Day At The Track

Manning takes the driving & training honours

01:38 PM 18 Apr 2012 NZST
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Kerryn Manning
Kerryn Manning

Terang was the venue for Tuesday night harness racing and as per usual, the Western District was well to the fore. Kerryn Manning took the driving and training honours for the evening.

She took the Choice Hotels 132 400 Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres with 4-Y-0 gelding Princeofthieves and the Browning Blue Chip Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 mare Well Hereshoping, while also snaring the Lew & Olive Welsh Memorial Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres aboard the Brooke Hansen (Armstrong) trained 5-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Hyclass Sioux mare Paparazzi Snapshot.

Princeofthieves (Ifihadyourluck/Cohesion) made it five from six with an all of the way victory from the pole in accounting for Djibouti which trailed, using the sprint lane to get within 2.5 metres on the wire in a rate of 2-00.9, with Willwinsum third after racing in the open.

Well Hereshoping (Washington Vc/Nellie Doon) first up from New Zealand’s deep south, possied three back in the moving line from gate four, before easing three wide in the last lap and sprinting sharply to overhaul a death-seating Classic Tycoon in the straight, with Got Nothing (one/one) third.

Making her 27th race appearance without a victory, Well Hereshoping returned a mile rate of 1-58.9.

Paparazzi Snapshot was on her best behaviour and after stepping cleanly from the 30 metre mark, possied four back in the moving line, with Good As Sunny leading from ten metres.

Set alight three wide racing for the bell, Paparazzi Snapshot joined the then leader Aristos Way which had crossed the weakening pacemaker at the bell after being in the breeze.

Racing to the front on turning, Paparazzi Snapshot proved too strong for Aristos Way in a rate of 2-06, with Atego Lilly (four wide last lap) running home late from a mile back for third.

Port MacDonnell (Mt Gambier) trainer/driver Mick Micallef produced a lovely type by the name of Ngaranga Man to land the Ken Pocock Memorial 2-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres on debut.

A gelded son of Lombo Mandingo and Fairy Queen, Ngaranga Man from gate three on the second line settled mid-field in the moving line in a race where the action was on from the outset, with Quads On The River another first starter crossing Money Time Milly to lead.

Taken three wide in the final circuit, Ngaranga Man followed Sotiris forward before finishing his race off stylishly to score from Quads On The River and Sotiris which had been wide from gate six in the early stages before settling one/one, then moving three wide in the last lap. The mile rate 2-00.7.

Parwan based trainer/driver Jason Fino produced the “drive of the night” to capture the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with Life Sign/Win For Mum 4-Y-0 gelding What A Life in a rate of 2-01.7.

Bred by long time harness follower John Sawczak in partnership with Mario Azzopardi, What A Life raced by John from inside the second row settled buried four back along the markers, appearing to be in a hopeless position.

Extricated into the clear heading along the back straight to be three wide following Dalcross, What A Life at start number 17 was taken four wide approaching the home turn and rattled home at a great rate to gain the day in advance of Dills Rocket from near last and Joe Cable which led.

The highlight of the night was the Terang Guineas over 2180 metres and It Is I/Billy Rae gelding Cyrus was a tough winner.

Raced and trained by the Henderson family at Portarlington (Neville Henderson being the registered trainer), Cyrus was restrained from gate five at the start by Michael Bellman to settle at the rear of the field, with Kerryn Manning leading aboard Night Affair.

Not happy with the tempo, Bellman set Cyrus alight to park in the open and he was always travelling smoothly.

Taking a slender lead on turning, Cyrus defied all challengers in defeating Soho Silverstone (one/one), with the hot favourite Western Rockstar a disappointing third after trailing the pacemaker and using the sprint lane to no avail. The mile rate 2-00.2.

YOUNG DRIVERS CHALLENGE UNDER WAY

The annual Goulburn Valley & Central Victoria Young Drivers Challenge commenced at the Maryborough harness fixture on Wednesday April 18 where two heats were held, plus another two at Shepparton in the evening.

Those competing were Victorians Ellen Tormey, Rebecca Bartley, Josh Duggan, Haydon Gray, Bob Butt and Rhys Nicholson, along with Jake Webster and Jayson Finnis from South Australia, Peter McMullen (Q’land), plus Matt Rue and Blake Jones from NSW.

Jayson Finnis took first blood when the Jayne Davies (Clyde) trained Bettors Delight/Tyalla colt Baccarat scored the first race of the series, a 3-Y-0 C0 class event over 2190 metres.

Settling well back in the field from the extreme draw, Baccarat heavily supported into a $2.40 favourite was sent forward three wide with a rush in the final circuit to join the pacemaker Machin Out approaching the home turn, before prevailing by 3.5 metres over the first starter Indulgent (Blake Jones) and Machin Out (Josh Duggan) in a brilliant 1-56.3.

Heat two for C3 & C4 class over 2190 metres saw another visitor successful, when Jake Webster steered 7-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Classic Suzanne gelding Mohican War Drum to an all of the way nose victory in 1-57.5 from Giveusagrin (Ellen Tormey) which trailed using the sprint lane to just fail, with Jerry Marshall (Blake Jones) third after always being handy.

Trained at Kialla (Shepparton) by Stephen Boyington, injury plagued Mohican War Drum registered his 7th success from 18 race appearances.

At Shepparton, Rebecca Bartley snared the third heat aboard the Tony Peacock (Kilmore) trained 3-Y-0 Live Or Die/Solberge gelding We Never Say Die in a C1 class race over 2190 metres, leading throughout from gate four in easily accounting for a death-seating Advance To Go (Bob Butt) and Blue Henry (Haydon Gray) to give the Victorians the trifecta. The mile rate 2-00.5.

The fourth heat for C0 class over 1690 metres went the way of 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Capriccio gelding Cone Of Silence trained at Moama (NSW) by Shane Gilligan with Ellen Tormey in the sulky.

Trapped wide from outside the front row, Cone Of Silence covered plenty of extra ground to park in the open from the bell, before surging past the pole line leader and favourite Mourinho prior to the home turn.

Holding a margin all the way up the running, Cone Of Silence showed plenty of determination to defy all challengers in defeating Hit For Six (Haydon Gray) and Dimensions (Jayson Finnis) in a rate of 1-59.2.

The series concludes at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo tonight.

Len BAKER

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