Day At The Track

Ex-Kiwi makes it three from three in Oz

10:22 AM 02 Jul 2012 NZST
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Shayne Cramp
Shayne Cramp - Is hoping his stable star can make it 11 from 11 tonight

Four year old Christian Cullen/Paulas's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut has hit paydirt after chalking up his third harness racing victory from as many starts on Australian soil (all at Charlton), when victorious in the Wally Churchill Memorial Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres on Monday July 2.

Making his first appearance on June 11 at the Donald fixture conducted at Charlton having raced last on May 10 when second at Cambridge, Uncle Wingnut then stepped out in the final on June 18, before fronting up again on Monday to chalk up the hat-trick.

Trained at Woorinen (Swan Hill) by Vince Costa who shares the duties with brother Don, Uncle Wingnut raced by the Mobilo family was driven by regular reinsman Michael Bellman who sent him straight to the front from gate two.

Rated to perfection, Uncle Wingnut which had registered three wins in his home country, never looked like being beaten and the $1.40 favourite coasted to the wire 2 metres in advance of Texas Terror which trailed after an unsuccessfull bid for the lead from gate four, with the polemarker One Step Closer (three back the markers) using the sprint lane to no avail in finishing third. The mile rate 1-59.4.

Sunraysia (Mildura) trainer/driver Shayne Cramp was in the winners stall when the former Western District 5-Y-0 Artiscape/City Talk gelding Adios Gryphon scored in the Charlton Harness Training Complex Inspections Welcome Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres.

Sent forward four wide from outside the front row by Glen Craven, Adios Gryphon parked outside the pacemaker Prominent Art drawn immediately inside him, before surging away approaching the home turn to win in a breeze by 19.5 metres in 1-58.2 over Billy Rattler (one/two) and Prominent Art which held down third.

Melbourne breeder John Dorrington scored a unique two state double on the day, when Real Desire/Calories gelding Indulgent greeted the judge in the Bayswater Jayco 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres at Charlton and his 7-Y-0 half sister Joule Count (Safely Kept) the Griffins Lawyers Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2230 metres at Adelaide’s Globe Derby Park.

Indulgent raced under the banner of Dorro Nominees Pty Ltd, trained by Peter Manning at Great Western and driven by Daryl Douglas, led throughout from gate five in accounting for stablemate Cyclades (Kerryn Manning) which trailed and Out Of Morals (three back the markers – three wide home turn) in a rate of 1-57.9, breaking his maiden status at start number nine.

Joule Count trained by Justin Brewin and driven by Wayne Hill outstayed her rivals to defeat Red Bear Roxton and Critique in a rate of 2-09.9 after coming from the 20 metre mark.

It was Joule Count’s 11th victory in 125 outings.

Young Kilmore trainer Josh Benson combined with Melton based Bob Butt to snare the Dunlpo Super Dealer Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 5-Y-0 Mach Three/Terri Kate gelding Hypermach in a rate of 1-58.4.

Taking a concession, Hypermach led for the majority of the trip from gate five, winning by 1.2 metres over Highview Spirit (three wide last lap) and Carlos Cullen which trailed the winner after leading out from the pole.

Popular Swan Hill part-owner/breeder/trainer Des Hilton’s honest 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Round The Bend gelding The Endoftheline driven by Michael Bellman registered his first victory in almost 12 months when successful in the Charlton Harness Training Complex Vacancies Available Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres.

Settling near last from gate two on the second line, The Endoftheline latched to the back of Spoilthepartyarti ahead of him in the final circuit for a nice ride home and despite making the final bend right off the track, ran home strongly to gain the day by a nose in 2-01.1 from Mister Pickles along the sprint lane after trailing the pacemaker Final Riot, with Meet Me In Seattle a half head away third after racing in the open.

Sebastian (Bendigo) owner/breeder Ray Sutton and reinsman son Leigh captured the Charlton Mens Shed Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres with lightly raced 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Austral Magic gelding Mystic Soldier.

Making only his 7th race appearance, Mystic Soldier led throughout from the pole, scoring by a nose only in advance of Shayne Cramp’s Oneonthewood which raced in the open from the bell, dropping down to trail the winner into the straight, with the local hope Xbolt (three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-02.

by Len BAKER

Uncle Wingnut making it three from three:

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