Further heats of the harness racing Australasian Breeders Crown Series 13 continued at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Wednesday July 27, with three heats for Three Year Old fillies over 2150 metres taking place. Heat 8 was a blackout for punters, with Graeme and Gavin Lang combining to score with $15.10 chance Livia Degerolstein (Live Or Die/Estelle Bromac).
Enjoying the run of the race from the pole trailing the hot favourite Aussie Made Lombo next to her, Livia Degerolstein with Gavin aboard made full use of the sprint lane to blowse Aussie Made Lombo in a rate of 1-59.8, with the Kiwi Tatijana Bromac third after moving to race in the open.
Kialla trainer John Hallam's Ezee Duzit Lombo (/Ezee Lombo) greeted the judge in heat 9 with Daryl Douglas in the sulky, paying Supertab odds of $16.80.
Given an easy time one/one from gate three trailing the red hot favourite Bellas Delight ahead of her with last season's top class filly Lively Moth leading from gate two, Ezee Duzit Lombo finished too well for Bellas Delight to score in a rate of 1-59.2, with Rhodium Castle third after following the winner.
Steven Reid's beautifully bred Victors Delight (/Victor Supreme) was too classy for her rivals in the 10th heat.
Driven by Gavin Lang who wasted no time in sending Victors Delight from inside the second line to park outside the pacemaker Maastricht mid-race, Victors Delight prevailed narrowly in a rate of 2-00.4 over the leader and Our Miss Vivienne (three back the markers).
Doreen trainer/driver Craig Turnbull's/Preserved colt Im Blue Double Dee was rewarded for his consistency by taking the Apco Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres in a rate of 2-00.7.
Given a charmed passage from inside the second line trailing the poleline pacemaker Foreign Raider, Turnbull eased Im Blue Double Dee to the outside on turning and finished best to defeat the leader who offered no resistance over the concluding stages, with Bungalally (three back the markers) third.
Armstrong trainer Brook Hansen's very smart/Any Danger 4-Y-0 gelding Arber chalked up his 6th success when victorious in the Alabar Bloodstock Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres.
With Chris Alford holding the reins, Arber from the 10 metre mark possied mid-field in the moving line, spring fast in the last lap to lead on turning. Racing right away over the concluding stages, Arber coasted to the wire by almost 22 metres in a rate of 2-00.8 over a death-seating Soldier Boy, with Nova Arama (three back the markers) third.
Heathcote trainer Bruce Short combined with Bendigo's Leigh Sutton to land the second Alabar Bloodstock Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres with $28.10 outsider Village Man.
Enjoying a cosy passage trailing the leader Covered In Ink after handing over the front running on the first turn, Village Man eased away from the markers on the final bend to race clear halfway up the running in defeating Carlos Cullen along the sprint lane from three back the markers and a death-seating Sunsetin a rate of 2-04.5.
Former Kiwi 4-Y-0/Kurahaupo Flyer gelding The Smiler was a convincing winner of the Petstock Power Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1650 metres.
Trained in Melton by Lance Justice and taking a concession for the stable's Jason Hackett who is rapidly moving towards 100 wins, The Smiler from outside the front row raced in the open throughout, before proving much too strong for the heavily supported leader Sarum Knight and Wizard Of Speed which trailed the runner up in a slick 1-56.6.
Ezee Duzit Lombo
Im Blue Double Dee