Day At The Track

Double Wednesday in Victoria

01:05 PM 18 Feb 2009 NZDT
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

The all new Cranbourne circuit opened on Wednesday February 18, with good reports coming back to HRV on the way it raced, while Echuca held another of their popular meetings in the evening.

MILES TO THE FORE

Monegeetta's Lisa Miles was victorious at Cranbourne with the honest Village Jasper/Amarillen gelding Villagem in the Garry Rogers Supercars 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres, much to the delight of loyal stable supporters Mick & Terry Lingard who race him.

Settling mid-field in the moving lane after starting from inside the second line, Villagem commenced a forward move three wide solo in the last lap and sustained the effort to register a strong victory in advance of Braeside Falcon along the sprint lane after trailing the leader Baron Kinley, with Zen Over Again third in a mile rate of 2-03.5.

STABLE DOUBLE

Long Forest husband and wife - Andy & Kate Gath were successful with 10-Y-0 Il Vicolo/Joyella gelding Dark Shadow in the Ultra Signs Claiming Pace over 2080 metres.

Driven forward from gate four to lead, Dark Shadow defied all challengers on turning to score from Glees Jasper (one/two) and Bold Raider which was three wide from the bell in a mile rate of 2-02.6 and in doing so, chalked up his 22nd victory in 179 race appearances.

The pair brought up a double when 4-Y-0 Ultimate Falcon/Secret Asset gelding Ultimate Secret led throughout from the pole in taking the Classic International Floats Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres in advance of Sweeten The Pot and Shogun Lombo in 2-01.

KING FOR THE DAY

Whittlesea's Mark Peace was also a winner at Cranbourne, when consistent Christian Cullen/Prim And Proper 4-Y-0 gelding King Of Styx landed the Ted Bull Funeral Services Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres.

Safely retaining the inside running from the pole, King Of Styx defied all challengers on turning to defeat Christian Vance which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Black Quartz third in a rate of 2-00.4.

MODEL OF CONSISTENCY

Elmore horseman Neville Welsh's ultra consistent 5-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Bethany Rose mare Enotheque overcame a daunting 50 metre backmark in chalking up her 11th success by taking the Dorrie Schmedje Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres at Echuca.

Beginning safely as she usually does, Enotheque possied four back in the running line and sprinted swiftly in the last lap to have her rivals covered on the home turn before coasting to the wire in advance of the Rochester hope Hy Mountain Maori and Party Smartie in a rate of 2-07.6.

STABLE DOUBLE (2)

Undera's Glenn Freeman enjoyed a happy night at Echuca, when stablemates Whiskey And Ice and Last One Vance both scored in their respective races - Whiskey And Ice the Kevin Hitchens Pace for C0 class and Last One Vance the Harcorp Trading Easter Cup 11 April Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1755 metres, both driven by Daryl Douglas.

Whiskey And Ice a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Panorama and Karamea Sunshade looked head and shoulders above his rivals and that's the way it panned out.

Settling at the tail of the field from gate four on the second line, Douglas commenced a forward move racing for the bell and despite being three wide for the final circuit, cruised up to the leader Truckies Art on the home turn and raced clear on turning to score in a 2-00.1 rate over the pacemaker, with Tiz Timmy (one/one) third.

Last One Vance a Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Last One Lopez gelding, ran on strongly from last off a three wide double trail in the last lap to nab the Riverina visitor Rusty Gate (three wide with a trail) in the shadows of the post, with the pacemaker Entrevoir third in a rate of 1-59.9.

BENDIGO WINNER

Maiden Gully trainer/driver Paul Campbell snared the 2nd Heat of the rich George Croxford Tribute for Three Year Olds over 2160 metres with It And A Bit, a gelded son of Astreos and The Beautifulsouth.

Retaining the inside running from the pole, It And A Bit led throughout to defy all challengers in defeating Easy Company which trailed and the hot favourite Ay Tee Em which received a chequered passage and did well to fill a place.

The mile rate 2-01.4.

FIRST-UP SUCCESS

Lockwood South's Tony Dillon scored a first-up victory at Echuca with 6-Y-0 Ultimate Falcon/Our Lady Lobell gelding Heza Rollercoaster in the Alex McGregor Memorial Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres in a mile rate of 2-02.6.

Raced by wife Mary, Heza Rollercoaster with Brian Gath in the sulky led throughout from gate two in accounting for the roughie Tom Joad which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with the favourite Mylady Tess third after being given every opportunity one/one third.

It was Heza Rollercoaster's first success since May 2007 when he scored at the outer Brisbane track of Rocklea.

Len BAKER

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