Day At The Track

Harness racing at Ballarat and Kilmore

05:34 PM 22 Jan 2009 NZDT
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Long Forest (Bacchus Marsh) husband and wife Andy & Kate Gath, plus Dunnstown's David Murphy took the honours at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Wednesday January 21, with each providing a stable double.

The Gath double came courtsey of geldings Great Saint in the Ballarat Laundry Claiming Pace and Kid Billy in the Baxter & Stubbs Printers Pace, while Murphy scored with two very short priced favourites in Laser Edge ($1.20) and Paris Angel ($1.50).

Great Saint a 7-Y-0 son of Live Or Die and Spotover Holmes chalked up his 15th victory in 76 outings for various stables in leading throughout from gate five in the 2200 metre trip to score from Cliona Lucky (one/one) and Willabby Jack which followed the winner in 2-02.2.

Four Year old Kid Billy repeated the dose in his 1710 metre event, leading from gate four in accounting for Lombo Lumber Jack which raced in the open and Show Me Amber in 2-00.

Laser Edge a beautifully bred 4-Y-0 Pacific Fella/New Arrival entire settled three back in the running line from gate three over 1710 metres in the Tanya Daniels Members Night Pace for C1 class, before letting rip with a brilliant burst of speed racing for the bell to lead for the last lap in recording a 33.5 margin in advance of Eatem Alive and Duke Of Dura in 1-58.5.

Barnett Hanover/Show Me Paris filly Paris Angel was sent forward in the Tony Segrott Electrical Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres to blitz her rivals (18 metres) in defeating Navigator Jack (one/one) and Doonaree Dancer which trailed the winner in 2-00.5).


Great Western trainer/driver Grant Campbell scored a second up victory with talented Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Gilt Laughter mare Gilt Bromac in the BHRA Ladies Committee Country Clubs Championship (1st Heat) for C5 & C6 class over 2200 metres.

Restrained from gate five to possie three back in the moving line, Gilt Bromac was sent forward three wide solo in the last lap, before proving too classy at the finish for the pacemaker Totally Oro and the 11-Y-0 Warrior Kye in 2-00.9.


Much travelled former Zimbabwe horseman Michael Marais now based at Tallarook near Seymour, landed the P.F.D. Food Services Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2200 metres with Im King Conch, a 5-Y-0 gedling by Conch Deville and Road To Victory.

Having his first outing since September and fifth to date, Im King Conch wasn't bustled to settle one/one from gate six, but when Dougie Mac dropped to the back of the leader Annyong, King Conch was left leading up the outside division.

Restrained to take cover when Dougie Mac again moved into the open with a lap to travel, King Conch moved three wide on the final bend and finished best to nab Dougie Mac right on the wire in a 2-04.8 rate, with Dollys Victory a gap away in third place.

Marias had scored with another of his team - In Pursuit at Bendigo the night before, taking out the 4th Heat of the Central Victorian Trotting Championship.


Raglan (Beaufort) trainer Kelvin Davies would have been all smiles after capturing the MKS Security Trotters Mobile for T0 or better class over 2200 metres with Sundonsmagic, a Sundon/Lochlee Navara 4-Y-0 mare which has experienced many setbacks.

Driven by renowned Maryborough horse breaker Mark Hayes, Sundonsmagic having start number eight, led throughout from the pole to easily account for Design Rule which trailed and Justachandon in 2-07.5.


Rockbank trainer Joe Pace finally cracked it for a win with the frustrating ex-Kiwi Live Or Die/Final verdict gelding Hung Jury at ballarat, taking the Milestone Chemicals 3-Y-0 Pace over 2200 metres.

Driven by Brian Gath, Hung Jury backed and beaten on several occasions since crossing the Tasman, led throughout from gate two in defeating the almost unbackable favourite Franco Newsman coming off a great second to Living On Fire in the South Australian Derby 11 days earlier which raced outside him and always looked to have him covered, with Amadmancomesundone third in a mile rate of 2-02.5.


Kilmore trainer/driver Paul Weidenbach knocked punters for a six after winning the opening event on the card at Kilmore on Thursday - the RDC Australasia 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres with $30.60 chance Two Laags.

A gelded son of Jet Laag and Two Chances, Two Laags from gate two enjoyed a cosy trip three back on the markers, before moving to be one/one in the last lap after Maraiderach eased three wide to challenge the leaders Khan Bat Khan Bowl and Honeyrose.

Finishing full of running, Two Laags making his fourth appearance at the races did best to score from Maraiderach and Khan Bat Khan Bowl in a rate of 2-02.1.


Avenel's Juanita Breen scored a well overdue victory with her Island Fantasy/Melissa Charm gelding Cool And Casual in the Ian Wood Optometrist 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres in 2-01.9.

Buried three back along the markers from inside the second row, Cool And Casual's chances looked remote at the bell, but when the sprint lane came into play on turning, he motored home at a great rate to gain the day in advance of Baron Kinley off the back of the leader Vegas Baby which held down third.


Former Kiwi On Top For Mee, a one time member of Kevin Fairbairn's Canterbury stable, snared the Kilmore Equine Clinic Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres.

Trained by Joanne Taylor in the Avenel district, On Top For Mee taking advantage of a concession for Chris Lang (Jnr) was given every opportunity one/one from gate five and when taken three wide on the final bend, left his rivals standing to win in a breeze over Dancing Legacy (last at the bell) and Hanbid in 1-59.3.


Impeccably bred 5-Y-0 Cr Commando/La Coocaracha mare La Biscuit is brilliant on her day and showed her rivals a clear pair of heels to land the Keon Park Car Care Trotters Handicap for T3 or better class over 2660 metres.

Slowly but safely away from outside the front row (only three across), La Biscuit was soon outside the leader G S Ado and crossed to lead entering the home straight on the first occasion.

Always travelling sweetly, La Biscuit never appeared to be in any danger as she coasted to the wire ahead of the odds-on favourite Karamboo which raced parked, with the 30 metre backmarker Yankee Blues continuing her good recent form in finishing third after easing three wide on the home turn.

Trained by Andy Gath and driven by Kate, La Biscuit returned a 2-07.9 rate in registering her 5th victory in 27 outings.


Ace young Shepparton reinsman Nathan Jack was the "toast of the town" after driving a treble at Kilmore - Heeza Jonark (Safely Kept/Beaut Emma) for Kyabram's Mark Watson in the Melrose Airport Parking Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres, Black Legacy (Legacy Of Power/Love Spell) for Bungaree's Luke Steenhuis in the 2nd Heat of the SEW-Eurodrive Country Clubs Championship for C7 or better class over 2180 metres and Angus McGregor (Armbro Oliver/Nancy McGregor) for father Russell in the M & C Seafoods Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres.

Len Baker's Provincial Victoria

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