Day At The Track

Michael Hughes captures another feature race

01:59 PM 12 Jun 2016 NZST
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Trainer Michael Hughes
Trainer Michael Hughes seen here on Ronerail
Courtesy Of Warrgaul Harness Racing Club - Ronerail and trainer Michael Hughes in trackwork at their Longwarry stables.

Gippsland harness racing horseman Michael Hughes captured another feature race when Cruisin Around scored a narrow win in The Holmfield at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday night.

Cruisin Around led throughout and held off a determined challenge from Sundons Courage in the closing stages to win the $30,325 race by a head.

A winner of eight races from 18 starts, Cruisin Around is likely to be aimed at further feature events over Winter.

Stablemate Mygoldengrinner led throughout to win at Kilmore on Tuesday night. Michael Hughes is also the owner of the two-year-old gelding out of his former smart mare Life Of Gold.

Former top local mare Jazzam was represented by her first race winning progeny in New South Wales last week.

Dison, starting a red hot favourite, sat in the death seat throughout and held on for a narrow win at Penrith.

Jazzam enjoyed a stellar racing career. Dison is her first foal to reach the racetrack, and should go on to win further races on the strength of it's debut effort.

Bad Boy Cullen scored an upset win at Yarra Valley last Wednesday, as a 15/1 chance.

Raced by a Gippsland syndicate and prepared by Gary Quinlan, Bad Boy Cullen came from centre field courtesy of a well judged drive by Chris Alford.

Celestial Daybreak gave the Gippsland Harness Training Centre students their first taste of success for the year when a winner at Cranbourne on June 2.

Rated well by driver Glenn Hunter, Celestial Daybreak led all the way for Warragul trainer Jenni Lewis.

Talented local pacer Mister Wickham showed he has returned to the racetrack on good style with a win on the same program for Longwarry horseman Lee Evison.

Local racing returns to Warragul next Monday, June 20, for what should be a strong eight race program.

Local trainers will be hoping their success continues on their home track.

Kyle Galley

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