Day At The Track

Harness Racing's provincial Victoria update

02:22 PM 03 May 2008 NZST
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Amy Tubbs
Amy Tubbs - drives Melpark Major
Photo by Simon Evans

Doreen trainer Craig Turnbull’s extra smart filly Vista Bella made a one act affair of the 6th Heat of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for Three Year Olds over 2105 metres at Cranbourne on Saturday May 3.

Coming off a most unlucky second in the Victoria Oaks a week earlier following an equally unlucky third in her heat, Vista Bella a daughter of Badlands Hanover and Out Of Sight bred and raced by Colleen and Kevin Bamford, wasn’t pushed out from gate five by Chris Alford, settling one/one on the back of Wya Mya Macray, but a fair way off the leader Doonaree Dancer which had crossed Scarlet Lilly.

Sent forward with a lightning burst of speed to assume control racing for the bell, Vista Bella had nothing more than a “stroll in the park” in accounting for Who Knew and Impressiveprincess in a 2-03.2 mile rate.


Four Year Old Iraklis/Golden Forrest gelding Melpark Major was just as impressive in the 6th Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for Entires & Geldings over 2105 metres at Cranbourne, much to the delight of owner/breeder Don Smith from Melton.

Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs and driven by daughter Amy, Melpark Major enjoyed a sweet passage mid-field, before easing three wide in the final circuit.

Pouncing on the leaders That’s Mister Ali which had been worried by the rank outsider Soul Storm and On The Leash on turning, Melpark Major asserted his authority over the concluding stages to score untroubled in advance of Charleys Dream along the sprint lane and On The Leash in a mile rate of 2-01.5 (last half mile 60 – quarter 29.2).

Kenny Adams the young reinsman aboard Soul Storm, was later suspended for 6 weeks for what stewards deemed to be an unexceptable drive.


Avenel trainer Greg Norman has enjoyed considerable success since shifting from Adelaide to take up a position as private trainer for the Amalfi family, including victory’s at Moonee Valley on Friday with Ti Vogliobene and at Mildura in the afternoon with the classy Indicative and carried on the good work when

portivo landed the fast class event at Cranbourne on Saturday – the $6,000 Ladd Electrical Pace for C7 or better class over 2105 metres.

Driven by an oozing with confidence Greg Sugars, Sportivo a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Armbro Operative and Escoffiay led out from gate three, before taking a trail on the running Rip And Roar.

Susing the sprint lane to perfection, Sportivo raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat the hot favourite Luv Tha Aces Lombo and a gallant “death seating” In Monaco – returning a 2-01.5 rate (last half 59.8 – quarter 29.9).

Bred by June Ashby, Sportivo has raced on 59 occasions for 13 wins and 15 placings.


The beautifully bred Cr Commando/La Coocaracha 4-Y-0 mare La Biscuit could easily follow in her mother’s footsteps, after chalking up her 3rd success to date in the Mitchell Water Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2585 metres at Cranbourne on Saturday.

Trained at Long Forest by Andy Gath and driven by wife Kate, La Biscuit stepped cleanly from outside the front row to park in the open.

Once balanced, Kate sent her forward to take over at the head of affairs from the

ometimes unruly Kiesey Lass and once at the head of affairs, was always going to be very hard to beat.

Cruising along at her leisure, La Biscuit coasted to the wire well on advance of

he favourite My Missindependent which moved to face the breeze mid-race, with Mountain Earl making up plenty of ground along the sprint lane from four back along the markers for third.

With quarters of 32.7, 31.8, 30.2 and 31 for the last mile, La Biscuit registered a 2-09.7 mile rate.

Len Baker

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