Mark conquers Frank and takes track record

01:56 PM 17 May 2014 NZST
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Mark Dennis took 0.2 of a second off Garnet River’s track record
Mark Dennis took 0.2 of a second off Garnet River’s track record
Friday night in front of a small crowd at Betezy Park Globe Derby, the main harness racing event drew only four runners, but was always to be a match race between the 1.45 favourite Come On Frank and the Lance Holberton trained Mark Dennis on paper and that's the way it unfolded.
 
What a spectral it turned out to be! With David Harding finding the front easily on Mark Dennis and Harding did not let up at any stage of the 1800 meter event. Harding knew he had his main rival Come On Frank at his wheel as the leaders ran the first half in 58.3 then came home in 28.3 & 29 seconds.
 
The two settled down to fight it out, with reminiscence of the 2013 SA Cup battle between Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster, the two current stars of South Australian harness races put on a great spectral,
 
Come On Frank drew level at the top of the straight and even popped his nose in front only to see Mark Dennis lift himself off the canvas to win by a neck.
 
Mark Dennis set a new track record for the 1800 meters with a mile rate of 1.52.2.
 
Mark Dennis took 0.2 of a second off Garnet River's track record set in March this year, Garnet River took the record from Be Good Johnny who set his time in the 2007 Inter Dominion heats.
 
Mark Dennis has now won 10 races this season for Holbertton.
 
Next weekend see's the heats of the BOTRA pace with the features being the BOTRA Golden Nursery for 2 year colts and Geldings and the ALABAR Golden Nursery for the 2 year old fillies both finals to run on May 31st will carry a purse of $25,000 each plus trophy and rug to the winners.
 
In other news Harness Racing SA has reached an agreement with Sky Channel to host the Southern Cross Finals on a Sunday afternoon the 2nd of August.
 
The Southern Cross is SA's version of Sire Stakes racing and HRSA are hoping with the right promotion that a large crowd will be in attendance for one of South Australia's biggest day on the calendar. All races will be covered on Sky 1.
 
Gary Newton
 
sportspac21@yahoo.com.au
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