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Male's Dusty Smiles back in the winners list

01:04 PM 23 Apr 2013 NZST
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Greg Sugars
Greg Sugars

Bolinda harness racing trainer Paul Males was victorious with 7-Y-0 Brioso Hanover/All Fire N Ace mare Dusty Smiles in the True Value Solar Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Shepparton on Tuesday April 23.

Dropping back several grades after not winning since April 2011, Dusty Smiles with Greg Sugars in the sulky, led virtually throughout from gate three in defeating Safisfied Grin (three wide last lap from near last) in a rate of 1-58.1, with Pensicola third after always being handy.

Another Bolinda winner on the program was Live Or Die/Trustee Mota gelding Crusader Acey in the Clark Rubber 3-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres for Brent Lilley.

Driven by Rod Petroff, Crusader Acey starting from the extreme draw possied mid-field in the running line, with the odds-on favourite Luke Hobbs heading the field from gate three.

Sent forward three wide in the final circuit, Crusader Acey joined Luke Hobbs on the final bend and the pair raced head and head all the way up the running, with Crusader Acey getting the judge's nod by a half head on the wire in a rate of 1-57.3. Wolfpack finished 6.2 metres away in third place after following the leader.

Five year old Pegasus Spur/Sister Beep gelding Stephen John has returned to racing in fine fettle for Junortoun trainer Len Maher and reinsman son Graeme who race the horse in partnership, making it two from two this time in after taking the Travis Frost Plumbing Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2190 metres at Shepparton.

Stepping safely from the 20 metre mark, Stephen John was able to avoid several gallopers shortly after the start, settling a long way off the leader Diedre Deville.

Biding his time, Stephen John commenced a forward move in the last lap and even though he was four and five wide on the home turn, motored home in the straight to register a 5 metre victory in 2-06.4 over Rubon Brown off a three wide trail last lap, with Wortherly running home late for third after trailing the leader and being taken back prior to the home turn.

Shepparton (Bunbartha) based trainer John Newberry combined with son Matthew to land the 2nd Heat of the E K Bray Country Cup for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres at his home track with 5-Y-0 Pacific Rocket/Shez Madam Jasper gelding Niquero, paying Supertab odds of $41.10.

Taking a concession, Niquero from the pole possied on the back of the pacemaker Cheveyo next to him, receiving the run of the race.

Using the sprint lane, Niquero finished best to score by a head from the dead-heaters Stormed Out which rushed home from mid-field on the final bend and the hot favourite Madam Pom Pom which parked outside Cheveyo for the last lap. The mile rate 1-59.2.

Kyabram trainer/driver Greg Caldwell was also provided a long shot winner on the program, when 3-Y-0 It Is I/Catchthat gelding Catchthateye greeted the judge in the Peppermill Inn Hotel Motel Pace for Co class over 2190 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.7.

In a dashing drive, Catchthateye was sent forward with a rush from mid-field to lead approaching the bell and allowed to run for the remainder of the trip, defied all challengers to score from the red-hot favourite Ohyeah Lifegoeson (four wide last lap) and Shanira which trailed the winner after leading for the first half of the journey.

Melton trainer/driver Jason Fino scored a well deserved victory with honest 7-Y-0 Village Jasper/Bells Of Shandon gelding Shandon Village in the Shepparton Transit Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres.

Bred by the "Pacing Priest" Father Brian Glasheen from St Bernards Parish in Bacchus Marsh, Shandon Village was given the run of the race from the pole trailing the Boort Cup winner Daylight Dan drawn next to him.

Not bothering with the sprint lane, Shandon Village was eased off the back of the leader on the final bend, before running home best to gain a 2.9 metre victory in 2-00.3 from Daylight Dan and Western Rustler.

It was Shandon Village's 11th success in 129 outings.

Dusty Smiles

Crusader Acey

Stephen John



Shandon Village

by Len BAKER

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