Day At The Track

Entertaining day's racing at Tabcorp Park

08:03 AM 26 Sep 2011 NZDT
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John Caldow
John Caldow
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Tabcorp Park Melton played host to a rare Monday (September 26) harness racing fixture on September 26, with an interesting 10 event program being held. The two squaregaiters events over 2240 metres for T0 & T1 class over 2240 metres were entertaining affairs, with the Tabcorp Park Melton Trotters Mobile going the way of 9-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Mairead gelding Aidan Anabettin and the 2Construct Trotters Mobile to 6-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Even Pockets gelding Maoris Rocket.

Aidan Anabetten trained at Sunbury by John Kelly and raced by him in partnership with sister Helen Belovitch, began with his usual speed from outside the front row to spear across and lead.

Travelling nicely throughout, the lack of recent racing started to tell on straightening (it was his first outing since August 20), however Aidan Anabettin just lasted by a half head over the favourite Alabamadon along the sprint lane after trailing, with Reign Of Darkness a half neck away in third place after racing in the open.

It was Aidan Anabettin’s 2nd victory in 57 outings, returning a mile rate of 2:02.6.

Maryborough trainer Alan Dunsmuir combined with John Caldow to land the other heat with the sometimes unruly Maoris Rocket who on this occasion was on his best behaviour.

Starting from the extreme draw, Caldow wasted no time in sending Maoris Pocket around the field to park outside the pacemaker Sapphire Jack (gate four) and dictate terms.

Striding effortlessly to the font prior to the home turn, Maoris Rocket coasted to the wire to score by 8.5 metres in 2-03 from Galaktika (four back in the moving lane) and Its Lightscameraction (one/one) to chalk up his 4th success in 29 race appearances.

Rockbank trainer Joe Vassallo landed the Race-Tech Australia Pace for C1 class over 1720 metres with honest 9-Y-o Albert Albert/Kardinia Vicky gelding Hes Albert who was facing the starter for the 94th time.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Hes Albert began best to lead from gate four and with Douglas controlling the race, had too much in hand at the finish for Lifes A Flyer (three wide last lap), the margin being 2-6 metres, with Obama third in a rate of 1-58.8.

Monegeetta’s Lisa Miles snared the Support Tiff Murray Oct 14 @ Melton Pace for C1 class over 1720 metres with 4-Y-0 Elsu/Right On gelding Elsu Storm and in doing so, brought up two wins in a row.

Despite doing all of the work outside the pacemaker Linga Longa Lass from outside the front row, Elsu Storm raced away on the final bend, holding a margin all the way up the running to score from Action Royale and Beau Dilinger in a thrilling six way finish. The mile rate 1-58.1.

Veteran Romsey trained 10-Y-0 Catch A Flight/Incoming gelding Incoming Flight registered his 6th victory in 88 outings when successful in the Melbourne City Toyota Pace for C1 class over 1720 metres.

Showing blistering speed from outside the front row to lead, Incoming Flight raced, trained and driven by Paul Green, defied all challengers in accounting for Red Blister which trailed him throughout from the pole, with Ima Powerball third after circling the field from gate four on the second line to race in the open. The mile rate 1-58.6.


Aidan Anabettin:

Maoris Pocket:

 Hes Albert:

Elsu Storm:

Incoming Flight:

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