mile rate 1-56.2.

With a record of 5 wins and 5 placings from 16 race appearances, Amajorjo will have little difficulty in making his way through the grades.

Tarpeena (S-A) trainer/driver Andrew Clarke's 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Dazzling Dulcie mare Dulcies Dilemma broke her maiden status at start number eleven by taking out the Ian McLeod Veterinary Services Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2160 metres.

Given the run of the race from the pole trailing the well supported leader Lavra Florence drawn next to her, Clarke eased Dulcies Dilemma away from the markers to join Lavra Florence on the home turn and she ran to the wire strongly to gain the day by 4.2 metres in a rate of 1-59.9 over Lavra Florence and Al Oh Al Ae Lola (three wide last lap from mid-field).

Another border hopper in Saab/Imari Lombo gelding Saab Magic ($37.80) knocked most quaddie punters out of the first leg - the Hamilton Calcutta 12 January 3-Y-0 Pace over 1660 metres in a rate of 1-58.9 when making his race debut.

Trained at Mount Gambier by Malcolm Whitehead and driven by Greg Sugars, Saab Magic enjoyed a sweet passage one/one from gate two, easing three wide on the final bend.

When the leader Soho Eastwood kicked away on turning, he looked as though he had the race in his keeping, however Saab Magic showed a great will to win, blousing him by half head in a tricky finish, with Tearitup (one/three) third.

Five year old Bettors Delight/Perfect passion mare Tara Toplady snared the Choice Hotels Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres for Smythes Creek co-trainers Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin when having her first outing since July.

Driven by Chris Alford, Tara Toplady was always travelling easily on the back of the pacemaker Lucys Pride, before using the sprint lane to score by 4.6 metres in 1-59.2 from Lucys Pride and the fast finishing Heza Panamach from mid-field.


Dulcies Dilemma

Saab Magic

Tara Toplady

by Len BAKER

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