Day At The Track

Mixed results at Central Victorian meetings

07:44 AM 20 Jun 2011 NZST
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Chris Lang junior
Chris Lang junior
Duane Ranger photo

Central Victorian harness racing was conducted at Charlton on Monday June 20, with a day of mixed results. Unbackable favourite Liva Degerolstein ($1-04) landed the opening event - the Thank You Bendigo Harness Club Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres, but not before giving those who supported her through the multiples plenty of worries.

Trained by Graeme Lang and driven by grandson Chris (Jnr), a 3-Y-0 daughter of Live Or Die and Estelle Bromac possied one/one from gate three with the pace a cracker from the outset being set by Norsian and Eastwood Ember, with the latter assuming control at the bell.

This left Livia Degerolstein in the breeze for the final circuit and she looked to be struggling on the final bend.

Driven with extreme confidence, Livia Degerolstein got there by a half head only over a game Eastwood Ember, with Lord Chaterlia (one/one bell) a further 15 metres away in third place. The mile rate 1-59.7.

Renowned Maryborough horse breaker Mark Hayes snared the Charlton Commonwealth Bank 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2100 metres with $57.00 outsider Duchess Pat, a filly which he trains.

Burning away from gate three, Duchess Pat (Earl/Pats Wish) led throughout to win in a breeze from Pound Foolish which trailed, galloping under pressure on straightening before regaining her composure to be beaten 15.8 metres in 2-02.8, with Innocentbystander running on late for third after being badly away.

Shepparton’s Geoff Martin was successful in the Hankook Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2100 metres with beautifully bred Blissful Hall/Misty Maiden 4-Y-0 gelding Bachelor Lombo in a rate of 1-58.2.

Despite racing in the open from outside the front row, Bachelor Lombo’s class told over the concluding stages as he raced away from the pacemaker Chief Inanga to register a 8.6 metre margin in 1-56.8, with Panslilsweetheart (three back the markers) third.

The Charlton & District Community Bank Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres saw victory go the way of Nanneella part-owner/trainer Col Godden’s 6-Y-0 Jet Laag/Imperial Grace gelding Mister Orion in strong fashion.

Taking a concession for Shepparton’s Bec Bartley, Mister Orion from the extreme draw spent most of the race at the tail of the field.

Sent forward three wide solo in the final circuit, Mister Orion sustained a long run to blowse the pacemaker Village Saint right on the wire in a rate of 2-02.3. Hellovanite finished third after trailing the leader.

Melton trainer Graham Tindale who used to break in Mick Lombardo’s youngsters when based in Western Australia, scored a first-up victory with Blissful Hall/Go Bush gelding Sir Jaybe Hall in the Charlton Vicbred Trophy for Three Year Olds over 2100 metres, much to the dismay of punters as he returned a dividend of $34.20.

With Chris Alford in the sulky, Sir Jaybe Hall exploded away from outside the front row to lead easily, before being eased to trail the in-form Irish Quest going for a hat-trick of wins.

Travelling under a grip approaching the home turn, Sir Jaybe Hall was eased to the outside and ran home powerfully to score narrowly but well (a neck) in 1-59 from the leader, with the hot favourite What A Fine Fella third off a three wide trail in the last lap.

It was Sir Jaybe Hall’s 2nd success in 16 outings.

Len BAKER

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