Day At The Track

Father and son steal all the limelight

01:51 PM 07 Jul 2009 NZST
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Graeme 'Daddy' Lang Gavin Lang
Graeme 'Daddy' Lang
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Gavin Lang
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Melton based father and son - Graeme and Gavin Lang stole the show at the Geelong fixture on Tuesday July 7, with a winning quartet including three legs of the quaddie with Sammy Maguire, Leicitsafe, Jaccka Sandy, as well as Imsoclassy.

Four year old Mach Three/Mystic Gold gelding Sammy Maguire one of three in the care of Gavin, has certainly come of age and chalked up his 13th success to date in the Bartletts Waste Management Pace for C7 to C9 class over 2100 metres.

Restrained from outside the front row to settle at the rear of the seven horse field, Gavin moved around Crimson Knight in the breeze to park out, gradually creeping close to the leader Ultimate Mark in the final circuit.

Showing his qualities on turning, Sammy Maguire defeated the roughie Ulos off the back of the leader along the sprint lane by a head only in a rate of 2-00.4, with Ultimate Mark a disappointing third at his first outing since March.

Next to come along was 6-Y-0 Safely Kept/Leica Formica gelding Leicitsafe in the City Of Greater Geelong Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres.

Starting from inside the second line, Leicitsafe possied mid-field in the running line, before moving a spot closer in the last lap when the fancied runner Tsunami Lombo eased three wide ahead of him.

Taken four wide on the final bend, Leicitsafe motored to the wire in blowsing Lance Justice's Status Seeker by a head which dashed clear on straightening off a three wide trail, with Tsunami Lombo third in a rate of 1-59.7.

The most improved horse in the state - Jaccka Sandy fresh from his victory in the rich Tontine Series two weeks earlier, stepped out in the Chas Cole Cellars Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1609 metres and recorded a most impressive performance.

In a helter-skelter affair with The Tribunal, Franco Ambassador and Macterra Boy all rushing the gate,

Jaccka Sandy from gate three on the second row bided his time closer to last than first, being well suited by the swift tempo.

When Matty Gath sent Royal Steel forward three wide in the last lap to lead on turning, Lang and Jaccka Sandy despite making the home turn right off the track, charged home at 100 miles an hour to defeat the free legged Galveron inside him, with Royal Steel third in a brilliant 1-57.1.

A 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred gelded son of Jeremys Gambit/Sachem Franco raced by Yarrambat's Bill Feiss who also figures as the owner of Sammy Maguire, Jaccka Sandy after doing his early racing in NSW has recorded 8 wins and 4 placings in only 18 race appearances.

"Daddy" Lang (GA) waited until the last to strut his style aboard the home bred Wagon Apollo/Make Mine Classy 4-Y-0 gelding Imsoclassy, which snared the Bendigo Bank Vicbred Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2100 metres.

Enjoying a sweet trip mid-field from gate four on the second row, Imsoclassy eased to trail Jaunt which had been three wide from the outset at the bell.

Taken four wide in the final circuit, Lang dropped Imsoclassy in for a breather approaching the home turn and when again eased three wide on turning, put the race beyond doubt in the straight to defeat a most unlucky Copper Leaf from last at the bell after being severly checked at the start, with Is She Noble third after leading.

The mile rate 2-05.2.

A night of multiple wins

Astute Rockbank trainer Bill Galea recorded a double on the program, with Glees Honor taking the Geelong Echo Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres and Living On Ice the Stallion Station 2-Y-0 Pace over the same journey.

Glees Honor a 5-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Little Glee mare bred and raced by Macedon Ranges resident Keith Barnett and driven by John Caldow, led throughout from gate four in easily accounting for All Exclusive which trailed and Shirnell which followed the pair in 2-01.6.

Ifihadyourluck/Under Wraps gelding Living On Ice, a half brother to champion juvenile Living On Fire (Live Or Die) and trotter Wrap Attack (Fake Left), registered his first success in four outings to date.

Driven by former Queenslander Brent Livingstone, Living On Ice was trapped in the open from gate three, before crossing the leader Brazilian Monk to lead for the majority of the trip in defeating the hot favourite Black Pontiac (three wide last lap) and Jakarra Magic in 2-01.9.

Both horses are raced by staunch stable client Charlie Sciberras.

Len BAKER

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