Day At The Track

Len Baker's provincial Victoria August 28th

05:36 PM 28 Aug 2008 NZST
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The all conquering Smythes Creek (Ballarat) stable of Emma Stewart transported three horses to Dalvui Raceway Terang on Thursday August 28, with all three winners on the night.

Rustler Hanover/Our Lady Rena colt Bonavista Bay opened proceedings when successful in the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory 2-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres.

Slowly away from the pole at his first outing since March, reinsman Gavin Lang was quickly away from the markers with Bonavista Bay to enjoy a sweet trip one/one, before easing three wide in the last lap.

Surging clear approaching the home turn, Bonavista Bay blitzed his rivals in defeating Goodtime Jasper and Davidroy in a 1-58.8 mile rate.

The 4-Y-0 Holmes Hanover/Beris's Vicki mare Beris Holmes brought up three wins in succession by taking the Terang Home Hardware Pace for C2 & C3 class

over 2180 metres.

Driven by Brian Gath, Beris Holmes led throughout from the pole to return a 2-00.8 rate in accounting for the rank outsider Morningglory along the sprint lane from last, with Village Pop third after facing the breeze.

The treble came up in the Timboon Motors Holden Dealer Pace for C4 & C5 class, when the extremely tough Troublemaker/Abbie Matao 5-Y-0 gelding Mickey Mac scored his 6th victory in 10 outings.

Again with Brian Gath in the cart, Mickey Mac despite racing in the open from gate four proved much too strong for his rivals in winning well from Gloria Lombo who issued a serious challenge on the home turn, with Waingaro Flyer third.

The mile rate a slashing 1-57.8.


Bannockburn horseman Geoff Webster combined with an in-form Greg Sugars to land the Timboon Motors Rodeo 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres at Terang with the Safely Kept/Neliska gelding Secret Tender who scored a well overdue victory after racing consistently of late.

Settling three back in the running line from the dreaded outside front line, Secret Tender was taken four wide in the last lap to trail Namarrgon.

Moving even wider approaching the home turn, Secret Tender put pay to his rivals in one bound, racing away to win as he pleased by 15 metres in a 1-59 rate over V O Two along the sprint lane off the back of the leader Salohcin, with the roughie Givitaname third after racing in the open.


Terang part-owner/trainer Darren Cole's 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/The Devil Inside gelding Devilsliveinside appears to love his home track and made it two wins there when victorious in the A & M Driscoll Builders Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres.

Driven by Kerry Clarke, Devilsliveinside began swiftly to shadow the leader Campbell Wallace for the majority of the race, before kicking clear on turning in accounting for Lombo Royal Flush and Bunjil Boy in a 2-03.7 rate.

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