Day At The Track

First win in 96 outings for Showboat Casey

03:17 AM 15 Sep 2008 NZST
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It's only the second week of September, but for the connections of the 6-Y-0 Iraklis / Circle Of Friends mare Showboat Casey, it must have seemed like Christmas had arrived early when she greeted the judge in the 3rd Heat of the Pat Cooper Memorial for C0 class over 1755 metres at the Elmore meeting conducted at Echuca on Sunday September 14.

The reason being is that the noted professional placegetter had not won a race since scoring her only victory at Nyah back in March 2007, however had been placed on 26 occasions from 96 outings leading into the race.

Raced by Longlea (Bendigo) trainer Glenn Sharp in partnership with breeder Ivan Kurzke, Showboat Casey driven by Todd Matthews was given the run of the race one/one from gate three and to the surprise off all watching, finished her race off superbly in defeating the pacemaker Keptsafensound and Neopolitan in a 2-02.3 mile rate.

QUALITY PREVAILS

Quality Albert Albert/Manderley 6-Y-0 gelding Eagles Blood chalked up his 14th victory in taking the $2,000 Elmore Field Days Pacing Cup for R6 or better class over 2160 metres.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Eagles Blood wasn't bustled from outside the front row, settling at the rear of the field.

Sprinting sharply racing for the bell, Eagles Blood cruised up to park outside the pacemaker Man On A Rock for the final circuit before surging to the front approaching the home turn and racing away to win as he pleased in advance of Madam Narryna and Man On A Rock in 2-02.4.

TROTTING VICTORY

Moama (Barmah) trainer/driver Mal Whiteford's ever reliable 5-Y-0 Earl/Sun Jewel gelding Earls Jewel made it 5 wins and 10 placings from 24 race appearances, when successful in the Brian Wills Trotters Handicap for TR0 or better class over 2530 metres.

Coming from the 10 metre mark, Earls Jewel began very fast to lead after the polemarker and favourite Cavalry Lad galloped shortly after the start and shifting up the track.

Always well in control, Earls Jewel coasted to the wire under double wraps to score from Enotheque and Noble Report in a 2-09 rate.

NEW STATE SUCCESS

Former Queenslander Nola Krafft snared the Mulqueen Griffen Rogers Pty Ltd Pace for R1 & R2 class over 2160 metres with Top Pennymaker, an 8-Y-0 daughter of Topnotcher and Pennys Treasure.

Driven on this occasion by Mark Hayes, Top Pennymaker enjoyed the run of the race from the pole on the back of the leader Tedious and when eased three wide on the home turn, ran on strongly to record an impressive victory over the roughie Lauralee Bow and Branson Blue in 2-03.8.

Nola and husband Derek have made the move to settle at Havelock (Maryborough) after being based west of Brisbane for a number of years.

LEN BAKER'S PROVINCIAL VICTORIA

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