Day At The Track

Dennis Day off to Menangle with Harry Day

06:42 AM 02 Apr 2018 NZST
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Harry Day holds off his rivals to win the Evolution Series heat at Wagga on Sunday.
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Goulburn trainer-driver Dennis Day hopes Harry Day can measure up at Menangle after an impressive harness racing victory at Wagga on Sunday.

Wagga Harness Racing Club hosted an Easter meeting on Sunday with a good crowd turning out for the nine-race card.

Dennis Day made the three-hour trip from Goulburn and it proved worthwhile as Harry Day justified his short price with a strong win in the $10,000 Kevin & Kay Seymour Evolution Series 3YO Colts and Geldings Heat (1755m).

Harry Day ($1.80) worked early but still had enough in reserve to hold off Run Business Run ($6.70) by five metres. $3.70 chance Miracle Marcus was a further 10 metres back in third place.

“I thought he would go pretty good,” Day said.

“This track suited him, going forward, but he’s pretty versatile.

“The final is in a fortnight at Menangle so we’ll see how we go there.”

The win qualified Harry Day for the $20,000 Evolution Series Final (1609m) at Menangle on April 14, where he will meet horses from the other heats held at Dubbo, Penrith and Newcastle.

Harry Day ran sixth in an Evolution Series Final at Menangle in February, beaten only seven metres.

Day hopes he can go closer this time. “We’ve sorted him out a bit,” he said.

“He’s had a few little issues, only minor things, just a few little niggles but I’m happy with him at the moment.”

Day used Harry Day out of the gate, but was unable to cross Mastablasta ($18.40) as they ran 29.4 seconds for the first quarter.

After sitting outside the leader, Day worked to the front rounding the home turn and then held his rivals at bay to score in a slick mile rate of 1:57.3.

“He was still strong on the line, which was good,” Day said.

It was Harry Day’s fourth win from 12 career starts.

Meantime, the Shane Hillier-trained Resounding ($5.20) took out the Terry Hinchcliffe Surveyors Easter Cup (2165m) at Wagga.

Resounding gradually worked to the lead as $3.30 favourite Miss Gold Fortune broke as they came out from the gate.

The four-year-old mare kicked strongly at the top of the straight to hold off the fast-finishing Our American Princess ($7.30) by a head.

It was the second leg of a winning double for Mitchell Reese, who won earlier in the day on the Wayne Potter-trained Itsadanceoff ($1.70).

Leeton trainer-driver Wayne Sullivan won the Rules Club Harness Breeders NSW Bonus Scheme 2YO Pace (1755m) with Cee Cee Ambro ($2.50).

After running second on debut at Wagga last Tuesday, Cee Cee Ambro went one better on Sunday, outlasting Western Secret ($5.40) by a head.

By Matt Malone

Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

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