Day At The Track

Double day Thursday Ballarat & Wedderburn

05:14 PM 09 May 2013 NZST
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Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday May 9 - Wedderburn holding the day fixture at Maryborough and Ballarat racing at night.

There were plenty of highlights from both meetings as listed below :-

At the Wedderburn meeting Echuca trainer Faye McEwan's very honest 7-Y-0 E Dees Cam/Adio Annie gelding Pieces Of A Dream chalked up his 13th victory in 82 outings when successful in the Wedderburn Committee Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2190 metres.

Taking a concession for Bolinda's Josh Duggan, Pieces Of A Dream starting from a 20 metre backmark spent most of the race four back the markers, with Col Godden's Lights And Music beginning brilliantly from 10 metres to lead.

Moving away from the markers in the last lap to be one/one on the final bend, Pieces Of A Dream was taken wide to give chase to the leader which had raced away looking all over a winner.

Making a last stride lunge, Pieces Of A Dream prevailed by a head in a rate of 2-00.3, with Claire Jasper third after switching down to trail the leader approaching the home turn.

Parwan's Craig Demmler used a concession for Sammy Kilgour to capture the Presidents Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2190 metres with Summer Ace, a 7-Y-0 gelded son of Aces N Sevens and Summer Lace.

Starting from the extreme draw, Summer Ace eased three wide from last at the bell, before sustaining a long run to dash away on turning to score by 9.7 metres in a rate of 1-59.9 over Longtan Luke (one/one) and Turbo Tate (one/two).

Woodstock trainer Ron Francis combined with Daryl Douglas to land the Wedderburn Netball 2-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres with promising Somebeachsomewhere/Shes Elegant filly Somedreamsomwhere.

Enjoyed a sweet trip one/one after working out of gate four to park outside the pacemaker Clicquot, Somedreamsomewhere when eased three wide off the back of Coast Patrol on straightening, ran home stylishly to defeat Arty Chick (one/two) and Coast Patrol in a rate of 2-00.

At Ballarat, Kyneton trainer/driver Glen Gascoyne had punters scratching their heads in disbelief after winning the Golden Nugget Bakery Vicbred Platinum Country Series O (First Heat) for Trotters T0 only over 2200 metres with 4-Y-0 Conch Deville/Pinevale Bee gelding King Croesus which paid Supertab odds of $83.50.

Starting from the extreme draw, King Croesus avoided several gallopers to possie three back in the running line, before moving a spot closer to be one/one when Emmylu Springfield galloped in the middle stages.

Letting rip with a brilliant turn of speed in the last lap, King Croesus dashed to the front prior to the home turn, leading by a handy margin on straightening.

Although getting weary as the winning post loomed, King Croesus which had never been placed in 18 previous outings, scored by 2 metres in a rate of 2-07.4 from Spiros The Greek which led and Wortherly (three back the markers - four wide home turn).

Hamilton trainer David Lewis' smart American Ideal/Atomic Fusion colt The Fat Man brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking out the 1st Heat of the time honoured Tatlow Stakes for Two Year Old colts & geldings over 2200 metres.

Starting from outside the front row in the Penhall Smash Repairs sponsored race, The Fat Man with regular reinsman Matt Craven in the bike settled mid-field in the moving line, with the pole marker Shooska leading.

Easing three wide to follow Thats Rite in the final circuit, The Fat Man when taken to the centre of the track on straightening, finished full of running to defeat Duardo which trailed him home, with Hectorjayjay (one/two) third. The mile rate 1-59.3.

Daylesford trainer Bob Conroy's ultra consistent 7-Y-0 Band Of Chips/Red Buttons gelding Button Brigade loves Bray Raceway Ballarat and was successful in the Smithard Electrical Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2200 metres.

Driven by regular reinsman son Glenn, Button Brigade from the 20 metre mark settled four back in the moving line, before moving forward three wide uncovered in the last lap.

Joining the stablemate leader Starlight Baron driven by Anne-Maree on straightening, Button Brigade finished best to prevail by 2.2 metres in a rate of 2-04.6 over Starlight Baron and Donkiri which ran on late from mid-field.

It was Button Brigade's 7th victory in 87 outings.

Pieces Of A Dream

Summer Ace


King Croesus

The Fat Man

Button Brigade  

by Len BAKER

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