Day At The Track

An eventful night in the Western Districts

02:06 PM 08 Mar 2011 NZDT
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The Terang harness racing fixture on Tuesday March 8 looked in grave danger of not going on, when torrential rain commenced falling an hour or so before the first race. Stewards in their wisdom decided to put the first event back a race to monitor the situation and once the rain eased, a further track inspection was taken resulting in the meeting going ahead.

It was a great night for the Western part of the state and south east South Australia, with no less than six winners on the program.

Mingbool (Mount Gambier) trainer David Drury kept his great strike rate in Victoria intact, with 5-Y-0 Island Fantasy/In The Nick gelding Naked Island taking the Ken Pocock Memorial Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres in a mile rate of 2-03.5.

Taking a concession for Terang’s Glen Craven, Naked Island was sent forward from outside the front row to occupy his usual position outside the pacemaker (Ronal Lad on this occasion), proving too strong over the concluding stages for Princess Fiona (one/one) to give the Mount the quinella, with Ronal Lad close up in third place.

It was Naked Island’s 8th victory for the season and 10th overall.

Great Western’s Kerryn Manning was successful with 4-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Federal Cabinet mare The Good Girl in the Madden’s Lawyers Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres.

A raging $1.50 favourite, The Good Girl from gate three faced the open for the entire trip outside the speedy Total Asset, before just lasting to score by 1.6 metres from Mach Four along the sprint lane after trailing, with Best Of Wine a stablemate of the runner up third off a sweet one/one passage. The mile rate 2-00.1.

Stawell trainer Paul Rousch combined with Bendigo freelance Chris Svanosio to land the Terang Co-Op Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres with $22.40 chance Hope To Fly in a rate of 2-00.8.

Leading out from gate four, Hope To Fly was eased to allow the well supported Meet The Punisher (gate seven) to take over on the first turn, enjoying a charmed trip for the rest of the journey.

Coming away from the inside on straightening, Hope To Fly made a last stride lunge at Meet The Punisher as the winning post came up, gaining a half head victory over Tasha The Basha along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Meet The Punisher a half head away in third place in a finish which tricked many.

Port MacDonnell (Mount Gambier) trainer Mick Micallef joined forced with David Drury to snare the Tom Shanahan Memorial Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres with in-form 4-Y-0 Panorama/Testa Bianco gelding Lucksonmyside.

Starting from gate six, Lucksonmyside was trapped out in no mans land running into the first turn, eventually settling outside the pacemaker and short priced favourite Panorama Wealth.

Showing great staying prowess, Lucksonmyside prevailed in a close finish (half neck) over Panorama Wealth and Longtan Luke (one/one) a stablemate of the winner in 2-01.1.

Dunnstown’s David Murphy greeted the judge aboard home bred 4-Y-0 Artesian/Shanna Golden mare Lady Tottington in an action packed Barastoc Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1680 metres.

When Original Sin galloped shortly after the start, she locked wheels with Young Persistency resulting in Debra Wicks-Moss being tipped out, while also checking both Missus Mac and Quick Draw Lombo, resulting in a chain reaction through the field.

While all this was going on, Lady Tottington was bowling along at the head of affairs from the pole and defied all challengers to score from Tranquil Dynasty which trailed before easing to the outside on straightening to go down by a half head in 2-02.9, with Conchita Sound (one/one – three wide home turn) third.

Pitfield (Ballarat area) trainer Pene Kirk and partner Don Larpent were upset winners, when 6-Y-0 P B Bullville/Heading Holme gelding Penny Bunger ($27.60) ran home strongly off a one/one passage to defeat both Guilty Rama and Collision Course which trailed him in the Reicha’s Stores Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres after coming from the extreme draw a rate of 1-59.

Balliang trainer/driver Willy Pace was rewarded for persistency with 5-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Robil Spur gelding Whos Mistake, who registered his second success only in 48 outings.

Enjoying a cosy one/one trip from gate four, Whos Mistake coming off a terrific second to boom youngster R Eleven at Bray Raceway a week earlier, eased three wide on the home turn and finished determinedly to blowse the pacemaker Courage L A and Adios Gryphon in a rate of 2-00.

Len BAKER

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