Day At The Track

Goulburn Valley horses dominate at Echuca

03:45 AM 02 Dec 2008 NZDT
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The Victorian town of Echuca on the Murray staged a compact restricted fixture on Monday December 1, with horses from the local area and Goulburn Valley dominating the program.

FAMILY VICTORY

Shepparton (Lemnos) father and son combination of Russell and Nathan Jack were victorious with their 5-Y-0 Armbro Oliver/Nancy McGregor entire Angus McGregor in the Harcorp Trading Pty Ltd Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres at Echuca on Monday December 1.

Given the run of the race one/one on the back of the favourite Mybilly Jasper from the inside of the second line, Angus McGregor was taken three wide on the home turn to put in his claim and in a two horse war all the way up the running, prevailed to score narrowly over Mybilly Jasper in a 2-03.5 mile rate, with the honest mare Showboat Casey third.

AGE NO BAR

Bendigo's Paul Tonkin and Pearcedale reinswoman Simone Walker have been a formidable combination of late and added another victory to their tally, when 9-Y-0 Maori's Idol/Lily Low gelding Tehuaki greeted the judge in the Gunbower Roadhouse Trotters Handicap for TR0 or better class over 2530 metres.

Coming from a 20 metre handicap, Tehuaki began speedily to lob one/one, before being left in the open when Twotter Fud crossed to lead within half a lap.

Despite doing all the chasing, Tehuaki was afforded the lead in the last lap when Twotter Fud galloped for no reason. Holding a handy margin on turning, Tehuaki although getting tired as the winning post came into view, held on to defeat the backmarker Robuchon and My Yankee Sensation in a 2-10.2 rate.

HEEZA SMART ONE

Kyabram's Mark Watson combined with Nathan Jack to snare the Bill Poxon Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres with Heeza Jonark, a 4-Y-0 entire by Safely Kept from Beaut Emma.

Leading out from gate five, Heeza Jonark was eased to take a trail on the free running Rusty Anchor and received a sweet passage throughout.

Pushing into the clear approaching the home turn, Heeza Jonark raced clear in the home running to score from Run Scotty Run which raced in the open and Lively Blue Jean (three back along the markers) in a rate of 2-05.1.

CLASS PREVAILS

Local Tongala horseman Neil Brady's quality Barnett Hanover/Zenagain colt Zen Over Again chalked up his 7th success in taking the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres in 2-04.8.

Third up since an arduous juvenile campaign (16 runs), Zen Over Again lobbed with a charmed one/one spot from gate two on the second line, but was left in the open when Cheers Fella which he was trailing crossed the early pacemaker Danielle Amelia.

Always travelling kindly, Zen Over Again raced away on turning to win in a breeze over Wayne Lear's Our Boy Rustler from three back on the markers, with Cheers Fellas third.

NO MUCKING AROUND

Katamatite trainer Phillip Collins captured the Premium Dairies Pace for C1 & C2 class over 2160 metres with the Pacific Fella/Sydneyside 5-Y-0 mare Muckaroundsyd.

With Shepparton's Stephen (Boyo) Boyington in the sulky, Muckaroundsyd was trapped wide from gate three, before moving forward to park out, then gain cover when the heavily supported Smooth Christian came off the back of the leader Lukeonymous to race in the open.

Taken three wide on straightening, Muckaroundsyd under vigorous driving made a late lunge at Smooth Christian to gain the judge's decision right on the wire, with Silvagni third.

The mile rate 2-04.1.

SWEET SUCCESS

Undera trainer/driver Justin Torney's very consistent 4-Y-0 Fully Loaded/Liberty Del mare Lilbitabrownsuger made a one act affair of the Cohuna West End Service Station Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres in a pedestrian 2-06.2 rate, leading throughout from gate two and coasting to the wire in advance of Flash Of Freedom which raced outside her for the last half of the journey, with Not Required third after trailing the winner.

Len BAKER

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