Day At The Track

Interesting Yarra Valley meet on Wednesday

11:21 AM 11 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Kilmore based harness racing trainer driver (brother and sister) Annetto Mifsud and Rita Burnett combined to land the De Bortoli Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley on Wednesday with speedy 5-Y-0 Jet Laag/Spiral Staircase gelding Spiral Jet, paying Supertab odds of $18.10.

Trained by Rita and driven by Annetto, Spiral Jet settled three back in the moving line from outside the second line, with Valiant Lustre a surprise leader leaving the favourite One Tough Reign in the open.

Sprinting like a gazelle three wide in the last lap to lead prior to the home turn, Spiral Jet held a commanding margin on straightening and although Day In Lieu which had trailed the leader made ground on turning, Spiral Jet held him easily to record a 3.4 metre victory in 2-03.7, with Myrniong Panorama (one/one) third.

Avenel’s David Aiken snared the SEW-Eurodrive 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres with Art Major/Jazz Opera filly Real Bonus raced by Ian Carmichael and partners.

Driven by Chris Alford, Real Bonus from gate two was able to cross the leader Classic Bliss outside her shortly after the start and from there on, the race became a procession with Real Bonus defeating Sally Hemmings off a three wide trail last lap from four back in the moving line, with Born Again Sassy (one/two – three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-03.5.

Youthful Kilmore trainer Josh Benson is doing a fine job with lightly raced 10-Y-0 Stature/Maud gelding My Salvation who chalked up his 16th victory in only 44 outings, by taking the $8,000 Eastern Zone Claiming Pace Final over 2150 metres.

Raced in partnership with father David, My Salvation from gate three on the second line driven by Gavin Lang gave his supporters a scare in the score up, when Gavin was tipped out of the cart by Dartmoor drawn inside him.

With no damage done, My Salvation settled mid-field in the moving line, before circling the field to park outside the pacemaker Spinalong at the bell which had crossed Lombo Limmo who had taken over from stablemate Star City Roller.

Travelling kindly approaching the home turn, My Salvation outstayed his rivals to score by 1.7 metres in a rate of 2-01.4 over You Two Bono (four wide home turn from last), with Star City Roller jumping out of the ground for third from three back the markers.

Doreen owner/trainer Bec Cartwright’s in-form Dream Away/Matter Of Time 5-Y-0 mare Im Oni Jones brought up three wins in succession when victorious in the Balgownie Estate Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres.

Given an easy time three back in the moving line from gate five by Daryl Douglas, Im Oni Jones cruised up to the leader Bettor Give It on the final bend, with the pair drawing right away from their rivals on straightening.

Showing a great desire to win, Im Oni Jones prevailed by a neck in 2-00.3, with Flying Class coming from last at the bell to finish third.

Melton trainer Sue Hunter was successful with 4-Y-0 Elsu/Amanda Woodward gelding Mister Elwood in the Diageo Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres when making his fourth appearance at the races.

Driven by the “man of the moment” Greg Sugars, Mister Elwood from gate five was given a cosy passage three back in the moving line racing for the bell, before creeping forward three wide in the final circuit.

Sustaining the run, Mister Elwood surged to the front on straightening and defied all challengers to score from Red Hot Special from near last, making the home turn four wide, with Marios Dream (one/one) third. The mile rate 2-6.5.

Graeme and Gavin Lang brought up two wins in a row with 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Red Hot Mamma mare Well Hello Dolly who snared the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 2150 metres.

Showing surprising speed to lead from gate three, Well Hello Dolly had the race in her keeping a long way out, scoring by 1.5 metres in advance of Stylish Jasper from last in a rate of 2-05.7, with Ilquello Veloce (one/two) third after switching down to the sprint lane in the straight.

Spiral Jet

Real Bonus

My Salvation

Im Oni Jones

Mister Elwood

Well Hello Dolly

Len BAKER

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