Harness racing trainer Keith Cotchin's smart 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Milady Sheffield mare Gottahavasheffield resumed with an easy victory in the Harcorp Produce Pace (1st Division) for C0 class over 2190 metres at the Shepparton Restricted meeting held on Wednesday February 1.
Driven by Greg Sugars, Gottahavasheffield first up since August strode past the leader Ciara Girl shortly after the start from gate three and was never out of second gear, coasting to the wire in a mile rate of 2-01.2 from Brother Rabbit which raced outside her for the final circuit, with Fictional Hero (one/two at bell) gaining a split in the straight to finish third.
Cotchin was to bring up a double, when 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred/Classic Blue Jeans gelding Cullen Bromac outstayed his rivals in the 2nd Division of the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction Pace for R2 to R4 class over 2190 metres.
Driven by Jodi Quinlan, Cullen Bromac from the extreme draw settled in a beaut spot one/one, with Nonetheless assuming control from Davids Lady running into the first turn.
Vacating the prime spot mid-race to park in the open,
Gillieston’s Russ Thomson combined with Daryl Douglas to land the 2nd Division with 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Desired gelding Pinevale Willpower in a rate of 2-08.9, much to the delight of owner/breeders Terry Forster and Heather Lyttleton.
Spearing straight to the lead from gate three, Sassy Pinevale ran her rivals ragged in accounting for a death seating Run Forrest by 19.8 metres, with Satisfied Grin (three wide last lap) a metre away in third place.
Kyabram trainer Max Gray’s improving 4-Y-0/Nadia Speed mare Apache Speed chalked up her second victory in 14 outings, when successful in the Saddleworld Trotters Handicap for TR0 or better class over 2190 metres.
With Nathan Jack in charge of the reins, Apache Speed from the 10 metre mark was given a sweet passage one/one for most of the race prior to easing three wide on the home turn.
Finishing full of running, Apache Speed was much too strong at the post for Starlight Lee from last at the bell and Hazzassassin which led with a circuit to travel. The mile rate 2-05.4.
Echuca trainer/driver Steve Lindberg did quaddie punters no favours after winning the 2nd leg – the Quest Shepparton Pace (1st Division) for R1 class over 1690 metres with 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Liberated mare Chess Timer, a $40.90 chance.
Settling four back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, Chess Timer received a lovely trail home three wide in the last lap on the back of Shes Got It All ahead of her.
Although very wide on turning, Chess Timer surged to the front on straightening to score by 4.5 metres in a slick 1-57.2 over Blissful Jack which followed her home being four and five wide on the final bend, with Shes Got It All Third.
It was Chess Timer’s 2nd victory in 21 outings.
Avenel trainer Greg Norman snared the 1st Division of the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction Pace with/Larisleas Gem gelding Jimmys Gem in a rate of 1-59.9.
Driven by Greg Sugars, Jimmys Gem wasn’t bustled from gate two, easing to possie just off the speed one/one.
Set alight three wide in the last lap, Jimmys Gem joined the leader Henry Duckett which had crossed the pacemaker Niquero halfway along the back straight, before racing clear on turning to defeat Lifes A Lombo (three back the markers at bell) and Henry Ducket which battled on gamely.
Merrigum duo Brett Bunfield (trainer) and Janelle Bunfield (driver) landed the 2nd Division of the Quest Shepparton Pace with 4-Y-0/Simply Lombo gelding Lombo Supremacy.
Given an easy time three back in the moving line racing for the bell after being one/one for the first lap from gate two, Lombo Supremacy when extricated to be five wide on the home turn, showed a great turn of speed on straightening to race away in advance of a death-seating Mickie James in a rate of 1-59, with Germiston (one/one at bell) third.
Euroa’s David Jack was successful with talented/Baltimore Raven colt Dilinger Lad in the Elite Horse Transport 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres, much to the delight of part-owners Julie & George Szweg who reside on the outskirts of Deniliquin (NSW).
Beginning swiftly from the pole to lead, Dilinger Lad first up since July, treated his rivals with contempt in accounting for Thisiswhoiam (three wide home turn from mid-field) and Absolute Dream in a rate of 1-59.8.