Big night for Rothacker at Shepparton

05:02 PM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Rothacker is a name sononymous with Bendigo and Bridgewater trainer/driver Peter Rothacker son of Inter Dominion winning father Eric, landed a stable double at the Wangaratta HRC fixture held at Shepparton on Thursday January 23, taking both trotting events - Windy Big scoring in the Park View Motor Inn Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres and Gazoline the Frascia’s Steel & Belting Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over the same journey.

Windy Big a seven year old gelded son of Wind Cries Maori and Wendy Robyn starting from gate four on the second line was given plenty of time to find his feet, settling with only Prettygirl Lassie behind him, with Unsolved Mystery leading from gate three.

Eased three wide racing for the bell, Windy Big was momentarily pushed four wide when Bill Morgan came out aboard Gioiosa Ionica from four back in the moving line, with Rothacker easing for a three wide trail.

Taken wide on straightening, Windy Big charged home to score by 6.1 metres in a mile rate of 2-05.3 from Yankee Mara which followed the pacemaker and Prettygirl Lassie, chalking up his third victory in 29 outings.

Ten year old Classic Adam/Sues Shadow gelding Gazoline a bold front runner, raced in the open from the 10 metre mark outside the speedy Conchs Critter (barrier three), before taking control mid-race.

Challenged strongly by Dabbsey approaching the final bend, Gazoline kicked clear at the straight entrance and after being driven vigorously as the winning post loomed, held on the score by 1.8 metres in 2-04.9 over Conchs Critter and Wildenstein (one/one last lap).

An honest horse who always gives his best, Gazoline recorded his 12th success in 126 race appearances.

Both horses are raced by Peter and wife Dianne.

Quality five year old Art Major/Magic Music gelding Scruffy Major returned to the winners list by taking the Porter Plant Hire Country Clubs Championship for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres at Shepparton.

Trained in Gippsland at Drouin by Gary and Debbie Quinlan for Debbie’s parents octogenarians Gordon and June who bred him, Scruffy Major had little difficulty in leading from the pole with Daryl Douglas in the sulky.

Pressured mid-race by the roughie Bon Jovi which was pulling extremely hard, Douglas elected to let him go racing for the bell aiming to make use of the sprint lane on turning and that’s exactly what happened, with Scruffy Major sailing home to score untouched by 3.5 metres in advance of Fiery Count which followed him throughout in a rate of 1-58.7. Bon Jovi held on to finish third .3 metres away.

It was Scruffy Major’s 12th victory in 28 outings.

The Quinlan’s also notched up a double, with Countdown (Nathan Jack) greeting the judge in the Essential Living Curtains & Blinds Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres.

By Len Baker (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

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