Day At The Track

Double to Whiteford/Northcott at Cobram

03:22 PM 01 Dec 2010 NZDT
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Cobram Harness Racing Club

Moama's Mal Whiteford enjoyed a happy day at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held at Cobram on Wednesday December 1, with smart Brioso Hanover/Kamwood Kate 4-Y-0 gelding Kamwood Jack scoring a first-up victory in the Quest Serviced Apartments Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres and 4-Y-0 Nuke Of Earl/Mands Alice mare Mands Gearl taking the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction Pace for C1 class over the same distance, both handled by Craig Northcott.

Making his first appearance since going amiss when running second to Renaissance Man in the South Australian Derby back in January, Kamwood Jack possied one/one from gate three on the second line, with Northcott not wasting any time in sending him forward to park outside the Riverina pacemaker Racemosa.

Always travelling on the steel, Kamwood Jack cruised to the front approaching the home turn to win in a breeze from Racemosa and Deejayell (one/one) in a rate of 2-00.5 (last half 57.4 - quarter 29.2).

Mands Gearl was given a comfortable passage, leading throughout from the pole to narrowly defeat Henry Ducket (John Newberry) along the sprint lane after trailing, with Gone Peggin (four back the markers) running on late for third. The mile rate 2-02.

The third of the Whiteford trio Diceneasy, finished a close second to all the winner Summa Of Dreams (2-02.3) in the Javis Delahey Contractors Pace for C1 class over 1670 metres after trailing from the bell.

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Former New Zealander John Newberry who has recently returned to Australia, settling in the Goulburn Valley at Bunbatha, recorded his first success in Victoria for many years when Pacific Rocket/Madam Jasper gelding Niquero on debut, greeted the judge in the Hunter Rural 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres, paying Supertab odds of $28.60.

Settling three back in the moving line from inside the second row, Niquero was eased three wide in the last lap to join the heavily backed leader Lombo Sleek Streak applying plenty of pressure.

When Lombo Sleek Street kicked away on the final bend, it appeared that he had the race in his keeping, however Niquero refused to give in and raced clear over the concluding stages to score in a 2-02.8 rate, with Brancore Major which had trailed the leader easing wide on straightening to dead-heat for second.

It was an ultra-impressive victory suggesting many more wins will come his way.

Newberry re-located to Queensland after leaving Victoria, before going home to Kiwiland.

Len BAKER

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