Day At The Track

Day dominated by horses from Goulburn Valley

02:01 PM 06 Jun 2011 NZST
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Cobram Harness Racing Club

Cobram on the banks of the mighty Murray not far from the Victorian/NSW border was the venue for Monday harness racing and as is usually the case at most Cobram meetings, the day was dominated by horses from the Goulburn Valley.

Kialla’s Steve O’Donoghue took the training honour’s with a stable double – Life Sign/Lombo La Velocita colt Irish Crest taking the Peter Haag Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres and 9-Y-0 in and out customer Mohican Prince (Chandon/Mohican Princess) the Picola Hotel Pace for C2 class over the same journey, both driven in style by Rebecca Bartley who is attached to the stable.

Irish Crest coming off a first up win at Albury on May 14, was given a lovely passage from the pole trailing the pacemaker and favourite Smiling Force, before using the sprint lane to gain the day over Next Dawn (four wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.6, with Smiling Force holding down third.

Irish Crest

Mohican Prince excluded from the draw after causing several false starts in recent times, settled at the tail of the field, before trailing Scotty McDuff forward three wide in the last lap to be outside Saguaro which had crossed the pacemaker Ariah Prince approaching the home turn.

Surging to the front in the straight, Mohican Prince defied all challengers to score from Pieces Of A Dream and the hot favourite Our Icarus in a rate of 1-59.6.

It was Mohican Prince’s 11th success in 79 outings.

Mohican Prince

Former Inter Dominion winning reinsman Scott Stewart has a most promising 4-Y-0 mare by the name of Domestic Bliss which greeted the judge in the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres in 2-02.6.

Beaten but not disgraced on her debut at Shepparton a week earlier when runner up to Did It Alone in 2-00.5 after leading, Domestic Bliss on this occasion settled four back in the moving line from gate three on the second line, before being set alight mid-race to park outside the pacemaker Sir Bobby Lashley a visitor from Albury.

Not requested to run until straightening, Domestic Bliss proved much too strong for her rivals to score by 2.5 metres over Sir Bobby Lashley and Dejay Angel in a rate of 2-02.6.

Domestic Bliss

Stanhope’s Gary Pekin snared the Canny Family Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2678 metres with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Sundon/Hurling gelding Im Victor Trumper who’s last victory had been at the same venue in December last year.

Stepping safely from the 10 metre mark, Im Victor Trumper was sent forward to obtain the lead early in the piece and was never headed in accounting for Madiskita which trailed using the sprint lane to get close, but not close enough, with Monsieur Deville (one/two – three wide last lap) third due to the backmarker Le Chabanais which had raced in the open breaking just prior to the post.

Im Victor Trumper

Astute Euroa trainer Danny Thackeray produced Kensington Palace, a daughter of Art Major and Posh Jaccka to land the Joe Kennedy Memorial 2-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres on debut, much to the delight of owner/breeders Lauriston Bloodstock Pty Ltd.

Driven by Nathan Jack, Kensington Palace from inside the second line enjoyed a lovely trip trailing the poleline leader Beau Dandy (also on debut for Mal Whiteford).

Easing away from the inside on the final bend, Kensington Palace once balanced, ran home stylishly to score from My Mums A Star (one/three – three wide last lap) and Beau Dandy in a rate of 2-03.1.

Kensington Palace

Len BAKER

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