Day At The Track

Friday's Melton meeting a super-sized one

03:21 AM 22 Dec 2012 NZDT
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The ever likeable
The ever likeable - Scott Stewart.

A mammoth 12 event card was held at Melbourne's harness racing headquarters Tabcork Park Melton on Friday December 21, producing some great racing throughout the evening.

Here are some of the highlights :

Bolinda based Chris Butt scored a huge victory with 3-Y-0 Extreme Three/Dollys Daughter gelding Extremely Good in the Prydes Easifeed Pace over 2240 metres.

Trained and driven by the ex New Zealander who celebrated his 21st birthday a week earlier, Extremely Good was exactly that after sitting outside the hot favourite Nats Survival and outstaying her to register a 1.6 metre margin on the wire in a rate of 2-00.2, with Sporty Mac third after trailing the runner up.

Huntly's Anthony Crossland snared the Eynesbury Pacers Handicap for M0 or better class over 2240 metres with Kiwi bred Tinted Cloud/Limbo Maid 6-Y-0 gelding Buriton Bailey. A winner of the St Arnaud Pacing Cup on November 11 in similar fashion, Buriton Bailey led throughout from barrier two, accounting for Vinni Gambino and Western Connection in a rate of 2-00.4.

Congupna trainer Scott Stewart was successful with smart 8-Y-0 Western Terror/Princess Hayley gelding Matty Chrimes in the Caribbean Blaster Pace for M1 class over 2240 metres. Taking a concession for Shepparton's David Moran, Matty Chrimes first up since August, led for most of the trip from gate two, easily defying all challengers to defeat Because I Can which led out and a death-searing Washmepockets in a rate of 1-58.

Team Douglas (Glenn and Daryl) landed the Merry Christmas Pace for M2 & M3 class over 1720 metres with ultra-consistent Panorama/Sorrento Star 6-Y-0 gelding Ubringthedrinks. Leading out from gate three, Daryl Douglas allowed Ubringthedrinks to take a trail on both In Monaco and Toulouse Lautrec at the bell.

Using the sprint lane, Ubringthedrinks dashed to the front halfway up the running and just lasted from the fast finishing Our Blackbird and Well Hello Dolly in a slashing rate of 1-54.1.

Avenel trainer Greg Norman shortly to vacate Victoria for his home state of South Australia, landed the Santa Claus Vicbred Pace for M0 class over 2240 metres with tough Modern Art/Larisleas Gem 5-Y-0 gelding Jimmys Gem.

Driven as usual by Greg Sugars, Jimmys Gem was strong at the finish after facing the breeze throughout, defying all challengers to score from Laterron (six wide home turn) and Hellovaparty in 1-57.5.

Lance Justice's 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Twice As Good gelding Mark Dennis finally had things go his way when successful in the Polar Linen Pace for M1 class over 2240 metres.

Allowed to stride past the pole marker The Ragpickers Dream from gate three shortly after the start, Mark Dennis coasted at the head of affairs to score by 1.7 metres in a comfortable 1-59.3 over The Ragpickers Dream which eased off his back on straightening, with Jaydens Castle (three wide last lap) third.

Justice brought up a double after 4-Y=0 Yankee Paco/Sunny Folly entire Sonofpaco landed the Empire Stallions Vicbred Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2240 metres in similar fashion, leading throughout from barrier four to score from Huggers Last and Tendaho in a rate of 2-05.9.

Extremely Good

Buriton Bailey

Matty Chrimes


Jimmys Gem

Mark Dennis


by Len BAKER

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