Day At The Track

Locals dominate at Christmas meet

05:02 AM 24 Dec 2015 NZDT
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John Caldow with Kelly, Katherine and Pauline John Caldow
John Caldow with Kelly, Katherine and Pauline from race sponsor Gippsland Business Centre
John Caldow
Local horses scored most of the wins at the well attended Warragul harness racing meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Longwarry trainer Lee Evison collected two race wins for a host of happy owners - with Expectagrin which scored its first race victory, and the talented pacer Mister Wickham.

Fellow Gippsland horseman Gary Quinlan was also in the winners' circle on the program with Ymbro Toto, which led throughout in her victory, giving ace reinsman Greg Sugars a driving double.

Veteran Croydon horseman Mario Stella has long supported Warragul's meetings, and made the trip across a successful one when he landed a double with Feel The Buzz (driven by Matt Ablett) and Greenough (Zac Phillips).

Clyde trainer Jayne Davies was another local to collect a victory with Mister Clooney in race eight when driven by Chris Alford.

Melton couple Maree and John Caldow combined to win the Gippsland Business Centre Pace with Art Mistress, defeating locals Sahara Sunrise and Fairest Fella.

John Caldow accepted a trophy on behalf of the race sponsors, who held their Christmas break-up at the trots.

After the race Caldow claimed the Warragul track as "the best little track around", given the work undertaken to enhance the condition of the track surface and camber in recent times.

Veteran Bendigo horseman Brian Gath had his first drive at Warragul for some time, and landed victory with Aitutaki.

Gath also praised the quality of the revamped Warragul track after the race, saying that while the track has always been of good quality, the renovation works undertaken 12 months ago have taken the course to another level.

Trainer/driver Lisa Miles bought home Tiavons Dream to a narrow victory in the Trotters Handicap - the square gaiters turned in a great exhibition of faultless trotting which was well received by the crowd.

Wednesday's raceday introduced plenty of new people to trotting and there was a great atmosphere on track. Strong entries produced nine races with competitors coming from far and wide for a quality program.

Warragul Harness Racing Club officials will be hoping to repeat the success at their next raceday on Tuesday afternoon, January 19.
 
Kyle Galley
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