Day At The Track

Jack and Junior win Warragul Pacing Cup

07:58 AM 31 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Koko the Clown Footy legends Tom Hafey, Gary Ablett Snr Eddie Evison Trotters Cup presentation Joseph Manton Jack In Flight
Koko the Clown - And young pony trot driver Hayley Douglas (koko)
Footy legends Tom Hafey, Gary Ablett Snr - Bill Barrott & Peter 'Crackers' Keenan were among the crowd
Eddie Evison Trotters Cup presentation - With trainer Michael Calaz, Marj Evison & Glenda Sherar
Joseph Manton - Drove Devil In Disguise to win the Warragul Pony Cup
Jack In Flight - Winning the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup
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Talented young harness racing driver Chris Lang Junior, who has achieved much success in trotting races, landed his first Pacing Cup win when Jack In Flight won the $25,000 Rapidvite Warragul Pacing Cup on Easter Sunday.

Trained at Melton by former Kiwi horseman Brett Cargill, Jack In Flight upstaged a strong field in what was a keenly contested fifty-fifth staging of the race.

Driver Lang settled Jack In Flight in the middle of the field early in the 2620 metre event, before moving up towards the lead mid-race.

Hitting the front around the home turn, Jack In Flight held off a late challenge from Gamblers Rustler to score narrowly, with last year's Cup winner Jukebox Music a close third.

The race time was just over a half second outside the course record set in 2007.

Chris Lang Junior's father was born in Warragul, and the younger Lang joins his uncle Gavin, who drove the runner up in this year's event, and grandfather Graeme on the honour roll of Warragul Cup winning drivers.

Earlier, Gentlemans Honour created history by becoming the first horse to win two Eddie Evison Memorial Trotters Cups.

Ironically in his first race win since last years Cup, Gentlemans Honour led throughout under a well judged drive by reinsman Greg Sugars.

Michael Calaz was a delighted trainer after the event, as his eight-year-old gelding passed the $100,000 in stakes with his victory, at start 77.

Former local horseman Geoff Walker produced Fairest One Youare to win the Bail Plumbing pace, for local owner Garry Rogers.

Fairest One Youare led throughout for driver Jodi Quinlan, who was able to dictate terms to suit in front.

Despite overnight and morning rain which impacted on crowd numbers, racing was very keen and fast times were recorded in most events.

Longwarry trainer Lee Evison went home a winner courtesy of the Dooza Racing Sulky giveaway. He became the second local trainer to win one of the new racing cart's for the year by racing at Warragul.

A host of football legends attended the day and mingled with the crowd, with Tom Hafey, 'Crackers' Keenan, Gary Ablett Senior and Bill Barrott all enjoying the Warragul Harness Racing Club's hospitality.

Racing returns to the Warragul Pacing Bowl on Monday, April 29.

by Kyle GALLEY

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