Day At The Track

Australia's oldest Trotting Club one day meet

08:07 AM 17 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Daryl Douglas
Daryl Douglas

Australia's oldest surviving Trotting Club - Boort (established in 1891), conducted their one and only harness racing meeting for the season last Sunday featuring the Boort Pacing and Trotting Cups each to the value of $14,000.

The Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup for C5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2612 metres going the way of 4-Y-0 Dawn Ofa New Day/Our Madame gelding Daylight Dan which would have delighted Mildura owner/breeder Geoff Lucas.

Trained by Country Cups "King" Glenn Douglas at Strathfieldsaye and driven by brother Daryl who only resumed driving earlier in the week following injuries received in what looked to be a harmless fall at Ballarat on Boxing Day, Daylight Dan bounded to the front from barrier three to lead easily, with Flash Of Freedom beginning just as well outside him.

Allowed to bowl around the tight circuit, Daylight Dan was off and gone well before the home turn, scoring by 7.5 metres in a rate of 2-03.6 from Flash Of Freedom and Christian World which made a break during the middle stages.

Assessed as only a C3 class pacer, Daylight Dan (evens favourite) was outclassed on handicaps by his rivals, but the rise made no difference to the result.

The Doyles Boomspraying Boort Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2512 metres was taken out by 5-Y-0 Earl/Howdoudo gelding Theywannacallmesue for Kyabram trainer Robert Shellie and Shepparton based reinswoman Bec Bartley.

Starting from the extreme draw, Theywanaacallmesue stepped safely to settle four back in the running line and once balanced was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Imagunnadogood with over two laps to travel.

Receiviing cover shortly after from the red-hot favourite Illawong Magic which had made a gallop when three wide on the first turn, Theywannacallmesue enjoyed a cosy trip throughout the race.

Switching down to trail the leader in the last lap, Theywannacallmesue finished best along the sprint lane to defeat Enjoy A Coldie (one/two - three wide home turn) and Immagunnadogood in a rate of 2-07.1.

Illawong Magic dropped out in the straight after the tough passage.

Daylight Dan


by Len BAKER

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