Day At The Track

Geoff Senior did quaddie punters no favours

12:13 PM 15 Dec 2010 NZDT
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Former HRV Board member Geoff Senior who now resides at Warrnambool by the sea, did quaddie punters no favours at the Terang harness racing fixture held on Wednesday December 15, but was all smiles following the event after his 10-Y-0 Vintner/Tartan Lady gelding Bottledinscotland snared the major prize in the first leg - the Barastoc Cool Command Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2180 metres at Supertab odds of $21.60.

Driven by local Glen Craven, Bottledinscotland from outside the front line was eased to the tail of the field, with the pacemaker being Gambolalnight from the Peter Manning stable which raced very fierce throughout.

When Wild Bud (one/one) eased three wide from the one/one approaching the home turn, Craven immediately latched on to his back with Bottledinscotland for a lovely trail and when taken to the extreme outside on turning, finished full of running to blowse Wild Bud in the shadows of the post, with Seven Nations (three back the markers) third in a rate of 2-01.8.

Part-owned and trained by Senior, Bottledinscotland has fronted the starter only 57 times for 10 wins.

It was a night to remember for the youthful Craven, finishing the evening with a best ever tally of four winners - the other three being Jilliby Kate and Keayang Cullen for aunt Marg Lee and The Dog Soldier for Peter Manning.

Jilliby Kate a 5-Y-0 daughter of Jennas Beach Boy and Tartan Arma, did it tough but did it well in the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 1680 metres after racing four wide out of gate five, before moving outside the pacemaker Chequers Girl racing for the bell.

Surging to the front on straightening, Jilliby Kate defied all challengers in accounting for Athena Bromac and Buffalo Magic in an all Western District finish.

The mile rate 1-59.5.

Christian Cullen/Inasafeplace gelding Keayang Cullen snared the Terang Home Hardware 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres on debut.

Beginning brilliantly from gate four to lead, Keayang Cullen was rated a treat at the head of affairs and when given his head on turning, bounded away to win in a breeze (2-00.5) from the heavily supported King Grin which raced outside him, with Let Memphis Loose third after trailing the winner.

Tough 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Laughing Lover gelding The Dog Soldier never knows when he is beaten and showed all his fighting qualities in the Bruckner & Associates Gold Bracelet for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres.

Trapped wide from gate five, The Dog Soldier pressed forward to park outside the Mt Gambier hope Naked Island (gate two) which had been backed for bundles and never gave him a moments peace.

With the pair drawing away from the rest of the field in the last lap as they engaged in a two horse war, The Dog Soldier proved too solid on the wire to register a head victory in 2-01.3, with Ronal Lad third off a three wide trail in the last lap after following home the fourth placegetter Muckinbar Lady.

Port McDonnell (Mt Gambier) trainer Joey Buttigieg loves "stealing" Victorian prizemoney and landed the Terang Co-Op Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres with Totally Western/Baroda Belle 4-Y-0 gelding Baroda Bandito in a 2-00.9 rate.

Driven by Damian Wilson who made the long trek from Kilmore, Baroda Bandito was restrained from gate three to possie near last in the moving line, with the local hope Pacific Spirit heading the field from gate two.

Moving three wide solo in the last lap, Baroda Bandito let rip with a brilliant turn of speed to lead on turning and held on to score by a neck in advance of Set My Speed which followed him home from last, with Keeper Of The Fire (one/one) third.

Len BAKER

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