Day At The Track

Craven, Lewis and Lee dominate at Horsham

08:16 AM 22 Apr 2013 NZST
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Terang based reinsman Matt Craven, Hamilton trainer David Lewis and teenage reinsman Jason Lee took the honours at the Horsham harness racing fixture held on Monday April 22, Craven with a driving treble, Lewis a training double and Lee a driving double.

Four year old Bookmaker/Ferraris Babe mare Nifty Manwarra commenced Craven's day by easily taking out the Carbine Chemicals Pace Final for C0 class which qualified in the heats held at Mount Gambier on April 14.

Beginning best to lead from gate three in the 2200 metre event, Nifty Manwarra coasted to the wire 12.9 metres in advance of Life Is A Pleasure (three back the markers) and Decorated Diva which trailed the winner, returning a mile rate of 2-01.1.

Joining forces with Lewis, Craven then snared the We'll Miss Hutchy 2-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres with American Ideal/Atomic Fusion colt The Fat Man.

Starting from the extreme draw, The Fat Man settled four back in the moving line, before moving forward with a rush three wide racing for the bell, however Jayson Finnis aboard the Kevin Brough trained Paua Fella was reluctant to give the breeze away, resulting in The Fat Man being left on a limb for the final circuit.

Pouring on the pressure prior to the home turn, both Paua Fella and The Fat Man crossed the heavily supported pacemaker Hammerhead, drawing away to fight out the finish.

Living up to the wraps on him, The Fat Man although first up since January, outstayed Paua Fella to score by 4.8 metres in a rate of 1-59.2, with Mymasterpiece (one/two) 6.4 metres away in third place.

Again combining with Lewis, Four Starzzz Shark/Frosty Mattina colt Lightning Shark, a half brother to the outstanding Abettorpunt (also trained by David Lewis), was successful in the Dexter Dunn @ Horsham May 20 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres.

Starting from an awkward inside second line draw, Lightning Shark was quickly away from the markers to possie three back in the moving line with Just Like Elle leading from the pole.

Easing three wide to follow Aheadofhistime in front of him at the bell, Lightning Shark when asked for an effort on straightening took time to respond as Aheadofhistime and I Want Candy which had been in the open crossed the pacemaker and raced clear.

Driven with plenty of vigour in the straight, Lightning Shark down the centre of the track prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over Aheadofhistime, with I Want Candy a half head away third a head in advance of Saab Magic. The mile rate 2-00.5.

Jason Lee (the nephew of Matt Craven) landed the Wimmera Mail Times Whoosh, a novelty event for C1 class over 1200 metres aboard the Emma Stewart (Smythes Creek) trainer 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Lycoming Special gelding Lycoming Racer, leading throughout from the pole to win in a breeze over Kinky Boots which raced in the open and Tres Hombre which trailed the winner in a rate of 1-57.6.

Trusted with the drive on Kerryn Manning's speedy 4-Y-0 gelding The Noble Steed in the Decron Horse Care Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2200 metres, young Jason didn't let his supporters down and after being crossed by Rosharni (gate five) at the start from the pole, quickly moved around her in the back straight on the first occasion to take control.

Always travelling, The Noble Steed (Our Sir Vancelot/Quite A Franco) gave his rivals the slip on straightening, scoring by 5 metres in a rate of 1-58.4 from Alta Antonio which moved to race parked, with Rosharni holding down third.

Mildura's Shayne Cramp landed a decent plunge when 7-Y-0 In The Pocket/Star Belle gelding Meet The Punisher first up for the stable led throughout from the pole to land the Decron Horsham Drivers May 20 Pace for C2 class over 1700 metres.

Having his first outing since January, Meet The Punisher who's previous victory was at Maryborough in March 2010, led throughout to easily account for the favourite Bobby Maravu which shadowed him in a rate of 1-57.2. Kiwi Rage (three wide last lap from mid-field) finished third.

Nifty Manwarra

The Fat Man

Lightning Shark

Lycoming Racer

The Noble Steed

Meet The Punisher

by Len BAKER

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