Day At The Track

First drive - first win for Tim McLean

12:36 PM 18 Jan 2011 NZDT
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A dream came true at Tuesday's Terang harness racing fixture, when young Terang reinsman Tim McLean landed his first winner at his first race drive, taking out the Marquee Bookings Cup Night Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres aboard 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Princess Abbey gelding Please Yourself.

Bred, part-owned and trained by grandfather Noel Lenehan who hails from Ecklin South just down the road, Please Yourself starting from a solo second line draw and having his first outing since August, settled on the back of the hot favourite and poleline leader Tartan Art, enjoying the run of the race.

Using the sprint lane to perfection, Please Yourself ran home stylishly to score by almost 2 metres over Tartan Art in a 2-00.5 mile rate, with Irish Mustard third after following the pair.

Local trainer/driver Shirley Drake does a fine job with her small team and snared the Book For Cup Night Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Millennium Girl gelding Grey Storm at Supertab odds of $28.40.

Making his fourth appearance at the races and first since June, Grey Storm from gate five was taken back at the start to settle at the tail of the field.

Switching down to the markers in the final circuit, Grey Storm whizzed home along the sprint lane to gain the day in a 2-00.7 rate from the heavily supported Flynno (Kevin Brough) which faced the breeze, with Manwarra Logic third after trailing the pacemaker Ultimatebilly, before moving wide on turning.

There’s no stopping outstanding 3-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Inasafeplace gelding Keayang Cullen who made it four from four with an untouched victory in the Reicha’s Drapery Stores Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres.

Trained locally by Marg Lee assisted by nephew reinsman Glen Craven, Keayang Cullen from gate three on the second line settled mid-field in the moving line as those up close made several moves prior to the bell.

Set alight with a circuit to begin, Keayang Cullen coasted up to the leader Jewel Of Manwarra, before striding effortlessly to the front shortly after.

Always cruising, Keayang Cullen was never let go in defeating Count Of Rowan which dropped down to trail him approaching the home turn, with She Caught The Katy (the first leader) using the sprint lane to finish third.

The mile rate 2-01.

Smart 5-Y-0 Legacy Of Power/Muckinbar Miss gelding National Service resumed with an impressive victory in the Terang Co-Op Pace for C5 to C7 class over 2180 metres in a rate of 2-02.6.

Bred and raced by Horsham HRC President Kevin Lane and family, trained at Haven by Justin Lane and driven by Grant Campbell, National Service from gate three possied three back in the moving line, with 10-Y-0 Bottledinscotland leading from gate six.

Trailing Tibur Power ahead of him three wide running into the final bend, National Service when eased wider on straightening, finished at a great rate to score from Tibur Power, with the odds-on favourite Roman Way a most unlucky third after moving off the back of the leader on the home turn and becoming badly pocketed until the race was almost over.

The Glencoe (Mount Gambier) father and son combination of Barry and Jayson Finnis have been having a ball in Victoria of late and chalked up another winner when 4-Y-0 McArdle/Ice Princess mare Princess Fiona greeted the judge in the Dick And Anne Box Pace for C2 class over 2180 metres.

Settling four back along the markers from gate four, Princess Fiona was eased away from the inside to park outside the pacemaker Colours Of Lombo after travelling a couple of hundred metres.

Despite racing in the open virtually throughout, Princess Fiona proved too strong at the business end of proceedings for Roydon Chester (three wide from last at the bell) and Vansumic which had the drop on the pair in the last lap.

Returning a mile rate of 2-01.3, Princess Fiona chalked up her 7th success in 22 outings.

Briefly

Rumour has it that highly promising three year old Manwarra Makeamile Derby bound, has fractured a pedal bone and will be off the scene for a considerable time.

Shepparton reinsman Geoff Martin suspended for a four week period at Shepparton on January 6 and driving on a stay, had an appeal heard yesterday which was dismissed, however the penalty was varied to a two week suspension which will commence at midnight this Saturday.

Other suspensions given during last week were : Colin Duncan (2 weeks), Annetto Mifsud (2 weeks), Boris Devcic (3 weeks), Robert Drew (3 weeks), David Magri (10 days), Glenn Commonsoli (3 weeks) and Frank Azzopardi (3 weeks).

Len BAKER

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