Day At The Track

Five wins for Gavin Lang at Warragul

06:23 PM 24 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Gavin Lang, harness racing Warragul Harness Racing
Gavin Lang, a picture of concentration as he heads for the first of five winning drives on Sunday
The field racing with one lap to go in the fourth event at Warragul on Sunday afternoon
Top harness racing driver Gavin Lang equalled the record for the most number of wins at a Warragul trots meeting when he drove five winners there yesterday afternoon.
 
Lang joins fellow top drivers Ted Demmler, Chris Alford, Jodi Quinlan and Craig Demmler as those to have landed five race wins on a single program at Warragul.
 
His haul came courtesy of Alpha Charlie and Harpagus (which he also trains), Just Anything and Rocknroll Gold (prepared by local horseman Michael Hughes) and Sahara Tiger.
 
Sahara Tiger is trained by Gary and Debbie Quinlan, who also produced So Much Bettor to win the fourth event.
 
That gelding was the second of two winning drives for reinsman Chris Alford, who had driven the Jayne Davies trained 12-year-old All I Can Be to win the third race.
 
Greg Sugars was the only other driver to win a race on the afternoon, courtesy of Wattabout Rioli, trained by his wife Jess.
 
For all his success during over four decades in harness racing driving, the Warragul born Lang has not won a drivers premiership on the Gippsland track.
 
Sunday's meeting was the first of the racing season at Warragul, so Lang certainly has got away to a flying start in a bid for his first driving title.
 
Warragul's track raced in fast order on Sunday afternoon, and field sizes and on-course turnover were excellent.
 
The next meeting at the Warragul Pacing Bowl will be staged on Wednesday, January 9.
 
Kyle Galley
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