Day At The Track

First up kiwi success for Flying Pocketlands

01:49 PM 02 Apr 2011 NZDT
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

Four year old Badlands Hanover/Fleets Pocket mare Flying Pocketlands made a successful return to Australia when victorious in the Entire Mechanical Services Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres at the Cranbourne harness racing fixture on Saturday April 2.

Now in the care of Brent Lilley in Melton, Flying Pocketlands raced by a big syndicate headed by multi talented Hamilton (N-Z) based Graeme Rogerson and driven by Gavin Lang, led throughout from gate two and was never let go in defeating Clancy Rose which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail in a rate of 1-58.6, with Saint Flash (one/one – three wide last lap) third when going for a hat-trick.

Flying Pocketlands was a Breeders Crown Repechage winner on the track in her two year old days.

Popular Drouin (Gippsland) trainer Debbie Quinlan combined with Chris Alford to land the A. G. Coombs 2-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres with Bettors Delight/Laugh Out Loud gelding One More Smile on debut.

Showing plenty of speed from gate four, One More Smile led throughout in accounting for the heavily supported Butch Maguire who raced outside him, with Eljulio (one/three) switching down to the markers prior to the home turn to utilize the sprint lane for third.

The mile rate 2-03.9.

Highly promising Courage Under Fire/Gentility filly Pennsbury made it four wins from six outings when ultra impressive in the A. E. Smith 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres for local trainer Jayne Davies.

Having her first outing since September last, Pennsbury from outside the front row was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Gozo Dream, before taking over after travelling half a lap.

When the hot favourite Cullen Bromac (a stablemate of One More Smile) vacated the sweet seat to park in the open for the final circuit, Gavin Lang looked extremely confident, however Pennsbury urged along by Alford gave plenty on straightening to hold him at bay in a 2-01.7 rate. Post It Away (three back the markers finished third.

Prolific winning Sands A Flyin/Delamaid 6-Y-0 gelding Our Sand Fly chalked up his 20th success by taking the Church Electrical Industries Claiming Pace over 2080 metres in a rate of 2-01.1.

Much travelled, the former Kiwi trained by Glenn Douglas and driven by brother Daryl began with plenty of zest from gate five to lead, before surrendering to 10-Y-0 stablemate Jackson Grant a winner of 31 going into the race.

Using the sprint lane, Our Sand Fly (claiming price $9,000) raced clear over the concluding stages to score from Jackson Grant in a stable quinella, with Altivo which raced in the open battling away gamely for third.

The feature event of the evening – the $7,000 Trivantage Pace for C6 or better class over 2080 metres went the way of 5-Y-0 Mattuity/Snowy River Girl gelding Wild Bud, another former Kiwi part-owned by HRV Board member Carl O’Dwyer

Trained by Geoff Webster and driven by Greg Sugars, Wild Bud was given the run of the race from the pole on the back of the pacemaker Jasville (gate six), before using the sprint lane to draw away over the concluding stages in advance of Jukebox Music and Samara Knight in a rate of 1-59.3.

Len BAKER

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