Chris Lang's standing as king of the trotters remains well and truly intact after victory in last night’s Group 2 VHRSC Holmfield at Tabcorp Park Melton.
The Nagambie trainer-driver guided his newest stable gun One Over Da Moon to a 2.4m win in the 1720m race for three-year-old trotters, the winning mile rate of 1:59.4 the fastest of the colt’s career so far.
Formerly trained in New Zealand by Paul Nairn, One Over Da Moon – a New Zealand Harness Jewels champion as a two-year-old who galloped out of contention in the three-year-old Jewels ranks last month – was back to his best last night.
The winner started at $3.70 on the tote after the majority of punters sided with last-start New South Wales Trotters Derby winner Our Twentyten as their top Holmfield pick, backing him into $1.70.
Off the back straight, favourite punters might have been forgiven for heading to the queue early as Our Twentyten whizzed past early pacemaker Asdenro, which had given a bold sight.
But just 200m later things had changed dramatically.
Turning for home Our Twentyten was gone, dropping back through the field dramatically in the home straight to wind up last.
Guiltless rattled home to run second for Daryl Douglas, while Our Twentyten’s stablemate Daenerys Targaryen, driven by Greg Sugars, used the sprint lane to finish third, ahead of a bold Asdenro, which kept on kicking to run fourth for Haydon Gray.
Another trotter it might pay to keep an eye on out of the race is Spidergrace, which lost considerable ground when it galloped approaching the home turn before balancing up once more and making up many lengths in the straight to beat two home.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)