Day At The Track

It was a double day at Charlton & Geelong

04:03 PM 06 Feb 2013 NZDT
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With temperatures around 37 degrees, those in attendance at Charlton certainly braved the extreme heat to witness some exciting harness racing.

Goornong trainer/driver Peter Salathiel's luck is running hot at present and after a victory at Shepparton the night before, chalked up a stable double at Charlton with Singed taking the House To Home Decorating 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres and Beau Dandy the Charlton 150th Anniversary April 1st Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Bettors Delight/Atomic Fusion gelding Singed from gate two enjoyed a nice trip trailing the pacemaker Evening Star Lombo inside him, before using the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of a death-seating Mantar and Jaspers Cullen which was three wide from the bell. The mile rate 1-59.3.

Beau Dandy a 4-Y-0 Presidential Ball/Shes High Maintenance gelding, led throughout from gate four, easily accounting for the hot favourite Ben Cartwright which shadowed him in a rate of 1-57.4. In The Frame Lombo finished third after trailing the winner from the pole.

Bolinda's Vince Vallelonga snared a stable double at the meeting, with 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Pocket Matao mare Gotalotofspeed taking the Charlton Pacing Cup March 3rd Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 2100 metres and 6-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Exotic Love entire Fergus MacCool the Dunlop Super Dealer Pace for C4 & C6 class over the same journey, both handled to perfection by concessional reinsman Zac Phillips.

Gotalotofspeed (gate six) was driven with aggression as the start was effected to lead and after being rated a treat, defied all challengers to score from the Barry Dunn (Horsham) trained stablemates Modern Scooter which parked in the open and Modern McKenzie one/one. The mile rate 2-00.5.

Fergus MacCool (gate three) was afforded the luxury dropping down to trail the poleline pacemaker Giveusagrin after Hellovanite galloped shortly after the start, receiving a lovely passage throughout.

Using the sprint lane, Fergus MacCool finished best to tip out a death-seating Sarum Knight in 1-58.8, with Igetaround (three back the markers) also using the sprint lane for third.

Kyneton father and son - Greg and Steve Leight were winners, when 4-Y-0 Conch Deville/Arrestin Tess gelding Conartist greeted the judge in the Charlton & District Community Bank Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2100 metres.

Driven by Steve, Conartist making his 12th appearance at the races and second since July, led throughout from the pole to register a 9.7 metre victory over Trot For Pete which trailed and Baileys Nightmare (one/one - three wide last lap) when having his first outing since July 2010.

The hot favourite Aleppo Midas galloped shortly after the start from his 80 metre backmark and although never a chance, did a big job to finish 5th 22.7 metres from the winner.

At Geelong, Long Forest husband and wife - Andy & Kate Gath were successful with improving Art Major/Charisma Lombo 4-Y-0 gelding All About Art in the Next Meeting 13th February Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres.

Given a lovely trip from gate two trailing the polemark leader Our Horizon inside him, Kate not bothering to utilize the sprint lane, eased All About Art to the outside on the home turn and he ran home strongly to blouse the leader in 1-59.6. Rockstar Ruler ran on late from well back to finish third.

Formerly trained in NSW, All About Art has fronted the starter on 21 occasions for 4 wins.

Terang duo Marg Lee and Glen Craven landed the Geelong Pacing Cup 23rd February 3-Y-0 Vicbred Pace over 2100 metres with talented Four Starzzz Shark/Sayaka colt Keayang Starzzz in a mile rate of 2-01.5.

Leading from gate two, Keayang Starzzz toyed with his rivals, scoring untouched from Must Be Nice which raced in the open and Reign Of Pain (three back the markers on debut).

Armstrong trainer Brooke Hansen has 6-Y-0 Elsu/Pumpkin gelding Confused Superstar airborne at present, bringing up three wins from his last four outings by taking the Prestige Jayco Month Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2100 metres at Geelong.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Confused Superstar began better than usual from a 20 metre handicap, spending most of the race one/one following Military Precision which raced outside the leader on sufferance Chipmont Lad.

When Military Precision strode clear on the final bend, Confused Superstar was in hot pursuit, claiming him over the concluding stages to score by 2.7 metres in a rate of 2-05.6, with Imagunnadogood using the sprint lane for third after trailing the weakening pacemaker.


Beau Dandy


Fergus MacCool


All About Art

Keayang Starzzz

Confused Superstar

by Len BAKER

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