Day At The Track

Keayang Cullen victorious in Terang Cup

05:10 PM 09 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Quality 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Inasafeplace gelding Keayang Cullen bred and raced by the Craven Family Group was victorious in taking the $25,000 Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2680 metres at Dalvui Raceway on Saturday February 9.

Trained at “Jilliby” the Craven property just down the road at Ecklin South by Marg Lee, Keayang Cullen was driven by regular reinsman (nephew) Glen Craven who no doubt received one of his biggest thrills in harness racing.

Producing the “drive of the night” by following Arber (gate three) forward from gate three on the second line to effortlessly assume control shortly after the start, Keayang Cullen was inclined to race a little fierce through the middle stages after being allowed to bowl along at his leisure.

Still under “double wraps” on the final bend with The Phantom trying to draw closer after moving to face the open mid-race giving Our Arlington the one/one sit, Keayang Cullen kicked on straightening to record a 2.1 metre victory in quarters of 30.8, 29.9, 27.8 and 28.9 for the last 1609 metres, returning a mile rate of 2-00.1 over Rodrigo (four back the markers – one/two last lap) which switched to the inside on turning rapidly making ground approaching the wire, with Our Arlington (three wide home turn) .6 of a metre away in third place.

No doubt the heads of the family (Terang HRC Life Member Harold and wife Alice) would have been proud parents and grandparents on the night as it was the first Terang Cup that the Craven’s have won.

Marg and son Jason were winners at the Stawell meeting held at Tabcorp Park Melton the night before with Keayang Steamer (Riverboat King/Alimar Star) landing the Mah Sish Pace for C5 & C6 class over 1720 metres.

On what was a “night of nights” for the Craven clan, Glen’s elder brother Matthew snared the $10,000 Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup for T5 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2680 metres aboard the Peter Manning (Great Western) trained ex-Sydneysider Earl Harbour.

Stepping cleanly from barrier two, Earl Harbour a 6-Y-0 gelded son of Earl and Swell Harbour appreciated the drop in class to what he had been contesting of late and was given an easy time trailing Crescent Gory inside him which began best to lead.

Using the sprint lane, Earl Harbour dashed to the front as the winning post came into view to score by 3.3 metres in advance of a death-seating Illawong Magic and Enjoy A Coldie (one/one) in a mile rate of 2-05.5.

To cap off a great night for the Terang area, Damian Lenehan was successful with 5-Y-0 So Thats Life/Ardent Lover gelding So Thats Flash in the Bernie Clarke Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres, paying Supertab odds of $56.60.

Given the run of the race from the pole trailing the favourite Mourinho (gate seven), So Thats Flash moved away from the markers on straightening to win by a head from Terror Toupee (one/one at bell) and Just A Picture along the sprint lane in a rate of 2-02.9.

Keayang Cullen

by Len BAKER

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