Day At The Track

Magpies in the money at Warragul

10:54 PM 17 Aug 2015 NZST
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Nathan Buckley - Owns a share in Stone Of Destiny which won today at Warragul
Nathan Buckley - Owns a share in Stone Of Destiny which won today at Warragul
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and captain Scott Pendlebury are among the 14 owners of pacer Stone Of Destiny, which bought up its first win at the harness racing meeting at Warragul on Monday afternoon.

Although the pair weren't on track for the race, several other members of the Raceapacer Syndicate, along with the group's jovial Manager Mark Hoare, were trackside for the event.
 
Mark has helped operate syndicates successfully for over 20 years in trotting and gallops, introducing many new owners to racing.

Stone Of Destiny is trained by die-hard Collingwood fan Jayne Davies, and was driven by Chris Alford.

As well as nearly $4000 in prizemoney for Monday's win, a first win bonus of $7000 will also be well received by connections.

Chris Alford drove two winners on the card - his first win was with Blacktie Lightning earlier in the day.

Trained near Ballarat by Chris Lang Junior, Blacktie Lightning was most impressive in scoring, and the win was timely for Lang and his partner Haley Toulmin, who announced their engagement last weekend.

Stoned Again scored a popular win in the Trotters Handicap, and claimed the Warragul Horse of the Year title in the process.

Owners of the horse also sponsored the event, giving them the extra thrill of winning their own race.

The win also capped off a great season at Warragul for trainer Bill Walker and driver Simone Walker.

Husband and wife Andy and Kate Gath collected a double at the meeting - with Tenacious One and Ideal Diamante both scoring impressive wins.

Bushrod won race seven for trainer/driver Alison Chisholm, while trainer Ahmed Taiba and driver Greg Sugars combined to win the fourth event with Rock Of America, which flashed home down the outside of the track to win in a close finish.

Melton pacer Electric Ollie won the second event - the visitors won most of the races on Monday over the local trainers.

Monday's meeting rounded out the racing season at Warragul, with the next raceday now not until November 30 when the first anniversary of the Warragul track reopening takes place.

The quality of the Warragul track has improved out of sight with the changes that have taken place over the last 12 months.

Stewards at Monday's meeting commented on the quality of the track given the amount of rain received in the lead-up to the meeting.

With the improvements to the track has come increased interest from trainers along with better quality and faster racing, justifying the money spent on the project last year.
 
Kyle Galley
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