Day At The Track

Central Victorian Championships continue

10:32 AM 02 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Kerryn Manning
Kerryn Manning

Charlton was the venue for Victorian harness racing on Wednesday January 2, hosting further heats of the Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships.

Nine year old Monarchy/Going Alone gelding Armed Guard scored his first victory since January 2011 when successful in the 2nd Heat for the Trotters T0 or better over 2570 metres.

Trained by Ruth Shinn at Wallan and driven by part-owner Chris Shinn, Armed Guard settled mid-field from the 30 metre mark, before being sent forward mid-race to park outside the pacemaker Wildenstein.

Struggling to move on terms with the leader on the home turn, Armed Guard was blessed to win as Wildenstein was safely holding him when he went off stride and raced roughly approaching the winning post to throw the race away, going down by 4 metres in a rate of 2-05.7. Sir Pegasus coming from 20 metres finished third after switching to the inside to trail Wildenstein into the straight, using the sprint lane to no avail.

The Shinn's were to also take the 2nd Heat of the Pacers Championship for C2 or better class over 2100 metres with quality 4-Y-0 Washington Vc/Laura Lace mare Steam Washed.

A winner of nine races prior to the event, Steam Washed was having her first attempt at the standing start conditions, stepping safely only to go off stride shortly after.

Settling well back in the field with the speedy Lombo Sleek Street (barrier six) assuming control shortly after the start from Franco Jackson (barrier four) which flew away.

Easing wide to commence a forward move approaching the bell, Steam Washed was accommodated by Mathias three back in the running line coming out ahead of her, giving the favourite a lovely ride home.

Although very wide on the final bend, Steam Washed gathered in her rivals with ease over the concluding stages to score by 2.5 metres from Franco Jackson (100/1) along the sprint lane, with Lombo Sleek Street holding down third. The mile rate 2-01.8.

Kerryn Manning's smart Our Sir Vancelot/Quite A Franco 4-Y-0 gelding The Noble Steed resumed with a victory in the Loddon Valley Stud Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

First up since June, The Noble Steed began brilliantly to effortlessly lead from gate two and allowed to set his own tempo, was never going to lose, winning by a neck untouched from Scully Magic on debut which trailed in a rate of 2-01.3. Locally trained Xbolt (one/one) finished third.

Elmore trainer Keith Cotchin's Art Major/Classic Sheffield filly Patchitupbaby was an impressive winner of the Bertocchi Smallgoods 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres.

Having her first outing since June, Patchitupbaby was beaten for speed from gate two by Supaliner outside her, with Greg Sugars pressing forward to take over in the back straight on the first occasion.

Always travelling kindly, Patchitupbaby coasted to the wire 2.6 metres in advance of Supaliner along the sprint lane which made no impression, with Ben Cartwright third after facing the open. The mile rate 1-59.4.

Armed Guard

Steam Washed

The Noble Steed


by Len BAKER

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