Day At The Track

Monday's Geelong meeting held at Beckley Pk

08:07 AM 04 Jul 2011 NZST
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Driver Greg Sugars
Driver Greg Sugars - interviewed by Greg O'Connor

Geelong was the venue for Monday (june 4) harness racing and a compact eight event card was held at Beckley Park, with several favoured runners saluting the judge. Local (Bannockburn) trainer Geoff Webster opened proceedings with Artsplace/Big Time Babe filly Hey Donna taking the Free Admission 2-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres in an easy rate of 2-04.7.

With stable reinsman Greg Sugars in the sulky, Hey Donna responsible for a “back me next time” second to Kickittochris at Hamilton two weeks earlier on debut, led throughout from gate six to obliterate her rivals by 25 metres, defeating the first starter Antiquities (three back the markers) and Katagoric which trailed the winner.

Daylesford duo Bob and Anne-Maree Conroy snared the Zilco Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2570 metres with the roughie Ex Con, paying supertab odds of $24.90.

Beginning brilliantly from barrier four to lead, Ex Con after being rated to perfection, defied all challengers to score from the 20 metre equal backmarker Zanzi Bromac (three wide with trail from last in the final circuit) and the hot favourite Miss Bullion which moved to race in the open at the bell.

A 6-Y-0 gelded son of Extrovert and Conclusion, Ex Con returned a mile rate of 2-09.1 in chalking up his 8th success in 72 outings.

It was a huge day for Daylesford as Mick Barby (Anne-Maree's husband) landed the Tuckers Funeral Vicbred Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres with 4-Y-0 Modern Art/Natures Glow gelding Wilwillwinsum and the Geelong Wed 13 July 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres with Seven Ounce.

Driven by Michael Stanley, Wilwillwinsum making his 9th appearance at the races, led throughout from the pole in accounting for Power Of Babel which dropped down to follow him on the home turn after a one/one trip from the bell, with Lifes A Flyer third after moving to face the open for the final circuit. The mile rate 2-02.3.

 

Seven Ounce a gelded son of Flight N Irish and Carly Navigator, led throughout from gate five with Anne-Maree in the sulky to just last over Zozomi which weaved a passage from mid-field in the moving line to be three wide on the final bend, having every opportunity and going down by a nose in two minutes even.

Palazzo Bromac off a three wide trail in the final circuit finished third.

Blissful Hall/Into The Fire filly Nightoffire ran right up to her gigantic second to Hei Mai Diamond at Geelong on June 21, when a strong victor of the Vinmar Homes 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres.

Trained by part-owner David Lewis at Hamilton, Nightoffire driven by youthful nephew Zeb Lewis, was never better than three wide from the horror outside front line draw, racing solo off the track from the bell.

Despite the torrid passage, Nightoffire rallied strongly on turning to overhaul the pacemaker Samantha Sparkle right on the wire in a rate of two minutes even, with Our Miss Vivienne (one/one) third.

It was Zeb’s first Victorian winner, having scored previously in a Mt Gambier restricted front.

As usual the Melton/Bacchus Marsh area was prominent at Geelong, with Parwan’s Frank Cauchi taking the Geelong Australia Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres with 4-Y-0 gelding Mister Rufus and Rockbank’s Charlie Micallef the Tabsportsbet Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres with lightly raced 7-Y-0 gelding On The Leash.

Mister Rufus (Young Rufus/Exotic Flash) taking a concession for Kiwi Simon Lawson, led virtually throughout to win as he pleased over Rock On Tiger which followed after leading out from gate two, with Sidney Shaw third off a three wide trail in the last lap. The mile rate 2-01.6.

On The Leash (Million To One/Honeysuckle Lombo) which burst on the scene a few seasons back suggesting a bright future before succumbing to injury, was having only his 19th outing and with Chris Alford in the sulky from outside the front row, settled at the tail of the field.

Gaining a trail home on the back of Wildlife, Georgi Boy and Gentle Force, On The Leash raced very roughly when right off the track on the home turn, before regaining his composure to surge home and win clearly over Georgi Boy and Gentle Force in a rate of 2-01.8.

Lance Justice has much travelled 5-Y-0 Safe And Sound/Wholelota Rosie gelding Here Comes Kenny airborne at present and captured the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres with him in 1-59.8.

Bred and raced by one time sister-in-law Lisa Justice, Herecomekenny flew away from gate six and allowed to run, blitzed his rivals to score by 6.7 metres untouched in advance of The Artison and Frankie Maguire.

Len BAKER

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