Day At The Track

Geoff Webster and Greg Sugars dominate

10:27 PM 06 Apr 2010 NZST
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Geoff Webster pictured with Mister Zion Greg Sugars pictured at the last ever
Geoff Webster pictured with Mister Zion - at the last ever harness meeting at Moonee Valley last month
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Greg Sugars pictured at the last ever - harness racing meeting at Moonee Valley.
Duane Ranger photo

The sensational Mildura Cup carnival commenced on Tuesday April 6, with exciting harness racing racing throughout the evening, With Bannockburn (Geelong) trainer Geoff Webster and Melton based reinsman Greg Sugars taking the honours.

Kiwi import Captain Dale scored a first-up Australian victory in heat one of the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas for three year olds over 2190 metres in 2-02.6.

Now raced by NSW businessman John Starr and partners, Captain Dale (Julius Caesar/Cath Hanover) a former Southland performer trained by Webster and driven by Sugars, leading for the majority of the journey in accounting for Courage L A which trailed, with the roughie Finedropofred (one/one) third.

The first heat of the Mark Gurry & Associates Cup for horses C4 to C8 class over 2190 metres was a thriller, when Bombora Lombo gained a last stride decision after being near last on the home turn to give Webster and Sugars a double.

A 5-Y-0 gelded son of Jennas Beach Boy and Espeshlimade Lombo, Bombora Lombo appreciated a drop in class and defeated a game Panorama Drive (three wide at bell) and Configuration which led in a rate of 2-00.7.

Heat one of the Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2600 metres gave the combination three

from three when 4-Y-0 Red River Hanover/Cross Lady gelding Mister Zion scored in 2-01.4 (last half 60.5 - quarter 29.5).

Settling four back in the moving line from gate two on the second line, Mister Zion was sent forward three wide solo at the bell, sustaining a long run to surge clear on the home turn in defeating Jackson Grant from last which trailed him home, with In Monaco third after trailing the weakening leader Showdownatmidnight.

The night included no less than four heats of various classes going into the rich finals to be held on Saturday April 10.

In-form River Khan/Genuine Lover entire Adrenalyn opened proceedings with a victory in the 1st Heat of the Mildura Working Man's Club Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres.

Trained in Ballarat (Smythes Creek) by Peter Tonkin and driven by Daryl Douglas, Adrenalyn (gate five) led for the majority of the trip in defeating a game Senor Banderas which raced outside him in a 2-02.7 mile rate, with Monsieur Hollywood running on late from last for third.

Heat two went the way of local trainer Frank Cavallaro's 4-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Rocky Robyn mare Van Celot Robyn at Supertab odds of $24.80.

With Daryl Douglas in the sulky, Van Celot Robyn came from last at the bell, weaving in-between runners to charge to the front hafway up the running, defeating Three Blades (three wide off a double trail at the bell) and Crave (three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-02.9.

Former New Zealand trainer Brent Lilley now a resident of Melton, captured the 2nd Heat of the Mark Gurry & Associates Cup with impressive Sands A Flyin/Tell Laura 5-Y-o gelding Flyin Interstate.

Driven by Gavin Lang, Flyin Interstate from gate three on the second row wasn't bustled, settling four back in the moving lane.

Sent forward to park outside the leader Lets Slash N Burn for the final circuit, Flyin Interstate proved too strong over the concluding stages for the pacemaker in a rate of 1-59.5, to deny Geoff Webster a quartet of winners, with Tear It All Away a stablemate of the runner up third, coming from last with a circuit to travel.

5-Y-0 Mach Three/Mystic Gold gelding Sammy Maguire runner up in last year's Cup, may go one better this year judging on his performance to take the 2nd Heat in a slick 2-00.1 (last half mile 57.4 - quarter 28.7).

Trained at Melton by Graeme & Gavin Lang and driven by Gavin who wasted no time from the second line in immediately sending him forward to park in the open outside Make Mine Cullen (unbeaten this time in), Lang made the race a real staying test and Sammy Maguire responded in fine fashion, racing away in the home running to score from Make Mine Cullen and Bunda Cliffs which trailed his stablemate Make Mine Cullen throughout.

The second heat of the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas went the way of Mach Three/Panodoll gelding Heza Panamach for Glenn and Daryl Douglas.

Coming from the extreme draw, Heza Panamach was sent forward mid-race to park outside the leader True Courage and proved too classy for his rivals, defeating Fergus McCool (one/one) and Rojen Dream (three back the markers) in 2-04.2.


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