Day At The Track

Favoured and long shot winners at Echuca

12:32 PM 04 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Echuca's Thursday harness racing meeting was a mixed one for punters, with both favoured and long shot runners saluting the judge.

Five year old Life Sign/Medea Me gelding Me Cobber ($18.60) opened proceedings by taking the Dinky Di Houseboats Pace Final for C0 class over 1755 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Kyabram fixture at Shepparton the previous Sunday.

Bred by popular Kyabram trainer Ian Chambers and wife Lynne along with M King and raced by the trio, Me Cobber driven by Nathan Jack was able to angle to the markers from gate three, trailing the well supported pole mark leader Victoria May.

Coming away from the inside on turning, Me Cobber in a punishing finish prevailed by a half head in 2-00.8 from the pacemaker, with Another Ayjay (one/two – three wide home turn) third.

Ponder/Ally Shazamm filly Judyfree ($1.80) ran her rivals ragged in the Christies Welding 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres.

Raced by Bendigo’s Maree Campbell and Pinaroo Park, Judyfree trained by Maree in Maiden Gully and driven by Daryl Douglas led throughout from gate two, defeating Additallup (one/two) and Cool Machrista (three wide at bell) in a rate of 2-00.7.

Elmore trainer Keith Cotchin’s 5-Y-0 Dream Away/La Meriah gelding The Numbers Man ($2.90) made amends for a narrow defeat at Shepparton on September 22 by greeting the judge in the Walkabout Security Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres.

Driven by Bendigo based Scott Dyer, The Numbers Man from inside the second row was given the run of the race trailing the hot favourite and pole marker Mumma Mia Lombo which easily retained the inside running.

Not wanting to use the sprint lane, Dyer eased The Numbers Man away from the inside on the home turn and he finished full of running to score by 5.1 metres in 2-01.1 over the roughie Z Hurricane along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Mumma Mia Lombo a disappointing third.

Team Douglas (Glenn & Daryl) snared the Echuca West Primary School Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2160 metres with in-form 6-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Shakira Star gelding Jordylan ($2.20).

Taking over from Algranco Alive (gate two) shortly after the start, Jordylan (gate four) was then restrained to sit on Grinnersawinner who was momentarily caught in the open.

Moving outside the leader on the final bend, Jordylan finished best to score from Grinnersawinner and Algranco Alive in a rate of 2-00.9, recording up his eighth victory in 48 race appearances.

Riverina visitor Billy Branach ($20.70) trained at Narrandera by Shaun Snuddan and driven by Leigh Sutton snared the Don Guy Tribute Pace for C2 & C3 class named in honour of one of the great all time harness trainers who was based on course at Echuca for many years..

Beginning at 100 miles an hour from outside the front row, Billy Branach, a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Wally Walton and Sky High Branach led throughout to defy all challengers in accounting for Border Patrol (four back the markers) and Fergus McCool (one/one) in 2-01.2.

Peter Manning made the long journey from Great Western a profitable one, when 4-Y-0 Art Major/Hot Reaction mare Torque Attraction ($3.10) scored in the Grace & John Taylor Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres in a rate of 2-04.2.

With Daryl Douglas in the sulky, Torque Attraction (gate three) raced outside the leader Sita Khan for the entire trip, before forging clear in the straight to defeat The Open (one/two – three wide last lap) and Find Time To Cruise which was bottled up three back along the markers and never getting a clear run.

The Petstock Echuca Pace Final for C1 class which qualified in the heats held at the Kyabram meeting went the way of 4-Y-0 Modern Art/Gangster Girl gelding Gangster Boy.

Trained at Kialla by Dave Farrar and driven by regular reinsman Riley Fortin attached to the stable, Gangster Boy from inside the second line ended up in an awkward spot three back the markers for most of the 2160 metre journey, with the second elect Kentucky Lane leading from the pole.

Easing three wide in the last lap and four wide on the home turn, Gangsta Boy ($2.20) gathered in his rivals with ease, racing away on straightening to score by 8.9 metres in 2-01 over Majestic Bono which trailed the pacemaker and Kentucky Lane who weakened to finish third.

Grahamvale trainer Matt Barclay has 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Frances Lombo gelding Sandakan Lombo going great guns at present, bringing up two wins in the space of five days when victorious in the Luxton Plant Hire Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres, giving Leigh Sutton a driving double.

Jumping straight to the front from the pole, Sandakan Lombo ($3.00) was once again allowed to dawdle at the head of affairs as he had done at Shepparaton, safely holding his rivals at bay in defeating the stablemates Dabbsey which followed the winner and Silver Memory (one/one) in a pedestrian rate of 2-11.

Me Cobber

Judyfree

The Numbers Man

Jordylan

Billy Branach

Torque Attraction

Gangster Boy

Sandakan Lombo

by Len BAKER

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