Day At The Track

Blown away meeting

02:28 PM 25 Mar 2018 NZDT
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Ray Walker
Winner of race nine on Wednesday night Temora reinsman Ray Walker.

On a night that was more suitable to flying kites, and sailing boats, the Young Harness Racing Club conducted another top night of racing on Wednesday. 

There was a competitive nine race program, close finishes and fast times the order of the night.

Race one

Racing opened with the first of many favourites claiming the prize in a keenly contested race. Bathurst driver Amanda Turnbull started off well securing a forward position early with the well supported Zaras Choice ($1.80) and proving too strong for Resounding and the locally trained Replaced Eye. 

The mile rating of 1:58.2 set the scene for further fast times and her winning eight metre winning margin was her eighth from twenty five starts.

Race two

Amanda Turnbull then produced another winner in race two when Pump The Brakes ($1.40) kept favourite backers happy with another all the way win over Our Wall Street Wolf and Hidden Courage. 

Once again a mile rating of 1:58.7 coupled with a winning margin of three-and-a-half metres was an impressive start to a night of top class racing. 

Race three

Evergreen ten-year-old veteran Beetson again proved he has a lot to offer with a tough effort to sit outside the leader and rack up win number 37 in a career spanning over eight years of competitive racing that has collected over $380,000.00 for his owners. 

Tulhurst Ace nearly spoiled the party finishing second going down by one-and-three-quarter metres with second favourite Crackerjack Jo finishing third. The winners mile rate being 1:57.6 for the 1720 metre journey. 

Race four

Local trainer Glenn Wilmot returned to racing after a short spell and was straight into the money with Mustang Jet in race four. 

Allowed to lead and dictate his own terms the ($2.00) favourite defeated Kiss Cam and Illawong Sauve by one-and-a-half meters in a time of 2:06.7 and a mile rating of 1:58.5. 

Race five

Another favourite hopped out of the burrow in race five when the Bigga trained Rave On Rabbits ($1.50) led and won over The Miami Heat and The escape Plan. 

The win was another for the popular trainer who heads to the sunshine state each winter for a couple of months, certainly a wise move on his part.

Race six

Bathurst driver Stephanie Burley showed she had the driving ability to overcome some mid-race traffic problems to secure a close win in race six with the back marker Our Emancipation ($6.40) who defeated the more fancied Star Play ($2.80) and Red Ruffy.

The margins of one metre by a head was an indication of the closeness of the finish and a creditable mile rating of 1:57.1 was also a good result for the five-year-old Real Desire mare. 

Race seven

Christmas came early for some when Dennis Picker provided the winner of race seven. Blues Terror came from fifth at the bell to grab a nose victory over Threes A Charm and early leader Tubee Tee in a head bopping finish. 

Favourite Sir Cracker ($1.50) finished fourth but the celebrations would continue for some time with the winner paying $50.30 on the NSW TAB and $8.00 the place. 

Race eight

Making sure he would be the leading driver on the night, Dennis Picker drove a copy book race behind Modern Attitude in race eight defeating Just A Cool Jo and the Canberra trained Billy Bolt in impressive style. 

Paying $1.60 on the tote, the winner recorded a comfortable 2:02.4 with some in reserve and he, like the other Picker runners will certainly enjoy the trip north in the near future. 

Race nine

Probably the most rewarding win of the night was in the final race when long time Temora trainer Ray Walker landed the money in race nine for the two-year-olds. 

First starter Jessszz Reflection payed the handsome dividend of $18.70 in defeating Zaras Choice and outsider What A Team in an untidy race following two scratchings and a couple of gallopers. Full marks must go to the winner for a gallant effort. 

Next race day in Young

Young will race next on Friday May 4 which will include a heat of the Dubbo Golden Gig in the program.



