Mt Cottrell trainer Ruby Tyack made a welcome return to the winners list, when 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred Falcons Icon / Cut And Dried gelding Algrancos Icon greeted the judge in the Bendigo Bank Pace for C0 class over 2150 metres at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Thursday.
Driven by local Chris Svanosio, Algrancos Icon led throughout from the pole to score by a half neck from Showboat Casey which trailed and Denverscent in a mile rate of 1-59.9.
It was Algrancos Icon's 2nd success in 24 outings, with his previous victory being at Young (N-S-W) in June last year. Ruby a former New Zealander herself, will be remembered for taking Slybye to contest the 1999 New Zealand Cup
The all conquering Nagambie stable of Chris Lang produced another winner in the squaregaiting ranks, when 4-Y-0 ex-Kiwi Westwood Castleton scored in the Pinevale Trotting Farm Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres.
A winner at Shepparton in August last, Westwood Castleton (/Castletons Best) was given a perfect trip from gate three on the back of stablemate Im Sonialeelee, before making full use of the sprint lane to easily account for Left One Eye Out and Lover Or Loser in 2-03.9.
Veteran Bendigonian Brian Gath gave punters plenty of cause for concern prior to winning the Morey & Hurford 3-Y-0 Pace over 1650 metres with Paddington Square.
A raging hot favourite ($2.30), Paddington Square making his second appearance at the races galloped just before release point causing a false start, but behaved at the second attempt beginning safely from gate five to press forward and assume control entering the straight on the first occasion.
Allowed to run, Paddington Square a gelded son ofand Riverlea Jill returned a slashing 1-57.1 mile rate in defeating Your Lucky Day which trailed after leading out, with Smooth third after following the pair.
First-Up Stable Success
Lemnos (Shepparton) trainer Russell Jack and son Nathan scored a first-up victory with the former Riverina trained 4-Y-0/Leah Elizabeth mare Miss Nightowl in the Back Straight Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2150 metres.
A winner at Echuca a week earlier when in the care of Wagga Wagga's Gary Lang, Miss Nightowl joined the Jack stable shortly after and in a tough staying effort, circled the field from last to park outside the odds-on favourite Big Town Drive.
Applying plenty of pressure to the leader approaching the home turn, Miss Nightowl raced clear over the concluding stages to impressively defeat Big Town Drive and Dancing Legacy in a rate of 2-00.2.
Two from Two
Quality/Melissa Charm mare Dazed And Confused made it two from two this time in, when victorious in the Intergrating Technology Pacers Handicap for C4 or better class over 2150 metres, a race in which Lara trainer Dean Braun snared the quinella.
Taking a mares concession, Dazed And Confused driven by Gavin Lang from position three was afforded the lead from her stablemate Love My Fella shortly after the start and ambled around at her leisure.
Never pushed at any stage, Dazed And Confused did only what she had to do in defeating Love My Fella which moved off her back on turning to get within a half neck on the wire, with On Top For Mee third from three back on the markers.
The mile rate an easy 2-04.2.
First-Up Success (2)
Moonee Valley held a provincial meeting during the afternoon on Thursday and Melton's Lance Justice captured the Sky Channel Pace for C2 class over 2100 metres with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 Franco Ambassador which was making his Australian debut.
Beginning brilliantly from outside the front row to lead, Franco Ambassador gave nothing else a chance and kicked away on turning to score from the rank outsider Markleigh from last on the markers, with the well supported Boom Boom Becker third after moving to race in the open for the final circuit.
With quarters of 31.7, 31.8, 28.9 and 29.3 for the last mile, Franco Ambassador returned a mile rate of 2-00.3.
A gelded son ofand Amicable Franco, Franco Ambassador had fronted the starter on 18 occasions for 3 wins and 3 placings prior to the victory.
* Lance didn't have the same luck with another former Kiwi on debut in Oz, with Bad All Over folding up after leading in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C7 to C9 class over 2100 metres taken out by the consistent Walton Van.
Maiden Training Victory
Melton's Kylie Sugars would have been "over the moon" when 4-Y-0/Torrence mare Lady Torrence scored in the Junction Tabaret Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres at Moonee Valley in a rate of 2-03.3.
Trained and driven by Kylie the daughter of Ross and Kerrie Sugars and sister of top reinsman Greg,
Lady Torrence raced by the McSween family from the Western District, was rated a treat at the head of affairs from gate four in accounting for Sweeten The Pot which parked outside her, with My Georgie Girl third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane to no avail.