Day At The Track

Border hoppers prevail again at Cobram

02:54 AM 22 Aug 2013 NZST
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Cobram on the mighty Murray has been a happy hunting ground in recent times for NSW visitors and that was again the case on Wednesday August 21 when the club stages a neat eight event card. 

Thurgoona (Albury) trainer John McGuffie scored an upset victory in the Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Harrys Tambula gelding Harrys Champ, paying Supertab odds of $26.30.

Given an easy time by Royce Gregory-Jack trailing the short priced favourite Bohemian Lombo (gate six) after leading out from gate four, Harrys Champ made full use of the sprint lane to gain the day by a nose in 2-02.9 over Bohemian Lombo which made the long journey from Terang, with Mainland Jet (three back the markers) third.

Harrys Champ had previously chalked up 5 wins, the last being at Wagga in October 2012. 

Leeton's Kim Hillier snared the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1670 metres with Beticanfly, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Bettors Delight and Have A Nice Flight in a rate of 1-59.2.

Starting from gate two on the second line, Beticanfly assumed control at the bell after crossing Last Spin and when given full rein on the home turn, dashed away to score by 4 metres from the heavily supported Nevaeh (four back the markers - one/one last lap). Kaka Point Coast finished third after racing wide for the entire trip.

Hillier and Narrandera reinsman Blake Jones were to bring up a double when Ponder/Scoots Away filly Tea House which started her career in Victoria, snared the Cobram Betta Electrical Pace for C1 class over 1670 metres. 

Trailing the poleline pacemaker Nedra Gold an odds-on favourite, Tea House finished best along the sprint lane to defeat the leader in 1-57.4, with Mister Bellisimo (three back the markers) third.

Blake Jones enjoyed a "day of days", notching up his third victory for the afternoon aboard the Jackson Painting (Narrandera) trained Modern Art/Phantom Dancer filly Modern Dancer in the Pat Barrett's Tyre Service 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres. 

Beginning with a wing on every foot from gate six, both Modern Dancer and the hot favourite Wounded outside her easily cleared the field, racing head and head throughout the event.

Edging clear on the final bend, Modern Dancer was untroubled in registering a 4 metre margin in advance of Wounded in two minutes even. Arriens (four wide last lap from last) finished 3.7 metres away in third place.

On the home front, Moama/Echuca part-owner/trainer/driver Ron Gilligan's in-form 5-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Salute The Rain gelding Salute The Wind was successful in the Len Schmedje Memorial Trotters Handicp for T0 or better class over 2170 metres. 

Stepping a lot better this time from 20 metres, Salute The Wind settled three back in the running line, with Dabbsey crossing Wirra Storm to lead shortly after the start.

Commencing a forward three wide move in the last lap, Salute The Wind was too strong at the finish for Dabbsey in a rate of 2-04.2, with Sans Frontiere close up in third place after facing the breeze from a 30 metre mark. The margins being 4 metres by 1.6 metres.

Lancefield's Paul Rix who at one stage worked for the powerful Bob and Vin Knight stable, landed the Hocking Trading Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres with 4-Y-0 Peruvian Hanover/Safe Adieu gelding Travelnfirstclass, much to the delight of a large group of owners including the Rix family and Brian (Yogi) Hunt.

Driven by Scott Stewart, Travelningfirstclass having start number nine was untroubled to lead throughout from gate three, accounting for Stonethachristian which trailed and Life Long Voyage which followed the pair. The mile rate a slick 1-57.7.

Tatura trainer David Abrahams combined with Daryl Douglas to capture the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2170 metres with 4-Y-0 Artiscape/Course She Can mare Thisiswhoiam in a rate of 2-00.5, leading for the majority of the trip from gate five to score from Teniamo which trailed and My Mums A Star (six wide home turn from last).

The De Maria Mitsubishi 2-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres resulted in the closest finish of the day, with five horses crossing the line almost in unison - the victor being Sutter Hanover/Grace Anatom gelding Sutter Man. 

Trained at Kyabram by Mick Blackmore and driven by David Moran, Sutter Man possied three back the markers after his stablemate Loverwithagrin arrested the lead away from Canyouseeme turning into the back straight on the first occasion.

Exticated into the clear on turning, Sutter Man finished full of running to blouse Just Knew out wide by a head, with Canyouseemenow using the sprint lane to dead-heat for third with Fairy Dust (one/one - three wide home
turn). The mile rate 2-02.1.

Videos of all races attached

Len Baker


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