Race 1 GORDON, GARLING, MOFFIT PACE – 1720m: 1 ZARAS CHOICETrainer: Steve Turnbull Driver: Amanda Turnbull Odds: $1.50 fav – BAY MARE 4 by TINTIN IN AMERICA NZ out of SUPREME CHOICE (ASTREOS CA) – Owner(s): Kriden Investments Pty Ltd Breeder(s): Alabar Bloodstock. 2 RESOUNDING NZ Trainer: Shane Hillier Driver: Mitchell Reese Odds: $4.50 

Race 2 YOUNG TYREPOWER PACE – 1720m: 1 PUMP THE BRAKES Trainer: Amanda Turnbull Driver: Amanda Turnbull Odds: $1.40 fav – BAY HORSE 4 by DAWN OFA NEW DAY USA out of PHANTOM DANCER (TRUMP CASINO USA) – Owner(s): J A (Jenny) Turnbull Breeder(s): Brooklyn Lodge Aberdeen Pty Ltd 2 OUR WALL STREET WOLF NZ Trainer: Chris Frisby Driver: Anthony Frisby Odds: $7.20 

Race 3 YOUNG WORKWEAR PACE – 1720m: 1 BEETSON Trainer: Peter Trevor-Jones Driver: John O'Shea Odds: $3.20 fav – BAY/BROWN GELDING 10 by ART MAJOR USA out of ERIN JEAN (CLASSIC GARRY) – Owner(s): P D Trevor-Jones, R P Wenning, D K Wenning Breeder(s): P D Trevor-Jones, R P Wenning, M Sieper, D K Wenning 2 TULHURST ACE Trainer: Nathan Hurst Driver: Nathan Hurst Odds: $5.60 

Race 4 YOUNG MITSUBISHI PACE – 1720m: 1 MUSTANG JET Trainer: Glenn Wilmot Driver: Glenn Wilmot Odds: $2.80 fav – BAY MARE 6 by JEREMES JET USA out of CORTNEY LOUISE (ORANGE SOVEREIGN USA) – Owner(s): G R Wilmot, B W Wilmot Breeder(s): G R (Glenn) Wilmot 2 KISS CAMTrainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $5.70 

Race 5 YOUNG LOCKSMITH PACE – 1720m: 1 RAVE ON RABBITS Trainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $1.50 fav – BAY GELDING 4 by RIGHTEOUS HANOVER USA out of RAVE ON GIRL (EXOTIC EARL USA) – Owner(s): D W (David) Bourke Breeder(s): D W (David) Bourke 2 THE MIAMI HEAT NZ Trainer: Scott Wade Driver: Mitchell Reese Odds: $14.60 

Race 6 J and C POWDERLY ELECTRICAL and RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES PACE – 1720m: 1 OUR EMANCIPATION NZ Trainer: Stephanie Burley Driver: Stephanie Burley Odds: $6.40 – BAY MARE 5 by REAL DESIRE USA out of MISS CARLYLE (NZ) (CHRISTIAN CULLEN NZ) – Owner(s): H M C (Heather) Burley Breeder(s): M S Burley, H M C Burley 2 STAR PLAY Trainer: Veronica Fisher Driver: Justin Reynolds Odds: $2.80 fav

Race 7 T & D PRODUCE 3YO PACE – 2100m: 1 BLUES TERRORTrainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $50.30 – BROWN COLT 3 by WESTERN TERROR USA out of GREEK BONUS (GOLDEN GREEK USA) – Owner(s): J K (Jenna) Picker Breeder(s): Pini Pty Ltd t/as Medowie Lodge 2 THREES A CHARM Trainer: Bernie Hewitt Driver: Bernie Hewitt Odds: $9.30

Race 8 TAB/NEWSEXPRESS YOUNG MAIDEN PACE – 2100m: 1 MODERN ATTITUDE Trainer: Dennis Picker Driver: Dennis Picker Odds: $1.60 fav – BROWN GELDING 4 by MODERN ART USA out of AVONALI (TOLIVER HANOVER USA) – Owner(s): G R (Glenn) Jurd Breeder(s): Brooklyn Lodge Aberdeen Pty Ltd 2 JUST A KOOL JOE Trainer: Geoff Lawson Driver: Jason Turnbull Odds: $24.50 

Race 9 CHRISTY PARK 2YO PACE – 1720m: 1 JESSZZ REFLECTION Trainer: Raymond Walker Driver: Raymond Walker Odds: $18.70 – BROWN/BLACK FILLY 2 by ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN USA out of JUST GLENBURN (VILLAGE JASPER USA) – Owner(s): R A Walker, J T Walker, R J New Breeder(s): R A Walker, A M Smith 2 ZARAS HEAVEN Trainer: Gemma Rue Driver: Mat Rue Odds: $8.60  

Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

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