Day At The Track

Iron mare Candy Digger keeps on trotting

12:14 AM 17 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Terang was the venue for Wednesday harness racing, where a small compact six event card was held. St Arnaud harness trainer Brian Kiesey's iron mare Candy Digger scored in the Barastoc Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres when having her 6th outing in a 12 day period.

Coming off a fourth at Geelong the night before, Candy Digger from the 10 metre mark was trapped outside the leader Wakem Ifudare running into the first turn, before ussuming control in the back straight on the first occasion when the pacemaker went off stride.

Given an easy time, Candy Digger defied all challengers on turning to register a 4.3 metre victory in a rate of 2-05 over Its Lightscameraction (one/one - three wide home turn) and Maggie Truscott (three back the markers).

A 7-Y-0 daughter of Digger Almahurst and Flying Candy, Candy Digger has fronted the starter on 96 occasions for 4 wins.

As is usually the case at Terang, many Western District trained runners prevailed during the evening, including local Marg Lee's 5-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Jilliby Magic gelding Jilliby Rusty which greeted the judge in the Terang Co-Op Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

Driven by son Jason, Jilliby Rusty from gate two virtually led throughout in easily accounting for Narra Operative (three back the markers) and My Name Is Su which followed the winner in a rate of 2-00.3.

Border hopper Tranquil Dynasty snared the Reichas Stores Terang & Cobden Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2180 metres in a rate of 2-03.

A 7-Y-0 daughter of Whiteland Trouble and Catwalk trained by Mount Gambier's Graeme Howard and driven by Brent Howard, Tranquil Dynasty was given the run of the race trailing the pole line leader Chloe Su, before using the sprint lane to score from A Beautiful Breeze (three back the markers - one/one home turn) before also using the sprint lane, with Chloe Su having every chance in finishing third.

Great Western's Kerryn Manning was successful with Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Rimini gelding The Adriatic in the Dick And Anne Box Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres.

Sent forward from outside the front row, The Adriatic endured a tough trip in the early stages, before crossing the leader Buffalo Magic with two laps to travel.

Revved up approaching the final bend, The Adriatic defied all challengers in defeating Unfair Dismissal (one/two - three wide last lap) and Ronal Lad which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-00.9.

Team Douglas (Glenn & Daryl) chalked up a double on the night, with 4-Y-0 gelding Patos Wallet (Flight N Irish/Blueberry Kris) taking the Dalvue Motel Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and 5-Y-0 mare Saint Bade (Grinfromeartoear/Burn Baby Burn) the Terang HRC Life Members Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

Patos Wallet came from four back in the moving line to be three wide with a trail in the last lap, then five wide on the home turn to blowse a sprint laning Walbrooke off the back of the weakening leader Kellalac in a rate of 2-01.7, with Buckleys Charge (one/one) third.

Saint Babe led out from the pole before taking a trail on Dargletim (gate four), enjoying a sweet trip until the approach to the home turn when the leader gave ground rapidly taking her back through the field.

Extricated into the clear on turning, but a long way off Flynno which had kicked away after racing in the open, Saint Babe sprouted wings to nab Glenburn Rock (one/one) right on the wire in a finish which tricked many, with Flynno hanging on for third. The mile rate 2-00.7.

Len BAKER

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