Day At The Track

Horsham and Ballarat - Friday double day

01:15 PM 30 Sep 2011 NZDT
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Ian Frost Peter Tonkin
Ian Frost
Peter Tonkin
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Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Friday September 30, with Horsham in the Wimmera District conducting the day fixture and the ever progressive Ballarat Club racing at night.

Astute Ballarat trainer Ian Frost has an impeccable record with former Kiwi’s and produced another by the name of Essene to land The Wimmera Mail Times Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres at Horsham with him.

A winner at Forbury Park Dunedin on August 11, Essene making his Australian debut possied mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second line, before being sent forward three wide by Daryl Douglas in the final circuit.

Quickly rounding up the leaders Jilliby Rusty and King Grin, Essene wasn’t pushed out to score from Jilliby Rusty and Dance With Mia which trailed the leader in a rate of 2-01.

Heywood trainer/driver Kevin Brough is no stranger to Horsham meetings and snared the Dahlsens “Barry Dunn” Local Trainer Strike Rate Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres with $37.90 outsider Lucky Lavros in a mile rate of 2-00.6.

Driven by Mount Gambier based Jayson Finnis, Lucky Lavros from gate three on the second line possied three back in the moving line, moving forward three wide uncovered racing for the bell.

Easing three wide to trail Kellalac which had been wide from the outset, Lucky Lavros (four wide home turn) joined the leader One Track Mind on straightening and proved too strong over the concluding stages for the pacemaker, with Jacanarry third after following the front runner throughout.

Sebastopol (Ballarat) trainer/driver Tina Ridis has 7-Y-0 Classic Adam/Denver Jane mare Town Player going well at present and she was successful in the Westvic Racepix “Kerryn Manning” Driver Of The Year Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres.

Starting from inside the 10 metre mark, Town Player led virtually throughout in easily accounting for Candy Digger which trailed and Regal Equation (one/one) in a rate of 2-08.4.

Ballarat’s Peter Tonkin loves competing at Horsham and landed a training double - Cyclonedynamic in the City Lions Club 3-Y-0 Pace over 2200 metres and Radical Impact in the Betta Electrical “Peter Manning” Trainer Of The Year Pace for C3 & C5 class over 2200 metres, both driven by Daryl Douglas.

Cyclonedynamic (Armbro Operative/Emdemic) began swiftly from gate four to lead throughout and win in a breeze from the favourite Harryoh (four wide last lap) and Misschinoise which followed the runner up home. The mile rate 2-03.5.

Radical Impact (Life Sign/Radical Storm) possied three back in the moving line from gate five, moving three wide with a dash racing for the bell before striding clear shortly after.

Although tackled strongly by the in-form Wheatsheaf Avaball in the last lap, Radical Impact fought on strongly to score in a rate of 2-00.8 over a game Wheatsheaf Avaball, with Village Deputy a stablemate of the winner running on late for third from four back the markers.

Charlton trainer John Tormey combined with Bendigo based Scott Dyer to capture the Nat’s Rug & Harness “Naked Island” Horse Of The Year Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Myth N Reality gelding Live N Reality in a rate of 2-02.9.

Making his 41st race appearance, Live N Reality from gate two was driven with aggression to cross the polemarker Jilliby Dasher and was never headed in defeating Jilliby Dasher (three wide home turn) and Ruffiano (four wide home turn from three back in the running line).

Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke took advantage of a concession for Geelong reinsman Ash Wharton aboard 6-Y-0 Die Laughing/Forest Flame gelding Extricate to land the Conway Pies “Jayson Finnis” Concession Driver 10/11 Pace for C2 class over 1700 metres.

Trapped in the open from gate two, Extricate gained cover for the final circuit when Marnie Bibby sent the former Queenslander Highview Spirit forward from mid-field racing for the bell to park outside the pacemaker Mica Pink.

When Highview Spirit took over at the straight entrance, Extricate was in hot pursuit and raced clear over the closing stages to win well in a rate of 2-00.2, with One Fellas Fancy (three back the markers) third.

