Day At The Track

George Samuel too good at Maryborough

05:20 AM 31 May 2012 NZST
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John Caldow
John Caldow
Duane Ranger photo

Maryborough is one of the most popular harness racing venues in Victoria and the meeting on Wednesday May 30th was well patronised, with the Central Victorian area taking the honours.

Bendigo’s Trevor Monk was successful with ultra-consistent 7-Y-0 Sports Town/Could It Be gelding George Samuel in the Maryborough Cleaning Service Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres.

With John Caldow in the sulky, George Samuel coming from the 10 metre mark settled four back in the moving line briefly, before being sent forward to race outside the pacemaker Magical Bazz.

Showing plenty of fight on turning, George Samuel put pay to the leader, then defied all challengers to score by a half head over Ringtripleowe (one/one) in a tricky finish, with Freestyler a head away in third place after trailing the leader and using the sprint lane. The mile rate 2-02.1.

In-form duo David Van Ryn (trainer) and Haydon Gray (driver) brought up a hat-trick of wins with S J’s Photo/Maoris Crown 4-Y-0 gelding Enjoy A Coldie in the Peter Glavas Memorial Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2690 metres.

Stepping cleanly from the 10 metre mark, Enjoy A Coldie settled four back along the markers, before moving to race in the open mid-race, then striding past the pacemaker Paparazzi Snapshot to lead for the final circuit.

Always travelling sweetly, Enjoy A Coldie toyed with his rivals, recording a 12.8 metre margin in 2-05.7 over Paparazzi Snapshot who held on well, with Amiri (one/one at bell) third.

The pair made it a double when 4-Y-0 Artesian/Dame Rainbow gelding Spoilthepartyartie greeted the judge in the Central Goldfields Shire Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres.

Settling mid-field from the extreme draw, Spoilthepartyartie ran home strongly in defeating Vee Jay Jazz (one/one – three wide home turn) and Bootstrap Bill which faced the breeze in a slick rate of 2-00.3.

Haydon Gray is David’s nephew.

Gillieston trainer Russ Thomson secured the services of Chris Alford to land the Keith Pratt Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2190 metres with 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Valchelon gelding Pinevale Willpower, much to the delight of a large group of owners including Terry & Julie White who have only recently bought into him.

Showing his usual gate speed from gate three, Pinevale Willpower crossed the polemarker Mathias heading into the back straight on the first occasion and from there on, it was shut the gate as he comfortably held his rivals at bay to score by 3.9 metres in advance of Flying Class (three wide last lap) and Le Rapide off a three wide trail from last. The mile rate 1-58.8.

Peter Manning’s Union Guy/Miss Incline gelding Garabaldi Union registered his first victory when making his fourth race appearance, taking the Robert J Osborne 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres.

Driven by daughter Kerryn, Garabaldi Union was sent forward from gate five to assume control from the polemarker Remy Bressant and despite being tackled strongly by Out Of Morals outside him on straightening, showed great fighting qualities to gain the day by 1.2 metres in a rate of 1-59, with Sally Hemmings third off a three wide trail in the last lap.

by Len BAKER

George Samuel and John Caldow winning with a 2:02.1 mile rate:

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