Day At The Track

Douglas leaps closer to Manning mark

01:36 AM 12 Aug 2008 NZST
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A four-win haul over two meetings at Stawell and Echuca has brought Daryl Douglas within two wins of equalling Kerryn Manning's Australasian driving mark.

The ace reinsman started the day with a double at Stawell with the heavily favoured Peter Tonkin-trained duo, Takeabow ($1.10 fav.) and Radical Assassin ($1.20 fav.).

Whereas Takeabow, a two-year-old Red River Hanover gelding, was completedly untroubled to lead throughout, Radical Assassin was forced to work a lot harder before claiming victory in the James McLeod Memorial Pace.

After sitting parked outside the leader Ombre Rose for most of the trip, the Armbro Operative gelding had to pull out all stops in the straight before claiming the thick end of the prize.

Later that night Douglas notched another winning double at Echuca behind Supadupahotsock ($8) and trotter Pinevale Adam ($8). And, with an ounce of luck, he could have landed four winners.

Douglas steered Totally ($2.50 fav.) and Neopolitan ($1.70 fav.) to very close second placings.

Supadupahotsock, trained by Wayne Lear, had to overcame a back row draw and a torrid passage to win the first heat of the Bruce Child Pace.

Forced to sit parked, the Safely Kept entire got the upper hand at the 400 metre mark and was untroubled to stave off the late bid of Roslei Don.

Coming off a 10 metre handicap, Pinevale Adam was sent forward by Douglas in the early part to assume control.

After handing up to Une De Mai in the middle stages, the Classic Adam gelding gained racing room in the back straight and gunned down favourite Earls Jewel in the home stretch.

Prettyboy Mitch, a Russ Thomson trained stablemate of the winner, finished third.

Three-year-old Lord Of Abbey, driven by visiting NSW reinsman Steve Turnbull, produced the "run of the night" in the Yvonne Child Pace.

Second last at the bell, the son of Jennas Beach Boy mounted a strong three-wide challenge at the 600 metre mark that carried him to the front on the home turn. He won as he liked in 2:02.5 - the fastest time of the night.

Meanwhile, Douglas and Tonkin did not enjoy all the limelight at Stawell. Great Western trainer Michelle Manning and leviathan Perth breeder Mick Lombardo both landed doubles on the eight-race card.

Manning prepared Gloria Lombo ($2.90) to a hard fought win in the sixth race and trotter Bete Noire ($4) in the last.

Whereas promising young reinsman Greg Sugars handled Gloria Lombo in her third win on end, Manning was in the bike herself on Bete Noire.

Real Smooth Lombo ($1.50 fav.), a dominant winner in C1 class, provided Lombardo with his second winner as a breeder on the day.

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