Day At The Track

Lets Slash An Burn takes $25G Cobram Cup

11:16 AM 29 Dec 2010 NZDT
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A terrific Cobram Cup day harness racing fixture was held at the popular Victorian venue on the border of NSW on Wednesday December 29, featuring the $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup for M0 or better class horses over 2678 metres and the $15,000 George Mance Cobram Trotters Cup for TMO or better (D-H) over the same distance, both attracting quality fields.

The Cup going the way of Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster’s Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Jaz Atom gelding Lets Slash An Burn with Greg Sugars in the sulky.

Stepping safely from inside the second line, Lets Slash An Burn raced by Vince and Maria Sanzaro under the banner of Sanzaro Racing, immediately tackled the reliable beginner Flash Of Freedom for the lead and had little trouble in obtaining it as Flash Of Freedom usually takes a trail in his races.

Allowed to bowl along without any serious challengers, Lets Slash An Burn left his rivals standing on the final bend, kicking away with an unbeatable margin in accounting for Jaccka Clive (one/one) in a rate of 2-01.1 (last half mile 56.6 – quarter 28), with Tear It All Away closing in late for third after getting into plenty of trouble at the start and taking inside runs to be four back along the markers mid-race. The heavily backed favourite Tanabi Bromac coming from the 20 metre mark first up, raced in the open for the last half of the journey and was found wanting over the concluding stages to finish fourth.

The Green Team of Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander snared the Trotters Cup with evergreen 8-Y-0 Earl/Dallas Salena gelding No Early Spark at Supertab odds of $18.80.

First up since October, No Early Spark bred and raced by veteran Wangaratta icon Jim Canny who doesn’t enjoy the best of health these days, began brilliantly from outside the front row, with Chris Alford sending him straight to the front.

Rated an absolute treat by always holding a tidy margin, No Early Spark was given full rein approaching the home turn and bounded away with a commanding lead to score by 8 metres in advance of Keys To The Ute (four wide last lap from mid-field) in a rate of 2-06.5, with All Rumor (three wide from the bell) third.

It was No Early Spark’s 15th success in 78 outings, having amassed stakes in excess of $150,000.

Exciting Mach Three/Silkari Star gelding Attackamach chalked up his 4th victory at start number eight in taking the Cec Berger Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 1670 metres.

Bred and raced by Rosli Reid, trained at Kialla (Shepparton) by Dave Farrar and driven by Nathan Jack, Attackamach possied beautifully one/one from gate six, before being left in the open at the bell when The Numbers Man crossed the pacemaker Rowillie.

Despite facing the breeze, Attackamach ran home stylishly to score from The Numbers Man and Brancore Major (one/one last lap) in a rate of 1-56.4.

Much travelled reinsman Tony Pullicino was in the winners stall when 5-Y-0 Time Stands Still/Suszy Bay mare Close By greeted the judge in the Benstud Standardbreds Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres.

Trained by cousin Mary-Jane Mifsud in Kilmore, Close By led throughout from gate five to win in a breeze from Kurt Angle which trailed, with Norway King third after following the pair.

Stanhope (Goulburn Valley) trainer/driver Gary Pekin enjoyed a welcome change of luck when his Sundon/Hurling 6-Y-0 gelding Im Victor Trumper captured the D’Vine Ideas Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2170 metres.

Raced by Gary and wife Jane, Im Victor Trumper a New Zealand import, began with plenty of zest from the 10 metre mark to lead and was never headed in defeating the roughie Justcallmespecial which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Wont Be The Same (one/one last lap) third. The mile rate 2-06.1.

Len BAKER

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