Day At The Track

Lead to succeed at Bathurst

09:02 AM 08 Jun 2018 NZST
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ON a rather chilly Wednesday evening at Gold Crown Paceway in front was the place to be with all four Alabar Breeders Challenge three-year-old winners leading from start to finish in their respective heats.

The first heat of the colts and geldings was a very open affair, with five of the nine runners figuring prominently in the betting.

It was, however, the $2.90 favourite Maximus Red, trained and driven by Steve Turnbull, which found the front very easily from barrier seven, and ultimately proved too good in a mile rate of 1.59.9.

Aphorism driven by Anthony Frisby, sat parked for the trip and battled on gamely to  finish second, with Brad’s Luck (Doug Hewitt), a neck away third.

The Amanda Turnbull-trained and driven War Dan, found the lead very easily in the second heat of the colts and gelding, and despite a late challenge from Bella Ball Terror, (Dennis Picker), held on to win by a half head in a mile rate of 1.59.8.

Mackeral, (Bernie Hewitt), held on well for third. Both placegetters did a great job to finish as close as they did with the closing quarter being run in 27.3 seconds. The fastest recorded on the night.

The first heat of the three-year-old fillies division was won in fine style by the John McCarthy-trained and driven, Hows The Memory.

A recent addition to the McCarthy stable, after previously being trained very successfully in the Riverina by Billy Trembath, Hows The Memory, cruised away to win by 19 metres in a mile rate of 1.55.4.

Second placing went to Redbank Addi (KerryAnn Turner) with a further three metres to Art Series (Amanda Turnbull) which finished third.

The three placegetters dominated the betting in what was a very strong heat, with the winning margin of 19 metres showing how dominate Hows The Memory was.

The final heat was taken out by Callmequeenbee.

Although, not a genuine leader, the daughter of Shadow Play, trained by Gemma Rue and driven by Gem’s husband Mat, did all that was asked of her up the straight to record a four metre victory in a closing 27.9 quarter.

Second placing went to Cobbity Chic (Bernie Hewitt), which made good ground in the straight, with Bid For Red, a further five metres away.

Outside of the Alabar Breeders Challenge heats, Mango Stride (KerryAnn Turner) was a very impressive winner in race one.

Despite only recording one win in its previous seven starts, Mango Stride rated 1.55.1 after over coming barrier five on the second line.

He assumed the lead at the 800 metre mark and cruised away with a solid 26 metre victory. They’re plenty more wins in store for this son of Rocknroll Hanover.

Danny Dwyer

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