Day At The Track

John Caldow was a class act at Shepparton

12:49 PM 14 Aug 2012 NZST
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Maree and John Caldow
Maree and John Caldow

Melton based reinsman John Caldow was responsible for the "drive of the night" aboard Red River Hanover/Radiant Rhythm gelding Radiant River in the Brett Collins Refrigeration 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres at the Wangaratta Harness Racing Club fixture held at Shepparton on Tuesday August 14.

Settling mid-field in the moving line from gate three on the second row, Radiant River trained at Bendigo by Trevor Monk made a lightning three wide move racing for the bell to lead for the final circuit, treating his rivals with contempt as he coasted to the wire 7.8 metres in advance of the pole mark pacemaker Damascus Road which stuck to his guns, with Taw (three back the markers last lap) third after following the runner up throughout. The mile rate 1-58.9.

Sunbury trainer/driver Justin Livingstone chalked up victory number six with Conch Deville/Springfield Wilma 6-Y-0 mare Rockin Wilma in the Sinclair & Rooney Painters & Decorators Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2190 metres in a mile rate of 2-02.9.

Drawn awkwardly inside the second line, Rockin Wilma raced by the Livingstone family became buried four back along the markers in the early part of the race, with the pole marker and last start Kilmore winner Spinster Clare leading from the pole.

Extricating away from the markers entering the straight on the first occasion, Rockin Wilma then proceeded to race in the open for the remainder of the journey, outstaying her rivals to defeat Spinster Clare, with Clarrie Stone using the sprint lane for third after following the pacemaker.

Avenel’s Greg Norman snared the John Brain Roofing Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres with ultra-consistent 4-Y-0 Modern Art/Satin Ridge gelding Did It Alone.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Did It Along was given the run of the race from inside the second line following the heavily supported pole marker Dusty Smiles and was always travelling on a tight rein.

Easing to the outside on straightening, Did It Alone had to pull out all stops to overhaul Dusty Smiles who was drilled by Morala outside her in the last lap, the margin a half neck only. Lifes A Lombo finished third after following the pair. The mile rate 1-59.9.

Four year old Christian Cullen/Paulas Way gelding Uncle Wingnut who was successful in the A S Villani Building Contractor Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1690 metres has been a revelation since crossing the Tasman, beaten only twice in seven outings for Woorinen (Swan Hill) trainer Vince Costa.

With regular reinsman Michael Bellman in the sulky, Uncle Wingnut from gate two led throughout in accounting for Modern Warrior which trailed making no impression along the sprint lane and Kingussie (one/one) in 2-00.2.

** Two of Victoria’s premier reinsmen Greg Sugars and Nathan Jack will be off the scene later this week after losing appeals last Friday.

Sugars’ suspension for three weeks was dismissed, but varied to two weeks, while Jack’s three week appeal was dismissed.

by Len BAKER

John Caldow's "drive of the night" aboard Radiant River in the Brett Collins Refrigeration 3-Y-0 Pace:

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