Day At The Track

More Central Victorian Championship action

08:31 AM 10 Jan 2013 NZDT
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Chris Alford with daughter Katie
Chris Alford with daughter Katie
Photo courtesy of HRV

The St Arnaud Harness Racing Club hosted the fourth round heats of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships held at Charlton on Thursday January 10.

Strathfieldsaye trainer Glenn Douglas snared the pacers heat with Sunraysia owned 4-Y-0 Dawn Ofa New Day/Our Madame gelding Daylight Dan.

Driven by Chris Alford, Daylight Dan which only qualified for stands at Bendigo the previous Sunday, stepped safely from barrier three, with the reliable polemarker Bubble Art pinging away to lead easily.

A noted sit/sprinter, Bubble Art was looking for cover shortly after the start and was accommodated by Daylight Dan which wasn't bustled to cross her.

Given an easy time at the head of affairs after the 20 metre backmarker Top Tamba circled the field to race in the open, Daylight Dan dashed clear on the home turn to score by a half neck without being pushed out from Bubble Art along the sprint lane, with Our Walden Bury a stablemate of the winner also having his first standing start attempt third after being extricated from three back the markers on turning. The mile rate 2-01.1.

Four year old Kadabra/Kyvalley Diva gelding Kyvalley Rap has returned to racing in fine style, making it two from two this time in with a bold front running display to land the trotters heat in a rate of 2-07.1.

Trained and driven by Nagambie's Chris Lang, Kyvalley Rap from barrier two jumped straight to the front and rated a treat, held too many guns for the heavily supported 20 metre marker Eurasian Kosmos which vacated a prime one/one spot to race in the open, going down by 7.3 metres, with Wildenstein a nose away third after trailing the winner.

Lemnos trainer Russell and reinsman son Nathan landed a hefty plunge when 4-Y-0 Art Major/Allfake mare Only A Copy scored in the Charlton Central Vic Associate Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2100 metres.

First up since February last year when beaten 32.4 metres at Warragul, Only A Copy from the pole was crossed by Nolagalile (gate four) as the start was effected, with Jack moving around her after travelling a short distance.

Given full rein approaching the home turn, Only A Copy defied all challengers to score from Yukon Kate (three back the markers) and Nolagalile in a rate of 2-00.

The stable were to chalk up a double when speedy 5-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Lombo Streamline mare Lombo Sleek Streak led throughout from gate two in the Wedderburn Central Vic Associate Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres after taking a concession, defeating Dutch Harbour which raced outside her and Nova Arama (one/one). The mile rate 1-56.

It was Lombo Sleek Street's 6th victory in 32 outings.

by Len BAKER

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