Day At The Track

Claimers took centre stage at Tabcorp Park

04:39 PM 21 Sep 2012 NZST
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Dean Braun
Dean Braun

Two heats of the "Claiming Masters" Series took place at TP Melton on Friday September 21, with both Cosmic Under Fire and Washmepockets the victors.

Nine year old Courage Under Fire/Cosmic Whirl gelding Cosmic Under Fire coming off a victory in the lesser value “Battle Of The Claimers” Final a week earlier was a narrow but strong winner.

Trained by Dean Braun and driven by Chris Alford, Cosmic Under Fire (gate four) raced in the open for the majority of the 2240 metre trip shadowing the old timer and former Ballarat Pacing Cup winner Cincinnati Kid which was a surprising leader from gate six.

Racing clear on straightening, Cosmic Under Fire (claiming price $14,000) was tackled strongly by Thats Mister Ali (four wide home turn), but fought on like a caged lion to prevail by a nose in a rate of 1-57.3, with Pete Of Pan (claimed last week) close up in third place after leading out, then trailing Cincinnati Kid and pulling wide on turning.

Washmepockets a newcomer to the claiming ranks trained by Geoff Webster at Bannockburn (Geelong) and driven by Emmett Brosnan was given the run of the race from inside the second line following the pole line pacemaker Mach Ruler.

Using the sprint lane, Washmepockets raced clear in the shadows of the post to score by 2.7 metres over the well supported favourite Catch Your Breath (one/three – three wide last lap to outside the leader approaching the home turn), with Pembrook Henry (one/one) running on late for third. The mile rate 1-57.1.

A 6-Y-0 gelded son of Washington Vc and Pocket Filler, Washmepockets had a claiming price of $40,000 on him.

Horses could not be claimed in the heats but can be in next Friday’s $20,000 Final.

The Harnesslink “run of the night” came about when 7-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/She’s Special gelding Galatos scored in the SEW-Eurodrive Pacers Handicap for M0 or better class over 2240 metres at tote odds of $24.90.

Trained at Ballarat by Peter Tonkin and driven by John Caldow, Galatos coming from the 10 metre mark stepped slowly but safely, before moving forward mid-race to park outside the leader and hot favourite Arber which had taken over from Our Flyin Jazz.

Despite racing in the open for the majority of the journey, Galatos took care of the favourite on turning, holding a margin to the wire in defeating Our Flyin Jazz along the sprint lane in a rate of 2-01.2, with Astral Flight (four back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third.

It was Galatos’ 10th success and first since July 2011.

Cosmic Under Fire



by Len BAKER

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