Day At The Track

Former Kiwi trainer having a ball - Australia

05:35 PM 14 Jul 2011 NZST
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Former Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley is having a ball since settling in Victoria and enjoyed a super harness racing day at his home track Melton on Thursday with a training double - Sir Clive in the breederscrown.com.au Pacers Handicap and much improved Whos Mistake in the Warrnambool Harness Racing Club Pace Final for C1 class which qualified in the heats held at the track the previous Friday.

Six year old Christian Cullen/Personality Plus gelding Sir Clive gelding Sir Clive has been a model of consistency since crossing the Tasman and after taking over at the head of affairs from barrier three shortly after the start, cruised to victory in advance of 20 metre backmarker Pocket Boy (one/two) in a rate of 2-01.8, with Land Ruler third after leading out, then taking a trail on the winner.

Whos Mistake, a five year old gelded son of D M Dilinger and Robil Spur raced by Balliang’s Willy Pace was ultra impressive in his victory.

Driven once again by former Hamilton (N-Z) reinsman Simon Lawson, Whos Mistake settled three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, easing three wide in the last lap to move forward uncovered being traiied by another Lilley stable runner in Black Cracker, with The Guardsman which is trained on the same track by Adam Kelly following the pair with Gavin Lang in the sulky.

Dashing to the front on straightening, Whos Mistake kept going strongly to record a best ever performance in defeating The Guardsman and Black Cracker in a rate of 1-57.

Willy Pace is presently on holiday in Malta and will probably now stay a little bit longer as the horse has returned stakes of $5475 at his last two outings.

At Terang in the evening, it was the Peter/Kerryn Manning show on parade, with the Great Western father and daughter winning a race each and Kerryn driving a double.

Armbro Operative/Narra Skipper gelding Narra Operative trained by Peter snared the Reichas Store Terang 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres when making his second appearance at the races.

A dismal failure on debut at Ararat on June 29 when leading and going off stride in the last lap, Narra Operative on this occasion, led throughout from the pole with Daryl Douglas once again in the sulky, running his rivals ragged to score from Kerryn’s Red Rocker which trailed making no impression at all, with Trojan Delight another of Peter’s runners third. The mile rate 1-58.

Kerryn snared the Book For Melbourne Cup Eve 2-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with recent stable addition Night Affair, a beautifully bred Art Major/Petticoat Tales colt.

Leading out from gate four, Night Affair ran his rivals off their feet in winning by 16 metres in 1-59.1 from Batali from last and David Murphy’s Foldem which trailed the winner.

Kerryn had earlier landed the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C2 class over 2180 metres aboard Ararat trainer Daryl Crone’s bonny Peace Of Art/Rumbleon 4-Y-0 Peaces Of You in a rate of 2-02.2.

First up since April, Peaces Of You was restrained at the start from inside the second line to possie five back in the moving line.

Gaining a lovely three wide trail home in the final circuit on the back of the favourite Wheatsheaf Avaball ahead of her, Peaces Of You despite being four wide on the final bend and making the turn awkwardly, finished full of running to nose out the roughie Mosquito Flyer along the sprint lane off the back of the leader Tres Hombres who finished close up in third place.

Len BAKER

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