Kelly-Ann Dunnes 100th with Last Sunset filly

10:22 PM 20 May 2011 NZST
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Young Maryborough harness racing reinswoman Kelly-Ann Dunne posted a milestone when she guided the well bred two-year-old trotting filly Shes An Image to a convincing win at Geelong last Monday (May 16). It was her 100th race-winning drive. Having only her third start, the Last Sunset filly exploded out of the mobile and took up the running before the first turn.

Given full bore in the last lap by Dunne, Shes An Image set up an unassailable lead at the 500 metres mark and coasted to the line 11.5 metres clear of runner-up Leavemein. Mister Gunset, who raced wide for the last round, ran third.

Shes An Image tramped her last half in 60.4 seconds and averaged a handy 2:05.9 for the 2100m.

Trained by Paul Watson, Shes An Image ranks as a half-sister and stablemate to the multiple Group winning trotter Gentle Image.

Top one Mark

Three-year-old Markleigh Ucha was responsible for the ‘run of the night’ at Shepparton last Thursday (May 19).

Starting from the No. 5 gate, the son of Western Terror was sent forward at the start but, after being caught on a limb, was snagged back to midfield by Scott Dyer.

Approaching the bell, Markleigh Ucha was again on the march, working up to face the breeze.

Despite the torrid passage, the gelding exploded to the front in the home straight and scored by an ever-increasing seven metres.

He rated a smart 1:59 for the 2190 metres – the fast time of the night.

It was his sixth win from 17 starts this term.

Rosa breaks through…at last!

Five-year-old trotting mare Viva La Rosa broke through for her first win at her 33rd start at Kilmore last Wednesday (May 18).

However, it was not without a share a drama!

Firstly, the $1.40 public elect galloped in the score-up causing a recall. Then, at the second attempt, she again went offstride and settled near the rear of the eight-horse field.

Latching on to the three-wide trail in the back straight, Viva La Rosa (Kylie Sugars) staked her claim rounding the home bend and finished resolutely down the outside to cut down the plucky Jackbegood.

Prepared by Ross Sugars, the daughter of Conch Deville had been placed in nine of her previous 32 outings.

Len BAKER

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