Day At The Track

Hughes trained 'I Look A Lot' impresses

10:44 PM 30 Aug 2011 NZST
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

Former Gippsland harness racing trainer Michael Hughes now based in Melton, landed the Ted Bull Funeral Services Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres at popular Cranbourne on Tuesday August 30 with most consistent 4-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Mirra Mirra gelding I Look A Lot in a mile rate of 1:57.8.

Taking a concession for Jason Hackett, I Look A Lot showed plenty of speed to lead from outside the front row and rated to perfection, kicked clear on turning to score from the hot favourite Lombo Toscannini which was in a piggish mood, firstly galloping in the initial score up causing a false start, then galloping again at the second attempt before settling five back in the running line, trailing home Bettor Give It three wide in the last lap. Just Dont Be Cruel finished third off a one/one trip.

Raced by Garry Rogers under the banner of Ulverstone, I Look A Lot has fronted the starter on 39 occasions for 8 wins and 17 placings.

Romsey part-owner/trainer Geoff Dodd’s home bred speedy 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Salisbury Downs 4-Y-0 gelding Sarum Knight notched up his 8th success when victorious in the Choice Hotels Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres.

Taking a concession for Adam Crettenden, Sarum Knight had little difficulty in leading from the pole and after being given an easy time, coasted to the wire 4.7 metres in advance of Thats All Right (one/one – three wide last lap to join the leader on the home turn), with Noplacetohide third after following the winner.

The mile rate 2-00.5 (last half 57.3 – quarter 28.

The Gippsland Harness Training Centre do a terrific job educating students wanting to take a path in harness racing and no doubt had plenty of cheerers when 5-Y-0 S J’s Photo/Diamond Drop mare Drop Of Paradise trained at the centre by Des Hughes snared the Mark Gurry & Associates Trotters Mobile over 2080 metres.

Driven by Glenn Hunter, Drop Of Paradise from the pole enjoyed a sweet passage trailing the pacemaker Marios Dream drawn next to her, easing wide on straightening to score in a rate of 2-05.1 over the favourite Dottie Hinson from last saving plenty of ground after switching to the sprint lane on turning, with Marios Dream holding down third.

Toolern Vale’s John Justice is having a profitable run at present and was victorious with ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 Dream Away/Makeer Glen gelding Meetthenewboss in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C2 class over 2080 metres.

Raced by a large syndicate including Mrs Tanya Mielicki wife of racecaller Dan and sponsor Mark Gurry, Meetthenewboss from outside the front row went forward, being trapped wide with Our Calvados inside him also going forward to park out.

Once balanced, Justice continued to press forward and settle outside the poleline leader and favourite Our Usain Bolt in the back straight on the first occasion to dictate the terms to suit.

Applying plenty of pressure to Our Usain Bolt approaching the home turn in an effort to take the sprint out of him, Meetthenewboss responded gamely to prevail over the concluding stages in outstaying the leader, with Lota Vision third after being given the perfect trail on the back of the leader.

A winner on the grass at Hawera on Anzac Day this year, Meetthenewboss returned a mile rate of 1-59.4.


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