Day At The Track

Classy Garnet River notches up win 16

10:55 PM 15 Apr 2010 NZST
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Garnet River - With Hugh & Lorraine Cathels after the Tasmanian Derby win
Peter Staples Photo

Former smart juvenile Garnet River was back in the winners stall at Thursday's Cranbourne harness racing fixture, when a brilliant winner of the Rod McLeish Insurance Pace for C5 & C7 class over 2080 metres.

Restrained at the start from outside the front row to settle at the tail of the field, regular reinsman Glenn Hunter commenced a forward move three wide solo in the last lap with Garnet River and the gelded son of Red River Hanover and Gemfire had little difficulty in joining the well backed pacemaker Staghorn Flat on the final bend.

In a thrilling two horse war all the way up the running, Garnet River prevailed by a half head on the wire in a rate of 1-58.9 (last half mile 57 seconds - quarter 28.4), with Captain Bromac third after trailing the front runner.

It was Garnet River's 16th victory in 37 outings which include 13 placings and stakes in excess of $220,000.

TROTTING VICTORY

Elphinstone (Macedon Ranges) trainer Wendy Attard does a great job with her small but select team and landed the Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2080 metres with 4-Y-0 Extrovert/Making Music gelding Prince Of All.

Driven by Kilmore based Damian Wilson, Prince Of All from outside the front row pushed forward to park outside the leader Magic Interest which was the Breeders Crown Two Year Old victor two years back and stayed there for the entire race.

Showing plenty of heart on straightening, Prince Of All claimed Magic Interest shortly after, then defied challengers from Mister Malakye along the sprint lane and Commander Rama (one/one) to score by a head in 2-04.6, over the pair to chalk up his 5th success in 35 race appearances.

Wilson was to bring up a double after guiding Modern Art/Benaldy colt Wahush to an all of the way victory in the Farmhand 2-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres for Sunbury trainer Ahmed Tabia.

GOOD RECORD

Three Year old D M Dilinger/Beaconsfield Gold gelding Balance Point was a most impressive winner of the Decron Horse Care Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres.

Trained at Parwan (Bacchus Marsh) by Jaime Madruga and driven by neighbour Jodi Quinlan, Balance Point began with a wing on every foot from gate three to lead and after being rated a treat, bounded away in the straight to score from Lombo La Shelly which raced outside him throughout in a rate of 2-01.7, with Keepers Daughter running on late for third.

SPEED TO BURN

Melton co-trainers Maree and John Caldow have the former Goulburn Valley trained 4-Y-0 gelding Artorius airborne at present and made it two from two for the stable with a super victory in the 1st Heat of the Eastern Challenge for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres.

Driven by John, Artorius (Our Sir Vancelot/Taras Gift) from gate four on the second line enjoyed a lovely passage three back in the moving lane following the well fancied Franco Newsman and when that runner was eased three wide by David Murphy to go forward in the last lap, Caldow immediately latched on to his back for a great ride home.

Taken wide on turning, Artorius sprinted like a gazelle to surge clear in the shadows of the post, scoring by a comfortable 7.3 metres from Franco Newsman and The Evangilist (three back the markers) in a rate of 1-59.6.

Len BAKER

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