Day At The Track

Mixed results at the Swan Hill harness meet

01:49 PM 27 Jun 2013 NZST
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Andy and Kate Gath
Andy and Kate Gath
Simon Evans Photo

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.

Long Forest (Bacchus Marsh) husband and wife - Andy & Kate Gath opened proceedings when Village Jasper/Andrels Love filly Givemeaspell greeted the judge in the Swan Hill Holden 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres.

Driven by Kate, Givemeaspell led throughout from the pole to easily account for Glitzy Girl which trailed by nine metres, with Glenburn Red (one/two) third in a mile rate of 1-59.1.

Kate took the honours for the night after combining with father Peter Thompson to land the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2240 metres with 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Bronze Lady gelding Bronze Destiny in a rate of 1-59.2 and with South Australian trainer Aaron Brown to snare the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1609 metres with Jodies Icon, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Falcons Icon and Jodie Regal.

Lobbing one/one from gate three, Bronze Destiny was always handy and finished full of running to defeat a game Hellovanite which raced in the open for the final circuit. The well supported Please Dont Talk ran on late from the rear to finish third.

Jodies Icon a prohibitive $1.10 chance led out from the pole, before surrendering to the pressure of Shayne Cramp's Carbon Cate to receive the run of the race.

Dashing home along the sprint lane, Jodies Icon put the race beyond doubt in a couple of bounds, scoring by 5.3 metres, with Modernize (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-58.5.

Racecaller Lachlan McIntosh would have gained great delight in calling 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Meltemia gelding Etesian to victory in the Ash Roberts Homes Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres as he is raced by wife Kate.

Driven by Glenn Douglas, Etesian trained by father Alan in Bendigo settled mid-field in the moving line from outside the front row, before following Stonethachristian ahead of him three wide into the final bend.

Taken wide on turning, Etesian making only his fourth appearance at the races rattled home to score by a neck in 1-58.1 over Stonethachristian and Maharaja Lombo (three back the markers).

It was a real family affair as Etesian was bred by Lachlan and mother Jill.

Nanneella (Rochester) trainer/driver Greg Albert scored a shock victory with 7-Y-0 Rustler Hanover/Abbey Colleen gelding Family Interest ($33.80) in the Woodlands Stud Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres.

In what was the "Drive Of The Night" by Albert, Family Interest settled three back along the markers after starting inside the second line, with Juke Kartel leading from gate five.

Extricated to be three wide on the home turn, Family Interest ran home stylishly to defeat Nicmac Bromac and Boom Boom Hall which raced in the open, returning a mile rate of 2-01.5.

It was Family Interest's first victory since September 2011.

Victoria's leading trainer Shayne Cramp notched up a stable double, with Mach Three/Aldebaran Bromac gelding Aldebaran Macha taking the Tooleybuc Sporting Club 2-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres and 6-Y-0 Shakamaker/Tamgar Lane gelding Shakatomic the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C5 or better class over 2240 metres.

Aldebaran Macha ($2.40) driven by Shayne settled one/one from gate five with the local hope Beachstar leading from the pole.

Not content with the prime position, Aldebaran Macha was eased three wide after travelling a short distance to tackle and stride past Beachstar.

Travelling sweetly, Aldebaran Macha scored comfortably over stablemate Changing Code which raced in the open from the bell, with Beachstar third in a rate of 1-59.3.

Shakatomic unwanted in the betting at $15.70 led from gate three with stable assistant Jake Kerridge in the sulky, before handing over to the well fancied stablemate They Call Me Chaos off his back running into the first turn.

Gaining a split on the final bend, Shakatomic careered away in the straight to register a 13 metre victory over the favourite Centonic (five wide home turn from near last on the markers), with Our Call Of Duty (one/one - three wide home turn) third. The mile rate 1-58.7.

Shelbourne (Bendigo) trainer Michelle Eastman brought up two wins in a row with improving 4-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Insulated gelding Aleppo Tiger which captured the Swan Hill Holden Parts & Service Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.3.

Driven by Bendigo junior Haydon Gray, Aleppo Tiger from gate five was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Lerrad Maharg, racing clear on turning to just last by a head over the fast finishing favourite The Dip (three wide last lap), with Lerrad Maharg holding down third.

Nyah race again on July 17.

Givemeaspell

Bronze Destiny

Jodies Icon

Etesian

Family Interest

Aldebaran Macha

Shakatomic

Aleppo Tiger

by Len BAKER

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