Day At The Track

Cobram a popular venue for harness racing

04:07 AM 19 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Glorious Cobram close to the Victorian and N-S-W border situated on the mighty Murray River, is always a popular venue for harness racing and the Cobram HRC held a most successful fixture there on Friday March 18 with several winners coming from the Goulburn Valley and beyond.

Elmore horseman Chris Hildebrandt made a welcome return to the winners list, when Dream Away/Simply Lombo gelding Baywatcher scored in the 3rd Heat of the George Croxford Tribute for three year olds over 2170 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.8.

Bred and raced by wife Debbie, Baywatcher led throughout from gate two in defeating Giggling Girl which raced outside her by a nose in a tricky finish, with The Numbers Man (three wide home turn) a half head away third for Keith Cotchin.

Kyabram’s Graham Lyon landed the Pat Brooks Pace for C1 class over 1670 metres with injury plagued 6-Y-0 Mystical Shark/Gavale gelding Monteleone, registering his first victory since December 2008. In was was a tough effort, Monteleone driven by Daryl Douglas raced in the open throughout, before cruising to the wire in advance of Goornong Spirit which led and Rasberry Spur (one/one) in a rate of 1-56.8.

Gillieston’s Brent Thomson combined with Tooleen based reinsman Nigel Milne to capture the Terry Daniel Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1670 metres with sometimes unruly Parsons Den/Sweetdreams 5-Y-0 gelding Bought On Looks, paying Supertab odds of $26.70.

Raced and trained by Brent at father Russ’s property, Bought On Looks from the extreme draw spent most of the race at the tail of the field, before rushing home out wide at 100 miles an hour to blowse Col Godden’s death-seating Mister Orion by a nose in a finish which had most guessing as to the result, with Mands Gearl third from mid-field in the moving line.

Lemnos trainer Russell Jack combined with Charlton concessional reinsperson Ellen Tormey to land the Jim Cox Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres with smart 4-Y-0 Jennas Beach Boy/Concorde Lombo gelding Plane Sailin Lombo.

Settling four back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, Plane Sailin Lombo moved four wide on the final bend and motored home on straightening to score a runaway victory in 2-00.3 over the pacemaker Amanda Miss, with Henry Ducket third after following the winner home.

Congupna trainer/driver Scott Stewart’s quality home bred 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Petite Alto entire Bitobliss made a one act affair of the Tom Stillard Memorial Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres. Quickly away from inside the second row to possie four back in the running line, Bitobliss was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Left In Paris racing for the bell.

With the leader setting a merry tempo, Bitobliss was able to drop to her back in the last lap, before using the sprint lane on straightening to bound away and score in a 1-59 rate over the ever reliable mare Ay Tee Em which made the final bend very wide from mid-field, with Mybilly Jasper third.

A winner of the rich Central Victorian Pacing Championship in late January, Bitobliss bred and raced by Don Stewart (Scott’s father), has faced the starter on 14 occasions for 10 wins and 2 placings.

Moama trainer Mal Whiteford and stable reinsman Craig Northcott snared the Murray Valley Gardens Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres with former Riverina trained 4-Y-0 Jennas Beach Boy/Lorna Kelly gelding Jenna McRae in a rate of 2-00.1.

Despite a check at the start from gate two on the second line, Jenna McRae was given an easy time one/one before easing three wide on the home turn and running on best to score from Whatacracker along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker and third placegetter Miss Bazrinabeejay.

Marong trainer John Mamouney’s Wind Cries Maori/Classical Alm mare Whispering Alm was successful in the Bill Farrell Memorial Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2170 metres. Given a lovely trip one/one by Neil McCallum from inside the second line, Whispering Alm joined the leader Fiery Chip on the home turn and prevailed by 1.4 metres on the wire, with Justcallmespecial running on late for third. The mile rate 2-06.1.

Goornong trainer/driver Peter Salathiel is a regular at most Cobram meetings and finished the day on a high note after two earlier placings, when 4-Y-0 Falcons Icon/Miss Eli Dee mare Falcons Bullet scored a tough victory in the St Patricks Day Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1670 metres.

Facing the open for the entire journey from gate six, Falcons Bullet outstayed her rivals in winning by a half head in 2-00.7 over the pacemaker Lucys Penny and Shoutastout (one/one) the omen bet.

Len BAKER

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