Day At The Track

Michael Bellman - 100 wins for the season

01:46 PM 09 Jul 2013 NZST
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Western District racing was held at Terang on Tuesday July 9 with surprisingly only three winners coming from the area, the highlight of the evening's harness racing being Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman chalking up 100 winners for the season.

Driving 5-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Chandon Princess gelding Sharkeys Ace for Stawell owner/trainer Paul Rousch in the Terang Co-Op Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres, Bellman after settling Sharkey's Ace four back in the running line from gate two on the second line, commenced a forward move three wide in the last lap following Mintropolitan (one/two) who was trailing the heavily supported Art Of Gold ahead of him into the race.

When Mintropolitan (four wide home turn) surged clear on straightening he looked all over a winner, but started to "tippy toe" as the winning post appeared allowing Sharkeys Ace to make a last stride lunge right on the wire to gain the judges nod by a nose in a tricky finish, with Art Of Gold third. The mile rate 2-05.1.

Elliminyt (Colac) trainer Courtney Slater's 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Sailors Atom gelding Deejay Dilinger recaptured his best form to land the Terang Home Hardware Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres in a mile rate of 1-59.2.

Taking a concession for Mt Gambier's Jayson Finnis, Dee Jay Dilinger a five time winner previously, settled with most of the field ahead of him after starting from the extreme draw.

Moving forward swiftly three wide uncovered in the final circuit, Deejay Dilinger swept to the front on the home turn, scoring by 17 metres in advance of The Husk which led, with Gunmetal Grey third after trailing the pacemaker and moving to the outside on the home turn.

Ararat's Daryl Crone was successful with 5-Y-0 Jet Laag/Signing Autographs gelding Wicked Subwoofer in the Dick & Anne Box Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2180 metres.

Given a lovely trip one/one from gate three following the hot favourite William John which raced outside the leader Lovable Nick, Wicked Subwoofer was eased three wide on the final bend and finished full of running to defeat William John which galloped in the straight under pressure, before getting going again, with Lovable Nick holding down third. The mile rate 2-08.6.

Bungaree trainer/driver Julian Jobe is no stranger to Dalvui Raceway Terang and snared the Barastoc Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with the well backed 5-Y-0 gelding Cobargo Jack in a rate of 1-59.1.

Raced by wife Alison, Cobargo Jack led throughout from the pole to register a 2.9 metre victory over the border hopper Arr En Special (one/one - three wide home turn) and Soho Jolie which trailed the winner.

It was Cobargo Jack's first success in 15 outings.

by Len BAKER

Sharkeys Ace

Deejay Dilinger

Wicked Subwoofer

Cobargo Jack

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