Day At The Track

Kiwis battle in Aussie

04:24 PM 07 Aug 2017 NZST
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Chris Alford and Wobelee,Harness racing
Wobelee
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Canterbury-trained two-year-old filly Our Renezmae finished third behind Australian star Wobelee ($1.40) in the $A50,000 Redwood Classic 2yo stand trot at Maryborough, Victoria, on Sunday.

Young trainer Jack Harrington’s filly was no match for Wobelee, a son of Down Under Muscles, was has won eight from 10 starts for driver Chris Alford and clocked 2:49.3 over 2190m (stand) in the Group One classic.

He started from one on the second line, but Alford stepped him out to lead as the one horse, Whizbang Dan, broke and veered sideways.

Our Renezmae began well to trail, but was under pressure when the leader took off at the 800m, with Regal Assassin, who broke early, coming on strongly for second.

The Cran Dalgety-trained filly Chevron Express failed in the Gr.1 $A70,000 Victoria Trotters 3YO Derby (2690m, mobile) behind Une Belle Allure.

The Kiwi filly was driven by expat reinsman Anthony Butt, but drifted badly when three-back on the inner soon after turning for home.

She was later examined by a vet.

The Anton Golino-trained, Angus Hall-sired filly Une Belle Allure ($7.70) was too strong for favourites Dance Craze and President Roydon after taking over early from stablemate Dance Craze, as she won her seventh from 12 starts, including the NSW and Victoria Oaks.

She sprinted home in 57.9s for her last 800m, clocking 3:25.9 overall.

Earlier, Butt reined nine-year-old champion trotter Keystone Del ($6) to a fresh-up win, moving up from last at the 800m three-wide and powering home to win brilliantly for expat Kiwi trainer Brent Lilley over 2190m (mobile), clocking 2.42.1 and winning by 6.7 metres.

By Dr Ronerail out of Kiwi-bred mare Flipside (by Aereus), he has now won 42 from 68 starts and $1.1m.

 

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