Day At The Track

Maoris Pocket smashes Charlton track record

11:24 PM 15 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Maree and John Caldow
Maree and John Caldow

Seven year old Wind Cries Maori/Even Pockets gelding Maoris Pocket smashed the track record when recirding a brilliant victory in the Bayswater Jayco Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2100 metres at the Charlton Harness Racing Club meeting held on Monday October 15.

Trained at Carisbrook (Maryborough) by Alan Dunsmuir and driven by John Caldow, Maoris Pocket who has been at times very risky in his races was coming off an impressive fourth to Trottn On The Ritz at Geelong nine days earlier after racing in the open and stepped beautifully from a 20 metre equal backmark, with Caldow immediately letting him slide around the field to be at the head of affairs within three quarters of a lap.

Allowed to bowl for the remainder of the journey, Maoris Pocket trotted to perfection, running his rivals ragged to set a new track record of 2-02.4 in defeating Amos by 20.1 metres which led before taking a trail, with Earl Of Charity a further 17 metres away in third place after being in the leading quartet for most of the race.

A winner of seven from 46 outings, Maoris Pocket is racing in career best form.

John Caldow was to drive a double during the afternoon, with in-form 4-Y-0 It Is I/Miss Clare gelding Fanagalo taking the Central Victorian Championships In January Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2100 metres.

Trained by wife Maree in partnership with John, Fanagalo enjoyed a sweet passage three back in the moving line from outside the front row, with Sunrise Panorama leading from barrier four and Macy Lila moving to race in the open.

Easing three wide to follow Tyler Bromac approaching the home turn, Fanagalo when given full rein out wide on straightening, ran home strongly to score from Tyler Bromac in a rate of 2-01.7, with the hot favourite Dual Agent Tabman running home late from near last to finish third.

Wallan's Shinn family, trainer Ruth, husband Noel and son Chris ventured to Charlton with two runners competing in the Vicbred Platinum Country Series D (2nd Heat) for C0 class over 2100 metres and came home with the cash after home bred and raced 4-Y-0 Artiscape/ Adelong gelding Cheveyo crossed the wire in first place.

Driven by Noel as Chris handled the favourite Castro which led at the bell after the pacemaker One More Smile galloped after breaking gear, Cheveyo possied mid-field in the moving line from gate three on the second row, easing to trail Extra (one/one) in the final circuit.

Although very wide on the home turn, Cheveyo finished best to score by 2.6 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.3 over Woke Up Tired (three back the markers) and My Mums A Star who followed the winner home.

Cheveyo will now contest the $10,000 Final to be held at Swan Hill this Saturday.

*** The Harnesslink "run of the day" came from Tyler Bromac who finished second to Fanagalo after racing wide from the bell.

by Len BAKER

Maoris Pocket breaking the Charlton track record:

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