Day At The Track

Maximum Joy is at the peak of her powers

04:10 AM 26 Sep 2012 NZST
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Kilmore Racing Club

Chintin (Darraweit) harness racing trainer/driver Steve Cleave has 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Sweetadelaidewally mare Maximum Joy racing in peak form at present, bring up two wins in succession by taking the Lilmore Equine Clinic Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Kilmore on Tuesday September 25.

Starting from the extreme draw, Cleave wasted no time in sending Maximum Joy forward to arrest the lead from the favourite Hezfullarunning heading into the back straight on the final occasion and kept going, Maximum Joy prevailed by 3.4 metres in a rate of 1-58.9 over Hezfullarunning, with Johnny Tee third.

Romsey trainer John Ryan’s smart 5-Y-0 Dream Away/Island Sailor gelding Island Rumba chalked up his 5th victory in 34 outings, when successful in the George Brosnan Memorial Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres.

Taking a concession for Bob Butt who is likely to become a resident of the Macedon Ranges when trainer Brent Lilley re-locates there, Island Rumba flew away from gate four to lead easily and was never headed, running out a 6.6 metre winner in 2-03.6 from Algrancos Icon which trailed, with Cape N Cutter (one/one) third.

On a night which belonged to the Macedon Ranges, Kyneton trainer Joe Attard snared the Last Chance Trotters Cup Draw Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres with most consistent 6-Y-0 Extrovert/Kellybrooke gelding Imagunnadogood in a rate of 2-06.8.

Taking a concession for Bolinda based Josh Duggan, Imagunnadogood stepped cleanly from the 10 metre mark, immediately pressing forward to take the lead away from the roughie Dartrenzac.

Once in front, Imagunnadogood was always going to be hard to beat and that’s the way it panned out, scoring effortlessly in advance of Dartrenzac and Bonspiel Delight.

It was Imagunnadogood’s 10th victory in 55 race appearances.

Melton’s Doug Adams was successful with 5-Y-0 Dawn Ofa New Say/Raging Eagle gelding One Dog One Bone in the Bendigo Bank Wallan & District Community Bank Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres.

Driven by in-form reinsman Charlie Borg, One Dog One Bone ($99.00 on Supertab), possied mid-field in the running line from outside the second line, with Mister Bellisimo taking over from My Mums A Star shortly after the start.

Held up for a final dash at the leaders, One Dog One Bone raced by son Charlie finished full of running to record a runaway victory in 1-58.4 over the favourite Braeview Warrior (one/one at bell), with Rowdy Rocket third from three back in the moving line.

Mt Cottrell trainer Bill Galea combined with Damian Wilson to land the Book A Table In The Fashions Pavillion 28th October Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1690 metres with Classic Bliss, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Blissful Hall and Classic Amy.

Leading out from gate four, Classic Bliss allowed to dawdle at the head of affairs, scored by a metre from Eleventh Command which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Our Fabiola (one/one) third in an all Melton area finish. The mile rate 2-01.

Although finishing out of a place, 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred Courage Under Fire/Shez Madam Jasper gelding On Fire Within was the Harnesslink “run of the night” at the Kilmore fixture.

Trained and driven by John Newberry, On Fire Within galloped away from the pole, giving the leaders a huge start on settling.

Doing plenty of chasing to catch up, On Fire Within was then set alight racing for the bell to lead in the final circuit and it was no surprise to see him weaken over the concluding stages to finish sixth, some 16 metres from the winner One Dog One Bone.

by Len BAKER

Maximum Joy racing is racing in peak form at present:

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