Cobram on the border of Victoria and N-S-W was the venue for harness racing on Monday December 15 and as is usually the case, most winners came from the northern part of the state.
Shepparton (Orrvale) trainer Albert Redwood's 4-Y-0/Howzat gelding Buzz Lightning opened his winning account when victorious in the Mike Snellgrove Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres.
Driven by Linton Power, Buzz Lightning making his 8th appearance at the races possied three back in the running line from the dreaded outside front line and when sent forward three wide in the final circuit, sustained the effort to score from Missonymous which followed him home, with Jointheclub third after racing in the open.
The mile rate 2-03.3.
Merrigum's Darren Rowney has beautifully bred 6-Y-0/Kwik Kiss gelding Sun Samurai racing well at present and landed the Carl O'Dwyer Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2678 metres with him.
Stepping safely from barrier four, Sun Samurai was sent forward to take over at the head of affairs and rated to perfection, held too many guns at the finish for the roughie Thunderjack in a 2-07.7 rate, with the consistent Bold Adam third.
It was Sun Samurai's 3rd victory (two in restricted grade) in 12 outings.
Shepparton based reinsman Nathan Jack chalked up a treble of wins in successive races, with Angus McGregor (/Nancy McGregor) trained by father Russell taking the Mark Lincoln Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres from Scatter and Jet To Vegas in a 2-02.1 rate, Perfect Katie ( / Small Reward) trained by John Gilbertson (Bendigo) the Wayne Edgeloe Mile for C4 to C6 class in advance of Imfeera Bloke and Rapdanz in 1-56.5 and Marching Home a Kiwi bred son of Whiteland Trouble and Waimauke Spring also trained by Russell Jack, the Cr Frank Malcolm Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres from Western Connection and Regalramapleasure in 2-01.3, with all three leading throughout.
Border Hopper Mark Hagar (Old Junee) made the journey south to capture the Neil Busse Cobram Vicbred Trophy for C0 class over 2170 metres with the more than handy mare And May I Say which returned a 2-00.2 mile rate.
Settling at the tail of the field from gate four on the second line, And May I Say a daughter ofand Joan was sent forward three wide solo in the last lap, proving too strong at the business end of proceedings for Rainbow Rock and Imalolatoo in an all N-S-W trifecta.
Clyde trainer Jayne Davies made the long journey worthwhile when 4-Y-0/Fiery Spirit mare Moon Spirit scored in the Penny David Mile for C1 & C2 class over 1609 metres.
With Chris Alford holding the reins, Moon Spirit led out from gate three, before surrendering to the odds-on favourite Maddy Sheffield which galloped away in the last lap.
Easing away from the marker line on turning, Moon Spirit claimed Maddy Sheffield halfway up the running to win nicely on the wire in 1-57.6, with Exceptional Art coming from last to finish third.
Invergordon trainer Ian Ward can usually come up with a handy performer each season and landed the Peter Bourke Mile with Old Warandyte Road, a gelded son ofand Miss Kenru.
Driven by Daniel Jack, Old Warandyte Road led throughout from gate three in defeating Sports Zillian which trailed to go down narrowly and Ernies Heros which followed the pair in 2-01.5.
Len Baker's Provincial Victoria