Len Baker's provincial Victoria Sept. 11th

06:10 PM 11 Sep 2008 NZST
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Hamilton trainer David Lewis and reinsman nephew Caleb Lewis combined to capture the H F Ranch Pace for C1 & C2 class mares over 1710 metres at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Thursday September 22, with the very smart Frostyana, a 5-Y-0 daughter of Armbro Operative and Frosty Again.

Starting from gate three, Frostyana enjoyed a cosy trip three back in the running line for most of the journey, before being asked to improve three wide approaching the home turn.

Finishing determinedly, Frostyana proved too strong for a death-seating Who Knew on reaching the wire, with the roughie Bentom Belle third from three back along the markers after easing wide halfway up the running.

A winner of five races with ten placings from 31 outings, Frostyana returned a

1-57.6 mile rate.

HOT TO TROT

Geoffrey Webster's Bannockburn (Geelong) stable is absolutely on fire at present, as is the 5-Y-0 Holmes Hanover/Star Heritage Kiwi bred gelding Genuine Star who continued on his winning way by taking out the Haddon General Store Pace for C7 & C8 class over 2200 metres.

Leading out from gate two, Genuine Star was never out of second gear and coasted to the wire in advance of That's Mister Ali (three wide last lap) and Few Good Men (second on marker line) in a mile rate of 1-58.7.

Webster had earlier in the night snared the Uneik Jewellery Pace for C0 class over 1710 metres with Hirli Birli Lombo in a 1-57.5 rate.

Well supported, Hirli Birli Lombo a 4-Y-0 Lotsa Clout/Indyanna Lombo gelding, was sent forward three wide from gate four to park outside the pacemaker Kid Billy (gate two), before gaining cover when John Justice sent Luminous Lombo with a rush three wide to join the leader with a lap to travel.

Easing wide on turning, it took Hiri Birli Lombo the entire length of the long Ballarat straight to nab Kid Billy, with Luminous Lombo close up in third place.

LOCAL VICTORY

Bungaree (Ballarat) trainer Julian Jobe's 6-Y-0 Barnett Hanover/Cobargo Doll gelding Cobargo Barney is another which has been airborne of late without winning, but made amends for two very unlucky seconds with a strong victory in the Action Ads Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2200 metres.

Coming from the 10 metre mark, Cobargo Barney settled mid-field in the running line and when asked for an effort on turning by reinsman Luke Steenhuis, finished full of running out wide to score from Longtan Safari and the rank outsider Alaro in 2-03.2.

Cobargo Barney has been on the market recently with no takers.

ANOTHER LOCAL SUCCESS

Emma Stewart's exciting Troublemaker/Abbie Matao 6-Y-0 gelding Mickey Mac made it 7 wins and 2 placings from only 11 outings when outstanding in the Stamford Tyres Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2200 metres.

Starting from the extreme draw, Mickey Mac wasn't bustled with Brian Gath content to sit at the tail of the field until setting off three wide solo racing for the bell.

When Lisa Justice aboard Elijah came out ahead of him in the last lap, Mickey Mac gained a trail which he probably didn't want at the time, resulting in him having to then pull very wide on the point of the turn.

Unleashing a brilliant turn of speed, Mickey Mac's performance was brilliant in defeating the roughie Keep The Magic and Hank Stanley which led in a mile rate of 2-01.

FIRST VICTORY

Veteran Wedderburn trainer Jack Rohan would have been "over the moon" when his home bred Impressionist/Jamique 4-Y-0 entire Passaro broke his maiden status at start number 19 in the Gold Bus Pace for C0 class over 1710 metres.

In a helter-skelter affair where the polemark leader Longtan Spur was relentlessly attacked by Flick The Switch, Passaro and Jodi Quinlan had trouble keeping up and after lobbing one/one, had no option but to drop to the marker line mid-race.

Chasing hard in the final circuit, Passaro finished best to overhaul a game Longtan Spur in 1-58.4, with Corey Boy running on late for third.

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