Baby trotters on show at Maryborough

09:13 AM 02 Aug 2010 NZST
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The 2-Y-0 Trotters stepped out at the Maryborough harness racing fixture on Monday August, when three further Heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown for that age group over 2190 metres were held.

Heat 3 saw victory go the way of the Vicbred Super Series and Tatlow Stakes victor Chateau De Ville for Ballarat trainer/driver Alex Douglas.

Stepping safely from gate six, Chateau De Ville (Conch De Ville/Direct Salute) settled outside the beautifully bred Our Flash Girl (Yankee Paco/Flash And Flair), before striding to the front with a circuit to travel.

Never extended, Chateau De Ville cruised to the wire in advance of Our Flash Girl, with Spiros The Greek (three back the markers) third in a mile rate of 2-08.9.

There was a sensation prior to the start of the 4th Heat, when the raging hot favourite Kaptin Bly was withdrawn after trotting roughly in the preliminary.

This left Aldebaran Breeze from the strong Chris Lang camp an odds-on favourite and those that supported her were on extremely happy terms with themselves after she led easily from the pole.

Thing were to change approaching the home turn however when Me Neither eased off her back to issue a challenge, sending the leader into a wild gallop, allowing Me Neither to race away with the race safely in her keeping, defeating Innocentbystander (three back the markers), with the first starter Nifty Paco using the sprint lane from four back the markers for third in a rate of 2-10.

Trained by Lee Evison at Longwarry (Gippsland) and driven by stable "apprentice" Matt Cormick, Me Neither has shown great promise in six runs, winning three of them.

NSW visitor Moyabamba a daughter of Cr Commando and Urubamba trained and driven by Coleambally horseman David Kennedy led throughout in the 5th Heat from gate five in a rate of 2-07.8.

Allowed to stroll around without any pressure being applied, Moyabamba safely held off all challengers to score narrowly over Stoned I Am along the sprint lane after trailing, with Sir Pegasus third after moving to race in the open mid-race.

Popular Bolinda pair Paul and Kari Males were winners on the day, when ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 In The Pocket/Oh So Precious mare Steady Arden scored in the Bertocchi Smallgoods Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres in 2-01.9.

Driven by neighbour Chris Alford, Steady Arden from gate three on the second line settled mid-field in the moving line, easing to trail Evil Trickster three wide in the last lap.

When Evil Trickster took care of the pacemaker Buzz Lightning on turning, Steady Arden was in hot pursuit and gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post, with Heathbern Bill running on late from last for third.

It was Steady Arden's first victory since scoring at Forbury Park Dunedin in June last year.

Former smart juvenile Ay Tee Em chalked up her 11th success in 55 outings by taking the Bob & Jenny Mahncke Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres in a slick 1-59.5.

Part-owned, trained and driven by Goornong's Peter Salathiel, Ay Tee Em was restrained from gate five to possie four back in the moving line, Ay Tee Em commenced a forward move thre wide uncovered at the bell and sustained a long run to score a strong victory from the roughie Bulldog Tyler which followed her home, with the odds-on favourite From Day One third after racing in the breeze.

A 4-Y-0 daughter of Mach Three and Atomic Fuscion, Ay Tee Em has amassed stakes of almost $105,000.

Len BAKER

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