Romsey trainer Rod Dyer and son Scott combined to capture the Graeme Eeles Saddlery “The Phantom” Horse Of The Year Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres with ex-Kiwi 7-Y-0 Thunder N Lightning/Astra Belle gelding Astra Storm.

Spending the entire race buried three back along the markers from the pole, Astra Storm was able to get clear in plenty of time, moving three wide on the final bend as A Chance Taken came off the back of the leader Bohemian Lombo to issue a challenge.

Finishing determinedly, Astra Storm raced away over the concluding stages in advance of A Chance Taken and Bohemian Lombo in a rate of 2-01.8.

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Bannockburn trainer/driver Geoff Webster’s very smart ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 Washington Vc/Pocket Filler gelding Washmepockets has a huge future ahead of him and as a stepping stone, scored in the Ballarat Cancer Research entre Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres at Ballarat.

Quickly away from inside the second line to settle three back in the moving line, Washmepockets was off and running approaching the bell to park outside the leader The Artison for the final circuit.

Not panicking at any stage, Webster had Washmepockets travelling kindly and joined The Artison on the home turn.

Never led go, Washmepockets cruised to the wire in a rate of 2-02.1 in defeating the leader, with Lively Operative third off a three wide trail in the last lap.

Veteran Inverleigh trainer/driver Bob Kuchenmeister snared the Netlor Computers Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2200 metres with 11-Y-0 Holmes Hanover/Admiral’s Alexis gelding My Dads Poppy and in doing so, recorded his 7th victory in 149 outings.

Crossing the polemarker Imatrotnovsky shortly after the start from barrier four, My Dads Poppy led for the rest of the journey in accounting for Chipmont Lad from near last and Imatrotnovsky in a rate of 2-08.5.

Avenel trainer David Aiken’s smart Kiwi bed 6-Y-0 Mach Three/Cyclone Betsi gelding Atlas Alliance chalked up his 10th success when victorious in the Laser Electrical Pace for M0 & M1 class over 2200 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Atlas Alliance led throughout from gate two to score from Kid Coconut (one/two) and Christian Shadow which (one/one) which joined the winner on the home turn. The mile rate 2-02.

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Melton brothers Joe (trainer) and Darren (driver) Pace deserve plenty of accolades after winning the Womens Health Pace for M0 & M1 class over 2200 metres with former smart juvenile Hung Jury.

A 6-Y-0 gelded son of Live Or Die and Final Verdict bred in New Zealand, Hung Jury was sent forward from gate six at the start to sit outside the well backed Palais Du Louvre, even after Bulldozer (three wide) was driven with aggression to try and race in the open.

Despite the tough passage on the rain affected track, Hung Jury gave plenty in the run home to account for Allwevneed (one/one), with Palais Du Louvre battling away strongly for third. The mile rate 2-01.9.

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Kerryn Manning went home from Ballarat on a happy note after landing a double with the Merv & Meg Butterworth owned stablemates Captain Clancy (Bettors Delight/Miss Clancy) in the Eilen Wall Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres and The Ragpickers Dream (Dream Away/Pamtastic) for C1 class over 1700 metres, both leading throughout.

Captain Clancy rated 2-03.6, while The Ragpickers Dream returned a rate of 1-59.6.

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The feature event of the evening at Ballarat – the Ballarat Pink Phoenix Trotters Handicap for T5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2710 metres went the way of Carisbrook (Maryborough) trainer Paul Watson’s 8-Y-0 Yentls Image/Joyces Choice entire Gentle Image in a mile rate of 2-07.2.

Driven by partner Kelly-Ann Dunne, Gentle Image led throughout from the pole, defeating Gluteus Maximus which joined him on the home turn, with Buntys Bass third after trailing the winner.

The heavily supported favourite Mister Zion having his 2nd start as a trotter, galloped approaching the home turn when three wide.

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Essene

Lucky Lavros

Town Player

Cyclonedynamic

Radical Impact

Live N Reality

Extricate

Astra Storm

Washmepockets

My Dads Poppy

Atlas Alliance

Hung Jury

Captain Clancy

The Ragpickers Dream

Gentle Image

Len BAKER

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