Day At The Track

Early Christmas present for Ronnie Jewell

11:58 AM 20 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Mt Pleasant (Ballarat) trainer Ronnie Jewell who stables at nearby Ross Creek, received a great early Christmas present at the Terang harness racing meeting on Tuesday December 20, winning a stable double with half brothers Fist Of Rage and Scarred taking their respective races, both bred and raced by son Brent and driven by Daryl Douglas.

4-Y-0 Shakamaker/Flora Star gelding Fist Of Rage snared the Book For Cup Night Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and Scarred (by It Is I) the Terang Home Hardware 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres.

Fist Of Rage possied four back in the moving line after starting from gate two on the second line, easing three wide in the final circuit to follow Lockins Art home.

Sweeping wide on straightening, Fist Of Rage gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post to record a 2.2 metre victory over Lockins Art in a rate of 2-01.9, with Nalangil finishing fast for a close up third after being badly held up on the back of the weakening pacemaker Myrniong Acesaway approaching the home turn.

Scarred making only his 4th appearance at the races enjoyed a sweet passage one/one from gate three on the second line, with the well supported Keayang Falcon drawn outside him surging forward at the start to assume control from Kazaree.

Sprinting sharply three wide in the last lap, Scarred led on turning to win in a breeze from Keayang Falcon which battled on gamely in a rate of 1-59.3, with Onlyeconomyclass third.

Terang mother and son – Marg & Jason Lee were among the placings all night, finishing with a stable double - improving 5-Y-0 Artiscape/Diplomatic Lover gelding Jilliby Ablett greeting the judge in the Bruckner & Associates Gold Bracelet for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres and 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Operculum mare Keayang Joy the Terang HRC Dining Venue Pace for C0 class (mares) over the same journey.

Leading out from gate two, young Jason drove a heady race and Jilliby Ablett never looked to be in any danger, leading throughout to score by 2 metres in 2-01.6 from Princess Fiona off a three wide trail from last on the back of Panorama Wealth in the final circuit, with It And A Bit third after racing in the open.

Keayang Joy was given the run of the race from inside the second line following the pole line leader Tinted Pearl, before using the sprint lane to easily account for Ruby My Love from last and Classic Tycoon (one/one – three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-01.2.

It was a big night for the Craven family as Jason’s cousin Matt Craven landed the Terang C0-Op Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres with Kiwi bred Artiscape/City Talk 5-Y-0 gelding Adios Gryphon.

Trapped wide for most of the race, Adios Gryphon put pay to the leader Rockin Katie in the last lap to register a 10.5 metre victory in 1-59.8 over Thewaytolive (one/one at bell trailing the winner). Slippinalong ran on late from the rear to finish third, albeit 18 metres from the winner.

Popular Melbourne based owners Russell and Pam Hockham who pour so much money into the sport, were successful with quality 4-Y-0 Peter Tonkin trained Grinfromeartoear/Counterfeit Girl entire Devilish Smile in the Barastoc Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres..

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Devilish Smile possied three back in the moving line from the extreme draw, letting loose with a burst to lead at the bell in accounting for Jilliby Rusty and Lightning McCool in 2-00.7.

Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Bibby loves competing at Terang and landed the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres with Giveusagrin, a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Grinfromeartoear and Weona Miss.

Taking a concession, Giveusagrin led for the majority of the trip from gate three to score in 1-58.6 over the hot favourite Mynameissultan (three wide last lap) and Please Yourself which trailed the winner after leading out from the pole.

Fist Of Rage 

Scarred

Jilliby Ablett

Keayang Joy

Adios Gryphon

Devilish Smile

Giveusagrin

Len BAKER

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