Day At The Track

Highlights from Geelong's Tuesday meeting

10:36 PM 08 Feb 2011 NZDT
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John Caldow
John Caldow
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Bungaree's Julian Jobe has his small but harness racing select team flying at present, with the most recent winner being PB Bullville/Left Tycoon filly Classic Tycoon in the Bartlett's Waste Management 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres at Geelong on Tuesday.

Driven by John Caldow who has driven many winners for the stable over the years, Classic Tycoon from gate two trailed the heavily backed favourite Beach Melody inside her, before using the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of a death-seating Dream Verdict and Beach Melody in a rate of 2-02.2.

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Parwan’s Jodi Quinlan brought up two wins in succession with Bettors Delight/Lombo Light Speed colt Lombo Flashlight in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres.

Starting from inside the second line, Lombo Flashlight was eased to the rear of the field, gaining a three wide double trail home from the bell on the back of both Wattadee and Dee Devito.

Eased wide on straightening, Lombo Flashlight finished powerfully to nab Dee Devito right on the wire, with the roughie Relaxed third. The mile rate 2-01.2.

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Long Forest husband and wife - Andy & Kate Gath were also winners on the night, when 4-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Panoramic Way gelding Skies On Fire scored in the So That’s Life Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres in 2-00.1.

Sent forward from outside the front row, Skies On Fire had crossed to lead prior to the first turn and allowed to bowl along at his leisure, held too many guns for Frank Cullen which trailed, moving to the outside on straightening, with Mad Macca coming from last after galloping away to finish an eye catching third.

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Brent Lilley and Gavin Lang pulled off a hefty plunge when former Western Australia 5-Y-0 Caprock/Benero Babe gelding Hi Tensile scored in the Choice Hotels 132 400 Pace for C5 to C7 class over 2100 metres.

Backed as if there was no settling, Hi Tensile ($2.30) from the pole was given the run of the race trailing the pacemaker Millwood Nebraska (gate four), before making full use of the sprint lane to only just get there by a nose in a tricky finish over Millwood Nebraska who wouldn’t give in, with From Day One third off a three wide trail on the back of Allwevneed in the last lap.

A winner of 9 with 9 placings from 34 outings, Hi Tensile returned a mile rate of 1-59.9.

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Woorndoo father and son – Bob & Brendan Mahncke brought up two wins in succession with highly promising 4-Y-0 Keystone Crosby/Sister Clare mare Another Clare in the Geelong Cup March 5 Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2570 metres restricted to the fairer sex, returning one of the slowest mile rates of all time on the Corio circuit - 2-15.

Coming from the 10 metre mark, Another Clare immediately parked outside the leader Earls Gold, before drawing away over the concluding stages (last half mile 59.5) to score from Earls Gold and Big Suemosam which trailed the winner.

Len BAKER

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