Day At The Track

Mother & son combined for a Geelong double

09:25 PM 03 Apr 2013 NZDT
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Terang based trainer Marg Lee and teenage reinsman son Jason combined to land the TAB Daily Double at the Geelong Harness Racing Club fixture on Wednesday April 3 with home bred stablemates Jilliby Ling and Jilliby Ablett, both horses using a concession.

Jilliby Ling a 5-Y-0 gelded son of P Forty Seven and Jilliby Rose, enjoyed a sweet passage from the pole in the Phillip Nott Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres, trailing the speedy eleven year old Incoming Flight who flew out from gate four to lead comfortably as the mobile barrier pulled away.

Using the sprint lane on turning, Jilliby Ling scored by 1.2 metres over Our Horizon (one/one) in a rate of 1-59.2, with Miss Precious Mach running home strongly from near last out wide on straightening to finish third a neck in arrears of the runner up.

Six year old Artiscape/Diplomatic Lover chalked up his 6th victory in 19 outings when successful in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2100 metres.

Retaining the front running from the pole, Jilliby Ablett although kept honest through the middle stages by Lance Justice’s Hoagy Bromac going for a hat trick of wins, defied all challengers to gain the day in a rate of 1-59.7 from Machin Out which trailed using the sprint lane to go down by 1.4 metres, with Atomic Horizon (one/one) third.

With the Craven family being keen supporters of the Geelong AFL football team, both horses are named after former star players Cameron Ling and Gary Ablett.

Smart Mount Gambier owned 4-Y-0 Elsu/Tiz Herself gelding Eljulio landed the Vinmar Homes Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres at Geelong ON PROTEST.

Trained at Bannockburn in the Geelong District by Geoff Webster, Eljulio taking a concession for Bendigo based Haydon Gray was given a nice trip three back in the moving line from gate two on the second row, with the pacemaker Sporty Mac (gate two) being shadowed by the odds-on favourite Goodtime Slater (gate six) for most of the race.

When Goodtime Slater raced clear on straightening, Eljulio emerged to issue a challenge and was checked when the favourite shifted out abruptly, going down by a nose in a rate of 1-59.6.

Returning to the all clear area, an objection was immediately issued by reinsman Gray and after a relative short hearing the placings were reversed. Lively Princess was the run of the race to finish third after galloping away from gate three and settling last along the markers.

by Len BAKER

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