Day At The Track

Meltonians lead the way at Cranbourne

01:41 AM 10 Jun 2010 NZST
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

Victoria's biggest harness racing district - Melton scooped the pool at the Cranbourne Harness Race meeting held on Wednesday June 9, winning half of the eight event card.

Danny Mullan combined with Jason Hackett to land the 2nd Heat of the Eastern Zone Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres with former Kiwi Texas Typ.

Starting from gate four on the second line, Texas Typ a 6-Y-0 gelded son of Live Or Die and Typify, possied with most of the field ahead of him, before making a forward move three wide at the bell.

Accommodated by Jasper Terrace ((one/one) coming out ahead of him in the final circuit, Texas Typ enjoyed a lovely ride home and when taken wide on straightening, ran home stylishly to score from Jasper Terrace and a death-seating Bit Of Courage in a mile rate of 2-03.

A winner of three races in his homeland, Texas Typ's prior success had been at Addington (Christchurch) in December last year.

Graeme and Gavin Lang snared the Ted Bull Funeral Services Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2575 metres with professional placegetter Dover Downs.

Backed for bundles on every tote throughout Australia, Dover Downs stepped safely from 20 metres to settle three back in the moving line, with the well supported Commander Rama heading the field from the pole.

Easing three wide in the last lap, Dover Downs showed a previously unseen fight in the home running to register a nose decision over Commander Rama in a pedestrian rate of 2-12.1, with Candy Digger (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third.

A 5-Y-0 gelding by Muscles Yankee from Exotic Charm, Dover Downs has been consistent since he first started racing, chalking up 5 wins and 14 placings from 25 race appearances.

Neighbour Tony Llewellyn was also a winner, when new addition Denysdilemma greeted the judge in the Trios Tabaret Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres at Supertab odds of $21.50.

Driven by Shepparton's Phillip Martin, Denysdilemma led out from gate four, before taking a trail on Zaintiano to receive the run of the race.

Not bothering to use the sprint lane, Martin moved Denysdilemma off the back of the leader on the home turn and in a punishing finish, prevailed over Conwarra Star (one/two) and Turn The Corner (one/three) in 2-05.4.

A 4-Y-0 By Xample/Denises Dollar mare, Denysdilemma scored her first victory at start number 19.

John (Bulldog) Nicholson brought up two wins in succession with Courage Under Fire/Be All Franco gelding Bulldozer in the Laucke Mills 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres.

Taking over from gate four, Bulldozer led throughout to score easily from Kohala and Smiley Ella in a comfortable 2-05.2 rate.

Len BAKER

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