Day At The Track

Hillier completes successful mission

09:46 AM 01 Jan 2019 NZDT
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Rohan Hillier pulled off a successful hit and run mission at Carrick Park on Sunday steering home three winners including two of his stable runners.

Beachboy Butch (pictured) started Rohan’s winning run with a spectacular victory in the Rebecca White MP Pace.

The Somebeachsomewhere-Lifeline four-year-old gelding had galloped in the score up at it’s two Tasmanian start so Rohan decided to take no chances.

“I elected to keep him back 15 metres at the start and it worked out well he tends to as he fires-up in the field, he was a distinct last for the first half of the race but once we made our move at the bell I was feeling confident he had them covered,” said Rohan.

“He sprinted up well under a good hold out four and five wide and went to the front on straightening, he dashed clear at the top of the stretch, I may have got to the front a little early because he switched right off but he was very impressive.”

The Marc Butler prepared Adele Said provided Rohan with the middle pin of his driving treble with a sensational run from well back in the field.

“Adele Said scored a dynamic victory, Marc (Butler) has her going really well that’s her third win for the season and she was unlucky not to win last time at Carrick when second to Alta Surreal,” said the Beauty Point reinsman.

“They went hard down the back and that improved her chances and when I pulled her out wide on the track she hit top gear and it was all over.”

Rohan’s second win as a trainer came with Im Compliant overcoming early troubles to swap them late for a spectacular victory.

“Im Compliant had all sorts of issues early avoiding a few problems and I ended up the only place I didn’t want to be three back on the pegs,” said Rohan shaking his head.

“When we finally got out at the 350-metre mark I thought we were racing for second place but he let down magnificently and sprinted home over the top of them like a very good horse, he may be a better sprinter than I originally thought.”

War Dan Star got punters off on the right leg in the opener with Gareth Rattray piloting the Chris Aylett trained four-year-old Western Terror – Molly’s Lucky Star gelding to his first win of the season.

The $1.50 favourite led all the way over the 2150-metre journey, skipping clear on the home turn to win by an ever-increasing margin of fourteen metres.

Todd Rattray guided his Bettors Delight – Ashkalini six-year-old gelding to an exciting victory in the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup.

Goggo Gee Gee had been given the run of the race before fighting off Iam Aw Sam and Ima Ginger Rogers to win by three metres, returning a mile rate for the 2650 metre staying trip of 2:04:3.

Ricky Duggan surged Mi Ju Dan ($11.10) to the post to nail Pockets Of Courage in the very last stride to win by a short half head for Westbury trainer Rod Plunkett while Gareth Rattray completed a winning double when he lifted the Michael Smith trained All Style Sammy($13.30) over the line to defeat the favourite Illegal Immigrant ($1.20) by a head.

Punters put their faith in the Rohan Hadley trained and driven Believe In Forever and they were rewarded with victory first-up from a six-month spell but just as they were thinking how easy this punting game is along came the Geoff Madden trained and driven Master Paige delivered a knock-out in the last at odds off $91.80, scoring by a lip over fellow outsiders Our Boy Johnny ($44) and Only A Myth ($35).

 

Shane Yates

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