Day At The Track

John & Maree Caldow lass takes $20G final

01:55 PM 09 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Maree and John Caldow
Maree and John Caldow

Harness racing Melton based co-trainers John and Maree Caldow were successful in taking the rich $20,000 Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship Final for C1 & C2 class over 2170 metres at Nyah on Wednesday March 8 with ever reliable 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Lets Go Baby mare Nickle Miss in a mile rate of 2-02.2.

Driven by John, Nickle Miss a winner of the Tasmanian Oaks last season and a winner of her opening heat, settled three back along the markers after starting from inside the second line, trailing both Blucolla Tigerpie which scorched across the face of the field from outside the front line to lead, with the South Australian Semi-Final winner Powershift trailing.

Easing away from the markers entering the front straight on the first occasion, Nickle Miss then received the run of the race after the well supported Donoson also a Semi-Final winner moved forward from near last to face the breeze mid-race.

When Donoson took care of the leader approaching the home turn, Nickle Miss was poised to pounce and that she did on straightening, finishing best in a punishing finish to score by a half head only, with Fragments another South Australian third after racing three wide uncovered from the bell.

The Swan Hill Holden Pace for C6 or better class over 2170 metres was a thrilling affair, with victory going (on protest) to Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Nevalookbak gelding The Blurr for Glenn and Daryl Douglas.

Raced by in-laws Eric & Heather Anderson under the banner of Anderson Racing, The Blurr from gate four enjoyed a sweet passage one/one trailing the favourite Mister Rhys, with Megasam a stablemate of the winner leading from gate five.

Hopelessly boxed in from the bell with Dreaming Fella three wide and Yucatchim trailing, The Blurr had to be extricated six wide on the final bend, with Yucatchim and Shayne Cramp dashing away.

Making a late challenge in the shadows of the post, The Blurr couldn’t quite overhaul Yucatchim, going down by a head in a slick 2-00.5, however an objection by Daryl Douglas against the winner for locking wheels just prior to the post was upheld, with The Blurr being declared the winner. Mister Rhys fought on bravely for third.

Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan combined with Bendigo’s Neil McCallum to land the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres with 4-Y-0 Embrace Me/Opus Fantasy gelding Ocean Rider.

Trailing Vinjon Bee (gate three) running into the first turn from the pole, Ocean Rider was afforded the lead when Vinjon Bee went off stride, before taking a trail on the favourite Allrightythen which sprinted brilliantly from last to assume control in the back straight on the first occasion.

After enjoying the run of the race, Ocean Rider was able to gun down Allrightythen as the winning post loomed to score by 2.2 metres in 2-02.6, with Kamwood Pete (three wide home turn) third.

Ouyen trainer Mal Retallick joined forces with John Caldow to capture the Bob Hayward Memorial Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres with Matter Of Taste, a 4-Y-0 entire by Modern Art from Golden Lombo in a rate of 2-02.8.

Despite facing the open from gate four throughout, Matter Of Taste ran straight past the hot favourite Bevstuanmarylou on turning to score from No Willpower (one/one) and Our Flying Jazz which trailed the weakening leader before using the sprint lane all too late after being held up by the weakening leader.

Stawell’s Owen Martin took the honours for the night with a training double – 6-Y-0 gelding Hellovaparty in the Swan Hill Holden Used Cars Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres and 9-Y-0 In The Pocket/Loving Touch gelding Touch My Pocket in the Swan Hill Parts & Service Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1765 metres.

Hellovaperty (Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around) driven by son-in-law Michael Sullivan, led throughout from the pole to blitz his rivals in a 2-01.7 rate in accounting for Elite Fella which trailed, with Tommys Little Sis third after following the pair.

Touch My Pocket taking a concession for Marnie Bibby, also led throughout from the pole in defeating Star Classic (three wide solo last lap) and Soul Tana from last in a rate of 2-01.8.

Ouyen trainer Murray Jardine and reinsman son Simon snared the Ray & Grace Hepworth Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace Final over 2170 metres with Modern Art/Arabadooche gelding Timeless Era, leading for the majority of the journey to score from Miss Conniption which was all over the shop in the last lap, with Elegantly (one/one at bell) third after looking the winner when three wide outside the leaders on the final bend.

Neil McCallum took “the bookends” of the program when victorious aboard Shelbourne (Marong) trainer Larry Eastman’s Northern Luck/Decethree Lombo filly Lombo Cloud Nine in the Swan Hill Holden Used Cars 2-Y-0 Pace over 1765 metres, leading throughout from the pole to win unextended over Ears A Bonus which trailed and Blissful Elmo (one/one) in a rate of 2-06.6.

Len BAKER

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