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Grinable finds form to win a thriller in Hobart

12:49 PM 21 Nov 2016 NZDT
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Grinable with connections after his win in the Ella Coulson Pace over 2090m at Luxbet Park Hobart last night
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Grinable gets up in the last stride to win the Ella Coulson Pace at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night
Peter Staples Photo

Consistent harness racing pacer Grinable opened his winning account for the season with a last-stride win in the Ella Coulson Pace for C3-C4 pacers over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night.

The Adrian Duggan trained and driven seven-year-old settled sixth and three-back the fence and that's where he remained until the field turned for home the last time.

But when Duggan shouldered his way clear close to home the gelded son of Grinfromeartoear laid his ears back and charged home to grab Sir Dasher Dee right on the line with Zumba Bromac a close-up third.

It was Grinable's fifth start this preparation but he had been unlucky at two previous outings, in particular a fourth behind Blackjackhanover in a C4-C5 in Hobart immediately prior to last night's assignment.

"I've been very happy with the horse's progress this time in although we had a bit of a hiccup three starts back but I've sorted a little issue out and he's right back on track," Duggan said.

"He is not an overly big horse but he's quite solid and he tries hard so we'll just plod along with him and aim him at a couple of the country cups.

"The Carrick Cup would be a suitable race for him so that will be one of his targets in the New Year."

Grinable was sent to Duggan as a two-year-old by his original owner Neale Donnelley and the gelding performed well but he lost his way so the owner opted to get out of the hor6se so Duggan put together a small syndicate that still races the gelding.

Grinable has won nine and snared 18 minor placings from 59 starts for almost $64,000 so he has been a decent money spinner.

Peter Staples

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