Day At The Track

It was a dream result to Nyah Pacing Cup

03:06 PM 15 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Peter Tonkin
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Harness racing six year old Village Jasper/What A Dream gelding Village Of Dreams was a most impressive winner of the $30,000 (Group 3) Tooleybuc Sporting Club Nyah Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2570 metres at the popular Nyah circuit on Saturday.

Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by Peter Tonkin who has been a regular visitor to Nyah over the years, Village Of Dreams driven by Gavin Lang stepped safely from the 10 metre mark, settling well back in the field, while the sensationally backed favourite Jaccka Clive $2.20 (backed in from $6-00 fixed odds on Friday) galloped away from outside the front row to settle at the rear.

Best to begin was Adda Paternal Suit, a stablemate of the winner who was restrained to allow Showdownatmidnight to assume control.

Set alight mid-race, Jaccka Clive was given a torrid time as The Seventh Son a former stablemate now with Tony Xiriha was reluctant to give the death-seat away.

Eventually crossing to lead the outside division at the bell, Jaccka Clive was going to be a spent force over the concluding stages.

Easing three wide racing for the bell from mid-field in the moving line, Thats Mister Ali was the first to make a move, with Village Of Dreams immediately latching to his back for a lovely ride home, with Mister Rhys trailing the pair.

Sweeping to the front on turning, Thats Mister Ali was a sitting target for Village Of Dreams which cruised past him halfway up the running to score by 4.7 metres in a new track record rate of 2-01.7, with Adda Paternal Suit a metre back in third place after using the sprint lane.

A winner of the Horsham Cup last season, Village Of Dreams has fronted the starter on 51 occasions for 17 wins and 19 placings and now receives a free invite into next Sunday’s Kilmore Pacing Cup.

Kiwi bred 5-Y-0 Tinted Cloud/Limbo Maud gelding Buriton Bailey opened proceedings by taking the Carbine Chemicals Pace for C2 class over 2170 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.5.

Trained and driven by Huntly’s Anthony Crossland, Buriton Bailey led throughout from the pole to score easily from a death-seating Talk To The Hand and Tarleton Matt.

The Tasco Inland Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres was a rough result, with Merbein the Ricky O’Brien (Merbein) trained and Gavin Lang driven On The Buzzer saluting.

Settling near last from gate two on the second line, On The Buzzer a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Elsu and Bonanova led up the three wide division at the bell, sustaining a long run to score from Patos Wallet along the sprint lane after trailing the weakening leader Paul De Rossard, with McArdle Lassie (three back the markers) third. The mile rate 2-03.5.

Kerryn Manning’s ex New Zealand 4-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Starling gelding Our Blackbird has been a revelation since crossing the Tasman following ten unplaced efforts in his homeland, making it three from three in Australia.

A prohibitive $1.20 favourite, Our Blackbird wasn’t bustled from gate two on the second line, setting closer to last than first in the moving line.

Taken four wide in the last lap, Our Blackbird sprinted like a gazelle to cruise past his rivals on straightening in defeating Our Chelsea Girl (three back the markers) and Obama which followed the weakening leader My Caracal. The mile rate equalling the track record of 1-58.

Peter Tonkin’s 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Genuine Lover entire Ronald George made it a “night of nights” for Gavin Lang after winning the Swan Hill Stockfeeds Pace for C3 to C5 class over 2170 metres.

Starting from inside the second line, Ronald George couldn’t muster at the start and settled three back along the markers, with the polemarker Our Calvados leading.

Easing away from the inside in the final circuit to be one/one approaching the home turn, Ronald George was three wide on straightening and raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat Sunrose Don (one/two) and Our Calvados in 2-02.5.

Long Forest co-trainers Maree and John Caldow’s former top flight juvenile Lord Of The Gym captured the Jim Roberts Nyah Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (D-H) over 2570 metres in 2-10.5.

Stepping cleanly from outside the front line, Lord Of The Gym was given an easy time three back in the moving line, with Tsonga showing a brilliant burst of speed from mid-field to cross the leader Unbundled within half a lap.

Easing three wide solo racing for the bell, John Caldow put his foot to the floor in the last lap and Lord Of The Gym crossed to lead on turning.

Driven vigorously in the straight, Lord Of The Gym although flat on his feet kept on giving to gain the day by a half neck over Tsonga which came again, with the hot favourite Join The Circus close up in third place after missing away.

Mildura trainer/driver Shayne Cramp’s much improved Blissful Hall/Marlee Jayne 5-Y-0 gelding Dream Catch Me, a former star Tasmanian juvenile snared the Ian Ray Rentravision Pace for C6 or better class over 2170 metres.

Leading from gate three, Dream Catch Me was never headed in accounting for Omaha Beach which trailed, using the sprint lane to go down by 1.2 metres in 2-00 even, with Atlas Alliance (one/one – three wide home turn) third.

The Wind Cries Maori Trotters Handicap for T0 to T4 class over 2570 metres went to Peter Manning’s consistent Earl/Kims Fantasy 4-Y-0 gelding Lillingstonelovell in a rate of 2-08.3.

Given a lovely trip by Kerryn on the back of the leader Gazoline after The Driller broke shortly after the start when crossed by Gazoline, Lillingstonelovell in his first racing campaign chalked up his 7th success in 18 outings, using the sprint lane to overpower Gazoline which was given little peace by Bargain Basement, with Shiraz Cabernet flashing home late from last for third.

Peter Tonkin finished the night on a happy note after snaring the Tooleybuc Sporting Club 3-Y-0 Pace over 1765 metres with Live Or Die/Killarney filly Vesper Lynd.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Vesper Lynd spent most of the race parked in the open from outside the front row, proving too strong at the finish for the pacemaker Emperor Commodus and Margots Magic which followed the winner throughout third.

A half sister to A.G. Hunter Cup winner Bondy, Vesper Lynd returned a mile rate of 2-04.8 in registering her 2nd victory.

*** The next Nyah meeting will be the traditional Melbourne Cup night fixture on November 1.

Village Of Dreams

Buriton Bailey

Not Avaliable

On The Buzzer

Our Blackbird

Ronald George

Lord Of The Gym

Dream Catch Me


Vesper Lynd


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