The Hamilton HRC staged a well balanced eight event harness racing card on Thursday August 29 - the highlights being Mt Gambier (Allendale East) trainer
Four year old /May Be Trouble mare Forced Out driven by from the pole having her 28th outing for the season, settled on the back of the leader Franciselizabeth, before being relegated back a spot when Dam Lucky assumed control.
Coming away from the markers to be one/one approaching the home turn, Forced Out when eased wide in the straight, finished best to defeat her stablemate Arr En Special who faced the open for the final circuit at season start number 22 after No Bettertime which had raced parked, strode clear along the back straight on the final occasion. Franciselizabeth weaving in-between runners in the straight finished third. The mile rate 1-58.1.
Both horses have raced at almost every Hamilton, Terang, Horsham and Ararat meeting held this season.
's second victory came up in the Alexandra House Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1660 metres aboard underrated Ballarat trainer Kelvin Barker's recent stable addition Cyclades, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of and San Torini.
In a masterful piece of driving, Cyclades possied on the back of the poleline leader Pas Mate from gate two on the second line, easing away from the inside to face the breeze at the bell after Pas Mate was crossed by The Avoca Flyer.
Proving to be the better stayer, Cyclades was too strong at the finish, registering a neck victory over Ima Village Casper (three back the markers - one/one last lap) in a rate of 2-00 even, with Cheesy Grin running home late from last to finish third.
Leg three came about with 4-Y-0 /Jilliby Sparky mare Jilliby Showtime leading throughout from gate three in the Hunt's Auto Spares Pace for C0 class over 1660 metres to score by a nose over Haryda Hanover along the sprint lane which may have momentarily hit the front in the straight. Extra finished third off a three wide double trail last lap from near last. The mile rate 2-02.6.
Cudgee (Camperdown) part-owner/trainer/driver
Coming off a terrific second to Rosalie Bay in the rich Australasian Breeders Crown Series at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 18, Maorisfavouritesun stepped safely from a 30 metre handicap, gradually making ground to settle mid-field in the moving line with Sunnyandcher rushing forward from 10 metres to assume control.
Trailing up both Mountain and Knapdale Girl three wide in the last lap, Maorisfavouritesun was taken four wide on the final bend, putting the race away on straightening to score by an untouched 8.3 metres over Knapdale Girl and Of Charity which followed the trio home in a rate of 2-03.6.
Glencoe (Mt Gambier) father and son - Barry & were successful with 4-Y-0 superbly bred /Catch A Boquet mare Burston Holme in the Logical Property Services Pace for C1 class over 1660 metres, coming
from last at the bell off a three wide trail on the back of Vee Jay Jazz.
Although right of the track on the home turn, Burston Holme sprinted clear on straightening to register a 14.7 metre victory in 1-57.9 from Modern Hitch which was held up in traffic until the race was virtually over, with Wealth a game third after racing parked from the bell.