Four year old Courage Under Fire / Be All Dilinger mare Cheval Charette a winner of five races at King Island (Tas), registered her first success on the mainland when victorious in the Mark Edmondson Electrical Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Monday October 21.
Trained and driven by Goornong’s Peter Salathiel, Cheval Charette was given a cosy passage three back in the moving line after starting inside the second line.
Sent forward in the final circuit, Cheval Charette joined Stylish Ruler ahead of her on the final bend, racing clear over the concluding stages to score by 1.9 metres in a rate of 2-03.3 from Stylish Ruler, with Pacific Maddy third after trailing the heavily supported weakening pacemaker Mahjong Shark.
One of the good guys of harness racing - Stanhope owner/trainer/driver Gary Pekin provided a long shot winner in 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Boom Boom Birdie rig Boom Boom Hall to land the Stringers Dairy Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres, paying Supertab odds of $38.40.
Starting from gate two on the second line, Boom Boom Hall who’s latest success had been at Swan Hill in November last year possied four back in the moving line, with the speedy Kankkunen leading from gate two.
Gaining a three wide trail home on the back of Cheshire Cat ahead of him at the bell, Boom Boom Hall produced a nice turn of speed out wide on straightening to gain the day by 3.4 metres in a rate of 1-59.8 over My Lishi (last at the bell – one/two last lap) and Bubble Art (one/one).
Junortoun owner/breeders Garry and Melva Graham snared the Bendigo Party Hire Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres with 6-Y-0 Life Sign/Bonton Lady gelding Endorsement.
A winner of five races from 52 outings going into the race, Endorsement driven by Toolern based reinsman Nigel Milne led throughout from the pole in comfortably defeating Cityscape which followed from inside the second row, with Clinchell Lee third after trailing the pair. The mile rate 1-57.2.
Melton reinsman Clinton Welsh returned to sulky with a winner after being laid up for a number of weeks, when honest 5-Y-0 Sundon/Wheels To Go gelding Wildenstein greeted the judge in the McArdle Transport Pty Ltd Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres.
Raced by breeder Graham Mulhall under the banner of Mulhall Corporation Pty Ltd, Wildenstein trained at Elmore by Clinton’s father Neville (last year’s Rothacker Medal winner), Wildenstein starting solo on the 10 metre mark was smartly away as he usually is, lobbing three back along the markers, with the roughie Ourlittlelil leading from barrier two.
Following Conchs Critter a stablemate of the leader which eased off the back of her in the last lap to give chase to Atego Lily which had crossed before the home turn, Wildenstein was switched down to the inside on turning before finishing best along the sprint lane to blouse Atego Lily in the shadows of the post by a half neck, with the 50 metre backmarker Paparazzi Snapshot flying home out wide from a mile back to finish third a neck away. The mile rate 2-04.1.
It was Wildenstein’s 7th victory in 43 outings.
Coimadai co-trainers Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang landed the Horseworld Bendigo Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres with impressive former Kiwi 6-Y-0 In The Pocket/Lite Jade mare Lite Jagermeister in a rate of 2-00.5.
Sent forward from gate four on the second line shortly after the start to be presented with the lead without spending too much petrol, Lite Jagermeister gave Lang an armchair drive as she coasted to the wire untouched 2.7 metres in advance of the early leader Advance To Go along the sprint lane. Tere T which moved to race in the open at the bell battled on gamely to finish third.
The $8,000 Final will be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on November 1.