Day At The Track

Geoff Webster to tear it up at Terang

12:47 AM 10 Feb 2010 NZDT
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Geoff Webster
Geoff Webster
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Tear It All Away has been one of the most consistent performers of the Choice Hotels Country Cup Carnival, but so far he hasn't quite been able to get over the line. The Geoff Webster-trained five-year-old's past five runs have been in legs of the 25-race, $800,000 series and he's logged three minor harness racing placings.

After second placings at both Cobram and Horsham, he had to settle for eighth at Bendigo, was back among the placegetters at Shepparton with a third placing ahead of a last-start sixth placing in the Group 1 Ballarat Cup.

Saturday night could be his big chance to crack it for a win with the son of Armbro Operative to start one of the favourites in the $25,000 Terang & District Co-Op Pacing Cup.

He drew gate two under the preferential barrier draw conditions of the 2680-metre mobile and his Bannockburn-based trainer would love to see him perform as well his past handful of efforts.

"At the start of the season if you had have said he would run placings in three of them (country cups), I'd have been pretty happy," Webster said.

"It's actually a bit of a surprise, but sometimes once you give them a few runs against better horses it improves them a lot and he seems to be one of those horses.

"He's improving all the time and if we keep going around long enough in these races, hopefully we'll win one."

Webster isn't expecting to be handed victory at Terang. Noted front-runners Hollywood Bromac (one), Few Good Men (four) and Make Waves (six) all join him off the front along with Kilmore Cup champion Ohoka Nevada (five).

A talent-laden second line includes Very Chic (eight), Stawell Cup winner Road To Rainbow (nine), Hunter Cup also-ran Ti Vogliobene (11) and Australia's in-form mare, Mendelico (12).

"There's a bit of everything in the race really," Webster said. "There's a few new ones like Mendelico and Hollywood Bromac stepping up to the mark and it's a race where there should be a few moves, so it should be interesting."

The Terang Cup, to be run at 9.32pm, headlines a quality nine-race card that also features a Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup in which Joe Bro, La Mosca and Dream A Moment are the joint 30-metre backmarkers.

Webster will gear up frontmarker Millburn Michael, a recent acquisition from New Zealand, in the $10,000 event.

"He's first-up from New Zealand and he's an honest little trotter," he said. "He raced against some pretty handy ones in New Zealand and this doesn't seem like an overly strong cup, so he's probably got an each-way chance."

Brad BISHOP

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