Celebrations aplenty at harness racing meet

11:05 PM 04 Oct 2010 NZDT
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The champagne corks would have been popping on Monday October 4, following the victory of harness racing 4-Y-0 Grenfromeartoear/Bonnie Cheval gelding Smile No More in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough.

Raced by a large group of harness enthusiasts including Alexandra Hurley the co-host of award winning radio program "HARNESS REVIEW" heard Monday's over 979fm (Melbourne) and breeder Graeme Sheers, Smile No More trained at Longlea (Bendigo) by Glenn Sharp and driven by Leigh Sutton, did everything right on this occasion settling three back in the moving line from gate six.

Sent forward three wide approaching the bell, Smile No More was able to stride clear at the judge and led for the final circuit in accounting for a death seating Ships Choice and Prettyboy Mitch in a mile rate of 2-05.1.

There was a thunderous roar at Globe Derby Park (Adelaide) when the winner reached the wire, as Alex is presently on holiday in her home state and was on track with family members to witness the event on Sky.

Back in the winners list!

Honest 6-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Dreamy Sue mare Wya Mya Macray registered her 11th success, when victorious in the McPhersons Printing Group Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough.

Beginning best from the pole, Wya Mya Macray was never headed, scoring by 7.3 metres in1-58 from Melbournian which raced outside her, with No Matter What (one/one - three wide home turn) third.

In what was a real family affair, Wya Mya Macray bred by Ian Kitchin is raced by Kate Tubbs, trained by husband Alan and driven by daughter Amy.

Family ties

Beautifully bred Muscles Yankee/Sumthingaboutmaori (Pine Chip) 6-Y-0 entire Justanothermaori chalked up victory number four when successful in the Conch DeVille @ Loddon Valley Stud Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2690 metres.

Raced and trained by Bryan Healy of Maori's Idol fame, Sumthingaboutmaori trained in the wheat belt at Marnoo close to Stawell began best from barrier three with Gavin Lang in the sulky to lead and rated a treat, kicked away on the final bend.

Although he had been given an easy time, Sumthingaboutmaori started to throw out signs of distress halfway up the running allowing the roughie Jeremy Gem out wide off a three wide trail to get very close on the wire, failing by a nose in a tricky finish, with the local Buntys Bass (three wide last lap) third in a rate of 2-06.8.

Loves Marybourogh

Five year old Village Jasper/Windchill gelding Gentle Image obviously has a liking for the Maryborough circuit, making it two from two on the track when successful in the www.Maryboroughharness.com.au Vicbred Pace for C1 or better class over 2190 metres.

Trained at Parwan (Bacchus Marsh) by Jaime Madruga and driven by next door neighbour Jodi Quinlan, Gentle Image was slowly away from the 10 metre mark to settle at the tail of the field.

Sent forward three wide uncovered in the final circuit, Gentle Image outstayed his rivals to record a strong victory over George Samuel which led from ten metres in 2-02.8, with Schindler (one/one bell) third.

Len BAKER

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