Day At The Track

Harness racing returns to Echuca

11:29 AM 30 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Beautiful Echuca
Beautiful Echuca - situated on the banks of the Murray River in Victoria.

Harness racing returned to Echuca on Wednesday November 30, when a neat seven event program was held featuring the $5,000 Echuca Harness Ladies Committee Moama Trotters Cup and the $5,000 Echuca Moama Storage Moama Pacing Cup.

Old timer Oi You a 8-Y-0 gelded son of Yentls Image and Plein De Grace trained and driven by Ardmona’s Doc Wilson snared the Trotters Cup in a rate of 2-07.9.

Beginning speedily from the 20 metre mark, Oi You possied three back along the markers, while the short priced favourite Just Call Me Earl galloped wildly shortly after the start putting himself completely out of business.

Moving to race outside the pacemaker Sarkava at the bell, Wilson put the foot to the floor in the back straight on the final occasion and Oi You responded to surge clear approaching the home turn.

Holding a handy lead on turning, Oi You safely defied all challengers to score by 6.9 metres in advance of the 30 metre backmarker Le Chabanais (one/two bell), with Faye McEwan’s Pearls third after having every opportunity one/one with a circuit to travel.

Rochester’s Neville Pangrazio had plenty of locals cheering, when 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Kellyarmbro mare Mystic Jewel saluted the judge in the Bert Gordon Memorial Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1755 metres.

Given the run of the race from inside the second row trailing the pole line Narrandera visitor Ima Little Rusty which was worried throughout by the hot favourite Life Savings drawn next to her, Mystic Jewel was eased to be poised one/one running into the final bend and when eased three wide on straightening, ran home stylishly to blowse a game Life Savings in a rate of 2-01.3, with Ima Little Rusty a gap away third.

Rochester father and son – Graham & Dwayne Locke were winners on the night when smart 4-Y-0 Totally Ruthless/Tealsby Mischief gelding Texas Tealsby scored in the Dinky-Di House Boats Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres in a rate of 2-.

Trained by Graham and driven by Dwayne, Texas Tealsby from the pole was beaten for speed by Peter Lindberg’s Untraceable (gate five) before trailing.

Easing away from the markers in the final circuit, Texas Tealsby quickly put pay to the leader on the home turn and raced clear shortly after to score from Kentucky Lane which followed him throughout, with Make A Fuss (one/three last lap) running on late for third. The mile rate 2-01.5.

Shepparton (Lemnos) duo Russell and Nathan Jack were successful in the Moama Bowling Club Pacers Handicap with 5-Y-0 Jennas Beach Boy/Concorde Lombo gelding Plane Sailin Lombo who overcame a daunting 20 metre backmark in the C1 or better class event over 2130 metres.

Beginning with a wing on every foot, Plane Sailin Lombo lobbed three back in the moving line, with the short priced favourite Mighty El Lute one again leading.

Taken four wide running into the final bend, Plain Sailin Lombo sprinted so fast that he had cleared his rivals on straightening to score by 9 metres in advance of Itsoktomates along the sprint lane after trailing the leader, with Watadee third after trying to follow the winner home. The mile rate 2-03.8.

The Walkabout Security Claiming Pace over 2160 metres was a blow out for punters, when Stature/Maud 10-Y-0 gelding My Salvation scored at Supertab odds of $21.70.

Trained at Kilmore by Josh Benson and driven by Avenel based David Moran, My Salvation second up since December 2009 came from last with a three wide trail on the back of Rowan The Brave in the last lap, shifting wider on straightening to score from Rowan The Brave and Littlechrissyadios along the sprint lane after following the weakening leader Zulushar in a rate of 2-02.2.

It was My Salvation’s first victory since July 2007 when a winner at Sydney’s Harold Park.

Melton trainer Robbie O’Connell combined with Bolinda concessional reinsman Josh Duggan to land the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 1755 metres with Opaque, a 7-Y-0 daughter of Village Jasper and Furnished.

In what was an outstanding performance to win, Opaque from gate three on the second line settled a long way off the leaders, with only Davids Lady behind her.

Trailing Lilbitabrownsugar home three wide in the last lap, Opaque was taken four wide on the home turn, before surging home to score by 3.8 metres over the pacemaker Jasmine Rainbow and the local Chess Timer which had led out before easing to take a trail on the leader. The mile rate 2-01.4.

The Moama Pacing Cup for C3 & C4 class over 2160 metres resulted in a thrilling finish between Glenn Douglas’ new stable addition Sunrose Don and Faye McEwans Centonic also a recent addition to her stable, with victory going the way of Sunrose Don in a tight photo.

Sent forward from outside the front row to park outside the pole line favourite Kattrin giving Centonic a one/one trail, Sunrose Don was then eased to allow the tough Ubringthedrinks move up to the “death-seat”, giving him the perfect spot which shuffled Centonic to three back.

With the pressure on the leader from the outset, Ubringthedrinks forged clear in the last lap, with Sunrose Don and Daryl Douglas in hot pursuit and both Bettor Give It and Weekend Rustler in the three wide line.

Tackled strongly by Sunrose Don on straightening, Ubringthedrinks was the first to crack, with Centonic gaining a split through the centre looking likely to score.

With the pair going to the wire together, Sunrose Don prevailed by a half head only in the fastest rate of the night – 1-58.9, with Bettor Give It third.

Bred and raced by Swan Hill’s Robert Dacey, Sunrose Don has faced the starter 42 times for 9 wins and 16 placings.

Len BAKER

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