Day At The Track

Harnesslink's 'run of the day' at Maryborough

03:51 PM 17 Sep 2012 NZST
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Maree and John Caldow
Maree and John Caldow

Harnesslink's "run of the day" at the Maryborough harness racing meeting held on Monday September 17 belonged to 4-Y-0 It Is I/Miss Clare gelding Fanagalo in the Bob Butt Concessional Driver Of The Year Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2190 metres.

Trained at Melton by Maree Caldow and driven by husband John, Fanagalo jumped straight to the front from barrier four, but was mercifully attacked by the roughie Kandidate after travelling half a lap, with the pair engaging in a two horse war, with Fanagalo winning out, but not before exhausting plenty of energy in doing so.

Looking a sitting target for those back in the field approaching the home turn, Fanagalo defied all challengers to score from Damascus Road out wide from last in a rate of 2-04.4, with None The Wiser using the sprint lane for third after following the winner.

As usual, Maryborough again catered for the trotters, with two events for the squaregaiters being held, the first - the Springvale Trotting Stud 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap going the way of Redwood Classic victor Sun Of Sonoko for Sedgwick trainer/driver Ross Graham.

Raced by Ross and twin brother Leigh, Sun Of Sonoko (Sundon/Sonoko) first up since the Redwood victory on July 15, led from barrier five for most of the 2190 metre journey, winning unextended by 3.3 metres over a death-seating Glenferrie Dreamer which was slowly out from the pole, with Bella Cheval (three back the markers at bell) third. The mile rate 2-10.7.

Unruly seven year old Wind Cries Maori/Even Pockets gelding Maoris Pocket was on his best behaviour to land the Bellmac Kody Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-01.2.

Trained and driven by local Alan Dunsmuir, Maoris Pocket was sent forward from the extreme draw immediately after the start to assume control from Faster Than Cleo (gate four) and was allowed to run and run he did, with many of his rivals off the bit and chasing.

Holding a handy margin at the straight entrance, Maoris Pocket who is inclined to mix his gait at this time in most races, kept trotting and although drifting up the track, ran his rivals ragged in accounting for Faster Than Cleo along the sprint lane by a half neck, with Confused Superstar running on late from near last for third.

Bacchus Marsh father and daughter - Alan and Amy Tubbs snared the quinella in the Loddon Valley Stud 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres with Lierre Noir (Alan) beating Brite Spark Lombo (Amy) by 1-5 metres in 1-56.7.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Lierre Noir (one/two - one/one at bell) from a solo second line draw trailing Brite Spark Lombo throughout, made a strong challenge on straightening to nab a meritorious Brite Spark Lombo in the shadows of the post, with Sookin Up finishing strongly from three back in the moving line for a closing third.

Sun Of Sonoko

Maoris Pocket

Lierre Noir

by Len BAKER

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