Day At The Track

Georgetown impressive in $25G Terang Cup

12:28 PM 12 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Michael Langdon
Michael Langdon

The biggest meeting of the year for the Terang Harness Racing Club was held at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday, featuring the $25,000 Terang & District Co-Op Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2680 metres, supplemented by the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2680 metres.

The large crowd in attendance didn’t go home disappointed after witnessing some excellent racing during the evening, with the feature event going to former New Zealander Georgetown for nomadic trainer/driver Michael Langdon who has trained at various places in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Canada on a number of occasions.

Starting from gate four, Langdon had only plan going into the race and that was to lead and that’s exactly what happened, with Georgetown assuming control from the polemarker Star City Roller running into the back straight on the first occasion.

Allowed to set a rather slow tempo with the favourite Village Of Dreams (gate five) vacating a one/one spot to park in the open after travelling a circuit, Georgetown was always travelling on a tight rein.

Given full rein approaching the home turn, Georgetown left his rivals lamenting in recording a 2-01.8 mile rate (last half 55.9 – quarter 27.6) to defeat Village Of Dreams (third in the Ballarat Cup & fourth in the Hunter Cup), with Hilton Fly High using the sprint lane for third from well back in the field.

A 6-Y-0 gelded son of Washington Vc and Touch Of Grace, Georgetown has registered 11 wins and 17 placings from only 59 race appearances, having spent the majority of his career with Ken Barron in Christchurch.

There is a possibility that Georgetown will eventually make his way to Canada to continue his racing career.

TERANG & DISTRICT CO-OP PACING CUP

Ever reliable 6-Y-0 Classic Adam/Ido gelding Danny Cash chalked up his 14th success in the Trotters Cup.

Trained and driven by Kerryn Manning, Danny Cash stepped safely from a 20 metre handicap to settle three back in the moving line, sprinting swiftly mid-race to take over at the head of affairs from the roughie Shiraz Cabernet, leaving the heavily supported second elect Sun Of Iris in the open.

Enjoying a sweet passage with no serious challengers, Danny Cash had the race in his keeping a long way out, before coasting to the wire 15.7 metres in advance of Shiraz Cabernet, with Outmuscle using the sprint lane from four back the markers to finish third.

The mile rate a respectable 2-05 (last half 58 seconds – quarter 28.5).

Mark Purdon’s Art Major/Gucci Franco colt Our Major Mark helped pay expenses for a trip across the Tasman, when victorious in the $7,000 Harry Whiting Memorial Silver Vase for three year olds over 2180 metres.

Driven by Chris Alford, Our Major Mark from the pole was surprisingly headed off by Kerryn Manning’s The Ragpickers Dream (gate seven) which began like a rocket.

Enjoying the run of the race, Our Major Mark used the sprint lane to perfection to overhaul The Ragpickers Dream in a rate of 2-01.3, with Farmersntradies fighting on doggedly for third after facing the breeze.

On what was a great night for the Western District of Victoria and South East South Australia – other winners on the night were : Medusa Miss (Joey Buttigieg – Port MacDonnell), Unfair Dismissal (David Drury – Mount Gambier), Lucksonmyside (Mick Micallef (Port MacDonnell) and Dancethenightaway (Emma Stewart – Ballarat).

Len BAKER

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