Day At The Track

Border hoppers win three legs of the Quaddie

04:31 PM 11 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Jayson Finnis
Jayson Finnis

Mount Gambier trainers Barry Finnis, David Drury and Mick Micallef enjoyed a super evening at the Ararat harness racing fixture on Tuesday December 11, winning three legs of the TAB Quaddie.

First to arrive was 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Black Pearl gelding Hector Barbossa in the Allgood Family Pace for C0 class over 1790 metres.

Driven by Jayson Finnis for father Barry, Hector Barbossa registered his 7th victory in 25 outings, leading throughout from the pole to score from One Wise Man (gate five) which raced outside him, with Abstraction third after settling three back in the moving line and moving three wide on the final bend. The mile rate 1-59.2.

Jayson Finnis was recently named South Australia’s representative in the upcoming Australasian Young Drivers Championship to be held during the 2013 Inter Dominion Series.

Kiwi bred P Forty Seven/Nice Bromac gelding Bobby Maravu brought up a hat-trick of wins for trainer/driver David Drury, when successful in the McKinnis Family Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres in a rate of 2-00.1.

Driven with aggression from outside the front row to park outside the pole line pacemaker Lombo Blu Blood, Bobby Maravu after applying plenty of pressure in the back straight on the final occasion, surged clear on the home turn to record a 1.7 metre victory over Go El Zhar (one/two) and Tinted Pearl which followed the leader. It was Bobby Maramu’s 5th victory in 10 outings.

Very smart 4-Y-0 gelding Flyin Fox, a Kiwi bred son of Armbro Operative and Cosi Fan Tutte trained by Mick Micallef, gave Jayson Finnis a driving double after taking out the Chris & Bob Collins Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2195 metres, chalking up his 9th victory in 19 race appearances.

Taking a concession, Flyin Fox from gate three on the second line possied three back in the moving line, with David Drury’s Alta Antonio being hard driven from gate four to cross the pole marker Mosquito Flyer.

Eased three wide racing for the bell, Flyin Fox joined Alta Antonio for the run along the back straight, with the pair drawing away in a two horse war.

Gaining the upper hand on straightening, Flying Fox prevailed by 2.6 metres in a rate of 2-01.4 from Alta Antonio who wouldn’t give in without a fight. Torque Artraction (one/one last lap) was 16.5 metres away in third place.

Local Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman snared the Arthur & Jennifer Spiller 3-Y-0 Pace over 2195 metres with Dawn Ofa New Day/Fake Trick gelding Witzend.

Having his first outing since July when unplaced at Tabcorp Park Melton behind champion youngster Guaranteed, Witzend spent the majority of the race in the open, with the red-hot favourite Living On Courage leading from the pole.

Racing to the front in the final circuit, Witzend defied all challengers on turning to defeat Sotiris which had the drop on him from the home turn, with Additallup running home late from last to finish third. The mile rate 1-59.9.

Hector Barbossa

Bobby Maravu

Flyin Fox


by Len BAKER

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